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ICONS Superpowered Roleplaying: The Assembled Edition

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Icons Assemble!

It’s time to be a hero!

Icons is a tabletop game of superhero adventure, creating exciting stories of the imagination with your friends, based around the heroes you create. The Assembled Edition of the game features:

  • Quick Hero Creation! A few die rolls are all it takes to create your hero, giving you the spark for your imagination to bring it all together. Describe character abilities on a numerical scale, or use adjectives like “Great” and “Amazing,” as best suits your style and situation.

  • Flexible System! Just a few basic game mechanics resolve in-game actions, but they expand to cover a wide range of options, making Icons easy to learn, but broad enough to keep things interesting.

  • Heroic Determination! Bring the qualities of your heroes into play to gain advantages or perform amazing stunts, or to create trouble, from personal drama to weaknesses, in order to make your hero even more determined to save the day!

  • Universe Creation! Collaborate to create your own comic book universe and play out the stories of the different heroes in it.

Icons is your all-in-one package for superhero roleplaying adventure: quick, easy, descriptive, and fun!

Steve Kenson, designer of the best-selling Mutants & Masterminds delivers a superpowered role-playing game inspired by the fast-playing old-school games and the new generation of narrative role-play! Within its pages are complete rules for character creation, abilities and powers, random adventure generation, a rogue's gallery of villains, and all the superheroic action you can handle!

 
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Sean S July 23, 2022 7:34 am UTC
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A question on the Immortality power. It says, as a limit, define something that can kill you permanently. Is that limit an intended part the power, and mandatory, or is it like other limits that let you take an extra?
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Stephen K July 23, 2022 1:23 pm UTC
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Great Power details that the Blocked limit (where you define an attack or effect that can kill you permanently) is a regular limit on Immortality and not required.
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Jeremy H July 01, 2022 3:09 am UTC
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What is the page size of this one? It looks like A5? I hope so, I'm a sucker for the smaller format lately and have been looking for a new supers game.
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Stephen K July 01, 2022 11:48 am UTC
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Page size is 6 x 9 in.
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Yann E May 02, 2022 10:39 am UTC
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Hello Steve,

I have a question about Determination.

In the core rule, the calculation is : All heroes in Icons have a starting Determination level of 6, minus 1 for each power the hero has. Each attribute with a level greater than 6 also counts as a power. A hero with Coordination 8 and two powers has Determination 3: 6 minus 2 (for powers), minus 1 (for attribute). A hero’s minimum Determination level is 1, regardless of the number of powers the hero may have.

In Great Powers : Once you have generated your hero’s powers (and modified the rolled powers as desired) you can figure the hero’s Determination level, as described in Icons: subtract the hero’s total number of powers from 6. The result is the hero’s starting Determination level, with a minimum of 1. Each ability above level 6 also counts as a power, as does each extra of a power, not specifically balanced by the addition of a limit. Some power limits may reduce a power’s starting Determination “cost”...See more
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Stephen K May 02, 2022 10:46 am UTC
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Great Power clarifies the language from the Assembled Edition book, as it was obviously not sufficiently clear: Extras count as powers towards reducing starting Determination total unless they are specifically "bought off" with Limits.
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Yann E May 02, 2022 10:48 am UTC
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Thank you Steve :)

So same clarification for minimum DP 0 instead of 1 ?

Regards
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Stephen K May 02, 2022 11:00 am UTC
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A hero's minimum Determination is always 1. Great Power clarifies that power limits cannot reduce the Determination cost of a power BELOW zero. That is, a power cannot have a "negative" Determination cost.
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Yann E May 02, 2022 11:15 am UTC
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Thank you !
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P. C January 30, 2022 3:48 am UTC
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Hi Steve,

