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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
19
comment Rogue Weapons Spiked Chain
For more accurate debugging, please paste your character into your answer.
May
19
comment Rogue Weapons Spiked Chain
False, actually. There's some interesting wording here and multiple interacting feats. It's really annoying.
May
19
comment Rogue Weapons Spiked Chain
Which character builder?
May
17
comment Is it possible to roll Stealth versus multiple targets when one or more can see you?
+1 obligatory hidden club link.
May
17
comment How do vulnerabilities combine, when taking multiple types of damage?
@patludwig yes, vlun 5 all = vuln 5 all damage. since all references keyword
May
16
comment Cooperative character building?
Would you be willing to run a session of that in the back room?
May
16
comment Cooperative character building?
Huh. fascinating.
May
16
comment Non-magical encounter suggestions
@Lechlerfan was my answer at all useful, or is simon's more in the direction you want?
May
15
comment How can you translate Rashomon/The Rashomon Job into a one-off-game?
Drop by chat and we'll work out the rules and post them here.
May
15
comment Can the ranger choose powers from the scout or hunter list?
Also note that feats exist to fiddle some of the encounter powers.
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.