WELCOME TO ULTIMATE KINGDOMS!
Heroes find fame and fortune in their adventures, but why just be rich as a king when you can actually BE A KING? Carving out a domain of your own has been a part of the game since the beginning, and Ultimate Kingdoms is an ideal supplement to cover what your character can do when you get home from that epic journey or drag your loot out of the dungeon. There's more to the hero life than just buying the sharpest sword or the mightiest staff. Your character should really be somebody in the campaign world, make their mark, and build a legacy that will last, and that's where Ultimate Kingdoms comes in!
This hardback book contains the rules you need to build a kingdom and a legacy for your character! Legendary Games has compiled over 400 pages of our best-selling Ultimate line to bring you an awesome array of options for your characters outside of dungeon delving, including:
- Kingdoms - core rules for creating cities, nations, and armies
- Ultimate Rulership - expanded cities, improvements, edicts, events, governments
- Ultimate Battle - expanded tactics, command boons, terrain, environment,
- Ultimate War - expanded commanders, sieges, air and sea battles, combined arms
- Ultimate Factions - power and politics, secret missions, alliances, influence, treason
- Ultimate Relationships - build robust relationships with key NPCs
- Ultimate Strongholds - classic castles and fantastic fortresses
- Ultimate Ships - ship-to-ship combat, fast-play fleet combat, ship modifications
- Ultimate Commander - a brand-new character class leading their squad on adventures!
- plus stretch goals featuring brand-new content, including the long-awaited Ultimate Armies rules for mercenary bands, logistics, a bestiary of troops, and more!
These rules are a terrific expansion to what's possible in your game, but they also are anchored to the character and party level of a campaign, especially when it comes to rules for ships, fortifications, and how your heroes connect with the key NPCs of their fantasy world!
In addition to the complete 5th Edition (5E) kingdoms and warfare rules, Ultimate Kingdoms is also available for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game (1st Edition), incorporating all of our amazing expansions to the base kingdom-building and mass combat rules presented in Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Ultimate Campaign, authored by Legendary Games' very own Jason Nelson. It also includes expansions of subsystems from that volume like downtime, buildings, contacts, honor, and more, integrating them into how you run your kingdom. The Pathfinder version of Ultimate Kingdoms will be a bit smaller than the 5E version, as we won't be reprinting the material from the Ultimate Campaign rulebook.
As the campaign continues, the book will get bigger and better with stretch goals aplenty, making the book itself more amazing, unlocking new artwork, and even creating new accessories to make building your kingdom even more fun! And we've got an awesome array of special guest authors lined up, including luminaries from the history of D&D, Pathfinder, and more like Ed Greenwood, Elisa Teague, Jonathan Tweet, and more!
Best of all, this book is already written! The stretch goals include new previously unpublished material that's already done and new artwork, but our Kings, Queens, and special guests will have their new material in its own chapter at the end of the book, so layout can start while the Kickstarter is already going! You can make this book bigger and better, but it's already ready to rock!
Pledging for Ultimate Kingdoms is pretty self-explanatory: Choose your favorite system and then choose PDF or Print+PDF! That's about it!
The King (5E) and Queen (Pathfinder) pledges grant you all the following noble rewards!
- Create your kingdom (600 words): Describe the nation you rule or your own mercenary company, guild, secret society, or religion!
- Design your own royal crest, flag, insignia, or sacred item, brought to life by our artists!
- Commission a royal portrait of yourself or your favorite character!
- Be listed among the Kings and Queens by your chosen title in the credits!
- Have your book personally signed and numbered!
- Legendary Games swag bag plus unlockable bonus items get added to your pledge FREE!
Because of the time sensitivity in getting this book laid out in timely fashion, we ask that you inform us of your choice as soon as possible! Email your King and Queen requests when you make your pledge via Kickstarter messenger so we can get art going right away as needed. If your sponsorship involves you writing something you have sponsored, we need it emailed to us at email@example.com no later than July 20th.
Written entries received after July 20th will not be included in the printed books.
NOTE: All design decisions are subject to final approval by the Legendary Games team. Please feel free to email us first before adding your pledge for approval. Design and illustration input is time-sensitive so be ready to blast off when you become a King or Queen, and if you have any questions let us know right away! Also, please ensure that your submission does not borrow from anyone else's intellectual property.
