So, I don't like Fate.
I've already blogged about this and shan't waste time repeating the hows or whys.
That being said...
I was wandering through my Fate last night when I chanced upon "Icons: Assembled Edition" and found myself paging through it.
Despite being based on Fate, this feels like a game I could roll with. It has ability scores (using an adjective scale quite similar to Fudge, the venerable ancestor of Fate) It uses a 1d6 + whatever roll. It seems to have relatively normal/traditional mechanics for damage rather than all this stakey/consequency stuff. (Though there is some of that.)
Interestingly, it seems that the creator of Icons is the guy who created Mutants & Masterminds, which I once briefly flirted with and quickly abandoned. It seems he wanted to get away from the crunch and clunk a little bit. I'm intrigued.
Not sure if I'm $35 intrigued, but still.... intrigued nonetheless.