I must say that I am in the same camp as Jericho and Ragnar on this one.
Sometimes I feel like I am GMing totally off the reservation when I read threads like these.
My feelings are: This is ROLEPLAY folks! Why would any GM allow the "official rules" to limit their control over the game?
On a rare occasion I have had players with card/card combos that would typically make them "too powerfull", but this has NEVER been a problem. Simply using some imagination solves the "issue" everytime. There are 1000 ways to deal with it, at the moment, on the fly, with NO negative consequences what so ever. They key is to do so without the players feeling like they are at the whimsicle mercy of the GM; that all the goings on are within the confines of the game rules.
The "Big Picture" issue is to make the PC feel "mortal", that they are being challenged by the game. Is that sooo hard to do? regardless of what action cards they utilize? This isn't Warhammer Quest. PC's don't get X amount of gold for killing a monster.
This EXACT situation came up just last night.
***SPOILERS!!!!!*** Horror of Hugeldal
In the opening combat scene I had a Gambler PC with a Long Bow (don't ask) immediately jump ontop of the wagon the PC's were using to travel to Hugeldal and used Rapid Fire on one of the three bandits along the treeline. After some REALLY amazing dice rolls, 2 of the treeline bandits were dead AND Tarwin Fleisher was wounded,… in ONE TURN of ONE PC !! I immediately felt as though the player with the Gambler sank a little at the lack of challenge. Solution?? Three more bandits were hiding in the treeline right next to the Gambler and all three attacked, each using their expertise dice with the last crossbow bolt having been intentionally tainted with the Ghoulpox. Result?? Gambler PC starts the next turn with 2 wounds left, suffering from the Rattled condition, contracted a rather nasty disease AND has 3 very angry bandits to deal with .. Needless to say, the Gambler is feeling quite mortal now and decided to jump off the wagon and asked me if she could get some defensive benefit if she crawled under it. Problem Solved.
Removing "over powered" cards from the game is NOT "fun" for the players. I like to see a players excitement when finding one of these cards available for their charachter. You can almost see the wheels turning in their heads with how they plan to use it, thinking it gives them a sense of advantage.
Other ways to deal with "powerful" cards:
1. Just because an NPC card says it has 15 wounds does NOT mean you, as GM, can't change it. You CAN, and can do so on the fly. Not ALL Gors are EXACTELY the same,… how boring,.. adjust wounds slightly up or down as needed to give that creature one last wack at a PC if you feel the PC should have lost more wounds.
PC's cut every one of your monsters down waaay tooo fast? Need that last one to survive 4 more rounds?,.. well just DO IT!! So what if your players are wondering why a simple Gor just won't DIE!?! If they start to question why,.. well,.. Use Your Imagination in a skillful way! ….. again, a 1000 different ways to address it,.. Maybe the PC's search the body when it FINALLY dies and they find a Mark of one of the Chaos Gods on it, and for some "unknown" reason this particular Gor was being closely watched by it's Chaos God controller,….. maybe, upon a REALLY successful Observation check the PC's discover some unusual looking plant in it's stomach, which, if they decide to investigate further, they come to find is an extremely rare and exotic herb that only grows in this very small particular area of The Old World,…. This alone could make a pretty interesting one off side adventure..
And all of this is needed only IF the PC's care to find out WHY that Gor wouldn't go down. 90% of the time they won't. I have found that the vast majority of the time they simply say "MAN!!,.. That was one TOUGH mother! " and move on,….
I suppose my point is that there are SO MANY tools WFRP3e offers to GM's to balance an "over powered" player that powerful action cards shouldn't really be an issue,….
[ fully preparing myself to get slammed reagrding this post……]