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Huge news: Adamant’s New “App-Pricing” Model

Just before Christmas, the good folks at Adamant Entertainment dropped the price of all their PDF products to just $1. Considering these are the guys who released the utterly lovely ICONS RPG, that’s not a sale you wanted to miss. Now they’ve upped the ante even further by announcing it’s not a sale, but a major shift in…

Jumping Jackrabbits! It’s an Icons Review.

I was perusing www.rpg.net, as I tend to do, and I came across a thread where an artist was drawing superheroes on the cheap . I’m talking about a criminally good deal. I looked through the thread some more and discovered it was for something called Wave One, a supplemental product for the upcoming Icons RPG from Adamant . This…

Review – ION Guard: ICONS Edition

ION Guard is a setting/organization supplement for the ICONS game that presents a new intergalactic organization of heroes. All of the ION Guard’s members wear a golden ION Fist, which provides them with a suite of superpowers including flight, blasts, a force field, and life support. This will sound very, very familiar to most of you (and if not, just wait for a certain movie …

Captain London

From the Short & Sweet Department: Here’s Captain London’s stats for ICONS, all primed and ready for play. For comparison purposes he weighs in at 60 points, more than the suggested 45 point base for a point-buy character, but well within the limits for a randomly generated one. That’s in keeping with his status as the first (and arguably greatest) British Super-Soldier . I’m likely…

Lazy building Icon City

There’s a fine art to being a LazyGM. It takes hard work & dedication – and throws them out the window. The true LazyGM instead uses that most limitless and potent of resources: the players. Our ICONS beer ‘n’ pretzels game has reached a point where it needs a place to call home. It needs a city through which our heroes can fly, web-sling…

It’s the end of the world as we know it

….. and I feel fine. Just five short sessions to go in our Endday Campaign, and it will all be over. Literally over, because that’s when the world ends. Sorry about that. Slightly more importantly, that’s when the campaign ends too meaning it’s time to think about what to do next. Time to shift gears. The Endday Campaign has been a …

Combining Risus and ICONS: I got your awesome mixed in my awesome

Risus is great. ICONS is great. So what happens if we combine the two? The usual rule is that Cool Isn’t Additive – you can’t make something already cool even cooler by adding extra coolness to it – but like any good rules, there are times when it’s right and proper to throw away the rulebook. Or, in this case, two of…

Galactus versus Thor! An ICONS sample combat

Last time I presented a sample superhero combat on my humble blog, it was for Mutants & Masterminds, and intentionally street-level in style . This time around, let’s ramp up the power level! Here’s a blow-by-blow slugfest between the gods – Thor versus Galactus! Here’s a quick summary of the action so far: The heroes of Earth breathed a collective…

Building Iron Man: a Marvel to ICONS conversion

Just to get more of a handle on ICONS ‘ power levels, I converted Iron Man over from the Classic Marvel RPG. Here’s how it went. If you want to follow along, download a copy of the Marvel RPG Advanced Judges Book from Classic Marvel Forever and turn to page 31. The first thing we need to do is work out how to…

10 Things to like about the ICONS RPG

1. Beer & Pretzels superhero role-playing I don’t mean that this is a game about Beer & Pretzels in the same way that D&D is about Dungeons & Dragons (though that would be kinda cool. Weird, but cool). ICONS is an RPG you can pick up and be playing in under an hour, though also has a surprising amount of lasting depth when you look under the …