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Dungeon World / Triggering "perception" things
« on: February 23, 2013, 09:31:22 PM »
I'm not sure what to do when a character would normally "perceive" things. Traps, for example. I know that the Thief could be looking for those things, but what if she's not? What if there is no thief, and the Wizard stumbles onto a trap? Do I give them any chance to find it?

What if it's not a trap, but a secret door? Someone hiding in the shadows? Etc.

They're wrong? What should it be?

Dungeon World / Re: GenCon - Anyone Submitting DW Games?
« on: February 10, 2013, 12:24:51 PM »
Adam and I usually runs games at Games on Demand, but this may be the year we need to buckle down and schedule some games too.

Please do! (On Friday/Saturday :))

Dungeon World / My first game!
« on: January 26, 2013, 09:41:44 PM »
Hey everyone. Just wanted to say that I played my first DW game last night at Winter War. It was a great time. I LOVED how the game flowed so smoothly and how everyone was included in participation. I'm sold.

Dungeon World / Re: START of Session Move
« on: January 26, 2013, 09:38:26 PM »
Hah, I love these ideas!

Dungeon World / Looking for advice on my campaign
« on: November 29, 2012, 03:46:58 PM »
I was hoping you guys might help me flesh out my campaign ideas, as well as thoughts on my first adventure. I'm still reading the DW manual over and over, but I've found "unlearning" other RPGs is more difficult than anticipated. So maybe you can help me make my world a great Dungeon World.

So here's what I'm thinking...

The "campaign": The PCs are gathered together by Azzara, uncle and advisor to the King. Azzara tells the PCs that he is concerned about a shadowy organization called "The Covenant" that is growing in power and influence, and is wielding that power to undermine and overthrow the King. He explains that he has been watching the PCs for some time, and is impressed with their skills and prowess. He wants to recruit them as sort of a "black ops" team, whom he can send on "missions" to collect intel, artifacts, etc., from The Covenant, or to assassinate their leadership, destroy their strongholds - wherever adventure takes us. He also tells them that this group is very secret - not even the King will be made aware of their efforts, and if any of the PCs are captured - even by the Kings Guard - they will be disavowed. Finally, in order to make it cliche, it turns out that Azzara is trying to gain his OWN power and influence in order to take the throne (the whole "it should be mine!" thing).

The first adventure: There is a harvest festival going on outside of town, and all the PCs have decided to go (on their own? with loved ones?) to have a good time - you know, to take a break from adventuring. Whilst munching on their turkey leg and watching a juggler, *suddenly* goblins rush in and start killing people! The meager guards are overwhelmed and it's up to the PCs to stop them.

After they've killed some goblins and broken in their Moves, the remaining goblins retreat into the hills. Hopefully, the PCs will be motivated in some way to follow them. Once they do, they find a cave, and delve in - finding traps, goblins, adventure, etc along the way.

When they've cleared the cave and leave, they meet Azzara who was riding in with some Kings Guard. Azzara decides now is the time to approach them about an offer...

I funno, too much? Too little? I'm trying my best to leave gaps so that the players can lead the story, but I also want to have a good "base" so I know where I'm going.

How do I put that in a format that works, IE - what are the right questions and fronts and grim portents? What have I not yet thought of?


Dungeon World / Re: Help with Bonds
« on: November 27, 2012, 09:41:51 PM »
Great suggestions, thank you.

What I'm thinking about doing is this - introducing each character individually in a sort of quick "mini-adventure". Then they'd all be brought together as a group. So, for instance, I'd spend 10 minutes with the Thief. The Thief would be in the middle of a "job", and he'd have to use some of his skills to rob, evade, whatever - just giving him a chance to get familiar with his character. At the end, he'd be caught by the city watch. Move to the next character, and so forth, until they all end up in the same location. Here, they meet an NPC that enlists them individually for their skills and prowess, and makes them a "group". This NPC will become their guide to adventure!

It's a way for them each to tell their origin story (to some degree), and to have a reason to bring them all together. I dunno, I'm still mulling it over as I read and re-read the rules.

Dungeon World / Help with Bonds
« on: November 27, 2012, 05:49:12 PM »
I understand how Bonds can help bring the party together, and can help trigger some roleplay and/or action during an adventure. I was planning on having my group's PCs not know each other prior to the first session - during our first game, they will be brought together.

If they don't know each other, they can't yet have bonds. I'm thinking of starting WITHOUT Bonds, play the first game, then have the players choose bonds based on what happened in the adventure (IE, the fighter decides that he needs to be protective of the mage, or whatever).


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