Ascension: Apprentice Edition

Ha! I kill big skull dude with my giant sword!
Ha! I kill big skull dude with my giant sword!

The Ascension deckbuilding game was first released back in 2010. I played it a few times and enjoyed it, but never enough to cough up the dough to buy the game or keep up with the expansions. Don’t get me wrong. Out of all of the deckbuilding games that came out after Dominion, I enjoyed Ascension the most, better than Thunderstone, Nightfall, and well everything else, including Dominion.

Why didn’t I buy it?

They released an iOS app for a reasonable price and I played Ascension on my phone. I loved it. I played it all the time. My buddy Joe and I must have had a game going every day for a couple of years.

So what happened?

I switched to an Android phone. It’s an HTC One, if you’re interested. I like it a lot. The only bad thing about it is that there’s no Ascension app. I got a little sad. I missed playing Ascension more than I thought I would. I cried a single tear while standing at the river’s edge, and not just because I hate litter and have a clogged tear duct.

Have you noticed that this is the third question I’ve set aside in its own paragraph?

Thank goodness that my friend Isaac and I were looking for a good two player game one evening at my FLGS. Isaac says, “You should buy the Apprentice Edition of Ascension and we’ll play that. It’s like all the good stuff in Ascension boiled down into a deck big enough for just two players.” I bought it. We played it. He was correct. He also kicked my ass with this crazy construct combo that just happened to come together at the end. Thanks Hedron Cannon!

The folks at Stone Blade Entertainment took everything I enjoyed about Ascension and smooshed it all into a little box with a $9.99 price point. You get 110 cards, some very serviceable cardboard honor tokens, and a paper playing mat that also serves as the rules. All of the art has either been updated and improved or completely redesigned. There is so much to like about this edition!

The card designs have been modified so that you can easily tell which cards are the starting cards and the always available cards. Constructs are easy to identify and all of the cards are very easy to read, even for these half century eyes.

Here’s another one of those inserted question things again. Have you noticed that I haven’t explained anything about the basics of the game or how to play?

Go buy this at your local game store or find it online. It’s such a great value and a wonderful game. I thought I might embed a video about how to play, but I think I will embed this video from Boardgamegeek instead. It’s a nice interview and you get to see the cards, but the best part is all of the people walking around in the background. I love my fellow geeks. Not only are we pretty good people for the most part, but we are pretty damn entertaining.

BoardgamegeekTV at Gen Con 2013

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