Ambercon US 2015
after action notes
1 : Thursday, April 10, 2014 – 7pm to midnight
Agents of the Argent Rose: City of Hope
A wide ranging exercise in hurry up and talk to each other. Attacks from last year’s game had only seemed over, but a bigger threat rolled out of the night. The family is big enough and events were busy enough that not everyone was in one place until the end.
Corwin’s secrets are almost all put on the table. Almost.
The Muse Queen appears in Paris to remind Corwin of his obligations.
Next year could be very interesting.
Simone has a birthday. Parties will be everywhere.
2 : Friday, April 11, 2014 – 9am to 1pm
Infinite Amber: Strange Roads
First time ever game. New faces and old and reworked a PC of mine to work in the wide universe of JP’s Infinite Ambers. Lots of complexity here. Lots of possible enemies and counter forces.
This will be hard to track as a serial game unless I manage to join it consistently. Liked the way it played very much.
3 : Friday, April 11, 2014 – 2pm to 6pm
An Unkindness of Ravens
Low power game where a bit of daring kicks a lot of ass.
This year the team seemed to gel very fast and we just tore into our tasks. Doormen not around, and so we just moved from point to point, ratcheting up the mission points.
Well, we did set ourselves up for some future crunch time with a momma Dragon. Nothing’s perfect.
David A McCreless
4 : Friday, April 11, 2014 – 8pm to midnight
House of Justice and Doom
Benedict is dead. But the only people who believe it in their hearts are Ben’s kids, who felt him die.
This was very intense roleplay and the scions of Ben challenged the Big Bad straight off head to head. They did not prevail, but they brought a bunch of good intel back to Amber with them.
Then they promptly dared the king’s displeasure, the silver city in the sky, and also the idea that they might be too valuable to be used in pressing Amber’s response on the Big Bad.
Lots of face time, discussing the weaknesses of Amber’s order, lots of context between the kids. Very nice game. While these games are always one shots, this game had serious legs and could be an excellent warfare campaign. I really loved where the Players went with their characters.
5 : Saturday, April 12, 2014 – 10am to 5pm
The Pendrad: Shining Liquid Universe, Discovery!
Good team. Lots of exploration. Lots of magic and discovery of the possible weaknesses of the Lords of the Gossamer worlds.
And some tricky Fae politics also.
This year the players really did up the arcane weirdness of the Fae really well.
I hope to bring this back again next year.
6 : Saturday, April 12, 2014 – 7pm to midnight
Lost in Amber
Experiment in time, place, and memory. Players at an Ambercon get walked into the Chronicles of Amber just at the narrative point where Corwin is confronted by Eric in the library.
Hijinks ensue as Players interfere.
Selfies with the Pattern Room are just some of the highlights we got to.
Corwin is very manly, 24/7.
Lots of fun.
You’d be surprised how many important items your memory of the books plays false when you have to figure out ‘what comes next?’
7 : Sunday, April 13, 2014 – 11am to 4pm
The Company: Youth Eternal
LOGAS game with the Josiah Company, searching for a lost exploratory team that vanished 2 centuries ago on the Grand Stair.
I made a new PC and was very pleased with the way it worked. The Prof isn’t someone who says a lot or makes a lot of splash, but I felt he was right on target for the scenario.
What helped with that was a really good cast and double GM strength to match the six Players. We had a very sweet team on the stair experience.
This game is a keeper.
8 : Sunday, April 12, 2014 – 7pm to midnight
The Soft Cimmerian: DeathGlass
Anyone who has been following this Rebma game since 2008 knows this is a very eccentric bit of RP. The Amber/Rebma characters are not center stage, but the Knights of the Afanc Glass are.
We started early, opening the game at 6PM. We ran a whole bunch of Gallant family RPing until about 1220AM until we struck the plot square on. In that six hours, we covered kids, politics, inheritance, ancient history, marriage, love, and we invented a new “most important attribute” for the character sheets. Much of the theme danced with Rebma’s true relationship with Amber instead of the one that gets glossed over in the novels.
We also demonstrated that Llewella and Moire do things very differently and advice from one does not work with plans of the other.
At the point where some serious treason talk was being thrown around, the Gallants sat down with the Queen and talked her through a new approach to diplomacy with Amber. And it worked very well. It also kept Bleys out of the story, which saved the GM about 2 hours of hijinks.
And then Random wants to know what Queen Moire is doing attacking Chaos with a ‘DeathGlass’ when there is a peace treaty. Oops!
Fantastic group of Players. I must consider closing this game to new faces, as this year was the first time I bent reality (the original premise) to allow an extra spouse in the poly-marriage. No end game in sight here. I’ll run this as long as the original players want to see it.