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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 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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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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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 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 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 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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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How long should Druidic shapeshifting take in Dungeon World?

Having recently started a Dungeon World campaign with one of the players' characters a Druid, I've run into an interesting game mechanics situation. The druid shapeshifts often. This is usually done ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Impact of swapping Flags for Bonds in Dungeon World?

An answer on this site recently pointed me to Rob Donoghue's Flags system as a possible replacement for Dungeon World's Bonds. How does this system impact game play and table dynamics? I'm ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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PbtA System Making Custom moves and Classes for Mech Pilots [closed]

I need some help with the mechanics of piloting mechs. I'm thinking about running a post-post-apocalyptic campaign (kind of like Numenera) and would like to have being a mech pilot as a playbook ...