When making your pledge, you can include additional items below; just add the amount for each add-on to your pledge. If you decide to include an add-on later:
1. Click on “Manage Your Pledge," then click again on "Change Your Pledge."
2. Increase the amount of your pledge to cover the cost of the add-ons you want to include but leave the pledge level alone.
3. Click "Continue" after adding funds, and then click “Confirm.”
That’s it! When the campaign ends, you'll receive a survey with the option to indicate which add-on items you wanted to receive (or to add items on at that point if you wish).
Items you can add to your pledge include:
Kingdom Event Cards!
Shuffle and see what happens to YOUR kingdom this month! This 54-card deck is available as a printable PDF or as a custom card deck giving you all the core kingdom events plus the bonus events unlocked earlier in this Kickstarter, from economic boom and diplomatic overture to sensational crime and assassination attempt! Cards are compatible with both 5E and Pathfinder versions of Ultimate Kingdoms, and come in a beautiful custom tuckbox!
$12 per deck (including PDF), or $6 for just the printable PDF
NOTE: These cards are an add on option. Because of an error in the back-end fields for shipping on the Duke+Deck and Prince+Deck Pledge Levels, those have been closed. Please just add the Kingdom Event cards as an add-on to your normal pledge.
Extra Ultimate Kingdoms book ($50): If you'd like to add an extra copy of the book for either system, just add $50 for each book after the first.
RETAILERS ONLY: If you are a brick-and-mortar game store and want to order multiple books wholesale, pledge at any amount and contact us by Kickstarter messenger to set up the details.
Fantasy Grounds ($10): The full Ultimate Kingdoms is not yet available on Fantasy Grounds, but 5E fans can add Kingdoms 5E, including all the core kingdom-management and mass combat rules, on Fantasy Grounds for just $10 (Save 33% off).
Related Books: Ultimate Kingdoms expands your campaign in amazing ways, but you can go even further with our Legendary campaign cyclopedias! Get adventures, spells, magic items, feats, character options, monsters, pregenerated characters, and tons of new rules options tailored for each wilderness, nautical, and horror campaigns, like faerie bargains and royal tournaments, undersea exploration and seagoing adventures around the world, or madness and mad scientists! Ranging from 256 to 500 pages, these books offer amazing expansions for your game whether you play 5E or Pathfinder.
Explore the cosmos and rule a galaxy! Get over 200 pages of Starfinder Roleplaying Game rules for interstellar exploration and colonization, planetary invasion and defense, galactic conquest, and star-spanning empires! Plus build your personal brand and wage wars of intrigue and influence! This compilation includes:
- Star Empires - core rules for exploring space, building colonies, managing an empire, and waging war on a planetary and interstellar scale
- Star Battles - expanded battles, including mecha, starfleets, and more
- Star Intrigue - fame, influence, personal branding, politics, and manipulation
- Star Relationships - build romance, rivalries, and relationships
- And more!
The core rules in our Star Empires supplement were recently named an EZG Essential and candidate for Top Ten Products of the Year for 2018 by Endzeitgeist (check out his full review here)! You can get this killer compilation for $25 PDF, $50 hardcover/PDF bundle, or if you're getting the Pathfinder version of Ultimate Kingdom you can swap over to our Star Senator and Star Prince combo levels!
Forest Kingdom Campaign Compendium (5E or PF) PDF - $25
Forest Kingdom Campaign Compendium (5E or PF) Hardback + PDF - $50
Pirate Campaign Compendium (5E or PF) PDF - $30
Pirates Campaign Compendium (5E or PF) Hardback + PDF - $60
Gothic Campaign Compendium (PF only) PDF - $20
Gothic Campaign Compendium (PF only) Hardback + PDF - $40
With additional stretch goals we will add special guest authors, new artwork, more content, and a gorgeous new cover art to this hardback book, already in progress now! Stretch goals will be revealed as the campaign continues!
UNLOCKED: 300 Total Backers - Every backer will receive the Treasury of the Kingdom PDF for FREE! This delightful collection features over 40 magic items perfect for carving out a kingdom of your own, including like the battle standard of the fallen and scout's spyglass, or for improving and guarding the kingdom you already rule like instant signal towers, the crown of affirmation, and the plow of the abundant harvest! This PDF for your chosen system will be sent out right after the Kickstarter ends and pledges are confirmed!
