Originally posted by Isator Levi
A mechanical shorthand for something like any given scene in Buffy the Vampire Slayer where they're trawling through the library for references to the problem of the week? Or Gandalf trying to find the scrolls that back up his suspicions about the One Ring. I would probably have it as an extended roll anyway, but still. Surely there's a need to arbitrate method and volume of information. Also under circumstances where they're trying to research some present crisis or trying to locate something that they've already read for direct application (I would assume somebody with a library spends their free time researching its contents, with Lore rolls to recall them in time of need and actually being present in the library for referencing as a bonus tool or source of more specific stuff). You're a law student, aren't you? Do the particulars and significance of combing through reference books prior to something important not come naturally?
My main goal as a Storyteller is to maximize the amount of fun my players are getting out of the time they spend gaming with me. Making someone go through a legal research simulator would, uh, not be super fun. I've found that montages or bluebooking have been the best way to have research occur in the games I've run.
It's not an absolute! If you want to call for a, I dunno, Perception + Lore roll to discover the location of Lost Urim in the archives of the Burning Suzerain before a rival scavenger lord gets there first, you can absolutely do that in Ex3. It's just not the way I'd run it.
Does that mean no use of Socialize to case the relationships and etiquette of a gala?
Absolutely not, 'cause that's really cool.
However, Ex3's social influence system was written so that there wouldn't be any "busywork" rolls, so the cake I'm having and eating is one I baked myself. I think that might be cheating.