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I'm William Brall, a Sr. Web Developer at ZeniMax Online Studios working on the community site and patcher of Elder Scrolls Online.

I'm also the owner of The Bronze Coin, a roleplaying guild in Reisterstown Maryland.


Jun
20
answered Classroom RPG for kids
Jun
17
comment Who should be addressed in an RPG rule text?
Actually, in the example cases, it is clearer and more concise when not consistent. "A Psychic Warrior calls forth the aggressive nature of the beast inherent in him/herself, psionically transforming his/her hands into deadly claws."
Jun
12
awarded  Informed
Jun
8
awarded  Yearling
May
24
comment How to give a Rogue ways to shine
Rogues don't make very good scouts. They should stay close to the party in dungeons and deal with traps/locks and fade away in combat to surprise the enemy. If all the rooms your party enters have enemies pointed at the door, that's bad for him. But if they are huddled in the center of the room focused on a ritual with all the lights out...
May
23
answered How to make a confinement situation interesting without railroading players?
May
21
comment Sources for additional (summonable) creatures in Anima: Beyond Fantasy
Unrelatedly, it is nice to see people playing this game. I was skeptical about it when Wen-M first started working on the art for it.
May
21
awarded  Nice Answer
May
20
comment How can I run games in Shadowrun, without going overboard?
If your players are able to change the world quickly in any way other than by littering it with their rotting corpses, you aren't playing Shadowrun right. Your players should be scared, always on the edge of failure, constantly planning for every possible contingency and only if they have really really planned things well should they succeed. If you have not killed a PC in a session, you probably aren't being hard enough, IMHO.
May
20
answered In D&D, A PC became king. How do I keep him in check?
May
6
comment How hard is it to stake a vampire?
You should accept the answer if it answers your question. Click the little check mark under the score on the answer.
Apr
16
comment How to handle wealthy player characters as a GM?
Bilbo/Frodo's Mythril armor was, as said in the book, worth greatly more than the entirety of the shire and surrounding countryside.
Feb
19
comment Making epic combat interesting and challenging but not complicated
I do these things: Cheat on recharge rolls, and just use those powers sparingly; Cheat on saves in the same way, often not expiring them at all; Generally not worry too damn much about it.
Feb
18
comment What is the significance of a Basic Attack vs. any other sort of attack?
It is also problematic that Essentials and earlier books and tools appear to be all part of the same game to outsiders/newbies. So it is not uncommon for a game to go on for a long time before anyone realizes they are mixing and matching. The confusion that then arises can tear games apart.
Jan
10
comment Systems giving XP based on roleplay - How to avoid jealousy/party balance problem
@MrJinPengyou It is good to have a regular supply of new dead runners to pile up in an alleyway. Make good blankets for my orks.
Jan
10
comment How does the disease recovery mechanic work?
Twist it. Have a bad guy infect the party, perhaps via drinks, with the same plague, only a terrible variant. The players that caught it before, are immune to it! There, saved your hook. And fudge those DCs so they don't overcome the disease.
Jan
10
comment When GMing in a high-tech game world how do you handle potentially disruptive tech?
I have to say that Hotfix is not fun. It should be your last resort because it is and will feel like a Deus Ex Machina cop out. Generally it is best not to surprise your players with something like that. Give them a challenge to overcome, not a surprise that leaves them with no option other than to deal with the down-side. Give them every possible chance to figure out a way to avoid the issue. Caveat: if the hotfix happens during down time, it could be a good story hook. But if they prepare and are hit with it at the last second, they'll probably not stay in your game much longer.
Jan
10
revised What's the difference between a roleplaying game and a board game?
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Jan
10
revised What's the difference between a roleplaying game and a board game?
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Jan
10
revised What's the difference between a roleplaying game and a board game?
added 50 characters in body