Convention Season

Summertime means convention season, and I have the good fortune to be guesting at a couple of cons in the coming weeks…

ConnectiCon

I am again a guest this year at ConnectiCon in Hartford, CT, this weekend from July 11–13, where I’ll be running games and speaking at seminars. Here’s currently where you can expect to find me there:

  • Writer, Designer, Publisher, Creator (seminar), July 11, 2–3:30 PM
  • Icons Assemble! The Zodiac Quest (Icons Superpowered Roleplaying), July 11, 8–midnight
  • Gaymers Unite! (seminar), July 12, 8:30–11 AM
  • Super-Powered Showdown! (Mutants & Masterminds game), July 12, 3–7 PM
  • Somebody Else’s Sandbox: Creating for Licensed Properties (seminar), July 13, 10–11:30 AM

GenCon

This year I also return to GenCon after a year away, and I am again on the Industry Insider guest track. Apart from the Green Ronin booth and the nearest Starbucks, places where you can find me include:

  • Return to the Castle of Gender Representation (seminar), Thursday, August 14, 3–4 PM
  • The State of Superheroes at Green Ronin Publishing (seminar), Friday, August 15, 10–11 AM
  • How to Run a Successful Tabletop RPG Kickstarter (seminar), Friday, August 15, 2-3 PM
  • Playing God (seminar), Friday, August 15, 4–5 PM
  • Cross-Media Chaos: Working With Media Properties (seminar), Saturday, August 16, 10–11 AM
  • What’s Up at Green Ronin Publishing? (seminar), Saturday, August 16, 1–2 PM
  • Superhero Summit (seminar), Saturday, August 16, 4–5 PM
  • Queer as a Three-Sided Die (seminar), Saturday, August 16, 6 PM

Should you plan to be at either convention, please do check out my various events, or just take the opportunity to say hello. I look forward to seeing many of you there!

Re: Animated Poll

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Icons: Heroes by the Numbers

I’ll be honest: I’m not a fan of the point-based hero creation option in Icons (p. 68 of the Assembled Edition). “Rolled-up” heroes is one of the reasons I wrote the game, and the point-buy option runs counter to that, plus I already designed a much more comprehensive point-buy system for superheroes (this lil’ RPG called Mutants & Masterminds). Still, it’s something playtesters all but demanded, both when the game was originally written, and when I put together the Assembled Edition so, it’s in there as an option.

Naturally, the most oft-asked question about the newly released Assembled Edition? About point-based hero creation … naturally. That being:

How many points do extras cost?

The Point-Based Hero Creation sidebar in Assembled Edition says: “Apply power extra and limits to powers normally.”

Since an extra substitutes for a rolled power, with the point-based approach, an extra instead increases the power’s cost per level by 1. In essence, the extra costs points equal to the power’s level.

Example: Creating Miss Tikal (Icons, p. 215) with the point-buy option, her Incredible Magic (level 7) costs 7 points. She has three instances of the Mastery extra (three powers she can call upon without a test or preparation). Each of those extras also costs 7 points, so her Magic costs a total of (7 + 7 + 7 + 7) or 28 points. With 24 points in abilities and two Expert specialties (2 points each), Miss Tikal is a 56-point character.

In place of the third benefit listed on p. 84 of Assembled Edition, a limit can reduce a power’s cost per level by 1 (to a minimum of 1 point per level). In essence, a limit can allow an extra to be added to the power “for free”. The increase to rolled level benefit doesn’t apply, since powers have no rolled levels in the point-based option.

Icons Assembled: I Need A Hero!

This week’s preview of the forthcoming Icons: The Assembled Edition looks at the good guys, with the nine ready-made “iconic” sample heroes found in the game. You can still sign up to the email list to be notified as soon as the book becomes available for pre-order. Discussion of the Assembled Edition is ongoing over on RPG.net.

In the meanwhile…

Icons Assemble!

 

Icons Assembled: Ambushed by Evil!

Continuing last week’s preview of the new Assembled Edition of Icons, we have another example of play, this one a bit more complex. You can still sign up to be notified as soon as the new book becomes available for pre-order.

In the meanwhile, look over the system in action alongside Dan Houser’s art as All-American Girl and the Hangman are…

Ambushed by Evil!

 

Icons and Villainomicon Print Sale

This is kind of “old” news, but I realized it hasn’t been posted on my blog:

The remaining print copies of Icons Superpowered Roleplaying and the Villainomicon are on sale at the Green Ronin online store for the bargain price of just $15 and $10 dollars, respectively, or you can buy them both as a $20 bundle! This is a “while supplies last” sale of remaining print stock and, once they are gone, they are gone and officially “out of print” in preparation for the release of the Assembled Edition of the game, so get ‘em while you can!

If you want to check either book out in advance of buying a print copy, the PDF versions of both are Pay What You Want over on DriveThruRPG.

Icons Assembled: Grudge Match!

Production on Icons: The Assembled Edition has been humming along, thanks to the tireless talents of Dan Houser and Daniel Solis, and primary art and layout are complete, so you should see release of the electronic version and pre-orders for the print edition before the month is out. You can still sign up to be notified as soon as the book becomes available for pre-order.

In the meanwhile, there are some previews of the Assembled Edition to check out. Let’s get started with one of the examples of play: Miss Tikal and the Mighty Saguaro in…

Grudge Match!