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Disguises
And how to prevent metagaming

This thought stemmed from the town hall and various IC experiences. I want to know what does the community think and stablish guidelines when it comes to identifying disguised characters. There's a blurry line when it comes to identifying them when they give away certain traits unique to their character. Without revealing IC details, I've often had my character jumped at (even with un-broken disguise) and most of the time it was with them me standing there: not talking, not displaying their "quirks", and most of the time assumed out of OOC factors like the @shortdesc, the description they have, etc. The question is: at which point does it become ICly reasonable to identify a disguised person? What if you have your worst enemy right ahead of you, and you OOCly KNOW it's them! but they're wearing the same disguise as always, so you know you can't do shit because you'd be breaking a rule?

Another instance is when people have their disguises slip. I've been in a grey zone when I see a familiar character walking past, wearing their hoodie, but with their disguise broken. So I am not sure whether I should recognize them or not, because even when their disguise is broken (and their name is revealed) their face @nakeds are covered. It'd be awkward to try to interact with a character your character knows, but has to pretend they don't know because of covered face @nakeds with the hoodie, even when the disguise isn't functional. I'd appreciate some word on this.

It's all contextual. How well do you know the particular character? Do they have a habit of using a particular disguise (no, you don't say 'oh its the purple hoodie guy you dingus', but if you have a particular friend, who always meets you in a particular location and a particular disguise, then that helps build a case)? What quirks are they giving away? It's all contextual. Use your judgement.

Same for slipped disguises. If it's a character I've never interacted with before, I'm not going to be able to identify them easily (if I've seen a photograph of them, etc) if they're in disguise but it 'slipped'. If I'm in a location -explicitly- tracking somebody and I see them in a slipped disguise and my character has interacted with them before, on the other hand, and I'm playing a perceptive character, then I might 'make' them right away.

There are a number of clues and considerations, as well as your characters' particular skills, stats and even... mindset. There's no firm answer. Use your judgement.

It's worth saying that choosing to not identify somebody whose disguise has slipped can, sometimes, make sense and be better for the RP.

And as Cerberus has said, you should never ever 'make' somebody whose disguise hasn't slipped based off of their physical characteristics.

If somebody's disguise is intact then regardless of what they look like you either don't recognise them or need -actual evidence-.

Having a working disguise means having a working disguise. If people meta it around, then all the UE invested into the skill becomes irrelevant. Be honorable, remember we're trying to create cool RP and not 'win'.

Long rant deletid to say, I agree with Euclid.