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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
10
comment How should I make my low-strength cleric more effective at being a close-range tank?
Please don't answer in comments.
Feb
10
comment So I am a Giant Lizard Now
We don't have "posts" here. Formulate (and edit your question such that) what your full question would have been such that the best answer can be the best answer.
Feb
7
comment Using skills in place of attacking - how can I contribute?
Unfortunately, you've requested a list answer: there can be no single answer that is best for your question, instead you are soliciting discussion and brainstorming. This site is not good at discussion.
Feb
5
comment How can we 'regift' a group of highly dangerous gem scarabs across a continent? We don't want them anymore
Pun, you may want to discuss the price differential of buying a djore of psionic minor creation to create your id moss daily.
Feb
4
comment Building a complete blind-flying system for 3.5e flying mounts
Maybe I can add undead squirrel earrings, just for that je ne sais quoi of my nominal answers?
Feb
4
comment How precise or accurate are the bearings and distances given by Locate City?
Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat.
Feb
4
comment How can I build a magical Non-Directional Beacon?
@Shalvenay I'm trying to work out a total cost of ownership for these systems. How many end-users of the systems will there be?
Feb
3
comment How can I ride my Pseudodragon?
Yes. That is the theory (so long as the mount has sufficient strength and the DM doesn't throw dice at you.)
Feb
3
comment How can I build a magical Non-Directional Beacon?
Also, how many users would this system have?
Feb
3
comment How can I build a magical Non-Directional Beacon?
Are custom magic item rules allows? How strict are the house-rule options? Is spell-research allowed?
Feb
2
comment How can we 'regift' a group of highly dangerous gem scarabs across a continent? We don't want them anymore
See also: The tasty flesh of lobster.
Feb
1
comment Is it possible? Arcane Archer at lvl 5?
Then in the interests of getting you the best possible answer, I'm going to close this pending edit for character requirements. Take a look at our optimisation guidelines for what we look for here, since that will help you elicit requirements from your player.
Feb
1
comment Is it possible? Arcane Archer at lvl 5?
While this question is answerable as-is, I'd recommend reformulating it in light of the XY Problem Describe your problem instead of the solution you thought of. Discuss with the player what he wants to get out of the character. We also need to know what kind of eyebrow-raising shenanigans you're willing to tolerate with regards to optimisation.
Feb
1
comment Is it possible? Arcane Archer at lvl 5?
What aspects of the arcane archer are important here? What are you trying to achieve with this build?
Jan
31
comment Do fey spirits in the form of creatures from the Conjure Animal Spell count towards creatures one has seen for Wild Shape?
Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat.
Jan
29
comment Looking for an alternative to my DM's favorite fumble table
Please do not have extended discussion nor answer in comments, take that to Role-playing Games Chat.
Jan
28
comment How do I protect myself from harm and wrack?
Ernir, I'd recommend turning that into its own question/answer as "sources of death ward"
Jan
28
comment Using a rash decision to move gameplay forward
Do not answer in comments.
Jan
28
comment What happens when an Enlarged Creature dies?
Please take discussion to chat.
Jan
23
comment What's the difference between a roleplaying game and a board game?
Both. And remember, the accepted check is most useful to you. If a summary is most useful to you, accept it.