Just wrapped up a single-session game that was a blast. I didn’t have much time to prep, so I quickly browsed a bunch of free stuff online and went with a mashup of Dyson Logos’ “Challenge of the Frog God” and Ramsey Hong’s “Something Happened at the Temple Near Glourm” (a winner of the 2013 one-page dungeon contest), which worked great, with just a little on-the-fly re-theming of the temple to make it Frog God friendly. The party consisted of a Barbarian, Thief, Ranger, Warlock, and Bard.
High points: Really, Priscilla the Barbarian was like an endless mountain range of high points, but if I had to choose one for her and spread the love a little, I would go with:
* An aballid (I didn’t know either) lurches up Priscilla’s sword and into her mouth, and begins to drown her, but Priscillia decides to swallow it whole and rolls a 12 when she defies danger using CON to do so. There was a moment of hesitation before the player made this choice, and it became the choice that defined Priscilla’s behavior for the rest of the session, to everyone’s delight.
* The bard keeps singing songs about how great and mighty Priscilla was, giving her +1D4 damage at every opportunity, continuing to sing regardless of what was coming at her, including the Frog God’s colossal iron bludgeon (which knocks her clear across the room).
* Accosted by a victim of his pickpocketing, the thief sticks a finger coated with goldenroot into the thug’s mouth, which makes him a trusted ally in the thug’s eyes. They proceed to have a long, nostalgic conversation about growing up together on the waterfront.
* After betraying the party and attempting to turn them into sacrifices to the Frog God, the Warlock is caught and killed by the Ranger’s swamp bear companion. He rolls an 8 for his last breath, and Death offers him a bargain: forsake his patron and give up the dark arts to live, or pass through the Black Gates. He chooses the Gates.
In other words, I heart Dungeon World. Thanks for the fun game, Sage and Adam!