Only one can ascend to power and claim the title of Archmage! But power comes in many forms; the true Archmage will need a loyal following, the favor of the Mythic Races, and a vast spellbook. Ascendant, the first expansion for Archmage, gives you four new modules to explore on your way to your prophesied destiny.
What is Archmage?
Archmage is a euro-thematic hybrid that features exploration, resource gathering and management, area control, and a spell combat system. As a fledgling mage you'll explore a devastated land, deploying loyal followers from your company of mages to gather lost relics. These magical relics can be traded to six mythic races like Elves or Demons to gain a fundamental knowledge of their magic. Master basic spells, then combine them into higher forms of magic, casting more powerful spells from your ever-changing spellbook. Strengthen your magical prowess of order of followers to ascend to the mantle of Archmage!
How to Play Archmage:
Items marked with the "Bonus" badge are only available in this edition of Ascendant! This edition will be available through Kickstarter, the pledge manager, and from us directly through our webstore and at conventions. It will not go retail.
"I'm still living in a dream world, and the real world is Archmage. If you're at all a fan of the base game, you owe it to yourself to grab this expansion." — Nicholas Leeman, Everything Board Games
Full 2-player playthrough with Tim Heerema:
Review in French:
Game Design: Timothy Heerema
Game Development: Dann May & Brenna Noonan
Art: Enggar Adirasa
Art Direction: Dann May
Graphic Design: Cody Jones & Dann May
Kickstarter and Marketing: Brenna Noonan
Executive Producer: Dan Yarrington
Published by Starling Games
Risks and challenges
Starling Games was launched as an imprint of Game Salute LLC in 2018. At Starling Games, we strive to create games for the hobbyist gamer, crafting elegant mechanics with beautiful artwork and top-notch components. Some of our most popular titles include Everdell, Archmage, Black Orchestra, Alien Frontiers, and more.
Our team has delivered hundreds of successful Kickstarter products since 2012, including our own published titles and those we've helped independent publishers run and fulfill. While printing, shipping, and processing delays are always a possibility, we have set a reasonable delivery date based on our experience.
We are always happy to replace defective or damaged dice, cards, or other components. Just send us photos of the damage, and we will ship a replacement at no additional cost to you. If your item needs to be returned, we will cover the cost of the return shipping. We provide replacement pieces while titles are active in our catalog, which is typically at least a year after their initial printing. Replacement requests must be made within 30 days of the date the item was delivered to you. For replacement requests, please go to www.starling.games/replacements.
If you'd like a refund before your item ships, you have until one week before the scheduled ship date to request one. We can offer you a 90% refund since Kickstarter retains about 10% of your pledge for various fees. If there is something wrong with your item, we appreciate the opportunity to replace or exchange it. If a refund is preferred and there is no defect with the product, you'll be responsible for shipping it back to us. Upon receipt of the returned item, we'll issue you a 90% refund. Refund requests must be made within 30 days of the date the item was delivered to you. For more questions about refunds, please go to www.starling.games/questions.
Pledge Manager Policy
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