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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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Gaining XP for failures

I ran our first Dungeon World session yesterday, and we really had fun. We're all new to the game and to tabletop RPG's in general. I'm a fresh GM, so I forgot a few rules here and there, mostly ...
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How does “failure” work in Dungeon World? How does it move the story forward?

I am having trouble understanding the specifics of failure Dungeon World. According to the rules, a GM should "make a move" against players when they fail, and that's alright, I get that. What I don'...
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Does the GM get to make a move with every partial success by default?

Defy danger is quite clear, but unless everyone is looking at the GM or there exists a golden opportunity, does the GM get to make a (soft) move with every partial success? For example, volley 7-9, ...
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What is True Beauty as an outcome of Evasion?

The Thief class in Dungeon World has an advanced move called Evasion: Evasion When you defy danger on a 12+, you transcend the danger. You not only do what you set out to, but the GM will ...
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How can I make Hack-and-Slash less mandatory?

In my current Dungeon World campaign, I've found my group (and myself) encountering situations that could be solved via violence (which I have on good authority is not the answer) end up being solved ...
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How does backstab work?

Now I get that when anyone attacks a unsuspecting target they just deal damage, and that the thief backstab move is there to add some more options. And most of them make sense, you could easily ...
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How does “Stun damage” work on NPCs?

In Dungeon World, if a PC deals "stun" damage to an NPC by using a weapon with the 'Stun' tag, what are the mechanical effects? I believe the rule book states that a character that has taken stun ...
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Amount of chests in Dungeon World?

I wanted to ask a question about chests and loot in general. There is a table in the DW rulebook where you can roll if you think a monster has a chest with it. I noticed that the amount of coins is ...
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Dungeon World: can a Druid multi-class through Ranger to Wizard?

Can my Druid in Dungeon World, through use of the Hunters Brother move and Stalkers Sister move, take the following two Ranger moves: Animal Companion and Special Trick. We are accepting as a given ...
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When does the extra damage from Cheap Shot occur?

I have a question about Cheap Shot. The Backstab move gives you several options, only one of which is to cause an extra +d6 damage. Cheap Shot says "When using a precise or hand weapon, your backstab ...
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How do I get my players to make their own decisions?

I'm GMing a Dungeon World campaign with players completely new to tabletop RPGs. Every time I present them with a situation and ask them what they do next, none of them ever arrive at a conclusion, ...
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Is it possible to aid a character after his roll?

Let's say Kruv has just failed his Hack'n'slash roll (6) against a goblin. Before the GM adds fictional consequences, Axandra try to do something to turn Kruv's failure in a (partial) success. She ...
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How am I supposed to limit what my players can Spout Lore about?

I'm looking at Spout Lore and it seems really overpowered: When you consult your accumulated knowledge about something, roll+Int. On a 10+ the GM will tell you something interesting and useful ...
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Which move for following someone without being caught?

I am a first time GM in a PBM game. One of the characters (the Thief) is following an NPC (another thief) and would like to not be noticed. They are in a port, among warehouses and depots. I feel ...
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My Druid wants to transform into a blink dog. How do I rule this?

I'm running a Dungeon World adventure in a forested location, and my party had an encounter with some displacer beasts hunting down a blink dog. An interjection: I was unaware blink dogs were ...
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What are appropriate costs for failure with the Spout Lore move?

As a new GM, I've had trouble thinking of ways in which Spout Lore failures (6-) can be impactful and, equally important, varied. Thus far I've come up with a few categories for things I've either ...
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What can I do to trigger Spout Lore or Discern Realities?

So, in Dungeon World, I've been trying to trigger Spout Lore and Discern Realities more as those moves seem to fit my character (a Druid) well. However, my efforts at triggering both of those moves ...
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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 I encourage players to Spout Lore?

I have this rich setting with plenty of details and it's not a published one that players read and know by heart. I'd like to give them a lot of information contextual to locations and events ...
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Why would the “Burning Wheel” unique item confer a bonus to swimming?

Just found this odd statement in the Dungeon World SRD (alternative source.) in relation to the "Burning Wheel" unique item, which has the power to facilitate an audience with a named god: It does ...
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How does one reflect the players' actions on an NPC town/village/keep?

My players are... a little destructive. They have burned a town to the ground (slaughtering everyone in it) and just left a second town (in the same kingdom) with several buildings being lit on fire. ...
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How to handle the combination of PvP Combat and Death move from Grim-World?

Question : How does the Death Move Angel of Wrath from the Templar Playbook from Grim World supplement for Dungeon World interact with PvP attitude among the players ? Does the Templar still has HP ? ...
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How can I politely handle a GM who doesn't appear to 'get' how Dungeon World works?

My gaming group recently decided that our next game was going to be Dungeon World, GMed by my flatmate who I will refer to as Bob. Bob has played a one-shot of DW with myself as GM in the past and ...
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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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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 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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Can Piercing result in negative Armor?

As per the Dungeon World SRD: n Piercing: It goes right through armor. When you deal damage with n piercing, you subtract n from the enemy's armor for that attack. So the idea is that a piercing ...
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How is I Am The Law resolved when certain choices are unavailable?

Can a target of the Paladin ability I Am The Law choose an option that they cannot plausibly succeed at? I Am the Law allows a Paladin to command a target to do something, and then, if successful, ...
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What's wrong about addressing the players in Dungeon World?

One of Dungeon World's gamemastering principles is “Address the characters, not the players”: Addressing the characters, not the players, means that you don’t say, “Tony, is Dunwick doing ...
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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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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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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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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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Using Ammo with Throwing Daggers

How does using Throwing Daggers interact with the Ammo system? The throwing dagger does not have the "ammo" tag. However, it is still thrown using Volley, which has a risk of expending additional ...
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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 ...