Iconic Inspiration to Up Your Game!
Icons Presents is a supplement for the fun and fast-playing Icons Superpowered Roleplaying, offering new options, essays, and resources for playing and modifying the game. It includes:
- Options! Ways to modify the game to suit your style and preferences, including different classes of villains, situational qualities, dice-rolling, and initiative variants.
- Resources! Time-saving resources for the Game Master, like information on military forces, how to create and run better villains, rare and unusual materials, and more.
- Genres! Looks at how to customize games from martial arts mayhem to swords and sorcery, from playing vigilantes to portraying villains, from mythic deities to the cosmic space patrol.
- Scenarios! Comic book storytelling techniques and looks at classic scenarios like world conquest and destruction and how to run them.
Icons Presents offers a wealth of useful resources and ideas for your Icons game, giving you a range of tools to help make the game your own and create the kind of series you want to run or play in. Use some of them or all of them however you wish.
The folks over at Babies With Knives have produced one of their “Crash Course” videos for Icons Superpowered Roleplaying! So, if you’ve always wanted a quick summary of what Icons is like and how it plays, or if you’re a long-time player looking for a summary to share with new players, check it out, and be sure to give the video a “like” and subscribe to the channel for more “Crash Course” videos and all of the group’s streams!
Back for the Fall season…
…the Icons Tales of Terror bundle!
Nine spine-chilling products to inspire your heroic Halloween adventures, from aliens, demons, and zombies to devilish deeds, menacing monsters, and eldritch horrors, all for the terrifyingly low price of just $6.66!
- Icons A to Z: “A” is for “Aliens,” “D” is for “Demons,” “F” is for “Fear,” and “Z” is for “Zombies”
- Casino of Corruption
- Danger in Dunsmouth
- Devil’s Night
- Murder of Crowes
- Menace of the Man-O’-Lantern!
Even if you already have some of these ghoulishly good game products, take advantage of this sale to round out your collection, and give your game group some harrowing heroism this Halloween!
Even More Enemies!
Rogues offers a collection of criminals both conventional and cosmic for use with Icons Superpowered Roleplaying, dozens of ready-made opponents and adventures for your heroes. It includes:
- Minions! Different villains suited for the role of hireling, mercenary, or minion, or simply looking to commit some crimes and make a fast buck, suitable for a quick-and-easy adventure.
- Masterminds! Villains with grand ambitions and powers and resources to match, from the Shengxiao Empress to the Unseelie Court. Foes to take on an entire team.
- Menaces! Cosmic challenges from the Devouring Dark, with its hunger for entire star systems to Crotan the Conqueror and his quest for the Cosmic Crown or the wish-granting Whimsey, the world’s most dangerous imaginary friend.
- Gang Generator! A random generator lets you come up with themed criminal gangs, complete with archetypes and a half-dozen examples.
Rogues provides even more foes for heroes in your Icons game, each character a source of new adventures, ideas, and challenges. The characters in this collection are compatible with the material from Adversaries, giving you a whole range of villains to use!
The 138-page sourcebook is available in PDF and print formats (both softcover and hardcover). Buy a print copy and get the PDF for free to download right away!
Beyond Affinity, a German language publisher, is currently running a Kickstarter for a German-language edition of Icons Superpowered Roleplaying. This would be the first time Icons would be published in German (following French, Spanish, and Portuguese editions) and one of the first German-language superhero RPGs in some time, according to the publisher.
If you are a German-speaker, or know someone who is would might be interested, please spread the word about the Kickstarter or help to back it! Even if you are not a German-speaker but want to support Icons (and superhero RPGs in general) in other languages, you can still donate to the Kickstarter, if you feel so moved. Note that the higher tiers are offering original character art by various artists, including Icons line artist Dan Houser!
I recorded an episode of the BAMF! podcast recently where we talked about the German edition of Icons along with other upcoming projects. Visit their site for the show when it is available to hear all about it!
