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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 world.

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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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What actions can be performed while Turning Undead?

In Dungeon World, the Cleric class has the following starting move: Turn Undead When you hold your holy symbol aloft and call on your deity for protection, roll+Wis. ✴On a 7+, so long as you ...
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What happens if you move closer to undead while turning undead?

In Dungeon World, Clerics have a starting move called Turn Undead: Turn Undead When you hold your holy symbol aloft and call on your deity for protection, roll+Wis. ✴On a 7+, so long as you ...
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Making custom moves on the fly

While playing DW for couple sessions (as a GM) I realized that some instances in the fiction are perfect for custom moves. However through research (and my own tinkering with moves) I found that it is ...
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Can I make the Level Up move not require so much time without breaking the game?

As written, the level up move in Dungeon World says that one must "spend some time (hours or a day)" in order to level up. Why is this the case? What mechanical or fictional benefit does this provide? ...
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How do you handle the Immolator move “Hand Crafted”?

The move is as follows: You may use your hands in place of tools and fire to craft metal objects. Mundane weapons, armor and metal jewelry can all be formed from their raw components. You may ...
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When I use a multiclass move to choose Animal Companion, do I get Command for free?

I want to make my Templar (modified Paladin) into a mounted knight using Animal Companion and Command. Could I use a single instance of a multiclass move, or would I need to use two moves?
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When Animal Companion is multi-classed, does Command come with it? [duplicate]

In my ongoing campaign of Dungeon World, a Bard chose to multi-class a skill, Animal Companion from the Ranger class. (Now, I suspect the bulk of my question depends upon a misunderstanding of how to ...
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The “Smash!” Move

A player in my group shows interest in taking the 'Smash!' barbarian move soon, so I wanted to ask how much should I allow when using it. For example if an enemy has more than 12HP and the barbarian ...
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How do you handle an NPC taking damage over time?

Has anyone handled damage over time concepts in a non-turn based game like Dungeon World? If so, how was it managed? For example: A PC sets an NPC on fire, the burn damage occurs over time. In DW, ...
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How to lie in Dungeon World?

I can't quite understand how, if at all, you roll to lie in Dungeon World. Parlay does not work because you don't necessarily have some leverage on the character.
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How do I judge when and how much time passes in game?

Some moves say things like, "when resting for at least and hour or so". What is the most reasonable method to assess this? I understand that the GM can interrupt resting with moves, but how would a ...
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Is the Multiclass move meant to be single use?

Is the multiclass move a one time use, or can you use the move repeatedly and swap out the skill that you take from another class? Being a "Move", it would seem that you can use it whenever, but ...
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When players do the “Take Watch” move, do the results of the roll determine whether something “bad” happens?

Does the "Take Watch" move roll determine whether something bad happens? RAW it seems like it is up to the GM. In other games, the DM decides ahead of time (usually) whether or not the players will ...
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How do I make this idea of a Session 0 game of a campaign work?

I've recently finished reading Dungeon World and will be running a session 0 as a first time GM for my friends, who are also almost completely new to the tabletop RPGs, and I'd like to ask you for ...
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How would one go about creating Fronts that don't fall under the listed dangers, etc.?

How would I go about creating a front that doesn't use one of the listed dangers? Would I have to find something similar but not quite correct? Create a new one? If I create a new one, how would I do ...
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How are Kingdoms handled in Dungeon World?

I am playing a Dungeon World Campaign and am wondering how kingdoms are handled mechanically. Do I just let the tags arise naturally from the fiction (such as trade and supply tags/wealth tags for the ...
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What does one charge for raw materials? (Ore, metal bars, alchemical ingredients, etc.)

Is there a chart or something with prices you charge for raw materials? Most importantly for blacksmith materials, such as ore or metal bars or what-have-you.
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Can you play monsters?

My current DW campaign is kind of awesome. One of our characters is a Grave Knight and is kind of working out to be almost the bad guy (from the players' perspective) of the story (even though it will ...
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What happens when a PC attacks another PC?

Consider the following situation: GM: You see a gleaming pile of gold in front of you crowned with a ruby the size of your fist. Thief: I stab the fighter and run to grab the ruby. How must the GM ...
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What's the mechanical point of melee weapons' range?

I do understand that it might be important for ranged weapons, as you couldn't throw a dagger as far as shoot an arrow from a bow. However it doesn't seem so important with the melee weapons. I am ...
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What exactly is a “custom item from a blacksmith”?

In Dungeon World, a number of pieces of equipment and services are listed with prices. One such service is A custom item from a Blacksmith. It states the cost of this is Base Item + 50 coins. Is a ...
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Can I Defend multiple targets in Dungeon World?

The Defend move in Dungeon World is triggered when "you stand in defense of a person, item, or location" (emphasis mine). While our party was under attack by a gang of imps, our Cleric asked if he ...
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What are the limits to repeating a move in Dungeon World?

As far as I'm informed, you could just repeat a move until you get the desired effect, since there is no cooldown or mana. Are there limits to repeating a move, and if so what are they?
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How do you make an off-screen GM move in Dungeon World?

