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:

The 5% and Vadoran Gardens
8 months ago – Tue, Jun 05, 2018 at 02:23:21 AM

Hey everyone! I hope you had a great weekend?

I just got back from the UK Games Expo and it was such a fantastic weekend, thank you to everyone who came by and said hello! It was great to see so much interest in Vadoran Gardens (as well as The City of Kings) and I'm very pleased so many of you came to give it a try.

It's always great to meet people who have played the game / backed our reprint and I truly appreciate all the kind messages and comments.


 The 5%

I mentioned in my last update that we would be inviting 5% of our backers to fill in their surveys today as a test run before the rest of you are invited. Those invitations are going out now so check your inboxes to find out if you got selected.

If you have an invite from BackerKit, please click on the link and complete your survey.

If you do not have an invite, then you will receive one within the next 24 hours once the test run has complete.

Vadoran Gardens

A lot of people have been asking about Vadoran Gardens so if you visited us at the UKGE and gave it a try, perhaps you would like to add your experience in the comments below?

I would also like to point you at the Rahdo Runthrough which gives a great demo of the game:


 Remember

Vadoran Gardens is not included in any of the tiers (other than the Vadoran Gardens tier) but you can add Vadoran Gardens to your pledges in the addon step of the Pledge Manager.


 I will send out another update shortly as the pledge manager progresses.

- Frank

Come and say hi at the UKGE this weekend!
8 months ago – Wed, May 30, 2018 at 08:41:18 PM

Hi everyone,

It has been a couple of weeks since the last update and things have been going as planned. Kickstarter have now finished collecting payments and will be transferring the money to us shortly, as such I can now confirm the launch date of our Pledge Manager will be:

Monday 4th June

On Monday we will select 5% of our backers at random and invite them to the pledge manager. Once we are confident everything is working correctly (within 24 hours) we will invite everyone else to complete their surveys.

I will send another update out on Monday to let everyone know when the invites start going out.

UK Games Expo

This weekend we will be at the UK Games Expo in hall 1 and our stand number is D4.

We will have copies of The City of Kings and Vadoran Gardens available to play and I hope you can come along and say hello, I'd love to meet you and show you the games.

We will also have the a few of our limited-edition art prints (they are starting to run out) and a special promo card for sale:

 I look forward to seeing you there!

- Frank

Thank you & What happens next!
8 months ago – Sat, May 19, 2018 at 12:12:14 AM

Hey everyone,

Did you see the end of the Kickstarter? what a crazy few hours that was! We managed to fly past £350,000 and 4,000 backers which are two goals I never imagined reaching, thank you!

There is so much to do now and over the coming months I'll keep you updated with our progress and I'll send out a rough timeline of the key events soon.

What happens next?

The important things you need to know about now are payments and pledge managers.

Payments: Kickstarter will have started charging you for your pledge, over the next week they will either take your payment or contact you if there is an error with your card. Currently we have about 400 people with payment errors so please make sure your payment details are correct. As soon as all of these are resolved Kickstarter will transfer the funds to us and we can launch the Pledge Manager.

Pledge Manager: In about 2 weeks' time you will receive an email from BackerKit, our Pledge Manager inviting you to complete a survey. This survey will ask you to confirm your order, confirm any addons you may have selected and to enter your shipping address. Once you have completed your survey we will have everything we need to be able to send your game to you.

I will send out another update when the Pledge Manager goes live letting you know to expect the email, and with some helpful advice on what to do.

The School of Games

I'm sure many of you want to know how the School of Games finished up, so here is the full report!

  • Day 1: Complete
  • Day 2: Complete
  • Day 3: Complete
  • Day 4: Complete
  • Day 5: Complete
  • Day 6: Complete
  • Day 7: Complete
  • Day 8: Option A complete
  • Day 9: Option A complete
  • Day 10: Not complete 
  • Day 11: Complete
  • Day 12: Option A complete 
  • Day 13: Complete
  • Day 14: Complete
  • Day 15: Not complete
  • Day 16: Complete
  • Day 17: Not complete
  • Day 18: Complete
  • Day 19: Complete
  • Day 20: Complete
  • Day 21: Option A complete
  • Day 22: Not complete
  • Day 23: Complete
  • Day 24: Complete
  • Day 25: Option A complete
  • Day 26: Not complete
  • Day 27: Complete
  • Day 28: Not Complete
  • Day 29: Complete
  • Day 30: Complete

Overall you managed to fully complete 19 quests, and complete option A of 5 more earning 49 XP. With the £360,000 we raised rewarding another 36 XP you finished on level 17 with a total of 85 XP!

You unlocked 11 scenarios, 4 seasonal scenarios, 1 extended scenario and 1 standalone story! If you add this to the base game and include the expansions we'll be up to 28 scenarios and 14 stories, which is a huge amount of content. I will keep you updated on the progress of these when we start working on them later this year.

I will be sharing more of your photos, drawings and other contributions in the coming updates, thank you for making this journey so fantastic.

