in the Shadow of Greatness


July 13, 2005


The 20' By 20' Room: I Have Wrongbadfun Playing Amber. Ask Me How!

I think the big underlying one (concept --ed.) that you *can't* do as easily under ADRPG rules is "how do we all get along?". It's the question that the end of the first series poses and I don't think the second series answers it very well.

Other links and comments as well. Part of what this addresses is that source material can be held in 'holy stasis' by fans.

Which I can relate to. I've landed on both sides of that question.

I get the heebie-jeebies when Zelazny's Gerard is played as a slothful oaf who has to stuff his face with food in order to think. Why is that? Because I'm certain that is a shallow twisted deconstruction of the source material.

It's hard for me to get past such a premise encounter. I'm a fan who doesn't react well to bending Zelazny bits out of shape and then carrying on with the parts you like.

Yet I have no trouble with Nine Lives in Amber, or Empire of the Gleaming Banner, or even Nine Losers in Akron. Because I think herein the Setting is being bent in an overall way, not individual pieces in the canon frame.

But in a genre or a setting that has less intrinsic worth to me, such as Rifts or Prime Time Adventures, or Dogs in the Vineyard, I'd be much more flexible and perhaps odd in the creative sense.

Note that both PTA and DitV are temporarily sold out.

Filed under : Amber at 13.07.2005