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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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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 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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Rolling +BOND: which bonds count?

When aiding or interfering you roll +BOND. When a move has you roll+BOND you'll count the number of bonds you have with the character in question and add that to the roll. (DW p.52, "Choose Bonds") ...
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In Dungeon World, can a Druid cast spells while shapeshifted?

The stock Druid in DW gets shapeshifting powers straight out of the box, and also can gain access to Cleric casting by using Hunter's Brother to take the Ranger move God Amidst the Wastes. However, I ...
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Should I ask permission to deviate from the perceived script?

I recently joined a DungeonWorld campaign as the Wizard. The campaign involves the PCs being sent to another plane to retrieve an artifact and return it to one of several powerful entities. I'm ...
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Is it dark all the time on Inverse World islands?

Most people in the Inverse World setting live on the floating landmasses of the Island Ring, some of which are the size of continents. But since the sun in this world is down, below the islands, ...
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How many setbacks in Tricks of the Trade, and who chooses?

Tricks of the Trade When you pick locks or pockets or disable traps, roll+DEX.... On a 7-9 you still do it, but the GM will offer you two options between suspicion, danger, or cost. (DW p.136) ...
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Does a Bard need to multiclass in order to use their Arcane Art?

Arcane Art When you weave a performance into a basic spell, choose an ally and an effect.... (DW p.82, Bard Starting Moves) Since a bard doesn't have spells, must the bard take Cast a Spell from ...
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Is there any guidance on playing DW as a duet?

Dungeon World explicitly assumes the existence of a party: bonds simply don't function without other PCs to play off of. But can DW be played as a duet? Stipulate that I'm already experienced ...
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Can a character bond with a location?

A player asked tonight if he could write a bond with a key location where the party'd just arrived. "I'm obsessed with figuring out why the magic of the Red Keep is going awry" was his proposed bond. ...
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When do you Move for Front Dangers and how do they take effect?

I'm prepping for the second session of my first Dungeon World campaign and so I'm studying the Fronts/Dangers system. The basic concept makes sense as a way to help organize a more over-arching ...
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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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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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Keeping things Moving; what to do if they don't know what to do?

I'm preparing to GM my first game of Dungeon World and want to make sure I can keep the flow of the game exciting. The players are new to the system too, though, so I'd like to make sure I have an '...
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Getting started with a small group? [closed]

I'm looking to GM a game with a few friends (2 players total besides myself, with maybe an occasional 3rd thrown in.) I have some familiarity with D&D 5E, but the mechanics in that are balanced ...
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How do I play a dumb and stupid and Intelligent Hill Giant?

The Hill Giant (DW p.272) is described thusly: Ever seen an ogre before? Bigger than that. Dumber & meaner, too. In addition, it has the move Do something stupid. However, it has the tag ...
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What happens when you get hungry?

Second session of DW, all players and MC are new to the system. And we're starting to get hungry, so here are a few questions about rations: While making camp does each party member separately mark a ...
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How likely is success in Dungeon World?

Most any roll in Dungeon World that isn't a damage roll is 2d6 plus the relevant stat modifier. The results (barring explicit exceptions in the move) fall into the following three categories: Failure ...
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How often should monsters act in combat?

I ran my first session of Dungeon World last night and my party of three third-level characters1 absolutely annihilated a troupe of six Hill Giants.2 I know (now) many things I could have done to ...
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Where does one find Dungeon World starting materials?

Prep Before the first session, you'll need to print some stuff. Print off: A few copies of the basic moves One copy of each class sheet, double-sided One copy of each of the cleric ...
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What happens if everyone uses the same class?

Normally in Dungeon World, each player plays a different class: thief, druid, fighter, etc. What happens if everyone uses the same class? Does this have a harmful effect on the game? I'm looking to ...
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Is it possible to multiclass in Dungeon World?

Is it possible to have a multiclass character in Dungeon World? Please notice that I mean a real multiclass character, not moves multiclass dabbler and multiclass initiate. For example, is it ...
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Soft vs hard moves in ambushes

A recurring problem I have in Dungeon World is having an ambush or other hidden danger set up and not wanting my players to just blunder into it without giving them a chance. It seems that calling for ...
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How do I fix a cleric spamming Divine Guidance and slowing down the game?

