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Ascendant is the superpowered role-playing game of infinite possibilities. In this 496-page standalone rulebook, you get:

  • Elegant game mechanics that swiftly simulate the physics of a comic-book world using easy-to-reference real-life benchmarks
  • Color-coded challenge action resolution tables that resolve complex actions with superspeed
  • Infinitely scalable system lets you play heroes of any power level, from streetfighters to living gods – and replicate virtually any character from your favorite anime, comic, manga, or movie settings
  • Countless powers all customizable with an easy-to-use system of modifier tags that lets you match your power’s specifics to your character concept
  • Comprehensive detective mechanics for investigating crimes, interviewing witnesses, and finding clues
  • Detailed options for super-geniuses to create inventions, cure diseases, and even bring their outlandish devices into mass production
  • Extensive rules for responding to emergencies such as asteroid strikes, avalanches, disease outbreaks, earthquakes, fires, nuclear disasters, tornados, tsunamis, and volcanoes
  • A huge catalog of pre-built characters and objects including major military vehicles such as aircraft carriers, attack submarines, and ballistic missiles
  • A dynamic mission generation system to help you create challenges for your heroes
  • An optional campaign setting with ready-to-use heroes, villains, and organizations
  • Spectacular artwork by industry-leading pencilers, inkers, and colorists

Who will you become when you ascend? Don your cape and mask and find out in Ascendant.

February 26 Update:

We are pleased to share updated versions of the Ascendant rules. The file Ascendant Core Rulebook with Vision Layers features additional layers for you to customize for your use and enjoyment of the title. You can choose to view the PDF in color or in grayscale and either with art or without art. These layers allow you to customize the PDF to suit your needs. 

Since not all options will work for everyone or every device, we are also provided some standard options:

  • Ascendant Core Rulebook - Color is the standard full-color rulebook.
  • Ascendant Core Rulebook - B&W presents all of the pages in grayscale. This improves accessiblity for readers who found the white-on-red and white-on-blue text blocks hard to read.
  • Ascendant Core Rulebook - No Art removes all of the art from the book. This is useful to those who want to share the book with younger readers or who want to be able to print pages without art. 

Errata Corrected

The Core Rulebook has been updated to include all of the errata identified since the game has been released. The Errata Compilation PDF provides a detailed overview of all of the corrections that have been made to the book. The errata is compiled in order of priority with the opening pages covering the most important matters. 

Print Options Now Available

The new print files have been proofed and the print options are now available. If you've already purchased the PDF, check your email for a $20 coupon for the softcover!

Star-Spangled Squadron Flyer

Ascendant: Star-Spangled Squadron is a graphic novel set in the universe of Ascendant. It will be crowdfunding on IndieGoGo on March 15. Check out the flyer to see one of the four covers for the upcoming book. We'll be distributing a sneak preview on DriveThruComics soon.


 
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Daniel O May 10, 2022 3:20 pm UTC
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Is it correct to assume that an Augmentative Blast Object (like the compound bow) has its SPs compared to the wielder's MIG?

This is probably one of the trickier Augmentative Objects in the book, since Blast is neither a Skill nor a Power with a clear "substitution chain" like Strike.
Blast for characters does however come at a discount up to the character's MIG, and Augmentative Blast is described as being used for muscle-powered ranged attacks, so I'd say that MIG is being applicable here, even if it's not spelled out specifically.
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Alexander M May 11, 2022 5:58 am UTC
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Your conclusion is absolutely correct -- you'd compare it to MIG/Super-Strength.
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Neil S April 25, 2022 2:31 am UTC
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Are there any organised criminal organisations in this
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Alexander M April 25, 2022 2:53 am UTC
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There are several in the setting. The two main ones are "Exodus" and "El Cartel de Los Carteles".

"Exodus" is an organization of super-terrorists who believe that it's time to "exit humanity". They engage in wanton acts of destruction in order to trigger ascension in those who endure the carnage.

"El Cartel de Los Carteles" is a meta-cartel that has formed from the union of the world's largest drug syndicates. They are large and wealthy enough to have ascendants on the payroll which gives them the edge against ordinary criminals and cops.

