Gods and Icons Interview

I’m interviewed by the Iconic Podcast! In text! Great questions from the Iconicistas.

Iconic Podcast

GodsAndIcons

Greetings Long Time Iconic Fans! In case you did not know, John Marvin, of Dread Unicorn Games, has a new 13th Age Kickstarter going on called Gods and Icons. J-M loves John’s adventures for Numenera. So we came out of retirement to do a quick interview with him, to give you a bit more insight into this project (which is already funded and working on stretch goals)!

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  • John, thank you for taking time out to do this interview; we have heard that managing a Kickstarter is a full time job.

Thank you! And yes, it’s more like 2 full time jobs. I like to thank each backer, and I’m always coming up with new stretch goal and achievements graphics, talking with people, answering questions. Kind of like this interview.

  • Your previous endeavors have been for Numenera, although there were clearly some 13th Age influences. What precipitated this new product for…

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Icons Icons? Gods and Icons Art Preview

I wanted some graphical symbols to represent my icons in Gods and Icons. You could say they are icon icons, but that way lies madness. I’ll call them symbols.

Doug Scott, who worked with us on The Sun Below: City on the Edge and The Sun Below: Sleeping Lady is working on the symbols. Here’s a few examples of his work in progress:

Thrice Wise Mercurius
Thrice Wise Mercurius

Thrice Wise Mercurius is the master of arcane magic, whose symbol is a stylized armillary sphere. Thrice Wise Mercurius is constantly searching for new magic and portents. He is a master alchemist and astrologer. When he supplies magic items, they are ornate, and covered in magical sigils. When he supplies information, it often comes in the form of a divination.

“The stars predict trouble ahead. To avoid it, look for the hidden entrance behind the stone fist.”

Gods and Icons; Dread Unicorn Games; 13th Age
Hierophant Nephthys

Hierophant Nephthys (HY-ro-fant NEF-tis) presides over the church of the Bright Gods, the official pantheon of the Espairian Empire. The church is bigger than just the empire, since the gods don’t stop at the border. She oversees a vast church bureaucracy. Temples must be built and maintained. The clergy needs to be trained and focused. The people depend on their church.

Emperor Roland
Emperor Roland

Emperor Roland the Unbreakable is a hard working emperor who sits at the top of the imperial apparatus of the Espairian Empire. His honor guard flies griffons into battle. He helps stamp out hell breaches into his lands. He funds the church and promotes trade.

On the other hand, he’s not much of a free thinker, and he’s got his eye on a number of lands outside the empire. He’d rather they joined the empire peacefully, but whatever it takes.

Gods and Icons is all coming together. It’s exciting!

Gods and Icons Kickstarter: http://kck.st/1plSFLO