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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.


Sep
12
comment Can a Gray Rain Cloak be refilled?
however, nothing stops you from paying the full cost of the ritual and flavoring it as a refill.
Sep
6
comment D&D 4e Campaigns/Adventures that spell things out for a brand new DM
In many ways it is easier to run a few one-session mini adventures of your own design. Just pick a setting, describe a place in it that the characters are, pick a few monsters out of the manual following the DMG rules, and keep it simple until you get the swing of making stuff up on the fly. (yes... You CAN push that statue over on the goblins.. Role Strength... Uh... It crushes one of the goblins flat. SQUISH!!!)
Aug
15
comment What can I use for sci-fi ambient music?
Actually, I created a bunch of Spotify playlists for Shadowrun. This is the all list. There are playlists for Astral, Sprawl, and the Matrix and many others.
Aug
7
comment Vampire Discipline to disbelieve in sunlight, stakes, etc?
I don't believe in my own ability to be killed.
Jun
27
comment Does D&D 3.5 DM material contain information applicable for Pathfinder GMs?
Generally speaking, all DM/GM guides contain practical advice that would be beneficial to all DMs/GMs of any game. My advice would be to read as many of them as you can.
Jun
20
comment Classroom RPG for kids
One place to go for getting close to this are the Phoenix Wright series of games. They deal with uncovering clues in a similar way to how you'll be having your kids do with the above method.
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."
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
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
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
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
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
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.)