There's a number of others, including some supernatural bad guys ("Court of Night"), ecoterrorists ("Nature's Right"), and private military baddies ("Dark Emerald"). There's also the Chinese and Russian superteams, which are good from the perspective of China and Russia but can serve as antagonist for western heroes.
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Neil S April 30, 2022 5:57 am UTC
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Are there stats for all these in the book
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Alexander M May 03, 2022 2:19 am UTC
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The major organizations have stats, the smaller ones do not
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Ian F April 15, 2022 3:56 pm UTC
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One more question, if I may ask; in regards to conversions from DC, what might be a reasonable figure for Batman's VAL and Martial Arts skill? Thank you.
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Alexander M April 18, 2022 5:14 am UTC
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To convert from DC Heroes I do the following:
MIG should be equal to the lesser of STR or BOD
AGI should be equal to DEX
VAL should be equal to the greater of Martial Arts or DEX
RES should be equal to (WILL + MIND + SPIRIT) / 3
INS should be equal to INT
CHA should be equal to (INFL + AURA) / 2

I then assign Bludgeoning Strike SPs equal to rank of Martial Arts and SPs of either Super-Strength or Super-Stamina equal to the greater of STR or BOD.

Based on https://www.dcheroesrpg.com/2017/08/batman.html you would stat Batman as follows:

MIG 5
AGI 9
VAL 9
RES 11
INS 12
CHA 9

Powers: Super-Stamina 6, Bludgeoning Strike 9

Note that DC Heroes does not follow Ascendant's convention that normal humans are limited to 5 SPs in Attributes and 9 SPs in Skills, and most DC characters cannot be simulated if you attempt to do so. You're better off just ignoring that rule when converting them over....See more
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Alexander M April 18, 2022 5:25 am UTC
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Since someone is bound to ask, to convert from Marvel/FASERIP, do the following:

MIG should be equal to lesser of STR or END
AGI should be equal to AGIL
VAL should be equal to FIGHTING
RES should be equal to PSYCHE
INS should be equal to REASON
CHA should be equal to INTUITION

Feeble = 1 SP
Poor = 2 SP
Typical = 3 SP
Good = 4 SP
Excellent = 5 SP
Remarkable = 7 SP
Incredible = 9 SP
Amazing = 11 SP
Monstrous = 13 SP
Unearthly = 15 SP
Shift X = 16 SP
Shift Y = 17 SP
Shift Z = 18 SP
Class 1000 = 20 SP
Class 3000 = 24 SP
Class 5000 = 30 SP

So Thor (https://classicmarvelforever.com/cms/thor.html) would be something like:
MIG 15, AGI 9, VAL 15, RES 11, INS 3, CHA 5, with Physical Invulnerability 5, Cryogenic Corrosive Electrical Ionizing Thermal Toxic Resistance 15, Immortality 20, Weather Control 15, Boomerang Bludgeoning Strike 16*, Hovering Flight 20*,...See more
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Ian F April 18, 2022 8:58 pm UTC
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Thank you for this info, it's incredibly useful.
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Ian F April 12, 2022 1:50 pm UTC
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Just to end a dispute amongst my group, Do amateur Musicians/Actors/Composers/Photographers have Avocations and Processionals have them as a 'Profession'? Thank you.
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Alexander M April 12, 2022 5:55 pm UTC
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That's how I've typically done it. Either one could be used in Challenge Actions at the appropriate AV, but my sense is that the area of coverage would be a little bit different. E.g. a hobbyist filmmaker might know more about low-end cameras and indie conferences while a pro filmmaker would have more of a film school professional knowledge. The cost will be the same in most cases so it's largely fluff.
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Ian F April 12, 2022 8:58 pm UTC
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Thanks for clarifying. Superb game system.
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Ian F April 10, 2022 3:32 pm UTC
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Hi, I must have missed my coupon for the softcover. How can I get another please? Thanks in advance.
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Alexander M April 10, 2022 7:22 pm UTC
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Hi Ian, drop us an email at support @ autarch.co (not .com)
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Ian F April 12, 2022 1:49 pm UTC
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Done and completed. Thank you.
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Adam H March 30, 2022 5:06 pm UTC
This looks awesome! I am interested in picking up but most of my gaming these days is virtual. Do any of the major VTT services support this game? Do any of them have character sheets etc. for it?
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Alexander M March 31, 2022 12:04 am UTC
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Thanks for checking it out. We have made a number of HeroForge-based tokens available for VTT on the forums. A player on our Ascendant Discord has developed a die roller and some other modest support for Roll20. There hasn't yet been a full VTT engine/module built, though.
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Tony N March 14, 2022 8:49 am UTC
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Thank you so much for the discount on the printed book for having bought the PDF. It was very generous of you and I'm eagerly awaiting my hard copy.
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Alexander M March 31, 2022 12:05 am UTC
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Thanks for supporting the game!
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David H March 04, 2022 5:01 am UTC
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I'm starting a new thread for any errata I find in the second printing.

