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Depleting the Gauge
Example: The Nominal Straight Debate
- Both parties determine what they would like out of the transaction, and the PC, in a meta sense agrees that if he or she loses, will concede the results to the NPC.
- Tom (skill 13, will 14, and a PC) would like to sell his wares at a tier of wealth higher than normal.
- Jane(skill 16, will 12, and an NPC) would like to buy his wares at a tier of wealth lower than normal.
- Tom's player agrees that this is a fair outcome if he loses the debate.
- Tom explains how hard it was to come by this one of a kind sword
- Jane says it looks very worn
- They roll a contest of merchant versus merchant and Jane wins by 3, Tom loses 3 will points.
- The PC is out of points to contend
- If this happens, then the NPC party gets to roll one more unopposed roll of skill and deduct margin of success points from the WP of the PC. The differences between the WP is important for the final adjudication.
- Example: Tom can't think of any other good reasons Jane should buy the sword, she scoffs at his weak argument and lands some kind of stinging will breaking last argument, cementing her success.
- The difference between the WPs is important for the adjudication of the result.
- Example: Tom gets some real lucky rolls and batters Jane down to the point where she concedes that there might be some value after all, winning the haggle.
- Jane says she'd like to buy it, but can't afford it because some bandits have robbed the bank so she doesn't have access to her money. She will buy it if Tom can do something about the bandits. Tom is a metagaming little scamp and knows the GM will give him something even better if he goes along with this small waylay/plot hook, so he agrees.
- If the Margin is 0 or negative (Almost beaten, but had more steam than the opponent) a totally neutral outcome occurs
- Tom wins, but by a negative amount [impossible in our scenario, but let's pretend.] He basically retains the privilege of selling the item at the originally offered price or walking.
- Jane wins, but by a negative amount, she retains the right to buy at the original asking price, or to ask Tom to leave.
- If the Margin is small, a slight compromise is accepted.
- Tom wins by a small amount, Jane is convinced to buy the item at a value worth half an additional wealth threshold (eg, an extra 10% instead of 20%.)
- Jane wins by a small amount, and Tom agrees to sell for 10% less than the original asking price.
- If the margin is large (5+) the position passes with no compromise
- Tom wins by a large margin, he sells as if at a higher level of wealth
- Jane wins by a large margin, she buys it at a lower level of wealth.