Here in crime for the holidays…
Sure, the holiday season is a time of giving, but what about…taking? Join the gigantic glamazon Size Queen and her criminal crew, including the thermo-couple of Fire & Ice and the goofy Gumball for a holiday heist of humongous proportions! Of course, even glitzy Las Riqueza gets an unexpected surprise when those ill-gotten golden gains turn out to be arcane forces from the ancient world!
In this fun holiday adventure for Icons Superpowered Roleplaying, your players get a chance to see how “the other half” lives, by playing the villains! (Or you can play heroes undercover to infiltrate and do good regardless, if you must.) Can our n’er-do-wells finally do some good? Find out in Size Queen’s Humongous Holiday Heist!
Available on DriveThruRPG — and don’t forget last year’s holiday folly: Santa Claus vs. the Metaskulks! Save Christmastime from alien invaders!
Sometimes, I wish I had the power to help, to answer the call of “save me!” in a real and tangible way. Still, I try to do what I can with what I do have, which includes publishing and imagination.
The ongoing pogrom against LGBTQ people, particularly queer men, in Chechnya has filled me with deep sadness and anger, as has the tepid response of the American government. As much as I would like to be the hero who can swoop in and save people—my people—in desperate need, the best I can do for now is to imagine that hero, breathe life into him, and ask for fellow gamers and superhero fans to donate in order to get to know him better.
So, I give you…The Champion! Chosen by the Aristos Eremenos, bearer of the Four Golden Gifts, protector of the people. All profits from the sales of this short pay-what-you-want PDF will be donated to the Rainbow Railroad, a nonprofit dedicated to doing the real heroic work: Getting people in danger out of harm’s way and to somewhere they can be safe. With persecution of LGBTQ people on the rise around the world, not just in Chechnya, their life-saving work is more important than ever. Whether or not you include the Champion in your heroic universe, please consider offering them your support. Be a hero, because the world needs more. Thank you.
Battle Beneath the Earth … in the Gladiator Pits of Gorn!
A one-man earthquake threatens a local dam, but the heroes are in for a far stranger conflict than they can imagine.
Tremors lead to their abduction deep beneath the earth into the realm of the Molten Men, where they are case into the Gladiator Pits of Gorm! Can the heroes survive the challenges of Molten Men warriors, magma beasts, and more and overcome the magics of the shaman Emberglass to challenge the cruel General Gorn himself? Their freedom, and the future of the Underworld, stands in the balance.
Written and illustrated by Dan Houser, this adventure for Icons Superpowered Roleplaying is suitable for any group of heroes and a great sequel to The Terror of Tiki Pterodactyl adventure. Available now on DriveThruRPG!
Thanks to the kind and tireless efforts of John Paine, the Icons: Truth, Justice, and Gaming Wiki has a new home and host at Miraheze. John has restored virtually all of the old wiki’s content from the Wikispaces backup and the new wiki is “open for business”! If you were a prior contributor, feel free to set up an account and see about updating your content. If you’re a current Icons Superpowered Roleplaying fan, you can contribute or just enjoy the content that’s available there. Thanks again, John, for all of your help in giving this fan-created site new life!
Thanks to the magic of DriveThruRPG’s print-on-demand service, I’ve been able to make a softcover edition of the Icons: The Assembled Edition core book available for order.
Note that this does not replace the initial hardcover printing of the book, still available from Green Ronin Publishing, and in distribution to fine retailers, and the softcover is the same price as the hardcover, due to the cost of print-on-demand versus traditional offset printed books. Still, it’s available as an option for those who want it, and it provides a print version that can be ordered direct from DriveThruRPG and RPGNow.
When the copies of the first printing of the hardcover sell through, Green Ronin and I will reassess whether or not a traditional reprint is called for. If not, then I’ll likely make a print-on-demand hardcover available as well. Since it will cost more than the current hardcover, the takeaway is: If you want a hardcover of the Assembled Edition, buy it before the current stock is gone!