65,759 reputation
9148314
bio website drbbs.org
location Sydney, Australia
age 31
visits member for 3 years, 10 months
seen 1 hour ago

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
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.
Jun
26
comment What are common sizes for zones in the heroic tier?
Welcome to the site, mate.
Jun
26
comment How can I balance giving the party a teamwork feat?
+1. Very much agree. Also teamwork feats enhance capabilities, which means they can face more interesting non-combat challenges. This is, in many ways, self balancing.
Jun
23
comment Can a wildblood warden use “Wildblood speed” before “Warden's Fury”?
Yep, I'm an idiot.
Jun
23
comment How can I enhance Hand of Radiance?
Yeah, the only way to do something with cold is with some kind of rider. I haven't found any worth noting though.
Jun
23
comment Can a wildblood warden use “Wildblood speed” before “Warden's Fury”?
This does seem to be the common ruling, do you have a cite for free as immediate reaction? The rules compendium cites from GMNoob look persuasive as a change in that ruling.
Jun
22
comment Does the Rod of Dread's critical property add the fear keyword to powers?
also suggestive: community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75882/22471009/…
Jun
22
comment Does the Rod of Dread's critical property add the fear keyword to powers?
community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75882/25937917/… suggets "yes" ... but it'd be nice if there was a better answer.
Jun
22
comment How can I enhance Hand of Radiance?
Mmm, add in Power of Moon and Power of Winter...
Jun
22
comment How can I enhance Hand of Radiance?
Half-elf dilettante. To be fair, the question can be broadened to tanking up an invoker... Do you know any way of turning HoR primal?