Category: Character building


As Sparrow, Depp puts a queer spin on nearly every line of dialogue. Any word can be a double entrendre, every sentence a private joke. Sparrow may or may not be the kind of pirate who shags his shipmates, but he’s definitely fronting a coded pose and stashing his deeper motives belowdecks.

-Slate’s article “Johnny Depp’s Adventures in Gender-Bending”, by Eric Hynes

It always interests me when I find a quote that resonates with a particular character. This one resonates quite strongly with two of them, although neither would ever shag their shipmates, thankyouverymuch.

Some of it is definitely the pirate thing, although both are going to deny it to your face. But one is definitely the first two sentences. The other is definitely the last, with moments of the first two.

My current Amber character is a steampunk inventor. He REALLY wants to bring the benefits of technology to Amber. But at the same time, he agonizes about the impact an industrial revolution will have on Amber’s society and its relationship with the Golden Circle. Even the people who can’t see that far ahead are wondering what it’ll mean for everyone if he starts making guns that work in Amber. (Yes, Corwin did his rifle trick, but he isn’t sharing the secret with anyone.) This isn’t actually the unrelated digression it appears. It ties in to your question about the implications of items of power in Shadow for the cosmology of the Amber setting. Nothing exists in a vacuum (metaphorically speaking.)

-Tommy Tanaka, Amber Diceless RPG Yahoo!Group

Thought the first: THIS is how you do Steampunk in Amber.

Thought the second: I wish more players understood this.