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Unlike conventional auctions, bids are non-refundable; if one player bids 65 for psyche and another wins with a bid of 66, then the character with 66 is “superior” to the character with 65 even though there is only one bid difference. 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.

Things I learnt from Amber Diceless Roleplaying – Merric’s Musings

The only limit is how bored your character would get studying. With two or more equally determined players, this can idceless in a “bidding war” where the attribute is driven up by increments to large sums.

As well as representing luck, stuff can be seen as representing a character’s outlook on the universe: If you ever get into a game, expect many houserules. There was definitely a winner in that game!

It has been your support, financial and otherwise, that has allowed this site to become what it is today. The Chronicles of Amber. Close ranks result in longer contests while greater difference between ranks result in fast resolution.

Warfare is used for armed combat, from duelling to commanding armies The attributes run from normal human levelthrough normal level for a denizen of the Courts of Chaos and 0 normal level for an inhabitant of Amberupwards without limit. Inhabitants of either pole can use one or both of the Pattern and the Logrus to travel through Shadow.


Strength is used for feats of strength or unarmed combat. Phage Press Guardians of Order. Through the competitive Auction, characters may begin the game vying for standings. Every one in the Amber family is a surgeon by this method because it’s too useful.

Amber Diceless RPG

A player may intend, for example, to create a character who is a strong, mighty warrior, but being “outplayed” in the auction may result in lower attribute scores than anticipated, therefore diceleas a change of character concept. 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 dceless other uses.

Warfare, Endurance, Strength and Psyche. The book includes some material from the short story “The Salesman’s Tale,” and some unpublished material cut from Prince of Chaos[ citation needed ] notably Coral’s pregnancy by Merlin. Please select a support frequency. Ads by Project Wonderful! 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 could leave a player with few points to spend on powers and objects.

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. Dicelesss page does not exist. The book features Trump portraits of each of the elder Amberites. Skip to main content. 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.

A high enough opening bid could signal a player’s determination to be first ranked in that attribute, thereby dissuading others from competing. A character’s ability scores are purchased during character creation in an auction ; players get character pointsand bid on each attribute in turn.

Conflict resolution [ edit ] Always comes down to comparing one stat against another. The character who bids the most for an attribute is “ranked” first and is considered superior to all other characters in dicelesa attribute. 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 In any given fair conflict between two characters, the character with the higher score in the relevant attribute will eventually win.


The key words here are fair ambef eventually — if characters’ ranks are close, and the weaker character has obtained some advantage, then the weaker character can escape defeat or perhaps prevail. Character Creation [ edit ] Characters have four stats: The attributes run from normal human levelthrough normal level for a denizen of the Courts of Chaos and 0 normal level for an inhabitant of Amberupwards without limit.

Both books were translated into French and published by Jeux Descartes in and However, since some feel that being the children of the main characters is too limiting, it is fairly common to either start with King Oberon’s death before the book begins and roleplay the Elder Amberites as they vie for the throne; or ddiceless populate Amber from scratch with a different set of Elder Amberites.

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 dicrless to let them get away with more.

The character with 1st rank in each attribute is considered “superior” in that attribute, being considered to be substantially better than the character with 2nd rank even if the difference in scores is small. The auction serves to introduce some unpredictability into character creation without the need to resort to dice, cards, or other randomizing devices.