Engineered with the ability to warp reality, The Infinity Engine was humanity's greatest achievement. Corrupted by this immense power, the Engine's creators subjugated the nations of the world. After a millennium of slavery, a resistance rose up and destroyed the device. The veil of reality was torn open as shards of the engine rained down upon the cities of mankind, grinding civilization to dust.
From the hidden places of the world, Homo sapiens' four successors have emerged, each led by a champion who wields the power of the shards. Homo Deus. Human and machine hybrids come together for one purpose: to survive.
Wraethe. A collective who took refuge in The Void. It's dark and terrible energy is forever bound to their deteriorating bodies. Undergrowth. Hidden away in the shard-warped forests, the Undergrowth fights to reclaim the world for their nature god. The Order. Spiritually connected to the digital plane, these monks collect and preserve all knowledge.
The shards are drawn to one another, their might and influence growing as the distance between them shrinks. In the end, only the one who reunites the shards will wield the godlike power of the Infinity Engine.
War between these factions is inevitable. Which side will you choose?
Shards of Infinity combines an unprecedented level of strategy and customization into one small box. Rather than competing for points, players must outlast their opponents and reduce their health to zero, which can be done in a number of ways. Each player starts the game with a basic deck of cards, and they can acquire new cards from a central display of six cards (as in Ascension) and add these new cards to their deck or use them immediately, depending on what they are.
Every character starts with fifty health and zero mastery. On each turn, you can spend one gem (a.k.a., money) to gain a mastery point. The more mastery you have, the more powerful your cards become. This lets even the weak cards in your starting deck become more powerful as the game progresses. If you reach a total of thirty mastery, you can activate your Infinity Shard, which instantly defeats your opponent.
As you acquire new cards, you can employ allies and champions to craft your strategy. Mercenary cards can be added to your deck as in other deck-building games or they can be played immediately from the center row for their ability; this adds even more drama to each player's turn as a key mercenary flip can alter the very outcome of the game!
Will you neutralize your opponents before they can fully master the Infinity Shard? With careful planning and aggressive gameplay, only one player can emerge the winner!