#RPGaDay2019 – Unique

A powerful being holding two swords stares out from the cover of Amber Diceless.

The most unique RPG on my shelf is the Amber Diceless Role-Playing Game. Released by the now-defunct Phage Press, the innovative RPG eschewed dice in favor of a mechanic that relied on a rock/paper/scissors contest of abilities augmented by situational modifiers. Based on Roger Zelazny’s Amber fantasy novels, allows players to take on the roles of sons and … Read more

#RPGaDay2018 – Which non-dice system appeals to you?

A close up view of the spines of numerous role-playing game books.

The Amber Diceless Role-Playing Game (Wikipedia) I bought the game and its companion book, Shadow Knight back in the 1990s and it’s held a place on my RPG bucket list ever since. I loved the idea of the diceless mechanic, from the attribute auction where players strategically vied for the best character attributes to how … Read more

Game Day: Anticipating GenCon 2014

An slim-suited astronaut flies through an asteroid field. A blue-white sun shines in deep space.

After seven years away, I’m going back to GenCon. It’s been far too long since I was last there, and even longer since the late 1990s when GenCon was an annual pilgrimage for my gaming group. I’m looking forward to going back.