ICONS: A Sneak Peek

This June, Adamant Entertainment will be publishing a brand new superhero RPG from Steve Kenson, the designer of the critically acclaimed Mutants & Masterminds!

ICONS is a streamlined, superpowered set of rules, inspired by a combination of old-school classics like Marvel Superheroes and Villains & Vigilantes and the new generation of FATE games like Spirit of the Century and Starblazer Adventures! The 128-page, full-color, comic-book-sized rulebook, features artwork by Dan “Alien Mastermind” Houser, done in the stylish “neo-retro” look of the latest animated adventures.

We’re very proud of this one, folks. I’ll be talking about it more as we get closer to the release date. In the meantime, here’s a look at the cover to tide you over:



  1. Tom C says:

    Both pretty and intriguing — very cool! Can’t wait to hear more.

  2. Owen K.C. Stephens says:

    You had me at “from Steve Kenson”…

  3. AslanC says:

    Will it be using FATE/FUDGE or be its own system?

  4. Hmm, i hope to see a version for Savage Worlds rules system.

  5. GMSkarka says:

    @AslanC — It uses open content from FATE/FUDGE, but as part of its own streamlined system.

    @Guilherme– there’s already a great superhero toolkit for Savage Worlds available, so we don’t feel the need to duplicate efforts there!

  6. We wantsss it, my preciousss, yesss.

  7. AslanC says:

    Thanks for the info.

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  9. Hey, glad people like it. ūüėČ

    That is the prelim cover, the final cover will be a wraparound deal kind of like the old Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe / George Perez supersplash kinda thing with a bunch of characters.

    Also, the interiors will hold to that same retro animated style on the inside.



  10. Cool. Looking forward to reading more about it.

  11. […] ICONS, o t√≠tulo do novo RPG, foi inspirado por uma combina√ß√£o Old-School de cl√°ssicos da Marvel Superheroes, Villains & Vigilantes e a nova gera√ß√£o de jogos FATE, como¬†Spirit of the Century¬†e Starblazer Adventures. […]

  12. Aaron says:

    Annnndddd I guess I’ll ditch the work I’ve done on superhero FATE now, and start following yours. Best of luck!

  13. Fred Hicks says:

    Man, I’ve been completely asleep at the stick. Just got around to hearing about this. Very exciting … I LOVE supers.

  14. GMSkarka says:

    @Fred– Well, to be fair, you’ve had a LOT on your plate…. ūüôā

  15. Mike B says:

    Wow. This sounds pretty cool. Can’t wait to hear more.

  16. Eddy Webb says:

    Glad to hear that Icons is going forward!

  17. spookyfanboy says:

    I am looking forward to the spoilers for this, and I hope they will be forthcoming soon. I’ve been waiting for a superhero system fueled by FATE or similar streamlined engine, and while I do love Truth&Justice, sometimes it’s a little too simple for me, and I want to see if there’s something with a little more to it. FATE and/or FATE-derived sounds like it would fit the bill.

  18. Gareth, Steve: if you need an extra pair of hands for this — for ANYTHING — let me know.

  19. GMSkarka says:

    Chad– The design-and-playtest portion of the project are over, I’m afraid. All that remains now is layout, which I’ve already begun.

  20. Mike B says:

    I know its a few months before the game will be out and I’m sure there will be more previews between now and June, but one thing I’d love to see are some sample characters. That can help me get a feel for a game more than just about any other sample/preview.

  21. Blake Hutchins says:

    Cool. I’m definitely interested. Will be interested to see what you do with this.

  22. Dan Houser says:

    Well, I’ve finished the cover, and approval from Gareth has occurred!

    Perhaps the man will show a sneak peek at more art as it comes, but I can tell you that the style of the interior art is much like the Beatty run on DCU and Batman and Robin Adventures as well as Batman Beyond.

    Perhaps Gareth will allow you a peek, perhaps no! But I assure you true believers that there are a lot of characters on the cover.


  23. Ron F. says:

    FATE + Steve Kenson + Superheroes = Where do I sign up?

  24. […] the fan favorite superhero RPG, Mutants & Masterminds has announced that his newest project, ICONS, is available for pre-order. What exactly is ICONS? ICONS is Steve’s tribute to 80’s […]

  25. […] ICONS, o t√≠tulo do novo RPG, foi inspirado por uma combina√ß√£o Old-School de cl√°ssicos da Marvel Superheroes, Villains & Vigilantes e a nova gera√ß√£o de jogos FATE, como¬†Spirit of the Century¬†e Starblazer Adventures. […]

  26. Tyson Cram says:

    Augh! Why do I always find out about these things one week too late to preorder?

    I was just getting ready to start a new PbP game… will this translate easily to an online game?

  27. GMSkarka says:


  28. […] aller Liebling FATE. Nicht minder ausführliche Erwähnung finden hier The Dresden Files, Icons und viele, viele andere […]

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February 2010