Page 127, Eye Contact Modifier, change "Visual Acuities" to "Visual Clarities".

Page 227, Weight Restrictions, Weapons (Explosive), “its High Energy” should be “it’s High Energy”.

Page 218, change "If an object’s Current Durability is reduced to a negative value greater than its maximum Durability, it is utterly Destroyed and irreparable." to "If an object’s Current Durability is reduced to a negative value equal to or greater than its maximum Durability, it is utterly Destroyed and irreparable."

Page 395, under Disarm, "The item is dropped at a point of the attacker’s choice within his own Melee Attack Range from the target." Does this also apply if the Disarm is a ranged attack?

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David H March 04, 2022 6:21 pm UTC
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Page 110, first example, Weight of 150 lbs should be 2 SPs, not 3.

Page 117, change "A targets can generally smell the odor at a Range in SPs equal to the SPs of Power – 7." to "A target can generally smell the odor at a Range in SPs equal to the SPs of Power – 7."
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Tim O March 01, 2022 7:16 pm UTC
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What happened to the POD option?
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Alexander M March 01, 2022 10:49 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
I had to disable it while the new version of the book is approved for printing by Lightning Source. I am awaiting delivery of the new proofs. Once they are approved, the updated POD will become available with the errata included.
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Tim O March 11, 2022 4:05 pm UTC
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Also, I just received a discount code to update to full version. Is this applicable to orders of the POD as well?
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Alexander M March 31, 2022 12:06 am UTC
PUBLISHER
No, but I separately sent out a discount code for POD to those who had bought the PDF when POD wasn't available for an easy upgrade. If you have ended up having to "double pay" drop us an email at orders@autarch.co.
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Mark H February 26, 2022 10:02 pm UTC
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Hi Alex,

Glad you've included an Errata listed in the latest update as I've only just received the POD Hardback a few days ago, although I would've preferred the choice of a Softcover POD, which you are now aiming to do, which is annoying.

Please continue to keep publishing errata for those of us who have bought POD versions for the future.

Cheers
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Alexander M March 01, 2022 10:50 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
I'm glad it was helpful. I personally printed out the first 2 pages of the errata for my use at the table. The rest of it is largely typos or math errors. I hope we don't discover much more errata but if we do I'll keep it updated.
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Alexander M February 26, 2022 9:55 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
We are pleased to share updated versions of the Ascendant rules. The file Ascendant Core Rulebook with Vision Layers features additional layers for you to customize for your use and enjoyment of the title. You can choose to view the PDF in color or in grayscale and either with art or without art. These layers allow you to customize the PDF to suit your needs.

Since not all options will work for everyone or every device, we are also provided some standard options:
1) Ascendant Core Rulebook - Color is the standard full-color rulebook.
2) Ascendant Core Rulebook - B&W presents all of the pages in grayscale. This improves accessiblity for readers who found the white-on-red and white-on-blue text blocks hard to read.
3) Ascendant Core Rulebook - No Art removes all of the art from the book. This is useful to those who want to share the book with younger readers or who want to be able to print pages without art.


The Core Rulebook has also been updated to include...See more
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Thomas B February 19, 2022 9:14 am UTC
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I bought this book based on the many good reviews but sadly I had to learn it's not my cup of tea.

A lot of work obviously went into this book - 496 pages of content. Sadly as far as I am concerned it's much too involved. The system is a mix of DC heroes, Champions and FASERIP. The rules take a "hero physics simulation" approach and that's where everything falls apart for me. 496 pages of detailed special cases and rules (3 pages for bombs, 1.5 pages for handling asteroids, 2,5 pages for handling avalanches, 7 pages for diseases [in a superhero game??? come one!], 3 pages for earthquakes, 4.3 pages for realistically handling fire, 2.5 pages for nuclear disaster, and so on... for tornados, tsunsamis and whatever).

And the rules themselves for these cases aren't trivial either.

