I have a NPC who's hiding something.
- She has an aspect that she's trying to hide.
- She has the stunt I've Read About That!, which allows her to spend a fate point to use Lore (her cap skill) in place of any other skill for one roll.
- She has the aspect I Planned For This, which makes her a person who's good at planning, which could probably explain her being better at something than she would be if she didn't have the chance to plan.
Now let's say that a player is trying to use Empathy on her to reveal her lies, she's defending with Deceive. I have a series of questions (that are essentially yes/no questions, but please feel free to elaborate) about what the players should know.
- Should I reveal that I roll to defend for her? (The alternative being using pre-rolled dice scores, I imagine.)
- If so, should I reveal the result of her dice roll? (Or should I roll out of their sight?)
- Should the players always know the outcome or not? (Perhaps, if they fail, she covers herself with another lie instead, in addition to any other consequences.)
- If so, should the players know their shifts (in other words, her exact score) on the ladder (skill + dice) when she's defending? (Or just the outcome?)
- Should I reveal that she's spending a fate point for a stunt to improve her Deceive Defense roll? (Or do I privately keep track of the NPCs' fate in the current scene?)
- If so, should I reveal which stunt she's using? (Or just say that she's better than she looks at hiding her motives, implying the use of an unspecified stunt?)
- Should I reveal that she's spending a fate point to invoke one of her aspects to improve her roll?
- If so, should I reveal which aspect she's invoking? (Effectively making it permanently known to the players now?)