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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
15
comment How can you translate Rashomon/The Rashomon Job into a one-off-game?
I would love to see some "determine reality" mechanics, maybe built on top of donjon or minimus?
May
15
comment Is there a way to add the “primal” keyword to a power?
-1 Welcome to the site... Aslan. While your approach is certainly novel, it introduces arbitrary house rules with... quite extreme consequences and no care for them. I also don't like your implied insults. However, there are quite a few categories of questions that your approach may be useful for.
May
15
comment How to run an encounter where PCs have different observations of the same events?
Done. I'm not hopeful of good answers.
May
14
comment How to run an encounter where PCs have different observations of the same events?
You really want to try rashomon as a RPG?
May
13
comment Is there any way for a player character to get Threatening Reach?
Do you have any parameters or restrictions?
May
4
comment How do you generate reasonable prices for goods and services not listed in the PHB?
+1 for your first line.
May
4
comment What are the benefits of playing an alignment other than True Neutral?
Bon, that's not actually persuasive in the context of the querent's weltanschauung. (I agree, sometimes, but it depends on the hat I'm wearing.)
May
4
comment How can I make low levels of a high-level build more bearable?
+1 welcome. "You're doing it wrong" is a completely valid answer so long as it's well supported. And this is well written. Welcome to the site.
May
4
comment How do you generate reasonable prices for goods and services not listed in the PHB?
Could you unpack the link and quote useful bits?
May
2
comment How do I keep NPCs from just sounding the alarm?
Welcome to the site! Excellent answer situated in personal subjective experience.
May
2
comment What to do when your PCs skip an important part of the story line
Welcome to the site, temple. I just formatted your answer and fixed a few typos. Glad to have you here.
May
2
comment Running Parallel Campaigns
Interesting tie-in of real-world time. Welcome!
May
2
comment What is 'railroading', and is it a bad thing?
Welcome to the site, Spidey! Good answer situated in your experience. Exactly the kind of "Good-subjective" that we like.
Apr
27
comment Using MuCo to add two extra arms
Yes. Otherwise I shall have one of my Merinita players (@magician) curse them... creatively :) I'm also happy to consult on Ars character building, though I apply a different skill-set there.
Apr
27
comment Using MuCo to add two extra arms
Glad to be of service to a fellow ars player. I'm disappointed that I didn't need to crack A&A for this :) Give me more Ars Questions!
Apr
25
comment Adjusting Modules for More Players
Welcome to the site. Good answer situated in experience.
Apr
24
comment How do I help myself recover from death?
Major exceptions: Bonuses to saving throws, bonuses to death saving throws, being a revenant. Note that achieving a 20+ (not rolling a 20) is necessary to gain the free surge, save via feat where it then becomes 18-20.
Apr
24
comment What are the benefits of playing an alignment other than True Neutral?
I just came from a day of teaching. Logic is a useful flail for silly ideas.
Apr
24
comment How do I help myself recover from death?
Made your title represent your question. Welcome to the site.
Apr
24
comment How can I disrupt a Gnome Rogue/Assassin Hybrid?
For what it's worth, if he hops by chat, I'm willing to help him spec into something that will both meet his needs and not (look like) it overwhelms the party, as @magician can attest :)