Running Combat in Amber

In 2012, Michael Sullivan posted this essay to the Amber Mailing List. It is reprinted here with his permission, with only some minor formatting changes. I got a couple of requests at ACNW to explain my techniques for running combat, which I kind of uncomfortably demurred from doing because I don’t really think of myself asContinue reading “Running Combat in Amber”

An Introduction to Partial Powers

The idea of “partial powers” in Amber Diceless Roleplaying is hardly new. It was an early concept when the game was released in the 90s, probably started by someone named Gideon Weinstein. Many Amber players are probably already familiar with this concept. But since it will come up in other pieces I write, I figuredContinue reading “An Introduction to Partial Powers”

Pit of Vipers

One of the more interesting developments with Amber Diceless, Pit of Vipers is a one shot scenario run at AmberCon and AmberCon Northwest that features a more robust auction setup that builds more story between the characters. The auction itself has been reused multiple times because of the dynamic that it builds. These documents areContinue reading “Pit of Vipers”