This is hard to write. I am not entirely sure what response I am hoping to get for this, but I feel like I am not quite “getting it” yet, and it makes for some awkward moments in game play.
I am running a “testing” game with myself and three other players, using roll20 and skype for voice (since roll20 voice is not so good) All of us are new to DW, and roll20. Three of us have a zillion years of roll playing experience, although my only recent GM experience is for a kids and parents game (which has also transitioned to DW).
First off. There is a mortal enemy stalking the party ( elf, elemental magic, stealth, hatred). They are in a ruined keep, in high wind at night, withe the sound of the ocean, and a gigantic magical construct “playing with them” . They are watching in the direction the elf is, but I can’t imagine them actually seeing the elf. my front indicates they would see his shadows moving, which they did… and due to the construct they ignored the warning, other then to watch that way. Do they have any other chance to see him? is there a move that applies? They are watching, he is there, but they are in torch light, he is not. He is hiding, and of course they failed the discern realities roll as they peered into the night.
The next next part of this front is for the elf to dart past them to attempt to steal the magic item from the tower. This just seems cheap since they are already engaged with a giant magic construct (currently hiding in the rubble). And I am having difficulty mixing the two encounters together… even though the story provides for it to be ok.
My 2nd issue is the scouting party of gnolls. The party killed the last three. But I don’t know how to give them information about the gnolls. Both spout Lore and discern realities don’t seem to have answers to the questions the players are asking. Eventually I used a failed discern realities roll to tell them the information I wanted them to know…. but it felt really forced. We don’t know what the characters know about gnolls yet… and due to the pressure they are feeling from the magic construct, they are uncomfortable taking the time to investigate.
But I am wondering if it makes sense to try and be a player for a one shot before I run this….