With Icons Steve goes for speed: random character creation (or pick from zillions of premade characters), flexible powers, and abstract, slam-bang 1d6-based combat. Icons works well for both one-shot adventures and long campaigns, and its extensive line of four-color adventures captures the spirit of the Silver Age of Comics and shows like Batman: The Animated Adventures. Icons is a spiritual successor to Marvel Super Heroes by way of Fudge and Fate. You won’t find exhaustive details or situational rules, and there’s no built-in setting beyond “the world of comic book superheroes.” 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 [from June 2016]This resurrected June 2016 Icons Bundle once again provided the core rulebooks and key supplements — everything you need for anything from a pick-up game to a complete four-color campaign. If you’re new to the game, start here. There were eight titles in this revived offer’s Player Collection (retail value $67), including the comprehensive full-color 232-page Icons: The Assembled Edition corebook, the Great Power sourcebook, five Hero Packs with a total of 260 fully statted, ready-to-play characters, and the Game Master’s Screen.
This revival’s Game Master Collection added nine more sourcebooks and adventures worth an additional $62:
- Icons A to Z, 26 essays by Steve Kenson on all things superheroic
- Adversaries, a rogues’ gallery
- Rise of the Phalanx: This five-part adventure compilation replaces the first four adventures presented in this offer’s original 2016 run — and all previous purchasers of the original run also receive the newly added title (and the new Adversaries) on their Wizard’s Cabinet download page and in their DriveThruRPG Library.
- Six additional high-spirited four-color adventures: The Sidereal Schemes of Dr. Zodiac, The Skeletron Key, The RetConQuest, Urban Jungle, Devil’s Night, and Murder of Crowes (that last one is maybe not quite so four-color)