I have two questions regarding Discern Realities. It reads:
“When you closely study a situation or person”
1. What does closely studying a person look like?
I had a player last session ask me if someone was lying, and I thought this triggered (how else would they know this? I assume studying the person closely to see what they can tell about them), but once they rolled and had to ask from the list of questions, it made little sense (most of the questions just didn’t apply and all they really wanted to know was the one question they were asking).
2. Why is there the list of questions?
Nobody in my games ever likes this list when the move comes up, because it feels like, “You can do anything in this game, except for this one particular area where you read directly from this list”. It seems really odd to me, so I feel like I must be misunderstanding this move – it completely breaks the flow of what is happening.
I’ve asked about Discern Realities before, and I will probably ask again – I just can never understand how it works.