Ascension is a deck-building game in which players spend Runes to acquire more powerful cards for their deck. It offers a dynamic play experience where players have to react and adjust their strategy accordingly. Each player starts with a small deck of cards, and uses those cards to acquire more and better cards for their deck, with the goal of earning the most Honor Points by gaining cards and defeating monsters.
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.
So what comes in the box? lets see.......
This is a deck builder game, where you start with a limited pool of cards, and purchase ones to add to your deck as you go on. You begin with generic Apprentice cards, and Militia cards, Militia give you an attack value, that can be used to defeat creatures to add to gain honour and any effects from them, whilst the Apprentice gives you purchasing power that lets you buy more expensive cards that ad more power to your own deck, then you draw again, so eventually you will have more powerful cards that let you buy and defeat more powerful things and so on....
The art style is very distinct, and may not be to everyone's taste, but is consistent in the set, and the other Ascension games I have played, and the more time I spend with it the more I like it, and the more I see the vision for their world. it reminds of the 90s, not in a bad way, just the sort of games we would see then, and its art style, really nostalgic. 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.
Its a good game, its fun to play, doesn't take too long, , and has plenty of expandability in the future should you wish to having played this combined with the other sets I have it works great. The art is lovely old school style and something you do not really see in most games with its line drawing style and really adds a lot to the charm of it.
If you are a card game fan, its well worth picking up, and if you are a solo gamer grab it.
You can pick up your own copy from your local game store and give it a try! with an RRP of £31.99 it shall provide you a good amount of expandable entertainment.
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