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If you are writing down a roll, what is the accepted format for action rolls? For example, if your Agility is d12+d4 and your Pistol is d12+d2, and you spend 3 plot points, it's Agility+Pistol. But how would you write that roll down?

Is it:

     d12+d4+d12+d2+d6

or:

     2d12+d6+d4+d2

or:

     [d12+d4]+[d12+d2]+d6

or (to distinguish plot points):

     [d12+d4]+[d12+d2]+[d6 PP]

This is using the basic Cortex rules. Thanks.

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I think its sort of contextual. As a gm I would write [d12+d4]+[d12+d2]+[d6 PP] but when writing to a player it would be 2d12+d6+d4+d2. As a GM break it down so if I decide to tweak something I can quickly BS my way through my completely arbitrary decision to make it harder/easier. –  Chad Jun 6 '11 at 14:29
    
Makes sense. Context: I'm writing a program to handle combat in the Cortex game (keeping track of damage, actions, dodges, etc.), and part of that is including a way to display rolls. –  bryanjonker Jun 6 '11 at 15:25
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@Chad - I think your comment constitutes an answer. If you make it into an answer, I'll upvote it! –  gomad Jun 6 '11 at 15:54

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I think its sort of contextual. As a gm I would write [d12+d4]+[d12+d2]+[d6 PP] but when writing to a player it would be 2d12+d6+d4+d2. As a GM break it down so if I decide to tweak something I can quickly BS my way through my completely arbitrary decision to make it harder/easier.

As for your program It probably depends what you want to do. I would probably provide the data the second option with perhaps some way to see what was used to come up with that roll and denote it in your 4th way.

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