Conflict Goal.

[i]page 96.

“A conflict scene needs active opponents on at least two sides. Each side must something. They have to have an immediate goal- something they want to fight for, convince you of or escape from, for example. If one side simply wants to defend against the other side’s goal and has no goal of its won, there’s no conflict here. You can resolve those situations with versus tests.”[/i]

So, let’s say there are a bandit and a guard.

If the bandit wants to rob the stuff(His goal is obviously “rob the stuff”) and initiates a conflict, Does the guard have to pick something active goal(i.e “Capture the bandit”) instead of just “protect the stuff”?

Yup, if you want to use the conflict rules.

Thanks!

The reason you need something more than just a “keep them from doing this thing” goal is that if one side wins, than by definition the other side has lost. For example, if the Guard wins in the conflict against the Thief, the Thief is blocked from stealing the Guard’s stuff, regardless of what the Guard stated as their intent.