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.
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.
Here is the cut-down version of the new map, with all the castles and terrain features you will need to play the Introductory Game. Again in zip format of ten screenshots which will have to be pasted together.
Note a couple of minor corrections to the Advanced Game map from before (colour shading mostly, e.g. the names of the Justiciar of South Wales' castles).
Cards to follow next.
Zip archive with 10 screenshots of the new map for Bella Rosarum v.2. The resolution is compressed to save filespace: the master map is much too large to upload at BGG all at once!
This is the advanced game map, so it may be too detailed for some players; the master map works fine when printed to 36"x30" size.
Hopefully, I'll find time to publish the card manifest and the basic game map (with much reduced clutter) at BGG in the next few days.
Merry Christmas 2015 to all!
One of my main gripes with Kingmaker was always its rulebook's assumption, that Kingmaker was an extremely complicated game best learned in incremental steps. In consequence, the rulebook insisted on a basically unplayable "basic game", gradually adding more rules - optional and "advanced" - so as to create maximum confusion on what actually to include.
In my own experience, everybody seemed most often fairly in agreement on using every damn thing in the rulebook - though often with exception of the dice-based elements.
The current ruleset has been recompiled in the way, it in my opinion should have appeared to people playing, the way we eventually ended up doing anyway. It is, admittedly, heavily based on the original rulebook, but creatively deviating enough to be permissible to...
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.
Here's some rule mods to Kingmaker for those who want to use the more accurate map and cards for Bella Rosarum, but who want to keep the rules more like Kingmaker.
Forgive any errors or inconsistencies, but do point them out! Latest map and cards to be published if/when this ruleset uploads.
Alternate Crown Deck for KM, for use with Bella Rosarum ruleset.
Significant changes since last upload (v 150111).
Includes: all nobles who played a part in the WotR; expanded set of offices; updated mercenary commanders; noble 'upgrade' cards; etc.
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.