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Wargames: Supreme Commissar (ICONS)
by Christopher H. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 06/23/2012 18:27:01
Supreme Commissar is a great villain for the Wargames setting; unlike some of the other villains in the series, he’d be hard to move to a different time period without major reworking of his backstory. In addition to a long narrative about Supreme Commissar’s history and psychology, and of course his stats, this supplement also provides stats for a typical Red Directorate agent and the Red Directorate’s helicarrier, obviously inspired by S.H.I.E.L.D.’s helicarrier. It’s a good thing the Red Directorate helicarrier has a cloaking device, because it’s painted cherry red; unfortunately, the writers can’t seem to decide whether to hyphenate “heli-carrier” (pp. 9, 12) or not (p. 7). Stats are also provided for a military jet fighter and helicopter; the artwork for these two is a completely different style from the rest (either photographs or 3D rendered models). Three long and fairly detailed adventure hooks round out the product. Better attention to proofreading (to eliminate the inconsistencies, mismatched/misplaced punctuation, and other such problems) could have raised the rating by one star.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Wargames: Sovi-Ape (ICONS)
by Christopher H. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 06/23/2012 18:26:47
This villain’s origin and backstory are interesting, and author Mike Lafferty provides four fun adventure ideas using him. The writeup includes not only the simian mastermind himself, but also two types of henchmen that can serve as models for others. Sadly, this product seems not to have been proofread/copy-edited at all—or at least not successfully. The most glaring problem, standing head and shoulders above the many punctuation errors, is the product’s indecision about whether the villain’s name is spelled “Sovi-ape” (cover, pp. 2–9) or “Sovie-ape” (p. 1).

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Wargames: Majestic12 (ICONS)
by Christopher H. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 06/23/2012 18:26:35
Majestic-12 is a great twist on the “man in black.” He’s a great fit for the Wargames Cold War setting, but author Mike Lafferty also includes tips for transposing him into a more contemporary setting. As a bonus, the writeup mentions that Majestic-12 has two customary form of dress; the cover shows one, and the “character sheet” shows the other one. The product includes three fun adventure hooks that involve Majestic-12. Despite these strengths, the text needs some additional copy-editing to eliminate grammatical errors. Most importantly, somebody needs to decide whether the character’s name has a hyphen (cover, p. 1, header), a space (p. 2), or nothing (p. 3) between “Majestic” and “12.” That kind of sloppiness gives an otherwise fun product a black eye.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Wargames: Death Mask (ICONS)
by Christopher H. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 06/23/2012 18:26:19
Death Mask’s look and powers may remind you a bit of Dr. Doom, but this writeup gives him a unique flavor and motivation, both perfectly suited to the Wargames setting. The package also includes three fun adventure hooks and stats for the Red Guard “foot soldiers” in P.H.A.N.T.O.M.’s army.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Due Vigilance- The Oktobermen
by Chris P. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/28/2012 12:38:17
An average product- i did like the characters and how they interacted with each other, with one notable exception...Spring Heeled Jack himself. The artwork of the character...well he doesn't fit with the feel of the rest of the group and i would think twice before using this product. I'd recommend changing the group up a bit or using them as twisted individuals to add to other villain groups. Having said all that three of the characters presented are genuinely creepy and original.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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WatchGuard ICONS- Teen Force Five
by Chris P. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/28/2012 12:31:10
A solid product with 5 teen heroes and 5 villains to utilise. I'm starting a teen Champions campaign and needed a few ideas for fellow heroes, but suffice to say i'll be using all the characters provided. It does have a lack of background like the other reviewer said but that didn't bother me- get it for the decent artwork (Jupiter especially...) and the good characterisation.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Battlescenes: Operation Bookbinder
by William W. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 03/12/2012 10:22:31
A great battlescene in the Amazing Stories of World War II series. This one features an encounter with the giant Mega-Desumasuku and the power armored Sons of Desumasuku, both of which would make great recurring villains in a WWII-based supers RPG.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Moreau-1 Files (ICONS)
by William W. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 03/12/2012 10:13:22
Moreau is an android who is very skilled at invention and bioengineering. This supplement provides you with his stats, background, adventure hooks, and stats and info for one of his toughest minions. A great villain to drop into your ICONS game, or practically any superhero RPG. The art and layout are very good.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Due Vigilance- The Oktobermen (ICONS)
by Thomas B. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 03/07/2012 01:14:49
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: Oktobermen is "issue 1" in the Due Vigilance line, fitting in the same universe as the Smoke & Mirrors supplement I reviewed back in January. This is the ICONS version of said product, $5.99 for a 19 page PDF filled with a team of supernatural killers and assassins. Oktobermen is more than just a villain book. I mean, it IS a villain book, but it includes a relationship map for the six members of the Oktobermen, complete with a paragraph on each of the six explaining their viewpoints. The book also includes four common sets of tactics employed by the Oktobermen. The bulk of the book is taken up by the character bios and stats for the six members:

