Ashes Reborn – Frequently Asked Questions & Clarifications

Given the non-standard launch of Ashes Reborn through our new PDP system, there is the potential for confusion. Find answers to commonly asked questions below!

 

How do I help make Ashes Reborn a reality?

The sole indicator for Plaid Hat to start printing Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn again, and to continue printing new expansions, is the number of Ashes Reborn subscriptions. If you want the game to be produced, just sign up! It’s free, no contracts, no fees, cancel anytime, etc

The production threshold is 1000 units via the Ashes Reborn Subscription.

Like all of our other subscriptions, you’ll automatically receive new products as soon as they are released. For Ashes, this starts with the Ashes Reborn Upgrade Pack, and then a new expansion every three months. All releases, including the Upgrade Pack, will be $29.95.

For those outside of North America, Plaid Hat is actively looking at how best to gauge support in your region.

What is the Ashes Reborn Upgrade Pack?

The Ashes Reborn Upgrade Pack is a box of cards that consists of rebalanced, rewritten, and reprinted cards from across the existing card pool. Approximately 30% of the existing card pool is being rebalanced in this way, and these cards make up the Ashes Reborn Upgrade Pack.

The Ashes Reborn Upgrade Pack will be the first release through the Ashes Reborn Subscription.

The Upgrade Pack is a great way to not only update an existing Ashes collection, but also an excellent opportunity for new players to massively expand their card pool and deck building options (Core Set still required) for $29.95.

What is changing in Ashes Reborn?

The most notable change is that 30% of the current Ashes 1.0 card pool (across the Core Set and all expansions) is being rewritten, rebalanced, and reprinted. Those updated cards are being packaged together as the Ashes Reborn Upgrade Pack and are the first product sent through the Ashes Reborn subscription.

Additionally, rules are being cleaned up and better adapted to the fundamental structure of Ashes. Less exceptions, less confusion.

An example of this is the Mount rule, which was previously a little tedious. Now, when a mount leaves play, the facedown unit underneath simply returns to hand.

Official updates regarding the changes will be forthcoming via Nick at Plaid Hat.

How do I upgrade my current Ashes collection to Ashes Reborn?

If you already have Ashes cards, all you need to do is subscribe to the Ashes Reborn Subscription. The first Ashes Reborn subscription release is the Ashes Reborn Upgrade Pack, which contains all of the cards that have been changed.

Once you have the Ashes Reborn Upgrade Pack your old collection is fully updated. From that point on, you’ll receive a new expansion every three months as long as you stay subscribed, and the cost will always be $29.95.

Do I have to re-buy all of the previous expansions to play Ashes Reborn?

No! You just need the Ashes Reborn Upgrade Pack ($29.95) and everything in your collection will be updated. This Upgrade Pack is available through the Ashes Reborn Subscription.

Will the Ashes Reborn Upgrade Pack be available outside of the Ashes Reborn Subscription?

Assuming that subscription numbers remain strong and production levels are reached, the Ashes Reborn Upgrade Pack and future expansions will be available at some point after subscriptions are fulfilled via the Plaid Hat Games Store and, likely, distribution channels outside of North America.

What is the best way for a new player to get started with Ashes Reborn?

First, you’ve made an excellent decision!

The good news is that all of the original product line will remain relevant, and stock is still available via Plaid Hat and other retailers. As such, our suggested starting points are the following:

Budget start: Ashes Starter Set + Ashes Reborn Subscription

Full start: Ashes Starter Set + Law of Lions + Song of Soaksend + Ashes Reborn Subscription

The budget start is the Starter Set, with the dice needed for the original four magic types, pre-built decks, rules, and tokens. With your Reborn subscription, you will receive the Reborn Upgrade Pack, which contains any changed versions of cards from your Core Set, as well as a significant number of cards from various expansions to expand your deck-building options.

We say “full start” because both Law of Lions and Song of Soaksend introduced new dice types (they were the only products to do so), and those dice were then utilized in later Phoenixborn expansions. If you have all of the dice types because you own these two expansions, you can play any Phoenixborn – past or future.

This is the best time to pick up either option, because Plaid Hat is currently offering 50% off of every expansion on their website.

What happens to cards that are not being reprinted in the Ashes Reborn Upgrade Pack?

Any card not reprinted in the Ashes Reborn Upgrade Pack is perfectly legal and usable moving forward. The only non-promo cards being “retired” are those with new versions in the Ashes Reborn Upgrade Pack and those in the Path of Assassins expansion.

Will every Ashes card eventually be changed and reprinted?

