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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.

Papers you may be interested in:


May
26
comment Do Warlord powers which affect an attack apply both attacks of Twin Strike?
Is it clearer? For each attack that hits, the damage expression of the attack is modified. If both attacks miss, the ranger gets THP.
May
25
comment Class level vs. Character level vs. “my” level
Is there still the pain of effective character level and effective caster level and effective caster level?
May
22
comment Can characters reach Mach 1 and higher in D&D 3(.5)?
Sources that I can think off off the top of my head: polymorph, monk levels, more items, speed of thought feat.
May
22
comment Can characters reach Mach 1 and higher in D&D 3(.5)?
Oh, that's the initial version. Chuck in his final version exceeds C :) But as a reasonable "hey, how can I go fast" yours looks good. Have you thought about sources of extra actions and spells?
May
22
comment Can one multiclass into the same second class twice?
It's also a complete waste of feats. The multiclass feats are not actually all that useful. But you cannot multiclass into your own class.
May
22
comment What is a good way to use Allabar for a climactic ending encounter for a 4e campaign?
As one of his PCs, I can attest to some of the methods being very very painful (and entertaining) but mostly painful.
May
21
comment How can a Rogue gets attacks in another player or monsters turn?
Oh, there are some delicious delicious riposte builds, like my Don Bugbear De la Mancha, and various helf abuse of it. See also agile opportunist.
May
21
comment If I can just get Fleeting Ghost as a rogue at lvl 2, is there any point to taking Cunning Sneak?
Amusingly, I'm building a character now in chat where I just considered this decision. Excellent timing.
May
21
comment What is a good way to use Allabar for a climactic ending encounter for a 4e campaign?
Welcome to the site. Interesting question. Do you have character sheets for your characters?
May
21
comment Can a Wall spell be unsupported to make an arch
Yeah. The rules are very poorly written to cover these edge cases.
May
20
comment Can a Wall spell be unsupported to make an arch
See also: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/3627/…
May
20
comment Can a caster hit themself with a Blast spell?
See also: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/3448/…
May
20
comment Can a Wall spell be unsupported to make an arch
Yes, however as some powers have heights... and those heights may or may not count as limits... this is one of those annoying edge cases.
May
19
comment Rogue Weapons Spiked Chain
For more accurate debugging, please paste your character into your answer.
May
19
comment Rogue Weapons Spiked Chain
False, actually. There's some interesting wording here and multiple interacting feats. It's really annoying.
May
19
comment Rogue Weapons Spiked Chain
Which character builder?
May
17
comment Is it possible to roll Stealth versus multiple targets when one or more can see you?
+1 obligatory hidden club link.
May
17
comment How do vulnerabilities combine, when taking multiple types of damage?
@patludwig yes, vlun 5 all = vuln 5 all damage. since all references keyword
May
16
comment Cooperative character building?
Would you be willing to run a session of that in the back room?
May
16
comment Cooperative character building?
Huh. fascinating.