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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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Feb
21
comment Good 1st level spell choices for a 1 level Bard (Archaeologist) dip?
What does the rest of your party bring to the table? Are you looking for long-lasting spells to benefit yourself or the rest of the party? Are you allowed access to the Spell Compendium as well? Or only pazio?
Feb
19
comment Free Pathfinder low-level urban adventures?
Related, but not duplicate (as it's not pathfinder specific): rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/9333/…
Feb
19
comment Free Pathfinder low-level urban adventures?
That's a start, and should be edited into your question, but we still need criteria on what kind of adventures. Take a look at our other game recommendation for adventure questions to give you an idea of what to ask.
Feb
19
comment How can I help my players grok Risus?
Again, Brian's brain is checked out today, so please pre-emptively edit or comment if there are bits that simply don't make sense.
Feb
19
comment How can I help my players grok Risus?
Could you expand on "still cannot understand simple concepts like... rolling dice" with some examples? What do they do wrong? What have they done right?
Feb
19
comment How can I help my players grok Risus?
How committed to this one specific RPG are you?
Feb
18
comment Is it possible to run a simulationist sandbox game?
Peteris, have you done this with pathfinder?
Feb
18
comment Is it possible to run a simulationist sandbox game?
Answers that don't include their own personal experience in successfully (or unsuccessfully) running this sort of requested game will be deleted without warning.
Feb
17
comment What equipment should a character start with?
@CarlCravens comments are not for random chatting. They are for requests for clarification. I recommend to chat in Role-playing Games Chat.
Feb
17
comment What made clerics so strong in D&D 3.5?
@JonathanHobbs Better?
Feb
16
comment What made clerics so strong in D&D 3.5?
Epiphanis, please do not respond to comments in your comments. Edit your answer such that it is improved and answers to the comments. It is especially important to provide personal evidence to your claims.
Feb
16
comment What made clerics so strong in D&D 3.5?
As a note. I've been beating my head out against VMs all weekend. If something doesn't make sense, please point it out as I'm functionally incoherent by this point.
Feb
16
comment Does a hybrid blackguard choosing Domination as vice gain the Dominator's Strike?
Ravn, we strongly discourage empty questions here. Can you please amplify your question such that you explain it slightly?
Feb
16
comment How does D&D Vancian magic make sense in-game?
Apropos of magic as programming, see: Wizard's Bane by Rick Cook.
Feb
15
comment How to implement multiclassing during character creation?
Okay, I've edited the title. I've left this on hold because I'm not certain that is what you're asking, @Tristan. If its, comment, and I'll reopen.
Feb
15
comment How to implement multiclassing during character creation?
I've marked it as a duplicate to prevent incoming answers muddying the waters. I am happy to remove said marking after clarification of difference. I do encourage you to improve the other question first, however.
Feb
15
comment How to implement multiclassing during character creation?
Can you speak more to how this question isn't a duplicate? If it's only to solicit more answers, this will indeed be closed as a duplicate. We encourage the awarding of bounties to attract attention instead.
Feb
14
comment Pathfinder druid animal companions damage
Caunion, unfortunately, we don't really like answers that reference other answers. Your answer should stand alone. Please edit it to be complete.
Feb
14
comment Spells similar to Unconcious Agenda for 3.5 without certain restrictions
What is your objective with the spell? Is it merely programmed suicide after a vampire attack? Or are you looking for ways to protect against vampires?
Feb
13
comment Are DCs supposed to be secret?
Which edition are you asking about?