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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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Oct
28
comment It is possible to make Vampires, Night-Elves and Warforged to play along?
It'd require brainstorming ahead of time, but since the DM knows the "modes of play" of any given character, most common interactions can be paradigmised. Then, presuming good will and good improv, stuff should work "well enough." This is not something to try on a group you don't know.
Oct
27
comment Which issue of Dragon magazine had a chart for volleys of arrows?
Dwayne notes: "Dragon #113. might be it not sure thought there was one with 25 50 or 100 attack rolls like this chart in the issue 113, but as was so long ago might be getting mixed up. "
Oct
27
comment European Medieval Fantasy RPG with an appropriate setting, minimal bookkeeping, random characters, and simple rules?
Strict minimalist seems right? For rules-light, it's not so much a design side, as a "people who I've played with who have identified with that term" side, which is a bit long to be a single word.
Oct
27
comment European Medieval Fantasy RPG with an appropriate setting, minimal bookkeeping, random characters, and simple rules?
True, but I've normally found "rules light" to translate "Implement some of the rules, some of the time."
Oct
26
comment European Medieval Fantasy RPG with an appropriate setting, minimal bookkeeping, random characters, and simple rules?
I'm not sure dungeon world counts as "rules light" as it demands a high level of system mastery. Could you address that experience more? (Not simply with new players, but with very rules light players?)
Oct
24
comment Did my clothes catch fire?
As much as I hate to ask: were your clothes magical?
Oct
24
comment How does Anticipate Teleportation Greater affect someone walking through a Dimension Door?
Wait, it's an actual true story?
Oct
24
comment How does Anticipate Teleportation Greater affect someone walking through a Dimension Door?
... and the paladin smiles the satisfied smile of the doer of good works. "A job well done, I say."
Oct
24
comment Monk 4 + 1 level full BAB Options
It's probably worth mentioning that ascetic knight advanced unarmed strike with paladin levels, making that synergy even less sucky. Also, does swordsage synergize well? (I know it's very monky, but I don't remember the specific synergies)
Oct
23
comment Official 3.5 Rule for level adjustment when applying a template?
... this doesn't seem like an answer, mate. Your question, as posed, is: "So my main question is where are the official 3.5 rules on that topic, and in the case they would be unclear, how is it commonly understood?" ... How does rebuilding fit at all? Also, What does "I am waiting for your comments, but I am considering accepting this. " mean? This almost seems like its own poorly phrased question. Beyond that, perhaps we can copy slightly... less... copyrighted content? Excerpt only the bits that matter for the answer you plan to give.
Oct
23
comment How does one stop the rogue from trap checking every five feet
"It stops traps from ever coming into effect" ... could you give an example of this? Maybe link to the DDI instances of the traps in question?
Oct
23
comment How does one stop the rogue from trap checking every five feet
It may be worth emphasising the role of passive perception more, as it's nominally designed for situations like this?
Oct
21
comment How can I build a Shardbearer?
I'd be interested to see a workup of the specific build chosen with reasons why as an answer. Specific experience is always useful.
Oct
21
comment How to optimize a TWF Barbarian Elf
Could you translate your... sketch into something that is legible?
Oct
20
comment How can I build a Shardbearer?
Would your player benefit from more elaboration on the cleric/incarnate build detailed below? If so, starting level and expected length of campaign are desirable information.
Oct
17
comment Does the Sapphire Hierarch's prereq “Access to the law domain” require actually choosing the domain?
Alternative third reading: the cleric must be a DBMS, or at least support ODBC.
Oct
16
comment Couple RPG/Two Person Roleplaying?
Please look at our system-recommendation guidelines. As stated, this is entirely too broad.
Oct
14
comment I have 100,000 gp but can't buy gear. What do I spend it on?
Then I hope some aspect of my answer was of utility to you, since we're now in house-rule territory and we can't answer it without detailed knowledge of your campaign.
Oct
14
comment I have 100,000 gp but can't buy gear. What do I spend it on?
Jonas, that sounds like an excellent answer in its own right.
Oct
13
comment How can a level 11 druid have a Dire Tortoise as an animal companion?
Could... you discuss the reasons why you're asking this question? Are you trying to find out how, are you trying to tell one of your players that they can't have it?