The Princess’s advice move, Speak From The Heart, has been giving us trouble in sessions 2 and 3 of our new Dungeon World campaign. This is the first time I've made the class available, so we're still getting used to how it plays.
Speak From the Heart
When another player comes to you seeking advice, tell them what you think is their best course of action. If they act on your advice, they take +1 forward. At the end of the session, if at least one player who acted on your advice actually benefitted from it in the end, you mark XP.
Specifically, the other players have been attempting to trigger this move by asking the Princess's opinion on immediate decisions in the middle of the action, and yet the move — and the Princess in general — has a je ne sais quoi that has made me hesitate each time to agree that it has been triggered. In the end I've mostly ended up agreeing that it has triggered, but the move's outcomes have been less than impressive. Those falling-flat outcomes, and just something about the theme of the class itself, strongly suggests to me that that kind of trivial question is not supposed to trigger it.
For example, last session the first time the players identified Speak From the Heart as triggering, I thought for a minute and ended up insisting it had to be something other than a simple choice presented suddenly to the Princess… and yet somehow, mere minutes later, I exclaimed that it had triggered for something else that was pretty much the same kind of simple choice! Nobody called out the discrepancy, but I noticed it later (and later emailed everyone to apologise). Whoops! That is clearly not properly adjudicating the move.
The move is just not obvious in how it’s supposed to be triggered. The simple wording seems like most any question would trigger it, but I know from experience that that kind of trivial trigger makes a move pretty toothless, and just serve as a “tax” on the gameplay. The Princess simply voting in a group decision or answering a shouted question in the middle of battle doesn't seem like it should trigger Speak From the Heart, but looking at the move I can't think of why it shouldn't trigger. Apart from it seeming to cheapen the move and defeat its contribution to making the Princess properly Princess-y.
How does the Princess's Speak From the Heart move trigger, properly?