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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 code!

Third Prize: 3 Ascension Promo cards (Vortex, Nethersnare, Control Room) and a SolForge Uterra deck code.

Fourth & Fifth Prize: A SolForge Uterra deck code.

ENTRIES ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED. WINNERS HAVE BEEN CONTACTED.

RULES
Entries must be received by 4/13/13 at 11:59:59 pm EDT. Winners will be announced 4/15/13.
Entries must be unique.
One entry per person and please use an email address that you actually check.
Winner must have a U.S. shipping address for the prize to be mailed to. Non-US entrants can still win the SolForge decks as codes will be emailed.
Anyone affiliated with Castles and Cooks are not eligible to participate.
Winners will be notified by email.
Winners will be selected at random and have 72 hours to respond before forfeiting their prize.

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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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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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