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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
2
comment Does a Ranged Basic Attack with range Melee become a Melee Basic Attack?
It's a very useful power :) I really love the invoker at-wills and really hate the rest of the class. Which... is annoying.
Sep
2
comment Using Mighty Crusader Expertise with a sword and board Paladin
+1 while the character cannot attack with the weapon, the character can attack with her holy symbol and counts as wielding the weapon 2h. It's fiddly but...
Sep
1
comment Using Mighty Crusader Expertise with a sword and board Paladin
@GMNoob can you cite the rules showing that the light shield can be used like that?
Aug
31
comment Finding alternatives to rogues in campaigns
Also, welcome to the site, mate! :)
Aug
31
comment Using Mighty Crusader Expertise with a sword and board Paladin
As a side note, I am hugely unimpressed with these feats. They're all dancing around the math fix, and some of them are incredibly silly.
Aug
31
comment Using Mighty Crusader Expertise with a sword and board Paladin
And while "just house rule it" is what I'm doing in my game, it's not actually a valid answer to this question and will be downvoted.
Aug
30
comment RPG designed for irregular players/gaming?
In my experience, while troupe play is possible, it requires absent players to do "homework." that most absent players won't do: decide what they're doing in their down season. While it's a minimum investment, the player who is skipping likely isn't willing to make that investment, and it gets worse every season skipped. If you're going to go this route, make sure to have all players declare their research priorities early, with group editable character sheets. Also, don't make the mistake I made and have huge amounts of (quite interesting, mind you) economic paperwork managed by absent chars
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