Hirelings: The Ascent is the Family Game for the Gamer Family! The Heroes have fallen, so pick your Hireling, grab your pack, and RUN!
Hirelings: The Ascent is the Family Game for the Gamer Family. You followed the heroes in and they failed. Now you are left to your own resources and must escape before the Dragon’s Fireball turns you into a hireling kabob. Be the first one out and you win. The game is designed to foster and grow decision making skills while giving the whole family some fun, with good old-fashioned gamer humor.
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This game has been in development since 2009. Every other fantasy game out there focuses on the heroes. What about everyone else in the fantasy world? Packs don't carry themselves! What happens to these characters if the heroes fail? So the concept was born.
Why a family game?
All of us have played family games where the players follow a track to get to a final destination. Now on your way up it’s a grand old time but eventually you have to go back due to a sugary card or twisting slide *wink wink*. Now a game that should take 10 minutes turns into a 3 hour grind fest. When someone makes it to the end you will inevitably hear, "let's see who comes in second". These games would be fine if there were choices to help you avoid such pitfalls but it is total randomness.
So what makes our game different?
Well, first of all there is no going back. Theme wise you would never head back towards a Dragon so the game does not allow for it. Second, we wanted to work choices into the game. They aren’t the most difficult choices, but they are a really good starting point. Should I take the longer way with easier monsters or a shorter way with one big monster? Should I save items until the end or blow them for an early lead.
Plus, we wanted humor for gamers, with jokes anyone into fantasy would understand.
Why use Kickstarter?
We at Prolific Games would like to bring our games to as many people as possible. If we put a game on kickstarter and it is not funded we know that we should go a different way. If the game is funded it allows us to produce it in a quality you all deserve.
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The Minstrel Character Art
The Magic Of Bacon bonus card!
We have added the option to include Flapjacks & Sasquatches 2nd Edition (now with A Side Of Bacon) as an additional reward. Flapjacks & Sasquatches is the first game from Prolific Games. It is a "stick it to your neighbor" card game for 2-8 players. Flapjacks and Sasquatches was nominated for Card Game of the Year by Games Magazine.
At any reward level above $35 simply include an additional $18 to get your copy!
If we make our goal of $20,000 we will include an orange custom fireball die in every level at or above $35
If we raise $40,000 a super secret stretch goal for all backers $35 and above will be revealed!
Shipping to Canada is an additional $10. All other international backers add $20.