Questions tagged [powered-by-the-apocalypse]

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Is “Reject Someone's Influence” allowed against “Take Advantage Of Your Influence Over Someone”?

There are three normal ways to use existing Influence over someone, +1 ongoing for all moves targeting them "Telling them who they are or how the world works" to shift their Labels "Taking advantage ...
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How does spending cred work when shopping for mission equipment?

My players have each bet 3 cred on the assassination mission they've taken, for a total of 9 cred. During the legwork phase they decide to poison the target, so one of them hits the streets to buy a ...
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How does the Nova's Burn power work at the 7-9 level?

In Masks, Novas have the Burn power: Burn When you charge up your powers, roll + conditions you currently have marked. On a hit, hold 3 burn. On a 7-9, mark a condition. On a miss, hold 2 burn ...
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What can I do to stem the growing number of rumours?

So in Urban Shadows at the start of each session each player is spotlighted a faction and has to provide a rumour about that faction to the MC. This is great but the problem is that with 4 players we ...
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What to do about the NPC massacre?

In my campaign, everything is constantly going badly. The Source has been destroyed, devastating the local region. The main hardhold was shelled with white phosphorous. Almost all of the NPCs (...
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How do I ensure tactical combat is interesting for my large party?

I am writing a custom PbtA hack to reboot an old play-by-post-RPG that I used to run on a lightweight, but overly random original system. The party contains 8-9 players (which worked out before the ...
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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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What happens when the Crown loses their Stead?

There is a number of characters across The Sword, The Crown and The Unspeakable Power who are defined strongly by the resources they control. The Crown rules over a Stead, The Spur commands a Militia, ...
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What move should I use to handle an attempt by the player to be stealthy?

So, say my player is trying to surveil an enemy's base and 007s their way in there through the air vents to look around. This person is a Beacon and is not using any superpowers to do this. For ...
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Should Countdown Clocks be extended when there are more players?

Countdown clocks are a nice mechanism for signalling urgency and for the MC to determine when things go bad, they have a limited number of steps available which will limit the number of times that ...
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Are there any pbta systems with built in downtime systems? [closed]

I'm about to start running a Monster of the Week campaign and I wanted to have a downtime system for between adventures to give the players an opportunity to do extra stuff on the side and get a ...
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Are all of the effects of a move canceled if the Label cannot be shifted?

The Legacy's move I know what I am says: I know what I am: Once per scene, when you defend a teammate you can shift Savior up and another Label down in addition to any other benefits from the ...
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What does the Beacon ability “phasing” refer to?

On the Beacon's Playbook sheet, it lists some potential abilities for the Beacon. One of them says "phasing". What does this refer to? My reading of it seems to be that it is a superpower, but isn't ...
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Are there any published PbtA games where the GM rolls the dice? [closed]

In games "Powered by the Apocalypse" (PbtA) it's customary that the GM never rolls any dice, that all the die rolls are handled by the players. Are there any PbtA games where the GM ever rolls for a ...
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What does 'Powered by the Apocalypse' mean?

I have heard of games (e.g. Dungeon World or Monsterhearts) being called "Powered by the Apocalypse", or "PbtA". What does this mean?
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As a player, what can I deliberately do during play to earn The Veil's 1 XP end-of-session award for having my beliefs tested?

The Veil offers 3 end-of-session XP awards, the first of which is that if a belief "was tested or challenged", you get 1 XP (p268). Getting into trouble because of a belief nets you 2 XP, and ...
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Any Powered By The Apocalypse game with a light, family-friendly theme? [closed]

By all I've seem, PbtA sounds like a system that is not focused or workable for a family-friendly PoV, unlike Fate, that have some good family-friendly settings, like Do, Young Centurions and Strays. ...
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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 ...
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How possible is it for the Apocalypse Engine to support non-improvisational play?

One of the core philosophies present in Apocalypse World and related games is the idea that (as a GM) one should never plan anything in advance. Okay, it's quite a bit more nuanced than that; you're ...
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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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Is there a generic rulebook for Powered by the Apocalypse?

Does a generic rulebook exist for the system behind Apocalypse World (Powered by the Apocalypse)?