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Jon RadoffBy Jon Radoff
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Jon RadoffBy Jon Radoff
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About

The realm is in chaos. Armies clash on every battlefield. Enemies scheme in every shadow, maneuvering for power. Their eyes and ears are upon you, watching your every move. Some plot against you. Some plot with you. Some do both. Do you have the strength and the wits it will takes to conquer them all and ascend to power?

Kingdom Ascent (KA) is an online game based on an updated version of the highly popular game engine used to create Game of Thrones Ascent. In it, you will swear allegiance to a kingdom that draws upon an alternate, high-fantasy version of medieval Europe, combining many of the most expansive mythological aspects of pan-European history and lore. Magic, dragons, giants, and other fantastic beasts walk the land. You must harness their power and strategically form both military and political alliances with and against other noble houses to pursue the ultimate goal of ruling them all.

Kingdom Ascent will be the first free-to-play game of its kind, unique among free-to-play games in its offer of an unprecedented level of player inclusion, involvement and transparency in governing its roadmap and features. Look to the FAQs for more information about the House of Patrons and the Chamber of Players that, together, will constitute Kingdom Ascent’s Player Parliament.

More information about the game system upon which Kingdom Ascent will be based can be found by visiting http://gota.disruptorbeam.com. Players who have previously played Game of Thrones Ascent will be able to port their Disruptor Beam account into Kingdom Ascent, preserving their inventories and progress (subject to certain limitations explained in the FAQs.)

Kingdom Ascent will be marketed and operated by a new game publishing entity, A Curious Enterprise (ACE). Disruptor Beam, the original developer of Game of Thrones Ascent, is licensing its game platform to ACE for this purpose, and will be responsible for development and technical work necessary to relaunch the new game.

Art Style of Kingdom Ascent

The original artists who worked on Game of Thrones Ascent are working on Kingdom Ascent. For an example of the art style, see how Jon Radoff looks in his all-new character artwork below. If you select one of the reward-tiers that includes an original piece of art made based on your likeness, you can expect yours to be of similar quality:

Jon Radoff as a Sworn Sword in Kingdom Ascent
Jon Radoff as a Sworn Sword in Kingdom Ascent

The Developer & Publisher

Disruptor Beam Inc. has developed a number of games based on leading entertainment franchises including Game of Thrones, Star Trek and The Walking Dead. Jon Radoff, the CEO of Disruptor Beam, is a long-time game developer. He got his start writing BBS-style "door" games when he was in high school--some of the earliest multiplayer online games, including classic Space Empire.  At 19, he met his future wife Angela in an online game and the two of them decided to start a game company together.  Since then, Jon has also had the opportunity to create technology companies (Eprise, a Web content management company that went public on NASDAQ) and GamerDNA, an ad network for the PC/console game industry. Jon & Angela formed Disruptor Beam several years ago because they wanted to bring deep, story-driven and socially-connected games to the world of mobile and Web.

A Curious Enterprise is a new game publisher formed to launch and market Kingdom Ascent, led by a long-time player of Game of Thrones Ascent, along with his partners from the telecommunications industry.

Risks and challenges

Game of Thrones Ascent was previously played by over 11 million people, so there's a large audience out there--but today, the audience is relatively small: only about 10,000 players per day. As a result, there's a small audience to draw upon for Kingdom Ascent. However, this audience is very loyal and engaged, and we believe that if most come over to Kingdom Ascent they'll love the experience even more than the original.

In addition, the game will be published by a new publisher: A Curious Enterprise (ACE). ACE will be responsible for marketing & growth of the new game. However, since ACE is a new business that hasn't operated a game before, this introduces the usual risks as with any new company. However, ACE will be working closely with the team at Disruptor Beam to transfer the necessary operating knowledge to the new venture.

There are a number of game systems that didn't work that well in Game of Thrones Ascent. In these cases, we're optimistic that we can fix the underlying issues to systems such as Alliance-vs-Alliance (AvA) gameplay. However, game development is inherently risky and it is possible (and even likely) we won't do everything we hoped. We intend to mitigate this risk by working closely with the community, listening carefully, and testing new versions of AvA before it launches.

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    Herald

    Port account for one (1) DBID to Kingdom Ascent. Start playing as of the Early Access to the game.

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    Steward

    Includes a bonus of 115 gold, and you may participate in the game starting from Closed Beta 3.

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    Standard Bearer

    Includes a bonus of 330 gold. Also includes +1 “buddy” accounts (see FAQ) and access to Closed Beta 3.

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    Master/Mistress of the Hunt

    Includes a bonus of 687 gold. Also includes 2 “buddy” accounts (see FAQ) and access to Closed Beta 3.

