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:

Progress update & come say hi at Gen Con next week!
6 months ago – Sat, Jul 28, 2018 at 12:46:36 AM

Hi everyone,

I thought it was about time we did a progress update to let everyone know where we are at!


For the past few weeks I have been going back and forth with our manufacturers checking over countless proofs for the game. We've now signed off the digital proofs and received printed proofs for about 90% of the game components. In total there are 73 different items across the games and expansions, so there is a lot to sign off, but we are very pleased with everything so far.

All the printed items, such as punchboards, character sheets and cards have been signed off. Most of the non-printed items including the custom meeples for Vadoran Gardens have also been signed off.

The remaining items we're finalising are the inserts for the miniatures and the boxes. We wanted to make sure we had everything else done first, so we could make sure these fitted correctly. I will be meeting with our manufacturers at Gen Con next week to go through these outstanding items and hope by the middle of August everything will be signed off.

At this point I am happy to say we are still on track for our January shipping date.

Gen Con

On Monday I will be heading to America for Gen Con, we will be exhibiting at booth 2765 and hope to see many of you there. Sara and I will be running demos of The City of Kings and Vadoran Gardens and invite you to come and try them out.

We will also have our Okol Costume Promo Card on sale, along with some accessories, art books and limited edition prints.

Please note. Once the convention season ends this promo card will be made available via our website, alongside our other promo cards.

July 30th - August 15th

After Gen Con finishes, Sara and I will be travelling to New York and taking some time to look around America. As such, I won't be posting another update until after I return on August 15th. This won't cause any delays in manufacturing as we will continue to work with our manufacturers whilst travelling, but it does mean we might be slightly slower to respond to messages than normal.

I hope you all have a fantastic few weeks.

- Frank

Pledge Manager closing in 24 hours
6 months ago – Fri, Jul 20, 2018 at 01:25:24 AM

Hi everyone,

I wanted to send out a short message to remind you all the Pledge Manager will be closing tomorrow at 00:00 BST, you have just over 24 hours to complete your survey if you haven’t already.

What happens if I miss the deadline?

If you miss the deadline you will be moved into a “first come, first serve” group.

You will still have access to BackerKit, and you will still be able to complete your survey, however, your game, expansions, and accessories will no longer be reserved.

This means:

1) If we run out of stock, you will no longer be able to complete your order. This may happen at any time without notice.

2) We may not ship your order with the other backers, and you will receive it at later shipping date.

If you wish to avoid this, please make sure your survey has been completed.

You can check your surveys by logging into BackerKit.  

I will be sending out another update in the next few day focussing on the project, progress (everything is going great so far) and Gen Con.  

- Frank

Progress Update & Pledge Manager Closing
7 months ago – Thu, Jul 05, 2018 at 12:57:45 AM

Expected Delivery: January 2019

Hey everyone,

It has been a few weeks since the last update and a lot has happened, I’ve been working around the clock to get everything ready for the manufacturers and can happily confirm I managed to meet all the deadlines I set myself! As such, we’re still on track for our January delivery date and I will keep you posted should anything look to change this.

Pledge Manager Closing Date  

The pledge manager will be closing on Friday 20th July.

There are still 600 people who haven’t completed their surveys, if you are one of them then you have just over 2 weeks to do it. If this will cause any problems for you, please message me and we can see if we can work something out.


Since the Kickstarter finished a lot has been going on, I have had to prepare all the files for the World Packs, Vadoran Gardens and The City of Kings whilst preparing our manufacturing team.

As of now, all files have been sent to the manufacturers and they are busy creating the first round of digital proofs to confirm everything has been received correctly and looks ok. They are also working on prototypes for the custom meeples for Vadoran Gardens which I hope to see soon and will share once they arrive. Alongside this the tooling for the miniatures is now nearly complete and in a few weeks’ time I should receive the first samples of these as well.

All in all, we’re in a good place right now, January is looking very realistic and I’m really excited to start getting proofs and production samples in the coming months.

I’ll be sure to share photos when things start arriving.  

Have a fantastic July!  

