Kingdoms and Castles is a game about growing a kingdom from a tiny hamlet to a sprawling city and imposing castle.
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By Strategy, Roguelike & Indie July 22, 2017

“Casual Colony Simulation. Could use more depth, but definitely works as a laid back town builder. Definitely worth $10. Devs actively working on more content as of writing this.”

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January 23

Infrastructure II - Now Available!


Hi Everyone,

It's time for another big update! As we mentioned in our last development post, the AI rivals will need a lot of big tech changes and we’ll be rolling some of those out early as we finish them. The first early tech change we’re launching for this update is a big rework of the map generation.

If you've got questions, ideas, bug reports, come chat with us on discord: https://discord.gg/kingdomsandcastles, or email us at contact@lionshieldstudios.com.

Here's the details:

New Map Generation

We've reworked map generation algorithm. Now distinct landmasses will be farther apart (no more landmasses separated by just 4 tiles). Additionally maps have a chance to spawn with shallow water rivers. Map island shapes should in general be more interesting. All landmasses are guaranteed to be above a certain tile count and wolves also won’t spawn on small landmasses. Finally, maps got a bit bigger! The number of build-able tiles increased by 20-30% per map size.

Wooden Gates

These will match up better with wooden walls, and are cheaper than stone gates.

Stone Bridges

These bridges fit together with stone roads and provide the same movement bonus. They are impassable by ship so be careful you don’t box in your transport ships. Viking ships can't pass through them or destroy them.

Fire Brigade

You can augment the automatic volunteer peasant firefighters with actual firefighters who hang out at the Fire Brigade building until needed. These professional firefighters run very quickly and put out fires much quicker than normal peasants. With the right Fire Brigade placement, you’ll now be able to put out fires that would have destroyed buildings when the peasant volunteers were too far away to arrive in time.

Twitch Integration

If you'd like, you can turn on streamer mode in the settings. A twitch icon will appear on the side of the screen, enter your username there, start streaming and viewers can vote on what befalls your kingdom: bonuses, disasters, and other events!

Tax Tweaks

The tax rate used to go from 1 to 3. Now it can do half increments (so 0.5, 1, 1.5, etc). As a stylistic choice we’ve changed the display to show a percentage so if you had a tax rate set at 3, it’ll now show as 30%, but all the internal math will remain the same. This will allow you finer grain control over taxation vs. your kingdom’s happiness.

Windmill Bonus Tweak
Windmill bonuses no longer stack with adjacent windmills and instead each does a flat +3 per tile. It turns out with overlapping bonuses a really strange formation of farms and windmills is optimal (long rows of windmills with a row of farms in between). We wanted to make it so you don't have pack windmills in a line to get optimal food output.


Other Improvements/Fixes
  • For older mac users who weren’t able to see trees, you can now turn on ‘Mac Compatibility Mode’ in the settings to address that.
  • Optimization pass
  • Dragons are less punishing in terms of how many people they kill (especially large dragons)
  • Stockpiles are treated as stone roads regarding peasant walk speed
  • Added dirt under the stone roads so they match up with regular roads/gardens better
  • Baker bakes faster (10s per bread from 15s)
  • Right click now also deselects tower range UI
  • Previously viking ships would phase through drawbridges, now the drawbridges go up when any ship comes through
  • Display charcoal maker yearly output
  • Reduced costs on castle blocks
  • Tweak castle tower ballista/archer ranges
  • Reservoirs can be built anywhere (ignores road territory)
  • Fix issue where vikings spawned in creative mode wouldn’t always leave on their ships properly
  • Fix mason not repairing walls
  • Fix case where peasants could end up in deep water
  • Fix case where doctors could end up in deep water/floating in air
  • Fix garden not receiving adjaceny bonuses if under aqueduct
  • Fix armies not able to stand in town squares
  • Fix not being able to build castle blocks on top of a gate that had a garden underneath
  • Fix issue where delivery workers could carry their goods with them if they switched jobs
  • Other small fixes/tweaks

And of course, other updates will roll out new pieces of the tech we need to make rival kingdoms possible. Very excited to share what's in store!

