Friday, February 3, 2012

Bazaar of the Bizarro: Stating the Obvious

Welcome to the Bazaar of the Bizarro - a new feature column here at Just Add Heroes where I intend to share some of my more humorous, absurd and even ridiculous ideas for the ICONS Superpowered Roleplaying game. So fasten your seat belts in the Batmobile or your invisible jet plane - it's going to be a bumpy ride...

Stating the Obvious: the act of saying something that everyone already knows and understands (see what I did there?). If you grew up watching Super Friends on Saturday mornings like I did, you are no doubt familiar with the concept and the frequency with which the characters on that show would engage in the practice (Robin was an especially notorious culprit). "Look! That villain is opening the door by turning the door knob so he can exit the room!" It's annoying, irritating, painfully reminds you that all Aquaman ever really does is talk to some fish, and makes the perfect addition to a beer n' pretzels ICONS game!

New Quality: States the Obvious
Whenever you state the obvious to those around you, you may tag this Aspect and spend a point of Determination to gain an advantage on that annoyed villain who overheard you and is now looking at you like you are a complete moron. A generous GM who catches you stating the obvious on your own might feel inclined to compel this Quality so you can gain a point of Determination.

Now more than ever, thanks for reading!


  1. Yeah, but when Casey Kasem says it, somehow it sounds all right.

  2. Only when he prefaces it with "Like ZOIKS, Scoob!" :)