Stone Blade Entertainment has announced that they will be releasing a digital version of their hit deck building game Shards of Infinity in collaboration with Temple Gates Games, makers of the digital versions of Race for the Galaxy Shards of Infinity designed by Gary Arant and Justin Gary was Stone Blade’s followup to their immensely popular card game Ascension (2010), and hit the blooming deck-building market by storm. Shards has been positively regarded as an improvement on the standard head to head deck building game. In Shards, players fight head to head, trying to deplete their opponents health while improving their own Mastery. Mastery makes a players’ cards more powerful, and at 30 Mastery a player can employ their Infinity Shard, immediately defeating their opponent. The digital adaptation is expected in Spring 2019, on Android, iOS and Steam. For more details, you can read the press release from Stone Blade Entertainment here.
Ascension is a deck-building game designed by Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour champions Justin Gary, Rob Dougherty, and Brian Kibler, with artwork by Eric Sabee. Players spend Runes to acquire more powerful cards for their deck, then buy powerful upgrades or defeat monsters for victory points. The upcoming expansion, Ascension: Deliverance, is designed by Gary Arant and Justin Gary and features art by Rod Mendez, Aaron Nakahara, and Eric Sabee. It plays 1-4 players, aged 13+, and plays in roughly 30 mins.
“In Ascension: Deliverance, the world of dreams has become a living nightmare. With the portal between dreams and reality opened, the world has descended into madness. Only you can harness the power needed to close the portal to the Dreamscape and restore the world to order.” [source]
Players start the game with an additional card, the Dreamseeker, which grants them additional Insight over the course of the game. There are also Phantasm cards, new to Ascension, which allows players to gain their effects while they’re in the center row. Dreambind Monsters can also be acquired, once they’re defeated, by paying their Insight cost. Transform cards also make a return in this set where paying the Transform cost makes the card an even more powerful version of itself.
Ascension: Deliverance will be released November 15th, 2018.
Gamewright are at the New York Toy Fair and have revealed Forbidden Sky: Height of Danger by Matt Leacock. The reveal was done on their Facebook and Instagram accounts as well. Unfortunately, the game’s box cover is all that’s been revealed but we do at least know the game will be for 2-5 players, aged 10+.
Steve Jackson Games have taken mosquito DNA from amber and fused it with Munchkin to create their next expansion. Munchkin 9: Jurassic Snark will include dinosaur steeds, carnivorous baddies behind those doors, and some primevil loot to get you to level 10 for the win. You can mix this set with any base version of Munchkin. The new expansion features 112 cards drawn by John Kovalic and will be released in October 2018. More information can be found on the Steve Jackson Games website.
Ascension: Delirium will be the latest expansion for Stone Blade Entertainment‘s popular deck-building game, Ascension. Ascension is a fast-paced game designed by Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour champions with artwork by Eric Sabee.
“A new portal into the Dreamscape has been opened! The world of Vigil is warped by dreams and nightmares come to life. You must wield the power of the Dreamborn to battle the forces of Delirium to save the realm.” [source]
A Delirium die has been added which appears to affect the heroes’ sanity as they’re warped by it into new forms. Players can also use Insight to access powerful new hero abilities. This expansion is playable as a stand-alone game for 1-4 players, or can be combined with other Ascension games to play with up to 6 players.
Asmodee Digital continues to up it’s game by entering into a partnership with Playdeck. Four games that will immediately be transformed under the new brand are Ascension, Twilight Struggle, Summoner Wars, and Agricola. Notice that these games aren’t new to the app space as they have been previously under Playdeck, but now they are under Asmodee Digital’s control. Will we see new updates or additional versions of the games in the future? Well we won’t know until Asmodee tells us about it. You can download the games from your respective app stores, and check out each of the links above for more information on the individual game apps.
Stone Blade Entertainment, under UltraPro Entertainment, has announced a new game from Ascension designers Justin Gary and Gary Arant. Shards of Infinity is a deck building game for 2-4 players, taking place in the far future, when the Infinity Engine has been shattered, and its reality bending shards are wreaking havoc with the world. Players win by either mastering the power of the Infinity Shard, or by destroying all of their opponents. Shards of Infinity comes with 128 cards, 4 player dials and promises quick 30 minute gameplay. Look for Shards of Infinity on shelves in March 2018.
Gen Con has often been a cannot-miss event for Stone Blade Entertainment and their fans, and 2017 is no different. Their popular deck-building series, Ascension, is not running out of steam anytime soon and is poised to receive it’s eleventh expansion this year, Valley of the Ancients. Featuring a bevy of new cards, this newest addition adds Temples which are powerful cards which can be both earned and stolen, as well as new card mechanics that use your discard pile. However, in addition to this new expansion there will also be a World Championship tournament, as said in the press release:
“Do you think you have what it takes to be the best Ascension player in the world and take home $2,500? If you’re attending Gen Con 2017, you can test your mettle against a sea of excited Ascension fans in our annual Ascension World Championship. Ultra PRO and Stone Blade Entertainment will host this Swiss tournament event on August 19 at 10 AM.”
