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You and up to three friends must try to reclaim the realms. Explore, gather, trade and customise your hero to prepare for battle!
You and up to three friends must try to reclaim the realms. Explore, gather, trade and customise your hero to prepare for battle!
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Chapter 2 complete

Posted by Frank West (Creator)

Hi everyone,

It is time for us to wrap up the campaign, by now everyone should have received their games and I want to thank you all for the incredible journey that has been Ancient Allies and Vadoran Gardens. I’m so pleased to see the next part of The City of Kings out in the world and I look forward to sharing more adventures with you in the years to come. 

Keeping in touch

I believe in keeping marketing, emails and, general communications to a minimum and as such I will not be sending out updates on this campaign when future projects launch.

If you wish to be kept in the loop, please sign up for the newsletter on our website (it’s at the bottom of the page).

Contact and Questions

If you have any questions about replacement parts, lost orders or other queries then please use our Contact Page  and select the appropriate method.

Buying the game, upgrades, accessories and expansions

If you are late to the campaign, or would like to upgrade your adventure then you can find all of the various items available on our store.  You can also find The City of Kings, World Packs, and Vadoran Gardens in your local retail store.

New Stories and Scenarios (Print & Play content)

This week I am releasing 15 new scenarios and 1 extra story for The City of Kings, these are all available for free and can be downloaded today. They introduce a variety of new objectives, new rules and some epic adventures!

This includes an extended story which will take you through every map tile, all 7 bosses and a variety of challenges in the base game over a 12 – 18 hour period.

You can see a full list of all the new content here.

Competition winners

For the past few weeks I have been running 3 competitions for The City of Kings and today I would like to announce the results.

Best painted miniature

This was incredibly hard to judge, there were over 100 entries in the end, and I can’t believe the quality of paintings submitted! Rather than just sharing the winner, I thought I would select my favourite for each character, and then provide 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

The winner was Gary Sailor with an incredible looking Rapuil, I’ll be in touch soon to arrange your prize!

Best photo

The range of photos submitted was equally challenging, from game shots and setups, to scenic views and custom designs. This was tough to judge but in the end,  I decided this photo from Laurent Mottais provided a beautiful look into the world and had to take first place.

Best custom scenario

I would like to put a special thank you to those of you who took the time to design new scenarios and enter them into the competition. There have been loads of custom scenarios added to Board Game Geek over the last month (you can find them here) and I hope to see these continue to be made.

Some of my favourite ideas from the entries included expanding boards, time travel between green and orange tiles, burning wood to clear a frost covered board and spending resources to create maps of unexplored locations.

In the end though the winner was Kai Puolakanaho with City Under Siege, an incredible scenario where players defend against a siege of endless creatures, trying to defend towers and survive long enough for the enemy to retreat.

Unfortunately, this scenario isn’t yet on Board Game Geek, but hopefully it will be soon. Once it is, I will post a link in this thread so keep your eyes open and check back soon.

UK Games Expo

I am about to start looking for volunteers to help demo The City of Kings and Vadoran Gardens at the UK Games Expo. Ideally, I’m looking for people who are very familiar with either of the games and would like to spend time at the show demo’ing them. If this is something you would like to do, please use the general enquiry details here and let me know.

Thank you

That’s it, we are at the end and both Sara and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You’ve changed our lives, we look forward to seeing you at future shows or perhaps our next Kickstarter. Have a fantastic day, enjoy March and perhaps we’ll meet again before the end of 2019 ;)

- Frank

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    1. Darryl Gerrow

      Frank, I love that you’re still releasing content (free!) to this awesome game. Thank you for your dedication! Can’t wait to see your next big game idea on Kickstarter :)

    2. Justin

      Thanks for the mini painting competition and for featuring the painted miniatures. It was fun motivation to get my heroes painted and ready for play. :D Cheers.

    3. Frank West 3-time creator

      Hey Joe, it's interesting to hear you were using the website in that way. I had to do a fairly quick change around to add Vadoran Gardens prior to the shipping release, which is why that page disapeared. I'll be looking into add it back and updating at some point.

      I'll see what options I can come up with :)

    4. Joe

      Thanks Frank!

      I'm looking forward to doing these once I get through all the amazing content that already comes with the game.

      Speaking of downloadable content, would it be possible to get a PDF with all the characters' skill trees? It would make it easier to allow people to pick which character they want to play without having to pass around the large character sheets. I had been using as a reference, but it looks like it is no longer linked on the main page, and doesn't have any of the expansion characters.

    5. Massimo Bombarda on

      As first competition, we did not think to appear among the miniatures mentioned ... and instead the little Yanna, made in Italy, has made herself recognized. Even if we did not win anything, we enjoyed participating and we can not wait to know all the news for Rising Blades.

    6. Frank West 3-time creator

      Thank you everyone for all the kind words! It's been a fantastic campaign and a big part of that is because of how great you have all been.

    7. Frank West 3-time creator

      Hi Ben, I don't currently have any plans to offer the P&P content as a buyable physical product, manufacturing just a small set of cards on its own doesn't really work financially. I do however intend to look into options for this during our next print run.

    8. Frank West 3-time creator

      Hi david, I'm afraid I don't have plans to produce a single page PDF with all the content.I hope to release more content in the future and would prefer to keep the system as simple as possible so I can upload them as I go, rather than having to manage versions of a single document.

    9. Ben Turner

      Would be great to be able to pick up printed copies of those extra scenarios. Perhaps on the BGG store? Thanks for all that extra content though, and look forward to seeing the winning scenario from the contest.

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      Matthew on

      Thanks Frank for running such a great campaign. Your continual status updates after campaign end kept us in the loop, going above and beyond with replacement parts and now as it comes to a close, not using old campaigns as an advertising platform. You make me forget this isn't a store. Plus you made an awesome quality game to boot! Thanks again!

    11. Lars A.

      Thanks for the hard work you do, Frank. Love the game and keep up the good work. Thanks for the extra content.

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      David on

      Is it possible to get a single PDF with all the new content?

    13. Paul Cartwright

      Frank went above and beyond to help with some replacement components. A lot of companies out there should look at this campaign to see how it should be done. Can't wait for the next one. Congrats to the winners those paint jobs look awesome, need to get on with my own! Having had a quick look at the pnp stuff it looks like a fantastic addition as well, thanks for everything.

    14. Russonc

      Love the painted minis! Looking forward to see what you have up your sleeve next!

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      Vince M. on

      Thanks Frank. Can't wait for the next campaign. Until that time comes, take care of yourself!

    16. Jashin Oosterling on

      @Frank, thanks for all the hard work and being an example on how to create and guide a campaign!

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      Pablo Ponte on

      Wow i didnt know about pnp content! Soo happy for this. Thank you for this amazing game, i will be waiting for your next KS.

    18. Bush on

      Congrats Frank, and all the competition winners. Can't wait to play the new scenarios...or to hear more about Rising Blades!

    19. Jason L Perry

      Thanks so much for featuring mine!

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      Jarcore on

      Hope we see you here again frank

    21. René Schultze

      Wow, cool pictures - wish I could paint minis...
      And now on to Rising Blades :)