Monday, April 19, 2010

Calling All Amber Fans!

To say I'm excited about this would be an understatement:

After not seeing much on the Amber front the past few years, it sounds like Rite Publishing is getting something going. Here's an excerpt from their press release:

Rite Publishing has reached an agreement with Diceless by Design to publish a product “Powered by Erick Wujcik’s Diceless Role-Playing”. Fans of Erick Wujcik’s work (Amber Diceless Role-Playing, Shadow Knight ADRPG, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) will finally get to enjoy a new experience and setting for this system.

Over the years, there has been tremendous interest in Erick Wujcik’s Diceless Role-Playing, and Rite Publishing is ecstatic to help finally bring it to fruition. This will be Rite Publishing's eighth Patronage Project, where customers purchase a patronage, which, if the criteria are met, becomes a design project where customers get to interact directly with the authors, artists, and cartographers.

Up till now, Rite Publishing has focused on publishing games for Monte Cook’s Arcana Evolved and the Pathfinder Role-Playing Game. So Diceless Role-Playing is a departure for the Ohio-based company.

“Well, that’s what happens when fans go into publishing,” grins publisher Steve Russell and continues, “We’re fueled by a love for the game and an enthusiasm for stuff that doesn’t see much coverage elsewhere.”

“We are extremely proud that we’ve reached this agreement – not least because we know what a boon it will be for fans of Erick Wujcik’s Diceless Role-Playing, “says Steve Russell.

The project will use the rules that fans of Erick Wujcik’s Diceless Role-Playing already know. But with a new, non-generic setting, new powers, a different cosmology, and an all-new cast of significant characters, it will be unlike anything ever published. But above and beyond everything, it will still have the belief that the GM is an arbiter, unfettered by dice and with a strong focus on the story and the immersive experience, which only Diceless Role-Playing affords.

This is a patrongage project, so I'm really interested to see how many Amber fans pony up on this. Best of luck to them!


mthomas768 said...

I'm looking forward to this with cautious optimism. I'm a big fan of the Amber books (Zelazny being one of my favorite authors).

Zachary The First said...

Rite Publishing does pretty good work. I’m hoping they really nail this one.

Steven D. Russell said...

Thanks for the Pimpage :)

Steve Russell
Rite Publishing

Joseph said...

I was a big fan of the books, and was aware of the game, but I confess I don't know anything about the game itself. Is it any good? Is it enough to serve as the core of a non-Amber game?

Zachary The First said...

@Joseph: I think there are definitely some settings it would work with, you just have to pick and choose. Amber is very epic, but not in the idea of "epic fantasy". If you've read Zelazny, you probably have a better idea of what I mean.

It's still the standard for diceless gaming, IMO.

Sean said...

I'd long thought the Amber RPG would be an interesting setting with mythological gods swapped in for the Elder Amberites. This press release is pretty vague about what the setting actually is, but I'll keep an eye on this. Thanks.