Some obstacle is in you way. As a player, you know that if you use a SC,
you will probably get some Marginal or Minor Victory. But if you
convince the Narrator to play it as an extended contest, you may
reasonably expect to achieve a Major Victory. What would you do?
At least one of my players found it jarring and began to ask for
Extended Contests for this reason.
OK, that was in a heroquest, and the carryover bonus for a step in a HQ finished by a minor victory is only 10% of the opponent's ability, while it's a quarter of it for a major victory.
The problem never became acute or anything, but we are now thinking of tweaking somewhat either the SC or the EC rules to bring them closer in result.
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