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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.


May
2
comment How can I get started on prop making?
I don't think this question is a good fit for our site. Which is too bad because there aren't any really good resources out there for large-scale props for RPGs (armor, weapons, magical items, space-marine suits, so on.) A great resource would be one part cosplay construction tutorials and one part theory (how to make table-worn props comfortable, what makes for good large props, what props have the biggest bang for their buck, how to make great prop sets for mysteries that all work together, so on)
Apr
30
comment How can a PC craft armor?
Caution: when questing for a specific magic item, remember that players still earn treasure parcels for those encounters. (it is easy to forget and short change them.) If these would overshadow the sought item, consider making the quest item part of the next level's treasure parcels. It'll feel more epic and won't unbalance the game in the long run, but will feel like it was worth it.
Mar
14
comment How do I encourage new players to be more descriptive in their actions and intents?
It is also worth noting, @Emracool , that both types of players can exist in the same game. You just switch up your style depending on the player. Sometimes players will switch types, too. New players are often of the second type until they really grok the rules.
Mar
4
comment Kingdom building. Multiple farms in one hex
If the rules don't state a limit to the number of improvements, it probably means one of each of the *'d improvements.
Jan
30
comment Dealing with players smarter than me?
Have you told him to stop being an ass-clown? That's gonna be step one for any answer.
Jan
28
comment Is the Halflings bonus vs fear any good?
A good DM should be taking what the PCs have chosen into account when making encounters. While base race/class bonuses are lowest on the list of things to target to make the PCs shine, they should still be on the list. It is your DM's job to find monsters that use fear effects on your character every so often.
Jan
27
comment How do spells work in D&D Essentials Starter kit?
The more I deal with Essentials as 'part of' 4E, the more I want to beat in my own brains. They may use all the same things, but they are completely different games.
Jan
27
comment How can I encourage role playing in a custom setting?
It has generally been my experience that a group of 4 players with 2 good role players and 2 folks along for the ride is a pretty average case for a 4E game. Encouraging good RP is a good idea, but don't make players that just want to experience the story feel like they are doing something wrong.
Jan
23
comment Unhate-able Villains
This is a great answer. I would, however, add one other section. Ex-PCs tend to make fantastic villains. One of the best recurring villains in one of my own campaigns is a Bard who's player left the game early on. He was part of the group, and but for a day's worth of travel the other PC's would probably be on his side.
Jan
17
comment How much collateral damage would a 60,000MD bomb cause?
@mxyzplk I agree with you. Hopefully someone familiar comes along and gives a better answer.
Jan
16
comment How much collateral damage would a 60,000MD bomb cause?
@bankuei I had assumed MDC, if it is SDC then I guess it would need to be 100 times that, or possibly there is no way to calculate it. Still, 10 times the power of the Little Boy is not a very big nuke.
Jan
16
comment How much collateral damage would a 60,000MD bomb cause?
@synesthesia You should not mark this as correct. Give others who may know the source material better a chance to give a better answer.
Jan
16
comment How much collateral damage would a 60,000MD bomb cause?
Perfect. Thanks.
Jan
16
comment How much collateral damage would a 60,000MD bomb cause?
Not really familiar with the system. But I can do some math if you tell me what a few example natural creatures are like. Cats, dogs, people, bears. So I can check for curves and extrapolate.
Jan
8
comment If a DM uses Zone of Truth as a permanent effect, should creatures get only one save?
if you are particularly simulationist, you might want to have several difficulties based on the type of lie. Lies of omission being easier than total falsehoods. White lies might be the easiest, leading to instances where players accidentally tell the temple's leader that they think their hat is silly.
Jan
7
comment Enlarged Dragon Breath & Hurl Breath
@Zachiel I assumed all of the effects were listed in CatLord's question.
Dec
18
comment When giving out magic item treasure, do I replace or supplement what characters have?
This problem with 4E has lead to me just handing out whatever-the-crap and letting them hock/disenchant the things in search of stuff they really want. Also, the players read through the books and tell me things they want, and we make those secondary goals on their quests. As well as creating my own iconic items for characters specifically as you mentioned.
Dec
9
comment Advancing a Choker
A Choker Monk is a frightening concept...
Nov
21
comment Having player characters in different locations in a city
A note on combat: I have had success in the past engineering it so that a split party all ends up in combat at the same time in different locations. You can then run it as if it is all one battle.
Nov
12
comment How do I prevent my players from immediately recognising an ambush?
I make it a habit to ask my players to hand me their passive perception or insight scores at random times, just to keep them on their toes. Also "How much HP do you have, again?"