This printing of King's Forge: Masterworks contains:
- 40 Base-Game Cards
- 14 Bonus Cards (see the Silent Knight Gifts below)
- 30 Mini-Cards
- 26 Dice
- 4 Punchboard Tiles
- 1 Rulebook
- 1 Game Box to hold it all!
Previous King's Forge expansions have featured new dice (Glassworks and Gold), items with abilities (Queen's Jubilee), and adding a new row of options to gathering (Apprentices). Masterworks borrows from all these precedents without adding unnecessary complexity.
We have added four new dice types, but their functions are very simple:
- Two are "dual dice" (metal/magic and wood/gem)
- One copies the basic dice (metal, wood, gem, magic)
- One gives fun, unpredictable bonuses (e.g. +3 to a die matching it)
It's all about supporting a flexible dice pool.
During crafting, if you roll well enough to make an item—you'll be one step closer to winning. Roll poorly, though, and those dice and your turn could feel wasted. With Masterworks, you can spend unused metal dice to bid on the exotic dice. In this way, you "craft" the new dice.
- Ambassador's Row: Use dice rolled during crafting to impress foreign dignitaries staying at the palace. Craft the best "bid" for their attention and get a sample of their new exotic die. Exotic dice are single use only, but they remain from round to round until used.
You start each round on the bottom half of the board in the Gather phase. Here you spend dice to get more or better dice and crafting bonuses. The new row below the board gives you more powerful (i.e. cheaper) options. But you only get one choice from this row per round—make it count!
- Griffin's Landing: One distinguished guest from each realm arrives each round. This creates a row of Visitor Cards, a special type of gather card that represents hosting or collaborating. Since hosting is time consuming, each player only gets one Visitor Card per round.
Masterworks is all about easy-to-see options on the table. The set-up doesn't even change based on the player count, it's always the same two extra rows above and below the main board organized from West to East. Download a draft of the rules for a more detailed overview.
The return of griffins has opened the kingdom up to the wonders of the whole world. As the Kickstarter campaign progresses, we will be revealing new game content from the four realms each day:
- The magic and stillness of the North (Update #2)
- The beauty of the Near and Far East (Update #3)
- The energy and vitality of the South (Update #4)
- The spirit and independence of the West (Update #5)
Updates will be coming as the majestic world of Masterworks is steadily unveiled—so keep an eye out for those!
Every holiday season, the Silent Knight watches solemnly. He knows who's been bad and good. Throughout the world of King's Forge, people are on their best behavior because he rewards good deeds.
In the spirit of the Silent Knight, this version of Masterworks is already upgraded for Kickstarter backers. We've integrated the content into the campaign with the graphic below. You don't have to do anything to get the stretch and bonus content—just tune in every day as we announce new gifts! This upgraded version of Masterworks is direct-only and will not be available through retail.
The amazing art by Jonathan Kirtz is all done. Sit back and enjoy the goodies coming your way. The Silent Knight is watching!
Shipping will be paid through Kickstarter. When you select your pledge level, it will let you know your cost for shipping. Please note that we are absorbing some of the shipping and handling cost to keep that reasonable for you.
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Expansion Design: Chris Schreiber
Expansion Development: Dann May
Original Game Design: Nick Sibicky
Art: Jonathan Kirtz
Art Direction: Chris Schreiber & Dann May
Art Director: Dann May
Graphic Design: Jonathan Kirtz, Dann May, Cody Jones, Chris Schreiber, Barry Pike, Noelle Le Bienvenu
Kickstarter: Brenna Noonan & Deon Carrico
Marketing: Brenna Noonan
Executive Production: Dan Yarrington
Published by Starling Games
Risks and challenges
Starling Games was launched as an imprint of Game Salute LLC in 2018. At Starling Games, we strive to create games for the hobbyist gamer, crafting elegant mechanics with beautiful artwork and top-notch components. Some of our most popular titles include Everdell, Alien Frontiers, Black Orchestra, King's Forge, and more.
Our team has delivered hundreds of successful Kickstarter products since 2012, including our own published titles and those we've helped independent publishers run and fulfill. While printing, shipping, and processing delays are always a possibility, we have set a reasonable delivery date based on our experience.
We are always happy to replace defective or damaged dice, cards, or other components. Just send us photos of the damage, and we will ship a replacement at no additional cost to you. If your item needs to be returned, we will cover the cost of the return shipping. We provide replacement pieces while titles are active in our catalog, which is typically at least a year after their initial printing. Replacement requests must be made within 30 days of the date the item was delivered to you. For replacement requests, please go to www.starling.games/replacements.
If you'd like a refund before your item ships, you have until one week before the scheduled ship date to request one. We can offer you a 90% refund since Kickstarter retains about 10% of your pledge for various fees. If there is something wrong with your item, we appreciate the opportunity to replace or exchange it. If a refund is preferred and there is no defect with the product, you'll be responsible for shipping it back to us. Upon receipt of the returned item, we'll issue you a 90% refund. Refund requests must be made within 30 days of the date the item was delivered to you. For more questions about refunds, please go to www.starling.games/questions.
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