Ascension is one of my favorite card games. I bring it to just about any gaming get-together I go to. Easy to teach. Fun to play. And quite a lot of sets to choose from. If you’re looking to catch up, or you’re a rabid fan who wants cool, foil-y cards, you’ll want to order the Year 4 Collector’s Set. It’s got all the sets that came out in the 4th year of the game, including promos, and a combined rulebook, plus more. Pre-orders are being taken now.
The latest set for Ascension, the fantasy deck-building game, is now available. If you weren’t able to get a copy at Gen Con (I did, hehehehe), now you can get one for yourself. This set is called Valley of the Ancients and it brings in several new abilities such as Echo and Serenity, as well as Temples, which will pass from player to player during the game.
Hey everyone. We’ve made it around to another weekend. I said I was going to probably be doing some baking. Well, I’ve got some magic cookie bars cooling right now. I love these things… probably too much… *looks at my stomach* … definitely too much.
But issues with my waistline aside, I hope you’re having a good weekend so far. I’m sure many of you are out gaming, which is awesome. But if you’re stopping by here, I know it’s because you want to check out those gaming reviews I know you all so desperately desire.
So, as I sip on a Pineapple Crush and wait for these bars to finish cooling, today we have: The Walking Dead: All Out War, Exit the Game, Legendary: X-Men Expansion, Orleans, Quantum, Race for the Galaxy App, First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet, Serengeti, Stone Age, Maze Racers, Purrrlock Holmes: Furriarty’s Trail, Memoarrr!, The Goonies Adventure Card Game, Photosynthesis, Incantris, Hafid’s Grand Bazaar, Ascension X: War of Shadows, Fate of the Elder Gods, and The Champion of the Wild.
Honestly, I didn’t have a huge “to buy” list for Gen Con. A couple miniatures from Steamforged. Some cool dice. And the newest Ascension set from Stone Blade Entertainment. I’m happy to say that I was able to get everything I wanted. But for those of you that couldn’t get to the show (or got to the Ultra-Pro booth after they sold out), you can get your Valley of the Ancients set as soon as it’s available by pre-ordering now.
Those of you long-time readers of TGN know that, along with giant robots, one of my gaming obsessions is the deck-building game, Ascension. I currently have about 95% of all the available cards for the game, only missing a couple of the promos. Well, soon I’ll have a whole new expansion to learn, as Gift of the Elements has been announced, and we get a look at some of the cards in this preview.
It would seem that the wars on New Vigil are even throwing the regular cycle of night and day out of order. A shadowy evil is looking to plunge everything into eternal darkness. Heroes from the four factions (Lifebound, Mechanica, Void, and Enlightened) are gathering together to battle against this new foe. That’s the story behind the latest Ascension expansion, War of Shadows, which is now available.
Hello, everyone. My name’s Polar Bear and I’m an Ascension junkie.
“Hi, Polar Bear.”
I have every boxed expansion that’s come out for the game as well as most of the promo cards as well. So when I saw that Stone Blade Entertainment was coming out with a new set at Origins, but I wasn’t going to be at Origins, I called up my friend who was going to be at the show and had him pick me up one.
They got back earlier this week and I got my copy. So, as it’s my thing to do, I decided to give you a review of it.
So double check whether it’s AM or PM. It’s time for another TGN Review. This time it’s Ascension: War of Shadows from Stone Blade Entertainment.
New Vigil seemed like it was going to be nice and peaceful for a bit. But such is not the case, as the creatures from the Void once more look to cause all sorts of havoc. Only the realm’s heroes will be able to turn the tide. And with new challenges comes new opportunities. Be it brightest day or darkest night… wait, wrong universe there. Anyway, Stoneblade Entertainment has started taking pre-orders for their latest Ascension set, War of Shadows.
I think it was about five years ago or so that I was first introduced to deckbuilding games. It was on the Wednesday before Gen Con. I’d met up with some friends. We went back to their hotel room and they showed me a couple them, starting with Dominion. Deckbuilding games were still rather new at the time. The one that I immediately latched onto and was Ascension by Stone Blade Entertainment (at the time called Gary Games). All this time and a whole bunch of sets later, I’m still excited about the game.
So, what keeps me coming back? Well, it’d be the new special “themes” that each set comes out with. The Dreamscape set just came out and the fellows over at Stone Blade were kind enough to send me a set to try out.
You’ll want to stay awake for this one. It’s time for another TGN Review. This time it’s the Dreamscape set for Ascension from Stone Blade Entertainment.
When games have been out for a while, sometimes it can be difficult for new players to know quite where to start. Or, long-time gamers for the system might want to get something special for the game. The fellows over at Stone Blade Entertainment have you covered. They have their Year Two Collector’s Edition of Ascension now available. Also, for those that have everything for Ascension (such as me), they have a new expansion available. This one’s called Dreamscape.
Yesterday I went over to my friend Gene’s place. I’ve known him for quite a long time. My ex and his wife used to work together. Now Gene and I are in the same D&D group. When we’re not pretending we’re dwarves or half-orcs, we also enjoy playing Ascension. And, in fact, yesterday we played many hands. Several were won/lost by only a single point. Anyway, Stone Blade Entertainment is having a sale on not just Ascension, but also their other games this weekend.
