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Stark City is a setting for the ICONS RPG. ICONS creator Steve Kenson is writing a city building toolkit to accompany Stark City
Stark City is a setting for the ICONS RPG. ICONS creator Steve Kenson is writing a city building toolkit to accompany Stark City
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Here's the Skinny

Stark City will be a setting for the ICONS Superpowered Roleplaying Game that puts the PCs in the center of the action and evokes the fun, free-wheeling spirit of the ICONS system.

As a very special bonus: Steve Kenson, ICONS creator, is writing an accompanying city/setting building toolkit for ICONS -called ICONIC Cities. Partly inspired by the city building rules in the Dresden Files RPG, the ICONIC Cities rules will tie setting creation into character generation and will help the players devise aspects that are tightly incorporated into their setting.

What is Stark City?

The big concept behind Stark City is a Supers RPG setting where the PCs are center stage.

Inspired by sources as diverse as Busiek’s Astro City, Bruce Timm and Paul Dini’s vision of the animated DC Universe, the more recent Batman: The Brave and the Bold, the Top Cow series Common Ground, Brubaker’s Incognito and the Giffen and DeMatteis run on Justice League, Stark City pays homage to its Neo-Silver Age influences and provides recognizable touchstones for the audience, but is careful to prioritize enabling fun around the game table ahead of meta-plot building.

To this end, Stark City will be modular in design. GMs will be able to pick and choose the supplements that suit their campaign without being obligated to an over-arching continuity. The initial supplement, Welcome to Stark City, will serve to set the tone, establish the city’s back-story and outline the major locations, NPCs and factions.

What Exactly Will the Supplements Look Like?

The first supplement Welcome to Stark City will be approximately 30 pages in length. It will contain Kenson's ICONIC Cities rules, the history of Stark City and a brief guide to the city's neighborhoods and residents. The art will be by Dan Houser (ICONS Line Artist) and Adrian Smith of Mesozoic Press.

After the initial supplement is released, there will be biweekly releases highlighting different neighborhoods in the city and providing more background and adventure hooks. Each neighborhood supplement will be approximately 15 to 20 pages in length. They will also contain art by Houser and Smith.

Backers can elect to receive a POD compilation of all of the Stark City neighborhood supplements upon the project's completion.

There will also be a soundtrack available to backers above a certain level. The soundtrack has been composed by David Woodrum of Fishwife Games. You can hear a sample track playing in the promo video above

Who is Involved?

The Stark City project is being created by a talented slate of writers and artists:

Steve Kenson (M&M, ICONS, etc) is writing the ICONIC Cities rules and providing oversight and consultation to the project. Steve Perrin (of Runequest fame) is writing the city backstory. Also involved are the following authors who will other supplements detailing specific neighborhoods: Troy Hickman (writer of the Eisner-nominated Common Grounds), John Post (author of No Laughing Matter and Whiteout!), Jason Tondro (author of the Field Guide to Superheros series), Walt Robillard (head of Hazard Studio), Joe Bardales (author of the Golden Age Thrilling Action series) and Mike Lafferty (author of Improbable Tales and Wargames).

Art is being provided by ICONS Line artist Dan Houser and Adrian Smith.Artist Don Griggs will be providing images of the buildings of Stark City.

When Does it Come Out?

We are targeting January 2013 as the release date for the first supplement, Welcome to Stark City.

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    FOR BACKERS OF IMPROBABLE TALES ONLY. You can receive the Stark City pdf at a discount. Add $5 if you'd also like the soundtrack and $20 if you'd like the POD compilation as well

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    Get a pre-release copy of the Stark City PDFs along with our thanks. You'll also receive credit for your contribution in the book.

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    At this level, along with the pre-release copy of the Stark City PDFs you also receive the Stark City soundtrack by Fishwife Games. This soundtrack consists of several ambient music tracks designed to be played in the background during adventure sessions and evoke the feel of Stark City. You'll also receive credit for your contribution in the book

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    Get the pre-release PDF, soundtrack, credit, and a full-color softcover edition of the book sent to you before it is available to the public. Shipping is included, although we ask that non-US backers contribute an additional $10 ($35 total).

