I asked this of Dungeon Crawl Classics people and now I ask ye Dungeon Worlders. I’m curious how the answers will differ:
So you got your 1st Level PCs clustered around the entrance to the dungeon. They look around nervously at each other before one of them turns to you, the GM, and asks:
“Tell me, again, why we’re going to enter the bowels of the dank, dark earth with nothing but sharpened bits of wood and metal between us and our eternal shuffling off this mortal coil?”
What do you tell them? Do they need to retrieve some McGuffin? Kill off the local Big Bag? Rescue a Helpless Innocent? Or just loot until their arms can’t carry anymore. Why, on god’s green earth, would a bunch of peasants ever want to enter a dungeon?