Gibsons to postpone Kickstarter launch of Kingmaker

Published on: 20th September 2022

Gibsons has decided to postpone the launch of Kingmaker: The Royal Relaunch until Monday 26th September 2022 due to the passing of HM Queen. 

First launched in 1974, Kingmaker simulates the War of the Roses, the period of sporadic Civil War in England between 1450 and 1490. Invented by the late Andrew Macneil, 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. It’s a game of manipulation, deception and unforeseeable incidents – making each game unpredictable and a lot of fun.

Although this game has been enjoyed by many for decades,fans have requested a new and improved version. After taking feedback on board, Gibsons is delighted to report that a brand-new version of Kingmaker will arrive in Spring 2023.

Gibsons is working with Kingmaker expert, Alan Paull, from Surprised Stare Games to help develop the game. The main change is that Kingmaker II will have four games in one. The board will be double-sided so that players can still play the original game should they wish to. There will also be an extended version of the classic game and a revised version which is shorter. All versions have physical changes to improve playability. For example, there will be new coloured counters and a board with updated symbols for better visibility.

Interested parties can join Gibsons’ Kingmaker: The Royal Relaunch Kickstarter campaign to have first access to Kingmaker as well as exclusive updates and behind the scenes content.


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