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Monkeys Took My Jetpack #78: The Sugar Hill Invasion, Part 1

26 Nov 2018 by BlindGeek, Comments Off on Monkeys Took My Jetpack #78: The Sugar Hill Invasion, Part 1

Yes, for those in the know, it’s *that* Sugar Hill Invasion–the Improbable Tales adventure for the Icons superheroic role-playing game. But let me explain.

In This Issue:

To kick off our Monkeys Took My Jetpack Stan Lee tribute, we go back to July 21, 2014, when we took the newly-released Icons: Assembled Edition for a spin. Having just come from a one-shot where we did our best to emulate a fictional ‘80s Saturday morning cartoon, I could think of no better start to our tribute than to give you our rendering of Improbable Tales: The Sugar Hill Invasion!

The Cast:

BlindGeek: GM
Josh: Whirligig
Thunderstep: Biohazard
Trilobite: Mr. Disco

A few things to note:

First off, although the adventure was published quite some time ago, it could still be run today, so I want to remind you that this and the next issue of Monkeys Took My Jetpack contain total spoilers for the adventure. If your players listen to this podcast, they’ll know things you most definitely WILL NOT want them to if you run the adventure. Adapt, improvise, and overcome!

Second, my group did have some issues with the rules (or more accurately, the rules presentation) of Icons–at least, as we understood them. I thought about editing out the discussion, because the last thing I want to do is offend any fans (or in some cases, designers) of the games we play on this podcast. I ultimately chose to leave most of it in, because were I a game designer, I’d want to know what players of my game were thinking of my game as it unfolded at the table, or have a chance to help for future reference. Given this session is four years old, and Assembled Edition was new when this was recorded, clarifications and/or changes may have been made, but either way, these were our thoughts at the time. As you’ll hear, we still had a blast playing the game.

Thirdly, as always, we welcome your feedback. Thoughts on how rules were handled? Different experiences you’ve had with this particular Improbable Tale, or Icons in general? We’d love to hear from you. Just go to our Facebook page and leave us a comment. You’ll hear back. Promise.

Okay, True Believers, enough babbling from me! Go back to the top, click that download link, and…


And thanks a lot, Stan. Without you, even indirectly, this wouldn’t have happened.

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