WMH: 50 point Steamroller at BKG

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Black Knight Games is getting bigger, and so is our third Steamroller event of the 2013 season.  We invite all our Warmachine and Hordes players, both new and old, to come out and experience the game where’s most exciting: at 50 points!  If this is your first tournament at Black Knight Games, we have a very welcoming community of players and are always excited to see new faces at the competitive scene.  When played on a clock and with prizes on the line, Warmachine is at it’s most exciting.

When: Sat, April 6th, 11:00am – 7:00pm

Game Size: Games will be played with 50 point armies and a second list is optional.  If a second list is used, it must observe character restrictions.

Entry Fee: $20.00 ($16 for stronghold members) which includes two pop and pizza lunch.

Prizes: We will have coins available for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place along with a share of the prize pool based on attendance.  We will also be giving out Privateer Press dice for both the best painted and best sport.

We’d love to see what you can do with a new set of challenging objectives and scenarios, so come out and play!

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New Stronghold Membership Program

As we already discussed Black Knight Games is moving. It’s a major shake up, and we are taking the opportunity to unveil several great changes and improvements – it’s ‘The New Black Knight Games.’  Our first major change is our new, improved, Stronghold Rewards!

Our Stronghold Program is changing in a big way, but don’t worry – not only will you keep all the great value from before, but we are adding some great new perks and a lot more flexibility in how you claim your rewards.  You can read about all of the details on the new Stronghold Rewards Page, but I will summarize our changes here.

The Return to Points
Rather than allotting our members a generic 5% discount like we have been doing we will be using a great reward points tracker to assign Stronghold Points to every customer for every purchase.  Members can redeem these points for great discounts (as good as, if not better than before) at the time of purchase.  Basically, once you have earned enough points the till will prompt us that you are eligible for a discount.  We’ll say “Looks like you have enough points to get $10 off your purchase today.  Would you like to use them?” and you will have the option to spend some points, or save them for later.  You can also redeem points for a variety of other things like food & drinks, event entry fees, discounted memberships/renewals, BKG brand merchandise (T-Shirts, Dice, etc.) and many other things.  This gives you a ton of flexibility to use the membership however you see fit.

Two Levels of Membership + Family Deals
We will now have two levels of Memberships: regular Stronghold Memberships, and advanced-level Red Card Memberships.  Both memberships will earn Stronghold Points, give access to the awesome new Stronghold Game Lounge, get  discounts on snacks, drinks and tournaments, and give access to our upcoming Game Share program.  And, that’s not event everything!  The Stronghold Membership will be $25 annually.  The Red Card Membership also lasts a year and costs $100.

The Red Card gives you all the perks of the regular membership.  These exclusive members earn points faster, get a big points bonus for signing up, and get a ton of points every month added to their accounts.  Red Card Members may bring a buddy with them to the Stronghold Game Lounge, get a special limited-edition Red Card Gift (different every year), and get a free Game Share each month.  Every three months we will be holding an exclusive Round Table Meeting, hosted by myself, which all Red Card Members will be invited to attend.  At these meetings we will serve snacks and drinks and will discuss upcoming events, policies, products, and anything else relevant to our members.  This will provide our most loyal and committed customers the chance to have their opinions heard and to influence things here at BKG.

Family Memberships will cost less than the cost of two memberships and will allow multiple people from the same family to use the Stronghold Lounge, get discounts on snacks and drinks, and all the other great perks.  The family would share the points and other rewards, and earn them together as well.  This new option will be available for both regular and Red Card level memberships, and is more affordable than having to buy a membership for each person.

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All Stronghold Members will receive a $5.00 discount on a purchase during the month of their birthday, as a Happy Birthday from us!  Red Card Members receive $10 off a purchase as their gift.

What Happens to My Existing Membership?
If you had an active membership with us we have automatically upgraded you to the new system – no need to buy a new membership until the old one expires.  We have already gone through and thoroughly updated everything so check in with us to see when your upgraded membership expires.

New Memberships
If you are excited about this program then you can already buy a new membership, including family and Red Card versions.  Some of the great perks that come with the new memberships aren’t in effect yet, and won’t be until we open the new location with the Stronghold Game Lounge, and the Game Share program.  Any membership purchased before the move will last a full year from the day we re-open; any time before then will be a bonus.

We will be running a great fund-raising campaign shortly, and many of the perks will reward donors with memberships.  So, it may make sense for you to wait until we launch that program (in a week or two) to decide which membership you want.

We have been working on this new program for a long time, and I really think that it is going to be great for our customers.  The new memberships will allow us to maintain an amazing new gaming space, while at the same time giving our members deals and savings.  Hopefully you will find all of the new options and flexibility appealing too!  If you have any questions at all feel free to ask, or check out the Stronghold Rewards Page for further details.  We will be posting an FAQ in a few days to help answer some of the most common questions.

~The Black Knight

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Black Knight Games is Moving!

Back in October we announced our plans to expand Black Knight Games as well as several other new programs and initiatives that we were hoping to launch.  We called it ‘The New Black Knight Games’.

A lot has changed since October, but we are finally ready to move forward with all of our grand plans.  Our original plan was to annex a portion of the basement from the next door and open a new gaming area.  That plan gradually fell apart as various construction and logistic concerns began to accumulate ultimately road-blocking the whole project.  Undeterred, and anxious to find more space to expand, we began to explore other options while still trying to make the original plan work.  After months of evaluating, negotiating, and planning we finally have our solution – and I think it’s even better than the original plan – we will be moving Black Knight Games two doors down and will occupy the majority of the former Valentino’s restaurant space.

