I ran a session of my Curse of Strahd DW conversion tonight. It involved the players defending a wizard-druid ritual in one of the megalith circles of the dark zodiak. I wrote a custom move for the ritual that went something like this:
Danger: A powerful enemy arrives at the scene of the Ritual.
1. A green glow lights the clouds on the horizon
2. Storm clouds gather above the ritual site
3. One of the Megaliths shatters
4. The enemy arrives by lightening strike
Wizard rolls + INT for the Ritual
6 minus : Grim Portent or GM move.
7-9 : Choose 1
10-11: Choose 2
12 plus : Choose 3, +1 extra Accumulation
-Enemies don’t appear
-A Megalith doesn’t crumble (2 crumble = shattered)
-You don’t surcome to your fear (fears were declared at the beginning of the session)
-Spend accumulation to unleash the spell
When you unleash the spell, roll 2d6+accumulation
6 minus, it backfires
7-9 partial success
The Archmage ally: Fragile, Immesurably Powerful, Subdued Madness, Infirm.
Focii: Each ritual participant must sacrifice and item of significance
12 Megaliths: Each shattered Megalith incurs -1 forward to the ritual roll.
I’d be very interested in hearing your feedback on mechanics of this custom move, and your impressions on how it might run.
It was intended to take up about 2-3 hours of the session. So if it seems a little bit elaborate… that was part of my intent.
I asked a number of setup questions before the ritual took place to establish the PC’s fear, and what they were sacrificing, as well as some bond questions.