A new year, and a new chance to prove that you (yes you) are the best of the best.

Starting in April, the Unrivaled tournament gives everyone a chance to show their board gaming prowess in the Largest Tabletop Tournament of the year.

Fighting your way through the Satellite competitions in local stores (over 240 nationwide), then the Regionals (staring in July), leading to the Finals in Las Vegas in October, the winners will be crowned National Grand Champion and will pick up a very tasty $10,000.

So if you have the taste for adventure and daring-do, then sign yourself up for one of these games

  • Munchkin
  • Ascension
  • Epic Spell Wars II: Rumble at Castle Tentakill
  • Nevermore
  • Villagers & Villains

Oh, and for those of us not lucky enough to compete (or make it through the feeder rounds), the final will be broadcast live on Oomba TV

Ultra PRO has announced the upcoming release of Stone Blade Entertainment’s popular card game Ascension, entitled Ascension: Gift of Elements.  The following is a quote from their Facebook Page:

We have great news for you, at the show we will have an advanced copy of Ascension: Gift of Elements slated to be released early next year. Come check out the future set of Ascension before it’s released and as ask the games designer, Justin Gary, questions about how he came up with the ideas for the newest addition to the Ascension family.

More information can be found on the game’s BGG page.

Stone Blade Entertainment, and now Ultra Pro, continues the Ascension Collector’s Edition line with the Year 3 box.  This set contains all the expansions and promos released for the game in it’s third year including Ascension: Rise of Vigil and Ascension: Darkness Unleashed.  Everything you need to play the game with up to 6 players is in the box, plus it all has a nice foil sheen to it, including the board.  So if you are looking to expand your collection or just want everything nice and shiny, look for it on your local game store’s shelves in the coming weeks.

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Ultra PRO, widely known for its collectible and tabletop accessories manufacturing, has entered into an agreement to publish, market and promote Stone Blade Entertainment’s roster of games. This partnership allows Stone Blade to utilize Ultra PRO’s market presence to reach a wider audience, while freeing up resources to focus on the design of new games.

Stone Blade Entertainment is most well-known for the Ascension: Deckbuilding Game series, which, along with other games such as Bad Beets, will be bolstered by Ultra PRO’s distribution channels and marketing efforts. Ultra PRO’s new Entertainment Division is excited to have access to this growing index of games.

The first Stone Blade game to have the Ultra Pro treatment will be released in Sept 2016. You Gotta Be Kitten Me! Is a Liars-Dice style bluffing game featuring cards with cats, dogs, and the adorable accessories they wear.

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On June 29, Stone Blade Entertainment announced a new deck-building game in their Ascension line of games, Ascension X: War of Shadows, is available for pre-order.  If you pre-order now, you’d receive a free promo card, Chaos Rider.

Ascension X: War of Shadows is the 10th installment in the award-winning franchise, designed by Gary Arant & Justin Gary.  As a standalone game, it can play from 1 to 4 players, or it can be used in combination with other Ascension releases to play up to 6 players.

The War of Shadows continues the struggle for control of New Vigil.  To battle against the coming darkness, new Heroes and Constructs of increased power and dual-cost to bolster the forces of Dark and Light.  Mirroring the difference between the Dark and Light forces, cards will now also have differing powers depending on whether it’s daytime or nighttime.

If you’d like to learn more or place a pre-order for the game, click <here>.

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Ascension X: War of Shadows is a new standalone expansion to the beloved deck building series. Coming this July and available for order on May 27th, this newest entry to the Ascension series follows the trend of it’s predecessors of adding in a new twist to the otherwise time-hardened mechanics of the long running series. As described via press release:

New dual-cost Heroes and Constructs require players to use both resources to acquire them and receive incredible power! As the balance between Light and Dark shifts, cards gain additional powers depending on whether it is Night or Day.

Containing 177 new cards, more honor tokens, and a new board, Ascension X is ready for both new and loyal fans. Dual-cost mechanics are a welcome addition to the characteristically rich environment of Ascension, and I imagine the new cards will have power worth their investment. As a fan of the original game, it’s always a pleasure to see the series grow and evolve. One can tell the pride that Stoneblade has in their product and it’s lineage – look at that cover art! It’s gorgeous! Stoneblade is really putting something special in this box, and eager fans can get their hands on it soon!


