I know this has come up again and again, but this is a different take on it -- plus, the sling discussion got me thinking.
For the most part, skilling up in Arm is pretty natural: you do the activity, and you get the skill (eventually) over time. Moreover, you can do the activity in a way conducive to RP -- you can improve scan, for instance, by going out with a hunting buddy and watching the movements of the animals, or sneak/hide this way too. You can actually talk about improving the skill in game without breaking character or immersion.
However, listen is an outlier.
So, recently I was asked by a hunter I was training in the game: How do I improve my ability to listen to creatures? (I was teaching them how to improve scan through some RP of looking at hidden creatures.) I drew a blank on what to say. I certainly didn't want to say: Go sit on the listening nook at the Gaj for a few RL days, which is how you actually skill up listen.
Rangers get listen and presumably this is for a reason, although I haven't really ever figured out if it has any coded advantage while hunting. According to the help file 'listen has some effect on the detection of stealthy activities that can make noise'.
I dunno, I guess I'd like to figure out a way to allow us to train listen in a ranger-like way -- split it from the listen that indoors guilds (pickpockets, burglars, assassins get) and have it trained via animal noises? But that's a lot of coded work. Sometimes, I just wish it were removed entirely, as I at least haven't been able to make sense of my ranger having a skill that is only useful inside the city.
So: how do you RP the listen skill as a Ranger? Do you just pretend it isn't there, but find it useful when you go inside the city? Do you have some training scenarios you go through to train it?