Boring Ol’ Assassin

One of the first three classes I’ll be releasing is the Assassin, which is basically me taking Thief in one hand and Ranger in the other and smashing them together. The idea is to have the character be able to be played as an up close backstabber or a long range sniper.

Because I’m using so many skills that already exist in vanilla Dungeon World, this class is probably the most boring to read about. Hopefully it will still be fun to play.

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Arbitrator Starting Moves

I recently read an article about writing Dungeon World classes that started off with a very simple tip that helped me a lot: brainstorm a lot and write everything down. I wanted to do this, but realized that my code structure for the project isn’t great for drafts and writing. I think the code will eventually be a good place for final products and great way for other people to contribute ideas and pull requests, but it’s terrible for spewing ideas at my computer and seeing what sticks.

In light of this revelation I created a simple Google doc for the Arbitrator – a badass detective – and jotted down ideas for moves. I started with the fiction, as advised in the article linked above, and slowly fleshed them out with bullet point items. I added thoughts for each move as I bounced around between ideas. Here are some of the questions and thoughts I would append to my move ideas:

  • Could this just be a renamed move from an existing class?
  • Should this move require rolls?
  • Is there more than one positive outcome?
  • What are some complications that could arise?
  • What’s a cool name for it?
  • Is this a starting move or an advanced move?
  • Does this move work on its own or is it an extension of an existing move, such as Discern Realities or Hack and Slash?
  • What characteristic best suits this move?

Eventually those moves turned into actual text and were given names. I present below the first batch of moves I have for the Arbitrator, the Starting Moves.

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Reducing Scope

Since I have a tendency to let my projects wane and disappear I’ve decided to further reduce the scope of the DW40K project. In so doing I’ve reduced my goals for the classes to be played, and especially how much advancement they can have.

My goal is to have three classes be playable – Assassin, Arbitrator, and Guardsman – and to only have enough for them to be playable until level 5. After level 5 there likely won’t be interesting choices for advanced moves to take. This will be helpful to get to playtesting earlier. I’ve also deleted the Tech-Priest from the codebase. That class is harder to write and can be added later on.

For each of the classes I’ll be incorporating (stealing) moves from the original Dungeon World, but I also want each class to have a 40k feel to it. To do so I’ll be writing new moves when I can, but more often I’ll just tweak or rename existing moves to have a more 40k feel.

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