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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.

Papers you may be interested in:


Jul
19
comment Handling different, bordering cultural levels in Ravenloft
oooh, interesting question. +1
Jul
16
comment What should I look out for during my first game of Apocalypse World?
She'll be a fellow PC with me. This is her first experience with the system.
Jul
15
comment Does damage resistance apply to a Blood Mage's self-inflicted damage?
As a note, the recent Arcanist errata has changes to blood mage: Bolstering Blood's extra damage is against one and only one target, and burning blood: "Updates and combines the feature’s effects: revises the damage type from psychic to fire and makes it ongoing damage, but requires the target to be suffering an effect that a save can end. "
Jul
13
comment What is the expected average damage for an area of effect power?
Er, yes? One of the main questions that is answered by considering the damage potential is "Given a requirement for damage, does this power satisfy that requirement more effectively than a single-target power?" The opportunity cost of the at-will is actually quite significant given the normal selections of 2-3 at-wills. Therefore an at-will that will be used, at best, once or twice a fight is an at-will with a damage multiplier of X/5 (x being number of uses.) simply due to the necessity and ability to cost the externalities of opportunity cost within the power. ... What did I just write?
Jul
12
comment How to kill a troll in D&D 3.5?
I don't have access to complete soundrel or the other poisons book, but my mind is bugging me that there's some alchemical item or poison that prevents regen. Am I mixing this up with 4e?
Jul
10
comment How many times can a stormwarden's Blade Storm trigger?
This says yes: community.wizards.com/wiki/Dnd:Char_op_-_QnA_compilation: If someone wants to work it up into a full fledged answer with argumentation? (I do dislike self-answers...)
Jul
9
comment How Do You Calculate the Average Damage for Twin Strike?
Also, as someone who's built many characters, there is no way I'd build an epic level character without online or offline character builder, there are just too many things to keep track of.
Jul
9
comment How Do You Calculate the Average Damage for Twin Strike?
No worries mate. There are expected ACs, a monster will have an AC (give or take 2 points) of Monster Level +14. When performing these calculations, we assume you're trying to hit a big block of tofu of your level. Take a look at the DPR king candidates thread, they do a wonderful job of explaining this.
Jul
9
comment How Do You Calculate the Average Damage for Twin Strike?
To hit is the sum of all bonuses that you would add to your d20 to see if you hit. I could include a sigma if you really wanted...
Jul
9
comment How does the Symbol of Gajz interact with healing powers?
@Cthos, agree that it's a function of DM's interpretation. But it did need to be mentioned.
Jul
3
comment Is it possible to teleport while on the Astral plane?
'twas the intent :)
Jul
3
comment Can party betrayal be done successfully?
+1 I would very much prefer PvP to play out this way, but yes, probably not the best approach for betraying a hack-en-slash 4e group for purposes of swapping DMs. Also, welcome to the site, mate.
Jul
1
comment Medieval problems in a magical world
Formations should probably be a different question, really.
Jul
1
comment Can you place something living in a bag of holding?
Hrmmm, except in order to access that air, wouldn't you have to squeeze out the bag? For that matter, is air considered an ontological "object" for purposes of the bag's sorting algorithm? (This discussion better described in 3.5 instead of 4e)
Jun
30
comment Catching falling characters
Welcome to the site! Good question.
Jun
29
comment What magic items are there to capture or restrain someone?
Er, yes, yes it is? But hey, it's PC-enabled plot-poison. :) As an NPC, feel free to make struggling out of the poison a skill challenge.
Jun
29
comment How does Charm Person affect a PC?
Ouch. That's one of the really nasty edge cases. It boils down to the player's RPing skills and investment in the story rather than the personal triumphs of their character.
Jun
29
comment Can party betrayal be done successfully?
@Pulsehead mainly this plan takes away agency from the other players and, if they express agency at any point, ruin the plan. Here's the chat I had chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/11/conversation/…
Jun
28
comment Can party betrayal be done successfully?
Hop onto chat, mate? Mainly, it would trigger pretty bad feelings of powerlessness. There's no real element of choice in the matter. Also, I'm awful confused by your fake and real PC references.
Jun
28
comment Can party betrayal be done successfully?
What. I... well, you've played with your group for 14 years, so you'd know them best. But I'd have an awfully hard time with this plot.