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Ascension: Deckbuilding Game
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- The hit deckbuilding game with over 50,000 copies sold worldwide
- Designed by Magic: the GatheringTM Pro Tour Champions Justin Gary, Brian Kibler and Rob Dougherty
- Combines with any other Ascension sets for unlimited replayability and support for up to 6 players
- 1-4 players out of the box
- 30-45 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
This was my first deckbuilding game, after doing tons of research on the best ones for me and my husband to play. Dominion was the starting game in this genre. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Morrison
Got this to play with my brothers on a trip. Easy to learn and a lot of fun.Published 2 months ago by ChrisVA
I read go reviews on this game while go ogling 'two player deck building games'. My roommate and I play board games several times a week (Dominion, Betrayal House on the Hill,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Will
This is a great game for those who are new to deckbuilders as well as old hands at it. It is a fun, fast-paced game that is a great addition to your game cupboard.Published 3 months ago by K. Overby
Absolutely love the original Ascension! For the longest time we only played with the Dark Souls expansion pack, but having the original is so much fun. Doubled our play! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer