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[Icons SHRPG] Children of the Ultra-Mind.

Posted by penne
penne
member, 21 posts
Sat 20 Jan 2024
at 14:37
  • msg #1

[Icons SHRPG] Children of the Ultra-Mind

Looking to run an Icons (by Steve Kenson) superhero RPG game where you play a street kid who's been abducted by the Ultra-Mind and given powers.  Your character will be built to a template because Ultra-Mind has more or less created you from a production line.  This is a bit of an initial railroady concept, admittedly, but it's about discovering who you want to be (not who you were--that's wiped clean).

I'm going to be using a bunch of options that appear in books beyond the core book and initially you'll be pawns of the Ultra-Mind, so as a player it's important to come into the game with a willingness for this conceit and then, when appropriate, take the game into uncharted territory as you all become your own people.

This is not necessarily the Icons world, despite the existence of Ultra-Mind.  Your character certainly knows nothing of the world--only what Ultra-Mind has placed there.  What the world is, and your place in it, will all be revealed/created as you begin to interact with it.

Character concepts will have to adhere to the conventions presented here.  Power levels and allocation of powers are all going to be identical.  You choose what the power concept is going to be.  You get a power at rank 7, two powers at rank 5, and another power at rank 3.  20 points for your stats, and 5 miscellaneous points to round things out.

This will be an M-rated game.  Icons is not hard to understand if you haven't played, but it does use ideas from Fate like Aspects (called Qualities here).  Compelling of Qualities is going to be an important part of the game, so again, your willingness to go along with being a Child of the Ultra-Mind is probably the most important element of you joining.
This message was last edited by the user at 18:19, Sat 20 Jan.
Siran
member, 191 posts
Sat 20 Jan 2024
at 17:26
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[Icons SHRPG] Children of the Ultra-Mind

There is more than one game called Icons :) I have two... totally different. Both are interesting.Can you link to a wiki page or something, not an advert for the game...RPOL TOUs.

I'd be interested in trying. Can you say anymore about the world it sounds interesting
penne
member, 22 posts
Sat 20 Jan 2024
at 18:17
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[Icons SHRPG] Children of the Ultra-Mind

Icons Superpowered RPG by Steve Kenson might be something you have to look up if I can't link to the DTRPG page.

The world is a blank to the PCs because you have been created by the Ultra-Mind.  IOW, the PCs are blank slates; your former lives are unknown to you.  Initially, the PCs will be sent on missions to do the Ultra-Mind's bidding.  As you get out into the world and interact with it, you will have opportunities to challenge your conditioning.  I'm imagining this as a very long Pyramid test so we can track progress.  If those terms don't mean anything, they're pretty easy to understand and will be explained in-game.
This message was last edited by the user at 19:47, Sat 20 Jan.
Dream Sequence
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Sat 20 Jan 2024
at 18:20
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[Icons SHRPG] Children of the Ultra-Mind

I'd be curious to try that setup, though I think I've never even heard of the system!
penne
member, 23 posts
Sat 20 Jan 2024
at 19:50
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[Icons SHRPG] Children of the Ultra-Mind

Dream Sequence:
I'd be curious to try that setup, though I think I've never even heard of the system!

Icons has been around since 2010 or so.  The game is like the mutant stepchild of the original Marvel SHRPG and Fate.

Steve Kenson also wrote Mutants & Masterminds.
jamat
member, 828 posts
Sun 21 Jan 2024
at 11:49
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[Icons SHRPG] Children of the Ultra-Mind

I'd be interested in playing too happy to follow the proposed set up and character gen
This message was last edited by the user at 13:10, Sun 21 Jan.
Siran
member, 192 posts
Tue 23 Jan 2024
at 17:26
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[Icons SHRPG] Children of the Ultra-Mind

Thanks. Sounds good
White Cat
member, 63 posts
Thu 25 Jan 2024
at 15:48
  • msg #8

[Icons SHRPG] Children of the Ultra-Mind

I've been wanting to try Icons, so I'd be interested.
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