About this project
Thanks to all of our fans who have helped fund this campaign! We can't wait to bring Ascension Online to life thanks to all of your backing and support!
Ever since we brought our award-winning Ascension Deckbuilding Game to iOS, we’ve heard the same questions asked time and again: When is it coming to Android? When is it coming to PC?
Trust us—we've heard you loud and clear. We’re thrilled to have such passionate fans, and we want to be able to bring you the gaming experience you demand and deserve.
Since we originally released Ascension in 2010 as our new company's first product, the game has grown dramatically. We have released three expansions—Return of the Fallen, Storm of Souls, and Immortal Heroes—along with dozens of supplemental promo cards, and our fans keep asking for more. The Ascension iOS app has been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times and players have logged over three million games played online. We think it's time to take Ascension to the next level.
We want to build a team dedicated to Ascension Online. We want not only to bring Ascension to Android and PC, but also to make it bigger and better than ever, with all-new features like these:
Are you the best Ascension player in your play group? Have you ever wanted to see how you stack up against the best of the best? Part of our plan for Ascension Online is building the infrastructure to run online tournaments. We’ll offer both casual pickup events and larger scheduled tournaments, complete with leaderboards, prizes, and more.
We know that many of our fans prefer playing against the computer, and we want to give them a more robust play experience, too. We’re going to create a campaign mode featuring a variety of challenges and diverse play modes. Can you defeat Master Dhartha, who starts with a copy of his own Hero card in his deck? Players will be able to level up, unlocking new game abilities and new cards for their own starting decks.
As we said before, we want to get Ascension into as many people’s hands as possible. Despite what people responding to all of our posts on Facebook and Twitter might tell you, we don’t hate Android users, and we’re certainly not ignoring them. A huge part of this project is bringing Ascension to the Android and PC platforms so that everyone who wants to can play. This Kickstarter will allow us to make that happen much sooner than would otherwise be possible.
In addition to bringing you all the new platforms and features, we want to make Ascension freely available to everyone who wants to play it. With this Kickstarter, we can ensure that the base game will be free on all new platforms we introduce.
Ascension is an award-winning deckbuilding game originally released in 2010. The game features fast-paced strategy and tactics, requiring players to react to an ever-changing board of Heroes, Constructs, and Monsters as they vie for dominance in the rich fantasy world of Vigil. In addition to the original release, Ascension has three expansions—Return of the Fallen, Storm of Souls, and Immortal Heroes—with the fourth expansion, Rise of Vigil, due out in April of this year (and available early to Kickstarter backers!)
We are Stone Blade Entertainment, formerly known as Gary Games. Ascension was our first release as a company, but our team is made up of industry veterans who have worked on a wide array of games. We have a huge amount of experience playing games as well as designing them, with five Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour championship titles among the team. We are currently hard at work producing future Ascension sets and the new digital collectible game SolForge, which was funded in part by fans like you here on Kickstarter. For more information about the company and our games, visit our sites below!
We’ve wanted to bring Ascension to Android and PC ever since we released it on iOS, and we know many of you out there have wanted it, too. We can hardly post anything on our Facebook or Twitter feeds without fans bombarding us with the question “When is Ascension coming to Android?” As much as we’ve wanted to be able to tell all of them “Soon,” we haven’t had the resources to make it happen. After our successful Kickstarter campaign for SolForge, we thought, "Could we do this for Ascension, too?"
We were overwhelmed by how many fans came through to support SolForge and how passionate they were about being a part of making it a reality. We see that same passion in our Ascension fans who ask us when we're bringing their favorite game to Android, or when the newest set is going to be available online.
Our programming team currently has their hands full making SolForge. With this Kickstarter, however, we will be able to bring on additional programmers to develop Ascension Online in parallel. We feel that Ascension Online deserves a dedicated team, one that can commit all of their time to developing for new platforms, creating new features, and ensuring timely set releases.
