Dungeon World is a heroic fantasy game mixing old school aesthetics and cutting edge game design based on the Apocalypse World system. In Dungeon World the narrative always drives the mechanics allowing players to focus on being their characters first and the GM on building and adjudicating the ...

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Looking for Dungeon World feedback on my KS [on hold]

I'm working on a world book for Dungeon World and I was wondering if you'd instead, maybe take a look at my page and give me some DW-specific feedback.
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How is Hold spent, and how long can you save it?

Having played Dungeon World a handful of times, I love it. I still find the concept of accruing and spending hold a bit confusing. I purchased the pdf version of the game. I found the following text ...
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Partial Success on Hack and Slash which kills a monster, can it deal damage?

Suppose a player uses the Hack and Slash move against a monster, and he obtains a partial success (7-9). He rolls the damage and he is able to kill the monster, can I as a DM use the Deal Damage from ...
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Taking “half elven” as a multiclass move

It is possible for Bard and Fighter to take a Multiclass Dabbler as their first advanced move. Can they take Ranger's Half-Elven move in this case? For bard the result seems pretty viable - you ...
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Can Pathfinder be played with a Dungeon World style combat system?

Could I play Pathfinder with a combat system that is fast-paced and lacks initiative like the one present in Dungeon World? The reason why I ask is because I'm trying to build a Dark Souls based ...
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Can a druid use Spirit Tongue while in Shape Shifted?

Given that it's not a move that requires a roll, I would think yes. Thoughts?
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Can a druid use Spirit Tongue to speak to magical creatures and monsters?

Must it only be a plain and natural creatures? What of cave rats and giant spiders, for example?
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Can a druid shape shift into magical creatures?

I'm DMing a campaign with a druid player who has been studying dragons and snakes her whole life. Does this allow her to shapeshift to them or does their magicalness make them not "animals"?
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Why does the Clumsy armor tag impose −1 ongoing for all rolls?

For example, why would it affect wisdom or intelligence? ...or am I just misunderstanding the rule? Thank you!
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GM speaking for player [closed]

I just bought the Dungeon World rulebook and am reading through it and so far really like what I'm seeing. I've also been watching bits and pieces of these sessions on youtube. In the gameplay ...
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How to GM for a player who knows none of the tropes Dungeon World relies on?

I have a very occasional player who gives me a disproportional amount of difficulty as a Dungeon World GM. DW is normally really easy to teach to new players because it has almost everything a player ...
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How do I narrate a Called Shot to the head?

The Ranger has a starting move of Called Shot. When you attack a defenseless or surprised enemy at range, you can choose to deal your damage or name your target and roll + DEX. Head. *10+: ...
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Keeping track of time in Dungeon World during combat/conflict

In Dungeon World, combat runs without concept of rounds or turns. However, in some cases, I need to simulate the passage of time in a pitched battle. In other systems, I could use estimates like "the ...
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How does dungeon world combat work? [closed]

I don't understand what dice I'm supposed to roll or anything. Do I roll my damage dice? I've never actually played a tabletop RPG so this'll be my first, so I guess my confusion is understandable.
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How can damage to a Ranger's animal companion be handled?

So in our last session of Dungeon World the Ranger's animal companion came under direct attack by a PC. The pet in question is a huge 'eagle' called Trace. We're sure it's actually a disguised dragon ...
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Pathfinder to Dungeon World Conversion [closed]

For those that have attempted to do a Pathfinder (or D&D 3.5e) to Dungeon World conversion, how what aspects did you implement into the game's core design? Do you believe that it truly added to ...
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How do rotes and cantrips work?

While reading the rulebook and class sheets of dungeon world, I had some problems. Most of them are answered somewhere, but I was unable to find information regarding rotes and cantrips. I am just not ...
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Does a shield protect the PC, even if it's not hit?

When the PC holds a shield in his left hand, and is hit by an enemy attacking from the right, does the shield still add to the PCs armor?
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Are HP part of the fiction, or part of the meta?

Sure, it's not "He deals you 5 damage" but "He hits you with his warhammer. You take 5 damage." But is the "You take 5 damage" part of the fiction, or is it a meta text to keep the mechanics in ...
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Should I tell the players the exact stats of monsters they fight?

When the party encounters a solitary and strong monster, should the GM state the monster's HP and armor? Or are all the calculations made by the GM secretly and represented only in the fiction ("He ...
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How often should I plan for the players to make camp?

This question is meta, linking ingame-time to real-time: How often to make camp in Dungeon World? The desired answer is something like "plan to let them make camp every x hours of playing." The ...
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Should I worry about players abusing the Know-It-All move?

I'm concerned about this move of the Wizard: Know-It-All When another player’s character comes to you for advice and you tell them what you think is best, they get +1 forward when ...
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How does enemy damage work on a Hack & Slash partial success?

I am about to dive into RPGs, starting with Dungeon World. The rules and explanations are all aimed at players who have played other RPGs before, skipping the most basic part: rolling dice. So the ...
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Dungeon World campaign length - how long to reach level 10?

