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Jump between stars, explore dangerous worlds, battle pirates, loot salvage and fight off a race of killer robots humankind created. Interstellar corporations battle syndicates while a benevolent Imperium guards against humanity's greatest threat: itself.

Icar is a complete space opera roleplaying game set in the distant future. The dark backdrop of war against a robot race wages beyond the safety of a light jump net. There is no race or religeon, only two philosophies: those that believe in the natural evolution of humanity and those that believe in technological salvation.

This is a complete game! Everything you need to play beyond dice. Including all the rules you need to play, background, equipment, bionics rules, Scavenger setting with example missions, equipment lists, GM section with ideas on how to run a sandbox, character sheets, full index and lots more!

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The Equipment Index (also Pay What You Want) has lots more vehicles, weapons and technology for you to hand out to players.

Icar has been free online since 1996, and is offered as Pay What You Want to make donations easier.

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John G April 28, 2019 5:25 pm UTC
Hi Rob!

Super excited to try my first Icar game! But before that, do you have any guidance on writing Character Skeletons?

Also, you mention in the book that Scavenger ones are supposed to be underpowered, and I was wondering what would be a good way to make middle-of-the-road powered characters.

Looking forward to it, thanks!
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Rob L April 29, 2019 11:34 am UTC
Hi John,
I'm delighted to hear from you! I'll do my best to offer some advice.

If you're playing a Scavenger like setting then I would recommend taking the existing Skeletons and beefing them up by increasing the skill percentages that are rolled and giving everyone the ability to shoot a weapon.

More generally, I tend to make a group of Skeletons for a campaign in such a way that there is only a little bit of overlap. You tend to have a PC group of: the talking character, the hacker, the security and the engineer. That covers most bases.

Thank you so much for your comment, it does a huge amount of good and spurs me on to write more!

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Tomas R September 16, 2017 6:45 am UTC
Is it possible to do a print version of the game? It will be very much appreciated!
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Rob L September 27, 2017 8:58 am UTC
Hi Thomas, thank you for you comment. It's been preying on my mind for about 5 years. Sadly not yet - because I'm not 100% happy with the game! When I complete version 5 (coming along nicely) then I will be offering a print version through a POD service.

I am happy for you to take it into a print shop to print it for personal - there is a message to the print shop owner at the bottom of the first page saying that it's OK to do (print shop owners are rightly suspicious, I had trouble printing one for personal use!).
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Otos R January 05, 2017 5:37 am UTC
I'd like a version that is under 25mb and is kindle friendly (plaintext instead of images)
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Rob L April 28, 2017 10:52 am UTC
Hi Otos, thanks for your feedback. I am working on a version 5 of all the documents. At that point, I will create a text only version.
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August 21, 2015 1:57 am UTC
Just can't download the book. It always fails
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Rob L September 21, 2015 2:13 pm UTC
Hi Rodrigo,
Thanks for getting back to me - did you manage to download it in the end? I cannot reproduce your problem. Have you tried DriveThruRPG support?

Thank you,
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Michael H November 17, 2014 5:27 am UTC
I'd really appreciate a easy-print version without the heavy page backgrounds.
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Rob L November 17, 2014 9:36 am UTC
Hi Mike,
Thanks for the great feedback. I'll get on it and send out an email to all purchasers when it's uploaded.

Thank you,
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Rob L November 17, 2014 9:50 pm UTC
Hi Mike, I have added a printer friendly version to the download. You should be able to get it from your account page.

Thanks again,
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