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:

Calamis Earthshaker
5 months ago – Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 06:46:25 PM

Calamis was brought to life when a drop of blood from the last of the Fallen hit the ground, and it was there to hear the Fallen’s dying words (although it has never told anyone what they were). Calamis Earthshaker cares about one thing only; the sanctity of the City of Kings – but has broken millennia of tradition as it marches out from its home to do battle against Vesh. If anything stirs in its crystalline heart then it might be regret that Calamis’s own essence was stolen by Vesh Darkhand to power the sorcerer’s foul experiments.

Tier 1 skills

Warming (interact)  
Remove up to 2 frost tokens from tiles within range.

Last Stand (Special + attack)
A special attack that hits your target and all creatures adjacent to your target.

Cure Poison (Heal)
Remove all poison tokens from 1 hero in range (including yourself).

Instil fear (Special)
Place a -1 attack token on a creature in range.

Tier 2 skills

Haggle (Interact)
Trade 2 resources for any other 1 resource.

Smash (Special)
Perform 1 basic attack.

Restore (Special)
Heal a hero in range (including yourself) for 2.

Earth Prison (Passive)
Creatures on your current location (tile) cannot move. This overrides any movement abilities the creature has.

Tier 3 skills

Panic (Special + Move)
Choose 1 creature in range, draw 1 position card and move the creature.  

Hammer Fist (Attack + Attack)
Perform 1 basic attack, the damage is doubled.

Revive (Passive)
At the start of your turn if you are not in range of any creatures you may heal a hero in range (including yourself) for 5.

Stoneskin (Special + Transform)  
Transform: You can no longer move. Whilst transformed reduce incoming damage by 5.

Which of Earthshaker’s skills will you choose?  

Earthshaker’s skills offer a lot of tough choices, do you want an extra attack or extra heal?

Would you prefer to panic a creature and force it to move to another tile, or would you rather be able to pin it to its current location with Earth Prison?

Are you going to play it safe and have the ability to cure poison? Or do you want to be able to slowly weaken creatures with Instil Fear?  

Reddit AMA

For anyone who is a user of Reddit, I will be doing an AMA on /r/boardgames tomorrow at 12:00 ET (17:00 BST) and I hope you will join me. I'd love to answer your questions and also have your support as we try to raise awareness about the game.

Thanks as always,

- Frank

Eagle Eye
5 months ago – Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 12:28:32 AM

You have unlocked the ability Eagle Eye.

All teams have 6 hours to decide on which card they would like to turn over, each team can only turn over 1 card.

If there is no clear winner after 6 hours then Eagle Eye will have no effect.

 Which card would your team like to turn over?


Oh, and by the way! We are now well on our way to unlocking the Grimnir!  


I hope you are all having a good Easter weekend!

The big picture
5 months ago – Sat, Apr 15, 2017 at 11:33:02 PM

Hey everyone,

It's nearly Easter and I wanted to take a moment to thank you all. Every day the campaign continues to gain new backers and this is thanks to all of you, so thank you.

We have just under 2 weeks left and there's still a lot more I want to put in the box so let's keep spreading the word and see how many more stretch goals we can unlock.

Herith's Defence is just around the corner!

 The big picture

A few people have been asking about my plans for the future and where I see The City of Kings going, so I put together a little video talking about my dreams.

  Side quests

I also released a video talking about all the different side quests in The City of Kings, if you'd like to know more about them then this will tell you everything you need to know.

The cooperative adventure

Remember the cooperative adventure? Well we have now completed 7 turns and it is time for Team Facebook to make their next move!

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter!

A cooperative adventure
5 months ago – Fri, Apr 14, 2017 at 04:33:51 PM

Engraved dice

We have just passed the half way point of the campaign and unlocked our 22nd stretch goal: Engraved Dice! Thank you for continuing to make this game even better, I can't wait for these to get made.

A cooperative adventure

Today a new adventure begins, one that will require all of you to work together if you are to succeed.

There will be 4 teams:

At random periods of time throughout the next 2 weeks I am going to post an update to either Kickstarter, Facebook, Twitter or Board Game Geek. Players will need to vote on which way their character moves by responding to the post, saying either:

Up, Right, Down or Left.

There must be a clear winner, each person may only vote once (per turn) and a direction needs at least 2 votes to count.

Each time you move onto a new card I will turn it over, revealing the artwork underneath. But of course, you won't be able to see it until you've moved to the next spot! Can you turn them all over?

First up: Team Kickstarter!

So, where you would like Earthshaker to go?

Run through: Combat focussed scenario

I have uploaded a new run through to YouTube:

 This is a full 1 hour session demonstrating a more challenging scenario that focuses on combat. If you haven't watched any of the other run throughs then I recommend you watch this one first:


The story
5 months ago – Fri, Apr 14, 2017 at 02:49:20 PM

Happy Monday everyone!

I have returned from Stabcon and I wanted to thank everyone who came and said hello, it was great to meet you.

I also had the pleasure of watching Mike from Who Dares Rolls play The City of Kings and he said "it took him back to his World of Warcraft days". I'm looking forward to his write up later this week.

The story

We have spent the last 2 years building a world for The City of Kings, designing characters, writing stories and detailing events spanning 13,755 years. We wanted to go further than a theme and design a world which you can immerse yourself in for years to come.

 As you play through the game you will experience the Cloud Keep War and learn about the key characters who came together for one last fight, as they tried to stop Vesh from claiming the entire world.

You will encounter survivors in need of assistance and they will offer you side quests further describing the world you are in.

 Thanks to unlocked stretch goals we can now add even more lore to the game by including back stories for each of the characters and all of the enemy factions.

 Over time we plan to release more stories, written materials, and much more as we continue to share this world with you.

Who goes first?

It's time to answer the question! Thank you to everyone who submitted ideas for our "who should go first" question, you can now vote for your favourite here.