The City of Kings: Ancient Allies and Vadoran Gardens

Created by Frank West

You and up to three friends must try to reclaim the realms. Explore, gather, trade and customise your hero to prepare for battle!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Last chance to confirm your address!
2 days ago – Sat, Dec 08, 2018 at 01:14:23 AM

Expected delivery: January

Hey everyone,

I just got back from the US and what a fantastic experience that was, I got to see some amazing parts of NYC and Philly and had a wonderful few days at Pax Unplugged. 

Thank you to everyone who came and said hello!

Last chance to confirm your address

At midnight on Friday 14th December your BackerKit account will be locked and you will no longer be able to update your address or complete your survey.

We will begin shipping your items directly to your home in less than a month, this is your final chance to make sure your address is completely up-to-date. You can confirm your address by looking in BackerKit, if you have forgotten your login details for BackerKit then you can get a reminder here: 

https://the-city-of-kings-and-vadoran-gardens.backerkit.com/

Warning

It is your responsibility to make sure your address is correct in BackerKit! If we do not have the correct address when we ship your game, then we may have to charge you again to reship your items, or worse, they may get lost entirely. To avoid this, please please please check your address is correct in BackerKit! Just one more time, please check your address is correct in BackerKit!

Vadoran Gardens

The Dice Tower have released the first review for Vadoran Gardens, giving it the Seal of Approval! 

You can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iwkFHqs-jg

If you are looking forward to Vadoran Gardens, you can vote for it as one of your most anticipated games of 2019 here:

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/248375/item/6553188#item6553188

General Update

Last night I received confirmation that the games have arrived at 3 of our fulfilment centers and should arrive at the other centers by the 18th of December. The current plan is as follows:

7th - 14th December:
The last week to confirm addresses

14th December:
Close BackerKit

15th - 20th December:
All fulfilment centers should receive the games by this week.
Export BackerKit data, clean the data and process it for fulfilment centers.

21st December:
Send the final data to our fulfilment centres for approval.

22nd - 31st December:
Work with the fulfilment centres to correct any unexpected errors. This is a longer period than normal due to the Christmas and New Year holidays.

2nd - 21st January:
Ship all orders to everyone.

Anything Else?

As some of you may know, for the past few months I have been in the process of moving to a new house. I finally have the keys to my new home and will be moving over the next week, this is great news as it means I should be moved in with plenty of time left to manage the fulfilment of the Kickstarter in January.

I've recently started using Instagram on a daily basis to showcase some of the things I'm doing in life (both game and non-game related). I'll be using this platform to share previews of things I'm working on and to generally discuss things happening in my life. I know some people have been asking about this so if you'd like to follow along you can find it here: http://instagram.com/tcokfrank - Just please keep in mind this wont be 100% focussed on The City of Kings.

Until next time, I hope you have a fantastic week and I'll update you all again soon!

- Frank

Please confirm your address and Pax Unplugged!
23 days ago – Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 10:34:42 PM

Expected delivery: January

Hey everyone,  

How’s your November going? I’ve had a busy couple of weeks managing the logistics involved with shipping 40,000 boxes to over 60 countries and I’m pleased to confirm everything is now on boats, trucks and planes and heading towards our fulfilment partners! I’ve also being trying to play some of the amazing games that came out of Essen, have you guys got a favourite Essen game yet?

Speaking of Essen, thank you to everyone who came and said hello! I was overwhelmed by how many people came to our meetup and got in touch to say hello at the show. It was amazing, thank you for taking the time out of your show to come and see me!  

Please confirm your address

We will begin shipping your items directly to your home in less than 7 weeks, so it’s time to make sure your address is completely up-to-date.  

You can confirm your address by looking in BackerKit, if you have forgotten your login details for BackerKit then you can get a reminder here:

https://the-city-of-kings-and-vadoran-gardens.backerkit.com/

Warning

It is your responsibility to make sure your address is correct in BackerKit! If we do not have the correct address when we ship your game, then we may have to charge you again to reship your items, or worse, they may get lost entirely. To avoid this, please please please check your address is correct in BackerKit!

Just one more time, please check your address is correct in BackerKit!  

Pax Unplugged  

Next week I’m getting on a plane and heading back to the US for Pax Unplugged, as with Essen I won’t have a booth there but I would love to say hello to any of you who are going, perhaps we can even play a game?

I will have our 3 promo cards with me along with Vadoran Gardens and some samples from The City of Kings expansions which I’ll be happy to show you.

Omegathon – Watch me live!  

For those of you not familiar with Pax, each show they randomly select a few people to compete in the Omegathon, a gaming tournament split over the weekend. Some how I managed to get selected and that means I’ll be competing at a selection of games on stage, live streamed across the globe. This is one of the main events at Pax and I'm incredibly excited to have been selected!

You’re welcome to tune in and watch on Twitch, or if you’re at the show please come and watch, I have a feeling it’s going to be a lot of fun! You can find the schedule here:

 http://unplugged.paxsite.com/schedule

What’s next

I will be in America for 2 weeks (21st November – 4th December), when I return I will start processing your addresses and get them ready for the fulfilment centres. I plan to get all your shipping details finalised and sent to the centres before Christmas so when they return in January they can start shipping straight away.

