So, how do you guys distribute rumors in your campaign? Do you use the hijinks mechanic, forcing the PCs to spend a month carousing and then succeed on a hear noise check? Do you use a similar mechanic, but on a shorter time scale? Do you use some other, custom mechanic? Or do you just hand them out as you see fit during role-play?
Yeah, I just use play-by-ear roleplaying for every day rumors.
A month spent to maybe hear something sounds like a bit much for run-of-the-mill rumors, though. If they were intentionally trying to find out something difficult to know, then I’d probably use that mechanic.