Conjuration Simplified

The explanation of Conjuration in Amber Diceless Roleplaying can be a little confusing, so Leslie Lightfoot created a write-up that broke down the rules more simply. It is reprinted below with permission. Conjuration can be used in one of two different ways – one can either conjure a mundane item or creature from ‘nothingness’ –Continue reading “Conjuration Simplified”

The Sacred Artifacts of Chaos

In Knight of Shadows, Zelazny identifies the Jewel of Judgment as the “Left Eye of the Serpent.” In some campaigns I’ve made that literal, where it is something stolen from the Serpent by the Unicorn. But in other campaigns I’ve made it metaphorical, where it’s just one of two powerful jewels known as the EyesContinue reading “The Sacred Artifacts of Chaos”

Thinking About Combat: Generating/Exploiting Opportunities

Michael Sullivan sent this essay to the Amber Mailing List in 2018. It is reprinted here with his permission. I’ve been tinkering around with combat systems for the last couple of years, trying to find games that play a little less “roll to hit, roll to damage” than is the norm. Recently, I came across kind ofContinue reading “Thinking About Combat: Generating/Exploiting Opportunities”

One Take on The Courts of Chaos

I’ve run a one-shots and campaigns that focused around the Courts of Chaos, and have spent a lot of time puzzling out details from the books and expanding on them in order to provide a more robust setting to play around with. Some of the setting details I’ve also cribbed from Kit Kindred. It isContinue reading “One Take on The Courts of Chaos”

A Most Foul and Unnatural Murder

David Golden has been kind enough to share his game notes for some of his past campaigns. Today I’m highlighting his murder mystery. Download now. Original Description from ACNW: Event Title: “A Most Foul and Unnatural Murder”Players: 4-8 (6 preferred or I’ll need another GM) Type of event: FF,CR Description:The first anniversary of the reignContinue reading “A Most Foul and Unnatural Murder”

Time, Space, and Judgment: An Origin Myth

In my last campaign, I had an idea for the origin of the universe, partially inspired by Jenna K. Moran’s work on Exalted: Fair Folk. I never found a direct use for it in the game, but I thought I’d share it here.  In the Beginning The idea starts with the universe as nothing. MaybeContinue reading “Time, Space, and Judgment: An Origin Myth”

The Bright Pattern: A Take on Elemental Patterns

A popular concept early on was the notion of mapping the Patterns to the four classical elements, with the question of “what became of the Fire Pattern?” Below is Cort Odekirk’s take on the topic, reprinted with his permission.

Review of the Rebma Sourcebook

“The archway loomed ahead, perhaps two hundred feet distant. Big, shining like alabaster, and carved with Tritons, sea nymphs, mermaids, and dolphins, it was.” Roger Zelazny, Nine Princes in Amber When Phage Press still spoke of publishing sourcebooks for Amber Diceless Roleplaying, Jason Durall produced As Above, So Below: The Rebma Sourcebook. Art had beenContinue reading “Review of the Rebma Sourcebook”

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”

The Body In The Library: Intro & Opening Scene

An Amber Cross-Over to Lords of Gossamer and Shadow Author’s Note: This is the second post in a series of blog posts which will set forth a complete adventure for use by Diceless GMs and Players. Today’s installment is the Introduction & Conflict. You can find the first in the series, Overview, posted on theContinue reading “The Body In The Library: Intro & Opening Scene”