I saw confirmed by Luke in another thread that the three levels of Traits are not cumulative. Got it.
Just to be clear, using a Trait doesn’t bump it down to the lower level, correct? E.g., if a player uses a Level 3 Trait, it just means that Trait is used up until recharged. It doesn’t mean that the Level 3 benefit is used up, and now it bumps down to Level 2, which can be used, and so forth. I figured not, but I wanted to be clear.
It does make me wonder if Level 2 is the most useful, though.
My players tend to disagree; they generally feel (and I agree with them) that a level 3 trait is less powerful than the level 2. Rerolling the traitors can be a help, but it’s overall less advantage than +1D on many rolls. (Especially, given my group, the level 3’s have been bold and rational… very useful traits.)
A level 3 is far more powerful than a level 1, tho.
Your players have taken the short term, immediate gratification path. However, +1D is nice, but NOTHING is more powerful than a call-on when you’ve failed a test, rolled no 6s and death is on the line.