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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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Jan
27
comment Using FMA Alchemy as the basis of magic in a fate system
@mxyzplk If we find a good answer, I may just have to test the answer over in The Back Room. I'd love to have a knowledgeable and informed playtester, if your nine your old wants to participate. :)
Jan
27
comment Using FMA Alchemy as the basis of magic in a fate system
I'd prefer FMA Brotherhood, as I'm 30 episodes in, but yes, the "eastern/western" split seems... different. For a first pass, a description/condensation of the understanding/destruction/creation loop would be good.
Jan
27
comment How can I remake a drow hexblade into an effective ranged attacker?
Edit is in the right direction. Voted to Reopen.
Jan
26
comment Does anyone know of a D20 system that uses the Harry Potter Universe?
Kind of related: rpg.stackexchange.com/q/3929/760
Jan
25
comment Resources for 3D printable RPG props?
I assume you have a reprap?
Jan
24
comment How would a fate “engineering” combat work?
That's what I'm not getting, @gomad, could you provide me with an example?
Jan
24
comment How would a fate “engineering” combat work?
To destroy their home at a time of my choosing (nominally when they're all in it.)
Jan
24
comment What theoretical breakthroughs are possible for necromancers?
Welcome to the site! Excellent answer.
Jan
23
comment How do I balance game interactions between a giant mecha that can level cities and its pilot?
In fiction, the challenges are generally social/mental outside of the suit, and preposterously physical inside. It sounds like you want normals to be able to compete with mecha in physical contests. Is that what you're asking?
Jan
23
comment Is the Assassin class non-functional?
@adamjford it requires significant optimization to bring its DPR to "okay" standpoints when compared to the other strikers. Low, is as ever, a function of the specific game.
Jan
22
comment Is the Assassin class non-functional?
The executioner assassin is merely sub-par from the perspective of DPR. However, I would happily play one in a group not particularly worried about damage as I love the flavour (especially of the ninja).
Jan
17
comment Is Hengeyokai's Nature's Mask benefit applied to Hybrid form or just Animal form?
welcome to the site!
Jan
16
comment Is Hengeyokai's Nature's Mask benefit applied to Hybrid form or just Animal form?
oh, good question.
Jan
13
comment When is an activity practice instead of exposure?
Welcome to the site. Interesting answer.
Jan
9
comment Implementing the rational magic and world from Harry Potter: Methods of Rationality in a game?
@pureferret Try to work it into a theoretical framework and post it.
Jan
7
comment How do you come up with attribute values and skills for your NPCs
Interesting answer. Welcome to the site.
Jan
6
comment How much can a purchased teacher teach? (Including teaching?)
excellent answer.
Jan
4
comment Any mechanics out there for developing and maintaining a spy/information network?
That's a negatory, ace.
Dec
30
comment How do I represent a warlock with a background in thievery?
Welcome to the site! Excellent answer.
Dec
30
comment Does anyone know the name of the 3.5e D&D item that allows you to store your current exp?
nope. You just put a copy of your xp into it. You retain your current level.