This move will give us 75% more space upstairs (about 50% more space in total).  It will also give us a great opportunity to create a much better layout, and to learn from the six years we’ve been in business.  We plan to make good use of the clean-slate we are getting, and we have some great ideas on how to make the space even better.

The New Black Knight Games will have bigger, more comfortable bathrooms – both men’s and women’s – and they won’t be down rickety stairs!

The New Black Knight Games will have a bigger gaming space, which will allow us to run bigger events, and more events!  Gone will be the days of showing up only to find that a tournament has taken up all the space.

We plan on adding some great elements like a lounge space, televisions, premiums tables with amazing scenery, and even a bar!  We will be running an indiegogo fundraising campaign to help us make the space even better!

We will begin selling more food options, we will begin selling hot drinks, and we will begin selling BKG merchandise.

We are also going to initiate some great new programs when we move which includes:

A New Stronghold Member program: The new program will grant members access to the new  Stronghold Game Lounge.  Members will also earn points that can be spent on all sorts of great items like events, merchandise, food, and discounts.  The new program will give our members more perks, and more flexibility – rather than just getting a flat 5% discount members will be able to decide how to use their perks.  There will also be a second-tier of membership that will give our most loyal regulars even more perks – these members will be known as Red Card Members.

We will be introducing a great program for our members that will allow them to actually take board games home with them!  Game Share will give members a chance to rent the many amazing games that we have at Black Knight Games with no commitment to buying it – although if you like it the rental fee will be deducted from the purchase price!


Pre-Played and Pre-Sorted Games: Black Knight Games will begin dealing in used, and opened games.  Customers will have the option to buy games that have been used, or games that have been opened only once.  All of these games will have their contents verified  by staff and nicely sorted in bags.  This will give customers both the option to trade in old titles they no longer play, and to be able to buy copies at a small discount with the confidence that the contents are still in great shape!

Floorplan ScanCheck out our current floor-plan for all the sweet sweet goodness!

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More Details for International Tabletop Day

When Wil Wheaton tells us to ‘Play more Games’ we say ‘Sir! Yes, Sir!’

Black Knight Games has already arranged to participate in this world-wide celebration of games (Check out the Details Here), but we just jumped right in to the frenzy the moment they announced it.  Now that there have been a few days since the announcement details are coming out about the great support Geek & Sundry/TableTop are providing the stores.  Besides the promotional posters and window clings it looks like we will be getting a pile of cool promotional games and gaming accessories to give away to everyone!  This is pretty great because it turns this event in to the equivalent of Free Comic Book Day, or Free RPG Day, for those that participate!

Check out some of the great promos and giveaways we will have available:

– Alderac Entertainment Group – Smash Up Bases (2)
– Asmodee – 7 Wonders Catan Board (2)
– Atlas Games – TableTop Gloom Expansion (2)
– Blue Orange – Sample Pack (2)
– Calliope Games – Tsuro Tiles (2)
– Fireside Games – Castle Panic Multi-Color Hero (5)
– Floppet – Guild Floppets (3)
– HL Games – Word Winders Download (5)
– Iello – Wil’s Favor (2)
– Indie Board & Card – The Resistence (1)
– Looney Labs – Star Fluxx Promotional Card (10)
– Mayfair Games – Tile Expansion (1)
– North Star Games – Promotional Cards (2)
– Playroom Entertainment – Killer Bunny Promo (2)
– Steve Jackson Games – Munchkin Bookmark (5)
– Wiggity Bang – Quao (1)
– Wizards of the Coast – D&D Buttons

Now as you can see there are a limited number of each, so we will need to decide how to divide these up.  While it is normally one kit per event it looks like we may be able to pull some strings and get some extras.

But, the point is that International Tabletop Day is even cooler than we realized!  So make sure to get yourself here at some point on March 30th to celebrate gaming on gaming’s new holiday!

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International Tabletop Day!

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Our friends at Geek & Sundry, the guys that brought us the fantastic gaming show Table Top, have announced plans to run a world-wide gaming celebration called International Tabletop Day!  And of course Black Knight Games will be a part of it.  International Tabletop Day is a single date, March 30th, where people worldwide are encouraged to play games.  You can set up private events at home, or public ones at clubs and stores.  So check out their website if you would like to register your own event – or better yet, come to BKG and get some gaming done!

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International Tabletop day at Black Knight Games

March 30th, all day from 10:00am – 10:00pm!  You can drop in for a single game, or play all day, it’s up to you.

Entry Fee: Heck No!

Games: To do our part in celebrating gaming Black Knight Games will be running our event all day.  We aren’t going to be running a single event, or game, rather we encourage our attendees to play as many different games as possible!  You can play anything from Warhammer to Magic, Settlers of Catan to Dungeons & Dragons.  Bring your  armies/decks/boardgames from home, or use the ones we have here, anything you can play on a table-top is fair game.

Prizes: To encourage you to celebrate gaming with as many games as possible we will be providing our participants with two opportunities to win prizes.  First of all, for every different game you play we will give you a ballot for our Tabletop Day raffles.  There will be three raffle winners, each one will win a $20.00 Black Knight Games gift card!  In addition, the participant that plays the most different games out of anyone that day will win a $50.00 Black Knight Games gift card!  That’s right we are rewarding you for playing games 😉

Demonstrate Your Favs: International Tabletop Day will be the perfect opportunity to teach new players your favorite games because everyone will be looking for new games to try.  So bring a demo set of your miniature or collectible game, or show off that hidden gem of a board game that you wish you could play more!

So join Black Knight Games, Geek & Sundry and TableTop, and the rest of the world in celebrating gaming in the first ever International Tabletop Day!