Want to know more about Kingdoms on mobile? Then watch our rapid-fire question and answer video about the upcoming iOS and Android versions!
As we close in on the release of Kingdoms on mobile it’s as good a time as any to sit down with one of our coders and talk Stronghold! To update players on development, specific features and future plans we’ve answered every question we could find about the game online:
Want to know about cross-platform play, differences from the PC version and what we’ll be adding post-launch? Then click the image above and find out! Your questions on Facebook, tweets and YouTube comments have been collected and put to programmer Matt Smith in the form of a fast-paced community Q&A. Want to know more? Then let us know in the comments! We’ll be paying close attention to see if we’ve missed anything and will address any outstanding queries in the form of a full forum post, which will include more detailed answers for those who want to know the specifics.
Congratulations to the following winners:
Pampet, Maximus Hatayus, Demise, LordHatchet95, Lord Erixon, Beer4me, alexandro_roca, Tressa May, dodgerman20001, Gajdobra, BakuSkunDemolition, roamingfeather, VisceralHawk, paulieCee, CharlyBraun, Seelex, NarutoUzimaki9fox, reisekater01, bielas82, RADZINSKY, mendes8010, Snoopypup12, sadrazamsnatcher, bluefin354, josecarrasco, Alina Starkova, BloodSmurf, Sensenmann_989, pruff1313, hansbaird, 220897, Sir Lachmann, Sweetleaf420, Bikerdog, ZacnySuchar, paulieCee, LADYHEQET, Mr Raiders, MrTLord, THE-SEEKER, KingArtZee, DelEast, redjo20, stealdragow, MadEyeMoody, tutku, Lord_Blackmoonfire, KingLionheart XIV, Meadamaster, kopplex
The winners have been picked at random from the pool of participants of our Facebook Giveaway and have been rewarded with the prizes:
Do you smell that, Sire? That milord is the scent of a new world, of untouched lands and brave blood just waiting to be spilled on virgin battlegrounds. The 33 countries of Europe 4 are in need of a strong King or ruthless Queen. Will YOU be cunning enough to build a historic empire from scratch and take your rightful place on the throne? Might you even be the first Era world monarch? With Europe 4 and the larger Era update, which will apply to all future game worlds, we are replacing the old Age system and improving on core gameplay mechanics throughout the game.
Based on feedback from Lords and Ladies that have battled through the Ages, some even progressing to the Final Age and choosing to end their game world, Ages will be replaced with Eras on future worlds. While similar in structure to Ages, with a total of seven Eras that change with the end of each Glory Race, new Eras will bring forth a fresh change of pace while leaving the political landscape untouched. The new Era system is set to improve the late game experience for battle hardened veterans and novice players alike.
Europe 4 also introduces the following PvP changes, most of which are aimed at finely tuning the early gameplay experience for the established Lords and Ladies of Stronghold Kingdoms:
• Monk abilities used in war and politics begin unlocking at Rank 10 (Thane).
• Players have a Faith Point cap, which increases with each new rank.
• Players are only able to participate in capital elections once they reach Rank 8 (Freeman).
• The village of a player ranked Freeman or below cannot be razed, only captured.
• Razing is limited to players Rank 22 (Prince) and above.
• The cost of razing players ranked below your current level has been increased significantly.
Europe 4 is designed to pave the way for a better, more welcoming game to be enjoyed by established desktop players and new mobile users. Will you adapt to the new strategic landscape and rise to the top or instead watch as the masters of Stronghold Kingdoms burn your pathetic attempt at an empire to the ground?
There’s only one way to find out… Join Europe 4 now!
