Probably the favorite deck builder among this group, Ascension is heavy on theme and quality art, and has been played extensively by members of these gaming groups in person, in tournaments at GenCon, and on our iPhones. This has been an awesome game for some time now. Unlike Dominion, Ascension lets you kill monsters, giving it a little more do-something than Dominion, so I would prefer this to Dominion for the most part, until some of the last few expansions maybe.
That stated, I would say this game’s heyday has come and gone. Each new edition would introduce new rules and mechanisms, and it was all good and interesting for a while, but then got a little silly at some point. Still a great game that I’ll play, but only if prompted by others.