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    • Title: Master/Mistress of the Hunt
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    Lord/Lady of the Bedchamber

    Includes a bonus of 1787 gold. Also includes +3 “buddy” accounts (see FAQ) and access to Closed Beta 3.

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    • Permanent Item: Groat the Obnoxious’ False Ledger
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    Knight/Lady of the Royal Household

    Gain the title of Knight/Lady of the Royal Household in Kingdom Ascent, and be listed in the credits under “Special Thanks.” Also includes +4 “buddy” accounts, and 2617 gold (see FAQ). You will also be permitted to participate in pre-release testing of the game starting at Closed Beta 2.

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    • 2617 Gold
    • +4 Buddy Accounts
    • Title: Knight/Lady of the Royal Household
    • Credits Recognition: Special Thanks
    • Permanent Item: Wrath Unicorn
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    Master/Mistress of Lore

    Play in Beta 2, and also receive a limited-edition print of an "Art of Kingdom Ascent" book, along with gold and "buddy" account rewards.

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    • Title: Master/Mistress of Lore
    • Limited-Edition Print of the "Art of Kingdom Ascent" Book
    • 2800 Gold
    • Credits Recognition: Special Thanks
    • +4 Buddy Accounts
    • Permanent Item: Wrath Unicorn
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    Master/Mistress of Ceremonies

    Have your likeness turned into a one-of-a-kind piece of sworn sword art! Also includes +5 “buddy” accounts (see FAQ) and 5234 gold and access to Closed Beta 2, and the Limited-Edition book.

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    • Title: Master/Mistress of Ceremonies
    • +5 Buddy Accounts
    • 5234 Gold
    • Unique Art Creation: your likeness on a Sworn Sword
    • Permanent Item: Radolff's Bloody Axe
    • Credits Recognition: Special Thanks
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    Generous Founder

    Gain the title of Generous Founder, get +6 buddy accounts, 10,468 gold, access to Closed Beta 1, and a signed copy of the Limited-Edition Art Book.

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    • 10,468 Gold
    • Permanent Item: Radolff's Bloody Axe
    • Permanent Item: Wrath Unicorn
    • Credits Recognition: Special Thanks
    • +6 Buddy Accounts
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    Keeper of the Seal

    Be invited to an exclusive launch party for Kingdom Ascent, to be held in the Boston, MA area (you will be responsible for your own travel expenses). Have your likeness turned into unique Main Character art. +6 “buddy” accounts and 13,085 Gold. Access to Closed Beta 1.

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    • 13,085 Gold
    • +6 Buddy Accounts
    • Unique Art Creation: your likeness turned into a Main Character
    • Permanent Item: Shan's Book of Complaints
    • Permanent Item: Groat the Obnoxious’ False Ledger
    • Permanent Item: Wrath Unicorn
    • Permanent Item: Radolff's Bloody Axe
    • Title: Keeper of the Seal
    • Ticket: Launch Party
    • Credits Recognition: Special Thanks
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    Founder of Kingdoms

    All of the rewards from Keeper of Seals, plus gain access to Alpha 2 and a signed print of your Main Character art.

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    • Unique Art Creation: your likeness turned into a Main Character
    • Permanent Item: Groat the Obnoxious’ False Ledger
    • Permanent Item: Shan's Book of Complaints
    • Permanent Item: Radolff's Bloody Axe
    • Permanent Item: Wrath Unicorn
    • Signed Print of your Main Character Art
    • Title: Founder of Kingdoms
    • +7 Buddy Accounts
    • Credits Recognition: Special Thanks
    • 26,170 Gold
    • Signed, Limited-Edition Print of "Art of Kingdom Ascent" Book
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    Grandmaster/Grandmistress of Ascent

    All of the rewards included in Founder of Kingdoms, be listed in the credits as Executive Producer, access to Alpha 1, plus invitation to a private dinner the day after the Launch Party, to be held at a top Boston restaurant and including Jon Radoff and members of the development and publishing teams (you're responsible for your travel expenses).

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    • Ticket: Launch Party
    • Ticket: Developer Dinner
    • Unique Art Creation: your likeness turned into a Main Character
    • Signed Print of your Main Character Art
    • Permanent Item: Shan's Book of Complaints
    • Permanent Item: Groat the Obnoxious’ False Ledger
    • Permanent Item: Radolff's Bloody Axe
    • Permanent Item: Wrath Unicorn
    • 52,340 Gold
    • +10 Buddy Accounts
    • Credits Recognition: Executive Producer
    • Signed, Limited-Edition Print of "Art of Kingdom Ascent" Book
    • Title: Grandmaster/Grandmistress of Ascent
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