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Class Warfare is a rules supplement for the Dungeon World role-playing game that provides an alternate and expanded system of character creation. It can also be used to create new character classes, just like those provided in the original rulebook. How Class Warfare does this is by breaking down the Dungeon World character class into smaller pieces—like specialties and archetypes—and showing you how they fit together.

A specialty is a collection of special abilities that describe one facet of what makes a character’s interaction with the rules of the game unique. Think of it as a shtick, perhaps, or a set of skills, even. Each specialty is approximately one-third of a normal Dungeon World character or character class. The Ranger, for example, is an archer, a hunter, and someone who has an animal companion—three special abilities. In Class Warfare terms, each of those is a specialty.

Each specialty is categorized into one of five different groups, called archetypes. These are general character “types,” that include: adventurer, disciple, magician, rogue, and warrior. Your archetype helps determine your damage die and your maximum hit points, and puts a few limits on which specialties you can combine together.

Basically, it means that if you focus on combat-oriented specialties, you end up with high damage and high hit points, which makes fighting an attractive option for you to take. If you focus on magical powers, you’re much less good at delivering blows or shrugging them off, even just using the basic moves. This encourages you to use your magic and stay out of fights.

Building a Character
You create a starting character by choosing an archetype and two or three specialties. But specialties can also be used as compendium classes, so there are ways to learn new abilities outside your original character concept if you undertake certain quests or perform certain feats. You are not limited only to the choices you made during character creation.

A World of Options
Each of the five archetypes in Class Warfare has between 14 and 21 specialties to choose from, which can also be used as compendium classes. Or loot the moves for your own new classes. Class Warfare is a giant toolbox geared toward one thing and one thing only: awesome characters for your Dungeon World game!

The Class Warfare pdf is halfletter digest size, 5.5" wide by 8.5 " high. The print version is US trade size, 6" wide by 9" high (the same size as Dungeon World).

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Dusty T June 20, 2018 3:07 am UTC
I had a question about the Twilight Reckoning ability for the Psi-Knife specialty. What exactly does it mean by "their life" when you sever it. Does this mean you instantly kill them?
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Johnstone M June 20, 2018 7:46 am UTC
I guess so, yeah. Although there might be other things that happen when you sever someone's life from their body, depending on the campaign setting.
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Orion W May 05, 2017 10:49 pm UTC
Hello, I was wondering if there was a way to get the book for the price of the difference ($10) after buying the PDF? I've got my finger over the buy button! Thanks!
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April 22, 2017 4:32 pm UTC
I notice that there is a new version to download for Jan 2017. Is there a change log on what have been updated or altered?
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April 22, 2017 4:58 pm UTC
Ah nevermind, I saw the errata.
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Johnstone M April 22, 2017 6:45 pm UTC
The January update was mainly to add the Class Warfare Condensed file, which is the new and improved version of the layout.
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Barry O May 17, 2018 1:36 pm UTC
Will the print version be updated to the condensed version? 300 pages sounds better than 500.
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Johnstone M May 30, 2018 5:31 am UTC
Yeah, I should probably swap them out. Condensed was originally not a planned thing, but I have found I like it much, much better than the original layout.
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Dustin A January 27, 2017 5:53 pm UTC
I recently got a chance to use this supplement. I found it to be very thorough with tons and tons of great information and ideas. One minor issue I had was how spells are organized. It would make more sense to me to group spells more by function. For example: Healing, Damage, Charm and Crowd control, Travel, Buffs, Debuffs, Summoning, Utility.

Thanks for a great supplement!
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Mark D March 19, 2016 12:51 pm UTC
I'm struggling to find out what Monstrous Heritage refers to when it says "choose up to three heritage moves to start with, from the monster moves that best match your heritage". One answer is that there are Monster moves in the book, which there aren't. Another answer is that it lets you have three advanced moves from Monstrous Heritage that you can only use through Blood and Tradition...which makes no sense because the Monstrous Heritage advanced moves are almost exclusively upgrades. A third answer would be that the book asks you to invent 3-4 balanced moves in the creation of the Monstrous Heritage character. Which, I guess, that's fine, but completely and utterly unclear.
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Johnstone M March 19, 2016 5:19 pm UTC
Sure, that could have been explained in more detail. Monster moves are the moves that monsters have, called out in bulleted lists along with their descriptions. They are all in the Dungeon World rulebook, since Class Warfare is about PCs and has no monsters in it. These are the same kinds of moves the Druid gets when she transforms into an animal.
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Taryn F October 02, 2015 8:34 pm UTC
This is another silly question ^^; What are the dimensions of the printed Class Warfare book as sold on DTRPG? On Lulu it's listed as a 6x9, digest-sized volume, the same as Dungeon World proper, and I'd like to make sure that the version I get will fit nicely on the shelf next to DW.