I'm off to request the final contracts for the manufacturing, I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

- Frank

Day 30: The Beginning
8 months ago – Thu, May 17, 2018 at 01:36:11 AM

Hey everyone!

It's 18:00 BST and that means there are only 24 hours until the Kickstarter closes, it's always great to see a campaign fund whilst at the same time, it is sad to see it end! But never fear, we still have a day to go and we'll have a celebration live stream tomorrow starting 2 hours before the Kickstarter finishes.

When I launched this Kickstarter, I had no idea how it would go, but as always you have been incredible and we've had thousands of people join us in making the next part of The City of Kings a reality, thank you! I can only ask that in these last 24 hours you continue to spread the word, tell your friends and let people know this is their last chance to support the campaign!

The School of Games


The School of Games is coming to a close, and you only have 24 hours left to complete any outstanding quests!

  • Day 8 - 4 out of 5 received for option A
  • Day 9 - 9 out of 10 received for option A
  • Day 10 - Not complete
  • Day 12 - Option A complete | 6 out of 10 for option B
  • Day 15 - Not complete
  • Day 17 - 1 out of 2 received for option A
  • Day 18 - Option A complete | 9 out of 10 for option B
  • Day 21 - 14 out of 15 received for option A
  • Day 22 - Not complete
  • Day 23 - Not complete
  • Day 25 - 4 out of 5 received for option A
  • Day 26 - 3 out of 7 received for option A
  • Day 28 - 4 out of 10 received for option A

You can read each of these quests and see what needs to be done here:

http://thecityofkings.com/news/the-school-of-games/

From now on, all quests which require posting a comment can be posted in this update to qualify.


  Live Stream

If you missed yesterday's live stream you can watch it here:

https://live.kickstarter.com/frank-west/live-stream/miniature-prototypes-and-q-and-a

I'll post another update soon, thank you for making this such a great month.

- Frank

Day 27: The Plan is Set
8 months ago – Sun, May 13, 2018 at 11:54:56 PM

Hey everyone,

We have reached the last few days of the Kickstarter campaign and what a month it has been! We have had thousands of people join us and already raised more money than our previous campaigns, so thank you for making this happen.

I'm looking forward to this last week, answering more of your questions and celebrating the last month. Speaking of celebrations, we have had more people achieve the Day 7 stacking challenge!

Fantastic job Patrick, Peter, Scott and Steiner for bringing us over 10 photos and finally completing the quest! Also, congratulations to Mark who took the time to find tokens from another game and attempt an equally difficult challenge!
Fantastic job Patrick, Peter, Scott and Steiner for bringing us over 10 photos and finally completing the quest! Also, congratulations to Mark who took the time to find tokens from another game and attempt an equally difficult challenge!

 I also want to celebrate those people who attempted the fan art challenge whose drawings haven't yet been revealed!

Thank you to Alexanders daughter for this awesome picture of Sesharra!
Thank you to Alexanders daughter for this awesome picture of Sesharra!
Also, thank you to Dan, Rene and Jason for trying!
Also, thank you to Dan, Rene and Jason for trying!
Finally, an awesome drawing from Kristian who gives us the Spleen Rippers!
Finally, an awesome drawing from Kristian who gives us the Spleen Rippers!

 We've had some amazing pet photos come in over the last few days and I'll be sharing more of them before the campaign finishes, but today a special thank you to my mother. She has been training guide dogs for the blind for nearly as long as I have been alive and helped change the lives of many people. Whilst she's currently waiting on a new puppy to arrive, she wanted to share some of her children alongside The City of Kings.

 The School of Games update!

You can find a full list of every daily quest along with details for completing them here:

http://thecityofkings.com/news/the-school-of-games/

So far, we have unlocked 8 scenarios, 3 seasonal scenarios and a standalone story, nearly doubling the amount of scenarios in the game!

Progress

  • Day 1 - Complete
  • Day 2 - Complete
  • Day 3 - Complete
  • Day 4 - Complete
  • Day 5 - Complete
  • Day 6 - Complete
  • Day 7 - Complete
  • Day 8 - 2 out of 5 received
  • Day 9 - 7 out of 10 received
  • Day 10 - Not complete
  • Day 11 - Complete 
  • Day 12 - Option A complete | 5 out of 10 on Option B
  • Day 13 - Complete
  • Day 14 - Complete
  • Day 15 - Not complete
  • Day 16 - Complete
  • Day 17 - 1 out of 2 received
  • Day 18 - Option A complete | 9 out of 10 on Option B
  • Day 19 - Complete
  • Day 20 - Complete
  • Day 21 - 11 out of 15 received
  • Day 22 - Not complete
  • Day 23 - Not complete
  • Day 24 - Option A complete | 6 out of 10 on Option B
  • Day 25 - 4 out of 5 received

Day 26

 Day 27

 It's amazing to think over the past 4 weeks we have received over 70 photos and drawings along with nearly 50 ideas for games, abilities and characters, it has been a lot of fun.

I look forward to seeing what you all come up with during this last week and hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!