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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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Sep
27
comment Simpler ways to keep track of the player's wealth/purchasing power?
For 3.5 (not a system-agnostic answer) check out the economicon: dandwiki.com/wiki/Dungeonomicon_(DnD_Other)/Economicon It's a remarkably sane treatment of the 3.5 economy.
Sep
27
comment Character wealth by level for 4E?
-1 While I agree that wealth-seeking groups are not the most interesting, this question is a purely mechanical question of wealth by level which is necessary for the mechanical side of the game due to the inherent red queen's race of equipment.
Sep
27
comment How to add a player who joined after the campaign started?
Oh, that's easy then. Ask him to leave.
Sep
26
comment Where can I find some game management tools for Mythus?
What are you looking for, exactly?
Sep
25
comment How to add a player who joined after the campaign started?
@user2474 you actually answered the question in the question. If a new player is saying "not what the character would do" and is trying to get a party who uses those tactics to accept him, there is no mutuality of concern. Tell him to try again, this time by figuring out what the party wants, first.
Sep
24
comment How difficult should hacking a computer or security system be with technokenesis?
The related power allows the PC to use a wifi card by licking it. But it's an info gathering power.
Sep
24
comment How difficult should hacking a computer or security system be with technokenesis?
I've got a feeling that it's more fiddling with charge on a wire than it is bits. And so the ATM is just "set cash drawer high and set alarm to low." Which makes sense for oooold ATMs.
Sep
22
comment Pre-modern farming: What percent of the population is in agriculture?
You may want to check out the Lords of Men supplement for Ars Magica. It covers this sort of thing extremely well and can be ported to other games with no effort. I strongly recommend it.
Sep
22
comment Pre-modern farming: What percent of the population is in agriculture?
To be fair, the energy density of crops varies wildly. But yeah, +1 for awesomely researched answer.
Sep
22
comment Can a creature use an immediate interrupt power and an opportunity attack in the same round?
Yes. If a spellcaster is silly enough to provoke while marked without having shifted, they get exactly what they deserve.
Sep
20
comment How to handle miniatures on a forum-based game?
How set in stone is "Forum?" we use RPG-Bones on wave and it works wonderfully.
Sep
18
comment How to add a player who joined after the campaign started?
Welcome to the site, mate. Good question.
Sep
18
comment What's the deal with alignment languages?
+1 for alignmentism
Sep
17
comment What qualifies as a “ranged attack?”
My pleasure, mate. :)
Sep
17
comment What qualifies as a “ranged attack?”
If you have a current DDI subscription, I recommend enhancing the functionality of old Char builder with the CBLoader.
Sep
17
comment What qualifies as a “ranged attack?”
Yes, it has. Property: You gain resist 5 to all damage from ranged attacks and area attacks. Update (8/5/2010) Item updated to match Essentials data.
Sep
17
comment What qualifies as a “ranged attack?”
Do you have a special shield of deflection that does not provide protection against area attacks?
Sep
17
comment What qualifies as a “ranged attack?”
Not ... quite. There's some debate over what constitutes an attack. Articulated in my answer.
Sep
17
comment How do monk attacks work?
No. For MBAs it is Str. Monk implement attacks use dex, but monk unarmed strike does not swap MBAs to STr for free.
Sep
17
comment How do monk attacks work?
Welcome to the site! And no, it won't be added to implement powers.