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
£37,865.90 / 3,125 backers

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Meet the Jamba & Brutius the Broken
9 months ago – Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 12:32:41 AM

The internet plays The City of Kings: Today!

At 18:30 BST | 13:30 ET I will be live streaming on YouTube and letting you decide where our adventure goes.

You can set a notification & watch the stream here.

New stretch goals

As the Grimnir is soon to be unlocked I thought it was about time I revealed some more stretch goals:

  • 194,000 Embroidered ability bags, adding a logo to each one making them fully upgraded.
  • 200,000 An extra scenario, bringing the total to 11!
  • 208,000 The Jamba will be added to the game

Brutius The Broken

Tier 1 skills

Ignore (Interact)
Remove 1 attention token from 1 tile in range.

Dart (Special)
Deal 1 damage to 1 creature in range. Ignore shields.

Remove Curse (Heal)
Remove 1 curse token from 1 hero in range (including yourself).

Crown of Radiance (Special)
Anytime: During a creature’s attack if you are in range you become the priority target.  

Tier 2 skills

Equerry (Passive)
Your hero may now travel to any explored tile from a stable tile.

Charge (Attack + Move)
Move to a creature in range and then perform 1 basic attack, targeting the same creature.

Call of Kings (Passive)
If another hero is at your location (on the same tile as you) then your basic heal does +2.

Defend the Realm! (Special)
Anytime: After a basic attack damages you, choose a hero to perform 1 unused action.

Tier 3 skills

Possess (Special)
Move another hero, use their movement stat for this action.

Great Axe (Passive)
Your basic attack ignores 5 shield.

Kings Blessing (Special + Heal)
Perform 1 special heal, heroes adjacent to your target also receive 50% of the heal.

Blue-Blooded (Special)
Anytime: After a basic attack damages you, redirect up to 3 damage to another hero in range.  

Brutius has several anytime skills requiring careful planning and a reactive play style.

Would you like to command other players into moving or force them to shield you from damage?

Will you stand by your allies and grow stronger, or charge into battle to tear down the next beast?

Which of Brutius’ skills will you choose?

Vyliria Ellion
9 months ago – Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 10:28:32 PM

Reddit AMA now live!

Join me on Reddit where I'm answering your questions and talking about the game, designing worlds, Kickstarter, penguins and World of Warcraft (2004 – 2013).

Vyliria Ellion

The last Queen of the Woods may have dying flesh and a visage that inspires terror, but that doesn’t stop her from being a powerful ruler for her people. Older than some cities, the Elvish Grey Queen was once the Green Lady who sang to the trees in the sacred groves until they were all cut to the ground and burned by Vesh. Vyliria of the family of Ellion can feel the doom of her people approaching, but she is resolute, and as terrible as a storm. She will not let the world forget the glory of the elves so quickly.


Tier 1 skills

Distraction (Interact)
You may move a trapped worker in range to an adjacent tile.

Weaken (Special)
Place a -1 shield token on 1 creature in range.

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

Elfstep (Move)
Anything: Your hero may use 1 move action.

Tier 2 skills

Far-sight (Passive)
You can now explore adjacent tiles without moving on to them.

Bolt (Special)
Deal 2 damage to 1 creature in range. Ignore shields.

Tree Blessing (Passive)
When your hero is on a forest tile your basic heal does +3.

Protect (Passive)
Incoming basic attacks are reduced by 2.

Tier 3 skills

Bless (Passive)
Instantly gain 3 stat points to spend on your hero. You may increase any hero stats in any combination.

Frenzy (Special + Attack)
Perform 2 basic attacks, 1 immediately after the other.

Mothersong (Special + Heal)
Perform 2 basic heals, 1 immediately after the other.

Stone Ward (Special)
Place 1 wardstone token on your current location (tile).

Vyliria's skills provide several passive upgrades that can make her much more powerful without introducing new actions, yet skills such as Tree Blessing require strong positional play.

Would you prefer to free a trapped worker from a creature, or would you like to move during another players turn?

Are you going to take Tree Blessing and try to keep near the forests, or perhaps explore tiles without moving onto them?

Which of Vyliria's skills will you choose?

The City of Kings: A Live Adventure

On Sunday at 18:00 BST (13:00 ET) I will be live streaming here on Kickstarter, I would love for you to join me.

Calamis Earthshaker
9 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
9 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
9 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!