Open For Business Mk.II

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We are now open for business in the new location, so be sure to come check it out!  The new store features plenty of improvements over the old store, and we really think you will like them.  The store layout itself is quite different, with the store space surrounding our new Stronghold Game Lounge.  We have a three gaming areas, a lounge where you can relax and even play X-Box or Foosball, a bar where you can sit and chat with staff, a food-prep area, and much nicer bathrooms.

Last night we had our Founder’s Party and it was a huge success.  About 60 people enjoyed food, gaming, and touring the new store.  The new space really worked well as all the areas of the store ended up being used, from the gaming area, the lounge, and bar area, to the Keep game room and store – it definitely felt right.

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We still have plenty to do in the immediate future, so our work is far from over.  There are some finishing touches we need to add, and a bunch of organizing to do, but it’s looking good so far.

We will also be implementing several other new adjustments and changes over the next month or so now that we are in the new space.

For those that contributed to our Fundraiser we will be looking at the surveys over the next week or so and organizing all of your rewards, from updating membership statuses to ordering T-Shirts and other goodies.  If you have not yet filled out your survey (and there are a handful of you that haven’t yet) please do so as soon as possible, link HERE.

photo 3Game Share Program
We will be starting up the Game Share program that we have been talking about for the past several months.  Game Share will allow members to borrow games right off the wall (even sealed games!), take them home and try them.  The charge for one use of Game Share is $5.00, however if you loved the game you’ll have the option to buy it minus the $5 you already spent.  This program will give you the chance to try the many great games we offer and find the ones that are right for you.  As a consequence of the program we will begin selling used copies of board games as well as acquiring used copies – so if you have some games you never play you’ll be able to trade them in and put them towards a game you will play!  More details will be released when we start this program, so stay tuned for that.

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After-Hours Veterans Nights
The final stretch goal of our fundraiser was achieved on the last night of the campaign, and as a result we are committed to doing everything we can to acquire a liquor license for Black Knight Games.  We have begun this expensive and complicated process.  Hopefully everything goes well!  If we are successful we will run After-Hours Veteran’s Nights on Friday & Saturday nights after normal store hours are over (9:00pm-12:00am).  These hours will be open only to members that are of age (19+), and during these times we will serve bottled beers and coolers.  Even if we are not successful we may end up running gaming for mature gamers only during these times as the idea has been very popular.  This will not affect our usual gaming times for all ages.

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More Food & Drink Options
We have already added a Kuerig coffee machine, along with a great selection of warm drinks to go along with it, and we will be attempting the liquor license as we mentioned.  We will also begin serving microwavable meals like pizzas, burritos, pastas, rice & chicken, Jamaican patties, etc. as soon as we are cleared by the health inspector.  By the time we’re done you should have a lot more options when it comes to food & drink at Black Knight Games

photo 3 (1)Better Terrain & Premium Tables
We have a much bigger gaming area, but our terrain is still the old, dinged up stuff from the old shop.  We have been calling the next few months ‘The Summer of Terrain’ as we will be using it to seriously upgrade our terrain and tables.  Every week we will be scheduling staff to work on the new premium tables, regular tables, and terrain.  We will begin with the items that we owe to our Landscaper and Builder perk levels contributors, then continue on until all of the terrain we have is of a high quality.  We want our wargamers to be excited by all the great new options.

photo 4Lastly, I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone that helped us move, that contributed to our fundraiser, and that otherwise made this all possible.  We had so many great volunteers that pitched in to keep us to the two-day close, and if it wasn’t for them we’d never be open by now – in fact I would likely by sobbing in a corner at this point.  So to everyone that made this happen, and you know who you are – you ate my pizza afterall – thank you so much.

When we opened I did my best to put together a great store, but with limited knowledge of the business, limited start-up capitol, and other limitations it was never quite how I had always dreamed and I would often imagine ‘what if we only had more space and a chance to do it over?’  Well we got that chance and it’s all thanks to you the loyal Black Knight gamer.  Thank you for all of your support over the past six (!) years, you have made my dream come true and have given us every opportunity.  I really hope you enjoy the new store as much as I do!

~The Black Knight

 

Moving Day

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CLOSED TUE & WED
Tonight after the store closes for the last time we will begin the process of moving to our new location.  Black Knight Games will be closed for two days: Tuesday and Wednesday, and our goal is to open again for Thursday as long as everything works out alright.

LEND US YOUR MUSCLES
If you are interested in helping out with the move itself, please let us know and we will add you to the list of volunteers.  We especially need volunteers for Tuesday morning (from about 9am-4pm) so if you are available and willing we would very much appreciate your help!  If possible please give us some notice that you are coming so that we can plan for the number of volunteers we have.  We can also use some help tonight from 9pm-12am, Tuesday from 4pm-9pm, and Wednesday from 9am-6pm, however we don’t need as many people then as we do Tuesday morning.  We’ll supply food and drinks to all those helping out.