To make sure all competitor’s have an even playing field, the tournament will be played using the newest expansion. There really is no better way to debut a new set to a competitive card game than with a tournament, and with the mechanics of the new set focusing on careful use of acquired and spent cards this year’s should be memorable. If you’re interested in the World Championship, you can find out more and sign up at this link. If you’re interested in learning more about Valley of the Ancients in particular, check out the official Ascension website where they will soon post more about it.
Breaking Games has a pair of games coming out next month with one being a Kickstarter game and the other being an abstract strategy game. Lets looks first at the abstract game called Aura. The game plays up to four people and revolves around playing down cards to eliminate cards from your opponent’s deck. The cards themselves have both a color, and a value or special ability. Play is simple with a play/draw type turn structure and you are aiming to protect yourself and attack your opponent. The colors have a rock/paper/scissor type strength and weakness chart so value is not the only determiner when things get revealed. Be the last one with cards left in the game to be crowned the winner.
Next is a Kickstarter game that is being brought to retail, and that is The King’s Abbey. The King’s Abbey is a dice worker placement game where you are trying to build the best abbey to help bring your kingdom out of the dark ages. Each round has you rolling dice and using those dice to acquire resources similar to how you get resources in Stone Age, and then you use those resources to perform actions and build your abbey. You will also be going on crisades and defending your abbey from attacks to keep it from being torn down. Completed crusades and buildings will earn you points, and the most point at the end is the winner. Look for this game and Aura to be on store shelves in June.
Last is the announcement of the latest expansion to the Ascension deck building game, and that is Ascension: Alliances. This is an expansion only set and mainly changes the way that you can play four player games. With this set you can convert any Ascension set into a team versus team game with two players on each side. The new rules change how the unite keyword works, and includes a bunch of cards that play into the new team game play mode. Plus as kind of a bonus, this new set comes in an Ascension themed deck box that can hold 100+ cards and has a divider. Needless to say if you are a fan of the game and are looking for a new way to play with four, look for this set on store shelves in July.
DriveThruCards has been offering print-on-demand services for small cards games for many years now, allowing gamers and designers to create and sell their creations. They have negotiated partnerships with several game companies to allow for custom cards to be created for games like Pathfinder ACG, Boss Monster, and Phase. Now, through a partnership with Stone Blade Entertainment and Ultra Pro, Ascension is being added to that list. So you are able to go to DriveThruCards’ site and browse cards created by others, and even create your own with their online tool, and get them all printed. You can find out more in the full press release below, then head on over to DriveThruCards.com.
Stone Blade Entertainment and Ultra PRO are proud to announce that fans of “Ascension: A Deckbuilding Game” are now able to create their own personalized cards! Through a partnership with DriveThruCards, gamers can create Hero, Construct, and Monster cards and include effects that generate Runes, Power, Honor, Energy, and Insight!
If you’d like to surprise your friends on your next game night, sneak in one of your personalized cards and wait for everyone’s reaction. If you want to create a card that only you can acquire, go for it! The possibilities are truly endless.
The latest expansion to the Ascension universe by Ultra Pro and Stone Blade Entertainment was announced here. Below is a recent press release that provides more details on the upcoming release:
Ultra Pro and Stone Blade Entertainment are proud to announce their upcoming expansion to the Ascension universe, Gift of the Elements!
Gift of the Elements is our eleventh Ascension set and we’re excited to bring back two popular game mechanics: Events and Transform. Much like in our previous releases, Storm of Souls and Immortal Heroes, Events enter the game via the center deck and create an immediate impact for all players. However, unlike previous sets, Events can now be acquired and transformed into powerful Hero cards.
In addition to these fan favorites, we’re also introducing two new mechanics to Ascension: Infest and Empower.
For the first time in a full Ascension release, you can “infest” your opponent’s’ deck, forcing them to draw useless cards. This gameplay feature can slow down a player that jumps out early and introduces a strategic element not seen in previous sets.
But fear not! We’ve given players tools to deal with these cards in the form of Empower cards. When the player acquires an Empower card, he may banish a card played that turn. In other words, you can gain the effect of a card and then banish it. This added flexibility creates a lasting impact in each game and we’re excited for everyone to experience it.
Gift of the Elements will be released on Monday, March 20, 2017. And, if you preorder on AscensionGame.com, you’ll receive an exclusive preorder promo!
Ascension VR is also available now with the War of Shadows expansion (coming soon to iOS and Android)
UltraPro Entertainment has announced the formation of the Pro Store OP Program to form communities and help retail stores. By signing up with a GTS representative, stores can more easily get demo copies of UltraPro games, organized play support and promotional materials. The new OP program launches with an Ascension Chronicle of the Godslayer event at GAMA 2017.
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