Unknown Armies: Berkeley
Evaluate a Meter
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If your identity gives you insight into people, you can give it a feature that lets you assess one of their shock meters. Pick one of the five, and after spending a little time with someone — just enough that a cold read is plausible — roll the identity. Depending on what you get, you find out just how far off normalcy’s baseline this person has strayed.
Note: as the game begins, it’s presumed that you’ve successfully evaluated the meter of everyone with whom you have a relationship.
Fumble: This person is a stone-faced cipher! It’s kinda freaking you out! And the person knows they’re kinda freaking you out, because they’re starting to freak out about your staring and weird questions.
Matched Failure or Failure: You get nothing. Success: You can tell if they have more hardened notches than you, or fewer, in the meter.
Matched Success: You know if they have a much greater or lesser supply of hardened notches on the meter. If they’re within two notches of your score, it seems pretty close, though you still get whether they have more or fewer than you. If it’s a broader spread, it’s that much more obvious.
Crit: Same as a matched success, and you also know if they have a permanent insanity from having five fails in the meter. A five-fail syndrome is not always subtle, but sometimes people can conceal a lot.