Day 1 of Gen Con has been an absolute whirlwind. It feels like 3 days have already gone by. But no, it’s just one. The show is a great time to sit down with some of the game companies in attendance and find out what they’ve been working on. One that I’ve been visiting a couple years in a row has been Justin Gary, the President of Stone Blade Entertainment (SBE). Ascension is on of my favorite games and one that I play most-often. So it’s always great to try and pry bits of information about what’s coming up for it. But it’s not just Ascension this year from Stone Blade. We’ve got Bad Beets. Not only did I get a little info about the game, I got a full demo. Check out below to see how the game plays.
Today at the GAMA Trade Show 2015 in Las Vegas, Stone Blade Entertainment announced Bad Beets, its first physical release since the successful Ascension deck-building franchise. Whereas Ascension was very much targeted toward the established gamer, Bad Beets takes the approach of being a casual, family game designed for anyone and everyone to have fun with. Gateway games seem to be a popular trend among companies as of late (for good reason), and Stone Blade seems to have recognized the benefit of having an easy to access game for anyone to try.
Stone Blade Entertainment has released their Ascension: Year One Collector’s Edition over in their webshop. The set includes all the sets and promo sets from the first year of the game’s release, all in one box. The cards also are done up in foil, which is pretty neat. Many of them also have new, alternate artwork from the original version.
There’s only a limited number of these, so if you want one, you’d better hurry.
From the website: Continue reading
Stone Blade Entertainment’s Justin Gary was kind enough to sit down with me while at GenCon 2014 and talk a bit about the latest releases for Ascension and Sol Forge, plus a bit about where they’re headed with future Ascension expansions.
We even got a sneak peek at some other fun stuff they’ve got in the works.
So grab your Militia and shuffle up your deck. It’s time for another TGN Interview.
Play Unplugged has a new MTV Viewer’s Choice Award-winning review up. This time it’s the Rat King and Rat Queen mini-expansion packs for Ascension.
From the post:
Pass the cheese and mind the traps; here comes the Rat King and Queen for the Ascension deck-building game from Stone Blade Entertainment. Can Play Unplugged’s Enrico Nardini survive the infestation?
Stone Blade Entertainment is showing off new cards for the upcoming Ascension set, Realms Unraveled.
From the post:
Cards from the new Realms Unraveled expansion. Coming to store shelves on June 18th!
Stone Blade Entertainment has announced a new expansion for Ascension.
From the announcement:
Just this week, the first boxes of Realms Unraveled finally made their way to our warehouse. We know you’ve all been waiting a long time for a new Ascension set, and believe us – so have we! We’re thrilled that we’ve finally gotten past all of the production and shipping delays that have kept Realms Unraveled out of your hands for far too long. But your wait is nearly at an end! Realms Unraveled is officially slated to release on June 18th – which means it’s time to start showing you the cards!
Realms Unraveled revolves around Adayu, the Dreamer, and his decent into madness. But I’ll let the story at the start of the rulebook speak for itself…
Stone Blade Entertainment has posted a couple more previews for upcoming cards for the Darkness Unleashed expansion for Ascension, coming soon.
Stone Blade Entertainment has a new preview up for their next Ascension expansion. They’ve also announced a new entry-level starter set for the game.
From the update:
In addition to Darkness Unleashed, we’re going to be releasing another new set this summer – the Ascension Apprentice Edition. Unlike Darkness Unleashed, though, Apprentice Edition is aimed at newer players – it’s a 110-card set built to be an introductory experience for two players. We wanted to offer a way for players to try out Ascension at a cheaper entry point than usual sets, so we’re offering the new Apprentice Edition for only $9.99.
When getting together materials for our recent review of Ascension: Rise of Vigil from the lovely folks over at Stone Blade Entertainment, it was offered to have a chat with Ascension’s creator and Stone Blade Entertainment’s founder, Justin Gary. Since, as I’d mentioned in the review, Ascension is my favorite game that exists right now, I was thrilled at the chance of talking about the game with its creator.
So here we have an interview with Justin Gary, creator of Ascension and founder of Stone Blade Entertainment.
Stone Blade Entertainment shows off the first preview card from their next Ascension deck-building game expansion, Darkness Unleashed and lets us know about Transform, a new mechanic for the game.
Note: Tomorrow we’ll have an interview posted up with Justin Gary, head of Stone Blade Entertainment and creator of Ascension.
From the preview:
Hello Ascension fans, and welcome to the first in our series of previews for the upcoming set, Darkness Unleashed. Darkness Unleashed is the expansion to Rise of Vigil and picks up where that set left off, building on the Energize mechanic and giving players all new ways to take advantage of it.
Ascension, by Stone Blade Entertainment, has been rather successful as one of the new genre of games, the Deck-Builder. Their most recent expansion, Rise of Vigil, came to me the other day (I was happy. I did a little dance). So here’s my review.
And here we go with Ascension: Rise of Vigil.
