Kingmaker Coming to Kickstarter on September 9 From Gibsons Games

(Edit 9/26/22 – The launch is live! Go here to back it.)

(Edit – the Kickstarter was supposed to start today (September 9), but it’s been postponed to September 26 out of deference to Queen Elizabeth’s death)

Here’s a light, Friday post for you leading into the weekend (and maybe leading into me getting some more posting done, sorry about that!)

I was excited to get the email announcement that a game from my past is being redone, and redone well!

At least it looks like it, anyway.

This is the new cover. Looks great!

Kingmaker is a classic Avalon Hill game from 1974 that I first played in college (so around 1990, maybe?). It’s a game about the famous Wars of the Roses in the late 15th century between the Lancasters and the Yorks for royal supremacy in England.

It was designed originally by Andrew McNeil.

Of course, being a history buff, I am there.

On September 9th, Gibsons Games is launching a Kickstarter for an updated version plus a re-imagined Kingmaker II.

This sounds amazing!

What is Kingmaker?

From the BGG description:

“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 for 2-7 players (works best at 5, according to BGG voters) and can take up to 4 hours.

The email received from Gibsons shows that they’ve made some nice updates to the graphics and cards.

I remember those cards! They were…very basic.

How about the city cards?


This is a game I really have a soft spot for and I will definitely be checking out the Kickstarter when it goes live.

Want to be notified when it launches.

Sign up for the Kickstarter notice here.

What do you think of this? Are you pumped?

Did you play it back in the day?

Let me know in the comments.

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