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Arena Review: Ascension Rise of Vigil

 

Since it debuted, Ascension has quickly become one of my favorite games. It perfectly hits the balance of a card game and Magic, with just enough resource management to make me constantly want more. So when Ascension Online was announced, I backed it without a second thought – especially since it included a physical copy of the newest expansion: Rise of Vigil.

Suggested Ages: 13+
Suggested Players: 2 to 4 players (5-6 players when combined with any other Ascension)
Playing time: 30 minutes
Contents: 259 cards, 50 honor tokens, gameboard, full-color rulebook, storage tray
Retail price: $39.99 available at Amazon.com

Between the two core sets and two expansions, Stone Blade Entertainment has really begun experimenting with the core of Ascension. The same basic game principles are there: using runes and power, you fight monsters and acquire new heroes. But there is a twist: there is a new resource, called Treasure.

Want to win a copy of Rise of Vigil? Well, we’re giving two sets away along with some other great prizes!

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[CLOSED]Ascension & SolForge Giveaway from Stone Blade Entertainment!

You can win all of this!

It’s been a while since we last had a contest here at Castles and Cooks, but we’ve got a big one this week thanks to Stone Blade Entertainment. With the release of Ascension: Rise of Vigil happening last week and the release of the SolForge Beta on Steam, Stone Blade has been very busy.

So here’s what you can win from us here at Castles and Cooks – we’ve got five prize packs to giveaway!

The Grand Prize: Ascension: Rise of Vigil, Ascension: Immortal Heroes, 5 Ascension Promo cards (Lotus Siren, Ender of Days, Deep Drone, Kythis, the Gatekeeper, and Cobra, the Sordid and a SolForge Uterra deck code!

Second Prize: Ascension: Rise of Vigil, 4 Ascension Promo cards (Void Mesmer, Soul Collector, Cobra, the Sordid and Kythis, the Gatekeeper) and a SolForge Uterra deck co...

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New Ascension Promos & Rise of Vigil is now available!

Want to win some Ascension and SolForge cards? Enter our contest!

Two new promos have been shown off by Ascension Fans, and both of them have a holiday theme! Whether it’s celebrating Easter with a new monster or the best flavor text in the game for April Fools’, both cards are certainly interesting… and maddening.

We’ve also received word from Stone Blade Entertainment that Rise of Vigil is now out and available! The full press release is after the break, and we’ve got the complete spoiler available as well.

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Ascension Rise of Vigil: Full Text & Visual Spoiler

Want to win some Ascension and SolForge cards? Enter our contest!

The newest set to Ascension has arrived and is in our hands! For those of you on the fence or who want to see exactly what cards you’ll be getting, we’ve compiled a complete spoiler list for the entire set – all the text, rarities, costs! Everything except the flavor text because we’re still not 100% sure we can read Mechana!

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Arena Review: Ascension Immortal Heroes

I love Ascension. I honestly don’t think there is any game I play more than it. The combinations of deck building, card drafting and battling all happening simultaneously (and super easy to clean up) makes it my go to game whenever possible. But there is one catch:

No one will really play Ascension with me anymore.

The iOS version of Ascension is my go-to game. Waiting for the bus? Play a game. Riding the bus? Play three games. Sitting in my car waiting to pick someone up? There’s another game. I play a lot. And this means that when I get the chance to play the physical game, my friends quickly grow tired of the competitive battling and prefer more co-operative games. Then I force them to play more.

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Ascension Rise of Vigil Kickstarter Previews

With the new Ascension Online Kickstarter in full swing (but ending Thursday at 9 pm), Stone Blade Entertainment has turned it into a preorder-stravaganza as well! After Rise of Vigil was accidentally leaked, SBE is now previewing the upcoming set – which you can preorder through the campaign!

Rise of Vigil is looking to be a new block that expands Ascension in a different direction. Chronicles of the Godslayer and Return of the Fallen introduced core mechanics, Storm of Souls and Immortal Heroes brought us events, soul gems and trophy monsters. Now Rise of Vigil drops events and soul gems for treasures and energy.

Those probably need some explaining. According to SBE:

Treasures are cards that do not take up space in the center row. Whenever a treasure card enters the center row, you continue to place cards on top of it until you hit a non-treasure card. Whenever a player acquires or defeats a card with treasure under it, that player also acquires all of those treasures.

