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ICONS – fast, fun superheroic RPG action

ICONS – fast, fun superheroic RPG action

Monday 13 June 2016
Icons-AssembledEditionIn June 2016 we presented the ICONS Bundle, featuring featuring the fast-playing superpowered tabletop roleplaying game ICONS by Steve Kenson, designer of Mutants & Masterminds. ICONS adapts the spirit of classics like Marvel Super Heroes and Villains and Vigilantes to a modern narrative design loosely based on Stefan O’Sullivan’s Fudge.

Icons-ColdWarConundrumCompared to a lot of superhero RPGs, ICONS is fairly short and simple. You won’t find exhaustive details or situational rules, and there’s no built-in setting beyond “the world of comic book superheroes.” The game targets the atmosphere of Silver Age comics and modern animated adventures like Batman Beyond. Mix-and-match heroes and villains from ICONS books, other games, your favorite comics, and your own imagination. The ICONS system provides a balancing mechanism so any group of heroes can work on relatively even footing.

Icons-GreatPowerThis huge new collection presented everything you need for anything from a pick-up game to a complete four-color campaign. We offered no less than eight titles in our Player’s Collection (retail value $67) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:
  • ICONS: The Assembled Edtion (retail price $15): The complete, comprehensive 232-page full-color rulebook. Includes the Game Master’s Screen (retail $1) with helpful reference charts.
  • Great Power (retail $10): The super-powers sourcebook with new power options, dazzling devices, and ways to reskin existing powers.
  • Five Hero Packs (total retail $41): A total of 260 fully statted, ready-to-play characters.
Icons-VillainomiconHeroes who paid more than the threshold (average) price raised their Determination and also got our entire Game Master’s Collection with twelve more titles (retail value $76):
  • ICONS A to Z (retail $10): Steve Kenson’s 26 essays on all things superheroic — from Aliens, Battles, and Cosmic through X-Factors, Youth, and Zombies — published biweekly in 2015 and newly collected.
  • The Villainomicon (retail $10): A rogues’ gallery of antagonists from Auntie Social and Beastman to Yama King and Zergo.
  • Rise of the Phalanx (total retail $26): These four linked adventures by Dan Houser (Flight of the Nova-1, Cold War Conundrum, The Nemesis Crisis, and The Metaskulk Invasion) kick off a new campaign or make great “special crossover events.”
  • Three four-color adventures (total retail $15): Scenarios in the Silver Age style by Steve Kenson — the introductory adventure The Sidereal Schemes of Dr. Zodiac, military battlesuit mayhem in The Skeletron Key, and the time-bending The RetConQuest.
  • Urban Jungle (retail $5): Garden-greenery supervillain mayhem in Silver Age style.
  • Devil’s Night (retail $5): During the annual “Devil’s Night” festivities in Middle Rock, cursed Halloween masks are turning both kids and adults into monsters!
  • Murder of Crowes (retail $5): The brutal death of a high schooler and the mysterious disappearance of a scarecrow lead to mayhem in a rural community.
Icons-NemesisCrisisThat’s a total retail value of US$128, enough to draw the interest of the greedy Corsair Queen or conceivably even Professor Hominid.