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Spotting sneaky disguised folks in Red

A disguised person in the Mix is literally 9/10 of the people you pass by, that's without argument. But if you spot someone lurking in the shadows nearby, is it meta to hassle them as a possible threat?
If someone is hiding on a random street, probably not. If someone is following you or appears to be eavesdropping? Yes. You can see that they're sneaking around acting all suspicious, ducking behind cars and shit.
I'd consider it something you ignore unless it's a relatively low-traffic area, like an alley or inside a building, or on the streets only if you notice they've been following you a block or two.

Otherwise it's probably someone else's problem.

I think this 100% depends on your character.

If you get in the face of every stealthed person you notice yourself coming across, regardless of consequence that you might be stepping up to the wrong person, than I think you're good.

If you're making a decision based on immediate danger, such as someone telling you they see a blue cloaked person following you, so you snap out at blue cloaked people you spot hidden, then you're probably good.

There's really a lot of room for things to be good or bad to do.

This was a big question for me too once I started mostly ignoring other characters on busy streets. What I came to is this:

1. If I see someone trying to hide, it means that a coded check has been made and my character was deemed codedly capable of seeing that character in the given circumstances. So I notice them.

2. Chances are that there are plenty of ambient people trying and failing to remain hidden that are also noticed by my character.

3. Given that I can't flip out on everyone who is is trying to go unnoticed, I'll just note them and be weary if I keep running into them or they follow me or they reach for my pockets.

Of course, that is for busy places where crime is fairly rampant. If you are sitting in a small restaurant on green and see someone sneaking about, it's probably a lot less common an occurrence and worth reacting to. Or if I was dipped by someone and they got away but I IDed them and I later see them snooping about, I now consider it fair game to go after them.

That kind of shifty behavior is probably common enough in Red that you couldn't get in -all- their faces. That's why it's being asked if it's small-worlding or meta to react to it.

The gameplay reality is that there's only so many people sneaking around Red at a time for you to spot, and it'd be lame to constantly pick one guy out of the crowd on the streets, especially if they're your character's enemy. Waiting 'till they've given you more of a reason to suspect they're messing with you specifically (spotting them in an alley, in your character's apartment building, etc.) before reacting is best.

Grey0 has it down.

I think location and character motivation have a lot to do with it. If it's near where you live or work, I think you're more likely to think, what's that chummer up to, because suddenly it's more relevant.

If your character thinks or knows that someone is after them and is paranoid, I don't think reacting to every possible threat in the environment (by moving along quickly or choosing another route, for example) is unrealistic.

In general, though, if your character is capable of noticing someone sneaking, I think you have every right to react however you'd like. In my mind, sneaking is very obvious. Someone is crawling through bushes, hiding behind trashcans, ninja-cartwheeling through shadows. If you see someone acting like that, it's reasonable to wonder what they're up to, if it's something your character might be interested in.

... yes. Every street in Red has at least hundreds of people around you at any given time. Urchins, thugs, and regular people who keep their head down and not draw attention. In my opinion it is small worldish to confront a player for sneaking in Ashlin Street or Sinn Street or Fuller Street unless you are certain they are shadowing after you specifically or shadowing after you in private property or obviously secluded areas such as an alley or a business.