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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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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 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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Aside from Encumbrance and HP, what mechanical problems arise from removing raw ability scores and only using the modifiers?

I started to look at DW to see how well the move and general rules work out in real life. Looks good, but one thing bothers me: Why do the stats need a 3-18 value if 9 out of 10 moves and/or rules ...
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In Dungeon World, can the Make Camp move be aborted or interrupted?

The Make Camp moves begins as follows: When you settle in to rest consume a ration. If you’re somewhere dangerous decide the watch order as well. If you have enough XP you may level up. When you ...
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Mage Spell Telepathy : Comunication with Intelligent Beings

After a Dungeon World Session a mage asked me if using telepathy enables him to speak to a lizardman (pyromancer character). The lizardman doesn't speak common language. So far, only the druid can ...
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How to accurately describe mental danger

In past games, I used plenty of physical dangers. Incoming volley of arrows, giant boulder, a huge sword, a horse charge, a fireball... but I have no idea on how to make them roll anything else than ...
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Avoiding all or nothing on “short-lived” partials

A sort of common trope I encounter in pbta games is moves with a partial that has you succeed but with the effect "lasting only a moment" (or some similar phrasing). The example I am going to work ...
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What does “Be a fan of the characters” mean?

My group is currently planning to switch system from DnD 5e to some other system. One of the system I've been eyeing is Dungeon World, from the reviews of my community in Discord. Right now I'm ...
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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 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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What are the major innovations in Dungeon World compared to D&D 3.5/Pf/4e?

In various comments on this site, DW was mentioned as [Dungeon World/Apocalypse World] is really more required reading for any designer today working on innovation in mechanics Having read the ...
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Can Pathfinder be played with a Dungeon World style combat system?

Could I play Pathfinder with a combat system that is fast-paced and lacks initiative like the one present in Dungeon World? The reason why I ask is because I'm trying to build a Dark Souls based ...
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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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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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Does adding the 'precise' tag to daggers require further tweaks from the GM?

The precise tag is a defining characteristic of a classic "roguish" weapon, technically it means you can use DEX when Hack and Slash with it. Default weapons list is very short in Dungeon World, and ...
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Does adding the 'piercing' tag to warhammers require further tweaks from the GM?

Realistically speaking, war hammers were used specifically for breaking through armor: War hammers were developed as a consequence of the prevalence of surface-hardened steel surfacing of wrought ...
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Establishing bonds with NPCs

We're at the point in our 2-players-and-a-GM Dungeon World game where one of the PCs is working with a rather regular cast of friendly NPCs in addition to the other PC. This means that the PCs don't ...
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Does a Paladin's fire immunity decrease Fireball's damage?

I have looked around and could not find a definitive answer either way. Scenario: Paladin is surrounded by a bunch of goblins hacking them. I cast a fireball at the Paladin who has 3 armor and an ...
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Do you need to have the original move to take a “Replaces:” move?

When leveling in Dungeon World, if you choose a move that has a "Replaces: X", do you need to have the X move? For example, a thief wants to take the move "Dirty Fighter". It states "Replaces: Cheap ...
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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 in 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 ...
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What are the consequences of starving?

My Dungeon World party is now two weeks out from civilized lands. They've had the usual amount of foul luck, and lost more rations than they planned due to bad rolls. Mostly due to picking up some ...
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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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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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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 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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