The Energy Shards are treasures, and they generate a resource called Energy and draw a card whenever you play them.

Energy is a new resource in Rise of Vigil. Unlike Runes or Power, Energy is not spent. Some cards have Energize abilities which turn on when you reach a certain Energy threshold. The Energize text on a Hero, Construct, or Monster reward is active if you have gained energy equal to or greater than its Energize number that turn.

So what does this energy do? Absolutely crazy things!

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Kickstarter Alert: Ascension Online

We love Ascension here at Castles and Cooks. Personally, I play the game a dozen or so times a day and am eagerly waiting for Immortal Heroes to come out on the iOS version (speaking of which, expect a full review of that expansion this week).

But a lot of people wanted Ascension on Android – and now is your chance! This super limited Kickstarter (it ends 2/28) has something for everyone – even those who don’t have a Droid device. It also doubles as a preorder for the new Ascension expansion, Rise of Vigil!  The goal of $125,000 is a big one, but hiring a new programmer or two isn’t cheap. And they are working on a PC port too!

The levels of support range from simple ($10 for all expansions in digital form) to absurdly awesome ($10,000 to become a god in Ascension). If you haven’t played Ascension, it is one of the best deck building games on the market and it is even better in digital form.

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Ascension: Immortal Heroes finally has a release date – November 5th!

After what seems like ages, Ascension: Immortal Heroes will finally be available to the public (and not just those lucky people like Josh who picked it up at Gen Con). The release date is now November 5th… which isn’t quite Summer of 2012. But if it isn’t late, it isn’t Gary Games! As a reminder, here is what is included in the set:

  • 164 Cards, Including:
  • 69 New Center Deck Cards
  • 40 Soul Gem Cards
  • 2 Personal Starting Decks, Each containing 8 Apprentice and 2 Militia cards
  • 35 “Always available” cards (1 Cultist, 2 Fanatics, 16 Mystics and 16 Heavy Infantry)
  • 30 Deluxe Honor Tokens
  • Full-Color Rulebook
  • Storage Tray
  • The full press release is after the break.

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    Ascension Immortal Heroes Previews: Week 7

    Ascension Immortal Heroes finally got released this weekend at Gen Con! But a total of three new cards were shown off to round out the previews on the official Ascension Facebook page.

    Hedron Pyromaniac continues the mixed messaging of Mechana doing both power and runes, but the self-destructive take makes for a drastically different play experience over the old method of assembling the great machine. Worst case, this is a Mystic worth double honor for only one extra rune.

    Spider Witch really shows how far Eric Sabee’s art has come since Chronicles of the Godslayer. But as a card, my gut reaction is to compare this to Flytrap Witch. On its own, this card doesn’t do enough for me. With some extra Lifebound heroes, it can work but unless your strategy is honor ramp (or consistent uniting), this is a card you can leave for your opponents.

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    Interview: Justin Gary returns with Ascension: Immortal Heroes, SolForge and more!

    Once again we got the chance to talk to Justin Gary about the future of Gary Games. I started following Justin’s career while reading about his Magic tournament wins in Inquest and have been playing Ascension viciously on my iPhone for months straight now. With the fourth Ascension expansion getting released this week and the recent launch of their Kickstarter campaign for SolForge; to say they are busy is quite an understatement.

    The last time we spoke with Justin, they were gearing up for the the release of Storm of Souls, but in the last year a lot has changed. Justin actually interrupted my best game of Ascension ever when he called, but boy was it worth it!

    Jesse: How’ve you’ve been? I’m assuming very busy with Gen Con, SolForge and Immortal Heroes.

    Justin: Oh yes. It’s been one of the most insane times in my life. Between Ascension, obviously and SolForge is a huge part of the convention plan, plus a few other things we haven’t even talked about yet. We’re certainly keeping busy.

    Jesse: I noticed you guys just broke $100,000 on Kickstarter!

    Justin: That’s right; we had a little celebration this morning. We’ve been having fun showing off the screen shots of our recent build and announcing our newest freebie promotion giveaway. If you pledge at least $25 to the campaign, before the end of Gen Con on August 20th, you’ll get a free starter deck when the game launches. It’s just another incentive for all the people out there we are trying to reach.

    Jesse: We saw that up on Facebook! And I’m assuming the next few update videos will be better than Kibler’s example of using his desktop icons to show how the game works.

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