I’m not understanding the wording used in the Mouse Guard RPG book on page 73 in regards to Checks and Tests. Here’s what I understand:
During a Player’s Turn we are given one free test. Free, as I take it, in that it is freely ours to use without the expenditure of checks earned during GM’s turn.
Here’s what I do not understand. The book states, “If you want more tests, you must spend the checks you earned against your traits in the GM’s Turn…” Skipping ahead, I read, “When you use (traits) to get in your way in the GM’s Turn, you get to do more stuff in the Player’s Turn.” In other words, you’re allowed to spend these checks to add an additional test during the Player’s Turn. “When you’ve used your free test AND run out of checks to spend, you’re done for this turn.”
So, basically, I take this to mean this: It is the Player’s Turn. I’m playing, let’s say, Lieam. I use my free test to recover. Then I spend a check to do an additional test, let’s say, to build armor, or a mouse wheel, I dunno, anything.
But the next paragraph reads:
“You cannot spend a check for a test twice in a row. You get to make a test, then you have to let another player go. Sometimes this means you get stuck with extra checks. You’ve got a ton left, and nobody else has any.”
This sounds like it is contradicting what it said before. You can do extra stuff by spending checks in the Player’s Turn and then “You cannot spend a check for a test twice in a row.” On page 74, it reiterates this by saying, “If you don’t want to donate checks to other players, you don’t have to. Just remember, you can’t make two tests in a row in the Players’ Turn.”
So, my guess is that this means:
1.) You cannot spend more than one check during the Player’s Turn, i.e., you get your free turn, a check-purchased turn, and you’re done.
2.) You cannot redo a failed test by spending another check. I.e., you try to recover using your free test, you fail, and you spend a check to roll again… It has to be a completely different test.
I’m not sure of the meaning, to be honest, and if others have inquired about it here. Just hoping someone can clear this up for me.