Skip to main content

What If: Disney's Frozen Were a Dungeon World Adventure

The thought occurred to me that there's something about Disney's Frozen that reminds me of Dungeon World. I can almost hear the conversation during character creation:
Anna: "Our kingdom is like Medieval Scandinavia."
Kristoff: "I'm an orphan and I was raised by trolls, only they're more like little rock dwarves."
Anna: "I'm a princess, but my older sister is going to become queen after our parents died at sea."
Kristoff: "My only friend is a reindeer that grew up with me."
Anna: "My sister has magic ice powers. When I was little, she shot me and almost killed me. Our parents took me to the trolls, who wiped my memory of her magic."
And so on.

Kristof is pretty clearly a Ranger, with Sven as his animal companion. Anna is harder, but in my mind she is a very bizarre kind of Paladin who just leaves all her equipment behind in her haste. Elsa, of course, is the Front.

The Winter of Queen Elsa (Front)

After her powers are exposed, Queen Elsa triggers an unnatural winter in Arendelle.


  • The Unnatural Winter: If the winter continues, Arendelle will become a lifeless, frozen waste, dotted by the icy ruins of her beautiful cities. Impulse: Bring isolation for Queen Elsa.
  • Frightened Nobles: The nobles are terrified to have an ice witch as a Queen. Without an alternative, they will organize themselves, hunt her down, and then squabble over the resulting power vacuum. Impulse: Return order to the kingdom.

Grim Portents

  • A blizzard blows in over Arendelle in the middle of summer.
  • Elsa forms an ice palace on the North Mountain.
  • Hans leads noble guards in a hunt for the Queen.

Impending Doom

Destruction: Elsa's power is so great that she freezes the entire kingdom rather than face her own fears.

And here are stats for the big monster in the film, Marshmallow.

MarshmallowSolitary, Large, Construct, Amorphous
Claws (d10+4 damage)23 HP3 armor
Forceful, Close
Marshmallow is an enormous icy snowman born from Elsa's powers. He serves as a brute bodyguard charged with keeping intruders away from her ice palace. The menacing white beast doesn't say much, but he packs a powerful punch. Instinct: Chase off any intruders
  • Protect the Queen
  • Throw chunks of ice
This content is licensed under a CC-BY-SA license and includes material from

This is a Sponsored Post. It is supported by my patrons via Patreon. To find out more and to become a patron, visit

Popular posts from this blog

Voting Is Live For The 2016 Ennie Awards

The 2016 Ennie Awards are now open for voting. Go to to vote for the great gaming products in two dozen categories.

While you’re there, I hope you’ll consider voting for It’s Element-ary! for Best Family Game. I’m up against some very worthy competition, and I’m honored just to be nominated. But who knows what could happen, right?

Dungeon Crate, May 2016

For my birthday last month, my friends got me a subscription to DungeonCrate.  This service is the RPG-focused entry in the current "crate" craze, where you pay a subscription fee and a box of themed stuff is sent to your home monthly, quarterly, or whatever. Well, my first crate arrived today, and I thought I'd go through it here on the blog.

Let's Make a Character: Atomic Robo

I forgot to post this last Friday, but I had my third episode of Let's Make a Character. I made an Action Scientist (light on the Action) for the Atomic Robo RPG (powered by Fate Core). Check it out!