-Pete & Michael
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December 5, 2018

Development Update

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to share some progress we’re making on the next update, tentatively called Infrastructure II. It’ll include some new stuff and also lay some groundwork for our future AI Rivals update. Here’s a preview of what’s coming up:

Firehouse, Wooden Gate, and more:
We’re adding a few new infrastructure themed buildings for this update. We’ve got a a Firehouse coming up that employs very effective professional firefighters. We’re also adding a wooden gate:


Map Generation Rework + Size Increase
The AI rivals update needs a lot of tech changes and we’ll be rolling some of those out early as we finish them. The first early tech change we’re launching for this Infrastructure II update is a rework of the map generation.

We're working on a new algorithm based on your feedback, with these goals in mind:
  • Guarantee landmasses are not too close to each other, aiming for minimum 10 tile distance
  • Landmasses guaranteed to be above a minimum size
  • More interesting landmass shapes
  • Bias fertile farmland towards water
  • Higher chance of interior lakes, bays, and setting up rivers.
  • Total map size a bit bigger, and the number of usable tiles (tiles that aren’t deep water) will increased compared to the current version.
Here's a sample of one of the maps generated by the new work-in-progress algorithm:


If you've got other ways you'd like to see the map generation improved, head over to the discord and @ me (@Pete)!


Rival Kingdoms Progress
As mentioned above we’re reworking the map generation algorithm to work better for AI rivals. We’ve also been making progress on the city building AI system the rivals will use.

This is still very work in progress and not ready for primetime, but here’s a video of how the city building AI in action: https://streamable.com/ryuam

In the video, on the right you can see some debug display for how the AI is planning out the city. You'll also notice the roofs are a different color! While this won't be in this Infrastructure II update, we wanted to show the progress we've been making for the AI rivals.

Until next time,
-Michael & Pete
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About This Game

Kingdoms and Castles is a game about growing a kingdom from a tiny hamlet to a sprawling city and imposing castle.

Your kingdom must survive a living and dangerous world. Do the viking raiders make off with your villagers? Or are they stopped, full of arrows, at the castle gates? Does a dragon torch your granary, your people dying of starvation in the winter, or are you able to turn the beast back? The success of your kingdom depends solely on your skill as a city and castle planner.


Strategically layout your town to improve your peasants' happiness and to attract new residents. Tax them just enough to fund your castle. Make sure your peasants are fed in the winter and healed of plagues. Build churches to keep them from despair and taverns to keep them happy. You can even throw festivals if you've built a town square! Send out wood cutters to collect wood, set up stone quarries to build your castles, and farm the land efficiently so your town can grow and thrive.





The new land you're settling is at risk of viking invasion. These raiders seek to kidnap and kill your peasants, steal your resources, and burn your town to the ground. Use a powerful castle building system where castles are constructed using blocks which can be placed anywhere. Towers and walls are dynamically created based on how you stack and arrange them. Archer towers and other weapon emplacements have longer range the higher their tower. Try different layouts to best protect your kingdom and express your glory as a king or queen.





And it all takes place in a beautiful dynamic world with a stylized procedural cloud system and season cycle from summer to winter. A realistic tree growth algorithm simulates the forests. Depending on your needs, wood cutters can clear cut or responsibly manage your forests.






Kingdoms and Castles is the first Fig funded game to be released. Its crowd funding campaign succeeded with 725% of its goal and was supported by 1,400 backers. Supporters of the game could both pledge and invest during the Fig campaign.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.0GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+, 2.5GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 256mb or ATI Radeon HD 5670 256mb or Intel HD Graphics 4600
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-3470, 2.7GHz or AMD FX-6300, 3.2Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce GTX 660, 1gb or AMD Radeon HD 7870, 1gb
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.10 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 256mb or ATI Radeon HD 5670 256mb or Intel HD Graphics 4600
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.10 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-3470, 2.7GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce GTX 660, 1gb or AMD Radeon HD 7870, 1gb
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.10 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.0GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+, 2.5GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 256mb or ATI Radeon HD 5670 256mb or Intel HD Graphics 4600
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.10 (64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-3470, 2.7GHz or AMD FX-6300, 3.2Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce GTX 660, 1gb or AMD Radeon HD 7870, 1gb
    • Storage: 1 GB available space

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