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Kingmaker (1974)

Average Rating: 6.42/10
Board Game Rank: 1369
War Game Rank: 566
Strategy Game Rank: 785
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1974
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2 − 7
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Best with 5 players
Recommended with 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 players
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12 and up
Playing Time
240 minutes
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12 and up
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Some necessary text - easily memorized or small crib sheet
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Kingmaker simulates the Wars of the Roses, the period of sporadic Civil War in England between 1450 and 1490. Ruled by a weak and mentally unstable king, Henry VI, demoralized by the defeat in France at the end of the Hundred Years War, and encouraged by the ambitions of Richard, Duke of York, and his sons; the country's Noble families used their large private armies in attempts to gain control of the government.

The game is based on the premise that the powerful Noble families used the Lancastrian and Yorkist princes as pawns in a greater game of gaining control of England. Players control factions using their military and political power to control and influence the royal heirs, supporting the heir in their control as king while trying to take down all of the other heirs.

Avalon Hill Complexity rating - 7

1976 AH Edition = 126 counters
1974 Ariel = 38 counters

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More Information Edit | History

Expanded by: Kingmaker Variant Event Cards.


From "The Avalon Hill General Index and Company History, 1952-1980"

Kingmaker (1976) Revised 1980
Prior existing published design redesigned by Avalon Hill
Designed by Andrew McNeil
Development by Mick Uhl

This English import was the first imported game to take the American hobby by storm. Granted, it was a small storm due to the subject matter (English War of the Roses), but there was no denying the novelty of the game system. Mick Uhl once again clarified the rules of the Philmar edition and added an Advanced Game while upgrading the components. AH did make one major mistake however in that it reduced the size of the playing board. This will be remedied in the second edition which will go to a three panel board as well as making small corrections in the rules, including a timing mechanism to solve the game’s biggest flaw—excessive playing time.


Magazine References:

The GENERAL Index Article List:

Moves Article Index:

  • Number 22, August/September 1975

Boardgamer Article Index:

  • Volume 9, no. 1, January 2004
    • Kingmaker - "Obstacles on the Rocky Road to Kingmaking: New cards for Kingmaker" Tom Cundiff

Games International Article List:

Fire_and_Movement Article List:

  • Issue 137, Spring 2005 - "Kingmaker: The Missing Families" Tom Cundiff


Microbadge: http://files.boardgamegeek.com/images/microbadges/kingb.jpg

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Year: 1988
Product Code: 818
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Finally got round to posting the event deck for Bella Rosarum, my attempt to bring Kingmaker closer to reality. Only underlined names and results apply to the Intro version. These event cards will need playtesting some more, especially the treachery cards and modifiers, so expect some further changes/ updates.
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11 Bella Rosarum v150319 pdf map
The very latest map for use with the Bella Rosarum alternate ruleset, with some minor map corrections and modifications. Higher-res map still in the work, as is a simplified map for use with just the Introductory rules.
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7 Cheat Sheet for New Players - Starting Royals, Sequences
I made this sheet for new players using the Short Game variant (4 turns sole king or if at time limit, high vote count in parliament). I can't find where I got that right now so if you want that too, go to my site: www.g-design/us/kingmaker
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A tuck box for the Event Deck from the Ariel edition of Kingmaker. Not brilliant, I'll be the first to admit, but it does work and there do not appear to be any others out there. The tuckbox template comes from here http://www.cpforbes.net/tuckbox/ and the artwork is all open source.
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1 Kingmaker Crown Deck Tuckbox
A tuck box for the Crown Deck from the Ariel edition of Kingmaker. Not brilliant, I'll be the first to admit, but it does work and there do not appear to be any others out there. The tuckbox template comes from here http://www.cpforbes.net/tuckbox/ and the artwork is all open source.
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A faithful transcription of the original scrolls dating back from 1996 regarding apparent inconsistencies in the Kingmaker rules (both 1974 and 1983 versions). Authored by Kingmaker legend Peter Bright, whose original manuscript can be admired in all its rugged glory at www.historygamer.com. This transcript uploaded by permission of the author as well as historygamer siteowner.
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Statistics
Board Game Rank: 1369
War Game Rank: 566
Strategy Game Rank: 785
Num Ratings: 2283
Average Rating: 6.42
Standard Deviation: 1.57
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