Art of Ascension is a free RPG modification for Half-Life 2.
Art of Ascension combines the spirit of online role playing
games with the faster battling pace of classical first-person shooters.
Players increase their character's level and enhance their abilities
through the course of playing. In Art of Ascension emphasis is
placed on game play, balance, and battling. See the rest of FAQ, or these community-maintained Wikis:
Note the Wikis are linked here for conveniance, but the accuracy of their content is not guaranteed.
- Ensure you have "Half-Life 2: Deathmatch" (which is available from Steam)
installed on your machine.
- Download the Art of Ascension client, which is available from the Downloads page.
- Extract the "aoa" directory from the client zip file
to C:\Program Files\Valve\Steam\SteamApps\SourceMods, creating a new
C:\Program Files\Valve\Steam\SteamApps\SourceMods\aoa directory.
(If you installed Steam into a non-standard directory, place "aoa" in the SourceMods directory
whereever it is installed.)
- Close and reopen the Steam games menus and launch Art of Ascension.
Note, the Art of Ascension server is only available for dedicated public server installs.
Since all Art of Ascension servers are part of the same global network, the server cannot be used in
LAN-only installs, to ensure fairness to all players. It is still possible to connect to an
Art of Ascension server from within a LAN, but it must be possible to connect from the internet as well.
To get the Art of Ascension server, connect to one of the current servers, and issue the
aoa_request_server_hosting command in-game. This will send a customized email for your Steam ID,
with the files for installation.
No, Art of Ascension is multiplayer only.
This occurs when your client version is not compatible
with the server version you are connecting to. Ensure
you are running the latest client version from the
No, your Art of Ascension character is tied to your Steam account. As long as your Steam account
is secure, so is your character. It is not allowed (by either Art of Ascension or Steam) to give
out your Steam account, so keep it safe.
No, your Art of Ascension character is for that account only. You can not give away, share or transfer players to another account.
No, you can not recover a player tied to a VAC-banned Steam account.
Each new character begins the game at Level 0, with 0 Experience Points.
Every time you defeat an opponent, your character gains Experience Points.
The number of Points gained varies, and will be greater for defeating
There is also a crowd watching the match at all times,
which cheers for the player putting on the best show. You will
gain more Experience Points than normal by becoming the
crowd favorite (by fragging lots of enemies and avoiding being killed),
or by killing the current crowd favorite.
When you gain enough Experience Points, your character gains
a Level, which grants
7 Attribute Points and
5 Weapon Points.
The first Level is gained with
200 Experience Points. Each additional Level requires 400 more
Experience Points than the last. For reference, the first several
levels are listed here, but note there is no maximum level.
|Level 1||200 Points|
|Level 2||800 Points|
|Level 3||1800 Points|
|Level 4||3200 Points|
|Level 5||5000 Points|
|Level 6||7200 Points|
|Level 7||9800 Points|
|Level 8||12800 Points|
|Level 9||16200 Points|
|Level 10||20000 Points|
|Level 11||24200 Points|
|Level 12||28800 Points|
|Level 13||33800 Points|
|Level 14||39200 Points|
|Level 15||45000 Points|
|Level 16||51200 Points|
|Level 17||57800 Points|
|Level 18||64800 Points|
|Level 19||72200 Points|
|Level 20||80000 Points|
This is the frag ratio, calculated by Frags / (Frags + Deaths + Suicides).
Attribute Points may be used to upgrade any of the character
Attributes. See the Attributes
page for a complete listing of what Attributes exist. When
you acquire an Attribute Point for your character you may
immediately use it to upgrade any Attribute, however the
choice is permanent. Attribute Points can not be removed
from an Attribute, once it is upgraded.
Weapon Points may be used to upgrade any of the character
Weapons. See the Weapons
page for a complete listing of what Weapons exist. When
you acquire an Weapon Point for your character you may
immediately use it to upgrade any Weapon, however the
choice is permanent. Weapon Points can not be removed
from an Weaponm once it is upgraded.
Cheating or abuse may result in penalties, such as bans or loss of experience points. Offenses include, but are not limited to:
- No botting, client hacks, or exploiting bugs in Art of Ascension, Half-Life 2, or anything else.
- No harassing other players, or excess abusive language.
- No sharing characters with another person.
- No "free killing" aka "dummy killing" or allowing another player to kill you without a battle.
Penalties will be decided on a case by case basis and are at the sole discretion of Art of Ascension administration.