No! The only cards being changed and reprinted are those found in the Ashes Reborn Upgrade Pack. After that, it’s all new content.

Will the expansions be reprinted?

Yes! And when an expansion is reprinted, it will contain the updated Reborn version of any of its contents that were changed.

Can I subscribe to Ashes Reborn if I am outside of the United States?

Yes! We ship worldwide. Given that we are shipping product from the US, shipping will scale accordingly. You can estimate your cost during subscription checkout.

Note that the first release, the Ashes Reborn Upgrade Pack, will be the heaviest release, so it will carry the highest shipping cost. After the Upgrade Pack has shipped, the shipping cost on your subscription will automatically be lowered as appropriate for the lighter expansions.

Many international players are pooling their play-group into one subscription in order to have it all shipped together in one package, lowering shipping costs. The Ashes Online Facebook group is a good resource for this.

In addition, as long as subscription numbers remain healthy and production assured, Plaid Hat will be working with distributors to distribute product outside of North America.

Will Ashes products be available through standard retail channels?

Retailers who wish to carry Ashes can reach out directly to Plaid Hat Games. Ashes products will not go through traditional retail channels in North America at this time.

When will the first new Ashes product release?

Once the production threshold is reached, we estimate 3-5 months for the Ashes Reborn Upgrade Pack, and then every three months for a new expansion after that.

Will the art style be the same?

The game will continue with the art style and graphic design that made it so notable to begin with, and Isaac Vega is still doing the world building and art direction as he has from the start.

Will there be organized play for Ashes?

Organized Play will be pursued by Plaid Hat Games once production of Reborn is underway and stable.

I saw something about Ashes 1.5. Are 1.5 and Reborn the same thing?

Essentially, yes. Reborn is the new line of products that use the updated 1.5 ruleset. Everything moving forward will simply be referred to as Reborn.

We’ve partnered with Plaid Hat Games for Ashes 1.5.

We have amazing news to share. Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn, the well-loved expandable card game from Plaid Hat Games, is getting a second chance through a new variation of our Covenant Subscriptions service we’re calling the Player-Driven Production model.

The concept is simple. If enough people sign up for our Ashes 1.5 subscription, Plaid Hat will reboot the game – starting with an Ashes 1.5 Upgrade Pack ($29.95) that contains rebalanced and streamlined reprints of ~30% of the Ashes 1.0 card pool – and new expansions will continue to be produced every three months as long as there are enough subscribers to meet the production threshold.

If you would like to see Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn return, sign up for our Ashes 1.5 Reborn Subscription!

We interviewed Colby Dauch (CEO of Plaid Hat) at GAMA this year where he spoke about the concept of a “minimum viable audience,” and our off-camera discussions quickly shifted to Ashes as a perfect example of this idea.

An expandable card game from a smaller publisher doesn’t have the volume needed for the traditional three-tier system and demands shelf space from retailers. Similarly, a game with smaller, affordable expansions make expandable games a bad fit for Kickstarter. That’s why these games so often never get made or get lost in the noise after their initial hype dies down.

Instead of accepting that fate, we’ve partnered with Plaid Hat to pioneer this new Player-Driven Production subscription model and to give dedicated fans – assuming there are enough of us – the ability to make Ashes 1.5 a reality.

The only way this happens is if at least 1,000 subscribers are onboard via the Ashes 1.5 Reborn SubscriptionOne subscription with a quantity of 20 does count as 20 toward the goal of 1000.

Given the unique and impressive art and personas in the game (thanks Fernanda!), how encouraging Nick Conley’s 1.5 development approach has been, and how highly we rate the game, we think that goal is absolutely in reach.

You can find out more via Plaid Hat’s press release and our live stream announcement (it’s probably stil processing), and we hope it goes without saying that all of us at Covenant, as well as the team at Plaid Hat, would love to have you as a part of this new Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn community.

As a little proof that this project has been actively in development for months, take a peek at the pending Ashes 1.5 Upgrade Pack design! It isn’t final, but it should provide an idea of what to expect.

We’re only able to do something like this because of the amazing support from our customers, viewers, and supporters over the years. We can’t thank you enough for being a part of Covenant. Some of you have been following us for over a decade, and we hope that our trajectory is in line with your expectations.

Now, let’s go get Ashes back.

Arcane Tokens Now Available

After being inspired by Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn and taking a hard look at all of our token lines, we asked ourselves a question that has been slowly marinating for years.

“How far can we push this acrylic medium into the magical?”

 

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Fully compatible with Ashes but also aimed at pretty much every magical universe, Arcane Tokens are the answer to this question.

