Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween 2012: Gentleman Ghost

Happy Halloween!

To celebrate, I've statted up one of my favorite supernatural villains of all time from the pages of DC Comics, the Gentleman Ghost!

GENTLEMAN GHOST

Real Name: "Gentleman" Jim Craddock
First Appearance: Flash Comics #88 [October 1947]

ABILITIES
Prowess 5
Coordination  4
Strength  4
Intellect  3
Awareness  4
Willpower  4

Stamina  8
Determination  *

SPECIALTIES
  • Occult
  • Ride Expert - Equestrian
  • Weapons Expert (Guns)
POWERS
  • Phasing 5  - Incorporeal Ghost (Permanent)
    • Affect world while phased
  • Invisibility 5
  • Teleportation 9
  • Immortality  - Undead Ghost
  • Aura 2 - Chill Touch
  • Blast Device 3 (Shooting) - Spectral Flintlock Pistols
    • Affects Incorporeal
  • Blast Device 5 (Blasting) - Spectral Cane - Shoots Spectral Fire
    • Affects Incorporeal
    • Exploding
  • Alteration Ray Device 4 (Transformation Ray) - Spectral Cane
QUALITIES
  • Ghost (Undead) - Cannot be permanently killed, only banished
  • Connections : The Injustice League
  • Connections : Secret Society of Super Villains (The Society)
CHALLENGES
  • Enemy : Hawkman and Hawkgirl
  • Enemy : Batman
  • Weakness : Attacks by those of royal blood, by other ghosts, or with weapons made of Nth metal ignore Phasing Immunity to physical attack damage
'Gentleman Ghost' is a registered trademark of DC COMICS and is used without permission. No infringement of the trademarks or copyrights of DC COMICS or any other corporation, entity or person is intended by this article. 

FURTHER READING

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Terror By Night!

With Halloween just one day away, I thought I'd share an ICONS character conversion I did for the classic Villains & Vigilantes adventure module TERROR BY NIGHT written by Steve Crow and published by Fantasy Games Unlimited in 1985. This adventure takes place in a circus over the course of three nights and has a supernatural bent, perfect for that Halloween gaming session. Based on Steve Crow's original design and discussion in TERROR BY NIGHT, this villainous vampire is a little different from the vampires I previously featured here at JUST ADD HEROES in that it adheres to the vision Bram Stoker had of the creature in his novel Dracula, so much of the Hollywood take on vampires is absent. For example, Baron Von Heinrich can walk in sunlight (although his powers no longer function) and a stake through the heart will kill him.

Baron Victor Von Heinrich
ALIAS: Thomas P. Prest 

ABILITIES
Prowess  6
Coordination  5
Strength  7
Intellect  5
Awareness  4
Willpower  6

Stamina  13
Determination  *

SPECIALTIES
  • Animals - bats, rats and wolves
  • Deception Expert
  • History
  • Occult
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • Stealth Master
POWERS
  • Alternate Form 7 (Gaseous) - Mist
  • Animal Control 2 (Mammals) - bats, rats and wolves
  • Immortality 
  • Life Drain 4 
  • Life Support 10 
  • Mind Control 7 
  • Resistance 5 (Physical Damage)
  • Wall Crawling 2 
  • Transformation 5 (Only particular type of shape) - Bat and Wolf
    • Shrinking
QUALITIES
  • Vampire (Undead)
  • Identity : Millionaire Circus Owner and Ringmaster
  • Old World Sense of Honor
CHALLENGES
  • Must drink blood to survive (Stamina only regained through Life Drain)
  • Vampiric Weaknesses: Destroyed by beheading or a stake through the heart (negates Immortality) but a stake that does NOT penetrate the heart causes an automatic Stun result instead that lasts until the stake is removed; silver weapons cause normal damage (negates Resistance); sunlight negates all powers; repelled by garlic and crosses
Thank you for reading, and Happy Halloween!

ICONS Halloween Adventures On Sale Now

Looking for a Halloween-themed ICONS adventure for tomorrow night? Murder of Crowes from Ad Infinitium Adventures is on sale now for a limited time only at RPGNow and DriveThruRPG for just $3.00. Written by ICONS creator Steve Kenson, this 15-page PDF adventure will set just the right mood for your ICONS Superpowered Roleplaying session on Halloween!

And don't forget, Melior Via is also holding a Halloween Sale on some of their Hope Prep products related to the holiday for both ICONS and Mutants and Masterminds. For more on these limited time deals, check out their blog.

Finally, just a reminder that GRAmel is having a 25%-Off Halloween Sale at RPGNow on all their PDF products including their Comicworld Germany and Comicworld Ukraine nation sourcebooks for ICONS from now until Sunday November 4, 2012. If you haven't had a chance to check out these two beautifully illustrated ICONS sourcebooks, now is a great time to pick them up for $1.27 each!

Happy Haunting!

