Amber Diceless Role-Playing: Diceless Role-Playing System [Erick Wujcik] on My absolute favorite roleplaying game and my first edition book that I have had. AMBER Diceless Role-Playing is a system set in, and designed around Roger Zelazny’s Amber universe. It features a unique (for its time) diceless resolution. When I was at university – so many years ago – a game was Called Amber Diceless Roleplaying, it cast the player characters as the sons.

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The former option is one presented in the book; the latter is known in the Amber community as an ” Amethyst ” game. Not the case in a Throne War.

Instead, lower bidding characters are ranked in ascending order according to how much they have bid, the characters becoming progressively weaker in that attribute as they pay less for it.

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However, no new edition was released before Guardians of Order went out of business in The first book assumes that gamemasters will set their campaigns after the Patternfall war; that is, 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.

This is likely due to three scenes in the Chronicles: The only ways around it are to put enemies at a disadvantage so they aren’t at full strength, or to try to turn it into a contest of another stat instead.

The Chronicles of Amber Fantasy role-playing games Universal role-playing games Role-playing games based on novels American role-playing games Role-playing games introduced in For any of these stats, you can get more points to spend later by taking a less-than-immortal rank in them, but that guarantees that you are completely fucked because people will pick on that stat every goddamn time.

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The remainder of the book is a collection of essays on the game, statistics for the new characters and an update of the older ones in light of their appearance in the second series, and perhaps most usefully for GMs plot summaries of each of the ten books. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Scores above 0 are “ranked”, with the highest score being ranked 1st, the next-highest 2nd, and so on.


Amber DRPG advises gamemasters to change rules as they see fit — even eiceless the point of adding or removing powers or attributes. Retrieved 27 November Navigation Main page Recent changes Random page Help. The game is set in the multiverse described in Zelazny’s Chronicles of Amber. There are powerful Artifacts you can spend points on, but the game designer was actively apathetic to rolsplaying to them, so their rules suck and the books repeatedly tells the GM to rip them out of players’ hands after they buy them, so this is one area of the game that is commonly subjected to houserules.

Retrieved from ” https: Whoever ended up on the throne was the winner of the game. Stuff governs how non-player characters perceive and respond to the character: This supplemental rule book includes the remaining elements from the Merlin novels, such as Broken Patterns, and allows players to create Constructs such as Merlin’s Ghostwheel. Psyche for telepathy and magic EVERYBODY uses magic and has psionics, so it’s the most important Strength for lifting carrying, and hand-to-hand this is what makes fights deadly, so it’s the most important Endurance for how long you can last and this fuels any other endeavor, so it’s the most important Warfare for any kind of fighting, whether it be swords or guns or army tactics and since this is used when you get into fights, this stat is the most important Yes, I see what I did there, but that’s the way it’s described in the book.

The Auction simulates a ‘history’ of competition between the descendants of Oberon for player characters who have not had dozens of decades to get to know each other. Further, a character with a bid-for rank is considered to have a slight advantage over character with a bought-up rank.

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It very much helps players if the DM can suggest some potential goals for characters, giving a view as to what directions the campaign may go. Well, that person over there beat you! A player may intend, for example, to create a character who is a strong, mighty warrior, gake being “outplayed” in the auction may result in lower attribute scores than anticipated, therefore necessitating a change of character concept.

A willingness to spend as many points as possible on an attribute may improve your chances of a high ranking, but too reckless a spending strategy roleplayibg leave a player with few points to spend on powers and objects.


Amber Diceless Roleplaying Game

The purest expression of this came during the game known as a Throne War. Your ad here, right now: Eiceless Press Guardians of Order. Despite the game’s out-of-print status, a thriving convention scene exists supporting the game.

Ads by Project Wonderful! The initial bidding helped set up the rivalries between the characters. A third option is to have the players portray Corwin ‘s children, in an Amber-like city built around Corwin’s pattern; this is sometimes called an ” Argent ” game, since one of Corwin’s heraldic colours is Silver.

Wujcik also expressed a desire to create a book giving greater detail to the Courts of Chaos. The expansion, Shadow Knightadds Constructs — artifacts with connections to shadows.

Things I learnt from Amber Diceless Roleplaying

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. Close ranks result in longer contests while greater difference between ranks result in fast resolution. Of course, these things amner be changed and adapted when the campaign starts, but at least have a starting point.

The trick here is to provide a character that is interesting to interact with… and can be interacted with in separate ways by different PCs. There was definitely a winner in that game! So, you had to talk to them. 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.

With two or more equally determined players, this can result in a “bidding war” where the attribute is amberr up by increments to large sums. The fact is that role-playing between the player and the Dungeon Master is somewhat limited. 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.

Most players bid low amounts between one and ten points in an initial bid in order to feel out the competition and to save points for other uses.