Icons A to Z: R is for Rescue

“HELP! SAVE ME!”

R is for Rescue, for the Icons A to Z series, is now available for sale on DriveThruRPG and RPGNow and available to subscribers for download.

R is for Rescue looks at the staple of superhero adventures: saving innocent people from danger and disaster. It’s not all about punching-out costumed crooks and criminals! People are in need of your help, and this chapter looks at ways heroes can provide it, including:

  • Vehicular crashes: planes, trains, and automobiles
  • Safeguarding innocent bystanders during heroic battles
  • Fires and other disasters
  • Collapsing structures and contingent pyramid tests
  • Search and rescue operations and medical emergencies
  • Basing an Icons series around rescue operations

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Icons A to Z: Q is for Qualities

Create Quality Characters

Q is for Qualities, for the Icons A to Z series, is now available for sale on DriveThruRPG and RPGNow and available to subscribers for download.

This entry in the Icons A to Z series takes a look at qualities, one of the key elements of the Icons system, including:

  • Creating qualities and what makes for an effective one.
  • Changing and removing qualities over time.
  • Discovering and learning about the qualities of other characters and things.
  • Creating and applying qualities in play.
  • Different ways of activating qualities to gain advantage or cause trouble.
  • Doing away with qualities altogether, if they don’t suit your style of play.

Create a truly “quality” Icons game for you and your fellow players!

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Icons A to Z: P is for Pets

Furred and Feathered Friends

P is for Pets, the sixteenth installment in the Icons A to Z series, is now available for sale on DriveThruRPG and RPGNow and available to subscribers for download.

P is for Pets takes a look at the “super-pets” staple of the comic books for adding animal allies (and antagonists) to your games, including:

  • Pets as qualities for heroes, providing advantages (and creating trouble!)
  • Pets as servants or sidekicks, including compatibility with Icons Team-Up options
  • Species origins for creating animal characters for players
  • Size modifiers for animals
  • Genre guidelines for a super-pets series or a one-shot “animal transformation” story.

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Find Me at GenCon!

Gen-Con-LogoIt’s that time of the year again, when everyone in the tabletop gaming industry tags everything on their to-do lists as “must be done before” or “can wait until after” – GenCon!

I’ll be in attendance for what will be my 25th GenCon, by my count (I’ve missed two since I first started attending in 1988). If you’ll also be at the “Best Four Days in Gaming” here’s where you are likely to run across me. (Note, this is my public schedule, not counting various social engagements and business-related meetings.)

Thursday, July 30th

  • 2:00 PM: AGE (Adventure Gaming Engine) News & Updates seminar
  • 5:00 PM: GamersTable Awards Dinner

Friday, July 31st

  • 10:00 AM: What’s New With Green Ronin seminar

Saturday, August 1st

  • 6:00 PM: Queer as a Three-Sided Die seminar (LGBT gamers)

Otherwise, I am likely to be found at the Green Ronin Publishing booth, hawking copies of Fantasy AgeTitansgrave: Ashes of ValkanaMutants & Masterminds, A Song of Ice & Fire Roleplaying, my own Icons Superpowered Roleplaying, and other fine Green Ronin products. If you have a specific need to meet or talk with me, you can drop me a line about setting up a time or come by the booth and take you chances.

Icons A to Z: O is for Organizations

They Are Legion

O is for Organizations, the fifteenth installment in the Icons A to Z series, is now available for sale on DriveThruRPG and RPGNow and available to subscribers for download.

O is for Organizations offers additional guidelines and traits for handling organizations in Icons, including:

  • Agents, a basic agent stock agent character, and variants
  • Using Combined Effort with agents
  • Organizations as Qualities, activated for advantage or trouble
  • Organization abilities, including attributes, specialties, and qualities of their own.

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Icons A to Z: N is for Narrative Abilities

Story Matters

N is for Narrative Abilities, the fourteenth installment in the Icons A to Z series, is now available for sale on DriveThruRPG and RPGNow and available to subscribers for download.

N is for Narrative Abilities offers variant resolution systems focused more on character role in the story and overall outcomes rather than quantified ability levels, including:

  • Narrative Abilities: No ability or power levels, just qualities and a roll of the dice.
  • Automatic Success and Failure
  • Narrative Damage: Including options for strain and recovery
  • Consequences: Trading a lasting effect to shrug off some damage.

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Icons A to Z: M is for Magic

Master the Mystic Arts!

M is for Magic, the thirteenth installment in the Icons A to Z series, is now available for sale on DriveThruRPG and RPGNow and available to subscribers for download (check the file updates of your subscription).

M is for Magic looks at the mystic arts for superheroes, including:

  • Details on the Magic power, including Novice, Adept, and Master degrees
  • Schools of Magic as qualities
  • Types of Magical Devices
  • The Astral Plane: How to get there and run adventures there
  • Magical Creatures: dragons, elementals, and gargoyles!

The powers of magic are yours to commands! Check it out now, and you can subscribe to the whole Icons A to Z series and get all of the entries as they are released, including all of the previous entries to-date!