In Fear Itself, you have to select a Source of Stability for every 3 points you invest in the Stability trait. Sources may be personality traits, activities, or people. The rules state:

You may not select more personality traits than you do people, or more activities than you do people.

The example (pg.29) then goes on to show a PC with 15 points of Stability who chooses a personality trait, an activity, is then compelled by the rules to choose a person, and then selects a second personality trait and activity.

This to me seems to directly contradict the rule. The PC has 2 activities, 2 personality traits, and only 1 person.

What's going on here?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Did the rulebook actually have an example showing only 2, 2 and 1? From the way you described it could be 2, 2, and 2. That would of course depend on whether you can choose more than 1 source of stability for every 3 points. Usually Robin Laws doesn't mess stuff like that up, but he has a very dense writing style that's direct, but not always as clear as it could be. \$\endgroup\$
    – migo
    Mar 24 '11 at 15:09
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    \$\begingroup\$ "The example is always wrong." \$\endgroup\$ Mar 24 '11 at 17:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ @migo - Yes, the example is exactly as I stated. I didn't want to quote the whole thing, but I think 7sided is probably right. As a designer, I have noticed how much harder it is to update examples than to tweak rules. \$\endgroup\$
    – gomad
    Mar 24 '11 at 17:54

I was able to locate the errata thread on the official forum. The answer is that the example is incorrect.

The errata thread does not provide a correct example, but the rule is pretty self explanatory:

You need a person first. Then you can select up to 1 of each of the others. If you need more, you'll need another person, and then you can select up to one more of each of the others.

So the example would have to have chosen 2 people plus a total of three personality traits and activities, with at least one of each of them. So if it's people/activities/personality traits, the sample PC could have gone: 2/1/2 or 2/2/1.

  • \$\begingroup\$ So was it supposed to be 2 person and 1 activity or 1 personality trait, or was it supposed to be 2-2-2? \$\endgroup\$
    – migo
    Mar 24 '11 at 20:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ @migo - I think my expanded answer will address your question. It was supposed to be 2 people and a total of 3 of the others. \$\endgroup\$
    – gomad
    Mar 24 '11 at 21:47

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