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PEL Resposne - Gather Information
06-15-2013, 12:13 PM (This post was last modified: 06-15-2013 12:14 PM by Zak.)
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PEL Resposne - Gather Information
Hi Everyone,

Over the last few events we have received the same question multiple times so we would like to take the time to respond to it here so everyone can see the answer.

The question is "Why does the Gather Information skill exist?" or "Is the Gather Information skill worth taking?".

The answer is that the Gather Information skill is both as useful as you make it and will become more useful as the game goes on. Currently, the Gather Information skill probably isn't very worthwhile. This is because the vast majority of knowledgeable NPC characters are in game every event. You can ask them any questions you might have when they are out there and barter(if necessary) for the information. As the game progresses and more characters and organizations are introduced to the game this will frequently not be the case. You may meet an excellent contact who is on the other side of the world (or in The World Below) that won't be in game frequently that you have questions for. Yes, you can try sending a letter to them, but that takes time to arrive and even longer to wait for a response and there are mitigating factors involved with trying to get a piece of paper thousands of miles undamaged. The Gather Information skill is in place so that curious characters can get specific information from specific NPC characters, and though it may not seem worthwhile now I promise that in a year or two it will be in the top 5 best skills in the game to have.

Additionally, the question has been asked by multiple people if there is an option to use Gather Information without using an NPC as a source(finding information on your own). This is not an option and I do not anticipate this becoming an option listed in the rulebook. What I can say is that the world is full of power sources waiting to be tapped to give you abilities that may not be listed in the Rulebook. Some of you have seen that these things exist already, and some of you have already begun to see what the potential power of rituals is. There are many options to accomplish something "non-standard" and Add-On Skills are more than just new combat abilities, there are additional Professions, Miscellaneous Skills and more to be found in the world, you just have to go find them or devise a way to create them yourself. In fact, the Gather Information skill is an excellent way to start looking into some of these things, if you know the right person to ask.

-Zak
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06-15-2013, 12:15 PM
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And yes, the last sentence basically said "Gather Information so you can Gather Information better".
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06-15-2013, 12:19 PM
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