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João Mariano

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First things first thanks for adding me to the group. I'm a recent fan of super-hero RPGs and ICONS was a nice discovery some years in the making. :)

I also would like to ask you if you know of some kind of quickstart or demo version of ICONS that I can use at our monthly meet-ups? Or do you have any suggestions in order to better present the game on a 4-hour long demo session with a mix of veterans and newbies?
Thanks for any help you can give me.

(This message was crossposted from the ICONS Facebook group. Sorry for the repeat.)
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Go get the ICONS bundle of holding while you still can. Bunch of products for a great price. http://www.bundleofholding.com/ Great way to jump into the game.
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mike lafferty

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Just a reminder that we are running a Patreon to produce new, short ICONS adventures.
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Gaston Gosselin
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Know anyone who is on the fence about jumping into ICONS? Here's the newest bundle of holding that is quite the steal.
 
Through Tuesday, June 28, we present the ICONS Bundle, featuring the fast-playing superpowered tabletop roleplaying game ICONS by Steve Kenson, designer of Mutants & Masterminds. ICONS adapts the spirit of classics like Marvel Super Heroes and Villains and Vigilantes to a modern narrative design loosely based on Stefan O'Sullivan's Fudge. This huge new collection presents everything you need for anything from a pick-up game to a complete four-color campaign. Pay just US$14.95 get all eight titles in our Player's Collection (retail value $67) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:

- ICONS: The Assembled Edtion (retail price $15): The complete, comprehensive 232-page full-color rulebook. Includes the Game Master's Screen (retail $1) with helpful reference charts.
- Great Power (retail $10): The super-powers sourcebook with new power options, dazzling devices, and ways to reskin existing powers.
- Five Hero Packs (total retail $41): A total of 260 fully statted, ready-to-play characters.

And if you pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, you'll raise your Determination and also get our entire Game Master's Collection with nine more titles (retail value $61):

- ICONS A to Z (retail $10): Steve Kenson's 26 essays on all things superheroic -- from Aliens, Battles, and Cosmic through X-Factors, Youth, and Zombies -- published biweekly in 2015 and newly collected.
- The Villainomicon (retail $10): A rogues' gallery of antagonists from Auntie Social and Beastman to Yama King and Zergo.
- Rise of the Phalanx (total retail $26): These four linked adventures by Dan Houser (Flight of the Nova-1, Cold War Conundrum, The Nemesis Crisis, and The Metaskulk Invasion) kick off a new campaign or make great "special crossover events."
- Three four-color adventures (total retail $15): The introductory adventure The Sidereal Schemes of Dr. Zodiac, military battlesuit mayhem in The Skeletron Key, and the time-bending The RetConQuest.

That's a total retail value of US$128, enough to draw the interest of the greedy Corsair Queen or conceivably even Professor Hominid. But you'd better answer the headquarters alert fast -- this ICONS Bundle offer ends Tuesday, June 28.

http://bundleofholding.com/presents/Icons
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Steve Kenson

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Icons Adversaries sourcebook now available!

Ad Infinitum is pleased to announce that the new Adversaries sourcebook for Icons Superpowered Roleplaying is now available as a downloadable PDF ($10) and as a print-on-demand book. The print edition is available in both softcover (standard color for $20…
Ad Infinitum is pleased to announce that the new Adversaries sourcebook for Icons Superpowered Roleplaying is now available as a downloadable PDF ($10) and as a print-on-demand book. The print edit…
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Just ordered by print copy (along with the revised print of Great Power).

I really like the diversity of characters in there

I think I caught a typo for Hooded Cobra's background. It starts off saying "Hated is a disease, passed down from generation to generation" It should be Hatred, not Hated.
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Steve Kunec

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+Tyler Clouse and I are part of that group that is trying out ICONS as a Supers system, instead of FATE Venture City. I'm actually the GM, and I'm interested in looking for the best fit, system-wise.
I'm a huge fan of her original FASERIP system and FATE, so I'm hoping this tickles a sweet spot in between.

My biggest concern with ICONS is that my players who don't take a form of Damage Resistance will suffer in combat.
Has anyone modified the damage system to mitigate this, or perhaps I'm worrying about nothing?

UPDATE: After posting this, I found the Wiki, and I like several of the variant ways to handle damage. Does anyone have favorites, specifically through experience?
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Sometimes you just have to run.

I think there's probably ways to tag the opponent's qualities or create one in him that would help, but creative uses of qualities have never been my forte.

It sounds like you're asking about only one-on-one combat, but often the answer to this, as in the example for Combined Effort on page 23 of the Assembled Edition, is to attack together to raise the Effect of the attack.
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Baz Stevens

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What adventure would you recommend for a single 3-4 game which is fairly likely to include newbies to Icons?
I grabbed the Dr Zodiac one and really like it, but want to open up my options a little.
Cheers!
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Skeletron Key, Sins of the Past, and Flight of the Nova-1 (which kicks off a whole series) are also some good possibilities. RetConQuest has a fun in-game option for doing character origins as the heroes "remember" their true selves from an alternate timeline, which is fun to run at conventions.
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John Holmes

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Bonuses or penalties to actions

For obstacles or advantages, do you use a small bonus / penalty, say +/- 2?

