Psyche is used for feats of willpower or magic. Strength is used for feats of strength or unarmed combat. Endurance is used for feats of endurance. Warfare is used for armed combat, from duelling to commanding armies. The attributes run from normal human level , through normal level for a denizen of the Courts of Chaos and 0 normal level for an inhabitant of Amber , upwards without limit.
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If you're not familiar with Zelazny he was a literary genius who led the "new wave" of science fiction in the '60s and '70s. This game system is unique in a number of different ways.
Firstly, and most bizarrely, it is a "diceless" system, so leave them at home. They won't help. The diceless aspect works, largely because of the genre involved. Almost all characters will be both immortal and physically superior to normal people. Because of this level of skill and ability, most tasks undertaken will be obviously doomed to success or failure from the start.
Either the character knows how to hotwire cars, or they don't. Either they can beat up three random muggers on the streets, or they can't. The GM can usually assess the likelihood of success quite easily. All that remains is to roleplay the encounter through. Random events occur when the GM decides to have them, otherwise they don't.
No dice required. A writer sitting at home producing books or film screenplays doesn't roll dice to decide on the outcome, so why do we do it in role-playing? Don't you trust your GM?
I won't bother explaining the genre in detail, other than to say that events take place in an effectively infinite number of different universes, with varying levels of technology or magic available. Players are strongly advised to read the books, starting with "Nine Princes in Amber". It's not essential to read the books before playing the game, but it will help no end. There are 10 books in total, in two series of 5. They are quite short, and easy to read.
Because of the wooly nature of the system, complicated character sheets and vast skill lists are totally unwarranted. There are 4 stats, and as many skills as the player wishes. The simplest approach is to write down a general character background, and infer the skills from that as play progresses.
Characters are as powerful as the players want them to be, on the assumption that a player given enough free rope will eventually learn how to hang themselves with it without too much direct intervention. There are other novel differences to this system, but the ones given above are the main ones. Rest assured that the system does work, and works very well.
The first is called "Amber" and is the main rulebook. The second is called "Shadow Knight", and contains additional, supplementary rules. You should also possess the books which started it all, although I suppose this isn't absolutely essential.
They come in two series of five books each. These ten books have also been collected into The Great Book of Amber. There are also a few short stories, which hint at new material. Since Zelazny died in , we're never going to know how these ideas would have turned out. The following is a complete list, together with where they have been published.
They can also be found in the collection of Zelazny short stories entitled Manna from Heaven. There are no commercially available Amber modules, so GMs have to write their own. This requires a GM with a very good knowledge of the books, or they're in danger of offending players who expect the tone and content of the game to follow the books fairly well.
There may well be more supplements in the pipeline, including perhaps some alternative approaches to the Magic system. Don't hold your breath though. The Amber Diceless Role-Playing game can be played in many different formats. At AmberCon Northwest you might find fully-costumed Live Action games, standard "table-top" games, or anything in-between.
Anyone with an interest in role-playing or improvisational gaming and a love of the world of Amber will find something to enjoy at AmberCon Northwest. Login or Register. What is Amber Roleplaying? ISBN Finally, there have been some supplementary works authorized by either Zelazny or his estate.
Amber Diceless Roleplaying Game
There is one true city on one true world, and it is called Amber. Founded by Oberon and ruled by his family, Amber stands where the slope of Mount Kolvir sweeps to the sea, on the edge of the Forest of Arden. It has stood since time immemorial, and it will remain eternal. Reflected from Amber is infinite Shadow, where all possible worlds can be found and created. All it takes is sufficient power and will to walk among Shadow, and among it find whatever it is that your heart desires. As far as any may wander, however, they cannot escape the pull of destiny and the machinations of their family…. Zelazny went on to write ten novels and several short stories set in the vast multiverse of Shadow and Amber, filling the world with a cast of compelling characters.
The Amber Diceless Roleplaying Game is a role-playing game created and written by Erick Wujcik , set in the fictional universe created by author Roger Zelazny for his Chronicles of Amber. The game is unusual in that no dice are used in resolving conflicts or player actions; instead a simple diceless system of comparative ability, and narrative description of the action by the players and gamemaster , is used to determine how situations are resolved. Amber DRPG was created in the s, and is much more focused on relationships and roleplaying than most of the roleplaying games of that era. This often means that the only individuals who are capable of opposing a character are from his or her family, a fact that leads to much suspicion and intrigue. Erick Wujcik offered to design an Amber role-playing game for West End Games , who agreed to look at his work.