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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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Apr
18
comment About to start first campaign. Question re: Treantmonk's Guide to Rangers
Welcome to the site! Interesting question.
Apr
15
comment How can I add higher level prayers to my prayerbook?
Huh... then how does sanctum spell... actually work?
Apr
14
comment Ways to bump a warlock's attack roll?
Also, not as part of an answer, but general service, I seem to have helped quite a few people build characters more to requirements. Drop by my "office" (The Back Room) and I'll help optimize this one and link to that chat.
Apr
12
comment Can a blast hit targets vertically above the caster?
And welcome to the really quite vile world of 3d in 4e. It's painful.
Apr
11
comment What sorts of things in a typical fantasy village would be made of iron?
Also, there is a distinction to be made between cold forged iron and normal iron, pig iron, and steel. Is that what you are looking for? Also, what rough period of tech are we talking about? Dark ages, middle, enlightenment, high-fantasy pesudo-enlightenment?
Apr
6
comment How can a character create a skeleton (or any other undead)
@SteveC you should probably edit your question to clarify. To be honest, we should probably close this and try again, because the answers don't match your real question.
Apr
4
comment What rewards can compete with experience points?
How much authorship do you have over the world? Expressions of agency and their consequences can be just as rewarding if the world actually alters. Would suggesting something like "Giving them a kingdom and running it through REIGN or kingdom" be appropriate here? Or are you looking for less world-bendy stuff?
Apr
3
comment Battle Oracle advice
Welcome to the site, James. Lovely detailed questions. It may be worth splitting them into two questions for more nuanced discussion on both.
Apr
2
comment Do damage modifiers affect the damage dealt by a sustainable zone?
+1 Much depends on "damage" versus "damage roll." though they never make that clear save in the charOp forums.
Apr
2
comment What happens to you after you die in D&D 3.5?
@cross, yep but he said Greyhawk in comments.
Apr
1
comment How to keep track of statuses and conditions?
Welcome to the site, fcs.
Mar
31
comment What happens to you after you die in D&D 3.5?
At the same time, I believe that good souls gradually "rejoin" the plane that they stem from (I can't cite the source because I don't have a copy of deities and demigods handy) but... yeah. Being half-arsedly evil is probably a bad idea.
Mar
31
comment What happens to you after you die in D&D 3.5?
Welcome to the site, Circusfreak. Could you tell us more about what setting you're playing in?
Mar
30
comment Dealing with leaving players
Welcome back to RPG.SE! We've missed you! (we keep rolling 1s.)
Mar
30
comment What are the implications of the Dual Implement Spellcaster feat?
Welcome to the site, Adam. While this is true, it is dangerously so: most weapons have provisos that you have to attack with them. If we look at jagged, for example, "This weapon scores critical hits on a 19 or 20." does not mean that you score crits on 19-20, only attacks through that weapon do. There is significant discussion as to the best off-hand implements: community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75882/27076613/… Still... welcome to the site. Glad to have you.
Mar
29
comment Ubiquity: Best method to excitingly adjudicate the effects of Persuasion (Con/Diplomacy)
as outlined in edit: make social/mental stats into combat stats, make the overton window a determinator of size, and make facts map to weapons.
Mar
29
comment Is there any system for translating AD&D type encounters to 4e?
.... ... owwwwwww, not punnnnnny...
Mar
28
comment What are the big differences between the D&D editions?
To be fair, the social side of 4e is exactly as in depth as the DM wants to make it. Dismissing it as "table WoW" is unfair to groups who want to do social things.
Mar
27
comment Is there any system for translating AD&D type encounters to 4e?
Have you looked at the fourthcore design philosophy?
Mar
26
comment Can a pixie levitate on bootlaces carried by a spirit of salzacas?
yes. think mage hand as item