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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 should this murder committed by a PC be resolved?

I have a female fighter (level 3) just starting a personal quest to find her 'missing' twin sister. For the whole game to evolve it has to start with her openly committing murder in a crowded Tavern. ...
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Do I add an ability modifier to base damage?

In Dungeon World, if you succeed with Hack n Slash or Volley is the damage just the base damage or is the damage base damage plus the relevant strength or dexterity modifier?
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When you change entirely to a new class after the 10th level, do you get the new class's damage die?

When you have enough XP to go to 11th level, the book says that you can "change entirely to a new class." The book says this about what that means (in this section, under "Beyond 10th Level"): ...
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How does Thief's Poisoner move work?

Quoting from the official playbook, Poisoner says: You’ve mastered the care and use of a poison. Choose a poison from the list below; that poison is no longer dangerous for you to use. You also ...
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Discern Realities — are players supposed to ask their questions before or after dice roll?

The book is pretty clear on this subject: When you closely study a situation or person, roll+Wis. ✴On a 10+, ask the GM 3 questions from the list below. ✴On a 7–9, ask 1. So, when you trigger the ...
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How does it affect the game if PCs have lower maximum HP?

The book uses Constitution score, not modifier for determining maximum HP: Your maximum HP is equal to your class's base HP + Constitution score. You start with your maximum HP. Maximum HP is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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How do you handle the damage to a PC from Hack & Slash against an enemy that’s not attacking?

Hack and Slash says in its description: Hack and slash is for attacking a prepared enemy plain and simple. If the enemy isn’t prepared for your attack—if they don’t know you’re there or they’re ...
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How public should bonds be in a Dungeon World game?

Are there any restrictions or advice on who should know about bonds in a Dungeon World game (RAW or in the spirit of the game)? Are they supposed to be public knowledge to the party? Between the two ...
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Can you summon a spell caster using Summon Monster?

The Dungeon World 5th-level spell summon monster lists some choices, one of them being a useful adaptation. If the player picks "spell caster" for a useful adaptation, could they end up with an Orc ...
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How do I manage the options of Elemental Mastery?

The Druid move Elemental Mastery gives you these choices: The effect you desire comes to pass You avoid paying nature’s price You retain control My player has been choosing the first 2, "the effect ...
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How does the Hydra work in Dungeon World?

I'm looking at the description of the Hydra in Dungeon World (pg 248). It states that it has 16 HP and 2 Armor. So if it takes 16 points of damage it's dead. Seems straight forward. However, It then ...
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How do ongoing spells end?

Many spells with the ongoing tag give a disadvantage to the caster while they are still active. Additionally, some spell effects may not always be desirable to the caster after some time. Some ...
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Will increasing bonds per character for a campaign with a large, rotating group of PCs break the game?

This question is a child of In what ways will having too many players negatively impact a Powered by the Apocalypse game?, I give full background there, but the important part is that I expect to be ...
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What are the potential drawbacks of this in-fiction solution for a varying player group?

This question is a child of Potential problems running a large and varying group in DW, I give full background there, but the important part is that I expect to be GMing a Dungeon World campaign which ...
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In what ways will having 6-8 players negatively impact a Powered by the Apocalypse game?

Background Having previous experience with mostly 3.5e and some 5e as a PC, my friend group is slowly conspiring to install me as a GM for their first TRPG experience. I have come around to the idea ...
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Which reading of Thing Talker is correct?

I'm not entirely sure how to interpret the druid move Thing Talker. The text reads: You see the spirits in the sand, the sea and the stone. You may now apply your spirit tongue, shapeshifting and ...
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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 a GM challenge players with high stats?

I've been running Dungeon World games for two years now and from my experience, once a player's dominant combat ability scores reach 18, it becomes very difficult for opponents to put up a fight ...
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Why does the Basic Moves reference sheet differ for aid or interfere?

I have the player pack version 2.0 and it has a slightly different version of the Aid or Interfere Move compared to the book. When you help or hinder someone you have a Bond with... This declares ...
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Looking for a system for creative people with little time [closed]

Which system allows creativity for masters and players while cutting time on preparing and studying rules? However, it should still have rules and material. I tried FATE and Savage Worlds. Liked FATE ...
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Summon monster - can you pick the same trait twice?

When you cast the summon monster spell you then roll a d6 and pick from the list of traits. Can you pick the same trait twice? That is could I have two stats at +2 or have it do 2d8 damage?

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