Ascension: Gift of the Elements

Ascension is a deck-building game in which players spend Runes to acquire more powerful cards for their deck. It offers a dynamic play experience where players have to react and adjust their strategy accordingly. Each player starts with a small deck of cards, and uses those cards to acquire more and better cards for their deck, with the goal of earning the most Honor Points by gaining cards and defeating monsters.

Ascension: Gift of the Elements is the eleventh standalone game in the Ascension series, although the game can be combined with other titles for play with up to six players. This set sees the return of Events from Storm of Souls and Immortal Heroes; Events enter the game via the center deck and create an immediate impact for all players. However, unlike in previous sets, Events can now be acquired and transformed into powerful Hero cards.

This set introduces two new mechanisms: infest and empower. Infest allows you to mess with an opponent’s deck, forcing them to draw useless cards. This gameplay feature can slow down a player that jumps out early and introduces a strategic element not seen in previous sets. Players can counter this infestation through Empower cards. When the player acquires an Empower card, they may banish a card played that turn (i.e., using the card, then eliminating it). This added flexibility creates a lasting impact in each game.

Camel Up Cards

Note that this is a standalone card game, not an expansion to Camel Up.

As with the board game Camel Up, Camel Up Cards has players betting on camels as they make their way down a racetrack. Each player has some knowledge about which camels can move — and how far they can go when they do finally decide to move — but they can’t be sure of when each one will move, so they’ll just have to guess which ones will end in front of the others, hoping to earn a bit of money while doing so.

TMNT: Shadows of the Past April O’Neil Hero Pack

Fans can continue the plot of the original base game, TMNT: Shadows of the Past, with the April O’Neil Hero Pack, which includes an all-new adventure comic featuring four new battle scenarios not available in any previous TMNT box set.

The expansion includes April’s action dice, which features a double shuriken and two chi faces, making her a shredded powerhouse long-range fighter. Additionally, the pack includes 7 action cards such as First-Aid, which allows her to heal the Turtles, the boot-shaking Gravity Gauntlet, that both inflicts damage to opponents and knocks them back, and the Stealth Suit, which makes her incredibly hard to hit in combat.

Also available in this expansion pack, is a new April O’Neil figure sculpt with a completely different look. With her hood up and gravity gauntlet raised, April is ready to stand up and fight alongside Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo.

In total, the TMNT: Shadows of the Past Board game expansion: April O’Neil Hero Pack upgrade includes the plastic figure, three Action Dice, seven Action Cards, a Hero Sheet featuring new art from Tony Vargas, and the Adventure Comic with 4 new Battle scenarios. Please note that this pack requires the base game to play.