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This article covers the Pathfinder Adventure Path. For the computer roleplaying game, see Kingmaker (CRPG).
Set in the River Kingdoms, Kingmaker—the sixth Pathfinder Adventure Path—allows players to create their own kingdom from the ground up, dealing with all the economic, military and political responsibilities that come with being a king. Key NPCs and villains were designed by none other than Ed Greenwood, creator of the Forgotten Realms, but the adventure is 100% Pathfinder.
The land rush is on! Sent south by Brevoy, the heroes have the unenviable task of venturing into the infamous Stolen Lands and annexing the territory, facing down monsters, bandits, and worse. It's hard enough to conquer territory—but does a ragtag band of adventurers have what it takes to found and defend a burgeoning kingdom from the terrors of the wild?

The Kingmaker Adventure Path takes the heroes from encounters with mysterious bandit lords and barbaric raiders through the trials and tribulations of developing and defending their new settlement in the notoriously lawless River Kingdoms. Yet when war comes to the Stolen Lands in earnest, it's up the heroes to take up a mystical blade and stand tall against the horrors of man, beast, and strange creatures more dangerous than either...

Tenth anniversary edition

In May 2019, Paizo ran a crowdfunding campaign to determine the size and scope of a hardcover 10th anniversary edition of the Kingmaker Adventure Path to release in 2020. The campaign would be converted to Pathfinder Second Edition and be supported by numerous accessories, a Companion Guide, and bestiaries of monsters and key NPCs for both Pathfinder's first edition and D&D's fifth edition. The campaign earned more than $440,000 with over 2,500 backers and added an additional $50,000 in late pledges from July to October. Unlocked add-ons included additional campaign content, expanded kingdom management rules, three flip-mat multi-packs, a kingdom-management GM screen, custom dice, a pawn collection, and more. Paizo partnered with Legendary Games, publishers of Pathfinder- and 5E-compatible material, to assist with the conversion and design of new content.[1]

Releases

Pathfinder Adventure Path
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Stolen Land Written by Tim Hitchcock Released March 2010
Enter the Stolen Lands, a wilderness claimed by nobles, bandits, and beasts alike. Into this territory the fractious country of Brevoy sends its emissaries, tasking them with subduing the lawless folk and deadly creatures that have made it a realm of savagery and shame. Beyond the last rugged frontier stretches the home of voracious monsters, capricious fey, wily natives, and bandits who bow to the rule of a merciless lord none dare defy. Can the PCs survive the Stolen Lands, bring their dangers to heel, and lay the foundations of a new kingdom? Or will they just be one more fateful band, lost forever to the ravenous wilds?
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Rivers Run Red Written by Rob McCreary Released April 2010
With the heart of the Stolen Lands explored and the bandits who ruled there scattered, the long-contested realm finally lies open for pioneers and settlers to stake their claims. Amid the rush of opportunistic travelers, the PCs find themselves stewards over a new domain, tasked with the responsibility of guiding and guarding a fledgling nation struggling to grow upon a treacherous borderland. Yet the threats to this new nation quickly prove themselves greater than mere bandits and wild beasts, as the monstrous natives of the hills and forests rampage forth to slaughter all who have trespassed upon their territory. Can the PCs hold the land they've fought so hard to explore and tame? Or will their legend be just one more lost to the fangs of the Stolen Lands?
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The Varnhold Vanishing Written by Greg A. Vaughan Released May 2010
The Stolen Lands consume many wanderers—the perils of its rugged wildernesses and hidden mysteries prey upon even the wariest of travelers. Founded upon one of the most savage frontiers, the colony of Varnhold defied the many dangers of this harsh region. At least, it did until all the residents of the fledgling community completely disappeared. Now it falls to the PCs to discover what became of their eastern neighbor, a secret steeped in generations-old hatreds and the mysteries of an empire long crumbled to dust. Can they uncover the terrible secret behind this shocking disappearance before the same calamity befalls their own land?
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Blood for Blood Written by Neil Spicer Released June 2010
Even with the PCs' kingdom growing at their heart, the Stolen Lands are far from tame. An incursion by merciless barbarians spills blood on the PCs' lands and begins a search for a legendary artifact in the depths of the region's most infamous wilderness. Amid the perpetual shadows and bottomless bogs of the Hooktongue Slough lie long-mired secrets and terrors eager to consume any who intrude upon their fetid realm. Yet what powers that lurk beyond the swamp seek to end the PCs' reign? And how might a single, bloodthirsty blade mean the difference between their kingdom's ruin and its survival?
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War of the River Kings Written by Jason Nelson Released July 2010
Can two kings truly trust one another? King Irovetti, ruler of Pitax and potential rival to the leaders of the eastern Stolen Lands, opens his gates and hospitality to the lords of that realm. Within his city of shallow indulgences and crude decadence, he hosts a tournament ostensibly meant to foster friendship and peace, but fraught with dangers all its own. Is the King of Pitax's good will sincere, or does he harbor a more sinister goal? And are the PCs fated to gain an opponent who commands not only a nation, but allies from a deadly other realm?
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Sound of a Thousand Screams Written by Richard Pett Released July 2010
With the dangers of the Stolen Lands brought to heel, the PCs rule as lords of that realm. But from an unassuming corner of their kingdom, a centuries-old plot takes shape, turning the land itself into a deadly enemy that threatens to bring their entire nation to ruin. As the boundary between the Stolen Lands and an insane other world begins to break down, it's up to the PCs to save their people from nature gone mad and the emissaries of a reality beyond imagining. But can they retain their kingdom—and their sanity—against the fury of the First World?
Hardcover Edition
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Kingmaker Adventure Path Written by Tim Hitchcock, Rob McCreary, Greg A. Vaughan, Neil Spicer, Jason Nelson, and Richard Pett Expected 2020
The Kingmaker Adventure Path presents a full-length campaign that chronicles the rise of a new nation—a kingdom built and ruled by YOUR player characters! Yet before one can build a kingdom, the wilderness known as the Stolen Lands themselves must be explored and tamed. Face off against bands of bloodthirsty bandits, deadly and dangerous monsters, and mysterious menaces from other realities as you fight to claim the Stolen Lands as your own. But once claimed, can your characters defend your hard-won kingdom from war on its borders and supernatural threats from within? Will you rule with justice and mercy, or will you become the very monsters you fought to oppose? In the Kingmaker Adventure Path, the destiny of the world’s newest nation is yours to decide!

