I’m working out an ending during our current PT. I’m the GM for this Autumn session and plan to have the group in a Winter session next with all the normal Winter session fun.
So, that is part of what is making the tail-end of our PT a little difficult. The most recent event is a player using a check to Scout a lost mouse. It became a Scout vs Nature (mouse) and resulted in 2s vs 6s respectively. The margin of failure is pretty high.
I considered using a Twist in the PT, but don’t know when they’d be able to actually handle a Twist; plus that means that the Twist precludes the group finding the lost mouse. I want them to find the lost mouse; because, the mouse has info that I want to provide, and they’ve really worked hard to accomplish this. I’d hate to block it.
So, I’m working out Success w/ Conditions. Right now, I’m thinking of Sick as the condition, since it is late Autumn and the weather is unseasonably cold. It also seems to play well that the mouse called on Tough to keep searching despite hardships. So, my mind is thinking, ‘I’m so tough that I’ll get sick rather than give up.’
The problem I’m facing is twofold. One, should I really narrate all that much of getting sick, or just allude to it and let the players personify the sick condition as they wish (it might not last long anyway). Two, once we arrive at Lockhaven for winter, they’ll pretty soon have a chance to recover from all conditions. Sick might not be long-lasting. That could kinda reduce the sting of Success w/ Condition.
On the other hand, I could use Injury. I’m worried that might be even more contrived. Also, one member of the patrol is Injured already, so it cannot be applied twice.
lastly, I’m open to the idea of forcing the patrol to test Health at a factored Ob to determine if they become Sick. That lays the chance on their dice, rather than simply laying down the condition. It doesn’t mean they could decide to back-off the Scout–that’s already rolled. It just comes as a consequence of the attempt.
Thoughts? Questions? Comments? Complaints?