Rise of Vigil is the latest expansion for Stone Blade Entertainment’s Ascension deck-building game. The set continues the ongoing story of the world of Vigil and the struggle of good versus evil, the players picking up the mantle of heroes who must recruit others and acquire powerful constructs in order to defeat the monsters that threaten the populace.
Play Unplugged unboxed Rise of Vigil before. Now they’re giving you the full review.
And I still need to pick up that expansion…
From the review:
Deck building games continue to be massively popular among tabletop gaming enthusiasts, and one that has ascended to the top of the genre is Ascension. Designed by card game veteran Justin Gary, Ascension debuted with Chronicle of the Godslayer. Sporting easy to learn, but deeply strategic game play, along with Eric Sabee’s unique and attractive artwork, the Ascension franchise of games has continued to grow, and Rise of Vigil is the fifth game in the series.
Play Unplugged unboxes the latest expansion for the Ascension deck-building game by taking a look at Rise of Vigil.
I need to get a copy of that sometime soon.
From the article:
Those of you vigilantly following Stone Blade Entertainment know that a new expansion has been released for the popular Ascension deck-building game. Enrico unboxes Ascension: Rise of Vigil to give us a glimpse at all of that awesome Eric Sabee card art.
Stone Blade Entertainment has released their latest expansion for the Ascension deck-building game (personally, one of my top 3 favorite games right now).
From the announcement:
Stone Blade Entertainment, the gaming company behind popular board game and iOS game, Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer and upcoming Digital Collectable Game (DCG), SolForge, today announces the fifth release in the Ascension franchise, Ascension: Rise of Vigil.
Playable as a standalone one to four player game, Ascension: Rise of Vigil can also be combined with other Ascension games to explore the world of Vigil with up to six players.
“We’re thrilled to be releasing the fifth edition into the Ascension world and are very humbled about how well Ascension has been received since its launch at Gen Con in 2010,” said Stone Blade Entertainment founder and CEO, Justin Gary.
Stone Blade Entertainment’s newest expansion, Ascension: Rise of Vigil, features an entirely new resource called Energy. Unlike the other resources in Ascension, Runes and Power, Energy is not spent to acquire or defeat cards. Instead, select cards have Energize abilities that turn on when the player reaches a certain Energy threshold. In addition, Ascension: Rise of Vigil also introduces Treasure cards, which provide free bonuses to players when they acquire or defeat cards in the center row.
Gary Games will no longer be Gary Games, but will now be Stone Blade Entertainment.
Also, there’s a new Ascension mini-set available over on their website.
From the announcement (about the name change) :
Gary Games, a top industry gaming company, today unveiled the launch of its new name and brand identity, Stone Blade Entertainment. Effective today, the new name represents Gary Games’ commitment to creating and publishing quality entertainment properties for dedicated fans and newcomers alike.
“Gary Games was founded with the goal of gathering a group of inspiring people to make awesome games.” said Stone Blade Entertainment CEO and founder, Justin Gary “Changing our name to Stone Blade Entertainment aligns with this vision, because now our name will be awesome too.”
The new Stone Blade Entertainment identity recognizes the growth of the company and its commitment to providing fans with the quality entertainment products they have come to expect. The rollout of this new brand will coincide with the re-launch of company websites including the Ascension franchise and the upcoming Digital Collectable Game (DCG), SolForge.
Stone Blade Entertainment products will continue to feature high quality artwork and superior game design and development. Current tabletop and digital iOS games include Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer and its expansions, Ascension: Return of the Fallen, Ascension: Storm of Souls and Ascension: Immortal Heroes (table top).
Gary Games is taking pre-orders for their Immortal Heroes expansion to their Ascension deck-building game. The previous announcement had it listed for a Nov. 5th release. Now we get Nov. 12th.
Better late than never.
From the update:
The Ascension: Immortal Heroes release is finally upon us! On November 12th, the latest Ascension expansion will arrive in local stores and internet retailers, and everyone who’s preordered will be able to get their hands on an exclusive promo, Arha Sanctuary!
Gary Games will be coming out with their next expansion to Ascension, their deck-building game, on November 5th.
Personally, I can’t wait. I love this game.
You can read the full press-release here.
From the announcement:
Gary Games, a top industry gaming company, today announced the launch date of the newest addition to their Ascension deck-building game line, Ascension: Immortal Heroes. The latest expansion will be available on Nov. 5, 2012 through its website, Ascensiongame.com and select local retailers. The new product developed by Gary Games will retail for $29.99* and is the second set to supplement Gary Games full size expansion, Ascension: Storm of Souls, released in Jan. 2012.
Play Unplugged TV has another video interview up. This time it’s Ryan O’Connor, one of the people behind Ascension.
From the interview:
Play Unplugged‘s Origins 2012 coverage is winding down as we prepare for upcoming conventions, reviews, unboxings, and more! With two posts left to go, Play Unplugged met with Ascension (Gary Games) director of marketing Ryan O’Connor, who gave us the latest scoop on what to expect in the future for Ascension. We discuss the new expansion Immortal Heroes, the Ascension World Championships, and Ryan lets us know his favorite cards and tactics.