I don’t want to hijack someone else’s thread, so I made a new post about this. The thread is about things you don’t like about Dungeon World, and a couple of people have mentioned that Spout Lore seem pretty weak.
I’ll take flack for this, since it’s about what people feel are the worst things about DW, but I actually think (that is to say, In My Opinion) Spout Lore is the most powerful in the game because it’s tied so closely to the fiction; it offers a fantastic way to exploit your prep.
Characters are trudging through knee-high muck in the swamp (I have swamp on my brain because I’m working on a Smoldering Swamp) and you describe a splash not far off (portraying a situation that requires action). EDIT: Then ask “What do you do?”
The player can either just continue on his way and give you a Golden Opportunity or move away from that area, or trigger a Spout Lore (or something else too… just play to find out what happens).
Player asks what his character knows about the swamp. Sure, that’s Spout Lore, roll + INT.
10+ , “The swamp is teeming alligators with razor sharp teeth. They’re incredibly difficult to spot until their jaws are closing in around you…” (because they are stealthy) “…and snakes large and small slither along the cypress branches hanging over the water.”
(You’ve told them something interesting an useful about what they may find while they’re trudging through the muck: Alligators they can’t see and large & small snakes that may be falling into the water)
7-9, “There are lots of creatures in the swamp that live in or near it’s stagnant waters”
(Here, they know the sound was some kind a creature entering the water, but without any clue as to what it is they may decide to keep trudging along. It’s interesting, but up to them to make it useful)
6-, “There are lots of creatures in the swamp that live in or near it’s stagnant waters”
Yeah, that’s the same thing I’d tell them on a 7-9, but I’m going to think off screen too and put an alligator right next to them.
(Now, whether they jump out of the knee-high water or not, they’ve got a hungry alligator waiting to strike)