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Apocalypse World / Fronts question when home is a bus
« on: September 23, 2013, 05:51:35 PM »
My group wanted to take a break from D&D since we had gotten kinda tired of the lack of story so I offered to run an Apocalypse World campaign. I have never run a campaign of anything before but I have enjoyed learning and planning this one out.

So to complicate things, the group is large (6 people) and they pretty much off the bat wanted to be a traveling group not tied to a hold (true adventurers right?) so the Driver got a bus big enough to fit the Hocus and his whole cult in with the rest of the PC's. Needless to say if this sounds like your game stop reading now!

After a little bit of setting things up after character creation to get everybody on the bus, I realized that I pretty much only have the Hocus' followers to play with as established NPC's for the time. There are some gangs that are coming looking for them, but the main thing I am wondering about is how to incorporate the followers, afflictions and the landscape.

For instance, I have planned an affliction:delusion that has to do with consuming an important McGuffin. Since the cult is in the home front should I put the affliction in the home front or should it maybe be a part of a completely separate front that is tied more directly to the McGuffin. For that matter though 2 of the 3 fronts are tied in some way to the McGuffin already, is it bad to have multiple fronts converging? Are fronts more of a conceptual framework to help you organize the actual threats and inspire story or is there a real function to them that I need to be aware of that would prevent me from listing a subset of the cult in another front as a family for instance?

I know it has been beaten to death on other posts but the whole landscape as front does not seem to offer the same sort of options for story, especially if it is something like road-Maze. Should I really be looking at landscapes and afflictions as inspirations for custom moves that make the players' lives more interesting?

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