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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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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::
Dec
7
comment What should be the first 5 feats a Barbarian picks?
Er, you made it a hybrid mate. :) But as a striker hybrid, it's fascinating. It's just not a rageblood barb. (I also have some reservations of a hurler barb, but there are some interesting builds that can support that.) Also, two-weapon is far more whirling than rageblood. Still, I'd absolutely upvote this for a question on hybrids.
Dec
7
comment What should be the first 5 feats a Barbarian picks?
While this is a fascinating build (really quite fascinating...) it doesn't fit a str/con rageblood barb. -1 for off topic. On the other hand, I encourage you to submit it as an answer to a question of "interesting hybrid characters" which... should probably be asked.
Dec
5
comment What should be the first 5 feats a Barbarian picks?
What race are you?
Dec
3
comment Item grants shift after charge: is shift part of charge action?
Might as well leave it open for a day. Glad to see they fixed the free action problem.
Dec
3
comment Item grants shift after charge: is shift part of charge action?
Yeah, there's nothing on the boards that specifically addresses your question. However, since there's no evidence that the boots grant you a free action shift, it's in the same action as you lose hidden. Persistent tail is, as I said, your best bet for what I understand your objective to be.
Dec
2
comment How can you balance a system without making it bland?
Also, never ever have a 7th level character lead an assault on Asmodeuous's lair. Especially don't require that he take a bunch of first level mooks along, and especially don't allow arbitrary resources. If you do, make sure that there are consequences besides "you win because plot requires it."
Dec
2
comment How can you balance a system without making it bland?
What system are you balancing?
Nov
28
comment Rebalancing Experience Point Totals?
This isn't tagged with a system, so I answered from my experience. If this is savage worlds related, specifically... I can't really help.
Nov
25
comment What software utilities provide support for playing Microscope?
No, docs isn't the answer. Having participated extensively in the beta-test of microscope, an outline provides for an excellent documentation, but very poor real-time representation.
Nov
21
comment Can I use the Eberron adventures as a short adventure path?
Sheer laziness? And I want someone else to get the +50 points :) But yeah, the proper answer would have access to these sources and detail changes to the sources to make them turn into an adventure path. Spent some time looking for a site that did it, but came up dry.
Nov
21
comment Can I use the Eberron adventures as a short adventure path?
Fixed. Thanks. And yes, this isn't an answer that should earn the bounty.
Nov
21
comment Can Berserker's Fury be ended before the end of the encounter?
-1 not particularly useful response in terms of the mechanical focus of the question.