Magic, at its best, is about mystery. It inspires us and intrigues us because it seems so close, so possible, if only we could break through for a moment. Magic insists that there is more to life than consistent, predictable laws binding reality in a tidy little bow, and that if we just look hard enough we will discover the power that has been whispered about since the beginning of human history. That possibility is why so much of our industry revolves around magical concepts. It is the frontier that all of our imaginations have pondered since that first read of Lord of the Rings, that first playthrough of Might & Magic, that first big box Dungeons & Dragons campaign.

Every Arcane Token encapsulates this kind of mystery by utilizing double-sided paint fills and fluid-yet-geometric designs that complement each other. We doubled down on the parallax concept first explored in our Data Token line by creating patterns that achieved the holographic effect regardless of the side being viewed. Because of this method, Arcane Tokens do not have a proper front or back even though there are different designs on each side – and that is pretty mysterious.

 

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The Arcane Token Set includes Exhaustion Tokens, Damage Tokens, Status Tokens, and a First Player / Initiative Token in quantities that we tweaked to be ideal for most every type of Ashes player, but each token is also available in single packs for those who need more or who only have their eyes on a specific token.

 

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You can find out more by visiting the Arcane Tokens page, which includes a video overview and specific details about each token. If any questions, shout at us via our Contact Page!

 

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Huge thank you to those who purchased these at the Ashes Weekend pre-release and to Plaid Hat Games for the support! We are excited to get them out into the world and in the hands of all types of players. Be sure to let us know what you think via social or here on this blog!

More to come.

Ashes Weekend Is Here

Friday at 5PM, we open the doors and kick off an incredibly exciting weekend at Covenant Tulsa with special guests from Plaid Hat Games! We will be streaming live via our YouTube channel and will be recording and posting plenty of content from the event! Keep it locked with us and catch the schedule below!

 

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Schedule – April 15th-16th

Friday:

5pm-11pm – The first two expansions will go on sale a week early for the first time, the store will be available for gaming, and Plaid Hat and TC staff will be in the house!
8pm – Live Panel – Hang out and watch as TC interviews Plaid Hat Games, live! Q&A will be at the end of the panel, so come ready to ask questions!

Saturday:

11am – The swiss tournament begins! Deck lists and registration by 10:45am. There will be a dinner break between the Swiss rounds and the top cut. The top cut will be held in the Covenant Studio and live streamed, so those that do not make the cut can watch the game live from the store!

Registration

Upon arriving, each attendee will receive Alt Art Mist Spirits, a signed copy of Rin and Brennen Fight Print, a promo Lulu Phoenixborn, a promo Dimona Phoenixborn, and a Plaid Hat!

Tournament Prizes

Random – Playmats, Alt Prints, Alt Art Cards
Top 8 – Rin and Brennen Alt Art Cards, Exclusive Top 8 Playmat
Top 4 – Exclusive Art Print
Winner – Custom Trophy, Custom Deck Box

Special Guests

Isaac Vega – Ashes lead developer
Fernanda Suarez – Ashes lead artist
David Richards – Ashes graphic designer
Bob Klotz – Ashes lead playtester
Brian Beyke – Community relations manager

 

Ashes Weekend

When we first saw the box for Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn at GenCon this year, we immediately took note and added it to our short list of titles worth serious consideration. Any company that cares enough to produce a game as stunning as Ashes – from the box, to the inserts, to the cards and components – likely cares deeply about every other facet of their business. Having already known the beauty of Summoner Wars and observing the culture of Plaid Hat Games over the past few years, we knew that this game was worth every bit of our attention.

On October 1, 2015, we officially added it to our line of supported games, began selling Ashes products, and added it to our Covenant Subscription service. We started hosting monthly Ashes tournaments at Covenant Tulsa, archiving the streams on our Watch page, and added the game to our in-store league.

And now, it is time to kick things to the next level!

Ashes Weekend is a joint event between Plaid Hat Games and Team Covenant, featuring the amazing people behind the game, early Ashes products, stunning alt arts, and exclusive prizes. It is designed for both the laid back and competitive player, with only one goal: celebrate this incredible game.

Details

Date: April 15 – 16
Location: Covenant Tulsa
Time:
 Store Hours (5PM-11PM Friday, 10AM – 8PM Saturday)
Cost: $30
Registration: Open now, limited spots – Register on our store!

