Well it’s no surprise to me that Gale Force 9 landed this liscense. I first caught wind of Ascendency when I stumbled across a A Beasts of War interview. Intrigued I watched it. I learned so much I really cant wait. This game is truly unique and it sounds like they captured the scalability of space. Say what?! Aside from that there are some really cool features that, I feel, are going to truly reflect the politics or diplomacy Star Trek strives to display.
Ascendency will allow each player to play a race. From what I understand yiou can only play the races that are not the iconic threats to the universe – like The Borg. Each race willnset out from their home world and explore the galaxy. Along the way they will encounter new civilizations, other races, and scientific phenomena.
Players can settle/conquer planets to gain what I will call for now resources in order to grow their fleet. I’m not sure how a winner is picked yet, but one other important factor is that you build the board. A large board with a few players might mean there is several turns before player interaction. While a smaller board will be a quicker game. What I thinkk makes the board so neat, is that it can easily be used to play with a multitiude of people at conventions. Which again touches on the Star Trek theme, meeting new races which in this case it’s the players from different cultures.
Did I mention they have the rulebook available for FREE!
I also learned that the planets are color coded. The colors will have different effects for different races. The Beast of War interview said that Klingons might prefer red planets because of their war like nature. .
The last cool thing about ascendency is that the nemesis races (The Borg and Cardassians) are going to be like a playable piece. What, that is just wild. My question is “Can all of you loose the game to The Borg?”
This game sounds totally stellar and it’s on my must do list. If not by me then by a very close friend!
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