MC mis-steps and how to deal w/them

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DannyK

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Re: MC mis-steps and how to deal w/them
« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2010, 01:55:18 AM »
Yeah, exactly, fuckery and intermittent rewards.

Re: MC mis-steps and how to deal w/them
« Reply #16 on: October 04, 2010, 09:36:20 AM »
Also, I think they do things knowingly to avoid Move, as I feel it : they poisonned calmly and with a great plan a NPC, and so there were no Seize by Force of Go Aggro. All I could do is say "ok, it works" because nothing in the rules seems to prevent it.

Take my advice with a grain of salt, because I haven't played the game, just read the book.

But the rules do have something to prevent that. Whenever the players look at you to say something, you make a move. Even if the game didn't have moves for players, the MC moves are sufficient to resolve conflicts.

You have a ton of options. Since you know what they are planning to do, you can frame to any point in the plan. (Don't forget to say what honesty demands though, if you think of a complication that they should be able to foresee then probably you want to "tell them possible consequences and ask"). There is no move that says "Ok, it works." (The closest is "offer an opportunity, with or without a cost") If you want to say that it works, then it should be part of another move. Like, if the poisoning was at a banquet maybe you say.. "At the banquet, he's tearing into his food when suddenly he starts choking. He grabs at his throat panicked, and then looks over at you. You know he knows it was you, what do you do?"

You don't have to address their plan directly, if you don't want to. You can "announce off-screen badness", which is entirely unrelated. Or if the plan starts later, you can have some other event occur in between. You can also have the guy they are planning to poison burst into the room. Or maybe they hear scratches at the door, like someone is leaning against it. If its the sort of plan that requires coordination between multiple PC's, you could frame to the middle and offer an opportunity with the cost of abandoning their friends.

As long as you are following the principles, and doing moves, you can decide something failed or was only partially effective. If that seems harsh, its might be a hard move, so only do it if they offered you an opportunity first.

Most of the your moves are bad for the players, in some way, so probably they will want to roll when they can. I'm not suggesting you should try to like.. bully them into rolling with the MC moves (Doing so would probably involve ignoring the rules about hard moves, and being a fan), just saying that even if you apply them fairly, its probably in their best interest to roll. But thats up to them. (Well mostly, obviously you can make moves that will require them to act under fire.)
« Last Edit: October 04, 2010, 12:39:11 PM by DShock »

Re: MC mis-steps and how to deal w/them
« Reply #17 on: October 05, 2010, 07:27:49 AM »
Thanks to all.

I thought Apocalypse World would be easier to MC. But your advice are all useful, and make sense. I just wasn't able to think clearly and follow every bit of Principle, Move and Agenda because you need nothing more than that to understand the MC job. It's pretty hard to have it all in mind at every second when all players yell, ask and plan around the table.

Re: MC mis-steps and how to deal w/them
« Reply #18 on: October 05, 2010, 10:31:20 AM »
That's what cheat-sheets are for :) I would have been even more lost without the MC sheet.

Re: MC mis-steps and how to deal w/them
« Reply #19 on: October 05, 2010, 05:41:41 PM »
I felt the cheat sheets were rather confusing and hard to use. I kept having to flip through and turn papers to find the move/discipine I was looking for. I'm thinking I might throw together my own. I'm also thinking the whole DM screen thing might not be such a bad idea. Our table was horribly cluttered with sheets for the basic moves, character books, MC cheat sheets and the 1st session worksheet scattered all over.

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noofy

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Re: MC mis-steps and how to deal w/them
« Reply #20 on: October 05, 2010, 07:16:46 PM »
As D-Shock advises: When stuck, I've taken to the habit of analysing the current sitch (as MC) and pondered aloud the first thing that grabs my creative agenda: 'I wonder....',

I've then thrown it back on (often specific) players via provocative questions. With those answers in mind, I then I announce simple or direct future badness or make explicit fuckery as consequence to the next failed move.

The net effect has been it gives me a bit of 'breathing room' to make adjustments to the sitch / front, allows for player input and authorship via answers to questions and moves, and possibly focuses a wayward flow of play.

Yeah, MCing AW really confronts the 'traditional' GM paradigm, but that's what makes it rock!