Played my first game last night, acted as DM for the Beginner's Box. I scoured the forums for an answer to this, but I only found an earlier post with incomplete answers:
What happens when a player suffers wounds that exceed his threshold? I know he suffers a critical injury and is knocked unconscious for the remainder of the encounter, but then what? I assume he regains consciousness afterwards and can continue playing until the next encounter... but what happens when the next combat occurs? I assume he can participate until he gets hit again? And then the first wound he takes knocks him out again and he takes a second critical?
Do you have to perform healing on the PC to get them to wake up? What happens if they are at -8 health and you use a stimpack for 4 points of healing. Does the four healing points bring them to -4 or does it start at zero and they end up with 4 health as in D&D 4e? If you cannot bring them to a number below their wound threshold, do they stay unconscious?
As an aside, the rulebook doesn't seem to note how to construct combat encounters. How do you know how many or what type of enemy to throw for a given level/# of PCs? There is no notation in the stats regarding the strength of a given NPC henchman as compared to another henchman, etc...