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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.


Oct
27
comment Am I suppose to change the difficulty of my npc as needed
@user2475269 If you chain 10 of them together without giving them the chance for a long rest, you'll find that the 10th battle will not be so easy for them. You can also give them no chance to rest at all, even a 5 minute short rest, and in that case 3-4 'easy' battles will start getting really hard really fast. This is also a pretty good way to dial the difficulty. Plan 5 battles, stop at 3 or 4 if they are clearly going to wipe on the next battle.
Aug
25
comment What kinds of considerations can be made in a base building campaign?
Related Question: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/7817/…
Aug
25
comment What kinds of considerations can be made in a base building campaign?
@MrJinPengyou Not so much, this RPG is focused heavily on performing missions given to you and doesn't have much in support of a GM wanting to simulate the creation of a settlement.
Aug
21
comment Pros & Cons: Sorcerer & Cleric cross-class
rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/46478/…
Aug
12
comment Help with Seven Samurai-style 1st level adventure
Some of this material might be helpful, but an important aspect of Seven Samurai is the fact that the bandits do not occupy the village. They have subdued several villages and come down into them to collect their tribute, but otherwise leave the farmers alone, giving the Samurai the chance to fortify the town.
Jul
16
comment Why does the Folk Hero get a shovel?
@lisardggY I am not disparaging the shovel, it is a wonderful tool, I'm curious why a Folk Hero gets one as part of their standard gear.
Jul
16
comment Why does the Folk Hero get a shovel?
"...indicate that he may have expertise with said shovel as a weapon..." I wonder if I can convince my DM to let me be able to apply my Proficiency Bonus to attacks using the shovel.
Jul
15
comment Does Mage Armor stack with Shield?
My hope is that 5E does not introduce named bonuses and does not introduce rules that prevent bonus stacking but instead keeps bonuses very rare. Being able to creatively stack synergistic spells has lots of fun potential, provided they aren't so common that it is easy to do it all the time rather than having to be conservative with it.
Jul
15
comment Do you have to cast Shield prior to your opponent's attack roll?
It is grammatical, but it still feels like there is a missing second 'are'.
Jul
7
comment Does being in the same space as an ogre allow a halfling to hide between its legs?
@Lohoris Because it is awesome sounding and I personally don't care about the rules as written. I'll house-rule the hell out of my own game.
Jun
24
comment Does a GM ever want to kill the player characters?
@thanby many games do have resurrection. But the underlying issue of PC death still needs to be addressed before a game is started.
Jun
19
comment How should I stat very powerful artifacts that the party acquires too early?
@Soulrift a 25% boon (which is what 5 points is) is certainly significant, but if the value of the item were taken into account when dealing out treasure parcels it will naturally even itself out over time. Yes, it will be a significant bonus, but not one that would make the party invulnerable. And it is significantly less of an issue if the party member wearing the armor has upgraded from a level 1 360gp set of magic armor that was +1.
Jun
18
comment How do I let characters share knowledge only they know?
Why the downvote?
Jun
11
comment Puzzles vs the Swordsage
The reason to have these abilities is to be able to trivially deal with an obstacle that would stop a normal person in their tracks. Using these skills IS solving those puzzles.
Jun
3
comment How does weight affect the game?
I think 4E included weight simply so that it could be used in modules or other settings or 3rd party rule books for special situations without those books having to spend tons of paper enumerating the weight of every item in the game.
May
27
comment Can you miss on purpose with Wormhole plunge?
Worth noting you can't "take 10" in the hopes to fail, as you can only do so while not pressed or threatened.
May
15
comment How to approach sexual violence so that it adds to the narrative?
While not an answer, it should be noted that there is a double standard associated with sexual violence. Simply by flipping the genders of the people involved, you can often increase or decrease the emotional impact of these themes. Consider a hyper-masculine man that keeps 100 15 year old girls as concubines, versus a hyper-feminine woman that keeps 100 15 year old boys as concubines. This can help you fine tune the impact of the situation. Consider also only flipping one party's gender. (Let's not get into a discussion about the underlying BS that this double standard stems from)
May
9
comment Where can I find actual play examples of skill challenges?
fwiw, this is why many DMs drop Skill Challenges entirely.
May
6
comment Did having a 'Caller' player positively influence the gameplay in Moldvay's Basic D&D?
I don't mean the leader role in 4E, I mean the concept of a leader, you know, from reality. Most parties end up with a leader or face. (in my 4E game, that's a Dragonborn Sorceror) it is independent from rules.
May
6
comment Did having a 'Caller' player positively influence the gameplay in Moldvay's Basic D&D?
The Caller is just a primitive version of the party Leader or Face, no?