Gather your forces and prepare for one last push against The Wolf and his henchmen! As we prepare to sunset our first ever PvE focussed game world, the winners will be rewarded with The Wolf’s Hoard:
• 500 Card Points
• 5 Ultimate Random Packs
• 5 Super Random Packs
• 5 Random Packs
• 1 30-Day Premium Token
Thousands of battles, charred villages and glorious victories later, RotW is finally nearing its end. While we’re ready to crown the ultimate RotW champions, it’s up to YOU to decide who will ultimately win and claim the prizes! Since the Wolf has been so easily defeating the player houses in the past several Glory rounds, it’s been difficult to identify a clear leader on the world, thus we’ve decided on a unique win condition for RotW. The House that earns the next and last Glory Race star will be announced as winner of Rise of the Wolf.
We would like to thank everyone who took part in this unique Stronghold Kingdoms experience and announce that it will not be the last of its kind! RotW provided valuable insight into how PvE focussed combat could be a fun twist on the established Kingdoms gameplay.
As a beta test world RotW was never intended to be persistent or to progress through Ages as the other worlds did, leaving us room to alter the gameplay as needed throughout the beta period. While the higher overall of the world discouraged some players from joining, those who did found themselves generously rewarded for their valiant battles against The Wolf and his evil cohorts.
We’re grateful for all the feedback received from the community over the lifetime of RotW. Having learnt a great deal about tailoring the experience to players’ needs, we now look forward to launching a new AI world toward the end of the year that builds on the legacy of RotW and Heretic. With all that we have planned for 2017 including the launch of Kingdoms on mobile and a brand new contest system, which will be available on all game worlds, we feel it is time to end the RotW experiment. The good news is that we can now begin rolling what we’ve learned into a brand new PvE experience, presenting even more opportunities for combat and free cards!
In the meantime new world launches such as that of Europe 4 will offer a fresh playground for war and political intrigue.
May the Best House Win!
Please Note: This is a quick summary of major gameplay changes coming to all new game worlds, starting with Europe 4 next week.
Listening to your feedback in the forums, support tickets and in discussion with the community a few things stand out. Above all else we see requests for new game worlds and discussion surrounding the issue of ‘multiaccounting’, which is why our upcoming gameplay update will address both these things!
As it stands the use of dummy accounts can allow low-level players to exert influence in conflicts between much larger warring Factions and Houses. The reason for this is that the game currently unlocks Monk abilities relatively early on, with no upper limit to the number of Faith Points that can be accumulated.
Starting with the launch of Europe 4 on March 23rd at 3pm GMT, all new game worlds will launch as ‘Era’ worlds to remedy this problem. This new Era system has been designed to replace the ‘Ages’ in Stronghold Kingdoms and will be used in all game worlds from this point on, meaning only existing game worlds will use the legacy Age system. See below for an overview of changes to the core gameplay:
Religion – Monk abilities will begin unlocking at Rank 10 with Interdiction and end with Excommunication at Rank 20. Interdiction upgrades will also only unlock with each new rank and match your current rank. For example, in order to interdict a Marquis you yourself will need to be at the same rank.
Faith Point Cap – Additionally, a rank-based limit on the maximum number of Faith Points a player can accumulate will be implemented. Players’ Faith Point caps will initially be set at 750 and increase at each full rank-up after Rank 8, reaching a maximum of 200,000 points for players ranked Prince and above.
Voting – Currently any player Rank 4 or above is able to vote and run in parish elections. This has made it easier for dummy accounts to take over entire parishes and even delete parish castles. In any new game world players will need to be at least Rank 8 to participate in elections.
Combat – We’ve also made some changes to PvP mechanics on Era worlds, giving new players increased protection from the more destructive aspects of gameplay. That said these will still be a factor for higher ranked players and relevant for newbies once they rank up.
New worlds will operate with the following combat mechanics:
• Players below Rank 8 cannot be razed, only captured.
• Increased costs for razing lower-ranked players.
• Raze is only available to players ranked Prince or above.
Glory Race – Based on player feedback on Ages we have created the aforementioned Era system, which will exist in place of Ages on all new worlds and automate transition between Glory Races. While Eras will work similarly to Ages and still feature Glory Races, changes between Glory Races will be cleaner thanks to the new automated system.
