Me and my 7 year old Rose just played her first game of Dungeon World. We have played Ross Cowman’s Fall of Magic a bunch of times so she had a decent preexisting framework for collaborative story telling and worldbuilding.
She created a 9 year old Druid called Rose Klimmek from the Sapphire Islands. We had a great world building session (using Jason Lutes’ Perilous Wilds supplement) describing the Sapphire Islands, Rose’s family (including a family tree of grandparents, parents and siblings), rumors regarding where the mainland might be and if the people there can change shape or not.
One of the best concepts she came up with is that the Sapphire Islands is a small nation of Shapechangers, but the families from the smaller islands can only turn into one animal: Albatross Island, Clown Fish Island, Shark Island etc. Her family hails from Blue Heron Island, they’re the Royal Family and can change into any of the creatures that come from that land.
The opening scene was fun: all of the people from the other islands traveling from their own islands to Blue Heron island in animal form – families of dolphins and albatrosses transforming while emerging from the sea or landing on the docks.
The adventure we went on ended up being a flashback to when she was two, the story of the first time she changed shape into a bunny. Highlights: Chasing a Sapphire Monarch Butterfly, Falling out of a Tree, Turning into an Eagle, Getting to Have a Sleep-Over with Mongo the Clownfish Boy.
She is very keen to play again! L