The big black monolith box of City of Kings, with its glorious spot varnishing, screams quality. You know within this box lies an adventure.
And you are right!
The City of Kings is a puzzle based, cooperative fantasy adventure board game.
You and up to 3 friends play the roles of the surviving leaders and must defeat the armies of Vesh over a series of 7 stories. Each story offers a unique puzzle and has optional objectives depending on how long you want to play.
The game features full character customisation, worker control, board exploration, roleplaying-style quests and strategic combat designed for replayability. Experience dice free combat and battle against more than 10,000,000 uniquely generated creatures on a map that has 1,000's of possible layouts, using characters you create by choosing from over 100 different options.
There are six heroes to choose from - but you can add in expansion packs for more choices. This really is an amazing game, and one that catapulted creator Frank West into the ranks of the world's best game designers. Check out his most recent game Isle of Cats, also set in the City of Kings world.
Remember - this is the KS deluxe version. A cheaper version exists. But once you open the cheaper version, you'll regret not buying this one, with its extra bits, mini expansion and set up trays.
This is the regular retail version of city of Kings, and doesn't come with quite so many deluxe components. But its still a corkingly great game from a corkingly great designer- and an all round nice guy.