How do I fix a cleric spamming Divine Guidance and slowing down the game? The DW book doesn't limit that move, and there is no roll for the outcome, but I have been tempted to limit spammed moves ...
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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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How does the Cleric spell “Contagion” work?

In Dungeon World, the cleric gets the 5th level spell Contagion, which states: While this spell is ongoing a target you can see suffers from the disease of your choice and you take -1 to Cast a ...
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How to handle players doing something others have specialized moves for in Powered by Apocalypse games? [duplicate]

The Apocalypse World and the derived games usually state that if the player can describe that he's doing something, he does that. Unless there is a move for that. If there is a move, and the move is ...
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How does the “Descriptive Damage” hack affect Dungeon World?

A few years ago, Paul Taliesin wrote a very interesting hack for Dungeon World, helping players add descriptive damage to the game. Here's the core move of the hack: When your character suffers an ...
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What are ability scores (not modifiers) used for?

I'm trying to explain how Dungeon World works to someone who isn't familiar with the concept of having ability scores and modifiers based on them. So in DW, when you have a Constitution (CON) score ...
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Making harder shots

In Dungeon World, let's say we have two archers in the party, both mechanically the same. It's time for some feats of arrow-work, so the two archers take aim. Alice aims at an ogre who's a fair ...
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How do you handle different difficulties at the same task? [duplicate]

In a game of Dungeon World, how do you handle different difficulties at the same task? A few examples: climbing a wall with easier handholds vs. climbing a smoother wall pushing a heavy cabinet out ...
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How do I respond when a player trivially kills my boss monster?

In The "Smash!" Move we discussed a barbarian move which can (on a good roll) kill any monster. An answer to that question makes it clear that the DM should allow this: They've just ...
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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 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 does This Killing Fire work?

The text of Immolator's advanced move This Killing Fire says: Add the following tags to your options for Burning Brand: messy, forceful, reach, near, far. Given that there are the options: hand ...
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How can I prevent characters from doing the impossible?

I am just learning Dungeon World, and I don't understand how to prevent the characters from just trying impossible things. For example, what if a character tries to jump across a 1,000-foot-wide gorge?...
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How can I GM for more tactically-minded players?

I've been GMing a Dungeon World campaign for about a year now, and consider myself an intermediate at understanding the system. My group has recently told me that they miss D&D's tactical combat. ...
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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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Can a Paladin use Lay on Hands on himself?

Can a paladin use Lay on Hands on himself? Lay on Hands (Cha) When you touch someone, skin to skin, and pray for their well-being , roll+CHA. ✴ On a 10+ you heal 1d8 damage or remove one ...
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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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What is required for Studied Essence

The "Studied Essence" druid class move reads as follows: When you spend time in contemplation of an animal spirit, you may add its species to those you can assume when shapeshifting. What is ...
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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 can I run Dungeon World over the net without voice?

I have an online gaming group for whom I GM. Offline, I've really gotten into running Dungeon World (and Apocalypse World), and I'd like to take Dungeon World to my online group. However, online, we ...
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Do Hirelings have a maximum skill bonus?

How high can the 'skill' of a Hireling go in a Dungeon World game? I see no limit in the rules as written, and at the upper tiers they can have quite a few points (6-10 for City) to distribute between ...
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Does Empowering an Ongoing spell double the −1 to cast spells too?

So if I were to cast Magic Weapon, which increases the damage dealt by one weapon by 1d4 and imposes a −1 ongoing to cast spells, and Empower it; would both the positive effect and the negative (−1 ...
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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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How to ask nicely in Dungeon World

(and some of the other Powered by the Apocalypse games) There's a basic move called Parley in DW: When you have leverage on a GM Character and manipulate them, roll+Cha. Leverage is something they ...
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Is Apotheosis cosmetic or functional?

Apotheosis states that the cleric permanently gains a physical characteristic of his deity. Examples given are claws, wings made of sapphires, and an all seeing third eye. Assuming functionality as ...
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Do items from Adventuring Gear or Bag of Books persist?

Equipment like Adventuring Gear and Bag of Books employ a "uses" mechanic that helps abstract the equipment buying process and encourages improvisation. Adventuring Gear: "When you rummage through ...
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Choose to use STR when attacking with Precise weapons?

The Precise tag has an ambiguous description in the book: "​Precise: You can use DEX instead of STR when using this weapon." (1st edition, p396. Emphasis added) To me that sounds like the player ...