All changes announced in this post will only affect game worlds launched after this point and will not affect existing worlds.
As we enter soft launch and prepare to release Stronghold Kingdoms on iOS and Android, find out how the mobile version stacks up to the PC original by checking out our new gameplay footage. In this side by side comparison of the PC and upcoming mobile versions we highlight many of the biggest changes. Everything from basic UI and controls to how you navigate the game world and interact with your fellow Lords has been redesigned for mobile, giving you the core Stronghold Kingdoms experience wherever you are!
Existing players can look forward to an enhanced interface and the convenience of playing Stronghold on the go. Those totally new to Kingdoms get to play a game designed from the ground up for touch, joining their brethren on PC and Mac with all the core features of the full game and cross-play between all platforms.
Stronghold Kingdoms is coming soon to an app store near you! Can you spot the difference in design? Let us know what you think on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Love is in the air, Sire. There have been reports of increased flirting among your subjects. Lords and Ladies have been exchanging everything from chocolates to longing glances, meanwhile every banqueting table has been booked up for weeks! This can only mean one thing… It is the time of year for love, low taxes and generous Lords! This year let us bring gifts that will melt even the coldest and most battle-hardened of hearts, by which I mean heaps of strategy cards!
Claim your Kingdoms Valentines gifts and earn gifts for your friends by entering up to three giveaways.
1. Facebook Giveaway
You did it, Sire! When we asked you to share your love of Kingdoms last Tuesday, you recruited your soldiers, neighbours and countrymen to spread your love. Word has travelled far and, by working together as a community of Lords and Ladies, you’ve earned yourselves a great bundle of in-game items that is now available to ALL players. As of 10:00 GMT this morning, you have collectively Liked and Shared the news of Saint Valentine more than 5000 times across the worlds!
In doing so you have now unlocked an offer code containing the following prizes:
Here is Your Code: 6252-0C1B-5671-3A41
Please Note: The above code will expire on February 20th at 10:00 GMT.
How to redeem:
2. Valentine Shield Competition
We are now proud to announce the winners of the Stronghold Kingdoms Saint Valentine Shield Competition!
Given the hundreds of extraordinary coat of arms ranging from arrows through red hearts to loving couples in the Kingdoms gardens, it has been a really difficult decision picking the winner. As such we would like to thank each and every one of you for your incredible work. Each shield we’ve received was full of love, inventive, stimulating, but there can only be four winners…
Congratulations to Just The Just, NeFx, Julchen1968 & Laniakea! Their Saint Valentine Shields demonstrate a tremendous level of creativity, design and heart for the land of Kingdoms. To reward Just The Just, NeFx, Julchen1968 & Laniakea’s heraldic skills we’re giving them our festive Saint Valentine Shield prizes:
Didn’t win this time? Be sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter, we’ve got a lot more competitions and giveaways planned for Stronghold Kingdoms. So stay tuned for further announcements and don’t miss out on the next chance to win in our competitions. But for now, Happy Saint Valentine!
3. Love Brings Out The Goods
Love was truly is the air yesterday and the entire Stronghold Kingdoms community has profited from it! But only two couples of players in each world were able to receive Lord Cupid’s special prizes.
