I’m quite excited to be running my first DW play-by-forum game after a lifetime of D&D.
I launched my game by dropping my party of adventurers in a river and then throwing some giant leeches at them. Good times. It was a great way for us all to get our heads around moves and combat.
I did one thing in the combat, though, that (on reflection) was probably very “D&D” but I’m not experienced enough to know what the alternative might have been.
We had the druid and the cleric in the middle of a river. The druid shape-shifted into the form of a horse, swims over to the cleric so he can hold on, and then head for the shore. The leeches attack so the cleric scrambles up on to the horses back and proceeds to swing his mace around.
So, he’s riding bareback and in the middle of a river on a swimming horse. I figure he needs to cop some sort of penalty for that, so I rule that combat runs as normal but for every hit he has to roll his damage dice twice and take the lowest.
None of us had a problem with doing that, it just felt like an old-school solution, not a PbtA one.