This is something I’m sharing with my players, so I thought I’d share it here too.
Often there are a lot of stats that might make sense for Defy Danger, so how do you frame what you’re doing appropriately? Well…
+str: Say what you’re trying to push, and what you hope doesn’t break. (feel free to get metaphorical. Your barbarian may be trying to push the merchants around and hoping he doesn’t break the peace)
+dex: Say what you’re racing against, and what you can’t do to win. (either can’t as in incapable or can’t as in unwilling)
+con: Say why you could do this all day, and why you really don’t want to.
+int: Say what fact your plan hinges on, and why you can’t possibly be wrong. (The “possibly” is in massive, massive sarcasm quotes.)
+wis: Say what you’re focusing on, and what you mustn’t ignore.
+cha: Say whose sympathies you’re playing to, and why they should even care.
Also, when you’re rolling to aid someone, say what you’re putting at risk to help them.