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Ascension Deck Building Game
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- Fast-paced deck building game
- For 2-4 players
- Plays in 30 minutes
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There are a few flaws in the game but very little of it has to do with the mechanics or play of the game. The card quality is a weird choice, they are plastic coated paper, which is a measure of quality and resilience in some way, but they could easily get sticky. This also makes the cards a little hard to shuffle. The plastic coating may protect the cards, but when damage is done to them, the cards become very clearly marked. One suggestion, is to sleeve the deck in standard magic the gathering card sleeves. Fortunately, the box seems to be designed to accommodate the game's deck in or out of sleeves easily.
Another is the board. A lot of space on the board is dedicated to the basic rules legend of the game, which is really only useful for the first 2 or 3 times playing the game. It could have been better used to put some cool artwork on, or freeing up some play space.
There is one point that is up for contention, the artwork. It is all done by a single artist, and though i think that the artwork on almost every single card is amazing, not everyone agrees with this point of view.
These are small faults to a game that I consider totally amazing. The quality, fun, and very reasonable price make it a great value.
Ascension works for 2-4 players. It has a board to organize the cards. There is a deck of characters and monsters to defeat or purchase, and some spiffy plastic crystals to track Honor (victory points). Six cards are laid out on the board, and these are either going to be characters which go in your deck (purchased with Runes), monsters to defeat using Power) or constructs, which are cards that go through your deck that you may play into your play area and they stay in effect indefinitely. Most characters will provide Power and/or Runes. Runes are the currency you use to buy cards, and Power is what you use to defeat enemies. You can buy as many characters or constructs and/or fight as many enemies as you have the Power and Runes for in your turn.
I like this game quite a bit. It is simple. Ascension is much less of an endeavor to set up than Dominion is. We own all the released sets for Dominion, and it really seems like a monumental undertaking to set up.Read more ›
Up front - I've played Dominion, Thunderstone, and Magic: The Gathering for several years prior to trying out this game, so I didn't find learning the mechanics particularly difficult. It probably took me about 10 minutes to read through the rules and start playing my first game. However, if you've never tried a deckbuilding game before, it might be a little tricky at first. On the other hand, I've taught this to 5 or 6 gaming newbies and it never took more than about 5 minutes to teach the rules and by the end of the first game they were playing just fine. The only thing they needed me for was some of the finer points in figuring out situations during gameplay.
I won't go over the rules in depth, but you basically build your deck by acquiring cards from a pool of 6 "center row" cards by either buying them (with runes), or defeating monsters (with combat power). Your runes and power come from cards you play. Cards that leave the center row are replaced by new cards from a common deck. Defeated monsters gain you honor and may grant temporary additional abilities, and acquired cards gain you honor at the end of the game and go into your personal deck during the game. These acquired cards give certain abilities each time they are played (draw more cards, get honor/runes/combat power, etc). The game ends when the pool of honor runs out, and whoever has the most honor (a combination of honor from monsters and the cards you've gotten during the game) wins.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've played dozens of games of Ascension in every combination of expansions and it's one of my favorite card games in general. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Defaultgen
This is such a fun game!! As for deck building games, this is easiest enough for most to learn and enjoy (unlike Dominion), while being complex enough for some strategy. Read morePublished 17 days ago by J. Kim
Loved it til I realized theres a phone app for this game. Still love it but now, my friends and I use our phones to play instead. Its a nice addition to our collection tho! Read morePublished 1 month ago by April Balaga
I was introduced to this game by a cousin during the holidays and must say that this is a pretty decent deck building game. Read morePublished 1 month ago by kC
My partner got the game during a recent online sale; we were both impressed with it. Quick game to understand and get started. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matthew A. Richardson
My wife and I play this game all the time. It isn't a short game, and the rules aren't the easiest to follow. But it is fun. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Reilly
This is my new favorite game. I really enjoy playing this and it's still a lot of fun even with only 2 people (my husband and I). Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The game is a fun, quick deck builder game. Package delivered on time, but some of the cards were bent.Published 4 months ago by Hanabi26