Great Responsibility

greatpowercoverAd Infinitum wants your insights on Great Power! In particular, I need any feedback you may have on errors, corrections, clarifications, or the like you have come across in the book, as I look to prepare a corrected release for it this year.

You can use this form to submit your insights. Submissions are anonymous, although you can include your name, if you wish, and those who do so will receive credit in the updated release of the book. I’m looking to collect information in the next 4-6 weeks, so responses after, say, February 20th, 2016, may not be useful in the correction process, so please, don’t delay!

If you need further clarification, you can always email me, and thanks in advance for your support of Icons and Ad Infinitum Adventures!

ICONS Indexes

Thanks to the work of indexer Lori Ann Curley, I’m now able to offer indexes of The Icons rulebook and Great Power! The indexes have been added, as separate PDF files, to the downloads for Icons, Great Power, and the Icons GM Screen package: buyers of those products can simply access their account library to download the new files, or you can grab them from here:

Stay tuned this week for the release of the latest adventure for Icons, Dain Lybarger’s Operation: Shatterstone!

Guerrilla Seminars and Great Power Giveaway at Origins

Sometimes I can be a bit too accommodating. Case in point: When arranging  my upcoming Guest of Honor stint at Origins this weekend, I offered a list of various topics I would be happy to build and host seminars around, rather than saying “I want to do these seminars. Make it so!” Which apparently led to all of my seminar slots at Origins being billed as “Q&A with Steve Kenson: An hour with Steve Kenson.”

Three slots. All the same:

  • Thursday at 3:00 p.m. (GCCC – C214)
  • Friday at 3:00 p.m. (GCCC – C214)
  • Saturday at 4:00 p.m. (just to mix it up, but still in GCCC – C214)

I only learned this myself upon reading the Origins Master Event Grid. Now, I’m not inclined to think the promise of just spending an hour with me is enough to fill seats, especially given all the other things folks could be doing with their time at Origins, so I’m going to see if I can sweeten the deal a bit, and turn my accommodating nature to my advantage, with two offers:

First, since the seminar slots are now “whatever Steve wants to talk about” I’m going to choose a lucky winner from the audience (present by the start-time of the seminar) to pick the topic and tell me what the seminar should be about. If, for some reason, we exhaust that topic in less than an hour’s time, I’ll pick another audience member at random to give us a topic, and so forth. It can be comic books, superheroes, game design, freelancing, what it was like to work on Mutants & Masterminds, Shadowrun, Earthdawn, ICONS (or any of the numerous other RPGs I’ve written for), when I’m going to do another Kickstarter, queer issues in the gaming community … whatever you want!

Second, at the end of each seminar session, I’ll choose one lucky attendee who has gone the distance to win a free print copy of Great Power for ICONS. I should have a limited number of copies with me; if, for some reason, the shipping gets screwed up, winners will get their free copy shipped to them gratis via RPGNow. Limit one winner per seminar and one book per winner (even if, thank you, you attend all of the seminars).

Plus! Dan “The Man” Houser, ICONS artist extraordinaire, has offered to sweeten the deal: One lucky winner at one of my seminars will also be chosen to have a character of their creation illustrated by Dan and published in the upcoming Hero Pack 5! Plus you get a nemesis custom-designed for your hero (or villain)!

So, if you have a subject you’ve always wanted to hear me expound upon, or a question you’re dying to have answered, or you’d just like a shot at winning some gaming swag, come by and check out my seminars. I have no idea what they’ll be about yet, but I promise I’ll do my best to keep them interesting!

Please feel free to “like” and share this post widely and get the word out. If you’re going to Origins, I hope to see you sitting in one of my seminars!

Great Power: Now in PDF & Print!

IMG_0927After some wrangling, the print edition of the Great Power sourcebook for ICONS is now approved and available for sale on DriveThruRPG and RPGNow! Print copies are ordered for the Kickstarter backers and should be shipping out to them and I should have a very limited number of print copies of the book with me at Origins, if anyone is interested in taking a look. The print edition is $20 for the “standard” color format and $30 for “premium” color. Although is premium color is more vivid, the standard color is shockingly good, if you are on a budget. My standard color copy is now the go-to reference copy I keep on my desk.

Plus, when you order a print edition, you can download the PDF edition at no additional cost! It’s two versions of the book for the price of one.

Great Power PDF release

So, as you have hopefully heard by now if you are a backer of the Kickstarter: The PDF edition of the Great Power sourcebook for ICONS is now available! (Along with the various extras like the conversion notes, GM Screen, and Hero Pack 4 featuring the backer characters.)

This is a big step in completing the process that began with launching the Kickstarter at the end of last year. What remains is getting the print copies out to backers who ordered them, once the proofs are in and approved, and getting the 2.0 version of the ICONS Character Folio software out to backers and available for sale.

So far, issues with the PDF roll-out have been minimal: a small percentage of backers (less than 10% I’d say) who didn’t get the coupon codes e-mailed from DriveThruRPG and needed them re-sent in some way, and a minor problem with one of the GM Screen files not downloading properly (apparently fixed by putting all the files in a ZIP archive).

For my part, I’m glad to have the book out there in its finished form and really pleased with how it came out. Playtest feedback was helpful in refining the final text, and Dan Houser’s art and Daniel Solis’ layout really make the book look great. I’m looking forward to seeing it in print and already thinking about future ICONS projects.

ICONS: Great Power Conversion Notes

As part of the Great Power Kickstarter for ICONS, I mentioned that a set of conversion notes, going over the differences between the ICONS rulebook and the Great Power updates, would be included. I’m making the ICONS Great Power Conversion Notes available as a free PDF, and will also include it in the download package for the final book, when it’s ready. See the Kickstarter page for updates and more details!