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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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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?
May
21
comment What is the Magic Damage Die (MDD)?
Hey, @Thales... do you have a link to the game you're talking about? While we don't discourage self-answered questions, a pattern of them to a game few have heard about begs a few questions. Remember, our rules on self-promotion require disclosure of the relationship.
May
19
comment What sort of check should be used for my frenzy ability's stay-in-control aspect?
How interested are you in alternatives to a mindless frenzy that gives you buffs that wouldn't necessarily force your party to put you down like a rabid dog?
May
19
comment How can I effectively drop clues of corruption in my campaigns?
I'm an academic and philosopher. I'm good at research, the nature of corruption is well within traditional questions of philosophy.
May
19
comment What's the best class to choose with high Con and low Strength?
Iron, I strongly urge you to plot through 20 levels of this character, with desired feats, PrCs, and items at each level, as it will help you make necessary choices in early levels. It will also spawn specific questions that will make good questions on this site.
May
18
comment Simulating samurai duels in Pathfinder
How important are these duels to your game? Are you ok with house rules, or suggestions for alternate systems entirely?
May
18
comment Is D&D 4e supposed to have really easy skill checks?
Remember, only comment when you're requesting clarification. Additional data should be incorporated into your question or answer, and the character profiles are quite worthy.
May
16
comment What's the best class to choose with high Con and low Strength?
Comments are not for arguing! If you wish to include your "don't play" advice in a constructive answer, you may. Dealing with unusual, but well articulated requirements by recommending adjustments to the requirements is adequate (though it is more fun optimising within constraints). Telling someone else "I don't find your way of playing fun, so you shouldn't play that way" is not.
May
15
comment PC build - Beguiler/Wizard/Ultimate Magus
There's no need to signal your edits in the question.
May
15
comment What is the background of Christian resistance to role-playing?
Please do not argue in comments.
May
15
comment What is the background of Christian resistance to role-playing?
Citation needed. Please try to find direct evidence for this particular phenominon or studies of ideological censorship due to ignorance.
May
15
comment What is the background of Christian resistance to role-playing?
Remember our rule: Back it up! Cite your sources or your personal experience.
May
15
comment What's the best class to choose with high Con and low Strength?
@JackLesnie Don't argue in comments, please. If you need to rebut claims, please make an answer to the question that addresses the question.