I'd also prefer, of course, to get the book + PDF bundle like you sell here. ^^;
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Taryn F October 02, 2015 8:47 pm UTC
Oh wait, I see now where you addressed that on your website~

It looks like it is the same size, with slightly different paper quality.

Many thanks for going into such detail!
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Johnstone M October 03, 2015 12:15 am UTC
Seems I forgot that info in the description! I've added it now. All my Dungeon World books are US trade size, 6x9, the same size as Dungeon World.

Lulu does not do bundled pdf+print sales, so the pdf is only available here.
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Taryn F October 01, 2015 7:22 pm UTC
Is the Class Warfare book licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license the way that Dungeon World was? It seems like an awesome system to build on, and I could easily see myself buying the hardcopy for reference if so.
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Johnstone M October 01, 2015 9:52 pm UTC
Yes! The entire text of Class Warfare is released under a Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike International 4.0 license (cc-by-sa). You are free to use it for whatever you want as long as you credit the original author(s) and release the results under a creative commons license. Since the book also contains material from Dungeon World and other sources, there's a list of who wrote which moves and what book they come from in the credits and indexes, for ease of reference. Personally, I would love to see people using it to create new things.
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Taryn F October 02, 2015 8:29 pm UTC
Oh hey, thank you for the quick response ^^

You might consider adding this to your product description as a selling point!
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Nicholas A November 18, 2014 11:59 pm UTC
Has anyone who bought this product care to comment on its quality? I'm intrigued, but I don't like going in without seeing a review first.
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Joshua G November 09, 2014 7:36 am UTC
The print version from drivethrurpg has a front section -- the first 10 or so pages of the book -- that includes apparently stock photos of bald eagles, humpback whales, ducks, glaciers, and pencils. These photos don't look like they belong in the book. Is this a printing error?
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Adam R September 21, 2015 5:56 pm UTC
A review mentioned there being no pictures at all, so I am guessing bizarre print error. Are you missing any actual text? I was considering ordering the print copy, but this comment and the lack of responses has me hesitant.
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Johnstone M September 21, 2015 6:49 pm UTC
Hi Adam. The print version is nearly identical to the pdf version. A lack of pictures, or pages that include photographs or other pictures not related to the text, are printing errors. If you receive a book that is printed incorrectly (whether it's mine or someone else's), contact DriveThruRPG and have them send you a replacement copy.
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Daniel M October 26, 2014 7:37 am UTC
Would it be possible to get a version with the front and back covers split into two pages? As it is, the extra-wide cover page messes up the "fit to page width" option in my PDF reader.
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Johnstone M November 05, 2014 9:08 am UTC
Hi Daniel, no problem. I have updated the zip file to include a version with a 1-page cover. Hope that works for you.
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Jeremy H October 21, 2014 1:09 pm UTC
Hi, I received an email with a link for a discount on this product... but the link didn't work.
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Jeremy H October 25, 2014 8:31 am UTC
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Johnstone M November 05, 2014 9:11 am UTC
So apparently any email you send to customers has a line about discounts on the bottom, even when there's no discount. It's kind of a pain in the XXX, sorry about that. Also there's no notification system for when people post to discussions (or if there is, I haven't found it yet).
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Jeremy H November 10, 2014 4:37 am UTC
Johnstone M, aha... OK. No problem. I'm intrigued by your product but not so into Dungeon World that I'd pay the current price. I'll watch it for future discounts though.

Apparently if you want to be updated you need to check the dialog box on the Discussions Tab. I found that out the hard way after missing comments/questions on my stock art here on DTRPG.

Good luck!
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