I’m itching to run a BW campaign for a small group after our 5e campaign goes on a short break.
I like the idea of BV for quick resolution of minor combat, but I’m having trouble wrapping my mind about how to practically apply this in-game. Since the winner of the test bests their opponents and the “fight is over”, what does that actually mean?
Say the PCs encounter a zombie in the sewars and we do a BV test, and the PCs deal damage. Does that just kill the zombie since of course the PCs will want to kill that mindless thing? What if the zombie wins the test… I wouldn’t want to kill a PC (or multiple if they helped?) with a single roll on a minor encounter, but what else would a brain eating zombie do?
Similar story if the PCs get into a scuffle with a town guard. The PCs will likely want to kill (or at least incapacitate) the guard so he doesn’t sound the alarm. But what if the guard wins, he gets to tie up all the PCs and deliver them to justice from a single roll?
In these cases the wound delt seem inconsequential, especially since the murder hobo PCs will always want to kill their opponents.
Thanks for any enlightenment.