- Frank

Pledge Manager: Card charging & The Big Box
7 months ago – Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 01:15:12 AM

Hi Everyone,

I hope you're having a great week? It has been crazy hot in England these last few days and it feels like summer is finally here.

Pledge Manager Closing Date

Thank you to everyone who has filled in their surveys, so far 80% of you have completed the survey and this has allowed us to send our final numbers to our manufacturers.

We will be keeping the Pledge Manager open for as long as possible, and I will continue to update you on the closing date. Currently I can confirm the Pledge Manager will be open until at least July 13th and I will send out another update in a few weeks to let you know if this date will be extended.

The Big Box Stock Levels

With the Pledge Manager being open for an extended period I want to raise awareness about the Big Box and our stock levels.

The Big Box was offered during this Kickstarter campaign to allow our original backers to upgrade should they wish. However, it is important to note that we will not continue to print additional big boxes outside of this Kickstarter.

We lose money on each box we print and are only printing the amount requested through BackerKit with a very small quantity of extras to try and cover those who have not yet filled in their surveys.

This means that we could potentially run out before the Pledge Manager closes, so if this is an item that you would like please make sure you complete your survey as soon as possible.

We are printing a large quantity of extras for all other items and do not anticipate running out of anything other than the box during the next few months.

BackerKit Card Charging: Friday

I want to confirm the first card charging for BackerKit will take place on Friday, this means if you have purchased any extra items and did not pay for them in Kickstarter, your card will be charged on Friday.

Progress Update

As a general update, things are going well and we have now confirmed our final numbers with our manufacturers and provided all the non-printed files for sample production to start. The printed materials are due within the next couple of weeks and I'm confident we will get these delivered on time as well.

Once all the materials have been supplied to our manufacturer (the end of June) I will put together a timeline showing the next 6 months and keep it updated with our progress.

The Pledge Manager is open!
8 months ago – Thu, Jun 07, 2018 at 12:33:19 AM

Hey everyone!

Have you filled in your surveys yet? Our Pledge Manager is now live, and you should have received an invitation to complete your survey from BackerKit in the last 24 hours.

So far, just over 50% of you have filled it in, thank you! It helps a great deal with planning and makes the process of getting the games to you quickly much simpler.

I wanted to answer some of the common questions to make sure everyone can get through the process as quickly as possible.

What is a Pledge Manager?

A Pledge Manager is a website (in our case we are using BackerKit) that allows you to confirm your Kickstarter order, add any additional items you might like, and to confirm your shipping address.

You will be emailed a link asking you to complete your Pledge Manager survey and we need you to fill this in, without your shipping address we can't send you your items.

I haven't received an email from BackerKit

If you are still waiting for your invitation, then please request a new one using this form:

If that doesn't work, then please message me and I will do my best to help you.

Does my Pledge include Vadoran Gardens?

None of the pledges for The City of Kings include a copy of Vadoran Gardens, the only way you will have already pledged for Vadoran Gardens is if you selected the "Vadoran Gardens only" reward.

When you enter the Pledge Manager you will be asked if you would like to add any extra items, you can add Vadoran Gardens at this time.

Do I need the Bigger Box?

The Bigger Box is only for people who purchased a copy of the game from the first print run, the second print run comes in the bigger box.

The dimensions are as follows:

  • Original Box: 271mm x 371mm x 92mm
  • Replacement Boxes: 282mm x 380mm x 128mm
  • Bigger Box: 287mm x 387mm x 145mm

The bigger box is also made of a thicker material making it 50% thicker than the original box and sturdier.

The Bigger Box is designed for those people who want to fit the original game, deluxe upgrades and new expansion content in one box. If you are happy to keep the original content and expansion items in 2 boxes, then you do not need the Bigger Box.

How do I add the Second Print Upgrade Kit?

You do not need to manually add it to your pledge. The Second Print Upgrade Kit will be sent to all pledges that include at least one World Pack (and not the game).

When will BackerKit close?

BackerKit will be open until the end of June, at which point we will sit down and assess our current timelines. At the start of July, I will send out an update and let you know how much longer the Pledge Manager will be open.

If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

- Frank