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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.


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?
added 326 characters in body
Jan
10
revised What's the difference between a roleplaying game and a board game?
added 50 characters in body
Jan
10
revised What's the difference between a roleplaying game and a board game?
added 50 characters in body
Jan
10
answered What's the difference between a roleplaying game and a board game?
Jan
9
comment What are the most effective ways to protect a character against critical hits?
@corvec Jeor is on the right track. More is always better, though. Take a coin for instance, to judge if it is fair you can't simply flip it 4 times (2^2). A D20 should be rolled at least 400, better 4000 times.
Jan
9
comment What are the most effective ways to protect a character against critical hits?
@JonathanHobbs Statistically speaking, that's not enough rolls.
Jan
9
revised How do I encourage a GM to use the rules as written?
added 5 characters in body
Jan
7
comment Did piracy problems bring down White Wolf?
Piracy only rarely inhibits sales, and in a niche market like this probably doesn't effect them at all. Like with most media, most pirates would never have bought the books to begin with. It almost certainly translates into more sales. It certainly did in my own case. I downloaded the entire D&D 4E set of books as PDFs and since then have acquired about 25 books legitimately and subscribed to DDI. I wouldn't have taken the plunge otherwise. (also bought all of the dungeon tile sets and most of the map packs and several of the power card sets.)
Jan
7
answered How do I encourage a GM to use the rules as written?
Jan
7
comment Systems giving XP based on roleplay - How to avoid jealousy/party balance problem
Specifically about Shadowrun. If your party is cohesive, all on the same level, and everyone survives more than a few sessions; you are doing it wrong. Shadowrun works surprisingly well with long-running players standing next to just-born characters, and the less the party trusts each other and everyone they meet, the better. At least in my experience.
Jan
3
comment Star System Summary Sheets
This book is amazingly well organized along these lines. Also, it is a hell of a resource for RP The one big missing set of stats is population, but this aims to be 'timeless' so population as a fluctuating stat wouldn't fit.
Dec
31
answered Running a Norse campaign
Dec
26
comment How can I build open-ended questions into a scenario in a GM driven world?
Remember, just because the GM knows the answer, doesn't mean he has to tell it. Rolls and Gods willing, the mystery of life will remain so.
Dec
26
answered How do you get a new player engaged in an old campaign?
Dec
21
comment What challenge ratings can my party handle?
@KRyan You could improve the answer by offering an alternative method. Presumably once you know your monsters there is some metric that can be used to estimate their strength. That or you can list the top 10 overpowered and underpowered aspects of monsters and some of their counters, which can help give other DMs ideas on specifically over/under powered monsters to toss at their party. Like you did for Allip and Tarrasque. You gave plausible cases where either can be used in the 'wrong' situation to great effect for the players.
Dec
21
comment Guards for a Raven Queen Temple
Zombie Kenku that moan "Winter is coming"... Don't hit me!
Dec
20
comment Should PCs be limited to choosing forms into which to polymorph (or wild shape, etc.) that the PCs have previously encountered?
@MarkRogers lol. I like that my hat is for posting tomorrow... How does it know!
Dec
20
answered Should PCs be limited to choosing forms into which to polymorph (or wild shape, etc.) that the PCs have previously encountered?