Alright, I am curious how GMs use the mechanisms of the "end of an encounter", the "end of an act" and the "rally step", in relation to recovering faigue and stress, checking for insanities and especially in FFG published stories.
According to the rules…
1) At the end of an Encounter:
- Characters recover a number of fatigue equal to their TO
- Characters recover a number of stress equal to their WP
2) During a Rally Step:
- Characters recover 1 fatigue and 1 stress
- May choose to do an Easy (1d) Resilience or Discipline check to recover more fatigue or stress
3) At the end of an Act:
- A character check whether a temporary insanity becomes permananent
- A Rally Step occurs (it's in the GM's Guide)
I understand a Rally Step can also be used in between "wave" of monsters during an Encounter, or to break an Encounter in several pieces. This isn't what I am talking about here. I am talking about the Rally Step phase that "linked" two acts as described in the GM's Guide.
The problem is that in many published adventures, an Encounter is nearly an act. A little of description may go after the Encounter, but really not much. Applying the rules as above, it means the characters will recover fatigue and stress at the end the Encounter, then maybe a couple minutes of description/story mode will occur, then the Act will end and the characters will check for their insanities in a much better condition (not stressed anymore, since they recovered it at the end of the Encounter), then recover more fatigue and stress with the end of an Act Rally Step.
With all of that, they will surely starts the next Act with no stress and fatigue at all. It doesn't feel very WFRP, especially when the tension should be high.
So, what do GMs do when an Encounter nearly equal an Act?
- Do you sometimes forgo the end of Act Rally Step? It could be dangerous though since the Rally Step allows for healing time.
- Do you forgo the end of an Encounter recovery phase, and replace it with a Rally Step? It seems to me the better solution.
- Do you forgo the mandatory Rally Step in between each Act? Again, it means healing will have to wait quite a long time. It may however be a solution in particular situations.
What else? Or did I misunderstood something?