Cribbing Ideas from Apocalypse World and Dungeon World for Bloodstone

Apocalypse World, the indy-game darling, is a wonderful ruleset that breaks down what it means to be the master of ceremonies (e.g. the Game Master). Dungeon World, a hack of the Apocalypse World rules, takes the post-apocalyptic system and rewires it for old school dungeon crawls.

Like it’s predecessor, Dungeon World provides a list of the Game Master’s agenda, principles, and moves. The agenda defines the goals of Game Mastering. The agenda informs the principles which in turn lead to the moves.

I’ve already broken down the Dungeon World moves into scenes of the Empire Strikes Back. So I’m going to step back and highlight the agenda, so I can talk about the principles.

In short, the Agenda of Dungeon World is as follows:

  • Make the world fantastic
  • Fill the character’s lives with adventure
  • Play to find out what happens

From this agenda, come the principles:

  • Draw maps, leave blanks
  • Address the characters, not the players
  • Embrace the fantastic
  • Make a move that follows
  • Never speak the name of your move
  • Give every monster life
  • Name every person
  • Ask questions and use the answers
  • Be a fan of the characters
  • Think dangerous
  • Begin and end with the fiction
  • Think offscreen, too

In both Apocalypse World and Dungeon World, there are lots of lists of possible names to use. This helps with the principle of Name every person. So in that vain, I’m going to

Name Every Person

Below is a list of names that I intend to draw from, both as suggested names for characters as well as names for the various NPCs that will inevitably exist in a village.

  • Damaran Men: Garlen, Garvin, Curtis, Olaf, Baird, Jamison, Felix, Stephan, Harad, Harald, Geoff, Caden, Wally, Kelsey, Sandford, Grover, Rayner, Reynolds, Lachlan, Shel, Sumner, Barrett, Elwyn, Power, Audley, Sigmund, Stroud, Lemoine, Maxwell, Patton, Quin, Horace, Samuel, Braeden, Ricki, Pearson, Errol, Eldon, Norris, Gallagher, Rylan, Underwood, Rube, Randall, Trask, Barclay, Jolyon, Sappington, Carson, Barry, Green, Ariel, Brenton, Rier, Laurence, Adrian, Knaggs
  • Damaran Women: Winifred, Raquel, Charlotta, Anna, Katrine, Delia, Becky, Hailee, Bristow, Justice, Kaylie, Garrard, JoBeth, Joetta, Thomson, Ione, Lizzy, Rowbottom, Yolonda, Skyler, Taylor, Pam, Maureen, Cropper, Izabelle, Abby, Tatham, Joi, Dulcie, Neville, Georgie, Danni, Ware, Lucia, Flannery, Samson, Tarah, Faithe, Gilliam, Roslyn, Davinia, Tipton, Estelle, Jemima, Shepard, Maxene, Queen, Freeman, Clemency, Esme, Irving
  • Vaasan Men: Marko, Toivo, Valto, Karppinen, Edvard, Mauri, Tähtinen, Pietari, Tuomo, Harmaajärvi, Jalo, Niilo, Partanen, Aki, Juuso, Jarvi, Jalo, Matias, Ruoho, Lauri, Reko, Lehtonen, Ilari, Arvo, Virtanen, Anselmi, Valtteri, Ruotsalainen, Maunu, Hannu, Seppä, Juhana, Tero, Laukkanen, Pertti, Ilari, Pajari, Kaapro, Jaska, Ruotsalainen, Valto, Ale, Ruoho, Oliver, Joni, Seppä
  • Vaasan Women: Annika, Siiri, Eerika, Kulmala, Maarika, Marika, Nurmi, Anne, Satu, Saari, Ansa, Riitta, Partanen, Mirja, Annukka, Takala, Fanni, Lydia, Lehtonen, Arja, Lyyti, Jokinen, Lilja, Suoma, Pentti, Brita, Piritta, Linna, Erika, Ilma, Rautio, Kirsti, Johanna, Jokela, Kata, Senja, Ruotsalainen, Eleonoora, Raakel, Lahti, Inka, Pinja, Wuopio, Tiia, Kielo, Pajari
  • Dwarf Names: Nelin, Goimli, Hasil, Dimli, Boifur, Kinus, Roirin, Segan, Sirin, Glagan, Molir, Menus, Nolir, Hoisil, Kabur, Gognus, Boran, Bonar, Lolir, Gelir, Nelir, Hignar, Labur, Koili, Misil, Morin, Telir, Kilir, Folir, Rimli
  • Wild Elf Male Names: Banefox, Banewolf, Bladebuck, Cairnbull, Coldsword, Doomwise, Earthhare, Earthweasel, Emberdog, Embereye, Firehare, Firestar, Grandmouse, Hotboar, Lightsmile, Pathshot, Rootbane, Sadwind, Smiledrum, Songsting, Songwise, Stormpanther, Stronglance, Waterwhip, Zephyrroot
  • High Elf Male Names: Aniorion, Thril-Galas, Elvararil, Elvithraril, Nilmang, Thril-Gandil, Galólith, Glilmandel, Pil-Gan, Delung, Elóndel, Golith, Galumir, Celithralith, Belorfind, Elárion, Cólas, Fáriand, Tándir, Elil-Gal,Thráriand, Anuldor, Tinól, Hériand
  • High Elf Female Names: Unelia, Calil-Gania, Elrebridien, Elvioviel, Glithradia, Elvédith, Celil-Galia, Calówen, Cithrawien, Legaviel, Caléviel, Febriviel, Delinia, Galalia, Belong, Isaniel, Cadrielindë, Galaniel, Uradriedien, Uraradien