Shattered Ascension (SA) is an extensive community mod for the epic board game Twilight Imperium 3 (TI3) of galactic conquest, politics and trade, from Fantasy Flight Games. Its main objective is to address TI3's alleged flaws and to make the game it was meant to be, through a few pillar principles.

Dynamic And Decisions

The game should feature exciting dynamic play with constant skirmishes and changing board positions, with no stale fleet build-up and filling up systems with ships and units. Each game should be packed with meaningful choices, interesting decisions and the need to fight and negotiate with the other players from the very first round, and continuing throughout the game in a race against the clock for victory.

Theme And Mechanics

Game mechanics must support concept and lore! The lore and the rich TI3 universe has been at the center of all the changes in SA. Examples include Saar changed from a stagnant mass producer to a lightweight and mobile race, and Yssaril changed from a borderline over-powered expansionist to a sneaky and elusive race.

Balancing through Asymmetry

TI3 has well known balance issues, with some races being universally recognised as weak (like Xxcha) and others as very strong (hi again Yssaril). But while many house rules have solved these issues by making strong races weaker and weak races stronger, SA brought balance by making all of them feel powerful, just in different ways.
 
Similarly, Dreadnoughts were well known to be costly, ineffective ships. Instead of increasing the speed of Dreadnoughts to 2 and making them similar to other ships, SA gave them an additional combat die, sharpening their strength: being slow platforms of destruction.

Features

TableTop Simulator Mod

If you want to experience Shattered Ascension without printing anything, you can grab the Shattered Ascension mod for TableTop Simulator. This mod is the result of countless hours of work to provide a high-quality experience with gorgeous models and components, splendid high-resolution redux tiles, as well as minimum setup times thanks to an extensive scripting support. Not convinced? Check out the presentation video of this mod.

Map Database

Tired of stale pie-slice shaped galaxies? Shattered Ascensions features a collection of hand-crafted maps, specifically designed to incentivise conflicts and border tensions, as well as offering diverse and interesting experiences. Check out the Map Database to take a look at existing maps, or make your own with our online map editor.

Revised and Expanded Action Cards and Political Cards Decks

Shattered Ascension offers fresh and exciting Action Cards and Political Cards, as well as many balance fixes and wording corrections to existing ones, for a total of 157 Action Cards and as many Political Cards. The Political Cards have been specifically modified to be much more impactful than in TI3, where politics was often secondary to the rest of the game.

Community

Shattered Ascension boasts a community of passionate players, from fresh beginners to hardcore veterans, with regular games being played on the TableTop Simulator mod. Join us at our Discord server. You can also get in touch with us on Shattered Ascension's forum.