The day has come, the final two decks have been released for the popular living card game Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn – The Grave King and The Protector of Argaia join the ranks of the other deck archetypes. With these last two marks the end of the series as we know it, as these Phoenixborn complete the remaining combinations of dice among the six schools of magic within the game. The story has finished, the game has been rounded out, and the end of the era is here, but Plaid Hat is very proud of this long-running LCG and has a proper send-off in mind. Along with these last two decks is the announcement of a reprint of the base game and one final tournament to rule them all.
“To celebrate all that Ashes has given our studio and fans, we’ve organized to have one last no-holds-barred tournament here in Dallas, Texas. In association with Common Ground Games, we are pleased to announce that the Ashes Complete Your Collection Tournament will take place on Saturday, June 22nd from 12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. There will be participation prizes including one limited edition neoprene playmat for each participant, as well as several all-new alt-art Phoenixborn cards. The winner will receive one playmat for each of the original seven Phoenixborn as well as an Ashes poster signed by designer Isaac Vega himself.”
To participant in this tournament, there is a survey you must complete which is a fine investment for the chance to be a part of the history of this game. Collectors of this series can finally complete their collections by buying these decks right now through Plaid Hat’s website or by waiting a few days to pick them up from their favorite retailer. It may be a bittersweet end to the series for some, but it an ideal one that Plaid Hat has prepared for knowing this is the best time to do it. If you are interested in learning more, check out the release on Plaid Hat’s website for details about these new decks, the tournament, and future related announcements.
Two new Phoenixborn are being added to the War of Ashes. King of Titans adds the warrior Xander Heartsblood with his army of Shamans, Archasaurs and Shining Hydras. Drawing on the natural magic of Vallen to unleash his fury on his enemies. The Ghost Guardian brings Rimea Careworn with her mystical knowledge of the spirit realm and her ability to summon an army of Ancestral Spirits. These two expansions offer the new capability of turning your allies into dominating mounted warriors. These two new expansions will be available in October and you can learn more about them here.
While the play kit was announced and previewed in November, Plaid Hat is now talking about how fans and game stores can get the kit into their hands. Game stores can pre-order the kits so that they can offer tournaments and other organized play events in their stores. Fans are encouraged to notify their local game stores about this kit.
Even if you don’t have a game store near you, Plaid Hat is looking after you. They are currently working on making a version of the kit that will be available for individuals who wish to host an event near them. News regarding this option may be available in a month or two, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
Each kit will provide enough material to support four 8-person events.
More information about these kits will be coming in the near future, but for now you can find out what news is available here.
Plaid Hat Games has announced two new Deluxe Expansions, an organized Ashes Tournament and the next in the series of Ashes Organized Play products for the Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn.
The Law of Lions & The Song of Soaksend
The next two expansion decks for the Ashes series will be the Law of Lions and the Song of Soaksend.
The Law of Lions
She is the commander of the pride, the follower of the path, the righteous judge and the merciful servant. She emboldens the virtuous and strikes fear in the heart of the transgressor. She is Odette Diamondcrest. Her quill wrote Lordswall’s law. Her sword protected its gate. Her word sent forth its crusaders. She will see the world restored to divine order.
The Song of Soaksend
An ancient song binds its silvery strings to every living soul. Namine adds her voice to this unending melody. She plays the strings and subtly alters the song to her will. She changes the tempo from a calm wind to a crashing storm. She and the people of Soaksend know this song and live serenely within its melody. Woe unto those that cannot hear its beauty.
Both of these decks will be sold as deluxe box sets and will include 10 new dice in each box. Each box will have storage space for decks, 10 dice and game tokens.
The two Deluxe Expansions are slated for release in late spring / early summer 2017.
Organized Play Kit
To support “The Law of Lions” and “The Song of Soaksend” Plaid Hat Games has announced they will release the second Organized Play Kit at the same time as the two new factions release. The new kit will contain enough prize support and material for four tournaments of play.
The War Within Tournament
Together with parent company Asmodee, Plait Hat Games will be supporting a series of tournaments at local game stores billed as “The War Within.”
“The War Within”. Through a series of tournaments hosted by local game stores, players will have the opprotunity to determine the looks and abilities of an unnamed Phoenixborn. The “War Within” event is meant to represent her internal struggle, and how she wants to approach the war that she must soon be a part of.
The War Within Tournament will be available at participating game stores starting next month.
