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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How does dungeon world combat work? [on hold]

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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How does “failure” work in Dungeon World? How does it move the story forward?

I am having trouble understanding the specifics of failure Dungeon World. According to the rules, a GM should "make a move" against players when they fail, and that's alright, I get that. What I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What do you do in Dungeon World when someone wants to perform an action they don't have a move for?

So in Dungeon World, everything breaks down to 'moves'. What about situations where a move is not available, but a check of some sort is called for, such as in the case of a non-fighter who wants to ...
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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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How to increase difficulty in Dungeon World

I've been GMing for a couple of sessions now and I'm still struggling at making encounters or situations more difficult. I will describe dangerous situations and encounters in fiction but the ...
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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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Idea for missing on a shapeshift roll for Dungeon World

I was looking at the Druid and the shapeshift move. I can imagine consequences for failing the wizard's spellcasting and the thief backstabbing moves, but how can you make shapeshifting turn out bad?
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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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How to avoid sidetracking and keep things together in cooperative storytelling

I've been playing Dungeon World for a while and I encourage players to collaborate to make the game really "our game" by using the principles to the letter. But when I look back at the world we ...
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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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How can I encourage players to Spout lore

I have this rich setting with plenty of details and it's not a published one that players read and know by heart. I'd like to give them a lot of information contextual to locations and events ...
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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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Are Hit Points in Dungeon World just a nod to D&D?

I'm making a hack of Dungeon World/Apocalypse World- its fantasy based, but very dark fantasy. I was tending towards using the Harm Clock, or something as in your face deadly, but wondered if the Hit ...
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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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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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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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Racial features in Dungeon World

Races are really accessories in Dungeon World. How can you translate more potent races (or race features) from other settings to Dungeon World? For instance I'm trying to make an Eberron game using ...
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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 ...
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What guides and resources exist for creating custom classes in Dungeon World?

I already own and have access to the Dungeon World book/manual and I've read and will refer to the Advanced Delving section. Beyond that however I'm looking for any other guidelines and tips when ...
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Is it possible to get your animal companion killed?

Is it possible to get your animal companion killed? And if it is possible, how can a Ranger get a new animal companion? By summoning, or by taming another beast? Is it just up to the game master?
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What are the major innovations in Dungeon World compared to D&D 3.5/Pf/4e?

In various comments on this site, DW was mentioned as [Dungeon world/Apocalypse World] is really more required reading for any designer today working on innovation in mechanics Having read the ...
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Casting invisibility on self and draw unwelcome attention

Last game session the Wizard was casting Invisibility like a maniac and he would always choose to draw unwelcome attention when he got 7-9. I have to say the first couple of times I just thought: Ok, ...
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Making custom classes and advanced moves

I am trying to make a few modern custom classes for Dungeon World system for my future themed campaign. However I am getting a little lost, I created a class and most of his "advanced moves" are ...