Related publications

Player's Guides
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Kingmaker Player's Guide Written by James Jacobs, Mark Moreland, and F. Wesley Schneider Released March 2010
The Kingmaker Player's Guide is intended to provide context for creating characters from the nation of Brevoy or surrounding regions who wish to play a role in the Stolen Lands' transformation. In this campaign, your characters will explore vast wildernesses and settle them, build cities and nations, and even fight wars against opposing kingdoms. Many of these unusual campaign elements are supported by additional rules that appear in other volumes of the Kingmaker Adventure Path—your GM can provide you with the information you need to explore, build, conquer, and war as the need arises in each adventure.
Sourcebooks
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Guide to the River Kingdoms Written by Elaine Cunningham, Steve Kenson, China Miéville, and Chris Pramas, et al. Released February 2010
Stake your claim! In the anarchic hills and valleys of the River Kingdoms, all you own is what you can hold by force. Dozens of nations flourish in this land of outlaws and scoundrels, from high-walled city-states to tiny tribal enclaves, and any hero with strength and vision can claim a throne at the point of a sword. Here secretive druids protect ancient forests, and downtrodden refugees and exiles cast longing eyes toward lost homelands. Civilized sea monsters trapped far from the briny deep rub shoulders with legitimized assassins, and strange magic can pull a prosperous town in and out of time and space. With the constant rise and fall of bandit lords, there's no limit to the power and prestige bold adventurers can find—though whether they can keep it is another story.
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Kingmaker Companion Guide Written by TBD Expected 2020
Ruling a kingdom is a complex and dangerous affair—and with all the monsters out there in the wilds, you’ll need all the allies you can gather to keep your nation safe! With the Kingmaker Companion Guide, full details on fan-favorite NPCs drawn from Owlcat Games’s digital version of the Kingmaker Adventure Path are at your fingertips, including game-ready statistics for them at several key levels of power, extensive notes on their personalities and goals, and fully detailed side-quests for your PCs to undertake to earn their loyalty. Expanded rules for campsite-based shenanigans and additional roles to help your kingdom grow (or perhaps suffer), presented as custom downtime activities, further expand your companions’ roles in the game. Will you stand by their sides and gain their trust, or will they turn against you and become your kingdom’s most dangerous enemies? What strange secrets and hidden treasures will your newfound friends reveal? The softcover Kingmaker Companion Guide expands your Kingmaker Adventure Path experience significantly, with dozens of pages of expanded content inspired by the video game.
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Kingmaker Bestiary (P1) Written by TBD Expected 2020
Does your group prefer to stick with First Edition? We’ve got you covered with the hardcover Kingmaker Bestiary for Pathfinder First Edition, a 160-page monster and NPC resource that converts the new companions, NPCs, and monsters unlocked by this campaign into old-school Pathfinder First Edition. Play along in the new and updated encounters with this helpful conversion guide featuring back-converted stats for the entire Kingmaker campaign, plus other rules conversions, tips, and tricks to run the campaign as smoothly as possible. Not ready to convert to 2E? Already running the campaign with your First Edition group? This add-on book is your ticket to playing Kingmaker in classic style!
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Kingmaker Bestiary (5E) Written by TBD Expected 2020
More than 140 monsters and key NPCs from the Kingmaker Adventure Path pack the pages of this 160-page hardcover guide to the dangers and denizens of the River Kingdoms, all in glorious 5E rules! Whether used as a companion volume to help convert the entire Kingmaker campaign or as a handy way to add new challenges and foes to 5E campaigns of all varieties, these time-tested critters and foes are sure to keep your players on their toes! With rules conversion and additional design by our friends at Legendary Games, this collection of creatures translates seamlessly across game systems and is a perfect addition to any 5E campaign!
