I just had what I felt was a major revelation a few minutes ago, and I feel compelled to share it here.
There’s no “stealth” or “hide” move in Dungeon World. This was a real problem for me in the beginning, but I always told myself that this was just an application of Defy Danger.
I just “realized” (quotation marks because some might disagree) that this actually isn’t true. If you are sneaking somewhere, then you aren’t…
… powering through,
… getting out of the way or acting fast,
… enduring anything,
… using quick thinking,
… applying mental fortitude,
… or using charm and social grace.
As such, you don’t get to add neither STR, DEX, CON, WIS, INT or CHA to you roll. If the danger is that “someone will see you”, then there’s really no way of getting any relevant modifier.
The problem isn’t the lack of the move, it is a fault in our “training” as gamers. We are “trained” by most other games to assume that people always have a chance to spot us in some way, but we have to move away from that train of thought and instead realize something else: A person / monster / whatever will always and only spot you if the fiction dictates it.
Of cause, we know this on a fundamental level, because “fiction first” and all that. This is one of those places where I think GM’s are actually the ones to “blame”, not the lack of move.
When a player says “I’m going to sneak up on him”, you don’t say “Okay, roll Defy Danger, +DEX as it is the closest fit.” Instead, you should tell him the consequences or requirements and ask.
Before having this epiphany, I would have treated the situation as this:
Avon: “I’m going to sneak up on the guard!”
GM: “He might see you, and you’ll be defying danger to be seen. Roll+DEX, since that is the closest fit, I think.”
Here’s how I’ll do it from this point on:
Avon: “I’m going to sneak up on that guard!”
GM: “Though he can’t see you now, he is looking straight in your direction and would most certainly spot you if you just waltzed out in front of him. You’ll either have to divert his attention or find another angle to sneak in from. What do you do?”
What do you guys think?