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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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!

Icons A to Z: L is for Lost Worlds

Explore Fantastic Lost Worlds

L is for Lost Worlds, the twelfth installment in the Icons A to Z series, is now available for sale on DriveThruRPG and RPGNow and available to subscribers for download.

L is for Lost Worlds looks at various “lost” and fantastic settings in superhero worlds, including a series of tables for randomly creating lost world settings for your Icons adventures, including:

  • Locations from Hidden in Plain Sight to Underwater or Underground
  • Contents from Hazards to Treasure and Weirdness
  • Inhabitants from Aliens to Dinosaurs and more
  • What conceals the lost world, and what causes or maintains it

Endless potential lost worlds of adventure await!

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Icons A to Z: K is for Knacks

The Very Best at What You Do

“K” is for “Knacks” the eleventh installment in the Icons A to Z series, is now available for sale on DriveThruRPG and RPGNow and available to subscribers for download.

K is for Knacks looks at using the basic advantage system in Icons to add character defining special abilities (knacks) to heroes’ character sheets (and possibly those of non-player characters as well). It includes:

  • Guidelines on creating knacks and adding them during hero creation
  • Over two dozen sample knacks from Animal Empathy to Whirlwind Strike
  • Knacks as qualities or stunts
  • Using Knacks for creating genre rules for an Icons series

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Icons A to Z: J is for Justice

Law & Order

J is for Justice, the tenth installment in the Icons A to Z series, is now available for sale on DriveThruRPG and RPGNow and available to subscribers for download.

J is for Justice looks at the justice system for superhero stories, including:

  • Superheroes and the Law
  • Legal identities, Investigations, Evidence Gathering, and Arrests
  • Trials, including the “Hero on Trial” and “On Trial for my Life!” tropes
  • Prisons for super-criminals

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Icons A to Z: I is for Interaction

You Can Talk a Good Game

I is for Interaction, the ninth installment in the Icons A to Z series, is now available for sale on DriveThruRPG and RPGNow and available to subscribers for download.

I is for Interaction expands upon the interaction section of Taking Action from the Assembled Edition of Icons, looking in more detail at interpersonal interactions like:

  • Deception, Intimidation, Insight, Performance, Persuasion, and Seduction
  • Determination and Interactions
  • Interaction Specialties
  • Interaction Contests and Conflicts
  • Interaction Qualities
  • Popularity and Public Relations

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