Brian Ballsun-Stanton

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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:

comment What is this game with Knights and Ogres and wolf riders I played when I was a kid?
Is this an RPG or board game?
comment How can I play Arkham Horror remotely?
No, it's that the camera does not present monster details in any useful level of detail, and it's entirely too much work simulating monsters on the local board.
comment How can I play Arkham Horror remotely?
Short update: I've finished a few games in vassal (4 players all controlled by myself) and found it completely acceptable for the purpose. It can be well used as a remote tracker for a real game, and is quite acceptable as a table-substitute. It would be almost impossible to play if one doesn't have experience with the real game though, due to the sheer complexity of pieces. The AH wiki is a decent-enough lookup for the common items that I've mostly memorized anyways. I'll post a real answer once I've tested this with real remote play.