I’ve seen and used two different approaches to describing PC actions, most often in combat or when using skills. One approach is for the player to describe how they perform the action, the other is for the GM to describe it. (Which approach you use can even be a social contract issue.)

They generally have similar end results: It doesn’t matter who says “Swinging his axe overhand, Aragos lops off the barbarian’s head,” the barbarian is still dead.

Or does it matter? Are some GMs worried that players will make their PC sound “too cool,” or otherwise muck things up? Or do some players not put the same effort into those kinds of descriptions as GMs tend to?

(I’m back from GenCon, but I gave myself a day to recover before doing an after-action report. Stay tuned!)