In celebration of Saint Valentine, Lord Cupid launched a 1-day mini-competition, giving you the chance to win a set of amazing in-game prizes, including two Ultimate Random Packs. We and Lord Cupid thank everyone who has participated by forwarding their gifts reports! 62 lucky couples have been chosen at random to receive the giveaway prizes and we congratulate the following winners:
mouseears10, Johnner, sweetleaf420, Bohdisattva, Ethelon, Pitanga, jbentley, wesleychill, Charles Le Grand, King Arthur 1st, dodgerman20001, Frankie Doodle, AffeMitWaffe, Leuchtklaue, Queen Olive Oil, oldPOPEYE, Muerte_rp, LORD CIGANO, zivilako, laaoluis, TheDK, MariaStuart, Oller Kaboller, barenscher, GgIgG, Mord, Gottbote Hermes, Suchti93, Sire Leipzig, Elenell, Alafleo, vorador02, guinan, Timotious, norky, Blackmmoon, mariya007, insend, Ottoman3, Graf von Boyen, Pueo, Willbe, frenzy, Abuelita, GrayFoxHammer, Cathz, Angel War, King J R W, Ralphus, Martin von Ela, Nitram’s, fredvomjupiter, Serea17, RafaBlackBee, jat1978, Alperi, Horn1974, Caryca I, Helen Nash, LordKrolik, moosaba, killzforfun, Lady of Shalott, old killer, trickthat, RioTiel, tiloragustus, jeffbaker, Xmartfire, VDD13, bronwenn, Doomkitten, Razzery, lingylee, LordAndrea, War_Ghost, J3z3b3l, Mandalorianer, The sparkys, SirWilliam88, Meygan, Mamakinz, Croat232, MaaBaa, sensei57600, frolon, fcb33, Pirlouis, raugantv, donalaucha, marlonharoldc, johanparrawtf, Kgizzle, Harry Dresden, growingshadow, JUST_4_BLOOD, kamtrix, DragonBlanco, DXKOR, Diego220599, jwilson3, Laella, beastm4ster, Skyr3aver, Duster_Log, kiekeboe, tvvstv, Le 1er, Ellice, Bubblyhydro, Lady_Layla, DuLe91, anna84, EXSSA, MisiekPL, AventadorXIII, Evania, FadlanPL, Blood Daimond, Hollandia, messerszmitt, Red_ Sonja, MilvusOne, lale
The above players will receive:
If you haven’t been one of the lucky winners, do not despair! With an exponentially expanding community and new challenges ahead of you, plenty of opportunities for winning in-game prizes will arise in the course of this year. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and on Twitter for the latest news on competitions and giveaways!
Can you believe it, Sire? Another year has passed and we are about to enter a new era in Stronghold Kingdoms. This calls for celebration! Not only for what you have experienced and achieved in 2016, but also for what is coming in the near future. You and your allies have bravely battled the Wolf on hostile new grounds, sailed the stormy seas of Island Warfare and even taken full control over the future of your Kingdom by closing down iconic siege grounds. We raise our cups to you!
One of the most requested features of 2016 is soon coming to a Stronghold Kingdoms world near you! Well, all Kingdoms worlds, actually. Expanding on Quests and Achievements, a new contest system will feature regular, short term challenges that pit all players of a world head to head in a race for prizes. Covering all gameplay aspects of Stronghold Kingdoms, this will be your chance to shine as either the fiercest warlord, craziest forager or most diligent farmer of the day! More information will follow prior to launch later this month.
Stronghold Kingdoms for iOS and Android has been thoroughly tested and vetted by a select few Lords and Ladies and is now eagerly awaiting to be unleashed unto the phones of player all around the world. With only a few tests and touch-ups to go, we are happy to announce that the days before release are numbered and soon you too will be able to defend your castle and lay siege to enemies wherever you go! Where will you take your Kingdom? Which new countries will you conquer on your journeys?
Pre-register now and boost your mobile adventure with a free Baron Beginner’s Bundle!
The future of Stronghold Kingdoms isn’t written in the stars, it is written in your feedback! Based on the ideas and requests brought to us through the forum, Facebook, Twitter and mails, we have put together a rich list of new features to present in 2017. Start planning where you’d like to move your Town Hall, prepare to mark enemies and allies with a wider range of diplomatic relations, stay better informed about your vassals and much more! Still got an idea or request you’d like to see in the game? Share it with us and the community for a chance to be part of Stronghold Kingdoms’ evolution.
For the first time in Kingdoms’ history, players have taken full control over the fate of their worlds by entering the Final Age. With some worlds closing their gates forever and rewarding those that have fought bravely during its lifetime, we are looking forward to opening up new opportunities for fame and glory. Alongside fresh worlds of existing maps, 2017 will introduce completely new territories and special worlds with their own unique gameplay experiences.
