Kingmaker is a classic table-top board game that was sold in the late 70’s and 80’s by Avalon Hill. English Civil War, (Wars of the Roses), 14th century, House of . Kingmaker is a board game created by Andrew McNeil. It was first produced in the UK by PhilMar Ltd. in The second edition was produced by Avalon Hill in the United States in This version was somewhat different from the original, as it refined the rules. Alternate rules and suggestions for improving Avalon Hill’s classic board game. Additions include new combat rules and movement and seafaring changes.

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The recommended maximum number of players in the revised edition published by TM Games was 7.

After Henry is killed, Margaret or Edward may be crowned. There may never be more than two one Yorkist and one Lancastrian.

In the very first version of the game, there was also a typo: They MUST move with the king. Please see the instructions page for reasons why this item might not work within Tabletop Simulator. Certain powerful nobles, officeholders, and even bishops can be called to deal with peasant revolts, incursions by the Scots, piracy and other such random events.

A player may attempt to capture the castle at any point, but only receives the diminished garrison bonus after at least three consecutive turns at siege. Players begin with a number of cards initially. A key strategy is to examine the board carefully; a noble can move five ‘squares’ per turn more with roads, less through forests but squares are delimited either by a grid pattern or by major rivers which means some are oddly shaped.

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If a royal heir is not present but the Lt. Mercenary, ship and town cards are returned to the Crown deck.

Kingmaker Alternate Rules

Square pieces are used for the few ships in the game. It’s not very historical, but it could be fun. All trademarks are property of their respective owners in the US and other countries. One of the beauties of Rulws is that a player who is dealt a weak hand at the start of the game is not necessarily doomed to lose, unlike avvalon games such as Risk; the random events and the improvement of the original ‘hand’ with cards at the end of each turn can easily tip the balance of hhill.

The rules are of moderate difficulty, but are more easily explained to others. If you believe your item has been removed by mistake, please contact Steam Support. The game is fun because it’s a multi-player political wargame that is largely abstract, thus lacking a lot of the fussy detail required of a true historical simulation.

In both the Avalon Hill and original versions, one noble, Beaufort, becomes a Lancastrian heir should all members of rulew branch die. Attackers are not captured, but killed outright. Actual holdings of land and titles of different nobles has been broken down and simplified in many cases.

Any titles, offices or bishops that cannot be used in the turn that they are drawn are discarded to the Chancery immediately. I wanted as “neat” a revision as possible. There are several different kinds of resource cards:. Round cardboard pieces with heraldic emblems represent the nobles’ current position on the map. This action must be taken immediately. The relationship could be viewed as the Royal Heir running the faction they travel with rather than the reverse. Kingmaker Cover of the original British version of Kingmaker.


Description Discussions Comments Change Notes. Moreover, the player who is the sole king may not call Parliament on consecutive turns this closes a potential loophole in which the sole king repeatedly calls Parliament in order to prevent other players from moving into position to crown a second king.

The player who ultimately controls the only remaining member of either the York or Lancaster branches of the Plantagenet family wins.

A siege is now resolved as usual, per the original rules. Death by combat, execution or plague slowly reduces their number. Any “victory” result breaks the siege. There, the player may collect Crown cards as usual. Mingmaker the player moves nobles to the same space as one or more enemy nobles, they can attack them. I’d like to try it by giving everyone a more even starting position.

For game balance, the troop strengths are modified for different nobles, and the strongest noble Percy is forced to start the game in the far north, a long way from the main action, even though in real life the family held additional castles further south.

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However, if you wish to pick and choose, I’m sure you can find some cool minor variants. The effect is not limited to the drawing player.

There is no more direct line. The role of the royal heirs in the game, as mere pawns in the Machiavellian plots of the noble families, reflects the roles of some but not all of the real heirs. This item has been added to your Favorites.