By backing this project, you can finally answer the question that has confounded scholars for ages—“When is Ascension coming to Android?”—with “By the end of 2013.” We think we can get it done well before that, but we take our commitments seriously, and we only want to promise what we’re certain we can deliver.
As a backer, you'll not only be a part of making Ascension Online a reality, but you'll also be able to get your hands on a variety of awesome rewards, from unique game avatars and free expansion downloads to the Ultimate Ascension Collector's Edition, dinner and gaming with the Stone Blade Entertainment team at Gen-Con, and more! Check out all of the rewards to the right, and below now!
Below are illustrations of all our reward tiers available for this campaign. We also have add-ons available for backers to add to their pledges. If there are cool rewards or new tiers you'd like to see available, don't hesitate to leave a comment or send us a message!
To include add-ons in your pledge, simply increase your donation by the appropriate amount and send us a message via clicking on our profile and hitting the "Contact Us" button to let us know what you want. We'll also send around a final survey after the end of the Kickstarter to confirm everyone's choices. You can add any number of each add-on item to your pledge, as long as you have pledged to the minimum designated tier.
Risks and challenges
The team already has their hands full with the creation of the physical Ascension game and SolForge. Adding Ascension Online on top of that is a lot of extra work that needs to get done, which is precisely why we're looking to pick up a few more hands. We have already identified and contacted talented programmers who are eager to work on this project, and we're all excited about creating something that we've been eager to make for years now. We have a passionate team that has learned a lot about how to make a great digital card game, and we are confident we can deliver on a fantastic Ascension digital game.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Because international shipping is expensive! The international shipping fee reflects our actual cost to ship Rise of Vigil overseas. If you would like one of the tiers that includes Rise of Vigil but want to forgo it to avoid to avoid the shipping fee, please send us a message to let us know.
Playdek did a fantastic job on the iOS version of Ascension, but their attention is split amongst a variety of licenses. We want to build a team dedicated to Ascension Online so we can add all of the new features we want and ensure faster content releases.
Our partnership with Playdek will continue and will include the release of Immortal Heroes in June and new promo packs later this year. The Playdek app will not accommodate cross-platform play, though we plan to release a version of Ascension Online for iOS sometime in the future so that iOS users can have access to all the features we are promising in this kickstarter. Both Playdek and Stone Blade are committed to supporting our fans on all platforms!
We mean just that! Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer will be totally free to download and play as much as you want- no energy restrictions, no hidden charges, just play! Additional expansions will be available as in-app purchases just like buying expansions of the physical game. Some bonus features (like cosmetic upgrades, special event tournaments, certain features of the campaign, etc.) will also be available through in-app purchase.
We will offer a Collector’s Edition outside of Kickstarter, though it won’t be as cool as the one we are offering here.
Yes! We will include card sleeves in the collector’s edition and the box will hold all the sleeves and cards.
December 2013 or earlier.
Yes, we can reduce shipping to $20 for Canada for the Treasure Hunter Tier and above- just select US shipping and add $20 to your pledge with a note that you are shipping to Canada.
What if I don’t want to pay for international shipping but still want the digital rewards from a tier?
You don’t have to pay for international shipping if you don’t want us to ship internationally. Just leave us a note that you only want the digital goods for a given tier and don’t pay for the shipping.
We know you want to see Ascension on as many platforms as possible. We do too! Unfortunately, this campaign is only guaranteeing Android and Windows PC. We will continue to expand to more platforms as fast as we can. We appreciate your patience while we build out the Ascension World!
Do I have to rebuy everything if I already have expansions on iOS? Does Ascension for Life include iOS Devices? Will Ascension Online be on iOS or just the Playdek version of Ascension?
Since Ascension for iOS is made in partnership with another developer, we can’t offer purchase transfers between the two systems. We eventually plan to release Ascension Online for iOS. When we do release Ascension Online for iOS, your purchases on any other platform (including Ascension for Life) will transfer over.
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