Take the two (!) pages on listening:

Hearing clarity = passive listening range + sound loudness - effective range - sound absorption - ambient loudness.

Effective...See more
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Damian S May 06, 2022 2:35 am UTC
Want to sell your copy?
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Brian R February 02, 2022 6:17 pm UTC
The system looks solid, but is there any chance for a version that's less suggestive in the art? Likewise, a quickstart set of rules? Some of my gamers interested in a new game are younger.
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Alexander M February 02, 2022 6:57 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Hi Brian! Thanks for checking out the game. We are going to offer an art-free version and a black & white version within a few weeks as part of the PDF download. I'll also be updating the Ascendant Preview thereafter.

One of the projects I have on the table is an "Ascendant: Animated Series Edition" where the art would be done like DC Animated Universe and we'd offer a simpler version of the game. Essentially similar to how you had AD&D with its devils and naked succubi and then you had Basic D&D with kid-friendly Larry Elmore art. I'm still sussing out whether there's a market for that combo of "simpler kid-friendly Ascendant."
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William M February 02, 2022 8:07 pm UTC
Gonna go ahead and say that my wife and I are two more that would jump at a kid/family friendly version. Loving what you've made here already, but as a GM that runs all ages convention games having that option available would just be awesome!
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Alexander M February 03, 2022 3:20 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Thanks for the feedback. Duly noted!
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Justin S February 08, 2022 4:51 pm UTC
Yeah a separate rpg version for under 12 is a great idea. But many adults I would surmise live the original artwork.
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Darren K February 22, 2022 1:35 am UTC
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Throwing in a "yes" for such a more kid friendly version.
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bryan B March 09, 2022 4:36 am UTC
Exactly! I run for all ages... and the---well ill just say it---vulgar art work killed it for me. I flipped thru the book at a game store...read a few of the entries...but saw the artwork (I am an graphic artist by the way 36 years 20 as an artist in the military) and put the book back on the shelf. (most comic books today are not fit for persons under 14 years of age.) I would suggest you produce a book with some artwork that would be all age appropriate. A book with out the imagery is also acceptable but barely so as art adds (or takes) so much from a publication, especially a game system inspired by four color comics! I know printing full color is expensive so perhaps researching print of demand... and offering two versions of art. Cheers...
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Charles B January 22, 2022 7:28 am UTC
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I have purchased the Ascendant PDF how do I go about requesting a discount for the hard cover from your website. I am immensely interested.
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Alexander M January 22, 2022 9:03 am UTC
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Great! Email me at orders@autarch.co and I'll help you.
(Make sure you use .co, not .com)
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Edward L January 22, 2022 2:14 am UTC
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I've had a chance to scan through the pdf, and I really like what I've read so far. Are you collecting errata, and is there a specific place we should be posting it along with any questions? One thing I noticed is that several of the examples of large predatory animals seem to have a very low MIG and/or lack of Super-Strength. The African Lion, Bengal Tiger, Grizzly Bear and Great White Shark have MIG rated at 4 or 5 with no Super-Strength which makes their MIG equal or less then the example human burly bouncer (MIG 5). For predatory cats that weigh between 300 and 600 lbs. and a bear and shark that can weigh north of 1,000 lbs. and one ton respectively that seems rather low (should all probably be 6+). This may simply reflect my lack of understanding of some nuance of the rules at this point, but stood out at first glance.
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Alexander M January 22, 2022 5:10 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Hi Edward, thanks for checking out the game. I am collecting errata. I keep a running log of all errata at the Autarch forums at https://forum.autarch.co/t/ascendant-errata/5600. I'll be updating that tomorrow with the latest errata that's been sent in.

As far as the animals, that's a great question! The animal templates are primarily designed for you to use with Skinchanging. The way the Skinchange power works, when you transform you add the animal's attributes -3 to your own attributes, because 3 SPs is the human average. Therefore the animals are all their species' equivalent of an average human with 3 SPs. They are NOT necessarily the biggest and toughest of its kind of the sort that get used as benchmarks, just as a 3 SP human isn't the biggest and toughest human. Animals at the peak of their species based on age, sex, weight, and dominance hierarchy can be up to 2 SPs more than what's shown in MIG, AGI, or VAL, just as peak humans can be up to 2 SPs more than average. (Some animals might be...See more
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Edward L January 22, 2022 7:08 pm UTC
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Thanks for the response. I look forward to seeing future products for this game.
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