What's new with January 5, 2022 update?
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Stephen K January 30, 2022 1:17 pm UTC
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Just removal of the outdated index file mentioned below.
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P. C February 01, 2022 6:57 am UTC
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Does the removal of Outdated Index mean that you removed the IconsAEIndex.pdf from Assembled Edition group of .pdf files for download or was that just an edit to the error as mentioned in Randall O remark? Because (1.) I can still see IconsAEIndex.pdf file in my library and (2.) that file content in my library still has the same error mentioned.
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Stephen K February 01, 2022 12:32 pm UTC
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The IconsAEIndex.pdf file was removed from the product. I don't know why it still shows in your library, perhaps a legacy effect for previous purchasers. I'll follow-up with DriveThru about it.
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Randall O January 05, 2022 4:18 am UTC
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The index, or parts of it, seem to refer to the original edition. Bending and breaking for example points to page 60 when it is on 133. Most of the samples in the index provided here seem to be far to early in the book to be anything but the original shorter edition. Is it possible that the wrong index was uploaded?
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Stephen K January 05, 2022 2:30 pm UTC
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It does look like this fan-submitted index should be associated with the original edition of Icons rather than the Assembled Edition. We'll attribute it to the correct product. Apologies for the confusion.
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Jayme A September 16, 2021 2:53 am UTC
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Anyone know what was updated on September 10, 2021?
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Stephen K September 16, 2021 11:15 am UTC
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The “Grudge Match” sample adventure pdf.
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Neil S May 25, 2021 1:17 am UTC
dOES THIS HAVE MAGIC AND PSIONICS
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Stephen K May 25, 2021 1:23 am UTC
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There are mental powers like Telepathy and Telekinesis, yes (along with a number of others) and there is a Magic power, which is essentially duplicating other super-powers by casting spells.
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Neil S May 25, 2021 1:37 am UTC
how many powers or pages thereof are there
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Stephen K May 25, 2021 11:48 am UTC
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The powers chapter in the Assembled Edition is 45 pages, 10 of which are devoted to devices. No one power description is longer than a page and most are less. The "M" is for "Magic" essay in Icons A to Z goes into more detail on magic, magical powers, and creatures in Icons and is available separately as a PDF or in the complete A to Z collection.
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Ryan L September 18, 2020 6:06 pm UTC
How long does the duplicated effect from magic last? Also, is there a place i could go to to ask for clarifications on stuff?
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Stephen K September 18, 2020 6:45 pm UTC
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Magic powers last for as long as their usual duration, or for the duration of the chapter, whichever comes first. So you can cast a spell to fly and then cast a spell to create a protective force field then cast a spell to throw blasts of eldritch power without losing the effects of the previous spells. Generally when you turn off a power or allow it to lapse, the spell has ended, so if you cast a spell to transform into a cat and then return to human form, you’ve ended the spell.

The Icons mailing list on Yahoo is a useful resource, as is the Icons Facebook group.
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Ryan L September 18, 2020 6:48 pm UTC
Thanks
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P. C March 06, 2020 12:55 pm UTC
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What's the difference with the December 20, 2019 update?
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Stephen K March 06, 2020 1:00 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
We added a volunteer-created index for the Assembled Edition of Icons as a separate PDF download.
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P. C March 07, 2020 11:36 am UTC
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I see...