In Dungeon World the GM makes moves according to a variety of situations. Without going into those trigger conditions, suppose a failure is rolled by a Cleric casting a healing spell and a GM move is ...
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What effects would using a d12 and adjusted TNs have on Dungeon World?

First of all I declare myself a crazy lover of the d12 die. I would like to know, if there will be a substantial difference if I change the bell curved 2d6 roll for a linear 1d12 roll. I did a ...
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Does Unnatural Ally change the Ranger's existing animal companion or grant a monstrous replacement?

I chanced across a question someone else asked about the Ranger's move Unnatural Ally while looking through the Dungeon World GitHub's issue tracker. Asking a question about the game is arguably not a ...
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What's the definition of a Hit?

The text of Dungeon World mentions “hits” and “misses”, but doesn't seem to define these anywhere. A miss is obviously a 6− result, but what is a hit? Is it a 10+ or a 7+?
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How does magic interact with Wizard armor abilities and spells in Dungeon World?

So I recently came across the Mage class in Dungeon World as a freebie given for an optional class pack of three classes. It is supposed to be a replacement for the standard Wizard. Now the relevant ...
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How does one treat Dungeon World's Princess class move: Unicorn?

To give context: in a session which I am playing, a player has opted to play as The Princess class. This class has a move which deems them the owner of a Unicorn, which they must then name and ...
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How do I spotlight a new-to-roleplay player's character in Dungeon World?

Context: I've started a Dungeon World campaign as a new GM with three other players. We've finished a single session thus far. For one of the players, this is her first time playing a roleplaying game....
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How strictly should I obey the “Updating the Campaign Map” instruction in Dungeon World?

Dungeon World has the following instruction regarding the game world: The campaign map is updated between sessions or whenever the players spend significant downtime in a safe place. Updates are ...
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Languages and Knowledges

We were running our Dungeon World campaign, and the time came to confront the goblins about their evil ways and interrogate them for what they knew. At this point, we hit a snag; how can we know if ...
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My Druid is Shapeshifting a *lot*. How do I keep up, create moves, and keep the game interesting?

I just started running a new Dungeon World campaign and one of the players is the Druid. One thing I noticed is that he was changing shapes a lot. This seems reasonable, as the rules don't really ...
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Messy weapon vs Barbarian Smash move clarification

Sunday I had my first Dungeon World experience as GM, with a group of people completely new to DW too. During the first fight (sadly the only thing we manage to do since we had less time than usual ...
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What limits the use of Supply and Connections?

In Dungeon World there is a special move called Supply with the following details: When you go to buy something with gold on hand, if it’s something readily available in the settlement you’re in, ...
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What triggers the Princess's move Speak From the Heart?

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 ...
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What does “touch” mean with the Immolator's Burning Brand?

In Dungeon World, one of the classes is called the Immolator. It has a signature move called "Burning Brand". Its description follows: When you conjure a weapon of pure flame, roll+CON. On a 10+ ...
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How to respond to the Arcane Art 7-9 result when there are no immediate threats?

I am the GM for a Dungeon World campaign and had the following situation: The player characters had just finished killing off a bunch of satyrs that were ambushing an NPC in the woods. One of the ...
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What is an appropriate scope for a new GM's Dungeon World game?

I am going to be starting up a group playing Dungeon World pretty soon (I will be the GM). I have GM'd a very mechanics-driven game about 15 ago for maybe 5 years. In that game (which I wrote myself, ...
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What is the value of a Coin?

What is the relative value of 1 Coin in the implied setting of Dungeon World? The game system of Dungeon World intentionally keeps the concept of money and wealth fairly abstract compared to other, ...
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How do I explain the lack of situational modifiers in Dungeon World to my players?

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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How do I make a socially-optimized character in Dungeon World?

I enjoy playing PCs who talk, and can solve social situations effectively. Looking at Defy Danger and Parley as my main uses of Charisma, I'm underwhelmed and somewhat sad to have no Bluff, ...
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Player long term strategies vs GM's “Fill the characters’ lives with adventure”

Does dungeon-world support a play style1 where players carefully prepare for an encounter by manipulating the circumstances to their advantage, think of strategies for a large battle, and go on a ...
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Limitations on Charming and Open

Are there functional limitations, or good ways to add limitations, to the bardic ability Charming and Open? The ability Charming and Open reads: When you speak frankly with someone, you can ask ...
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How do Minimalist & Maezar playbooks compare to the latest official play kit?

I'll be printing out a new batch of playbooks soon to run a Dungeon World one-shot. In addition to the official play kit available at the Dungeon World website, I also have the Minimalist Playbooks ...
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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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Can a character Level Up twice in a row?

The question came up in last night's session... If a character has enough XP and time, is there any reason they cannot trigger the Level Up move twice in succession? In this circumstance events have ...
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How to handle PCs lying to/acting sneaky around other PCs?

In Dungeon World, how is it determined if a PC knows whether another PC is lying? For example, say Peter the Paladin asks Terry the Thief where he got his shiny new knife. Terry responds nonchalantly ...
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Can 6- results for Interfere grant a bonus to the character being interfered with?

While GMing a Dungeon World session, I had the following (awesome) situation occur: The players were guests on an NPC woman's boat. The woman had a magical book that the players wanted to have a look ...