The City of Kings FAQ

Welcome to the official FAQ for The City of Kings, on this page you will find answers to all the frequently asked questions about the game.

Fire/poison tokens

Do fire tokens do damage when they are place?

Yes! When a fire token is placed on a map tile, it immediately does damage to any heroes and/or creatures on the map tile.

Do poison tokens get moved to a character sheet as soon as they are place?

Yes! When a poison token is placed on a map tile, if there is a hero or a creature on that tile, the poison token is immediately removed from the map tile. All heroes and creatures on the map tile, then place a poison token on their character sheet/creature template.

How do you remove poison?

Poison can be removed in 2 ways:

  • You can visit The City of Kings tile, which removes all impairments from your character sheet.
  • You can use a “Remove poison” skill, which can be found on some characters skill trees.

Note. The Time Tracker does not affect poison tokens once they have been placed on a character sheet.


Story and scenario setup

Do I place creatures during setup?

When setting up a story/scenario that has revealed creature tiles, you should not set up a creature on these tiles unless the card specifically says otherwise.

Do creatures placed during story/scenario set up instantly activate?

No! When a creature or boss is set up due to a story or scenario card, it does not activate until the start of the next round.

Map tile bonuses

If a story/scenario instructs you to place a creature on a creature map tile, the creature does not get the bonus abilities the map tile would grant when explored.


Skills

Skills with multiple actions

When activating a skill which shows 2 actions under its description, you must spend 2 action tokens in order to activate the skill.

For example, T’lorra’s Wish skill requires you to place 1 action token on the move action space, and another on the heal action space in order to activate it.

Thralir

What is a mine?

Mines are resource tiles which produce ore. All Mine map tiles will contain the gather icon and ore icon in the top left corner.


Locations

Where are the Ageless Realms and Azure Rise?

The Ageless Realms refers to the green map tiles and Azure Rise refers to the red map tiles.


Minions

Are minions creatures?

Minions are not creatures, and do not count towards “kill creature” objectives.

What happens to a minion when the creature that created it dies?

Nothing! The minion remains on the board, looking lost and confused and waits for a new master to come along and give it new instructions.

Minions without a master will still trap workers, but otherwise will not perform actions unless a new master comes along.


Scenarios

Escort scenarios

During escort scenarios, the NPC token representing the person you are escorting can not move if it is on a tile with a creature. If the NPC is on the same tile as a creature, then you will need to either kill the creature, or make it move before you can continue to escort the NPC.

Children of lesser men

Part b of the Board Set Up states you should use Boss Bar 1 but it does not mention which template to use. You can use any creature template for this scenario, you should not use one of the boss templates.


Stories

Story 5: Legendary Challenge

The set up for the Legendary Challenge of story 5 should ready “place the first to the West (instead of North), and the second to the South”.


If you have a question that is not answered above, then please post on our Facebook group or on Board Game Geek and someone will usually respond very quickly.

As the questions come in, we’ll continue to update this page.


Learn

How to play


Learn how to play The City of Kings and get the game to your table as quickly as possible.

How to play

Watch

Videos


Watch a selection of playthroughs, tutorials, and reviews of The City of Kings.

Videos

Join

Our community


Join our community to ask questions and share strategies with other players.

Our community