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The actual question is bolded at the bottom. Everything else is just evidence to support a possible point.
In addition I do not have access to the Ultimate Intrigue so if it has more information I do not have it.
Whatever you think the answer is I would like for you to press the FAQ button. Thanks.
The CRB says:
Action: Most Perception checks are reactive, made in response to observable stimulus. Intentionally searching for stimulus is a move action.
However "observable stimulus" has never really ever been explained.
Many of use who came from 3.5 assumed that you must intentionally look for a trap or hidden door, but the rules dont really say that.
The unchained book which changes how actions work says the following:
Search: You use Perception to search a room for salient hidden creatures or clues, or you make a detailed search of a 10-foot-square area to detect traps, triggers, hidden objects, or footprints. When you search an area, this action has the complex subtype
That shows evidence that the move action is the intent, but it is not absolute proof.
Later Mark(game rules designer) says:
While the other designers have told me it was an omission, we certainly need to state it and rectify the omission, to prevent the confusion that has led to the current state of affairs. In my mind, Unchained is a good start. I'll try to get it up on the FAQ for a wider audience as well!
This still does not make it a 100% certifiable rule since it was not actually written that way.
The goal of this post is to get an answer as to whether or not the Unchained book saying that checks for traps and limited to a 10 foot area is accurate.
Now I have to write the question so it can be FAQ'd.
Is it correct that the rules for searching for a trap, hidden door and similar things require a move action, and limit you to checking a 10 foot area?