Now Ascension, is an already established game, but this is a stand alone box that you can learn and play from, and combine with other sets too. It has its own background and world... but will that or the art be good enough to draw you in?
Ascension: Realms Unraveled is a deck-building game in which players acquire cards from a central pool, then place those cards in their discard pile to be shuffled into their deck for later use; creatures also show up in that shared card pool, and players can combat them to earn victory points (VPs) and possibly other benefits, such as the ability to remove less useful cards from their deck or to banish cards from the pool that others might find useful. The game ends once all the available VPs have been claimed or the shared deck of cards runs out.
Ascension: Realms Unraveled, part of the Ascension deck-building game series, is both a standalone game for 2-4 players (with solitaire rules included, too) and an expansion that can be combined with any other Ascension game to support up to six players.
While cards in previous Ascension games have always belonged to one of four factions, Ascension: Realms Unraveled introduces multi-faction heroes, and these heroes combine with the new "Multi-Unite" game mechanism to deliver huge rewards to those who play multiple heroes from the same faction.
Ascension: Realms Unraveled also features the "Transform" mechanism that debuted Ascension: Darkness Unleashed, with players being able to convert their cards into new, more powerful versions as the game progresses.
You get a good amount of stuff in the box, a hard playing board, plenty of cards too. It states 2-4 players, but this can be played solo very easily and includes solo rules.. so already a good sign for me! 30 min play time, seems about right from games I have played, they can go quicker or about that, rarely longer though. Ages 13 and up again seems ok, Olivia isn't so interested in the card games, it means she has to read a lot, though she does enjoy watching them and helping where she can.
Lets pop it open and take a look inside!
The art style is very distinct, and may not be to everyone's taste, but is consistent in this set, and the more time I spend with it the more I like it, it reminds of the 90s, not in a bad way, just the sort of games we would see then. Its a simple in approach game, but there is a huge amount of depth with the deck building combinations, and constructs you can have out on the table, so there is a lot of replay value, and a lot of choices to make, so no game should be the same of it. Its one of the easier games as well to introduce to a new gamer.
The fact the game also has a great solo mode, where you are playing against the cultist is a huge benefit. Each turn the cultist gets the end two cards on the row, and they all slide up before refilled, and its the first to get to 50 honour, you or the cultists that win.
Its a good game, its fun to play, doesn't take too long, is a pleasure to get out and pack away due to the great box control, and has plenty of expandability in the future should you wish to. The art is lovely old school style and something you do not really see in most games with its line drawing style.
You can pick up your own copy from your local game store and give it a try! with an RRP of £33.99 it shall provide you a good amount of entertainment.
If you liked this, you may like Marvel Legendary Villians for some more solo and coop deck building action, so take a look.