Accessories
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Kingmaker Poster Map Folio Cartography by Rob Lazzaretti Released July 2010
Raise and rule an entire kingdom in the Kingmaker Adventure Path. From early explorations and cartographic cataloguing of the region, to forays into the deadliest depths of an ancient wilderness, the Kingmaker Poster Map Folio provides the maps for an entire epic campaign.
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Noble Manor Flip-Mat Multi-Pack Cartography by TBD Expected 2020
Rule in style with the Noble Manor Flip-Mat Multi-Pack! Two sides of this Flip-Mat Multi-Pack combine to present a sprawling noble manor, while the other two sides offer alternate versions of a throne room suitable for use as a headquarters for your Kingmaker player characters. These locations feature prominently in the Kingmaker Adventure Path but can easily serve as key sites in any campaign.
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Kingdom Management Screen Written by Paizo, Inc. Expected 2020
No kingdom’s castle is complete without walls, and with the Kingdom Management Screen, you’ll have walls of your own to reference as the players work to construct their kingdom’s fortifications! Designed specifically to present Game Masters with easily referenced kingdom-building rules, this durable horizontally aligned screen allows for seamless integration of the kingdom rules into your campaign. With one side adorned with a sprawling map of the Stolen Lands and the other filled with helpful rules, charts, and handy references for running kingdoms, the Kingdom Management Screen is just what you need to keep your Kingmaker campaign running smoothly.
Miniatures
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Pathfinder Battles: Kingmaker Produced by WizKids Released October 2018
Kingmaker follows the lead of popular Pathfinder Battles sets like Jungle of Despair to provide a legion of high-utility monsters and heroes suitable for any fantasy role-playing campaign. From the disciplined Oni Mage to the deadly Soul Gorger and a special visit from Jaethal an Elf Inquisitor with a dark reputation. Make sure to keep an eye out for the rare "dungeon dressing" inserts that add realism and fun to your fantasy gaming, Kingmaker is packed with the adversaries your game is looking for!
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Kingmaker Pawn Box Written by Paizo Inc. Expected 2020
The fearsome foes of the Kingmaker Adventure Path come alive on your tabletop with this box-busting collection of more than 200 character pawns for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game or any tabletop RPG! Printed on sturdy cardstock, each pawn contains a beautiful full-color image of a specialized character or monster from the Kingmaker Adventure Path. Each cardboard pawn slots into a size-appropriate plastic base, making it easy to mix with traditional metal or plastic miniatures. All creatures in the Kingmaker Bestiary for 5E and all companions unlocked for the Kingmaker Companion Guide are included in the Kingmaker Pawn Box, making it the ideal accessory for Kingmaker play in any edition!
Kingdom-building Rules
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Ultimate Campaign Written by Paizo staff Released May 2013
Where the dungeon ends, another adventure begins! Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Ultimate Campaign takes you on a guided tour through the parts of the game that happen between monster attacks and quests for ancient artifacts. As some of the most powerful and prestigious heroes around, do your player characters want to build up a kingdom of their own, or lead an army against a neighboring nation? Perhaps they want to start a business, craft magic items, or embark on a quest that will come to define them. Whether you're looking for help generating a young character or seeking ways to challenge adventurers who've grown bored of fighting monsters one-on-one, this book has everything you need!
Digital Games
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Pathfinder: Kingmaker Written by Chris Avellone, Owlcat Games Released September 2018
Pathfinder: Kingmaker is an isometric single-player RPG based on the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Kingmaker Adventure Path.

External links

  1. Paizo Inc.. (May 2019). Kingmaker 10th Anniversary Edition, GameOn Tabletop.