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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
18
comment What kinds of misc (implement, ki focus, that sort of thing) items can a swordmage equip?
Okay, are you asking what gear is appropriate for a swordmage? Or are you asking what implements he can use? What level are you, what's your build, what's "tons?" and are there any other limitations on purchasing other than price?
May
14
comment Optimizing a rogue as an assassin
Our own question/answer on snipers is slightly better than the sniper rogue handbook. It's aged poorly.
May
14
comment Optimizing a rogue as an assassin
have you looked into darkstalker? are themes allowed? What other books are allowed? What are the other people in your party playing (a surprisingly important aspect) What's more important, stealth or damage? Is anyone willing to cooperate with you on feats?
May
7
comment Convert a D&D 4e adventure to another level
I strongly urge you to update the monsters in Keep. I've endured it as a PC and the monsters just are... not very representative of good monster design.
May
5
comment What options are available for a Cleric casting multiple spells per round?
+1 for Divine metamagic, the feat of cheesy choice since Vow of Poverty :) (snark aside, it's the answer I'd have given.)
May
4
comment Game of Thrones (D20/Tri-Stat) vs Song of Ice and Fire RPG: which has the most substantial setting information?
Welcome! Can you give us some of your impressions of running both games? What house rules did it provide for?
May
1
comment What characterizes a “Modern” role playing game or gaming system?
Welcome, mate! I'm curious of your definition of streamlining. I can see some arguments that modern RPGs are certainly more accessable but I'm not sure what you mean. Could you give us some examples?
Apr
30
comment How to keep track of statuses and conditions?
Felt is actually a brilliant idea. Neat.
Apr
30
comment Wielding barbarian weapons two handed
@matt Cool. Write that up as an answer :)
Apr
30
comment Does a creature lose invisibility after being hit?
Ayep. (Unless they're an assassin with a specific feat or otherwise using a power that grants a stealth check explicitly) It's horribly counterintuitive.
Apr
29
comment Can you double dip with Maldeen's Hunt?
oh. Yeah. That's... that's a lot more useful.
Apr
29
comment Can you double dip with Maldeen's Hunt?
No, that is the concrete rule. This has an explicit "GM common sense" line that emphasises rule 0. Amusingly, this recursive move isn't very useful for a warlord, even one with a reach weapon. It can be incredibly broken for a ranger or other melee striker though. However, as it's been around for ages and hasn't reached any kind of "broken" status with builds, I wouldn't worry too much about it. It's a great great way to get horribly out of position, and tricky to take tactical advantage of. Let us know how its use, unrestricted, turns out.
Apr
29
comment Can you double dip with Maldeen's Hunt?
False. In 4e, a "shift" is a subset of "move" actions. As it involves vacating one square to enter another, it absolutely counts as a move. Any instance of movement, whether it is done willingly or unwillingly. Whenever a creature, an object, or an effect leaves a square to enter another, it is moving. Shifting, teleporting, and being pushed are all examples of moves. Applying 3.5 logic just breaks 4e (and 4e doesn't use feet at all)
Apr
28
comment Can you double dip with Maldeen's Hunt?
what's this from?
Apr
28
comment Does the new Character Builder hide valid content?
@wax oooh, that sounds fun. Happy to give professional consulting advice to suit any set of requirements :)
Apr
28
comment How do I alert the rest of the party that a character within the party has stolen a major plot device?
My answer can work for a system-agnostic tag.
Apr
28
comment Does the new Character Builder hide valid content?
Neither had I, really. I always used custom in the past, it's... remarkably annoying looking at how options change.
Apr
28
comment Does the new Character Builder hide valid content?
@Cthos That's why I run a XP in a virtual machine. Old/new character builder is the main thing I have it for.
Apr
27
comment I am looking to expand my game library. What indie game should I purchase that best features non-standard rules?
I've done a massive edit based on a conversation over in chat. The new question hopefully focuses more on good-subjective (play experience looking for new odd games which are fun for the poster) rather than "big honking list" which is not handled well by the site. Voting to reopen.
Apr
27
comment I am looking to expand my game library. What indie game should I purchase that best features non-standard rules?
Define mainstream, please. :)