Jay’s Big Bet: Infinity

So I have been looking at the number of special store projects I have been wanting to sink my teeth in, and have failed utterly to make any progress on, and it got me thinking,  Why is it that I have such a hard time completing some of these tasks.  Tim, in his guru-like way, explained to me that there were a couple of factors: I needed to get myself in a regular routine of working on special projects, I need to remove the temptation to slink back to the office and start working on other things, and I need to be accountable somehow.

In the past I have tried having a routine for projects like terrain.  I planned to be working Friday evenings every week on these kinds of projects.  It failed – and quickly too.  The problem was that Fridays are busy in the evening, and it was often hard to pull myself away from a work project that I had started working on earlier in the day – plus it was payday and for some reason the humans that work here insist on regular deposits for their efforts.  It was just too easy to justify working on something more pressing, and I often took the excuse to not work on these special long-term projects.

So I now have a new plan.  I will address the routine by working every Thursday morning on terrain and other special projects.  I will address the temptation by removing regular work projects from Thursdays entirely, and by not starting anything until I’m done my special project time at about 2pm.  But I know myself, and while this plan is solid it lacks one major thing – the accountability – and that’s where you come in.

As the owner of my own store I am the boss, and if I choose to flake there really isn’t anyone that can do anything about it.  I’m really only beholden to my family, and to my customers.  So to keep me motivated I am going to begin a series of ‘Big Bets’ where I give myself a project and a deadline, and if I can’t make it I have to give something up – something for those that were let down by my failure, so without further ado I present:

Jay’s Big Bet for the Infinity Table

I have been working on this Infinity Table for a long time – basically as long as we’ve been in the new store, and it’s embarrassing that it’s not done.  Sure, the main buildings are there, and it looks kinda neat, but I have so much more in store for it.  This table needs to be a masterpiece.  So I am betting all of my Infinity Gamers that I can finish this table – for realz – by the end of March.  If it isn’t done 100% by then, I will be offering all Infinity products – both in stock and through orders – for 20% Off for the entire month of April!  Just to clarify, it’s one or the other: if I can get the table done there’s no discount – but you will finally have an amazing table to play on.  That’s the deal.  And yes I realize that the deadline is April 1st, but this is no joke.

Jay's Big Bet Infinity

So can I do it?  Well I certainly hope so!  But even if I can’t, at least I’ll be punished like the no good, table-promising, deadline-failing, punk I am…just don’t be too sad if I make it!


New Range Incoming: Bones

Bones Coming

40K Tournament: Unfair in Love & War

40K Unfair in Love and War

When: Saturday, February 7th, 11;00am (Registration 10:30am)

Entry Fee: $20.00 ($16.00 for Stronghold Members)

Armies: All players bring three detachments, one main ‘Combined Arms’ detachment worth 1000pts which is your main army.  Each players also brings two 500pt Allied Contingents from armies they are able to ally with (may be the same army in both allied detachments).  Armies must be Battleforged only, and the main ‘Combined Arms’ force may include up to 300pts worth of Lords of War and Fortifications if they wish (Allied Contingents may not).  Otherwise follow the rules for army construction on our Tournament Page.

Gameplay: 3 Rounds, Each round after showing each other their three army lists both players select and reveal which one Allied Contingent they will use, adding it to their Combined Arms detachment creating a 1500pt army.

Bonus Points: Bonus points are awarded to fully painted and based armies, with display boards.  Bonus points are also given to players that bring all their rulebooks, gaming accessories like dice/templates/measuring tape, and for bringing two copies of their army lists.  So bring all these to score as much as possible!

February 2015 Events Calendar

February 2015

Netrunner Store Championship

Netrunner Store Championship

We are pleased to be running our first ever Store Championship for Netrunner this Sunday!  Check out all the details:

When: 11:00 am (Registration 10:30am)

Entry Fee: $10.00 ($8.00 for Stronghold Members)

Prizes: This is a Store Championship so there is an amazing kit that includes:

  • A Plaque and First Round Bye at a Regional Championship tournament (for the winner)
  • Four Store Championship Playmats (for the Top 4)
  • Eight Deck Boxes (for the top 8)
  • Thirty-Two Alternate Art Cards (for the top 32 – or everyone if there isn’t 33+ players)

MTG: FNM Clarification & Midnight Prerelease Tonight!

MTG FNMJust a clarification about times for tonight’s FNM events.  We mistakenly posted different times for the events on the calendar and on the main page.  Tonight’s Standard tournament will begin at the usual 6:00pm time.  The Booster Draft will begin later at 8:30pm since we will be able to run it until midnight.  This should allow players to play in both if they wish.


MTG Fate Reforged

The Fate Reforged Prerelease Weekend begins tonight with our Midnight Prerelease event!  We have six events total throughout the weekend, so be sure to join in as many of those as you wish.  We also have a bonus Heros Reward Card for anyone that preregisters for at least one event – so make sure to do that if you want the bonus!

All the details for the Fate Reforged Prerelease Weekend can be found HERE.  Have fun, and good luck!

Hiring: Part-Time Sales Associate

Sign - Now RecruitingWe are now hiring for a part-time sales associate.  If you are interested please submit a resume before January 23rd, and if you have already submitted a resume this year please remind us if you are still interested by giving us a new one.

