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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.

Ultra Pro and Stone Blade Entertainment have announced the upcoming Shards of Infinity: Relics of the Future expansion to the recently released Shards of Infinity deck-building game.

Original designers Gary Arant and Justin Gary, along with artist Aaron Nakara are returning the Shards of Infinity world and this time they brought powerful shards of the Infinity Engine with them.

When the Infinity Engine was destroyed, reality warping shards rained down from the sky, wiping out civilization and forever altering the world. From the ashes, rose the descendants of mankind. You are a leader among these peoples, a mighty warrior, forever bound to a powerful shard.

It’s time to make a choice: Is it your fate to lead your people to victory or will you become the relic of some forgotten future? Choose wisely.

Shards of Infinity: Relics of the Future is the first expansion to the 2018 deck-building game Shards of Infinity. This first expansion introduces relic cards into the game. Once a player reaches 10 Mastery points they can select one of their two relics, with the other being lost in time.

The expansion will also introduce a new set of cards that are playable by any character, but that can be matched with a particular faction leader for additional effects.

The expansion will also include rules for three new game variants.

  • In the three player game “Bloodbath,” any damage is dealt to both opponents instead of just one.
  • In 2 versus 2 Team Attack players will join forces to take on their opponents.
  • The “Nemesis” solo version of the game will pit individual players against the game.

Shards of Infinity: Relics of the Future will have 2-4 players deckbuilding for ~30 minutes.

What’s in the box:
• 128 Cards
• 4 Deluxe Character Dials
• Rulebook

Shards of Infinity

The original Shards of Infinity game was released earlier in 2018.

One-hundred years ago, The Infinity Engine was shattered and its reality-bending shards have destroyed most of the world. Now, it falls upon you to gather your forces, defeat your adversaries, and rebuild the Infinity Engine! Will you survive?

Players attempt to reduce their opponents health to zero while at the same time rebuilding the Infinity Engine.

Players start the game with fifty health and zero mastery points. Players can spend one gem each turn to gain a mastery point, which will increase the power of card abilities and eventually (with 30 mastery points) activate the Infinity Shard, which instantly defeats your opponent.

Following traditional deck-building mechanics, each player starts the game with a basic deck of cards. Players can acquire new cards from the center display of six cards, adding these new cards to their deck for future use or occasionally to their hands for immediate use.

Designed bu Gary Arant and Justin Gary, with artist Aaron Nakara  Shards of Infinity was released in April 2018 by Ultra Pro and Stone Blade Entertainment.

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.

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.

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.
 
Each card costs $0.50 with a minimum order of 10 cards. Gamers can start creating their cards today at the following URL: https://www.drivethrucards.com/builder/ascension

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)

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.

gotta-be-kitten

Essen continues to inch ever closer and the new games keep on coming, here are four games you can look for in the coming months.  First, from Stone Blade Entertainment is a quick little bluffing game filled with adorable animals called You Gotta be Kitten Me!  In the game you are essentially playing Liar’s Dice with cards where the first player makes a bid of objects or colors, and you either challenge or raise that bid.  If you challenge the previous bidder has to reveal their cards, if they were bluffing they lose a card, lose all your cards and you are out.  Look for this utterly adorable card game this month at your local retailer.

grimm-tidings

Next comes the game you will only find at your local Walgreens, and that’s Munchkin Grimm Tidings.  This new Munchkin plays off all the fairy tales that were authored by the Brothers Grimm, so expect unicorns, evil stepmothers, and wolves.  This will be a full standalone game of 114 cards with illustrations done by the talented John Kovalic, so look for it on store shelves this fall.

save-the-treasure

Last are two reprints of games for younger kids from Pegasus Spiele called Save the Treasure of the Fairy Tales and Wizardry to the power of Three.  Save the Treasure is a typical memory match game, but instead of flipping tiles, you are revealing them through a slide puzzle type mechanic.  Match two images that create a full page of the fairy tale and you get that page, try to collect them all before the King returns and finds out you lost the fairy tale pages.

wizardry

Wizardry to the power of Three is a cooperative dice game for kids where they are trying to get back to the wizard school before the principal notices.  The problem is that the way back is through a dark forest, so they have to work together to navigate the forest and get back in time.  Both of these kids games will be available come Essen, and as an added bonus, Pegasus Spiele will be donating copies of these games to local day care centers and kindergartens.

ultra stone

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.