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Balduran's Guide to Kingdom Building


"....this is crazy good! The presentation is superb! This is a full supplement book. Pretty hefty." -Anthony J.

"I’m very impressed with the thoroughness and level of detail, the variation with the adventures, the insane amount of content in all the tables. I’ve never done any extensive “management” type things at the table, but this product gets me excited to put it to use." -Jos W.

"Brilliant concept and well done! Clearly a lot of work went into this." -Amit S.

"I can definitely see myself using it." -Cam D.

"It's absolutely superb." -Bryan H.


Mighty armies and powerful cities. Towering walls and swinging trebuchets. Holy sites and vast libraries. Rich trade and hidden intrigue. Occult lore and loyal subjects. These wonders and more await you in this guide.

At long last. Kingdom-building rules written with the mechanics, and in the spirit, of fifth edition. Streamlined, story-driven, party-centered.

In this 167-page guide, you will discover these wonders:

  • New rules for settlement-building, travel and exploration, and mass combat

  • 10 terrain types

  • 9 strongholds

  • 9 professional maps, DM and player versions

  • 9 adventures

  • 3 new monsters

  • 201 buildings

  • 97 mass combat units

  • 883 adventure hooks

  • 4 example settlements

  • 1 city sheet for tracking settlements

What Is This Guide? Balduran’s Guide to Kingdom Building is everything DMs and players need to add a new kingdom-building element to their D&D campaign.

Does It Play Nicely with D&D fifth edition? Absolutely. The guiding philosophy for this title from its inception has been that kingdom building should feel integral to D&D fifth edition. Mechanically, this guide is chock-full of 5e mechanics repurposed to support starting settlements and kingdom building. The last thing we wanted was for this to feel like a separate game that’s just tacked on. I’ve been there. It’s not fun.

Why Kingdom Building? There is only one reason to add kingdom building to your game. To make it more compelling, more memorable, and more fun. We believe Balduran’s Guide does all of that. In fact, we think that any group that uses a kingdom-building element using this guide will find their campaign reaches new heights of social interaction, exploration, and combat.

Wait. Who Is Balduran? Balduran was a seafaring adventurer who founded a settlement called Gray Harbor that would grow to become the famed Baldur’s Gate, the largest metropolis on the Sword Coast. You’ll get a glimpse of this figure inside this guide, though the historian scamp Volo couldn’t help but stick his oar in as well.

Why Is This $25 USD? Simply put, we really do think it’s worth that much. 167 pages of content. A whole new rules system you can use for literally years to come. Nine gorgeous stronghold maps. Nine detailed adventures. A product more than a year in the making. The preview is over 40 pages long, so take a look and we think you'll agree.

However, if the cost is prohibitive, you can get $5 off by following this link: DISCOUNT! We want everyone to try their hand at kingdom building (while also still paying my cartographer, my editor, and myself fair wages).



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Micah I September 08, 2019 10:05 pm UTC
Is there a printed option? I’m not seeing one.
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Adam H September 13, 2019 8:35 pm UTC
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No, sorry. It's not up to me. If that ever becomes an option, I'll let you know!
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Brittany H September 07, 2019 1:09 am UTC
Just to confirm something:
As an example, my character has completed a castle and constructed housing. If I want to add minority races/additional housing, I'll have to build a second stronghold like a trading post or an abbey?
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Adam H September 07, 2019 1:51 am UTC
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Good question. No need to build a second stronghold. You just need to your settlement to grow to the size of a town (one or more industry scores higher than 4) to add housing for the settlement's first minority race.

See the "Beyond the Village" section in chapter 1 or the second page of chapter 4.
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Brittany H September 07, 2019 3:06 am UTC
Thanks for the reply.
I also need some clarification for the Settlement Tiers table on page 88. There's an "Actions per Year" column. Is this supposed to represent the number of Decrees you can make per year? I read something else that said you can make one Decree per season (3 months), so I'm a little confused.
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Adam H September 07, 2019 5:20 pm UTC
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Ah, yes. You found a typo. That rightmost column should be labeled 'Decrees per Year.'

I'll fix that and push it out with the next update. Thanks!
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Gage R September 04, 2019 4:24 pm UTC
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Do you compute range from the nearest owned or allied settlement to an objective, or from where the unit was raised. Because it seems a bit silly that if these rules applied in real life, not a single Greek/Macedonian would have followed Alexander all the way to India.
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Adam H September 04, 2019 5:02 pm UTC
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You can take a series of Garrison actions to move a unit from one settlement to another within range, as long as each settlement along the way has the infrastructure (barracks) to accommodate a force that large.
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Gage R September 05, 2019 1:19 am UTC
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The wording on many of the rules is not clear. The way the rules for decrees are written, I was given the impression that only the city that issues the decree can generate a garrison, and only from what the city could itself raise. It also implies that once the season ends, the garrison disbands (Win or Lose).

Also, the garrison decree itself does not indicate how transfers would be possible or how it would be done. Does the garrisoning settlement issue the decree and another settlement can be targeted for raising the troops? Does the settlement that raises the unit issue the decree? Do all the settlements in the path have to issue a decree for the transfer? or do they all just facilitate the transfer with no need for decrees on their part.

