Perhaps I should take a step back and explain the situation a bit more so we can figure out if there was a better way.
First, it was my character, Gottfried, who earned the cheesy OB 7 Power test. I view it as cheesy because usually an OB 7 test is a matter of life or death, but it really wasn’t in this case. It just happened to be that difficult because the guy was too far to push.
The scene was Gottfried and friends wanted to set an ambush for the Lord Protector of the Realm. He had once been our companion, but at the end of the last campaign he attained his new position and left us behind. In fact, he sent us into exile. He then either conspired with the roden or was incredibly incompetent, resulting in roden overrunning our capital city. On a more personal note, he asked us to return to help save the kingdom, scapegoated us when we failed to prevent the roden invasion, threatened us with execution for our failure, and is now specifically threatening to murder one of the party members for being a wizard.
Gottfried has an admittedly simplistic view where the best solution to murder is more murder, so we find a likely time and place where we think the Lord Protector will travel lightly guarded, disguise ourselves as bandits, and wait.
Unfortunately, the first group to come through is dressed in heavy cloaks, and we can’t figure out who they are from our ambush location. As a split second decision, Gottfried decides he is, after all, dressed as a bandit, so why not give them a generic threat and use the confusion to see if it’s the Lord Protector’s party or just some random merchants?
It turns out to be some random merchants, so Gottfried’s goal is now to just get the heck out of there. The merchant’s ultimate goal is to get out of there without risking their own lives, but they probably wouldn’t object to killing Gottfried on their way out, since he is a bandit, after all.
We used the Fight! mechanic to resolve this, at which point Gottfried decided he could get away easier if he first shoves them off their horses, getting him a challenging Power test in the process. However, since we have very well defined goals which don’t necessarily end in the deaths of the other party, and it’s not a critical scene, perhaps a Versus or Bloody Versus test would have worked better. Any thoughts?