Questions tagged [dungeon-world]

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 world.

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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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When is a player attack not Volley/Hack-and-Slash but instead Aid?

I've encountered this situation enough to notice it becoming a possible anti-pattern in my Dungeon-World Campaign: GM: "Character A, two strange snake-like creatures burst out of the ground in ...
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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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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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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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How do I handle Lore and Discern Realities Rolls while playing with a GM Emulator?

It seems like sort of an oddity to ask about solo play, but I haven't been able to play with my group and I'm itching to try some good Dungeon World action. Hoewever, I have a big problem: how am I ...
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Does the PC or GM determine what caused the trail to end in Hunt & Track?

Hunt & Track (WIS) When you follow a trail of clues left behind by passing creatures, roll+WIS. ✴On a 7+, you follow the creature’s trail until there’s a significant change in its direction ...
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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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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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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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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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Do human wizards and clerics have to choose a level 1 spell for their bonus spells?

In Dungeon World, human clerics and wizards each get to pick a spell from the other caster class's spell list. Must the player choose a level 1 spell so they can actually use it, or can they choose a ...
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Can more than one character defend the same target?

In the example for the Aid/Hinder move, one character (Ozruk) is defending an NPC from hellhounds, when a second character (Aronwe) comes in to Aid the first. This grants +1 forward to the original ...
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Effect of letting unactivated cyberware work as “glitched” on game balance in Sixth World v26

In Sixth World (v26), an unofficial Shadowrun hack of Dungeon World (by Chris Clouser and Tanner Yea) activating cyberware that is not always on and that does offer mechanical benefits (related to ...
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Is it reasonable to create Dungeon World characters, fronts, etc. in Hero Lab?

I use Hero Lab extensively for my Pathfinder characters and really enjoy how easy it makes creating complex characters and experimenting with different character builds. Dungeon World is pretty light ...
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Dungeon World after much D&D (3.5E, 4E and 5E) - struggling with what degree of “fiction first” applies to moves

My group tried out Dungeon World for first time. We've played quite a variety of games, but the most time has been spent with D&D 4E and 5E. During the session - which in general I enjoyed - I ...
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What does it mean to offer a worse outcome?

Recently I had a player partial hit on a Defy Danger roll. On the partial I told them that they were able to avoid the danger they were defying but it caused them to lose hold of some rope they had. ...
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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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Defy Danger and attribute selection

The move Defy Danger allows the use of any one relevant attribute assuming you can explain how you use it. I'm having a hard time being able to say if the use of a specific attribute would be relevant ...
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How do you handle Reach in Dungeon World?

How does reach actually work? If I am wielding a long spear against a goblin with a dagger ("Staying far out of its reach, I make quick thrusts at the goblin's head!"), do I roll Hack and Slash? Do ...
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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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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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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 can I describe Hack-and-Slash effects?

In Dungeon World, I face a challenge with describing hack-and-slash roll outcomes (particularly on success.) One part of this problem is that I have trouble setting up situations for players to want ...
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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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Dungeon World with a variable group

I'm starting a role playing game group, and I expect (and specified in my “looking for group” ad) that people will be attending irregularly. I am going to run it at a local games cafe (taking the “...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 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 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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Are the A), B), C) starting equipment choices exclusive or multiple choice?

this is an embarrassingly small question, but it's bugging me and my troupe greatly. The short form of the question is, "Can a player choose MORE THAN ONE item from a list of items on their DW ...
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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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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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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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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 are non-antagonistic conversations supposed to work in Dungeon World?

The following is somewhat similar to the issue discussed at How to ask nicely in Dungeon World, but I'm not asking about someone "asking politely" for a concrete action or object. I'm wondering how, ...
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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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What does the Tracker hireling's Track skill really do?

In Dungeon World, there is a hireling skill-set called Tracker. It has two skills: Track and Guide. Guide is straight forward. However, Track doesn't make much sense to me as I've never been good at ...
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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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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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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?