Things like these need to be elaborated on more.
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Adam H September 05, 2019 1:25 am UTC
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I'll clear up the wording and push it out with the next update. Thanks for the feedback!
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Thomas W September 03, 2019 2:01 pm UTC
Is the mass combat system the same or similar to the one in Strongholds and Followers?
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Adam H September 03, 2019 2:20 pm UTC
CREATOR
It's totally original.
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September 01, 2019 11:29 pm UTC
How does this compare to the "Ultimate" series by Fantasy Flight Games?
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Marcin A September 01, 2019 7:14 pm UTC
+1 for PoD!
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Rizel K August 30, 2019 8:27 am UTC
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I am confuse about something two things :
1) About Page 9- Building Baldr Gate Part 4, what does the (-X) next to the industry stats mean?
2) Are there no limits to the number of "Buildings" one can have in the settlement, other than the prerequisite given for each buildings
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Adam H August 30, 2019 11:55 am UTC
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1) Those are the industry score modifiers, which are often added to d20 rolls and are similar to ability score modifiers.

2) That's right, unless your DM says otherwise, there's no limit to the number of buildings in a settlement. Baldur's Gate, the first in the appendices, is a good example.
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Ryan R September 01, 2019 1:09 am UTC
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Rizel K September 02, 2019 4:48 am UTC
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So it the reason why the number negative because you are using ability score modifier as a template? I.e 1 of Military give me -5 ?
Because it seem confusing and also it seem like your building requirement is based on score. So it would require a lot building in order to get a positive modifier
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Adam H September 02, 2019 5:03 am UTC
CREATOR
That's exactly right. Industry scores and ability scores both use the Scores and Modifiers table from chapter 1 of the Player's Handbook. So a score of 1 has a modifier of -5, a score of 10 has a modifier of +0, and a score of 30 has a modifier of +10.

The industry score modifier determines any bonuses or penalties to units raised there, as well as Military, Commerce, Health, Lore, Religion, and Loyalty checks. For more information, see chapters 5 and 6.
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tarrieu E August 30, 2019 6:49 am UTC
Look very cool. Please make a POD version !
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Adam H August 30, 2019 11:56 am UTC
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So glad you like it. Unfortunately, the DMs Guild isn't making any more PoD this year, as I understand it.
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Simon F August 29, 2019 11:18 pm UTC
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Anybody else having trouble loading the pdf of the main book?
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Fenris U August 31, 2019 5:11 am UTC
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The pdf is badly optimized, so not so good computer or a bit old ipad wont be able to open it
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Michael B August 31, 2019 12:12 pm UTC
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Yeah same here, rather disappointing.
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Adam H August 31, 2019 7:40 pm UTC
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An optimized PDF file is now available.
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Michael B September 01, 2019 1:28 pm UTC
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Optimised version still will not come up on my phone or tablet. Hopefully this is just a me problem and it works for other people.
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Cody H September 07, 2019 6:13 am UTC
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I am unable to open either the optimized or normal pdf through Adobe Acrobat on my Kindle Fire 8 HD (7th Gen). Every other PDF from DM's Guild on there seems to open okay. Opens on my phone okay. Either way, this product is super rad and I like everything going on here.
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Alex J August 29, 2019 2:18 pm UTC
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This book looks interesting but would it work in settings other than the typical high fantasy medieval settings?
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Adam H August 29, 2019 2:33 pm UTC
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The assumption is a D&D world, such as Forgotten Realms, Greyhawk, or Ravenloft, but with some slight tweaks and light reskinning, it could easily be adapted to all kinds of settings.
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Fenris U August 29, 2019 2:45 am UTC
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The book is great, but ive run with some problems with it, is quite heavy (as in the file size, 400mb) and a bit badly optimized , so my ipad is cant run it, i ve tried to optimize it but seems that the problem was when compiled , the pdf is quite overloaded as if exported from indesign or ilustrator. The picture resolution does not need to be that high , not for a book.
Are there any plans for a smaller file size or atleast a Printer Friendly version?
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Adam H August 31, 2019 7:40 pm UTC
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Hi Fenris,

There is an optimized PDF file now available.
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Nicholas L August 28, 2019 11:16 pm UTC
Im very interested in this book but what's the difference between this book and Argol's Comprehensive Guide to Infrastructure, A Complete Guide to Constructing Cities for/with Players. By the look of it this one seems simpler.
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Adam H August 28, 2019 11:28 pm UTC
CREATOR
I haven't purchased or read Argol's Guide, so I couldn't say. But there's a 40-page preview of Balduran's, so you should be able to get a good feel for this book by reading the preview. Thanks!
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Fenris U August 29, 2019 2:46 am UTC
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This one guives you actual mechanics the players could use to interact with a kingdom or between kingdoms
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Fenris U August 28, 2019 3:01 pm UTC
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Quite heavy, the file 0.0
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Carlos R August 27, 2019 8:55 pm UTC
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This is fantastic!!! Any chance of a POD version?
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Ken C August 28, 2019 3:44 am UTC
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Following this reply with EXTREME interest.
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Adam H August 28, 2019 3:56 am UTC
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Sorry to burst this bubble, but I believe the DMsGuild list is full for POD titles this year.
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Ken C August 28, 2019 4:14 am UTC
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... this year? Has Lysa indicated that this is possible to go into PoD next year? I’m seriously looking at buying this in PDF form (as I like having PDFs to everything) but would be disappointed if this was to go to print and the discount from the PoD wasn’t applied.

Besides, a publication of this strength and magnitude NEEDS to be PoD!!!
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Adam H August 28, 2019 4:48 am UTC
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No, Lysa hasn't said anything about PoD, this year or next. Sorry!
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Ken C August 28, 2019 5:08 am UTC
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Bit the bullet and bought it anyway (can't wait on that lot to make up their mind on printing something we all know is an excellent publication). Will publish a review once i get through reading the content but from the preview alone, OMG this looks good! Thanks for the speedy replies :) (2 thumbs up)
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