Questions tagged [bonds]

For questions primarily about bonds, a mechanic used in Dungeon World and similar RPGs for establishing relationships or connections between characters.

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Establishing bonds with NPCs

We're at the point in our 2-players-and-a-GM Dungeon World game where one of the PCs is working with a rather regular cast of friendly NPCs in addition to the other PC. This means that the PCs don't ...
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Keeping bonds with memory resets

I've been playing as a character in a dungeon-world campaign. About once per session in this campaign the world "resets". Our players return to the starting tavern, our inventories, health and ...
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How public should bonds be in a Dungeon World game?

Are there any restrictions or advice on who should know about bonds in a Dungeon World game (RAW or in the spirit of the game)? Are they supposed to be public knowledge to the party? Between the two ...
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How to keep Bonds relevant when players are absent?

Some time ago I GMed Dungeon World for a group of friends -- the first time any of us tried DW, though we'd played Apocalypse World before. The campaign only lasted 5-6 sessions because of multiple ...
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Impact of swapping Flags for Bonds in Dungeon World?

An answer on this site recently pointed me to Rob Donoghue's Flags system as a possible replacement for Dungeon World's Bonds. How does this system impact game play and table dynamics? I'm ...
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What do you lose by not using bonds?

Normally in Dungeon World each character has bonds, formalized connections with other characters related to their shared history. What is the game like without using bonds? To keep this objective, I'...
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Rolling +BOND: which bonds count?

When aiding or interfering you roll +BOND. When a move has you roll+BOND you'll count the number of bonds you have with the character in question and add that to the roll. (DW p.52, "Choose Bonds") ...
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Can a character bond with a location?

A player asked tonight if he could write a bond with a key location where the party'd just arrived. "I'm obsessed with figuring out why the magic of the Red Keep is going awry" was his proposed bond. ...
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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 ...