Last night I introduced three of my friends to Dungeon World, they were pretty familiar with the concept of tabletop RPGs, but I guess they never experienced the “real thing”. The session began at 10:30 PM yesterday and we finished at 3:00 AM today (yeah, they enjoyed the game).
During the first hour I explained how the game works and they made their characters (it took that long because they had a lot of questions, these guys were very green), so we got a a Fighter, a Wizard and a Ranger.
Next I explained them that their characters already knew each other, and I asked them how would they name their last adventure, giving some suggestions; they choose to name it “The Journey of Ur-Gammon”, then I asked what happened during this adventure, and they explained that they were escorting this wizard named Ur-Gammon to an ancient place, until they discovered his evil, necromantic intentions and took him down.
Without further ado, their adventure began at a tavern (they REALLY wanted to begin at a tavern, see how those guys were very new to this thing), where they were drinking and telling their story to the locals (the ranger couldn’t stop saying that he killed three zombies with a single shot), until a group of bandits broke in town raiding and stealing and eventually locking themselves in the local temple with both the priest and the mayor’s mom as hostages. This was a very small town, and they hadn’t much of a guard, so the mayor asked the PCs to solve this situation, promising gold in return.
As they are big fans of hack an’ slash videogames, I wasn’t surprised that they decided to go kicking the front door down “guns blazing”. Considering that they were very new players, I decided to let them deal with this situation without very severe consequences for their “rash” entrance, as the adventure turned into a good old dungeon crawl (there were some hidden catacombs under the temple).
We finished the session with them finding the priest’s body, sacrificed in a dark ritual to raise undead, and yet no sign of the mayor’s mom. They didn’t explore the whole place, it was getting late and we all agreed that it would be best to continue on in the next session.
I have to say that this was the biggest group I had (I mostly play one-on-one short campaigns with my brother), and that I was kinda nervous at the beginning, but I’m happy to say that everyone had a blast playing. The players were very engaged right from the beginning (they were always curious about tabletop RPGs), and right now they’re already asking when is the next session.
Damn, this game is fun! : )