The relevant question: Dice Notation - Dice that start at 0
According to Wikipedia, this is called zero bias notation, and you simply use a "z" instead of a "d". I.e., your example would be written as 3z8. The only reference provided for this is an RPG.Net post. I've never seen any signs that the notation caught on anywhere, but I do like it as a system.
The top-voted answer is correct, in spirit at least. However, the answer is short and there are many things wrong with it. These include:
- Cites Wikipedia on something that was removed on 29 November 2010.
- The example is incorrect (according to the cited RPG.net post). An eight-sided die labelled from 0-7 is denoted z7. So the correct example would be 3z7.
- The RPG.net hyperlink is actually to the post after the one that is being referred to.
- The answer is dated. The notation has caught on somewhat by now and is used in some places.
- I can spot at least one typographical error.
Editing the answer to correct all of these errors/mistakes would almost necessitate a full rewrite. Suggesting an edit that would almost completely rewrite the answer feels wrong to me. Writing a new one would also feel wrong since the top answer is correct at large.
What to do?