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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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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?

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 ...
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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 ...
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Do you gain XP when you die?

In Dungeon World you gain XP on a miss. However a bit of a discussion has come up recently in my circle of DW players as to whether missing a last breath roll, and subsequently dying, also causes you ...
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How long after the Druid spends the last hold does he turn back into a human?

When a druid spends his last hold, how long before he turns back into a human? I'm guessing it needs to match the fiction. So if he was a bear and he did the "Bite and Claw" he would be human shortly ...
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Can Inverse World classes be played in Grim World?

A new member is joining my party for Grim World. I wanted to give him a class he would find satisfying to play. He really enjoyed the concept of The Lantern Class, however I have no experience with ...
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What happens to deathmoves after changing class?

In Grim World, there is presented idea of Death Moves, which allow player character to achieve something remarkable upon death. How Death Moves should be treated if the player character would change ...
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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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How to describe combat between NPCs, the Dungeon World way

I am a novice Dungeon World GM. In our last session my players almost lead an orc raiding party to a small village, which was preparing for a unrelated bandit raid at the same time. The party ...
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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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Do I have to choose my character's name from the list?

In Dungeon World's character creation rules, the rules for choosing a name are as follows: Choose your character’s name from the list. The list of human wizard names, for example, is as follows: ...
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When should I correct my GM during a game?

I'm currently playing dungeon world with a GM who doesn't really like following Dungeon World's rules. As a result my GM often either decides to break the rules or to change the rules. I am of the ...
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Are there any third party rules for luck points in Dungeon World?

I am looking for a way to use some sort of luck points in my grim world campaign. My players seem to have really bad luck and I often feel sorry for them, when they fail after fail. As an example ...
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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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When you use Shapeshifter do you really keep the same damage die no matter what creature you change into?

The Shapeshifter move states: You have any innate abilities and weaknesses of the form... but that: You still use your normal stats. One of my players changed into a large crocodile. I gave ...
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How do I resolve the attack of a Ranger's Animal Companion when they are acting independently?

If a Ranger's Animal Companion independently attacks a target that the Ranger is not also attacking, how do you resolve its success and damage? I am assuming that Animal Companions don't have moves ...
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How can I answer “Who's really in control here?”

I'm currently GM'ing my third Dungeon World game (and playing as a PC in an ongoing game), and while there are many things I have learned how to do better as I've started to get the hang of GM'ing, ...
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New GM: How to keep control of a game

So I'm a brand new GM and a fairly new player. I ran my first session for a group of friends the other day and it just spiralled out of control and ended in complete chaos. I chose Dungeon World ...
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What should I have my players read before our first session ever?

Our background: I've wanted to play an RPG for several years, and I'm finally going to get to schoolmates friends of mine together for about 5-6 hours to try out Dungeon world. Originally I was ...
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What is the practical difference between “a Wizard PC” and “another worker of arcane magic”?

I recently paid (on DriveThruRPG) to download a zipped file of the Dungeon World rules. I had read some favorable reviews which said, in effect, that it was obviously inspired by the original D&D ...
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Can a druid intentionally harm himself to gain balance?

The Druid advanced move Balance reads: When you deal damage, take 1 balance. When you touch someone and channel the spirits of life you may spend balance. For each balance spent, heal 1d4 HP. Is ...
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Does dealing zero damage still trigger all “when you deal damage” moves?

When you deal zero damage due to the enemy's armor, does it still trigger corresponding moves? For examle, the Druid's "Balance" move: When you deal damage, take 1 balance. For each balance ...
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Can a player choose not to trigger a Move?

As far as I understand, not all player actions trigger moves. For instance, if a player announces "I walk into the tavern and sit down to a table", he just does it. When it's a normal tavern, and the ...
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How do you set up an ambush?

I know about the "players don't announce Moves, they are supposed to describe their actions" part. Let's say a player describes how they hides to ambush someone. The GM asks for a roll, because the ...
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What should I do if one of my players doesn't speak at all?

I have a friend who's always late or doesn't come, and when he is in the game he doesn't roleplay well (no speaking, common actions, etc...). I already talked with him and he said that he likes the ...
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Consequences of stalling 10th level progression

In Dungeon World you have 3 or 4 choices when you level up while already at the 10th (maximum) level: change classes, take on an apprentice and play both characters, retire and maybe a compendium ...
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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 can I use dungeon/location moves without stalling gameplay?

In Dungeon World there is a GM move titled: "Use a monster, danger, or location move". For monsters, I've generally already come up with specific moves and a host of monsters my players may face in ...
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How is currency exchange handled?

In Dungeon World, "coin" is the base currency with everything else listed in terms of it. 100 coins have 1 weight. Many items are worth more than 100 coins, making the carrying of coins very heavy if ...
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How can I advance time without presuming player action?

In Dungeon World, there is the move: Bolster When you spend your leisure time in study, meditation, or hard practice, you gain preparation. If you prepare for a week or more, take 1 ...
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Is it normal for play to slow down to look up stats for unexpected enemies/allies?

My friend and I are starting into Dungeon World, but we've encountered a problem while playing, and I'm not sure if it's normal. Whenever the GM is about to introduce a monster there is a few minutes ...