B/X Known World
It's a distinction that makes a difference...just not to you.It's saying the same thing.
As opposed to the prescribed pattern you prefer? The referee presents a bit of information, the player assumes a roll is necessary, assumes what skill is applicable, rolls, then reports the result. The difference is we'd prefer the player not make those assumptions, to not skip the conversation. That's all. It drives me crazy when players make those assumptions, skip the conversation, and just roll.But having to state everything following a prescribed pattern? It would drive me a little crazy.
You get that making assumptions is generally bad, right? That's why it matters. Further, players take the assumptions they've made, then act on them...and further assume that all of that is what the referee would have wanted them to do.It doesn't matter to me, I've just never had a DM that cared and I don't get why it matters.
Our preferences are different than yours. Sorry it doesn't make sense to you. But that has no effect on our preferences. Sorry, but I honestly don't get the impression that several of us explaining it all again is going to make any difference at all.