The other night I used a Brute Squad in my game for the first time, and I'm not sure I did it right. It felt... anticlimactic. Here's the scene: the three Heroes sit at a table at an outdoor café in Vodacce, enjoying their evening espressos. Suddenly from around the corner comes a woman wearing all black, running flat out, pursued by five guards in the livery of a local nobleman. The Heroes being Heroes, they leap up to interfere with the guards. So I decide that the guards are a Brute Squad of strength 5, and I ask the Heroes for their Approaches. Hero 1 wants to kick the empty chair across from him into the path of an unrushing guard, so I decide on Brawn + Brawl and he rolls 3 raises. Hero 2 decides to casually back into the road, pretending to examine something on the roof and acting absent-minded, so I decide on Panache + Wits and she rolls 2 raises. Hero 3 wants to loudly call out a greeting to the nobleman the guards work for in the hopes of distracting them, but he's not sure who that nobleman is. I decide on Wits + Scholarship to figure it out from the livery, and he rolls 3 raises.
OK, non-Assassin Brutes always go last, so we're on 3. Hero 1 spends a raise, and one of the guards goes tumbling head over heels. The Brute Squad is down to strength 4. Hero 3 spends a raise, and one of the guards screeches to a halt and frantically bows deeply in all directions. Strength 3. Now we're on 2, and Hero 2 backs into the confused crowd, causing yet another guard to trip in his attempt to run headlong into her. I ask Hero 1 and 3 what they do, and now it seems obvious to everyone that nothing is required. In fact, once the Heroes had rolled 5 or more raises, the whole episode was essentially over, since the Brute Squad only had Strength 5 and acts last. So that was not a very satisfying outcome. "I spend a Raise." "Me too." "Then I do too -- now they're gone, right, because we spent 5 and they never got to act?"
Did I do it wrong? Should the Brute Squad have acted after the first two raises were spent on 3, dealing 3 Wounds to a Hero? Should this not have been an Action Sequence at all? Perhaps using a Brute Squad itself was wrong?
Or did I do everything right, and that's just how it's supposed to go?