Monday, October 29, 2012

New Release: Golden Age Thrilling Action #4

This weekend, Dan Houser and I released Golden Age Thrilling Action #4 featuring Nedor Comics' mystical hero The Ghost vs. Professor Fenton, evil dictator and inventor of the time machine. This 16-page PDF features full stats and detailed backgrounds for both classic Golden Age characters and Professor Fenton's time machine, as well as a battleground mini-adventure set in the Professor's laboratory... and beyond! Can you rescue the Vice President of the United States in time from Roman Colosseum lions, Confederate soldiers, dinosaurs and more?

Golden Age Thrilling Action #4 is available now for only $1 buck from Stark City Press at DriveThruRPG and RPGNow.

For a sneak peak, please check out The Ghost entry from the Golden Age Throwbacks series featured here at Just Add Heroes.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Stark City: Two New Free Previews

This week, we released not one but TWO free previews of STARK CITY: Setting and City Building Toolkit for ICONS.


Stark City: Hero Turf Profile 4 features Komodo, the bodyguard and lab assistant to Doc Chimp, hero of Tesla Industry Park - the science and technological industrial complex for Stark City. Included is a sneak peek at many of the primary organizations within Tesla Industry Park and some ways to integrate the organizations into your home game. Written and illustrated by ICONS line artist Dan Houser.

Stark City Preview - The Silver District features the heart of downtown Stark City and the home to Bluerocket Investment Group, an unethical and rapacious financial firm with a surprising and dark secret. Written by Field Guide to Superheroes author Jason Tondro.

Welcome to Stark City from Fainting Goat Games and Stark City Press will be available from RPGNow and DriveThruRPG in January 2013!
Komodo by Dan Houser

Thursday, October 25, 2012

FYI: GRAmel Halloween Sale

GRAmel is having a 25%-Off Halloween Sale at RPGNow on all their PDF products including their Comicworld Germany and Comicworld Ukraine nation sourcebooks for ICONS from now until Sunday November 4, 2012. If you haven't had a chance to check out these two beautifully illustrated ICONS sourcebooks, now is a great time to pick them up for $1.27 each!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

New Release: Hope Preparatory School Artists Character Pack

Melior Via released the Hope Preparatory School Artists Character Pack for ICONS earlier this week. Written by Chuck Burhanna and John Dunn with artwork by Dan Houser, this 13-page PDF contains six fully-statted members of the Artist clique for the Hope Preparatory School setting. The pack includes two Sophomores, two Juniors, and two Seniors. Printable character standees are also included for use as miniatures. Available now for just $2.99 at RPGNow and DriveThruRpg.

Melior Via is also holding a Halloween Sale on some of their Hope Prep products related to the holiday for both ICONS and Mutants and Masterminds . For more on these limited time deals, check out their blog.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Stark City Preview: Stark City Map

Mike Lafferty posted a preview this week of the map for the upcoming Stark City Campaign Setting. The map was created for us by cartographer Steff J. Worthington. Check it out!

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Round Robin: Font of Heroes

I apologize for my absence and the lack of new posts - this month has been very busy for me, and I haven't had a lot of free time to dedicate to the blog. But never fear, the Golden Age Throwbacks and much more will all be returning soon!

I did want to let everyone know about a fun ICONS activity we are doing over at the ICONS Yahoo Group List. List member John McMullen recently suggested we get the creative juices flowing in the ICONS fan community, and after kicking around a few ideas, we settled on a Round Robin that we like to call Font of Heroes.

Here's how it works:

Everyone who wants to participate will be assigned a day next week (and beyond if needed) as their slot in the Round Robin. At the start of the contest, a TrueType font will be chosen by yours truly. The first participant will have 24 hours to generate an ICONS hero (or villain) named after that font and post it online somewhere (be sure to provide a link to their character on the ICONS Yahoo Group List). The participant must at that time also choose another TrueType font for the following participant to use on the next scheduled day. This continues until we get to the end of the list (which will be me going last since I chose the first font).

Get as creative as you want. Go nuts on the background and origin story if you like. Include a character image if you feel so inclined. And by all means, use the TrueType font as your character's title header.

There is still plenty of time to sign up, so stop by the ICONS Yahoo Group List (and please join the list if you haven't already) and let us know you'd like to participate! I will be posting the final schedule, guidelines and the name of the first TrueType font this Sunday evening October 14th Eastern Time on the ICONS Yahoo Group List. I think this will be a lot of fun and a good community-building exercise. We'd love to have you join in!

Thanks for reading!

Font of Heroes Round Robin Schedule (FINAL)
1. Michael M. (Monday 10/15) - Scab!
2. Cameron Mount (Wednesday 10/17) - G.I. Incognito!
3. Chris Heard (Thursday 10/18) - Steamwreck!
4. Walt Robillard (Friday 10/19) - Bellerose!
5. Seamus (Saturday 10/20) - No Honor Roll!
6. John McMullen (Sunday 10/21) - Alpha Taurus!
7. Joe "jaerdaph" Bardales (Monday 10/22) - Ultimatum!