I have a big update for you today, with some exciting developments coming and a roadmap for the path ahead. We’ve been making progress on many of our outstanding rewards and goals, and this update should answer most of the outstanding questions on where we stand today.
First, let’s highlight a recent addition to Ascension. Backers playing on PC recently received a free update unlocking the Realms Unraveled Expansion for play on that platform. This is a thank you to everyone for your patience with us as we continue to develop the game.
Next, let’s talk about our upcoming release which will be available within the next 2 months. Firstly, this release will include the long anticipated Dawn of Champions expansion! Our physical ascension players have loved the Dawn of Champions set, which expands on the multi-faction card mechanic from Realms Unraveled. We can’t wait to share it with all of you!
With the release of Dawn of Champions, we will finally address the number one concern amongst our many of our backers- iOS purchase unlocks. With the upcoming release, Ascension Online backers will finally have their reward content unlocked on iOS. Thus, all backers at the apprentice tier and above will receive all expansions up to Immortal Heroes (also including the bonus of Darkness Unleashed) unlocked on their iOS account, and all backers at the Ascension Online for Life! tier will receive all expansions unlocked!
IMPORTANT!- In order to properly unlock these rewards, you must have a Playdek account that matches the email we have on record for you from this kickstarter. If your email has changed or does not sync with your Playdek account, please email Playdek at email@example.com
Here is Playdek with more technical information on this implementation:
"The current implementation of IAP in Ascension, that incorporates the Playdek account system across iOS and Android, will allow Playdek to grant new users that are brought into this system as Stone Blade backers to unlock content that will run on both mobile platforms. This is now possible due to not using a "non-consummable" IAP method that works through the Playdek account system only. All Stone Blade Ascension Online backers will need to create a Playdek online account in order to gain access to this functionality, and unlocked content will only be accessible via the account created on the Playdek account system."
This release moves us forward significantly on the promises we are continually working to fulfill for all of our backers. We have successfully brought Ascension Online to life on PC and Android, but there is still a long road ahead. Below, I will list out all of the upcoming goals and what our timeline expectations are for each. Not all of these are answers you will want to hear, but I promised more transparency and communication, and (after an admittedly too long delay) here it is:
Many of these rewards are waiting on Playdek to execute the next steps. Like us, they are committed to fulfilling all of the kickstarter pledges and to continuing to make Ascension Online better and better. Unfortunately, their schedule has forced us to significantly push back many of the major feature updates. We are, however, continuing to work with them to move forward and will have continued updates over the year ahead. Here are some of the specifics:
Kickstarter Promo / Expansion- Due to technical limitations, giving out an individual promo card in the Ascension client will not easily done in the current Ascension digital game. We are, however, working to combine the promo card into the digital expansion and are targeting a release by December 2015.
Online Tournaments- This functionality is partially built, but according to Playdek, will unfortunately will not be completed until 2016.
Campaign Mode- This functionality is prioritized after Online Tournaments. No firm date at this time.
Custom Avatar/Skin/Starting Deck- This feature is prioritized after Campaign Mode Play. No firm date at this time.
Backers Only Tournament- Our initial plan was to wait for in-game tournament functionality to deliver on this pledge. However, given the delay in implementation of that functionality, we are working on alternative plans to run the tournament and will return with a plan for a tournament tentatively to be scheduled in Winter 2015. Feel free to leave your ideas on what you would like to see in this tournament in the comments.
Custom Cards and Custom Art Prints- Many of these were delivered already, but several backers have not yet received their rewards and many more have never sent in the requested information to finalize this item.
IMPORTANT- If you have not sent us your information for custom card and/or art prints, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
We will have all custom card and art prints completed and delivered for all backers we have information for by the end of September 2015.
Kickstarter Collector’s Edition- this was discussed some in my last update. Since then we have continued to struggle with different solutions to find premium packaging for this product. We are working with a variety of vendors and have yet to find a solution we are 100% happy with. I have included some pictures of various textures and samples we have been working with to show you progress. Please keep in mind that none of these are close to final packaging- only samples that we are reviewing while trying to find the best solution for a premium product. We hope all of you have enjoyed your free copy of Dawn of Champions, and greatly appreciate your continued patience with us as we finalize this product. We are obviously hesitant to commit to another date on this, but we believe we can deliver this product by December 2015.
All other physical rewards have been delivered. If you believe you are owed a physical reward not mentioned above, please email email@example.com
Gencon is a special time of year for us. The very first Ascension set released at Gencon 5 years ago, and we are excited to be releasing our newest game, Bad Beets, at the show this year. Bad Beets is a fast-paced bluffing game that we can’t wait to show to players at the convention. In addition, we will be running the Ascension World Championships at 10AM on Saturday at the event. Come to play or watch the excitement!
We also want to use this as an opportunity to meet with our backers and give you a chance to talk directly with us. We only exist because of you, and whether you love us or hate us, we want to give you the opportunity to speak your mind, hang out, and play a few games together. For those at the show, come by our booth #433 and say hi. In addition, Kickstarter backers are invited to come meet us at the Hilton Bar after the show at 8pm on Saturday for some drinks, gaming, and hanging out with the Stone Blade Team.
We know this has been a long road, and I hope many of you are excited about the road ahead. I hope to see many of you at Gencon and the rest of you online to play some Ascension!