Game of Thrones Ascent is an RPG game brought by Disruptor Beam. The game mechanics is mainly based on decisions you have to make on each quest, which in turn end up shaping your character’s aligment (see Character and Quest section for a detailed explanation). You won’t see live action battles here, it’s a pure RPG, and characters from the TV Show and Book are not directly involved in the game, but just heard.
Before you start, you must know that your progress in the game can be measured by your character level and the second one if Power (top right side of the screen to see points) which positions you in a ranking of Lords.
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XP Points & Currencies
- Power: Power points place you in a certain position within the worldwide ranking of Lords.
- Level: Your character’s level is your overall progress in the game. You don’t obtain a specific amount of XP points per completed adventure or quest, but rather a percentaje of the level meter, position your mouse on the meter to see how much you need to reach the next level. Leveling up also unlock new buildings to construct, new Sworn Swords, new abilities.
- Silver: Earn Silver from taxes, quests and adventures. You can purchase extra silver with real money if you want to.
- Gold: Gold is used to purchase premium items and speed-ups. This is GoT Ascent hard currency and available only through in-game purchases.
You should be introduced to the Name and Portrait window before anything else where you can choose among several avatars. There’s also the option to get a random name. Once you are finished, a brief intro will appear, you can skip it anytime if you already read the books or follow the TV show.
You can access the Character’s main menu by clicking on your avatar at the bottom bar. The character menu consists of 5 tabs; Equipment, Character, Pacts and Power, Stats and Achievements.
The equipment slots are divided into Hand items, Armor items and companion items. Also, you can see your stats through this window.
The equipment tab also contains the talents tree and the storage window. The storage window contains all your basic resources like Iron, Wood, etc. Also, boons and food are included.
This is where you can see where are you exactly leaning towards in each of the three Character Alignments;
- Tradition: The tradition axis measures your commitment to the Old Ways or the new ways. The old ways embody the traditions of the first men, personal justice, and respect for the old Gods. The new ways embody chivalry, worship of the Faith of the Seven, and modern thinking.
- Duty: The Duty axis measures whether you hold greater allegiance to Family or to the Realm. A duty to family means placing the interests yourself and those close to you above anything else. A duty to realm means that you believe the good of Westeros and the Seven Kingdoms is paramount.
- Integrity: The integrity axis measures whether you are Truthful or Cunning. Being cunning means thingking pragmatically, avoiding revealing too much information to others, and taking advantage of opportunities. Being truthful means being Frank, avoiding lies, and building strong bonds of trust.
Pacts and Power
Besides the top right side of the screen, this is where you can check your current stats, consisting of three main ones, Battle, Intrigue and Trade, remember that these stats will combine with your Sworn Sword ones when doing some Sworn Sword quests. All main stats have sub-stats, all of them having an attack and defense column where you can assign points to.
- Battle: Consists of Fight, Harass and Aid
- Intrigue: Consists of Spy, Steal and Sabotage
- Trade: Consists of Barter, Bribe and Swindle
This RPG just couldn’t miss a huge list of achievements. These are divided into; Great Deeds, Regional, Lineage, Loot, Story and Friends & Foes. Some achievements require of multiple actions to be completed.
As with most games on facebook, the current quests are shown on a sidebar positioned on the left side of the screen. Once you click on a quest, you will be shown a window where the quest giver appears with a brief description of the quest and below a list of tasks or paths. You don’t have to complete all of them, but rather opt for one of them, sort of a choose your own adventure book-style.
Now, besides tasks and quests, there’s a higher level called Chapters (or prologues at the very beginning). Each of these chapters also offer rewards once completed, you can access by clicking on the icon on top of your current quest log. As you progress through the chapter you will eventually be given a Sworn Sword quest, read the section below for more details about these special quests.
Rewards display at the end of a quest. Most quests offer XP points besides other items
Depending on which option you choose, you will end up on a certain three-axis configuration, better explained in the character section below, these are; Truthful or Cunning, New Ways vs Old Ways, Realm or Family (you can see which type of points you obtain on the right side of the option/task). At first, it seems easy, but as you keep completing chapters, you will have to meditate on your choosing quite a lot, even having to ask your advisors first.
Chapters also contain bonus goals which are mainly social tasks that require neighbors/friends interactions.
Sworn Sword Quests
Sworn Sword quests works similar to a card battle game. You must choose from one of your Sworn Swords (at first you will only have Ser Hugo Flint), after that, pick among the three main actions, battle, trade or intrigue. right next, choose one of the sub-actions and finally send them to battle/trade/deceive the oponent. The sworn sword’s own stats mix with your own (you can see them on the top left side of the screen) and the Sword Sword specialization also comes into play. Not all the actions will be available at first.
If you succeed, you will get Silver and items, and if you lose, you will suffer wounds, get 5 wounds and your sworn-sword will die.
[box type=”shadow”]Read our Sworn Sword Guide, we explain in detail how to properly train them and use them in adventures.[/box]
Adventuring and PvP Missions
Once you get to prologue part 3, you will start recruiting Sworn Swords. You can either choose to Adventure or Help or Harm other nobles, which can only be done once you reach level 5, these are basically Player vs Player missions/battles. Now, you will be able to increase your sworn swords ranks by doing any of these. Sworn Swords can be equipped just like your main character with Hand, Body and Companion items. The adventures will be listed in order of difficulty inside the Keep Building, each one of them is unlocked once you reach a certain level. Adventuring works the same way as the Sworn Sword quests, you first pick a sworn sword, an action and then send it Adventuring. Mind you, although you can speed it up, you cannot retrieve your SS from adventuring once you click on the “Go” button. Success or Failure are the two possible outcomes, the first one yields rewards and rank upgrades, the latter only wounds.
We’ve got some useful tips and good strategies for Adventures on a separate guide.
Choosing Your Fealties
By the end of Prologue, Part 3, you will be offered the chance of joining a House. Beware that depending on the background you previously chose, some Houses will work much better than others because of their particular benefits. For instance, if you went Merchant, Lannister is the obvious choice.
The Lorebook tracks your progress through the Game of Thrones Ascent story. The lorebook also contains information on Backgrounds, Fealties, your past actions.
Once you complete the first quests, you will unlock the Buildings feature. Buildings are needed in order to produce some items or resources. Also, you will need the production of certain buildings to be able to craft items in another building. The first building you will see is the Counting House, which allows you to collect Silver. Buildings take time to construct and the process can be speed-up by using different items, each one of them cost more Gold as they allow you to save more time.
So what is the Power feature exactly?. Power is your overall standing as a noble of Westeros. You obtain power points per in-game action completed, such as quests, building constructions and group events. Once you fill up the bar, you will reach the next level. You can see the worldwide or Friends-only Power ranking list, including your own position there.
Friends, Social Interactions
Eventually, some quests will required to get friends and take part to complete it. The game also includes group events, where all Sworn Swords from all people take part to finish it. Rewards are distributing considering how big your role was in its completion. Alliances is another distinctive feature of the game, which we will explain below in a few days. In a few words, the more active friends you have, the better, so start adding people, the official app page is a great place to start when looking to add contacts to Facebook.