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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
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?
Oct
13
comment Is copying Summae really this easy?
It may be worth mentioning the Cow and Calf oath here
Oct
12
comment Is it even worth playing a monster class in 3.5?
We're not a normal forum, Steve. We don't have replies, only answers viewed in a multitiude of different orders. Take a look at our tour. Interesting first answer.
Oct
12
comment How can I build a Shardbearer?
Can folks check my work on the progression? It's been a long while since I've done proper 3.5 builds and I might have missed a bit.
Oct
12
comment How does one dispatch a helpless opponent?
Could you fix the quote formatting? quotes aren't code and shouldn't be treated that way. Also there are some very odd spaces in your "completely legitimate" copy and paste.
Oct
11
comment Anything to ignore weapon damage decrease due to being small?
Much better. Well done.
Oct
9
comment How do I get a player to befriend a Hostile Human NPC?
You may want to update your question then. Please also include details of which edition this is for, as that can change things significantly.
Oct
9
comment How do I get a player to befriend a Hostile Human NPC?
What? Are you asking how to signal that a hostile npc only wants to kill the character because of a mistake and that the player shouldn't engage in the standard practice of D&D adventurers without any signal given to the character that this is the case?
Oct
8
comment How can I get players to fall for this trap?
@HeyICanChan Don't you mean the Gnomish Interstitial Agents National Tunnel Syndicate?
Oct
8
comment How can I get players to fall for this trap?
Yes, yes I am. It's the very model of a model lawful evil dungeon.
Oct
7
comment Attacking with a blade in main hand while holding a bow in off-hand in 4e?
As a helpful tip, hybrid... plus MC tends to be abysmal. As part of Dragon #394 it has guidelines on reflavouring your powers such that you can accomodate your desired narrative without... well... situations described above.
Oct
6
comment How many doses of poison does the Craft (alchemy) skill check produce if completed?
That's probably for the best, there's no need to preserve downvotes. If you could improve the answer, that would, of course, be preferable.
Oct
3
comment Help me buff out an Efreeti
Neither can I, but happily, the "evil-is-dumb-o-meter" can be set to any desired setting. Also, things become far more interesting with his second lieutenant, daughter, etc.. Also, it's a BookBook
Oct
3
comment Would the 1st level Burning Hands wizard spell burn down a wooden house/inn?
What kind of technological era are you emulating in your game? What are the roofs made out of? What is the typical building construction technique?
Sep
24
comment How should I handle the rest of my party, who believe all Necromancy must be evil?
Take arguments to meta, please. Beyond that, system and edition are important, as well as setting details if you have any. Alignment debates tend to be pointless on the surface of things without sources to cite.
Sep
9
comment How to build a workable master transmogrifist 10
Again, please focus much more into your results. Polymorphing into what to gain what abilities? Which features do you want to graft? How do you see using your reaction? Right now, it feels like you're trying to shoot flies with a cannon.