When I return I’ll send out another update which will talk through the final stages, and until then, I hope you all have a fantastic few weeks and I look forward to seeing some of you in Philadelphia!

- Frank

Production Samples and Essen
about 2 months ago – Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 02:35:13 AM

Expected delivery: January

Hey everyone,

I’m pleased to confirm the final samples are finally here! So rather than lots of text, let’s get straight to the photos!

The front of the boxes
The front of the boxes
The back of the boxes
The back of the boxes
Character Pack 1
Character Pack 1
Character Pack 2
Character Pack 2

 The new box for The City of Kings is a lot bigger than the original box, and as a result I felt the sword would work well on the side of the box as well as the front. So if you like to keep your games sideways, you'll now be able to see the full artwork at all times!

 I also wanted to add some extra narrative to the game to help set the scene for Vesh's creations. The result of this was adding a new letter to the box, which is also included in the Upgrade Pack.

That's all the photos for now! I'm very happy with how everything has turned out and we are now in full production and getting ready to put everything on ships next week. In November I'll be able to share with you information on the ships and start talking about the fulfilment process!

Essen

A few people have been asking about meeting up at Essen and whether or not I will have promo cards with me, so I wanted to confirm the situation.

We will not have a booth, but I will be at the show, I will have our convention promo cards on me at all times so please don't be afraid to ask.

I will also be at the main entrance (front of the building) to hall 1 at 12:00 on Friday for anyone who would like to meet at a specific time. I'll post on Facebook and Twitter a photo of the location assuming I can get a phone connection.

If you miss me, feel free to send me a message on Kickstarter to try and arrange a meet.

Live Stream

A quick reminder about our Monday live streams as today I'll have the samples with me and I'm happy to answer any questions people might have. The stream starts at 16:00 UK time (about 30 minutes from this being posted) and you can find it here: 

https://www.facebook.com/CityofGamesHQ/

Have a fantastic couple of weeks and I look forward to discussing shipping with you all soon!

September update!
2 months ago – Fri, Sep 28, 2018 at 04:27:18 PM

Expected delivery: January

Hi everyone, how’s your September been?  

For me it’s been a fantastic month, I’ve managed to spend a lot of time working on Rising Blades and Project Ella for our 2019 releases and I’m really happy with how they are progressing. I also started a weekly live stream and made a big announcement last week which I’ll mention after the manufacturing update!

Manufacturing  

I’m pleased to confirm I have finally signed off the miniature inserts for The City of Kings and Character expansions.

Unfortunately, we did have a lot of troubles with these and they ended up delaying the manufacturing timeline by nearly 3 weeks, which was a frustration. However, I always plan for something to go wrong during the manufacturing process, so we’re currently still on track for the January delivery.

I should say at this point we have now used up all of the extra time I allocated for issues in manufacturing. This means if anything else comes up it might cause delays but that seems unlikely now though because:  

I’ve signed off everything and mass production has started for many parts of the game!

I’m expecting full production samples to be sent out within the next week or so and will update you as soon as they arrive.

Shipping

I’ve been in contact with all our shipping partners during the past 2 weeks to inform them of the expected quantities and timelines and everyone is happy with the current plan.

Weekly live stream

I have started a weekly live stream every Monday on Facebook at 16:00 UK time, you can see the last 2 streams here:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/CityofGamesHQ/videos/  

During these streams I will be giving weekly updates on all our projects, sharing any samples or things I have to show and answering your questions. The videos will remain available to watch afterwards and I’d love for you to join me.

The City of Games 2019

Finally, I’d like to let you all know that we have announced The City of Games 2019 and will be selling tickets on November 1st at 13:00 UK time. I’m really excited to be able to run the convention for a second year and hope some of you will be able to make it.

Hopefully the next update will include our production samples and I’ll include some details for our plans at Essen.

Have a great weekend everyone!

- Frank

General update
3 months ago – Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 01:07:52 AM

Hi everyone, it’s been a while!

We’re back from our trip to the US and what an amazing time we had, thank you to everyone who came by whilst we were at Gen Con – It was fantastic. I really do enjoy getting to know you, and meeting people at conventions is one of my favourite parts of this adventure.

On that note, I’m super excited to confirm I will be attending Essen, and I can also now announce I will be at Pax Unplugged (the US was too much fun to not go back!). Currently, I don’t have plans to be exhibiting, but closer to the time I will look to organise a meetup of some sort.

Manufacturing update  

There isn’t too much to update you on with the manufacturing side of things right now. Everything is progressing as planned and we’re currently still working with our manufacturers to get the miniature inserts made. It has taken a little longer than I had originally hoped, but I don’t believe this will impact our delivery dates yet.

Everything else is still on track, I’m starting to confirm shipping details with our fulfilment partners and I hope to receive full production samples within the next month. I will keep you updated and hope to have more things to share in the next update!

Have a fantastic week.

- Frank