The following is a situation that I’ve thought about using in an adventure.
During rush hour in the big city, it’s not uncommon to bump into people on the way to work. Most of us don’t even take notice besides an “excuse me” and perhaps a quick wallet tap.
In my scenario, I was going to have a PC watching the news while having lunch. A woman’s face flashes across the screen and she’s wanted on suspicion of terrorism. At that point, I would have the PC remembering bumping into her that morning. She seemed in a hurry and didn’t apologize. Now panicking, the PC makes a search check and discovers an unknown flash drive in an open pocket of his travel bag.
My question this Friday is “fair” or “foul?” Did I need to actively play the “bumping” scene even if I intended to roll (and, let’s be honest, fudge) the sleight of hand in secret? Would it matter if this was a plot hook to introduce an adventure or just a complication during the adventure?