On Reddit (http://www.reddit.com/r/DungeonWorld/comments/1mif55/how_did_you_start_your_campaign/), someone asked how we’ve started our campaigns, so I shared a favourite of mine. (I used the same setup with slightly less fantastical elements for a game of Sixth World, too.)
“You’re in the middle of the street. There’s a carriage overturned nearby and two dead horses. Someone is bleeding to death nearby. It is very important that this person does not die. There are people around you, shooting arrows at you. It is obvious they want you to be dead, yourself. Only the ruined carriage is protecting you. It is on fire.”
Who is trying to kill you?
Who is the dying person?
Who paid you to keep them alive?
Where are you?
and, as always, what are you going to do?