Pathfinder: Kingmaker Kickstarter Ends Soon!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The countdown has begun on the Pathfinder: Kingmaker Kickstarter by our friends at Owlcat Games! With only a few days remaining, the project has reached it's funding goal, and is headed towards the next stretch goals. Pathfinder: Kingmaker is an isometric single-player computer RPG based on the Kingmaker Adventure Path, where you'll be able to explore the Stolen Lands, survive the harsh wilderness, and local threats, all while building up your own settlement.

Haven't heard of Owlcat Games? Lisa took to email just a couple weeks ago to talk about our new partnership and the current Kickstarter project.

Concept artwork for a troll boss in Pathfinder: Kingmaker.

Since we launched the world of Golarion and the Pathfinder RPG, I have eagerly awaited the day when I could announce a single-player computer RPG based on our game and world. Many companies have approached me over the years, but the fit was never quite right.

Last year, our friends at Obsidian connected us to the folks at Owlcat Games, who had some interesting ideas for a Kingmaker CRPG. Owlcat wanted to meet us at Gen Con and show us what they had in mind. I was expecting maybe a Powerpoint presentation, but they brought a work in progress. To say I was blown away was an understatement. They had clearly put a lot of time, effort, and thought into everything—and we hadn't even signed a deal yet! I ran around the convention finding various Paizo employees to look at it, and everyone got super excited. We started work on a licensing deal right away.

A couple months ago, Owlcat came to the Paizo offices to show us a vertical slice of Pathfinder: Kingmaker. A vertical slice is a small segment of how the finished game is going to look and play. We were all mesmerized playing the game, which was filled with a ton of familiar Golarion hooks in the artwork and mechanics. A lucky few of you at PaizoCon 2017 had the opportunity to play through a similar vertical slice, and all the feedback we received was super positive.

I need to tell you a little bit about Owlcat Games. They're a new development studio, but don't take that to mean they're inexperienced! Some of them have been together for more than a decade, and the list of games they've helped create is strong. They have the backing of one of the largest game companies around, so you don't need to worry about their stability. And you definitely don't need to worry about their enthusiasm for Pathfinder—they're longtime gamers, and have several different tabletop Pathfinder campaigns running in their office. They know the setting, the story, and the rules as well as anyone. And they've been joined by CRPG legend Chris Avellone, who is infusing his touch of story genius into our now-classic Adventure Path.

Owlcat Games has the full backing of their parent company to make the game to the specifications that we had approved, but they have a lot of great ideas beyond that spec, so they decided to launch a Kickstarter that's all about making it bigger and more awesome—more sidequests, more companions, more options, more depth.

A great Pathfinder computer RPG is something that I have personally waited a decade for, and I couldn't be more excited to see it come to fruition.

The kickstarter is headed towards it's next stretch goal at $700K, where a new chapter to reveal hidden secrets of original Kingmaker story will be added, as well as support for both Mac and Linux. Check out the Pathfinder: Kingmaker Kickstarter project and select your pledge level before the campaign ends on July 11!

Chris Lambertz
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Grand Lodge

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For once, my Kickstarter urges are not rising. Guess I'll have to ponder it.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

The current thread for all we know about this game is here.


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Pledged as soon as I heard about the project. The team is talented and experienced. The updates have been regular and high-quality. If you are on the fence, I suggest going for it.


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I am quite convinced that OwlCats deserves every dollar they can get to make this the best CRPG they can make. I've already pledged and it would be amazing to see them make their next stretch goal and add that extra (high-level) chapter.

Silver Crusade

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Do it for the Archetypes!

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Seriously, please everyone, back this so that we can hit that 800K goal to get archetypes! I've been following their updates very closely, and I really feel that this game will be incredible.


Is the game still going to be made where we can only make one character (and thus have to rely on NPC's completely for our party makeup instead of making four PC's for ourselves)? I hope not.


Berselius wrote:
Is the game still going to be made where we can only make one character (and thus have to rely on NPC's completely for our party makeup instead of making four PC's for ourselves)? I hope not.

The intent of the game is to be a single player game where the NPCs are part of the experience. Yet except for the classes, feats and skills the NPCs already have when you meet them, you can select how they will level up afterward. Thus giving you a form of control over the abilities of the NPCs.

Developers haven't ruled out offering the possibility to create your own NPCs in the future, but they want first to focus on the single player experience with all the NPCs stories. (the same goes for multi-player, not ruled out, but not a priority either)

As far as I'm concerned, until I've went through the game at least a couple of times, I want to play with the included NPCs as there are so much to them to get bored in a single playthrough.

It's one of the reason why I preferred BG 1&2 over Icewind Dale


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Developers haven't ruled out offering the possibility to create your own NPCs in the future.

As long as that remains on the table of possibilities then I'm looking forward to it. I honestly wouldn't mind if I had to pay a little extra for a DLC update that allowed me the ability to create my own party (and possibly still add an NPC companion through the Leadership feat or something), just as long as I still had an option to do so.


Berselius wrote:
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Developers haven't ruled out offering the possibility to create your own NPCs in the future.
As long as that remains on the table of possibilities then I'm looking forward to it. I honestly wouldn't mind if I had to pay a little extra for a DLC update that allowed me the ability to create my own party (and possibly still add an NPC companion through the Leadership feat or something), just as long as I still had an option to do so.

I wouldn't mind either to have that option as a DLC, but I'm not expecting such a thing for the release of the game or in the months following the release.

I prefer to have them spend their time on creating a better story and to take their time to polish the game and have a virtually bug free release :)

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

AMA is currently going on here.


Anybody here at Paizo have thoughts on licencing future Adventure Paths if this goes well? With Obsidian, we all got excited about a video game version of Pathfinder Card Game, but after Rise of the Runelords no other adventures seem to be in the cards, making it a huge waste of a great platform. (Still a great game, just a missed opportunity for many more).

It would be quite a shame if a similar mistake is made here, where a great platform is used for only a single adventure path, and then the licensing for the other 19 adventure paths fails to materialize.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

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First, our license with Obsidian already allows them to do other Adventure Paths. But an AP takes a whole lot of programming, and since they spent the last several months focusing on the desktop version, they wanted their next release to be something they release relatively quickly, so they're doing Rise of the Goblins next. If the desktop version and Rise of the Goblins are successful enough, they'll likely proceed to a new AP next (and we have already talked about what it might be).

Second, I can guarantee you that right now, everyone at Paizo and at Owlcat are hoping that Pathfinder: Kingmaker is received well enough that it becomes just the first of many. But let's see how this one goes first, shall we?


I'm confident that Kingmaker will be awesome. Mostly because it's freaking KINGMAKER! The stuff you can do in that AP is pretty limitless. *points to the kingmaker parts of this messageboard*


Unfortunately, "limitless" is very difficult to code.

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