In Shock: Social Science Fiction, in explaining the conflict mechanics, pages 34-35 state:
If your *Tagonists are not involved in this Conflict, you’re Audience in this scene. Roll 1d4 to use at your discretion to effect the outcome of the Conflict with Minutiæ. Every Audience member will be rolling one, but only the highest will count right now. (If more than one is the highest and wants to do something, all those players should roll anther die each. Whoever gets the highest number on that die gets to use hir Minutia.) Now tell how one of the Minutiæ in the middle of the table — either one that already exist or a new one you made up on the spot — changes the outcome of the Conflict.
My understanding of this is that the Audience member who rolls highest gets to single-handedly determine the outcome. Isn't that a bit excessive? It sounds as though the entire conflict mechanics between the two *Tagonists get completely overridden by a simple 1d4 toss.
Is that the intention, or am I misreading this? Does this work better in real-play than it sounds on paper?