Tuesday, August 21, 2012
New ICONS Publisher: Purple Duck Games
Heroic Moments: The Possession of Dr. Diamond is the first ICONS product from Purple Duck Games. Written by Bill Olander with artwork by Brian Brinlee and Gary Dupuis, this 9-page PDF is available now at RPGNow for $1.60. From the product description:
‘Doctor Diamond’ is a name known to most of the inhabitants of the City. He is an obsessed scientist overtaken by his theories of using diamonds and other crystals to break the dimensional barrier. Over the years this obsession has led him into several diamond and jewel heists attempting to get the materials he needs for his experiments. This almost always leads him back to jail at the minimum sentence for being just that pathetic.
All of that changed a week ago when Dr. Diamond succeeded in opening a doorway to another world. Zyr-Khan the Conqueror, a crystalline spider from the world on the “other side” leapt onto Dr. Diamond and instantly possessed him.
Since then the doctor’s reputation has changed. Dr. Diamond continues to plot ways to steal dimensional technology, but now there is a dark edge to the formerly soft spoken Doctor’s plots. In the last two heists two bystanders have been gravely wounded. Most troubling of all, the heists have been successful. Few suspect Zyr-Khan’s true plan is to create a dimensional bomb to send itself home, dragging the city with him in the process.
Events come to a head when the possessed Dr. Diamond breaks into the best equipped physics lab in the city, taking hostages in the process.
Heroic Moments is the series of single scenes (or heroic moments) for four-color superheroic games like the ICONS Roleplaying Game. This series is designed to be dropped seamlessly into any existing superhero campaign. All Heroic Moments are set in “The City,” which has many of the same features of any typical comic book setting. Locations in The City are left somewhat vague to make adaptations easier.
This is a good, solid initial ICONS offering from Purple Duck Games. Everything you need to run a night's ICONS session with minimal GM prep is included. The full page illustration of Dr. Diamond by Brian Brinlee is particularly well done. I look forward to seeing more in this exciting series!