Stone Blade Entertainment is welcoming another game to the fold in the form of Ascension: Dreamscape, the ninth iteration of the deckbuilder.  Dreamscape returns to the classic Ascension style of deckbuilding from a center row, but adds the brand new dream cards and another resource: insight.  From Justin Gary, CEO of Stone Blade:

As the hallmark of Stone Blade Entertainment, we are excited to continue adding exciting new mechanics to the Ascension Deckbuilding Game.  With Ascension: Dreamscape, we’re introducing the all new Dream deck, which allows players access to unique cards available only to them throughout the game.

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Players will begin the game with a personal set of dream cards they can purchase with insight, gained through other gameplay mechanics, that feature additional heroes, constructs, and the mighty Vision cards.  Releasing alongside Dreamscape is the Year Two Collector’s Edition, complete with Ascension: Storm of Souls and Ascension: Immortal Heroes, and all of the year two promos.  Much like the Year One Collector’s Edition, this features foil printed cards, a foil printed board, portable storage box, dividers and a bag for storing honor tokens.  Gather your runes and head to your friendly local game store to pick up either of these new titles.

Stone Blade Entertainment’s deck building game Ascension will receive a new expansion on December 18, 2015 entitled Ascension: Dreamscape.

This new expansion will feature:

  • New Insight Resource allowing players to acquire exclusive Dream Cards, only available in Ascension: Dreamscape
  • Players can use the Dreamscape to access powerful new Vision Cards, Heroes and Constructs
  • Brand-new art
  • Playable as a stand-alone, 1-4 player games or combine with other Ascension games to play with up to 6 players

Fans can preorder the new expansion on the Ascension website and receive a free promo, Nova, Born of Chaos.  For more information, visit the Ascension website here.


Stoneblade Entertainment have just announced that Ascension: Year Two Collector’s edition will be shipping in mid November.

Following up on the overwhelming success of the Year One Collector’s Edition, Year Two takes Ascension: Storm of Souls and Ascension: Immortal Heroes and gives them an all foil treatment! Also included is an Honor Token bag, portable storage box and full foil game board.

The set includes Ascension: Storm of Souls, Ascension: Immortal Heroes and the entire second year of promo cards and is playable as a stand-alone 2-6 player game and 100% compatible with other expansions.

This week at the GAMA Trade Show:


Cool Mini Or Not came to show off the prototype for their succesful kickstarter game Blood Rage. Designed by Eric Lang,  this is a game of vikings where 2-4 players compete for the favor of the gods and march to meet the other clans in glorious battle.

Find more information about this game on Boardgamegeek here.

Rather Dashing Games was on hand to promote their new release: Pirates, Ninjas, Robots & Zombies. This is a family friendly tactical tile laying game for 2-4 players in which players attempt to create the most valuable section of connected tiles.

Find out more at Boardgamegeek here.  Or check out the publisher’s website here.

Dapper, purveyor of accessories for the well dressed game, gave us a first look at the custom box for the upcoming 50th Anniversary edition of Nuclear War. In this classic satirical card game, first published in 1965, 2-6 players attempt to achieve world domination through the strategic use of propaganda and nuclear weapons. The Anniversary edition will be realized in the form of a Kickstarter project – the game’s publisher, Flying Buffalo, Inc., is expected to release more detail in the near future.

Check out this game at Boardgamegeek here.


Stoneblade Entertainment revealed the newest set for their highly popular deck-building game Ascension. Called ‘Dawn of Champions’, this set will allow players to take on the role of a faction leader, building up their reputation in order to unlock powerful cards and effects. Ascension: Dawn of Champions can be played as a stand alone game or in combination with other Ascension games.

Find more information at Boardgamegeek here.


Stoneblade also brought a copy of their newest card game, Bad Beets. Expected to be released this summer, Bad Beets is a family friendly bluffing game for 2-5 players about picky eaters.

You can read more about the game here.


Eagle Gryphon Games brought out their upcoming release Clockwork Wars. A game of conquest, discovery and espionage for 2-4 players, Clockwork Wars is set in a world of magic and steam era technology where the human ‘Purebreeds’ and the three hybrid races, ‘Troglodytes, Rhinochs and Mongrels’ are locked in a war for survival and control.

Find more information about this game at Boardgamegeek here.  Or at the publisher’s own website here.


And finally, Eagle Gryphon also brought along ‘Cheesonomics’, a family card game for 2-5 players about manipulating the supply and demand of various types of cheese. This game is based on set collection, memory and hand management mechanics and can be played at three different skill levels to allow players to adjust the game to their own taste.

Check out Boardgamegeek here.