More Ashes Announcements Coming Soon
Plaid Hat Games has informed Ashes fans that they will be announcing additional decks in the coming weeks as well as information about a revised edition of the base game.
Two new ready-to-play Ashes decks for Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn are available for pre-order from Plaid Hat Games. Each deck is available separately and is a mono deck using a single color of dice. These decks may be mixed with the base set and previous expansions for custom deck construction. Both expansions will be available at Gen Con on a limited basis, and are expected to have their regular release soon after. If you’re planning on picking this up at Gen Con, I’d make the Plaid Hat Games booth an early stop because this could sell out very quickly.
The Roaring Rose deck, with new Pheonixborn Leo Sunshadow contains 42 cards and requires 10 Charms (pink) dice to play. Leo’s special ability allows him to summon a Glow Finch as a side action. This gives the player a huge amount of strategic options for how to use his other units. His Unique card make your opponent choose between lose of life or lose of cards in hand and dice in action pool.
1 Leo Sunshadow – Phoenixborn
1 Glow Finch – Conjuration
5 Nightshade Swallow – Conjuration
5 Orchid Dove – Conjuration
3 Anguish – Action Spell
3 Change Psyche – Action Spell
3 Dispel – Action Spell
3 Mind Probe – Action Spell
3 Beast Tamer – Ally
3 Amplify – Alteration Spell
3 Remorse – Reaction Spell
3 Memory Theft – Ready Spell
3 Summon Nightshade Swallow – Ready Spell
3 Summon Orchid Dove – Ready Spell
The Duchess of Deception deck, with new Phoenixborn Victoria Glassfire contains 38 cards and requires 10 Illusion (purple) dice to play. Victoria’s special ability and unique card allows you to refresh already used dice, and choose the side of each dice when you do. This ability gives versatility to the player and lets them keep all their options open.
1 Victoria Glassfire – Phoenixborn
3 Shadow Hound – Conjuration
4 Shadow Spirit – Conjuration
3 Illusionary Cycle – Action Spell
3 Body Inversion – Ally
3 Flash Archer – Ally
3 Figures in the Fog – Reaction Spell
3 Particle Shield – Reaction Spell
3 Vanish – Reaction Spell
3 Secret Door – Ready Spell
3 Summon Shadow Hound – Ready Spell
3 Summon Shadow Spirit – Ready Spell
3 To Shadows – Ready Spell
For more information on Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn, you can go to Plaid Hat Games site by clicking here.
To start with, in April, PHG will release two new expansions for Ashes, featuring two brand new Phoenixborn each with their own pre-made deck, much like those found in the base game. These decks will be built around one type of magic, termed “mono magic” in the article.
“The Frostdale Giants” will be a mono natural magic deck, and “The Children of Blackcloud” will be a mono ceremonial magic deck. Pre-orders will go up in early February here in the [Plaid Hat Games webstore] along with the PHG webstore exclusive Phoenixborn Lulu Firststone, who will just her own unique card rather than a full deck.”
These two new decks will be translated into French, German, Italian, and Polish with more to come. The expansion schedule will continue with two more Phoenixborn, plus decks, released at Gen Con 2016 and a new box set in November that will include four new Phoenixborn and two new types of dice.
PHG also talked about upcoming plans for Ashes Organized Play including kits with alternate art cards and playmats. These kits will be available in April, but they are quick to remind readers that they can start running Ashes tournaments at their FLGS right now to help build interest.
There’s a lot more info in this update, including an expansion launch party, partnered with Team Covenant, and community connections, so be sure to jump over to the announcement on their website for all the details we can’t fit here.
I’ll come right out and say it I am a big fan of publisher Plaid Hat Games (PHG) and am very excited about their upcoming release Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn by designer Issac Vega. The illustration by artist Fernanda Suarez is some of the best I’ve seen in the board game world, coupled with the fact that players will have dice and cards in a back and forth battle that will allow players to react to each others actions not to mention the fact that players will get to choose their starting hand! I’m not sure there is anything quite like it on the market yet.
But that brings up the question: How does it all work? We’ll we’re in luck because PHG is known for posting ‘preview articles’ on their website giving those of us anxiously awaiting their releases some insight into just what our hard earned money will be getting us. The first of their articles on Ashes is all about understanding the phases of play for this unique game. Going over the three phases of play: Prepare, Player Turns, and Recovery the article will give you the details on what happens in this quick to play game.