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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 do I 'advertise' my skills to other players/characters?

Ranger has an advanced move 'A Safe Place'. The trigger is 'when you set watch for the night'. Most of the other players are much more experienced at fantasy setting routines (setting watches, ...
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What if the GM is the one who is traditional? [duplicate]

In creating my character, I'm asking a lot of questions. I'm also studying the rules for my own benefit of what is expected of me. (We are all new to DW.) I am reading a lot of stuff (much of it here ...
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Why must I choose my name from a list?

I am very new to DW, so I'm just learning the philosophy of game-play and creation. Why do the rules require me to choose my character name from a list - and a short list at that? I understand that, ...
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What does “+1 forward” mean?

What does "+1 forward" mean? Is it simply a shorthand for saying "add 1 to your roll"?
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What actions cause a shapeshifting druid to spend the hold? What comes with the shape?

The druid class comes with the Shapeshifter move. It states you have the innate abilities and weaknesses. It also states that the GM will give you one or more moves associated with the form. So if ...
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What does it mean to have zero “ammo”?

Most ammunition in DW have "ammo" property — it is usually a small number, like 3-4: Bundle of Arrows 3 ammo, 1 coin, 1 weight The tag description says this number "represents what you have left ...
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What is “nature's price” in the Elemental Mastery move?

One of the choices of the Elemental Mastery Druid move is: You avoid paying nature's price What does that mean? For instance, Leafwillow (my Druid PC) wants to start a campfire. She calls on the ...
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How can we make things grimdark? Life is dangerous, survival is brutal, etc

My friends and I are wanting to run a Dungeon World game soon. We are all big on survival, grimdark themes, etc and DW is fairly open in how to portray the world and setting applications but ...
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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 can I make my players settle their differences in-character?

I am currently running a game of Dungeon World as a first-time GM. In my party of 5 players, there is a barbarian who always rushes in to fight head-on, and also behaves very aggressively towards ...
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How do you handle the damage to a PC from Hack & Slash against an enemy that’s not attacking?

Hack and Slash says in its description: Hack and slash is for attacking a prepared enemy plain and simple. If the enemy isn’t prepared for your attack—if they don’t know you’re there or they’re ...
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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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Can you summon a spell caster using Summon Monster?

The Dungeon World 5th-level spell summon monster lists some choices, one of them being a useful adaptation. If the player picks "spell caster" for a useful adaptation, could they end up with an Orc ...
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How do I manage the options of Elemental Mastery?

The Druid move Elemental Mastery gives you these choices: The effect you desire comes to pass You avoid paying nature’s price You retain control My player has been choosing the first 2, "the effect ...
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How does the Hydra work in Dungeon World?

I'm looking at the description of the Hydra in Dungeon World (pg 248). It states that it has 16 HP and 2 Armor. So if it takes 16 points of damage it's dead. Seems straight forward. However, It then ...
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How do ongoing spells end?

Many spells with the ongoing tag give a disadvantage to the caster while they are still active. Additionally, some spell effects may not always be desirable to the caster after some time. Some ...
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Will increasing bonds per character for a campaign with a large, rotating group of PCs break the game?

This question is a child of In what ways will having too many players negatively impact a Powered by the Apocalypse game?, I give full background there, but the important part is that I expect to be ...
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What are the potential drawbacks of this in-fiction solution for a varying player group?

This question is a child of Potential problems running a large and varying group in DW, I give full background there, but the important part is that I expect to be GMing a Dungeon World campaign which ...
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In what ways will having 6-8 players negatively impact a Powered by the Apocalypse game?

Background Having previous experience with mostly 3.5e and some 5e as a PC, my friend group is slowly conspiring to install me as a GM for their first TRPG experience. I have come around to the idea ...
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Which reading of Thing Talker is correct?

I'm not entirely sure how to interpret the druid move Thing Talker. The text reads: You see the spirits in the sand, the sea and the stone. You may now apply your spirit tongue, shapeshifting and ...
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How do I GM a partial on Spout Lore?

I tend to have a lot of trouble with the partial on spout lore. The text reads: On a 7–9 the GM will only tell you something interesting—it’s on you to make it useful. However I have trouble ...
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How can a GM challenge players with high stats?

I've been running Dungeon World games for two years now and from my experience, once a player's dominant combat ability scores reach 18, it becomes very difficult for opponents to put up a fight ...
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Why does the Basic Moves reference sheet differ for aid or interfere?

I have the player pack version 2.0 and it has a slightly different version of the Aid or Interfere Move compared to the book. When you help or hinder someone you have a Bond with... This declares ...
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Looking for a system for creative people with little time [closed]

Which system allows creativity for masters and players while cutting time on preparing and studying rules? However, it should still have rules and material. I tried FATE and Savage Worlds. Liked FATE ...
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Summon monster - can you pick the same trait twice?

When you cast the summon monster spell you then roll a d6 and pick from the list of traits. Can you pick the same trait twice? That is could I have two stats at +2 or have it do 2d8 damage?
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What to do when a player doesn't Defy Danger (especially if they should)?

I have never played Dungeon World, but I am trying to get a grasp on the way that the proverbial conversation flows in an action sequence. I'm intrigued by DW's potential to create combats with ...
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What is valid for a “worse outcome” with a 7-9 on Defy Danger?