Bookbinder - An escapee from a mysterious organization called The Library, Bookbinder is the most reluctant of the Oktobermen, having joined up when Springheel Jack saved her from The Library. The can use magic in some powerful and freaky ways, like trapping people in stories or summoning literary characters to do her bidding.

The Floating Skull - He is not unlike a D&D Demilich, the floating skull of a powerful sorcerer. He can never use the same spell on a given target more than once. Luckily, he knows 666 of them.

Hexenwulf - Hexenwulf is a werewolf, but not of the common type. No, he's a werewolf of the "wearing wolf skins" type. Heavily resistant to magic, so he's usually the lead man in taking out sorcerers.

L'Enfant Terrible - The prototypical Creepy Kid, born with a soul of evil. Often used to take people by surprised...has a "bodyguard" named Mr. Bear who has a VERY disturbing secret.

Sister Sanguine - A creepy (ex)nun who answers to evil fae and gains powers from drinking blood.

Springheel Jack - A half-demon in charge of The Oktobermen, Springheel Jack is on a quest to consume take a number of souls and become a Lord of Hell. There is even a sidebar explaining how to alter his stats if he succeeds.

Also included are four plot seeds (including two related NPCs) and a set of standees fot the Oktobermen.

WHAT WORKS: Some GREAT character concepts here, as well as some nice tidbits hinting at the larger world (like The Library). I also love the amount of detail as to how the villains operate and treat each other, making this more than just a set of stats.

WHAT DOESN'T WORK: My only real complaint is the dramatic art shift from the cover to the interior. I don't think either one is inherently better than the other, though the cover seems to fit the source material better, while the latter fits the ICONS feel better.

CONCLUSION: Another fantastic product by Vigilance Press, providing a slew of baddies that are just downright frightening (in power level as well as concept). At one point, this product wasn't going to be released for ICONS, but I'm glad it ultimately was.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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People's Revolution: Villains of WWII (ICONS)
by William W. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 03/03/2012 07:30:16
Another collection of WWII-era superhero source material from Vigilance Press. This time it's a collection of Soviet Supers - Red Hammer, Night Witch, Ice Fang, Trans-Siberian Express, Red Legionnaire, Battle Czar, Sovi-Ape, Revolutionary Fire, and Kastaka (Killer Whale). Each has a great illustration, and full backstory. Great for use with ICONS or any WWII era four-color superhero RPG (after a bit of conversion, of course).

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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People's Revolution: Villains of WWII (M&M3e)
by Sean H. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 02/24/2012 19:56:00
People’s Revolution is a resource for Golden Age / World War II superheroic roleplaying giving the GM access to the Soviet Superteam for use as troublesome allies during WW2 or as rivals and enemies for Silver Age games. It is a solid resource for two eras (or more) of superheroic campaigns.

Amazing Stories of World War II: People’s Revolution is a 18-page PDF (15-pages after you remove the cover and OGL pages) for the Mutants & Masterminds (3rd Edition) RPG written by Mike Lafferty and Leon Chang and published by RPGObjects. This is issue 5 of RPGObjects’ Amazing Stories of World War II line.