Featured Plaid Hat Guests
Isaac Vega | Lead Designer | Watch Our GenCon Interview!
Fernanda Suarez | Lead Artist | Watch Our GenCon Interview!
David Richards | Graphic Designer
Bob Klotz | Lead Playtester
Brian Beyke | Community Relations Manager

Attendance Perks
1x Alt-Art Mist Spirit (pictured below)
1x Brennen Blackcloud v. Rin Northfell signed print (pictured below)
1x Plaid Hat (for your head)
Early purchase option for both the Rin Northfell and Brennen Blackcloud expansions. We will have them in-store! They will be usable in the Saturday tournament!

Friday: The store will be filled with the great folks from Plaid Hat, who will be playing games, giving autographs, and participating in a live-streamed Q&A panel. Join us for a wonderful, chill evening with some of the best people in the business.

Saturday: All day Ashes with Plaid Hat in the house, featuring casual games all day and a big tournament (the expansions will be legal) to heat things up! Random participation prizes throughout the day include playmats, alt arts, and tokens, while tournament prizes include Top 8 alt art Bren & Rin cards, exclusive Top 8 playmats, exclusive Top 4 alt art prints, and a trophy and custom deck box for the winner. Live stream will be going strong all day on our YouTube channel!

This weekend is going to be pure fire! We cannot stress pre-registration enough. Save your spot before showing up, as we will have a (very) full house! More information to come as we get closer to the event. Special thanks to Plaid Hat and to all of the Ashes fans out there who recognize the beauty! See you in April!

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Top 8 Alt Arts!

 

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Bren & Rin Print / Playmat

 

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Alt-Art Mist Spirit

 

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The first expansions, available early and tournament legal!

Ashes Joins The Family

Without a doubt one of the most striking releases at GenCon this year was Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn. That first glance of the box immediately caused eyes to widen, and it seemed the game could be quite special. We were fortunate enough to have a chat with Isaac, the game’s lead designer, and Fernanda, the mastermind behind all of the unbelievable art, after which we bagged a few Master Sets. Once back in Tulsa, we sat down to find out if Ashes could hold up to our admittedly high expectations.

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After much playtesting and discussion, we are thrilled to announce that we will be selling and supporting Ashes products both locally and online, and adding Ashes to Covenant Subscriptions!

Ashes is a head to head game that pits Phoenixborn (think awesome wizards who can use various schools of magic) against each other in contests of conjuration. Your Phoenixborn summons creatures onto the battlefield and utilizes various spells and effects in order to deal lethal damage to any opposing Phoenixborn (yes, it can handle more than two players!). While this idea is not particularly new, the system that Ashes utilizes definitely is. This is not just another “play cards and turn them sideways” game. The system of rules that governs Ashes perfectly reflects the theme of the game, and, exceptionally, still allows for a huge amount of player agency.

 

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Why We Like It

Plaid Hat is a great company. We have been interacting with them on and off since Summoner Wars, and on every level we have engaged them, they have impressed. Professional, talented, innovative, and in this space for all the right reasons.

The theme of Ashes is nothing new, but it has never been so beautifully achieved. From the art, to the “schools of magic” dice, to spellbook construction, to the conjurations themselves – every game throws you into one of the coolest, wildest wizard battles imaginable, where your success depends on outwitting and outplaying your opponent.

The ruleset is minimal and clean. Each player simply takes a single Main Action and optional Side Action during their turn, which makes it easy for new players to dive in and digest the basics. But as turns pass back and forth, the depth of the game springs forth. Through multiple turns, you must set up complex attack vectors and threaten attack windows before the action even starts. While it is an overused analogy, the comparison to Chess is apt – by threatening lines of play and forcing your opponent out of position, you can steal the advantage before any attacks are made. It feels a lot like Netrunner, too, because there is a ton of freedom in the action system.

It’s an EGS, which means it is non-collectible and has a release schedule like the Living Card Game / Expandable Card Game offerings that we support. This model is definitely the way of the future, and it makes it easy for us to slide it into our preexisting systems.

You choose your starting hand.

You can draft it. Like, in a real way.

 

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Get Onboard

To get started with Ashes, pick up a Master Set (only one is needed to get all of the cards). Then, subscribe to Ashes via Covenant Subscriptions to get every release as it hits!

Subscribe to our YouTube channel and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so you never miss Ashes content.

Check out Plaid Hat Games and connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

If you’re around Tulsa, come into our store and get a demo!

 

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Our Journey Continues

We love sharing new games with our customers and fans, and still fully believe that a curated tabletop experience is the best way to expand and improve the industry. A huge thank you goes out to everyone across the world who purchases our products and subscribes through Covenant Subscriptions. We could not do this without you. If anyone has experiences with Ashes that they’d like to share, leave a comment or hit us up on social!