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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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Jun
4
comment What alignment would the Ancient Roman civilisation have been?
It also helps to speak about regions. And which era of expansion. Rome is a huge historical monster. I've closed this as opinion based as anyone should be able to cherry-pick elements from expansionist roman history that support their chosen alignment claim. Please give us a year and region.
Jun
3
comment How can a non-epic spellcaster create a Colossal animated object?
@KRyan it's the skills for sublime chord that require able learner if a wizard/red mage is able to do them.
Jun
3
comment Looking for a nice magic system to convert to FATE
Related: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/18972/…
Jun
3
comment What to do with a Lizardfolk with high Str/Con/Cha?
I recommend turning your edit into a different, much smaller, question. You may also want to reference the devoted tracker feat, since I assume that's what you took (or were granted) as your first hd feat.
Jun
2
comment What to do with a Lizardfolk with high Str/Con/Cha?
@kyran I... suspect that level gap is because lizardman is a preposterous 2 HD +1 LA.
Jun
2
comment Is it reasonable/role-playable to build a Cloistered Cleric / Fighter Gestalt?
Point of order: when you're asking about a fighter|cleric, are you open to single-classed suggestions that accomplish (some) of the same thing? What aspects of the fighter|cleric do you want?
May
30
comment What effect would removing the confirmation roll have on the game?
Please don't argue in comments.
May
30
comment How much more XP should a 3-PC party get?
Please don't answer in comments.
May
30
comment How can an evil cleric hide his alignment?
What level cleric are we talking about? How creative are we allowed to be?
May
28
comment What's the difference between a roleplaying game and a board game?
Please don't argue in comments. If you have competing theories, answer the question.
May
27
comment What are “tiers”, and what tier is each class?
Comments deleted. Please take chat to Role-playing Games Chat. I would, in fact, encourage the creation of a chat room as this question has historically generated reams of discussion.
May
27
comment Should I allow a Wondrous Item on level 1 character creation?
We recommend a self-answer exploring how your game ran things. Personal experience is always valuable.
May
27
comment How can a non-epic spellcaster create a Colossal animated object?
What level of optimisation is allowed here? What level and resources are you presupposing?
May
27
comment My ranger has tamed an absurd number of Animal Companions with Handle Animal
It may be worth discussing the impact and implications of the survival skill, especially if the animals haven't been taught to hunt and not to feed off of each other. It may also be worth noting feed prices (in the equipment section) and the survival pouch of races of the wild providing meal-equivalencies between horses and humans.
May
26
comment What items/feats improve the bonus from Total Defense?
Do you have any racial restriction?
May
26
comment Should I allow a Wondrous Item on level 1 character creation?
Please do not argue in comments, nor insult each other.
May
26
comment How can you become a tree?
Thematically related: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/25923/…
May
26
comment How can you become a tree?
What resource constraints are there? Alignment?
May
25
comment Is there a directory of optimisation handbooks for D&D 3.5?
I also asked this question because it'll be useful to link people to it.
May
23
comment Pathfinder Build for OCD/Mysophobic Elf
What's the relative importance between your central conceit (the OCD) and your intention to melee?