We wish all Lords and Ladies a great start into this new year and we look forward to bringing even more excitement, joy and battle ferocity to your Stronghold Kingdoms experience in 2017. May the journey begin!
The Festive season is upon us, with Christmas around the corner and the New Year right behind it. Between our winter update and your fabulous Christmas shields spread all over the lands, the spirit of Christmas is definitively at its greatest in Kingdoms.
We are now proud to announce the winners of this year’s Stronghold Kingdoms Christmas shields. From warrior snowmen to Santa’s Sleigh in the winter sky, It has been a hard decision given the hundreds of fantastic coat of arms received over the past week. As such we would like to thank each and every one of you for your incredible work. Each shield we’ve received was distinctive, inventive, thrilling, but there can only be four winners…
Congratulations to DragonBlanco, Excommunication, Sandman mr & Mookito! Their Christmas Shields demonstrate a tremendous level of creativity, design and festive spirit in the land of Kingdoms. To reward DragonBlanco, Excommunication, Sandman mr & Mookito’s heraldic skills we’re giving them our festive Christmas Shields prizes:
Didn’t win this time? Be sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter, we’ve got a lot more competitions and giveaways planned for Stronghold Kingdoms, as well as our monthly shields of the month competition. So stay tuned for further announcements and don’t miss out on the next chance to win in our competitions. But for now, Happy Holidays!
Sire, our Scouts are reporting that resource stashes have been beautifully wrapped during the night! With this festive gesture and the thick layer of snow that now covers the Kingdoms landscape we can only assume Christmas is near… This means it is once again time for the beloved advent calendar!
Packed to the brim with fantastic prizes the Kingdoms Advent Calendar will once again run until December 26th, showering players with Card Packs and Tokens every day in the run up to Christmas. So make sure you log into the client once a day and open a calendar door (or two!) for YOUR chance to win the following prizes:
Was your first door empty? Then take another shot! Every player who fails to win on their first attempt is allowed to open a second door for a second chance to win. The Kingdoms advent calendar is now live and runs until its final day on December 25th, when all players who log in and open a door are guaranteed a prize!
Want more than one present per day? Then jump into your favourite game world and play! We’ve been busy wrapping up all resource stashes in-game, with the first Scout to reach a wrapped stash allowed to open the present and claim what’s inside. With the Kingdom covered in snow, think of this as our way of spicing up the regular resource stash gameplay with a few surprises. If that isn’t enough to motivate your Scouts to fight their way through the cold, some stashes will even give out bonus Wheel Spins!
Please Note: In-game snow is purely cosmetic and does not affect gameplay in any way. It can also be turned off in your settings, just in case you get too cold!
Do you like exclusive, time-limited events that give you unique cosmetics for playing? Good! Simply log in once a day to collect Christmas ‘stamps’ and you’ll unlock the snowflake, Santa’s beard, candy canes and Christmas lights! Gain access to all eleven shield charge designs and create the ultimate Christmas coat of arms.
Missed a day? Don’t worry! You have until January 1st to unlock missed stamps with the help of a few Crowns.
Time Limited Event
While the advent calendar doors will only available until December 26th, both stamps and the new in-game Scout stashes will remain active until January 1st 2017! We hope you enjoy the new update and look forward to the upcoming release of Stronghold Kingdoms on iOS and Android.
Claim your ‘Baron’s Beginner Bundle’ of card packs, points, tokens and shield charges at launch! Be the first to join new worlds and pre-register today
Baron’s Beginner Bundle
With a closed alpha now underway the launch of Stronghold Kingdoms on iOS and Android is finally approaching! As we announced at Gamescom, all players who pre-register for the upcoming mobile version of Stronghold Kingdoms will be receive a free ‘Baron‘s Beginner Bundle‘ when the game launches on their platform of choice. So don’t miss out!