Thank you Stephen K.
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Samuel K December 20, 2019 3:20 pm UTC
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I saw the email about a future update to the files for POD. Is there somewhere I can send a short list of errata and clarifications for inclusion?
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Stephen K December 20, 2019 3:45 pm UTC
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You can send them to me directly at stevekenson@me.com.
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Samuel K December 21, 2019 2:12 am UTC
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Sent. Thanks!
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Paul S December 16, 2019 4:26 am UTC
Out of curiosity, is there an index for this somewhere (in the PDF or someplace online)? I have the hardback and the index there is conspicuous by its absence. :)
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Stephen K December 20, 2019 3:44 pm UTC
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I've updated the Icons files with a volunteer-made index pdf. I'll look to update the core files in the future based on it.
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Paul S December 23, 2019 10:48 am UTC
Fantastic! Thank you very much.
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George K June 21, 2019 1:02 am UTC
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Any reason that the core book isn't available in Hardcover anymore? Will it be in the future?
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Stephen K June 21, 2019 1:53 am UTC
PUBLISHER
The hardcover edition of Icons is still available from Green Ronin Publishing on their site and through distribution.
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George K June 21, 2019 10:46 am UTC
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Ah I posted this below as well for a question. If I purchase from Drivethrurpg, the books have nothing to do with Green Ronin then?
Or are you guys still distributed through them regardless? (I'd rather avoid Green Ronin entirely if possible.)
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Stephen K June 21, 2019 1:05 pm UTC
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Icons products on DrivethruRPG aren't associated with Green Ronin. They simply printed and distribute the hardcover core book. That's all.
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George K June 21, 2019 1:06 pm UTC
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Thanks so much Stephen for the input, you've made my day!
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George K June 20, 2019 11:59 pm UTC
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Is this still being published through Green Ronin? Or are they on their own through Ad Infinitum?
If I printed it from Drivethrurpg, would the book have the Green Ronin symbol on it?
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evan M March 20, 2019 6:24 pm UTC
so I have icons, and am looking to "upgrade". should I buy origins and great powers or would the assembled version contain it?
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Stephen K March 20, 2019 6:32 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Great Power and Origins are supplements to the Assembled Edition to Icons, so it doesn't contain either one, although both sourcebooks are fully compatible with the Assembled Edition. I'd suggest starting with Icons AE, followed by either Great Power and/or Origins for character creation options, and Icons A to Z for more general game essays and expansions/options.
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evan M March 20, 2019 11:20 pm UTC
so there is great difference between assembled edition and the original? or could I buy the great powers, and/or origins to supplement my version? I can do one or the other
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Stephen K March 21, 2019 2:14 am UTC
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Differences between the two editions are summarized here: https://stevekenson.com/2014/05/05/icons-assembled-whats-different/

As it points out, "the core of the system remains unchanged. Apart from potentially wanting to consolidate some of their qualities ... previously published Icons characters can be used pretty much as-is." If you wanted to stick with the Icons book you have, then Great Power is a good choice for expanding its power options.
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Eric B February 28, 2019 11:43 pm UTC
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I don't know if anyone will respond to this or not, but my group is trying to decide on a new supers game for this weekend when we'll start a new campaign. We just finished up Masks and while I loved it, one person in our group said they'd prefer something more crunchy.

With that in mind, we're debating between Icons Assembled and Mutants and Masterminds 3E. Since the same author did both, I'm sure they're both good games, but we're just trying to figure out the best one for our group. Any advice?
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Stephen K March 01, 2019 3:17 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Eric, it's hard to make a recommendation without knowing your group, but M&M is certainly the "more crunchy" of the two games; I recommend checking out the new Basic Hero's Handbook as a great intro to the M&M system. The GM's Day Sale from DriveThru is a great opportunity to try out some new systems, like Icons or M&M, with some substantial savings!
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Eric B March 02, 2019 12:57 am UTC
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Thanks for the reply! It's always encouraging to hear from the game's creator. I think we're going to take a look at both and see which fits our group the best. Sadly M&M isn't on sale, but Icons is so I think we'll give each a look. Thanks again!
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Patrick B February 02, 2019 9:42 pm UTC
You will excuse my english... I speak only french. I just discover this game. I'ts so wonderfull. I was wondering if it's exist a medieval fantasy setting with the ICONS system? I want to create a scenario where my players will travel trought time and space... and explore a world like D&D. Even one of my player could be from there. Also, is there a more exhaustive list of devices... (like guns/swords/equipment) or it's braod general like in the book?
Thank you for this marvelous game.
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Stephen K February 06, 2019 2:40 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
So glad to hear you're enjoying Icons, Patrick! There is not a medieval fantasy setting for the game that I'm aware of, although you could use it for such a setting, if you wanted. I do have an essay in the works on using Icons for a swords & sorcery style setting for a future book. There is not an exhaustive equipment list, as Icons focuses on more broad, general uses for devices, as given in the rulebook.
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