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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:


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reviewed Leave Closed How to make D&D-like Alignment work
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reviewed Leave Closed Good system for Jekyll and Hyde games?
Nov
25
reviewed Leave Open Chaotic Neutral Alignment and Greed
Nov
25
reviewed Close Can a D&D Necromancer be of a good alignment?
Nov
25
reviewed Reviewed How can I tell if Shillelagh has been cast on a quarterstaff?
Nov
11
reviewed Leave Open What game systems determine skill levels only through use?
Nov
11
reviewed Leave Open Which creatures in Middle Earth can speak common in the One Ring RPG?
Nov
11
reviewed Close Is there a way to salvage print distribution or put it out of its misery?
Nov
10
reviewed Leave Open What is the best way to multiclass Bard and Sorcerer?
Nov
10
reviewed Leave Open How can I roleplay multiclassing to explain new class features?
Nov
10
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What is the best way to multiclass Bard and Sorcerer?
Oct
17
reviewed Reviewed Saboteur Alchemist Bore Bomb Discovery
Oct
17
reviewed Leave Open What to do when a great idea comes too soon?
Oct
12
reviewed Edit suggested edit on Does a ritual-summoned gargoyle get its own turn in a fight?
Oct
9
reviewed Leave Open As a Sorcerer, how can I improve my reaction melee weapon attack?
Oct
9
reviewed Leave Open Does a proper Gamist-Narrativist hybrid system exist?
Sep
26
reviewed Leave Open Symbiotic Races in 4e?
Sep
26
reviewed Leave Open Danger and Location Moves in Dungeon World
Jul
21
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is There a Swarm Druid in D&D 3.5?
Jul
21
reviewed Leave Open Is it even worth playing a monster class in 3.5?