Seeking an elaboration here: When should you break a tie with a trait? On the first intitial tie? Or after a second tie in the tie-breaker roll? In other words, do you have to do the tie-breaker roll?
If you tie the tie-breaker roll, the GM wins anyway. You just get two checks out of it if you break the tie with a trait. It seems to me that the trait break would be on the first roll, where you’re actually sacrificing the chance to win the tie-breaker roll. We’ve been playing it by the book, after a second tied roll, (which is extremely uncommon). It just feels off.