My reason for asking, is an instance where a PC wanted to dive into cover. I treated this as a quality 'ducked in cover', but, it made little sense for this cover to only be available for a limited number of activations, or with the spending of a determination point. Has anyone here dealt with this type of issue?
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+Steve Kenson thanks Steve, that's helped clear things up. The qualities mechanism is hugely adaptable, but I'd worried about this issue of 'disappearing cover', simply because you'd run out of activations. As a general guide for myself, I'm thinking of adopting the following:

1) Many situational advantages are one off: use a manoeuvre or accept trouble (i.e. A limitation to your character of some sort). E.g., hiding from a foe to "get the drop", making a coordination manoeuvre. These offer a time limited or one-use benefit in most cases.

2) Others may be ongoing, like ducking behind cover (unless it's destroyed); which may work best by trading a trouble for an advantage, for as long as the advantage can be exploited, such as when the PC does something else or the situation changes around them.
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John Holmes

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So, why is Emotion Control resisted with Awareness, and not Willpower?
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Yep, exactly what +Michael Mendoza and +Cameron Mount pointed out. Thanks!
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Bruno Galan

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Just a quick idea here, but it occurs to me that ICONS is well-suited to replicate something like a high-powered Fantasy MMORPG at the table in a storytelling-focused way instead of mechanically. <Insert 4th Edition D&D jokes...
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Bruno Galan

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 ·  Translate
ICONS Rol con Superpoderes - Es hora de ser un héroe. Icons es un juego de rol de aventuras sobre superhéroes, en la cual los jugadore
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Yes, it is. La Guarida del Trasgo is licensed to produce and publish Icons in Spanish.
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John McMullen

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Speedsters. Could you really make a whole series about speedsters?

Well, sure you could. If you use point buy and you want a generic speedster as a starting point, here's a place to start.
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Gaston Gosselin
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ICONS Bundle has been updated with another adventure. Don't miss it.
 
Devil's Night by Dan Houser is new in our Icons Bundle featuring Steve Kenson's quick and flexible superhero adventure RPG from Ad Infinitum Adventures. It's trouble in the town of Middle Rock during the annual "Devil's Night" festivities: Cursed Halloween masks are turning both kids and adults into monsters! Can Our Heroes find the cause of this plague and brave the horrors of a true haunted house to confront the devilish imp responsible? They'll need all their courage and Determination to face the trials of the Netherworld itself. Devil's Night is an ideal themed holiday adventure or anytime opportunity to pit your heroes against the forces of darkness.

If you've already purchased this Icons Bundle offer, you get Devil's Night automatically. Just visit your Wizard's Cabinet download page on the Bundle site, so our system can add the new book to your DriveThruRPG Library.

   http://bundleofholding.com/presents/Icons
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Gerry Saracco

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Got word from RPGNow that my copies of ICONS Adversaries and the revised Great Power shipped!
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Great Power has been updated to be 100% compatible with the Assembled Edition of Icons.
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Sorcerer Blob

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So after doing a little research, I see that Against the Axis unfortunately didn't fund when it was on Kickstarter earlier this year.

Are there any plans to do another KS or still release it?
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Thanks for your interest. This one was a bit of a heartbreaker. We will keep you posted as the ICONS version develops.
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Steve Kenson

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It's almost time to BRING ON THE BAD GUYS! Adversaries for Icons will be available soon!
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Tyler Clouse

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Hey everyone, my group is debating shifting from Fate Venture City to ICONS and I am trying to make my character. The power I am having some confusion with is Force Field. Does this ability come with the defensive effect built in? If not then the power needs Force Field, Affects Others, Defensive, and Extended to be able to use it to create bubbles, react as a defense, and walls of force?
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Plain ol' Force Field provides Damage Resistance (and some defense against touch powers). Extras let you do things like an Expanded Field to protect a group, an Extended Field to protect a subject (or group, if you also have Expanded Field) at extended distance, and Force Constructs if you can make different shapes out of your force fields. Defensive would let you defend with Force Field level in addition to the benefit of its Resistance. Great Power covers all this and more with the Force Control power.
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Steve Kenson

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Icons Adversaries is coming! Today begins a series of previews of the new villain book, starting with Amphora...
We’re getting close to the release of the new Adversaries book for Icons: 176 pages of super-villainy for your series! As a lead-in, here’s the first in a series of sneak-peeks at the n…
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Nice. 
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Bruno Galan

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O.k, since my last post about using ICONS for a tabletop RPG set in the World of Warcraft was basically just me saying "Hey, this system would work pretty well for this!", here's an actual example of how I would apply it. It'...
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Sounds good. :)
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David Mathews

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I am thinking of adapting this to ICONS
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The Blizzard wavelength!
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dsumner1234

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This is a very nice product. 
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