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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
24
comment What success rate design is the most “fun”?
What age? "young children" covers a number of developmental periods.
Feb
23
comment How to optimize an earth dwarf sorcerer?
Please, may we entreat for the character to go wizard/runesmith instead of battle sorcerer?
Feb
23
comment How do I make it absolutely clear that I'm shooting you in the face?
Can you discuss more how Laser tag apparatus will solve this problem?
Feb
21
comment What Feats for a Hellfire Ur-lock Disciple?
Also, has your DM banned strongheart vests from working with hellfire?
Feb
21
comment What Feats for a Hellfire Ur-lock Disciple?
Also, what invocations are you taking?
Feb
19
comment Is there a creature similar to The Thing?
Ruut, a number of possible options exist in things like the fiend folio and lords of madness. I take it that because they use magic, they're not appropriate answers for this question?
Feb
19
comment Is there a creature similar to The Thing?
Please do not answer in comments.
Feb
19
comment How can I DM a character with more social skills than me?
Take this argument to Role-playing Games Chat, folks.
Feb
18
comment Does 'World Serpent's Grasp' trigger on non-damaging attacks and item attacks?
Please only ask one question per question. Perhaps you can reformat this to actually ask about the problem you're trying to address, instead of exploring edge cases?
Feb
18
comment Favored class in Pathfinder “Advanced”
Miniman, can you reformat the question such that the question becomes clear then, please? It seems that they can both be phrased part of a single question addressing the querent's specific problem.
Feb
18
comment Favored class in Pathfinder “Advanced”
Asking for vague thoughts isn't allowed here. What specific problem can we help with?
Feb
18
comment How do I introduce Paranoia to a Junior High School Pathfinder RPG club?
Please look at our game recommendation requirements before asking that as a proper question, and do some research on well regarded game-recommendation questions on this site.
Feb
16
comment Are there any “linked” creatures that can only be defeated in tandem?
Please do not answer, nor debug in comments. Take discussion to Role-playing Games Chat.
Feb
16
comment DM is making rules without reason, how can I stop this
Also, does this problem cover narrative arguments or mechanical arguments?
Feb
16
comment DM is making rules without reason, how can I stop this
Possible duplicate: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/22715/…
Feb
16
comment DM is making rules without reason, how can I stop this
What edition is this for?
Feb
16
comment Beginner RPG for 2
Unfortunately, genre, scope, complexity, and theme do matter to us. Take a look at our game-recommendation guidelines to get a sense of how to accurately ask your question.
Feb
14
comment I want to play Dr. Manhattan. How can I?
Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat.
Feb
13
comment Good system for large tactical battles?
Can you address how, exactly, you've used it for the querent's purposes?
Feb
13
comment Good system for large tactical battles?
Do not answer in comments. @MEP that would make a good proper answer.