Powerful card packs, research boosts and tokens are on offer to accelerate your Kingdom’s expansion and establish your reign over new game worlds as Stronghold Kingdoms rolls out on mobile platforms. Be quick! With the worldwide mobile launch fast approaching only the fastest Lords and Ladies will secure their bundle of treasure.
By signing up today you will receive the following in-game content at launch:
Please Note: This free bundle for pre-registration has been renamed from ‘Kingmaker Starter Pack’ to ‘Baron‘s Beginner Bundle’ to avoid confusion with the existing Kingmaker Humble Bundle code from earlier this year. If you have already pre-registered for a ‘Kingmaker’ pack you do not need to do so again!
Get Instant Updates!
Be the first to join new worlds! By pre-registering you will not only be the first to receive news of the game’s launch on the App Store and Google Play, you’ll also receive invites to upcoming titles and free giveaways. Stay updated on all Stronghold Kingdoms events, get exclusive subscriber-only loot and receive invitations to closed alphas for future Firefly games.
Following the onrush of Lords and Ladies into the lands of Heretic, the game world has been temporarily closed due to overpopulation. While Heretic is currently unavailable to new players until a sufficient number of slots open up, we will of course reopen the world in due course.
Expect an announcement either via this news feed or our social media pages on Facebook and Twitter when this happens.
Word of our new game world has spread like wildfire, bringing over five thousand eager Lords to the shores of a medieval Europe occupied by the nefarious Wolf. As hundreds of former paragons turn heretic and join The Wolf’s faction, we’ve picked 50 lucky winners on Facebook! Hero or heretic, these Lords and Ladies have helped spread the news of the world’s arrival and as such are each being awarded more than $30 of in-game items.
Each winner (listed below) has received the following:
HAWKWINTER, Zasc SRB, Mateuzz, Harth0r, Sodner, Esdron, Imioniuas, stevieg4444, Lemonek, geobebero, Julian112, coam18, Dawis12, drakensilencer, Thrawn Fel, Sweetleaf420, Bernado1, GIDEOND, LordKaiserlik, Mackeah, lordbobafett, CraZyZz38, king_porus, Darknessbeloved, Baka Perv, TheFredPwns, Reefor, miky92, YuGoD DarkLord, Sly Ferrett, Saxon vlad, Thomsentime2, pierpaolo78, TeLobster, Princess Mara, kinwallace, Elektra70, KokaFreak, Dominoday, Taker-Time, kenetp, iocanto, Eomart, WojtekWojtkowski, karre217, Spar-hawk, BBoyGadoMix, DeCry5Ter, Gagastile, BrianBoru943
How could we have let this happen?! We have repelled the raid on our beloved British Isles, only for The Wolf and his henchmen to spread their evil influence across the seas and throw all of Europe into chaos. The people of Europe are counting on you to save them but remember…Those fighting bravely by our side in ‘Heretic’ could betray us at any minute!
As it stands The Wolf, The Pig, The Snake and The Rat have control over 33 countries across Europe. We must unite with our neighbours and retaliate, taking back these lands parish by parish. To strengthen our bonds as we fight for freedom we have been assured of one thing. Lords may only attack those sworn to The Wolf and his compatriots, including any from our side who turn heretic by joining his faction. Visit the Wiki to learn more about the differences between Heretic and our previous campaign, Rise of The Wolf.
There is talk of monsters, Sire! Our peasants report wispy spirits, gremlins and witches scurrying around our towns late at night. This is likely just a figment of their imagination, the poor and stupid becoming increasingly superstitious at this time of year. We do not believe in such things of course, but just to be safe I’ve prepared a special charge for your coat of arms!
To unlock the time-limited Halloween charge simply open your account settings and redeem the following spooky code:
We must scare them away, my Lord! I am confident this special charge will send shivers down any monster’s spine and protect your House from tiny pillagers.
Please Note – The Halloween shield charge is a time-limited event! You must redeem the above code before 10am GMT on November 1st to claim your pumpkin coat of arms design.