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Starling Games is a publishing imprint of Tabletop Tycoon, and is known among hobby gamers for crafting elegant mechanics, beautiful artwork, and top-notch components in their games. Some of their most popular titles include Everdell, Black Orchestra, Alien Frontiers, and now Archmage: Ascendant. They’re driven to release thematically-driven games and their hope is that whenever players sit down, they’ll have an immersive experience full of wonder and strategy to remember for years to come. For every standalone game they sell through their websites, they donate a game to Toys for Tots, a public charity run by the US Marine Corps Reserve.

Archmage: Ascendant was launched on Kickstarter in November 2018, and three hours into its campaign had reached its funding goal. Two stretch goals were met on the first day and Starling Games released a rulebook and playthrough video for backers gave backstories and previews to key pieces and cards within the game. Seven stretch goals were met throughout the campaign, and at the end, 825 backers pledged $40,920 to help bring this project to life.

Archmage is a game that features exploration, resource gathering, area control and spells combat. Players become mages who explore devastated land and use their loyal followers to gather lost relics. Players master basic spells and combine them to form higher magic, eventually ascending to the mantle of Archmage. Players enjoy the thrill of becoming a powerful wizard. It’s a quick-moving and intuitive game that has enough depth to keep players coming back to play again and again.

Ascendants is the first expansion for Archmage and gives players four new modules to explore on their way to their prophesied destiny. Players travel to the edges of the world to unveil mysterious Places of Power and use the ancient magic from those locations. This expansion includes new spells and players can ascend to a higher plane with new Fundamental and Advanced spells. These allow players to shape their spellbook in personal and powerful ways. With cooperative play, players can team up and combine forces to free the lands from Warlords. In this expansion, the Warlords have new tactics and have become an even bigger threat in both cooperative and solo play.

To learn more about Starling Games and the expansion of Archmage they released on Kickstarter, check out the details and links below.

Game Information:
Number of player: 1-4
Suggested Play Time: 60-120 minutes
Suggested Age: 14+

Included in the box:
Power tiles

Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: November 2018
Ship Date: December 2019