People’s Revolution has mostly a traditional two columns layout and is fairly easily readable. The art is full color cover and all of the character get their own illustration (Red Hammer, the team leader, gets two) but only the cover is exceptional.

People’s Revolution is Soviet Russia’s Superteam that operated during the Second World War (in an alternate Amazing Stories universe) but many would be suitable for games set during the Cold War. It is given a brief introduction and then moves onto the nine members of the group who range from PL 10 to 12 (though their PLs are not noted and are inferred).

The characters are an interesting mix, a few mutants, a werewolf, an alien, an ape-human hybrid and others. They are all given solid backgrounds and personalities, though there are a few typos in the character write up, which could be a little better organized for readability. What happened to most of them after the war is noted in their description which is useful for silver age (or later) campaigns.

Disclosure: As a featured reviewer for RPGNow/DriveThroughRPG, I received my copy of this product for free from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Stormtroopers of the Deep (ICONS)
by William W. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 02/24/2012 11:12:38
Another great Amazing Stories of WWII product from Vigilance! This time, the PCs must defend cargo from an onslaught of aquatic Nazi threats. Includes tips on keeping the scenario challenging if the players seem to be having an easy time of it. The antagonists here would make great recurring threats for any Amazing Stories adventure outside of this one. As with the other offerings in this series, the art is great, and the text clear and easy to read.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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The Ice Palace (ICONS)
by William W. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 02/24/2012 11:04:34
Another great Amazing Stories of WWII product from Vigilance, this time a non-linear Nazi-bashing ICONS adventure. The PCs must infiltrate a hidden Nazi base and neutralize the threat within. Includes stats for several Nazi vehicles and NPC baddies that would make great recurring villains. GMs will also find a story option to add a bit of against-the-clock tension to the scenario, if desired. The maps and illustrations are excellent, and there are a few stock photos of war vehicles as well.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Battlescenes: Werewolves of the Gestapo (ICONS)
by William W. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 02/21/2012 10:45:26
An action-packed battle scene (single combat scenario) for ICONS/Vigilance Force that pits the heroes against a nasty pack of Nazi werewolves. Includes stats for a standard werewolf trooper, silver warwolf, and a Nazi psychic agent that can be run as is, dropped into any other adventure, or act as recurring villains in your campaign. Whichever choice you make, this supplement is well worth the admission price.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Vigilance Force: Heroes of WWII (M&M3e)
by Sean H. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 02/13/2012 21:49:50
Vigilance Force is a resource for Golden Age / World War II superheroic roleplaying providing groundwork for, and the core of, the US superteam. It is a great resource for a WW2 campaign or to flesh out the background of a modern superheroic game.

Amazing Stories of World War II: Vigilance Force is a 19-page PDF (16-pages after you remove the cover and OGL pages) for the Mutants & Masterminds (3rd Edition) RPG written by Charles Rice, Mike Lafferty and Leon Chang and published by RPGObjects. This is part of RPGObjects’ Amazing Stories of World War II line.

Vigilance Force has mostly a traditional two columns layout and is fairly easily readable. The art consist of a beautiful full color cover with color interior pieces illustrating five of the characters and a marvelous full page piece showing all of the Vigilance Force.

Vigilance Force is the American Superteam that operated during the Second World War (in the Amazing Stories universe). It starts with an introduction, which details the formation of the Vigilance Force as well as giving some light world background, and then moves onto the eight members of the team who range from PL 10 to 12, making most of them suitable for use as starting characters.

The characters are an interesting mix, some super-science characters, some mutants, a pulp crime fighter. All are interesting characters but the background information provided on each is highly variable with the exception of poor Captain Miracle, the team’s gadgeteer, who is lacking any information beyond his statblock.

An adventure seed, “the atrocity incident,” which was also the trigger event which created two of the heroes (Hornet and Marauder) and a group of monsters, stats for which are provided.

Disclosure: As a featured reviewer for RPGNow/DriveThroughRPG, I received my copy of this product for free from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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