The City of Kings

Created by Frank West

The City of Kings
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3,132 backers pledged £283,371.39 on Kickstarter

The City of Kings is a cooperative adventure for 1 - 4 heroes. You and up to three friends must try to reclaim the realms. Explore, gather, trade and customise your hero to prepare for battle!

Raised in Kickstarter
£283,371.39 / 3,132 backers
Raised in BackerKit
£18,989.00 / 3,095 backers

Latest Updates from Our Project:

1 week later... + Pledge Manager and Late Pledges info
5 months ago – Fri, May 05, 2017 at 12:46:48 AM

Hey everyone,  

How’s your week been?

It’s crazy to think it’s already been a week since the Kickstarter ended!

Pledge Manager and late pledges

I have spent a lot of this week preparing the Pledge Manager, importing backers and getting ready to send out the surveys. I still need to wait until Kickstarter has finished collecting the funds which will take another week but we’ll be good to go as soon as that completes.

I will be offering late pledge options for anyone who missed the campaign and for those wishing to pay using PayPal. There will be a 2 week window where anyone who has not yet backed the campaign will be able to get the game at the Kickstarter prices, after 2 weeks the price will go up moving closer towards the MSRP.

If you want to be sure you don’t miss this, feel free to message me on Kickstarter or Board Game Geek with your email address and I’ll notify you when the late pledges go live.


I have started receiving samples for our art prints and hope to be able to make a decision on this next week. I’m currently considering extremely high quality Giclée prints as I really want these to be special. They will be printed in a very limited form and may even be numbered with a certificate of authenticity if enough people want them.


I will confirm the details when the pledge manager goes live next week so keep your eyes open!


This week I finished creating the first files for the anti-knock sheets and will be getting prototypes made in the next week. There will be a few rounds to get them perfect but progress is being made. I’ve also started drawing up the specifications for the quick setup trays and hope to get prototypes of these made soon.

World Builder and Game Designer tiers

I have started talking with all but 1 of the world builder and game designer backers, if you’re my missing world builder please respond to my message so we can get started! We don’t have much time.

It’s been great to start hearing people’s ideas and I can’t wait to share them with you.


I spent a lot of time this week working with Whatz to get final quotes and timelines in place, it’ll still take a little longer but you’ll be pleased to know we’re making great progress.

Videos and live streaming

I have now moved all of my video equipment into my spare room and have started setting up a permanent recording studio. I’m waiting for a few extra cables, bulbs and bits of equipment to turn up but hopefully this will be good to go in a few weeks. Once it’s all setup I’ll start releasing regular videos again and organise some more live streams.

Next week

The biggest goals for next week are getting the pledge manager and late pledges system in place so we can start finalising numbers and let you choose all your addons.

I’m also going to be working on sketching out all of the world builders ideas and starting to add the extra creature stat bars we unlocked during the campaign into the game.

UK Games Expo

In 4 weeks time I will be at the UK Games Expo with several copies of The City of Kings, make sure you come and say hello! I’ve ordered a few ‘fun’ things which I’m hoping will arrive soon so I can share them with you!

Well that’s it for now, in the next update I’ll let you know the dates for the pledge manager, late pledges and tell you everything I’ve been up to!

- Frank

Let's get this game made!
5 months ago – Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 11:45:56 PM

This morning I woke up and something amazing had happened, I looked at my computer screen and saw that 3,132 had pledged £283,371 to The City of Kings and it wasn’t a dream. I will always be grateful for your support and promise to get this game to you as quickly as I can.  

Thank you.

Your feedback  

Before I go into details about what happens next, I would be grateful if you could spare a few minutes to answer a couple of questions about the campaign so I can continue to make changes and improve things in the future.  

Answer the questions

Payment problems

A few people have been having payment problems, this is very common and I recommend you contact your banks and ask them to authorize the payments. If you need any help or support please feel free to get in touch.

Future updates

Moving forward I will be sending updates out as new information becomes available, I will keep you in the loop at all times and ask you for feedback when it is appropriate. With that said, I will try not to send out updates too frequently, so if you want to know things as they happen I recommend you follow me on one of the following:  

Twitter | Facebook | Board Game Geek | YouTube  

I will be very active on all 4 of these platforms and will be doing more live playthroughs on YouTube in the months to come.

