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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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May
29
comment D&D 4th Edition deities - more than just what's in the PHB
Sure thing. If this is an NPC for your wife-game, I'd almost recommend going the Pelor route, and having that be an intrigue she can discover at court.
May
28
comment Are there recommendations or pitfalls for playing an archer cleric?
@Adriano It doesn't, but it's absolutely trivial to house rule.
May
28
comment How do you maintain pacing close to a campaign climax when a number of players cannot make a game?
I fully recommend it :)
May
27
comment What adventures focus on courtly intrigue and social conflict instead of combat?
+1 for tactfully saying what I was trying to figure out how to say.
May
25
comment Is there a tool to make custom character sheets?
Ichoran why would you want to do that? (Speaking as someone who just typeset their thesis in ConTeXt... WHYYYY?) ::cough::
May
24
comment How to improve the Diplomacy skill mechanic in D&D 3.Xe and Pathfinder?
Completely different philosophies as the basis of skills. It may be worth looking at 4e's gamist philosophy if 3.5's skills aren't doing it for you. Also take a look at some of the sourcebooks on dungeons.wikia.com. Their alternative philosophies may help.
May
24
comment How to improve the Diplomacy skill mechanic in D&D 3.Xe and Pathfinder?
Well, my suggestion was to look at the serious skills mechanic from At-Will's take on 4e's skills, but 3.5 and 4e are modelling entirely different systems with their skills. This certainly isn't worth an answer.
May
24
comment Are there any 4E Mega-Dungeons out there?
In other news, I just wrote a random monster generator for the Dizzy Dungeon for 4e. Just in case that helps...
May
24
comment Are there any 4E Mega-Dungeons out there?
It's spread out. The philosophy is still forming. It's worth searching the internet for more.
May
24
comment Purchasing old GURPS and other out of print games online
@sevenSidedDie Which one is vote to merge?
May
24
comment How do you kidnap a PC?
Urk. I'd... throw a big "ARE YOU SURE" dialogue up... cause that's what I do for my players when they have questionable ideas. As someone who's occasionally (heh) played Red Team ... be prepared for this to haunt every single character you ever make from now own. Real answers after coffee...
May
22
comment How do I increase resistance to drain?
looking at: denver.wikidot.com/info:cultured-information Pain Editor gives +1 will, no Penalties for mental (stun) damage and No unconciousness due to deadly stun. So that's the biggie. Alternatively a trauma damper: Subtract one box from any Stun Damage. Shift one box from Physical Damage to Stun Damage. It seems 'ware is more about mitigating the consequences than dodging them. Still, a -1 essence combo as referenced in the post seems quite attractive if you're designing for it.
May
21
comment How do I signal that alternate tactical end states are possible?
I'm talking about goals beyond breaking or surendering. Stuff, the link posits, like "Evade" or "Hold" or "Contain." While normal social interaction checks may suggest "these enemies may try to run away" I can't see any non-spoonfeeding methods for the more interesting tactics.
May
21
comment How do you maintain pacing close to a campaign climax when a number of players cannot make a game?
@Andrew, from the chat, @Mxy notes: "Possibly good edit, unclear if scope of the q should be roleplaying session oriented or whether "we get together and play Monopoly that night and reminisce about the campaign" qualifies - original Q implied RP but edit makesit more general, which is fine as long as it's fine with the OP" I hope this and my edit help you refine the question.
May
21
comment Is there an online interactive character sheet for Dungeons & Dragons 4E?
Are you using character builder to generate the characters, or is that part of the interactivity you require?
May
20
comment Optimize at will dpr
Go look at the DPR King thread on the builds community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75882/22105109/… Any post I make would just be restating that.
May
19
comment When exactly is the reroll for Elven Accuracy done?
As far as I can tell, it's GM convention. But this isn't really an answer.
May
19
comment What kinds of misc (implement, ki focus, that sort of thing) items can a swordmage equip?
Cool. It's a decent investment for a defender.
May
18
comment What kinds of misc (implement, ki focus, that sort of thing) items can a swordmage equip?
That was fast. Okay, 620 gp... changes things. What feats do you have? How many close burst powers, how many melee powers? What is your aegis?
May
18
comment What kinds of misc (implement, ki focus, that sort of thing) items can a swordmage equip?
Okay, are you asking what gear is appropriate for a swordmage? Or are you asking what implements he can use? What level are you, what's your build, what's "tons?" and are there any other limitations on purchasing other than price?