Kingmaker—Expanding on a Classic

Monday, September 10, 2018

In just two weeks, the first single-player isometric CRPG using the rules and world of Pathfinder will be released—Owlcat Games' Pathfinder: Kingmaker. It's been a long time coming, and we couldn't be more excited for the world at large to get to experience it!

One of the greatest challenges of adapting an adventure path like Kingmaker—which came out way back in the spring of 2009—into a new medium is balancing faithfulness to the source material with the creation of enough new content to entertain players and GMs who played or ran the campaign in the last decade. Kingmaker, by far the Pathfinder Adventure Path with the most open, sandboxy feel, left the writers at Owlcat (with industry veteran Chris Avellone, of Planescape: Torment and Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords fame) with plenty of room to add their own content while still including all the now-iconic encounters and story elements that made the pen-and-paper campaign such a classic.

An all-new introduction to the campaign, set in the manor house of Swordlord Jamandi Aldori, serves not only as a tutorial for new players, but also gives context to the player's mission (something the original campaign left to the GM) and introduces some of the myriad characters who will play large roles in the ongoing campaign, gaining both her most loyal companion and a hated rival.

Throughout the game, in addition to countless new side-missions and subplots introduced as connective tissue between the story elements presented in the pen-and-paper version of the campaign, the player can engage in deeply immersive companion-based plots involving each of over ten companions. Some of these, such as Amiri's companion quests, incorporate elements of the existing campaign, like the nomadic Kellid barbarians who show up in chapter four, while others are entirely new content involving such epic villains as Numeria's Technic League! Other side quests expand on simple plot hooks provided on the inside covers of the original printed books meant for GM inspiration. Still others are wholly new plotlines created to flesh out large map areas or tie together disparate elements of the campaign in new and inventive ways.

As if that weren't enough, Pathfinder: Kingmaker includes a seventh chapter above and beyond the six printed in the pages of Pathfinder Adventure Path back in 2009. This expedition into the mysteries of the First World and some of the machinations of the Eldest is perhaps the game's most inspired and imaginative content!

Pathfinder: Kingmaker releases on September 25, and is available for preorder now on Steam and GOG.

Mark Moreland
Franchise Manager

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Sounds like it would make very much sense to either collect this expanded story into a hardcover or to use the repercussions of this chapter 7 for a Kingmaker two campaign for PF 2.0...

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

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One of the best parts about the extra content is that we at Paizo didn't need to expend any resources for it to be made. :-)

Silver Crusade

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Once I get through playing the new Spider-Man game this will be next on my list :)


Really hoping that Owlcat Games announces that a purchasable DLC option will be made available to allow people who purchase the game to create their own full party instead of relying on the Companions Owlcat Games has made available (none of whom I particularly like).


Berselius wrote:
Really hoping that Owlcat Games announces that a purchasable DLC option will be made available to allow people who purchase the game to create their own full party instead of relying on the Companions Owlcat Games has made available (none of whom I particularly like).

I believe it should be available out of the box (see here).

Second Seekers (Luwazi Elsbo)

I’m really looking forward to this. I’m a fan of the creative staff at Owlcat from their previous works at Black Isle. I also love the three dimensional top down style of play. I hope it’s well received. With Pathfinder going 2.0 (I’m still reading the rules), there’s a great potential opportunity for Paizo and Owlcat to partner and do the same with the other first edition adventure paths!


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Reposting those here:
GoG Explorer edition.

GoG Noble edition.

GoG Royal edition.

GoG Imperial edition.

and re-asking: will it get its own subforum?

Grand Lodge

I've been waiting for this since the Kickstarter! I've got so many games in my Steam queue right now but there is a spot left open for this one.

SM


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Cannot wait!!


I actually skipping Shadow of the Tomb Raider this month to make sure my schedule is clear to play the heck out of this!


Dryxxxa wrote:
Berselius wrote:
Really hoping that Owlcat Games announces that a purchasable DLC option will be made available to allow people who purchase the game to create their own full party instead of relying on the Companions Owlcat Games has made available (none of whom I particularly like).
I believe it should be available out of the box (see here).

YES! THANK THE GODS OF GOLARION!


Berselius wrote:
Dryxxxa wrote:
Berselius wrote:
Really hoping that Owlcat Games announces that a purchasable DLC option will be made available to allow people who purchase the game to create their own full party instead of relying on the Companions Owlcat Games has made available (none of whom I particularly like).
I believe it should be available out of the box (see here).
YES! THANK THE GODS OF GOLARION!

Yeah you can create your own companions, it will be available at launch. These of course have no story or voiced lines, but at least they're yours entirely. :)


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BARBARIAN AM SEEING MESSAGE REGARDING BARBARIAN BEING CLASS IN GAME ABOUT MAKING OF KINGS.

ONLY ONE THING FOR DOING.

BARBARIAN GONNA HAVE TO STREAM THIS THING, AS BARBARIAN, SHOW PEOPLE HOW SMASHING AM WORK.

THIS AM TECHNICALLY REQUIRING MORE THAN SIXTY SECONDS OF TALKING, BUT THIS PROBABLY AM FINE, BARBARIAN ONLY ONE AM DOING TALKING AND NO DIPLOMANCY COME FROM READING GAME CHAT ANYWAYS.

BARBARIAN MAYBE NEED LOZENGE BY END OF GAME, THOUGH.


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i almost never buy computer games. i believe i will make an exception for this one.


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Really looking forward to this. I kickstarted it because it sounded awesome.


I'm very happy that this Paizo partner has kept their product free of detrimental items, like microtransactions and DRM, and has it releasing on GOG. I hope this sets a good pattern for any future video game collaborations -- respect the customers!

I Kickstarted this and am looking forward to playing it!

(*nudge* Could you put some pressure on Obsidian/Asmodee to fix up Pathfinder Adventures for a consumer-friendly release on GOG as well?)

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

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Souls At War wrote:
and re-asking: will it get its own subforum?

It has one now! You can find it here, though it may take a little bit to roll out to all users. We'll move this blog and other related threads into the forum as soon as possible.

Liberty's Edge

Linux on launch?


Noven wrote:
Linux on launch?

as far as I can tell, yes.


Mark Moreland wrote:
Souls At War wrote:
and re-asking: will it get its own subforum?
It has one now! You can find it here, though it may take a little bit to roll out to all users. We'll move this blog and other related threads into the forum as soon as possible.

Posted that link on the game's facebook page (in one of their posts)


Glad to see more coverage of this. Looking forward to it.

Silver Crusade

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Sadly attempting to run this game on my Circa 2013 laptop causes my computer to attempt to melt through my desk and shut down :(.

It may be a long time before I get to play this one :-/

Silver Crusade

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*offers hugs*


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Downloading now (from GOG)...

(I know I'm out of the loop on modern gaming, but holy crap it's 24.26 GB!)

DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:

Sadly attempting to run this game on my Circa 2013 laptop causes my computer to attempt to melt through my desk and shut down :(.

It may be a long time before I get to play this one :-/

You have my sympathies too.

My late 2016 laptop meets the minimum requirements, but is (eek!) short of the recommended. Hopefully it won't choke on this game.

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