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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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Aug
27
comment How to make magic items more interesting?
Wow... I'd have extremely large problems with charged items and intelligent items as described: I absolutely refuse to have my hammer tell me it doesn't want to hit things. ... looking at your active/passive ontology, I wouldn't say active causes interest so much as it causes mechanical complexity. Given that complex things are quickly integrated into either the schemata of battle or discarded, I'm not entirely sure I buy your articulation of increased interest.
Aug
27
comment Can I use Overwhelming Strike to swap places with the target?
My pleasure, mate. It's a bit fiddly.
Aug
27
comment Can I use Overwhelming Strike to swap places with the target?
Welcome to the site! Good question. We're glad to help edit even the most sleep-depped of posts :)
Aug
25
comment How do you compensate your game master?
And pizza. We also accept bribes :)
Aug
18
comment What table-top games are best-suited for online play?
Welcome to the site, mate. Good recommendation.
Aug
18
comment Can a free action be taken in the middle of another action?
There is also evidence for this in the interaction between Centered Breath flurry of blows and the at-will push attack of the monk.
Aug
18
comment Does Flurry of Blows count as an attack?
Now, to be clear, it doesn't have any useful keywords for normal slide-stacking techniques, nor does it have an attack... so it's depressingly difficult to buff.
Aug
17
comment What table-top games are best-suited for online play?
I'll edit my answer with more details if you can tell me what kind of genre you want to play, what kinds of tropes you want to deal with, and how indie you want to get.
Aug
12
comment Does the offline character builder allow you to apply the Lich template to a character or must this be done manually?
Fair enough. Even NPCs use monster mechanics though. See the generation of "Splug" in WotC's Dark Awakenings encounter. Beyond that, he should just take the Lich Epic Destiny to reflect that he is indeed... a lich.
Aug
12
comment Does the offline character builder allow you to apply the Lich template to a character or must this be done manually?
The wiki is extensively documented...
Aug
10
comment What are the steps that you as GM's and PC's take to develop a Level 1 character?
@Lunin I'll be posting a link to the full 20k word article soon. (Deleted comment that was written from my iphone way too early in the morning)
Aug
7
comment Is there a good RPG with mechanics close to Crysis games
+1 cool answer of a non-generic system.
Aug
6
comment What is the last issue of Dragon/Dungeon Magazine included in the offline character builder?
CBLoader is a way of adding house rules to the offline character builder: code.google.com/p/cbloader
Aug
6
comment What does Deep Speech look/sound like?
You have a citation and an image with font. This is an excellent answer that should be accepted.
Aug
6
comment What is the last issue of Dragon/Dungeon Magazine included in the offline character builder?
As a side note, I assume that you're expliclty forbidding tools like CBLoader that can... get around that problem?
Aug
6
comment Is there a good RPG with mechanics close to Crysis games
Made some edits to fix language and localize the question to RPG.SE.
Aug
6
comment Is there a good RPG with mechanics close to Crysis games
Do you want a specific one? Any of the universal systems will handle what you want without too much trouble. Is there a reason you don't want to play GURPS or HeroSystem? Also, be advised that 2-3 bullets and your dead makes for a very cautious game by the players.
Jul
24
comment What are the primary differences between 3rd/4th/5th ed Ars Magica?
Welcome to the site, mate. Good answer.
Jul
22
comment Are the WotC archives of d20 Character Optimization forum forever lost?
use google to search it. It's the only way.
Jul
22
comment Is there a feat for melee characters equivalent to Dual Implement Spellcaster in D&D 4e?
Technically, accuracy is also improved as are effective crit chances by twin-strike, making your argument even better.