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. Amber – Designed by Erick WujcikBased on Roger Zelazny’s AMBER A Complete new role-playing system! Three complete adventures. Called Amber Diceless Roleplaying, it cast the player characters as the sons and daughters of an immortal, immensely powerful family, who.

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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. Really, I don’t know why people think of Amber first when they think diceless; must be a marketing thing. The book is page diecless page about character generation, a chapter about setting, and like three sentences on conflict resolution.

It’s all based on Roger Zelazny’s “Chronicles of Amber,” where everyone is immortal and have reality-hoppng solipsist powers like the Post Bros. Everyone is also related to each other; your worst enemies are probably your aunts, uncles and parents, or maybe it only LOOKS like they’re trying to kill you so that they can secretly help you when your REAL enemy tries to take you out 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.

No one actually runs the game as described in the book, but it has good GM advice, and the rules are often used as a foundation, to be tinkered with. If you ever get into a game, expect many houserules.

And, happily for those unfamiliar with the novels, the rulebook contains a useful summary of their events, though only as described in the novels because the narrator is not necessarily infallible and most GMs also tinker with the setting to their- look, basically, expect a lot of variety between Amber experiences. Going through each stat, the players bid points to auction who will be the best in that category.


They are all fairly powerful and fucking expensive, so it’s a good idea to try to diceles enough points left over after the auction to actually buy them, usually by getting some prices worked out so you can get a budget together idceless of time.

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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. If you have Logrus, you just send out a tendril and pull it back to you.

The universe you’re in may have different laws of physics ie.: There are powerful Artifacts you can spend points on, but the game designer was actively apathetic to anti-pathetic 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.

You’re immortal, so it’s nothing to hop to a universe of slow-time and spend 15 years to get a Ph. Every one in the Amber family is a surgeon by this method because it’s too useful.

The only limit is how bored your character would get studying. Most GMs running the system don’t do that kind of thing, but Always comes down to comparing one stat against another.

If you have the higher stat, you will win; maybe not quickly, but eventually.

That’s the diceless part — thanks for showing up. The only ways around it are to put enemies at a disadvantage so they aren’t role-paying full strength, or to try to turn it into a contest of another stat instead. Which is why some claim the system is always going to be radically imbalanced in favor of the silver-tongued player who is best at arguing their points to the GM, or, potentially, the players the GM likes most and is more inclined to let them get away with more.


If you’re dealing with one of the older Role-plxying Amberites, like the characters from the actual novels, you can pretty much assume they are better than you at everything.

This is why it’s very important for player characters to make sure they never get into fair fights. Ads by Project Wonderful!

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Your ad here, right now: Authors Erick Wujcik First Publication 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. Character Creation [ edit ] Characters have four stats: 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.

Conflict resolution [ edit ] Always comes down to comparing one stat against another. A fucktonne of links about the Amber game and books.

Amber Diceless Roleplaying Game

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