Originally Posted by epikninja
Can someone briefly explain the basic instructions for this game? I played Shadow Era and am in love with it. But I dont like how much of an advantage you have just for having monsters out when your opponent doesn't. I hope Ascension isn't like that. I'm still questioning whether to buy it.
This is a very different type of game than SE. This is a deck building game whereas SE is a CCG. In Asc., you start with a very basic deck. You use those cards to buy hero and construct cards or kill monster cards that are available to ALL players. As you collect heroes and constructs, they go into your deck, and when you've used up all the cards in your deck, you shuffle them and start again (with of course a bigger, hopefully better deck than before).
The goal of the game is to get the most points (called honor). You get honor by killing monsters and from your cards themselves (each card has its own honor value). There's a central pool of honor for all players, and each time a player kills a monster (or some other effect takes place that allows him to acquire honor), the player takes honor from that pool. Once it's gone, the game is over and everyone counts up his honor total.
I love both types of games, but I play Ascension far more than SE. I like how everyone starts out on even ground, and whether you win or lose depends on a combination of luck (luck of the draw both from your deck and for the cards available to purchase/kill) and the choices you make DURING the game (rather than how you construct your deck before playing).