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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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Jan
9
comment Implementing the rational magic and world from Harry Potter: Methods of Rationality in a game?
@pureferret Try to work it into a theoretical framework and post it.
Jan
7
comment How do you come up with attribute values and skills for your NPCs
Interesting answer. Welcome to the site.
Jan
6
comment How much can a purchased teacher teach? (Including teaching?)
excellent answer.
Jan
4
comment Any mechanics out there for developing and maintaining a spy/information network?
That's a negatory, ace.
Dec
30
comment How do I represent a warlock with a background in thievery?
Welcome to the site! Excellent answer.
Dec
30
comment Does anyone know the name of the 3.5e D&D item that allows you to store your current exp?
nope. You just put a copy of your xp into it. You retain your current level.
Dec
30
comment Does anyone know the name of the 3.5e D&D item that allows you to store your current exp?
It is... arguably, the most broken item in the game. For the price of 500 xp, you store your "current" XP in the bottle. At any time, you can reset to the bottle's XP.
Dec
29
comment How do I represent a warlock with a background in thievery?
+1 for an interesting question
Dec
28
comment Does anyone know the name of the 3.5e D&D item that allows you to store your current exp?
Welcome to the site, mate.
Dec
26
comment I want to build a castle, with magic!
Refrained from -1 because my question was insufficiently clear. The game has changed a lot from 3rd ed, and I'm interested more in the identification of what amount to scholarly resources as books and previous writings on this topic. But good rough structure.
Dec
23
comment Can you provide flanking when wielding a ranged weapon?
Oh, nice. Yeah, that is a fairly common tactical scenario.
Dec
19
comment How can I treat old and new players fairly, without upsetting anyone?
-1 I really dislike fudging rolls. I feel it breaks trust.
Dec
18
comment Does a monster knowledge check allow the character to learn everything about a monster's powers?
I wouldn't expect it. It's not particularly useful. On a hard, I'd expect defense targeted, keywords, and "gotcha" powers.
Dec
16
comment Old school dungeon with undead toads
Welcome to the site! Excellent answer.
Dec
13
comment Can I acquire cantrips with the Wizard multi-class feat?
It's important to note that these cost standard actions to activate. But for a thief who wants to douse light sources, there's no better way.
Dec
13
comment Can I shift and then move to escape?
Argh! 12 seconds!
Dec
12
comment Can I attack a Bulette when it's underground?
Also, don't forget the rules of "hidden club." Just because a monster has total concealment doesn't mean that it's hidden unless it's succeeded on a stealth roll.
Dec
12
comment Can a character with the Alchemist feat make Assassin poisons?
Yes, but it's a different poison. Looking at: wizards.com/dndinsider/compendium/item.aspx?id=805, Carrion Crawler Brain Juice costs 0gp, and is "Consumable: Assassin poison" if we contrast this with alchemical poisons, Walking Death has a recipe, a recipe cost, is labeled an alchemical item, and has a rarity. From the core DMG, the brain juice is not an item, instead it's "Level 5 Poison." If players wish to purchase that version, they can through DM approval. They cannot use alchemy (no recipe) nor can they produce the enhanced assassin version.
Dec
11
comment What are the highest level solo monsters in all official supplements released for 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons?
Very few things are "exclusive to DDI"
Dec
8
comment What should be the first 5 feats a Barbarian picks?
... ::whimper::