FOUNDER’S PARTY
Those that contributed towards the larger perks in our fundraiser got a pair of invites to our Founder’s Party.  If you didn’t then you may still attend by getting a ticket in the shop today ($30 each).  The Founder’s Party will be Wednesday evening at 6:00pm, and it will be your first chance to see the new space finished!  We will have food, drinks, and gaming – it should be an all-around good time!  For those with tickets just show up, and we’ll have you on our list – we will also email you to remind you.

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We Did It!!!

Wow, what a ride!

A couple days ago I was talking about how I hoped we could hit the $7500 Stretch Goal, and suddenly we are beating the big one, the final goal, the $10,000 albatross.  Our final total was $10,041.00, and the final donation came with only hours to go.  It is truly amazing, and I am so very grateful.

Now our attention will turn to two big things: Preparing for the big move, and fulfilling all the rewards our contributors deserve.  For those that have contributed please check your email for a survey that we have sent out – and complete it as soon as possible!  If you don’t see it check your spam, or link to it directly HERE.  The surveys will give us important information like T-shirt sizes and what you want us to write on the Founder’s Wall.  It will confirm your rewards, and give you a chance for feedback as well – so please take a few minutes and respond.

I can not wait for you to see the new space, and put your generous contributions to good use!

~The Black Knight

Indiegogo Campaign: The Final Day

UPDATE 11.23pm:  Our current total is $10,041.00!  With 3 hours left we have achieved our final goal!!!  Big update tomorrow, and a big thanks to everyone!

You can contribute to our campaign here or in the shop!

There are fewer than two days remaining in our fundraiser for the Stronghold Game Lounge!  We are down to the home-stretch, so anyone still considering contributing or upping their contributions please make sure to do so by Friday at midnight!

Things have gone very well overall, and we are thrilled by the amount of support our community has given us.  We currently sit just shy of the $7500.00 stretch goal, so hopefully we can achieve that, and if we have a really good run over the next two days we may even have a shot at the final stretch goal as well!

Blood Bowl: Fractured Leg 13 and Season Wrap-Up

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This seasons final issue of the Fractured Leg (courtesy of our own Tim Lawson) tells the nail-biting tale of frog triumph.  The Slaan Huatl Hurdlers took this season down with force, joining last season’s Van Helsing’s Voodoos in the hallowed halls of championship.

Next season of Hammerbowl at Black Knight Games will begin with a tournament day on July 27th.  New teams who didn’t play in season two will have the opportunity to come play in this four-round event day at TV1100.  Teams returning from season two may do so at their value, but should watch out for Spiraling Expenses.  Stay tuned, as more details should follow in the weeks ahead!

WMH: Rite of Passage 50 pt Tournament, June 8th

WMH Rite of Passage

When: Sat, June 8th, 11:00am – 7:00pm.  We will be going four rounds and using Deathclock timing and Steamroller 2013 scenarios.

Game Size: Games will be played with 50 point and must include two, character restricted lists.  This is a divide-and-conquer format, so each list must be played twice during the four round event.

Entry Fee: $20.00 ($16 for Stronghold Members) per person, which includes two pop and pizza lunch.  (If you’re not currently a Stronghold Member, consider checking out our campaign)

Prizes: Here’s where things get exciting.  The Syndicate of Gaming have all been regular attendees of BKG events since before there was a Syndicate.  These guys have all generously donated first prize for the event:

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The General,  a perk offered as part of our Indiegogo campaign, will be awarded to the first place overall winner.  This prize includes a year’s membership to the Stronghold Game Lounge, your name on the founders wall (etched for all to see in this amazing new space), a limited edition T-Shirt, a full 12-pack set of custom BKG dice, and…

One free wargaming tournament each month at BKG for a whole year!

That’s right, first prize at this event is a year’s worth of admission to Black Knight Games events, a prize pack worth $225, generously donated by those guys at the Syndicate of Gaming.  If that’s not a reason to make the trip and play some Warmachine, what possibly could be?

Well, just in case you don’t think you can clinch first prize, BKG is still supporting the event with store credit prizes for 2nd place, 3rd place, best painted, and best sportsman.  Amazing prize support for a cool warmachine tournament?  Time to set up the carpool.

“But aren’t the Syndicate members such great gamers that they’ll just come and win first prize themselves?” you may ask.  Not this time!  While those guys are coming out to throw some dice and have a ton of fun, if any of them happen to qualify for The General he’ll pass that prize along to the next guy.  Nice gesture from some cool dudes, right?

 

Fundraiser Update: Only One Week Left!

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Grand Total Update: $6141.00

There is one week left, so it’s time for us to make that final push! We are still aiming at that big $7500.00 level where we unlock ‘The Keep’ private gaming room. There is also still a chance that we get to the $10,000 goal and earn the liquor license.

So, if you have been considering contributing – or if you want to convince your buddies to contribute there is still some time – but only 1 week!

I filmed a walkthrough so you can see the new space, and how the renovations and other work is progressing. We’ve done a ton of work, but everything is still on target for a move in late May.

If you’d like to get your name on the big Founder’s Wall shield that we will be mounting in the new space the only way to get it is by contributing!

Thank you to everyone that has contributed, and worked on this massive move, I really can’t wait to share the new store with everyone!

You can contribute either in store, or on our indiegogo campaign!

Calendar: May

New Table Top: Once Upon a Time