Want even more content from celebrity authors? You've got it! Share this project to bring on more backers and we will unlock the following writers:
We also have special goals to enhance the books themselves, which will add new features to each version depending on how many print backers we get for each. Higher-level pledges that get both versions of the book count for each group of backer goals.
UNLOCKED At 350* Duke pledges, we will add color endsheets to the Ultimate Kingdom 5E print books. The backers will get to vote for the color!
LOCKED: At 350* Princes, we'll do the same for the Pathfinder version!
UNLOCKED At 400* Duke pledges, we'll add premium head and tail bands to the Ultimate Kingdom 5E print books,
LOCKED: At 400* Princes, we'll do the same for Pathfinder version when we hit 400 Princes!
At 500* Duke pledges, we'll add a ribbon bookmark to all the Ultimate Kingdom 5E print books, with backers voting for the color! 500 Princes get the same for the Pathfinder book!
Paco Jaen of GMS magazine interview Rachel Ventura on the backend decisions of this project and some of the decisions of Pazio's Kingmaker project. Check it out here:
Jason Nelson and Ed Healy from the Gamerati talking all things gaming... and Ultimate Kingdoms!
And here's Jason again with Peter and Michael from the Mythwits!
How does shipping work?
When you make a print pledge, you'll also be charged $8 as a prepaid shipping credit to cover postage, packaging, and handling. For most domestic shipments, this covers everything and your book will be sent to you as soon as its available. For international customers and backers who pledge for multiple books, this $8 prepaid shipping credit is applied first to their shipping and handling cost and they will be invoiced for any additional amount when the book is ready to ship.
You can find US international postal rates for a 3-pound hardcover to 5-pound multi-volume package here: https://postcalc.usps.com/
Why not Pathfinder 2nd Edition?
The kingdom-building and mass combat core rules for Pathfinder 2nd Edition won't be published until the end of 2020, so it's too far in the future to be part of this project. We definitely will publish expansions to those rules once they exist.
Will there be HeroLab support for this book?
There will not be HeroLab files created for the new Ultimate Kingdom books at this time. However, you can other HeroLab files like the Mythic Hero's Handbook, Mythic Monster Manual, Mythic Spell Compendium, and Gothic Campaign Compendium from LoneWolf today! http://www.makeyourgamelegendary.com/hero-lab-files/
HeroLab and Realmworks support for the Forest Kingdom Campaign Compendium is in review right now at LoneWolf for both Pathfinder and 5E, but since it is not currently available we are not offering it as part of this project. We will definitely send out a campaign update to all backers linking them to the LoneWolf site as soon as each version is ready!
Will there be virtual tabletop (Fantasy Grounds, Roll20, etc.) support for this book?
Kingdoms (5E), which provides the base kingdom-building and mass combat rules for 5E, is available as an add-on to your pledge for $10 (Save 33% off), and is available now directly from Fantasy Grounds - https://www.fantasygrounds.com/store/product.php?id=LGFG5EKINGDOMS.
We are looking forward to getting additional kingdom-building and mass combat resources uploaded to both of these systems, and if you are skilled at creating file packets for either Fantasy Grounds or Roll20 we'd love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com!
Risks and challenges
Given that art and writing are complete (aside from any extra items sponsored by backers), the risks on this project are very low. We've taken to heart lessons from prior projects and applied that wisdom here, getting all the heavy lifting done ahead of time. The layout people working on this project also are solely dedicated to this project right now and not multitasking on any other Legendary Games projects, and they are beginning layout now, while the Kickstarter is still underway, rather than waiting until after it is over.
With a small company, sudden illness or incapacity is always a possibility and could create delays, but reducing the remaining work to finishing layout, adding any sponsored material at the end of the process, and then preparing the print-on-demand files (rather than doing a full print run) greatly reduces any potential for delay.
Legendary Games has run numerous crowdfunded projects before, completing all but two on time or early. Fulfillment of the massive Legendary Planet adventure series is finally nearing completion.
Delays in printing and shipping are always possible but unlikely, as our experience with previous Kickstarters has allowed us to set up several options for getting your books to you!
The print option we use depends on the response to the project. If we have a low number of print backers, we can have a print-on-demand option available this summer. However, we expect a strong response to this project and anticipate an overseas print run, with print books likely ready to send out to backers by December.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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