Character Creation Monday #1: ICONS

ICONS Superpowered Roleplaying
Steve Kenson: ICONS Superpowered Roleplaying (2010)

ICONS is the second superhero roleplaying game from Mutants & Masterminds creator Steve Kenson. ICONS is loosely based on FATE and so is a rules light game. It differs from FATE in that it relies more on numbers and actually simplifies the concepts of descriptors and Aspects. Character creations is hugely different as well. ICONS uses randomized character creation and very little is actually controlled by the player. This character creation example will be using the original rulebook from 2010, but know that a updated edition called ICONS: The Assembled Edition was released in 2014. This new edition, as far as I understand it, corrects a few rules and includes some material from previously released supplements. I don’t know if character creation is the same process in the two editions, but the original rulebook is the one I have.

Character creation is a simple 7-step process. We will either roll 2d6 or 1d6 & 1d6 and looking up results on tables in the rulebook. I have no clear concept of what my superhero will be like. That would probably be moot anyway due to the random nature of the creation.

So, let’s see if we can get my superhero off the ground shall we?

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Beautiful Noise

I don’t watch a lot of documentaries about music because more often than not they are pretty boring historical documents filled with praise and talking heads. Beautiful Noise I wanted to see because it is the first documentary that tries to collect and make sense of a genre I love: the legendary noise and shoegazer bands of the 80’s and 90’s.

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Review(ish) Session Report: Hero Kids – Escape from the Ghost Pirates

Lately I’ve been trying to get my closest family interested in role-playing games. Hitherto without any real significant success. During our last session of Hero Kids, however, something extraordinary happened. Continue reading “Review(ish) Session Report: Hero Kids – Escape from the Ghost Pirates”

My take on Constantine, Season 1

I discovered Constantine/Hellblazer around the time I read Sandman and Preacher in the mid-90’s, and while my understanding of Preacher has changed a lot (short version: I don’t like it), my love for Sandman and Hellblazer is still on par. The Constantine movie from 2005 was more «inspired by» the comic than a true adaptation, and although not a half-bad action flick (a movie featuring Tilda Swinton and Peter Stormare couldn’t be bad even if it tried) it was not what most fans of the comic wanted. The director Francis Lawrence and his team had gotten most of the mythology and characters wrong. Constantine had thus proved «unfilmable», so expectations weren’t high when a TV-series based on the comics was announced.
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The gods and religions of Qis

I just realized I have been posting and talking very specifically about the gods and unique worship in my work-in-progress homebrew setting for Dungeon Crawl Classics lately. I usually write all this stuff down in Norwegian first, and translate to English when I feel like it. So this text has been live on my Obsidian Portal-wiki for the campaign a while. It is pretty general stuff, but it feels important and right to have the basics in place before expanding the pantheon. Continue reading “The gods and religions of Qis”

A Doom A Dozen

Inspired by Jason Sholtis’ d12-tables on his blog The Dungeon Dozen I tried to cut my teeth on a d12-table on my own. Some of the results could be used for weird adventure ideas, or just for fun. I don’t care. I would be surprised if I got this right, but it was quite a bit of fun to make.

The adventuring party was doomed because… Continue reading “A Doom A Dozen”