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ICONS Superpowered Roleplaying
Publisher: Ad Infinitum Adventures
by Matthew K. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/26/2012 11:20:01
I was very surprised to see the M&M writer as the author of this game. Now don't get me wrong, it is nothing like M&M and I think that's a good thing in terms of providing something to the gaming market that is different. Maybe I'm crazy, but I did not see that much new stuff in this game. This game looked to me, especially in terms of character creation, as nothing more than the old FASERIP Marvel system using numbers instead of names for the different power and attribute levels. And let's face it, saying that your Brick has "Monstrous Strength" was one of the cool things about playing the FASERIP system. Interestingly, the author even says that you can use names instead of numbers for the attribute and power levels, and even gives some examples and many of them are dead-on exact matches for the same power/attribute level in FASERIP. Go figure! In all fairness, there are some clever additions or changes to the classic FASERIP design, especially in terms of cleaning up and simplifying some of the powers. There is also a cool mechanism for creating super teams, but some of this information too is included in the old Marvel game. He even uses the terms "Slam" and "Stun" as combat outcomes. Really!?

It is not a bad game at all, and I actually like the artwork and presentation just fine. I'm sure it plays quickly, character creation is a snap, and it's a lot of fun ... but why wouldn't it do all these things, FASERIP sure did that! There are a couple of very clever game mechanisms and the author writes clearly and the text is to the point. My problem is that I wanted something new and different, and for $14.95 I was hoping to get something more than just FASERIP with numbers rather than the cool names for the powers and attribute levels, which is all this game looks like to me.

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[2 of 5 Stars!]
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BASH! Ultimate Edition
Publisher: Basic Action Games
by Matthew K. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/26/2012 11:06:55
Very nice game! The rules tend to fall more into the quick-and-easy side for character creation and game play. It actually strikes me a little as "Hero or GURPS Light." Players have the ability to tailor their powers and skills but without the mind-numbing detail that many Supers game systems go into. Distinctions between superhuman and normal human attribute levels is included as well. For my taste, this game has enough detail without having too much. The presentation of the book is quite good as well I think, with simple and attractive artwork. There is also clear mechanisms for creating characters for different levels of superpowers from pulp low-powered heroes all the way up to Cosmic.

My only criticism is that there is not much in the way of a traditional character improvement system, and even at the lowest levels of power characters can start with a maximum point cost spent in several of what I would consider to be the "foundational" powers, like flight, armor, energy blast, etc. The author is honest however in stating that the game play favored by this system is one where the characters, just like in the comics, change little from issue to issue and only change after numerous adventures. Therefore in my opinion the system favors character change, growth, and development more from what happens during adventures, rather than accumulating and spending experience points. There is an experience point system in the rules, but you can tell that this is not a significant part of the game from the author's point of view. In some ways, frankly, I found it refreshing, especially in terms of a supers game.

All in all I really liked this product and found it to be EASILY worth the $9.99 I spent on it. I hope to see more supportive material for the system in the future. I would actually rate this as 4.5.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
BASH! Ultimate Edition
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