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The Summer Small Set Sale is Here!

As of July 31, 2014, this sale has ended

Looking to heat up your Ascension experience this summer? The Summer Small Set Sale is here! Get 50% off every small box expansion! Return of the Fallen, Immortal Heroes, and Darkness Unleashed are all $14.99 in our online store until the end of the month! Head to www.ascensiongame.com/shop/ now!

Stone Blade and Playdek Renew Partnership – Ascension Coming to Android this Summer

Playdek and Stone Blade Entertainment Renew Partnership;

Playdek to Continue to Support and Develop Ascension Games

New Expansion for iOS and Android Coming Soon; PC Game Also in Development

CARLSBAD, Calif. June 30, 2014—Playdek, a leading mobile and video games publisher, and Stone Blade Entertainment, a premier developer and publisher of original board and card games, are pleased to announce they have reached a new agreement on the development of digital content for the award-winning Ascension properties.  Playdek will continue to develop mobile and video games based on the popular board game series, including creating versions of the game for Android, PC and additional platforms.

The in-app expansion Ascension: Rise of Vigil will launch later this summer for iOS, and the game will launch shortly thereafter for the first time on Android. At that time, Android users will also be able to purchase all of the prior expansions for the Android platform.

“Ascension is a great property and we are so pleased to work with Stone Blade Entertainment again,” said Joel Goodman, CEO, Playdek. “We thank our loyal fans for standing by us and always strive to bring them the best possible gaming experience. Now with Android and PC versions in the works, we can offer Ascension to even more fans on the platform they prefer.”

Playdek will continue to host online play through its multi-featured cross-platform system and will work with Stone Blade to fulfill digital Kickstarter rewards for Ascension Online.

“We’re thrilled to continue working with Playdek,” said Justin Gary, Founder and CEO, Stone Blade Entertainment. “They did an incredible job on the original Ascension app, and we look forward to bringing the same high-quality game experience to our Android and PC fans.”

For more information and updates, please visit www.playdekgames.com and http://www.ascensiongame.com.

About Stone Blade Entertainment

Founded by gaming industry veterans in 2010, Stone Blade Entertainment is a premier developer and publisher of original board and card games.  Formerly known as Gary Games, Stone Blade Entertainment’s products include the new SolForge Digital Collectible Game and the award-winning Ascension deckbuilding game, which has released four expansion sets and been turned into a top selling iOS app.  For more information, visit www.stoneblade.com.

About Playdek, Inc.
Playdek is a premier developer, publisher and platform for the world’s best tabletop gaming. Winner of Boardgamegeek’s Golden Geek award for Best Mobile/Handheld Game (2011, 2012, 2013)  and Board Game of the Year, as well as Reader’s Choice Game of the Year, (2013) and Pocket Tactics’ “Publisher of the Year” (2012) and Board Game of the Year (2013) awards, Playdek brings the best of hobby gaming to digital. 
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Realms Unraveled Previews are Here! Coming to Stores June 18th!

Just this week, the first boxes of Realms Unraveled finally made their way to our warehouse. We know you’ve all been waiting a long time for a new Ascension set, and believe us – so have we! We’re thrilled that we’ve finally gotten past all of the production and shipping delays that have kept Realms Unraveled out of your hands for far too long. But your wait is nearly at an end! Realms Unraveled is officially slated to release on June 18th – which means it’s time to start showing you the cards!

Realms Unraveled revolves around Adayu, the Dreamer, and his decent into madness. But I’ll let the story at the start of the rulebook speak for itself…

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The merging of the realms isn’t just a big deal for the story – it’s a big deal for the gameplay, too! While there are some mechanics that are shared between factions, there are certain effects that we have always kept confined within particular factions.

Banishing cards from the center row, for instance, has always been an Enlightened effect. Similarly, the Enlightened faction has always stood out from the others because it is the only faction that does not directly produce resources. They can acquire or defeat cards directly, but they never produce Runes or Power. That meant that some simple cards that we might want to make – like a Seer of the Forked Path variant that makes runes instead of drawing a card – were off-limits due to the design of the factions as a whole.

Until now, that is:

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Timestream Seer is the sort of card we would have never made in a “normal” set because of how it breaks our faction rules, but once it became a multi-faction card, all those rules go out the window.

Similarly, Void has always had a monopoly on banish cards, except for the “upgrade” style effects found in Enlightened. Lifebound has always been the faction with the most direct honor gain. Put these two together and what do you get?  Why, Deathbound Druid, or course.

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 In addition to cards that belong to multiple factions, Realms Unraveled introduces the new “Multi-Unite” ability. This new mechanic is a new take on the old Lifebound “Unite” ability, and works very similarly by giving you extra effects when you play Heroes that share a faction with the card. The big difference is that while you can only get the bonus effect of a Unite card once, you can trigger Multi-Unite any number of times. You can get a *lot* of power from this guy:

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It’s also worth noting that the dual faction cards work very well with the multi-unite cards, allowing you to trigger cards from both of their factions. They also work well with some of the new transform cards, like this one:

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Transform is back, allowing you to permanently upgrade your cards by reaching certain conditionals, in this case playing another hero of the same faction while the card is in your hand. And what does this Disciple transform into? Why, I’m glad you asked:

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There are quite a few Transform cards with similar kinds of triggers that allow you to permanently upgrade cards in your deck, and there are also some that are a little…different.  Like this one:

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And what does he transform into? Well, you’re going to have to wait until next time to find out….

Like what you see? Preorder Realms Unraveled today and get a free promo card with your order!

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