I was GMing and a player was trying to get past a Troll so he did a Defy Danger move with DEX. He rolled an eight so I said, "OK, the Troll misses you, but you don't get by him." The player said that ...
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Missing with the Immolator's Burning Brand

What happens when the immolator's burning brand misses (6-)? The GM gets to make a move, sure, but does the immolator get their weapon, even if it's without the extra tags (+1 or not dangerous, etc)? ...
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Dungeon World starters for young girls? [closed]

Does anyone know of any Dungeon World 'starters' aimed at younger players or girls in particular?
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What Does the Elemental Tag Do?

In Dungeon World, in the Alternative Playbooks, for the Mage specifically, there is the elemental tag. What use is it and what does it do?
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How do I prevent the party from stacking all of their foci on whomever is casting a spell?

I have been GMing (or judging if you use the vernacular from the rule book) a game of freebooters on the frontier, where 3 of my players have all chosen to become magic users. Each player has a focus ...
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Can a Ranger who took God Amidst The Wastes take advanced Cleric moves?

By the direct reading of the move it would seem that it's limited only to commune and cast a spell moves, but I am not completely sure.
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when using a hireling with a warrior skill how do they take the brunt of it?

The players I'm GMing are looking to get a hireling who's a warrior. Looking at the description it states If your attack results in consequences (like a counter attack) the man-at-arms takes the ...
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Does halving damage on a defend occur before or after armor reduction?

The defend move in dungeon world allows you to spend hold to Halve the attack’s effect or damage However it is not clear to me whether this occurs before or after you reduce the damage by armor. ...
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does a summoned monster really have just one HP? [closed]

I was looking at the wizard spell summon monster. It states the summoned monster has 1 HP. Doesn't that mean that it will die really easily? I guess the "Its bond to your plane is strong: +2 HP for ...
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Can you use the Prodigy move with Magic Missile? Does that make it a cantrip?

My wizard is wondering about taking the Prodigy move with Magic Missile. We both agree this seems a little overpowered. It would appear that it would be an auto-hit range weapon. I guess he needs to ...
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How do you deal with Overpowered PCs? [closed]

So i'v been running an Elder-Scrolls themed Dungeon-World game for around 20 ~7 hour sessions now. Over this time, the PCs have leveled up a LOT, and have been deciding to keep their characters and ...
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Can you find an invisible person with detect magic?

If a person is made invisible through the use of an invisibility spell, would the detect magic spell show where they are? My first thought is that it would, because it's an ongoing magic spell. I feel ...
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How would failing to avoid an avalanche play out in Dungeon World?

I haven't played Dungeon World (or any other PbtA game) yet, but from listening to Friends at the Table and reading the DW book I'm a huge fan of the system and am trying my best to organize a game ...
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What are your hit points after a successful Last Breath?

I had a PC make the Last Breath move tonight. He rolled an 8 so he got to make a bargain with the goddess, and he lived. He asked, "what are my hit points now?" We decided on 1, but I'm not sure that'...
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When you change your class, (how) do you keep leveling?

In Dungeon World, when you have enough XP to reach level 11, you can choose to change your class: Changing classes means keeping your ability scores, race, HP, and whatever moves you and the GM ...
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How do you handle random encounters if the GM isn't supposed to roll dice?

I'm trying to deal with random encounters in DW. If my players are in a town, and suddenly decide to go into a random building how do I decide if the NPCs in there like the PCs? In D&D I'd just ...
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How do I calculate load?

I think I figured out that my group is doing load wrong. It’s supposed to be base plus the modifier not the total strength, correct? Want to make sure before I tell the group. I realized when my thief ...
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What moves do spellcasting enemies use in Dungeon World?

What kind of moves should I use with a spellcasting enemy!? I'm having a little trouble trying to wrap my mind on how do handle spellcasting creatures that deal things other then direct damage. How ...
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How should I resolve the ranger's companion being sent off on a solo mission?

In our last session Diana, the party's ranger ordered her cougar companion to perform a task on its own (completely related to the companion's trainings). The first one was completely safe in terms ...
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How does Aid actually help?

During a recent session of Dungeon-World I was participating in 3 players entered a church. One player began to look around the apse to see if they could find anything that might be useful. This ...
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As the GM, am I allowed to make a move when my players roll a 10+?

Under "When to Make a Move", the rules say: You make a move: When everyone looks to you to find out what happens When the players give you a golden opportunity When they roll a 6- ...
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If you start as a Bard, can you multiclass to a Cleric with just Multiclass Dabbler?

One of my players has an interesting idea for combining a bard and a cleric. He'd start as a bard and become a cleric later. Can he get both the cleric's Commune and Cast a Spell with just one ...
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How can I handle a Colossal monster?

I am currently running a Dungeon World campaign where one of the characters has awoken a basalt colossus. The colossus is about the height of a 4 story building and super evil. In our upcoming ...
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Is there an equivalent of D&D's passive checks in Dungeon World?

In D&D there's the notion of spotting secret doors, traps, etc. passively. How does one handle that in dungeon world? Discern Reality appears to be an active roll on the players part. How do ...