Alcarin wrote:You were close. It's actually a case of:
Craft stage 1 fail, nothing happens.
Craft stage 1 success, nest is burned and monsters come out to defend their home.
Craft stage 2 fail, nothing else occurs.
Craft stage 2 success, you are very unlucky and even worse monsters are here to defend their home.
I can clearly see why an initial willpower check would be required now (though it may lead to awkward situations when you have people turn out to be cowards on a repeated basis - or even worse, 'Wait, let me try again, I'm sure I can do it this time!')
I think it's really counterintuitive that a successful stage 2 should result in really bad luck. On the one hand, I can see how it makes sense that the higher your presence, the more you're likely to draw evil things towards you, but if it starts becoming a detectable pattern that the vicious spiders have a personal beef with John Doe and will frequently make an appearance when he's around, then sensible PC leaders will ask John Doe to stay at home.
Now, I realize that this probably won't happen in the game, because who doesn't want more blood and guts and spider hacking, and John Doe will become a favorite on every patrol (unless of course, everybody gets killed, I hear this new stuff is supposed to be scareh
). I do think that's not necessarily a direction we want to encourage though.
Also, since I can detect no noticeable benefit (from what others have said) of having presence - it seems its most significant affect is to make you more of an attractive target for high level mobs.
Why on earth should anyone pick presence - at the expense of other stats even? Even if it's some kind of 'Hardmode' for combat PCs who like to live dangerously, one would think there ought to be some incentive to take it, rather than cost (opportunity cost of lost stats that one might have taken instead of high presence).
I dunno. This is really kind of weird. I don't have a problem with the general idea of nests and spawns and murderous spiders, but this business of succeeding crafts in order to make your PC's life more miserable and/or shortlived is really odd.