I posted this on Reddit, but I thought it might get more discussion here:
“Stun Damage” and “Debility: Stunned”—connection or coincidence?
The text of the “Stun Damage” section says anyone “who takes stun damage is defying danger to do anything at all, the danger being ‘you’re stunned.'” I’ve always read that to mean the character can’t take action if she fails to defy danger, for whatever reason. But The “Debilities” section uses the same term for temporary brain damage.
Is there meant to be any connection between the conditions? Like if someone takes “stun damage” and fails to defy danger, does he suffer the “Stunned” debility? Or is it just a coincidence of language, with the conditions being independent? In the latter case, a character could be both “stunned” in the jaw-hanging-open sense and then be knocked in the head and suffer -1 INT too. Is that right?
What kinds of attacks cause “stun damage” in your game? Would a blinding flash do it? A goblin suddenly dropping onto your helmet, making it get stuck over your eyes? Or is mainly for blackjacks and Vulcan nerve pinches?
Can you think of examples of how you’ve used “stun damage” and the “Stunned” debility? Thanks!