Flowers in the Garden of Bones
Stressing Out can mean many things. It may simply mean you fall unconscious. It may mean you collapse in doubt and angst. It may mean you stalk out of the room before you frenzy and kill someone. It may mean you stare out a window plotting revenge. When you Stress Out, it’s up to you to decide what it means in the story. Whatever the details, though, you’re out for the rest of the scene. When you are Stressed Out, you may not make any die rolls or spend Plot Points for the rest of the scene. Additionally, you will not be able to reliably remember what happened later, you may be there, you might even roleplay and react within the bounds of what’s happening in the story, but you’re no use when it comes to dice and you’re useless as a witness for what happened right in front of you.
Example: Now, if Cam got a 13 while Mary only had an 8, he could decide to Stress her Out. He puts it to Mary: what circumstances could befall Tess that she’s unable to act for the rest of the scene? Mary suggests that she becomes so Emotional that she stalks out of the club before she frenzies. That suits Cam just fine, and that’s what happens—but Tess still hasn’t admitted she knows anything.