I'm thinking of starting a Dungeon World campaign. It seems from the experience system that levelling can be pretty quick. How many sessions would you expect to play before characters start retiring ...
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Attacking multiple enemies in Dungeon World

Is it possible to attack multiple enemies with a single strike in Dungeon World? All of the examples give the player only damaging a single enemy even if they end up hacking and slashing with ...
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Starving in Dungeon World

My Dungeon World party is now two weeks out from civilized lands. They've had the usual amount of foul luck, and lost more rations than they planned due to bad rolls. Mostly due to picking up some ...
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Danger and Location Moves in Dungeon World

What is a "danger move" or "location move" exactly? Are the danger moves part of the dangers from the description of the front (i.e. campaign or adventure)? Are location moves specific to a ...
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How can I politely handle a GM who doesn't appear to 'get' how Dungeon World works?

My gaming group recently decided that our next game was going to be Dungeon World, GMed by my flatmate who I will refer to as Bob. Bob has played a one-shot of DW with myself as GM in the past and ...
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How to let PCs run a kingdom in Dungeon World?

I have a relatively new Dungeon World game that I'm planning out a campaign front or two for, and I've found some inspiration so ideas shouldn't be too hard. My problem is that, should the players ...
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Suggestions to replace or tweak the DW barbarian's “taunt”

I've recently been coming to realize in my Dungeon World game that my barbarian player's AOE taunt mechanic ("What Are You Waiting For?") is somewhat of a disruptive, aggravating move. For people who ...
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How do I narrate the Last Breath move?

When a character reaches 0HP, they trigger the Last Breath move. The move has 3 outcomes: Success: They cheat death Partial success: Death offers them a deal Failure: They are marked by death ...
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Do the Dashing Hero's “borrow a move” moves work like multiclass moves?

That is, when you pick a move using Anything You Can Do... or ...I Can Do Better that relies on other moves to work (such as the Wizard's Cast A Spell move), do you get the other moves too, like you ...
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Can the Druid heal themselves with the Balance move?

Can the character who has the balance move (either from being a druid or acquiring it as a multiclass move) use it on themselves? Balance: When you deal damage, gain 1 balance. When you touch ...
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Hidden Moves in Dungeon World

In an upcoming conflict (partly being a battle, but there shall be more than fighting, the time horizon will be not more than a few day in-game time) between two religions, I expect one of my PCs will ...
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Explaining the lack of situational modifiers in Dungeon World [duplicate]

How do I explain to players why there are no situational modifiers in Dungeon World? Being used to other RPGs, they would expect modifiers for performing actions in a more challenging circumstance.
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Character performing a Move which he/she does not have [duplicate]

If a Fighter is hidden and chances upon an opponent, and wants to backstab it, how is it handled, despite him not having a Backstab move? Or a Fighter who surprises an opponent, and wants to go for a ...
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Character differentiation (through sub- and crafts talents) in Dungeon World

Compared to other game systems like The Dark Eye or DnD, Dungeon World seems to lack in character differentiation through game mechanics outside of combat environments. A player of my group recently ...
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How do GM Moves in Dungeon World work in practice?

So I was reading about the GM Moves in Dungeon world and I started to have a string of questions running through my mind... It went something like this (all within about 20 minutes) Am I going to get ...
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Why is interrogating done with roll+CHA instead of +STR?

The Dungeon World manual pretty clearly states that forceful interrogation (using the threat of violence as leverage) is a Parley move. However, parley is played roll+CHA which feels a bit strange ...
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Dungeon World - Gaining XP for failures

I ran our first Dungeon World session yesterday, and we really had fun. We're all new to the game and to tabletop RPG's in general. I'm a fresh GM, so I forgot a few rules here and there, mostly ...
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Considering Complex Dice Roll Probabilities

Hoping someone more math and excel/troll/anydice competent than I can help me out. I've long been considering implementing some Dungeon World style die roll mechanics into D&D. With Next about ...
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In Dungeon World, does rolling a 6- when casting a spell cause the spell to be revoked or forgotten?

The Dungeon World rules do not appear to be explicit about whether a spell is lost if you rolled a 6- to do so, while it is explicit when it is an option when you roll a 7-9: Casting a spell ...
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Is XP earned every time one acts according to one's alignment?

In Dungeon World a character earns XP for following his alignment. Is this XP earned every time the character follows his alignment or only at the session's end?
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How do I make a good narrative campaign in Dungeon World?

In my old group we played Pathfinder and I always created "hack 'n' slash" adventures: enter the dungeon, loot, kill, go home. We loved that. But with my new group we're gonna play Dungeon World and ...
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FAE or Dungeon World as first game for kids, rusty DM?

I'm looking at FAE or Dungeon World for a first RPG for some ~11 year olds with me as a GM (who hasn't played anything but AD&D in nearly 30 years). The kids are interested in a D&D style ...
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Chess Trap Variant

I'm planning to run a Dungeon World campaign based on a classic D&D Super Endless Quest book called The Ghost Tower which, in turn, is based on a classic D&D module called The Ghost Tower of ...
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Getting bogged down in combat with Dungeon World

I ran my second session of Dungeon World today, which lasted just under three hours and at least an hour of this was made up with a single combat. They were a party of four facing 12 small mechanical ...
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Spending Hold whilst shapeshifting as a Druid

When a Druid shifts shape, they get a certain amount of Hold with which to carry out actions. An issue came up in the session I ran tonight with exactly what this means. The player in question was of ...
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What published resources give good examples of Adventure Fronts?

I have recently started running a game of Dungeon World, and now that the first session is out of the way I am trying to get my head around how Fronts work. I am finding Campaign Fronts relatively ...
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Adding characters to the party once the story has started

Character creation in Dungeon World is done cooperatively, and part of the process involves establishing bonds between the different characters. World creation is also heavily driven by the players as ...