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Dr. Brian Ballsun-Stanton is a Philosopher, Information Technologist, and Game Theorist exploring the Philosophy of Data. He has a Ph.D in Philosophy from The University of New South Wales in addition to a MS & BS in Information Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

He has developed a new methodology (The Social Data Flow Network) to explore how individuals in the field understand the nature of data. Currently, his research is exploring the social construction of technology, focusing on the user-driven change of technological tools, in addition to his research of data warehouse ETL strategies for disparate data sets.

Beyond philosophy, Dr. Ballsun-Stanton has experience in haptic research, specifically the use of gesture control of human computer interfaces and an abiding interest in robotics as seen in his flying robotic cable-array manta-ray.

His interests include the academic study of Role-Playing games, the exploration of how science fiction literature transforms reality, and the social consequences of a technological world outpacing society's cultural assimilation of its consequences.

He is a long time gamer, having helped to design the indie game Pax Draconis. He has been running an Ars Magica game for the last 6 years and has extensive experience with indie games and both 3.5 and 4e D&D.

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Aug
12
comment Free RPGs that work well on forums
I've reopened this, but I must amplify the post notice. Discussing your subjective experience with the game while playing on a forum is required. Given that there are entire forums dedicated to this, make sure that you speak to every point of the question. Bad answers will be deleted without notice as this question can trivially turn into "present your favourite system" game-req.
Aug
12
comment What book can I read to familiarize myself with D&D 5e's world and lore?
You may also want to mention Jack Vance's novels and, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser novels by Fritz Leiber.
Aug
12
comment How many editions of Dungeons & Dragons are there?
I'll be happy to undelete this when it turns into a full answer. As it stands now, it's not an answer and is gathering downvotes.
Aug
10
comment Shadows vs. Sleeping Characters
Don't answer in comments, please.
Aug
10
comment How many doses of poison does the Craft (alchemy) skill check produce if completed?
Can you discuss how the fabricate spell relates to the craft (alchemy) skill check not used via the spell?
Aug
10
comment Optimizing the single target blast
Perhaps you should wait a while for community answers (and clarification needs) before providing 2 self answers? It's also very very hard to see what your actual question is, your title frames it as a fireball question, your first paragraph posits single target damage, and your last paragraph references "do better than my answers".
Aug
6
comment How can an intelligent magic lance change what type of weapon it is?
What level is the game?
Aug
6
comment How can we protect a ship from magical rain of Acid?
Please don't argue in comments. If you wish to answer this question with a different acid v. hardness interpretation, I encourage you to do so. If you have confusion over the rules and a real situation to apply them to (as this seems to be firmly qualified by the real) I encourage you to ask a question about that problem. This answer has generated too many bad comments though.
Aug
3
comment Can magical objects exist in a no mana world?
Please cool it on the comments. They are not for extended discussion or arguments. Post your answer, improve your answer, or not, based on comments. Spend your effort on constructive contribution, not on ephemeral things that will be deleted quickly.
Aug
3
comment Why all the dice?
This seems like a better question for statistics, as they can answer the statistical differences between dice rolling systems. Here it seems entirely too opinion-based.
Jul
31
comment Can you cast dominate person on yourself?
Please do not argue or have extended discussions in comments. if you ahve a different position, answer the question.
Jul
30
comment How can I thwart a vampire in the party planning on dominating all of us?
Comments are not for discussion, folks. Feel free to answer the question yourself.
Jul
29
comment What is usually listed as evidence that RPGs are inherently a 2+ person activity?
This has 48 deleted comments. I'm going to lock this for a while. If people want to continue this argument, take it to meta.
Jul
28
comment Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos in pre-CoC D&D?
Unfortunately, we don't like link only answers here. Could you discuss the content of that site such that when the blog decays, the content is still preserved?
Jul
27
comment How can I make non-violent combat alternatives actually fun and interesting?
Also, are you open to "use a different system" answers?
Jul
27
comment How can I make non-violent combat alternatives actually fun and interesting?
Related: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/7991/…
Jul
24
comment 4E Polearm Specialist Build
We need to know intended level, the rest of your party, and how much of your "striker oriented" damage you're willing to do yourself, as well as any disallowed resources.
Jul
23
comment How can a young player get into a gaming group?
And again, closed because it is insufficiently different. The question must be edited to stand alone, and not attract answers that would serve in either.
Jul
23
comment How can a young player get into a gaming group?
Please don't answer in comments.
Jul
23
comment How can a young player get into a gaming group?
An edit on the above lines will be necessary for this not to be reclosed as dupe. Showing one's research of the history of similar questions is useful.