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December 9, 2006 / jadettman

The Infinite Nature of Amber

Two weeks ago, I believe in response to the gear-up for my Amber PBEM, JP posted about the available variety of Amber games. Now, while I personally believe that there are an infinite, or near infinite, number of possible Amber games, I do have to admit that there are probably a finite number of Amber themed games.

To clarify that statement, here’s what I mean: there are only so many games that can be run based on, incorporating, and with the feel of the Amber material provided by Roger Zelazny. It is entirely possible to stray outside those parameters to create an enjoyable Amber-esque game but it probably would not be entirely recognizable as Amber.

As an example, I ran a game called Saga of the Serpent Throne briefly and some time ago. The premise was based on the Amber cosomology but the game itself was set before Amber had come into existence in what would eventually become the Courts of Chaos. It was Amber-esque in that the players did many of the same things that Amber characters would do, but there was no Amber frame of reference.

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Originally, this post began as sort of a oneupsmanship contest on my part to provide a more coherent and concrete list of possible Amber games than JP did. Honestly, though, that’s just stupid. Why should I take JP’s post as a challenge when what it really did was make me think about a subject that I like thinking about?

My initial dickishness has led me to some interesting thinking about Amber games, both long and short form. One of these days I’ll start a new page (or maybe a wiki) to catalog those thoughts.

I suppose we’ll both have to wait and see. πŸ™‚

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  1. JP / Dec 17 2006 3:44 am

    Or you could post your ideas on your blog….

  2. J.A. Dettman / Dec 17 2006 9:44 am

    Well, I suppose I could post them on my blog, if you want it to be easy! πŸ˜‰

    (now imagine House saying it, because that’s how I heard it in my head) πŸ™‚

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