Heya all!

Heya all!

Heya all!

In my last DW game, my players stumbled upon a group of cultist elves. The Rangeress, who was scouting ahead of the others, stepped out of the shadows with her bow raised in an attempt to gain leverage over them. Since she snuck up on them, I thought it was a good opportunity for her to parley, since they didn’t want to get shot. 

She rolled and hit an 8, asking them to “speak with her instead of attacking.” The leader, seeking concrete assurance, told her that they would talk if she put down her bow. She complied and they started to chat.

During the conversation, the NPC elf made a comment about “half-breeds” and my Rangeress got really mad. She wanted to intimidate the elf, but I wasn’t sure how to handle it. I think I had her roll Defy Danger, but I honestly wasn’t sure what to do. Seemed like a perfect time for Go Aggro, but DW doesn’t have that move. 

Any suggestions?

19 thoughts on “Heya all!”

  1. A more rangery move i wrote 

    Primal Howl 

    When you howl like the monsters that stalk the night to scare away your enemies roll+CHA

    On a 10+ they choose 1 

    * Flee in panic

    * Stand there in shock for a moment 

    On a 7-9 they choose 1

    – do what they think you want

    – treat you as the most obvious threat to be dealt with 

    – barricade themselves securely in and wait

  2. If she doesn’t have a move to do it, then just make a GM move in response. Be a fan of the characters, but say what your understanding of the intimidation target demands: would they be intimidated?

  3. I think Ben Wray has it right here. I tried the Defy Danger move and it really didn’t feel like it clicked. That said, I think I did it with Dex (she was throwing her spear to intimidate) when I should have used CHA.

  4. Adam Koebel – Yeah, I just get wary of the tit for tat. If the parley roll hits, then the NPC has to ask for something. Although, I suppose that “I’ll stop using racial slurs if you promise not to kill me,” is a good one.

  5. Leverage just means “I have something you want” which might be “gold” or “information” or something as nebulous as “mercy”.

    In this instance, the leverage is violence.  Concrete proof might be that she takes her hand off her sword when he apologizes for being a racist scumbag.

  6. I tend to think of leverage from the NPC’s point of view: if I was this person/thing, what would be compelling to me?

    For some creatures that might be “nothing.” Some of the more destructive demons, or primal goblins? They just don’t care. Honey badgers too.

    For some creatures “violence” is an easy answer. 

    For some creatures, “violence” actually isn’t scary. If the NPC (rightly or wrongly) doesn’t fear the PCs, threats just won’t be leverage. They might, though, want the PCs to be their tools.

  7. Everybody wants something. Parley isn’t so hard to use, especially if you Spout Lore or Discern Realities first.

    PC: I snarl at him, putting my hand on the hilt of my sword and taking a half-step forward.  I watch his eyes, the way his muscles tense up.  Is he afraid?”

    GM: I don’t know, maybe?  ROLL DICE!

    PC: I got an 8.  I want to know: If I push him on this, what is about to happen, here?

    GM: He flinches when you snarl, and his eyes aren’t on yours, but on the grip of your blade.  A single bead of sweat slides down the side of his nose and drips onto the stone floor below.

    PC: Oh, I got you, sucker.  “Throw down your spear, fool, or I’ll gut you.” I Parley!  My leverage is HIS LIFE!

  8. Right, or at least have another move or some fictional positioning to set you up as the badass that doesn’t need no introduction.

    Reputation is awesome for this.

    “He knows I brook no insolence and am reputed to have killed a man simply for his looking at me cock-eyed.  WATCH OUT, MOTHERFUCKER.”

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