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    Get your character into the books! We will take a visual description of your supers character (hero of villain) and work them into an image in a Stark City release. You will also receive the a digital copy of the image, the pdf, your name in the credits and the soundtrack. Add $20 if you'd like the POD compilation as well.

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    ICONS line artist Dan Houser will draw your character for inclusion in a pdf called Sentinels of Stark City. You will receive a digital copy of the image and the write-up you supply for your character will be the basis for his/her write-up in the pdf. You will also receive the pdf comnpilation, credit and the soundtrack

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    at this level, Stark City contributor John Post will run you and your friends through a playtest session of a Stark City adventure over Skype.
    You will also receive the pre-release PDF, soundtrack and credit.

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    Be one of the first to adventure in Stark City, from the comfort of your living room! At this level, ICONS Line Artist Dan Houser will invite you to join a Stark City playtest session he will run over Skype. With your permission, the session may be recorded and broadcast later on our podcast - the BAMFcast! (http://mikelaff.podbean.com/)
    You also receive the a digital copy of the image, the pdf, your name in the credits and the soundtrack. Add $20 if you'd like the POD compilation as well.

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    Make your character a sample PC in Stark City! A write-up of the character of your choice (along with a character image) will be presented as an example PC in a Stark City supplement. You will also receive the a digital copy of the image, the pdf, your name in the credits and the soundtrack. Add $20 if you'd like the POD compilation as well.
    Note: The author of the setting retains the right to edit, re-write, or change the character's background to fit him in the setting, but villains stay villains and heroes stay heroes.

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    At this level, you get the pre-release PDF, soundtrack, credit, and a full-color softcover edition of the POD book sent to you before it is available to the public SIGNED by Dan Houser.

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    Make your character a citizen of Stark City! We will work with you to integrate a character of your choice as a minor NPC in the Stark City setting You will also receive the a digital copy of the image, the pdf, your name in the credits and the soundtrack. Add $20 if you'd like the POD compilation as well.

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    At this level, Stark City contributing writer John Post will run a private game of ICONS for you and your friends at any San rancisco Bay Area convention (e.g., PacifiCon, Big Bad Con, DundraCon, or KublaCon) or for a private game within 50 miles of San Francisco. (No more than 2 games per con.) You will also receive the pre-release PDF, soundtrack, credit, and a full-color POD softcover edition of the book

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    At this level, ICONS Line Artist Dan Houser will run a private game of ICONS for you and your friends at GeekKon in Madison WI, or during Anime Weekend in Atlanta or at RockCon. You will also receive the pre-release PDF, soundtrack, credit, and a full-color POD softcover edition of the book

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    Make your character a major citizen of Stark City! We will work with you to integrate a character of your choice as a MAJOR NPC in the Stark City setting You will also receive the a digital copy of the image, the pdf, your name in the credits and the soundtrack. Add $20 if you'd like the POD compilation as well.

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    At this level, you get the pre-release PDF, sountrack, credit, and a full-color POD softcover edition of the book sent to you before it is available to the public, you will be listed as a City Council-member (or Mob Enforcer) in the credits AND you'll get to provide direction for one half page image in a Stark City release.

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    At this level, you get the pre-release PDF, soundtrack, credit, and a full-color POD softcover edition of the book sent to you before it is available to the public, you will be listed as a City Founder (or Mob Capo) in the credits AND you'll get to provide direction for one full page image in a Stark City release.

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    At this level, you get the pre-release PDF, the soundtrack, credit, and a full-color POD softcover edition of the book sent to you before it is available to the public, you will be listed as a Deputy Mayor (or Kingpin) in the credits AND you'll get to provide direction for two full page images in a Stark City release.

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    RPG Legend Steve Perrin will come to your home town and run a private ICONS game for your and your gaming buddies You will also receive the pre-release PDF, soundtrack, credit, and a full-color softcover POD edition of the book

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