Amber Diceless Role-Playing: Diceless Role-Playing System [Erick Wujcik] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Designed by Eric Wujcik. Called Amber Diceless Roleplaying, it cast the player characters as the sons and daughters of an immortal, immensely powerful family, who. The Amber Diceless Roleplaying is a role-playing game set in the universe of The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny. The game was created and written by.

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Rules Lawyers – “its important to side-step their rules and concerns”, and in the example given, this isn’t done through an out of game conversation but by literally shifting the reality of the game away from a testy but reasonable rules question.

The only limit is how rroleplaying your character would get studying. Amber Diceless Roleplaying is considered the granddaddy of diceless RPGs, even if it wasn’t the first, and even if the mechanics were never re-used again. Wujcik served as Chief Editor of Amberzine, a fanzine for the Amber Diceless Dicleess Game, which has published the work of such notables as Ray Bradbury, Henry Kuttner, and Roger Zelazny, and which published its last issue in One of the more radical RPGs out there, if for no other reason than its utter rejection of any sort of random result-generating mechanic.

Wujcik was also the director of the Detroit Gaming Center, and founder of the gaming conventions known as Ambercon.

Players are also allowed to overspend in moderationwith the points becoming bad stuff — bad luck which the Gamemaster should inflict on the character. For example, if two characters are wrestling the relevant attribute is Strength; a character could reveal a weapon, changing it to Warfare; they could try to overcome the other character’s mind using a power, changing it to Psyche; or they could concentrate their strength on defense, changing it to Endurance.

This book had a big impact on the field when it came out and over the years since. Kelly rated it really liked it Oct 14, So, the more role-playing the characters do with each other, the better the overall role-playing experience will be.

Indifferent Players – Let them role play through ordinary shit to form an emotional connection and then the rush of power helps them get attached? The fact is that role-playing between the player and the Dungeon Master is somewhat limited.


Stuff about ‘Live your character’ – “Don’t be afraid of your characters emotions” – ok, not my cup of tea but I can deal. Many of the other elements of the game are based around the DM carefully allowing and expressing some things while almost hiding others, and this shifts according to circumstance and event.

The Amber family makes Eldrad and Creed look like amateurs because those guys have only had a single lifetime to learn how to be total dicks. The first book assumes that gamemasters will set their campaigns after the Patternfall war; that rolepaying, after the end of the fifth book in the series, The Courts of Chaosbut uses material from the following books to describe those parts of Zelazny’s cosmology that were featured there in more detail.

The Chronicles of Amber. This by itself is very cool thing.

And Wujcik turns up, in a special little box, to say this – So you can have any character you want but in fact the system is carefully weighted towards a certain kind of character. GMs are told not to tell players how many points they earn for advancement.

The players have to make wish lists in prioritized orders and let the GM assign the points according to that wish list. That’s the diceless part — thanks for showing up.

Amber Diceless Roleplaying Game

Even though there are very few tangible properties you describe your character roleplsying, the meticulous descriptions of all major characters from the books seem tired and dull. Phage Press Guardians of Order. Wujcik started off as head of the gaming society at Wayne State University, and then as a computer columnist for The Detroit News from towhere he wrote their weekly Computer Column.

Character Creation [ edit ] Characters have four stats: I think most of us can agree that that is a messed up way to run a game, but messed up or not, that is the way the game is structured to operate.

That gives rise to an interesting situation.

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Did you know that stories have beginnings, middles and ends? Ascended Wujcik, after he has played for several years, is way past anything to do with competition and will directly tell you through the book that Amber isn’t a game, its a tool for producing story and embodying Characters, which is the real, most important thing about it, the ‘game’ part of RPG can just be thrown out.

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The GM could be trying to accurately represent someone who is very effectively lying and bending the PCs perception based in their levels of Good or Bad stuff and doing all of this while trying to make sure that senses and memory are accurate and true. Logrus is a secondary power and can’t be used without Shape Shifting, together these cost 80 points. He has also been an editorial contractor for the Detroit Historical Museum, and gives seminars on a wide range of topics related to the writing, design and development of role-playing games.

Characters with high psyche are presented as having strong telepathic abilities, being able to hypnotise and even mentally dominate any character with lesser psyche with whom they can make eye-contact. Is Amber, in some way descended from a PvP mindset? It often devolves to one-on-one, or at least has a very limited participation rate.

In he went to work for Sierra Studios, and was lead game designer on the game Return to Krondor. Whatever would get it quickly. Few pages go by without a living example of the rules in the text. Refresh and try again.

Things I learnt from Amber Diceless Roleplaying – Merric’s Musings

Ashlan rated it it was amazing Jul 07, It is in some ways a very ‘soft’ game. And, because you were rarely working together, that meant something. Its about Character and expression and the char gen is literally an adversarial competition. Can kill your pleasure drawn from reading of Amber cycle. I had an equally powerful reaction to it. I’m not deeply read enough in RPG history to say this with absolute conviction, but, based on what I do know, Amber seems unlike anything that came before it and Amber Diceless is one of the most interesting games I’ve read.