3 August 2016

Every year hundreds if not thousands of new games are created and the amount of originality varies greatly. Some games feel like obvious copies whilst others stand out as innovative and exciting.

I often find myself wondering how many other games have the designers played, are the copies accidental or deliberate? It stands to reason if someone has had an idea before then others may come up with the same idea again.

This is a worrying thought, The City of Kings is a huge project and we want to create an original experience, but how can we be sure we do?

Play hundreds of games

Perhaps we will never be sure but we do know playing as many games as possible is a great start. Every week we try to play at least one (and often more) new game and our collection continues to grow.

Rather than focusing on a specific type we constantly vary the games to get a taste of everything. True, we spend a lot of time playing other fantasy games to make sure ours stands out but we also play every other genre and style you can imagine.

Our studio

The studio features some of our favourite games including Terra Mystica, Eclipse, 7 wonders, Libertalia and 10” to kill.


The display area in our recording studio
The display area in our recording studio

The spare desk

The spare desk holds our recent acquisitions as we try to work out shelf space and plan playing sessions. Click’ Clack’ Lumberjack has been a lot of fun whilst Spyfall is as brilliant as people say. Perhaps not surprisingly, Scythe is the next game we plan to test out!


Temporary storage!
Temporary storage!

Display areas

We love the look and feel of board games and proudly display them on our shelves, they are more than just a game.


Cool Mini or Not display area
Cool Mini or Not display area

Our Cool Mini Or Not shelf came to be as we wanted to study Zombicide and understand what made it tick.


We love to look at designs
We love to look at designs

Power Grid, Hive and Garbage Day are shown prominently to give them the credit they deserve.


Games that look beautiful
Games that look beautiful

Dungeon Petz and Flick ’em Up! are favourites when it comes to Dexterity and Worker Management.

The rest

There are too many games to run through them all in detail so lets rush through some more of the collection.


We play a lot of different games
We play a lot of different games

Coup is heavily played
Coup is heavily played

Shadow of the Rift adds some great features to Eclipse
Shadow of the Rift adds some great features to Eclipse

Innovation is perhaps my favourite 2 player game
Innovation is perhaps my favourite 2 player game

Kodama has a beautiful concept
Kodama has a beautiful concept

Battlestar Galactica and Dead of Winter: The best co-op games?
Battlestar Galactica and Dead of Winter: The best co-op games?

You can see our full collection on boardgamegeek.com.

Is it original?

There will always be some similarities with other games and that’s a good thing! It will ease some of the learning curve for experienced gamers. But rest assured, The City of Kings has a lot new ideas which we’re yet to see in other games and provides a great gaming experience.

As we continue to develop The City of Kings we are confident the game is unique, we know it will stand out in your collections and it is something people are going to love.

The Game

A Cooperative Tabletop Adventure

The City of Kings is a tactical roleplaying board game for 1 - 4 players, where your character is tasked with exploring the hazardous world, trading for vital resources, and battling your enemies whilst uncovering a story of a world imperilled.

The City of Kings features full character customisation, resource management, board exploration and roleplaying style ‘quests’ for an innovative blend of gaming experience.

Game

The World

The World

From the forgotten deserts to the lands beneath the waves, from the deep Elvish groves to the Vadora's blue mountains... All of it is falling, and the fight against the darkness has come to the last, most ancient city: The City of Kings.

World

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