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Intro to *World RPG Gaming

A brief overview of role playing games using the apocalypse engine.
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Created by Matt Smith
Last updated 6/2014
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Role playing ways are a great way to tell stories and have a good time with your friends. Of the available RPGs on the market right now Dungeon World and Apocalypse World take the cake by creating a freedom of imagination and narrative and keeping things interesting. This course is designed to help you get started, covering things like:

  • RPG and *World Game overviews
  • Tools and resources
  • Game play
  • Storytelling
  • Game mechanics
  • Character creation
  • And how to be an awesome Game Master
Who is the target audience?
  • People new to role playing games
  • Gamers wanting to understand *World games
  • Experienced gamers looking to play unhindered by game mechanics
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What Will I Learn?
Host your first *World game
Develop a compelling character
GM with a "play to find out" mentality
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  • Internet access and familiarity with Google searches
  • (2) 6-Sided dice
  • Printer, paper, pencils
  • Apocalypse World and/or Dungeon World highly recommended (but not necessary to begin)
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 9 Lectures Collapse All 9 Lectures 31:55
Getting Ready for Game Play
3 Lectures 05:50

This lesson covers an overview of role playing games the unique qualities of *World games.

Preview 01:01

In lesson 2 we cover the physical and spacial tools needed to run and play and RPG.

Want to buy Dungeon World? Just click that link!

Preview 03:07

Here we review the two-types of game roles in RPGs.

Preview 01:42
Game Play Storytelling & Mechanics
4 Lectures 17:51

In this lesson game recommendations for a better game experience are given.

Game Play: Etiquette, Conversation, & Fiction

This lesson provides the rules for game play using dice and moves.

Resource Provided: Dungeon World Flow of Play Chart. Created by Sage LaTorra.

This flowchart gives a quick overview of how a game of Dungeon World should "flow".

Preview 05:00

How to create a character is covered in this lesson.

Character Creation

Character Sheets
Next Level: Becoming a Great Game Master
1 Lecture 03:18

The role of the Game Master is crucial in RPGs, in this lesson effective suggestions and guidelines for smooth game play are provided.

Resource Provided: Play Unsafe. Graham Walmsley wrote an excellent little book that really captures the spirit of *World Games.

You have access to a worksheet PDF that teaches you the basics of the book.

You can buy the whole book here:

Resource Provide: The Dungeon World Guide. Written by "Scrape" from the Apocalypse World Forums. Posted for free here:

In depth direction and many examples of how to run a Dungeon World Game.

Resource Provided: The Empty Game Prep file. Created by Matt Smith.

This simple way to prepare games gives you a low prep way to bring exciting ideas to each game and by the end of each session have a little history of what happened in the game. Instructions: Fill each box with a yes or no question about things that might threaten the characters. Add a little detail about the people involved. Each time a "yes" is answered in game, move down and to the left. Each time a no is answered move down and to the right.

Resource Provided: Faces/Names. Created by Matt Smith

Use this file during the first session to draw simple representations of your characters and track their motives and abilities.

Being the Game Master
Bonus Section: Monster Demonstration
1 Lecture 04:56

In this lesson Matt demonstrates how to create a monster using the monster creation website.

Monster Creation
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Dreamer Who Takes the Lighter Side of Life Seriously

I am a 30-something-year-old gamer and dreamer who's fascinated by great stories and interactive gaming. I fell in love with role playing games when I was a wee-young-lad playing pretend and creating my own worlds and societies with friends. A few years later while pursuing the aisles of my local bookstore I came upon the Dungeon and Dragon Red Box set. First struck by the artwork, I discovered it contained the structure and rule set to play the games I always imagined.

Although I loved the game, I burned out on the rules-heavy system and put gaming down for several years while I pursued a degree in Organizational Leadership. Despite my years away from gaming every time I went to a bookstore I still searched the gaming section, not quite sure what I was looking for until I found Mouse Guard. It was a perfect fit: fantastic art and rules-light. From there I went on to find and fall for Dungeon World's fiction-focus and simple resolution system -- it was a breath of fresh air.

In my over 20-years of gaming experience I've explored games like:

  • *World (Apocalypse and Dungeon World)
  • Mouse Guard
  • Fate
  • Fiasco
  • Universalis
  • Houses of the Blooded
  • Microscope
  • Prime Time Adventures
  • Savage Worlds
  • Taverns and Drakes
  • Hillfolk
  • Bad Ass

In addition to exploring new RPG games, and occasionally GM-ing, I currently blog about new games and offer interviews with game-community leaders.

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