Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn is a two-player, expandable card game in which players take on the roles of Phoenixborn, demigods and protectors of the world. Humanity was once plagued by chimeras and other monsters that forced them to live within walled-off cities, but when the Phoenixborn came, they fought off the chimeras and reclaimed the land for humanity. Now, the Phoenixborn feel an irresistible call to destroy the others, luring them to hunt down and claim the power of those whom they once fought alongside. The last remaining Phoenixborn will ascend into a full god and take mastery over the world. Thus begins the War of Ashes.
Each player controls a Phoenixborn and a thirty-card deck of spells and units in addition to ten dice that serve as magical resources and have powers of their own. Each Phoenixborn can be wounded and has a certain number of life points, and a player wins by being the last Phoenixborn standing. The game takes place round by round, with each player going back and forth taking just one main action and possibly a side action per turn, until both players pass, triggering the end of that round and the start of a new one.
At the beginning of a round, players can keep or get rid of unused cards from their hands and dice from the previous round before drawing up to five cards and rerolling dice so that they have fully equipped 10-dice pools. Players will be summoning units and conjurations to do battle for them, casting spells, and casting permanent spells to their spellboards, such as books of summons, which will let them conjure the same creature as needed.
One of the most exciting elements of the game, apart from the gorgeous artwork by Fernanda Suarez, is the combination of unique Phoenixborn abilities and signature Phoenixborn cards that only the matching character can use.
Deluxe Expansions Coming June 2017
Ashes debuted with Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn, which included the first six Phoenixborn characters and four dice types, representing four types of magic. Four expansions since have introduced new characters, complete with their own thirty-card decks, that used the same magic types from the base set. In June 2017, Ashes will see two new characters and the first new magic types since the original game released. These deluxe expansion sets improve on the previous expansions not only because they’ll include all the dice for their respective characters, but the packaging for each will double as an organized deck box that can contain the new dice, a full deck (with room for sleeves), and all the tokens from the base game.
Item Code: PHG1205
Releases June 2017
She is the commander of the pride, the follower of the path, the righteous judge, and the merciful servant. She emboldens the virtuous and strikes fear in the heart of the transgressor. She is Odette Diamondcrest, and she comes to the hit card game Ashes in this deluxe expansion. It includes an all new Ashes deck ready to play out of the box, or with which to begin deck-building. It not only introduces a new Phoenixborn and new cards to the game, but also includes ten new Divine Magic dice and a stylized deck box that neatly organizes a sleeved Ashes deck, ten dice, and all the tokens from the base set.
Item Code: PHG1206
Releases June 2017
An ancient song binds its silvery strings to every living soul, and Namine Hymntide adds her voice to this unending melody. She plays the strings and subtly alters the song to her will, and she comes to Ashes in this deluxe expansion. It includes an all new Ashes deck ready to play out of the box, or with which to begin deck-building. It not only introduces a new Phoenixborn and new cards to the game, but also includes ten new Sympathy Magic dice and a stylized deck box that neatly organizes a sleeved Ashes deck, ten dice, and all the tokens from the base set.
More Ashes Products
Item Code: PHG12000
Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn was the breathtaking first release in the expandable game system from Plaid Hat Games. Choose from six Pheonixborn, using imaginative cards and custom dice to summon faithful allies, combine powerful spells, and outwit your opponents in a fast-paced, back-and-forth barrage of well-crafted magic and strategic skill. Choose your first hand, build your custom dice pool, customize your deck, and gather the ashes of your enemies.
Item Code: PHG12001
At the top of the world sits Blackcloud, a bleak and venerable city. There rules Brennen, a fifteen-year-old wielding merciless blood magic, seeking to restore his family and city to the terrifying glory of their ancient heritage. Each expansion features a ready-to-play, thematic deck of all new cards.
Item Code: PHG12002
Rin Northfell is a jovial Phoenixborn whose lust for life and battle flares up like a beacon in his frigid homeland. Rin shuns the subtlety of complex magic, preferring spells and monsters as robust and as considerable as his spirit. Each expansion features a ready-to-play, thematic deck of all new cards.
Item Code: PHG12003
The desert city of Neverset is in bloom. Not only are the grand gardens and menagerie coming into their fullness, but so too is Neverset’s greatest son. Leo Sunshadow parades forth as an envoy to the world. Leo calms minds, cools anger, and disarms the violent, and only when it is too late do Leo’s enemies see his thorns. Each expansion features a ready-to-play, thematic deck of all new cards.
Item Code: PHG12004
For a woman in love with Illusion, reality loosens its hold. Nothing is forbidden because consequences have no meaning. She is boundless. Free. Jubilant. Horrifying. Her maddening laugh echoes down from her gaudy mansion and through the empty streets of Smogborough. The city’s few remaining citizens scurry inside at the sound and shutter their windows. Each expansion features a ready-to-play, thematic deck of all new cards.