Position: Part-Time (8-16 Hours to start)

Availability: It is very important that you have flexible availability, and that you are able to specifically work Saturdays.

Requirements: We are looking for an enthusiastic and social person that has retail/work experience (ideally 2+ years).  Job requirements include being able to comfortably talk with customers, gaining and retaining product knowledge, being comfortable running events for large numbers of players, and contributing to the maintenance and cleanliness of the store.

Please bear in mind that working at a games store is a really appealing job to a lot of people, and we get a very large number of applicants for these kinds of positions but can only hire one.  So, if you think you are the prefect fit for the Black Knight Team, please apply.

Submit resumes in person or to jay (at) blackknightgames (dot) ca
Please include a cover letter explaining why you would be a good fit at a games store.

Warmachine & Hordes: BKG Store Wars Tournament

WMH SW January

Season Two of Store Wars has begun, and the first Black Knight Games event is coming at the end of January!

What is Store Wars?: Store Wars is a cross-store tournament circuit that includes six participating stores in the area.  Each tournament in the circuit will give players points to qualify for the Store Wars Grand Tournament, held later this year.  You can learn all about Store Wars and this year’s Warmachine circuit at StoreWars.ca.

When: Saturday, January 31st at 10:30am – Registration at 10:00am

Entry Fee: $20.00

Southern Ontario OpenPrize Pool: We will have a Privateer Press Pin Kit to reward the top three players.  In addition there will be a prize pool to distribute to the top 25% of players based on the standings paid out in Black Knight Games store credit.

In addition we are very pleased to partner with the biggest Warmachine event in Canada: the Southern Ontario Open.  The winner of this Store Wars tournament will get a free Weekend Pass to the Southern Ontario Open (a $55.00 value!)

Store Wars Points: The top 10 players will all win points towards the overall Store Wars standings to help them qualify for the Grand Tournament – which has some great prizes itself!

Preregister: We have a good amount of space, and are expecting a very high turnout for this one – so we will be doing everything we can to fit as many people as we comfortably can.  However, there will be an event cap on attendance so it would be very wise to preregister as soon as you know you will be attending.  Simply drop by or call in and pay over the phone to reserve your spot!


Magic: the Gathering Fate Reforged Prerelease Weekend

MTG Fate Reforged Prerelease

The second set in the Khans of Tarkir block is almost here, and we have an entire weekend prepared to celebrate and launch the newest set: Fate Reforged!

Details: We will be hosting six Prerelease Events over the weekend beginning with a Midnight Prerelease on the night of Friday, January 16th.  All six events will be Sealed Deck tournaments, two of which will also be Two-Headed Giant.

sm BK Playing CardsEvent Details & Times:

Midnight Release: Friday Jan 16th at Midnight, Sealed Deck

Prerelease 2: Saturday, Jan 17th at 9:00am (8:30am Registration), Sealed Deck

Prerelease 3: Saturday, Jan 17th at 2:30pm (2:00pm Registration, Sealed Deck

Prerelease 4: Saturday, Jan 17th at 8:00pm (7:30pm Registration), Two-Headed Giant Sealed Deck

Prerelease 5: Sunday, Jan 18th at 10:00am (9:30am Registration), Sealed Deck

Prerelease 6: Sunday, Jan 18th at 3:00pm (2:30pm Registration), Two-Headed Giant Sealed Deck

Entry Fee: All tournaments are $30.00 ($25.00 for Stronghold Members)

What You Get: All participants get a Sealed Prerelease Pack in their favorite colours (while supplies last) which includes 4 Fate Reforged Boosters, 1 Khans of Tarkir Booster, and 1 Seeded Booster in their colours which will also include an exclusive Prerelease promo card.  All participants will also get a Hero’s Reward card for each tournament they participant in, and a bonus Hero’s Reward if they preregister for at least one!  Anyone that attends all size events gets a bonus Hero’s Reward as well for being ‘The Ironman’.

Prize Pool & Door Prizes: For each participant in the tournament we will add two Fate Reforged Booster Packs to the prize pool (which may be swapped if you want for $4.00 credit each).  The prize pool will be distributed among the top players evenly based on their records (all 5-0 players get the same prize, all 4-1 players get the same prize, all 3-1-1 players get the same prize).  We will also be randomly giving out plenty of door prizes which will include Booster Packs, Hero’s Reward cards, and other fun items.

So join in our Prerelease Weekend madness and play the new set before it’s even released!

X-Wing: Warm-Up Tournament

X-Wing Tournament Jan 11

This Sunday players will have the chance to warm-up (both a chance to flex their skills, and a chance to get in out of the weather!).  This will be our last X-Wing tournament before our big Store Championship in February, so players will be able to hone their skills before the big dance.

When: Sunday, January 11th, 11:00am (register at 10:30am)

Entry Fee: $5.00 ($4.00 for Stronghold Members)

Forces: 100pts, Standard FFG Tournament guidelines

3’x3′ play area

75 Minute Swiss Rounds, no top cut

Everything up to and including Wave V allowed.

Don’t forget to mark down February 22nd as our big Store Championship tournament – and we hope to see you out on Sunday!