Pledge Manager  

What is a Pledge Manager?  

For those who don’t know, a Pledge Manager is a website which allows you to enter your shipping details, select your rewards and upgrade to other editions of the game. I will send an update out when the Pledge Manager is ready with instructions on what to do.  

When will it be?  

I anticipate the Pledge Manager going live in about 2 weeks.


The Pledge Manager will include an option to pay using PayPal, so if you were hoping to purchase the game through PayPal this will be the best way.

The Scorched

The last few hours of the campaign were crazy, the money was rising so quickly that I think we were just 15 minutes away from unlocking The Scorched. I’ve already had a few people contact me asking if they can late pledge and I believe this will bring us up to the £285,000 total.  

As such, I have decided to unlock the final stretch goal and will be including it in all versions of the game.

 Cooperative Adventure  

For the past few weeks many of you were contributing to the Cooperative Adventure where we had to move 4 characters across a set of tiles. You did a fantastic job with over 100 people contributing towards the final challenge. It was incredible.  

As a reward, one final card will be added to the game.

 What’s next?  

I have a lot to do and the work starts now, I had an extra hour in bed this morning so I’m ready to get these games made.  

The next steps will be to setup the Pledge Manager and to give you all access.  

Whilst this is happening I will be getting prototypes of the anti-knock sheets and quick setup trays made and starting on the finishing touches of the game and stretch goals.

For those of you who backed at the World Builder and Game Designer tiers, I will be in touch soon to get started on these.  

Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll update you all again soon.  

Once again, thank you.

The Scorched
5 months ago – Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 12:24:46 AM

When Vesh first gained his powers, he disappeared into the Cluwesh Depths and began to create a new army, a force of darkness. He only ever had one goal, to make his own Risen creatures...

No matter what he tried the creatures wouldn’t survive, until one day, when he was deep into the volcanic chambers that run beneath the lands. 6 giants formed from the rocks, creatures so tall that they made Earthshaker look like a Dwarf. Creatures so hot that their stone bodies melt anything they touch. So strong, that they can simply smash through castle walls and destroy anything in their way.

Vesh gave them just one command, destroy it all.

They are:

The Scorched


Our final stretch goal has been revealed, run, hide, find friends and try to survive.

Nothing can stop them.

The sun starts to set
5 months ago – Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 01:07:09 AM

It has been a long adventure, and as the sun starts to set our heroes look for a place to rest.  

Little do they know just how terrifying the armies of Vesh have become, or what exactly they will need to do to defeat them.  


All they know is, there are a lot of stories to be written, encounters to be had and friends to be made.  

The campaign ends tomorrow and you have been my heroes, you have helped turned dreams into reality and I will forever be grateful.

I promise to make this game the best it can be and will get it to your tables as quickly as I can.

We have just over 24 hours left, there is so much more I want to give, spread the word, tell your friends and let’s just see how much more we can unlock.

The Okol | Quest unlocked: Oh! That’s the, umm.. hmm!
5 months ago – Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 11:52:02 PM

Did you know it's world penguin day today? It seems rather fitting...

Stretch goals

Today we have unlocked 2 more stretch goals! So the Jamba and 2 more factions will be added to every game!

With just over 48 hours to go things are really starting to pick up, so what's next after the Orc?

  • £231,000 We will add 6 more stat bars to the game, creating even tougher creatures for you to fight.
  • £236,000 +1 equipment card (see the quest below!).
  • £242,000 +1 equipment card (see the quest below!).
  • £250,000 Another scenario will be added to the game.
  • £260,000 A new creature template and standee will be added to the game representing the Okol!

Quest unlocked: Oh! That’s the, umm.. hmm!

Every piece of equipment in The City of Kings tells a story, so for our final quest I would like to give you all the chance to name 2 equipment cards and to tell me your ideas for their stories.

Typically stories are 2 - 4 sentences long and describe the scene, explaining a historical event the item was a part of. Don't worry though, if you're not sure on what to write then you can just suggest a name!

At the end of the campaign we will look through the suggestions and if any of them feel like they would fit the world we will use them.

Best of luck!