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WMH: Challenge Board & Tournament

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We are very proud to announce our first ever Warmachine & Hordes Challenge Board League!  Exact details for how the league will work will be coming soon, but here are the basics:

  • Players will be given a Player Tag with their name, and their Caster’s name on it.
  • Players can earn Challenge Tags by defending themselves against a challenge from a player below them.
  • If they defend themselves successfully they earn a Challenge Tag and can now challenge a player above them.  If they fail they drop a rung and the player that challenged them takes their place.
  • When a player reaches the top, they must defend themselves three times to earn their way to the Hall of Fame.  After being so retired, the Hall of Fame player gets free entry back into the league with a different caster, starting at the bottom, and we’ll make Premium Tag for either their retired caster or the new one.
  • Players are encouraged to play their games on the Warmachine & Hordes Game Night, but are more than welcome to schedule matches at any time.

The Challenge Board league has an entry fee of $10, and we will be taking orders for custom engraved tags if people are interested in upgrading to a ‘Premium Tag’ for the cost of $10 additional.

The Challenge Board League will begin February 22nd.

 

WMH Challenge Board Frenzy Tournament

In order to seed the initial placement on the Challenge Board we will be hosting a tournament.  The tournament will function as a stand alone event, but in addition to the normal prizes the final standings of the tournament will also be our starting positions on the Challenge Board!

When: Sunday, February 21st, 11:00am (Registration 10:30am)

Entry Fee: $20.00 / $16.00 for Stronghold Members

Format: 35pts, Steamroller 2015, 2 Lists (Same Caster), Deathclock

Prizes: Privateer Press Pin Kit, Store Credit for the top players (dependent on attendance), Final Standings = Challenge Board Starting Positions.

Lunch: A Pizza lunch will be provided, and is covered in the entry fee.

Force of Will Organized Play

FOW Game Nights

Black Knight Games is happy to announce not one, but two days for Force of Will at Black Knight Games!

On MONDAYS (starting now!) we will be hosting a Force of Will Game Night, which is casual play with an additional reward as described in our Game Night page:

http://blackknightgames.ca/gamenight/

On THURSDAYS (beginning Jan 21st) we will be hosting tournament play. For now we will use a similar format to our MTG Modern and Standard FNM events, however as we all learn how Force of Will functions in a tournament format we may change it up (so please give us feedback!):

Thusdays at 6:00pm

Entry Fee: $8.00/$7.00 for Stronghold Members

Prizes: 1 Pack in to the prize pool, additional door prizes and giveaways, Special Event Promos available each week!

The Prize Pool will be evenly split among the top players with each player having the same record receiving the same prize.

Black Knight Games Game Nights

BKG Game Night

Thumbs UpIn addition to the many tournaments, leagues, and special events that we run at Black Knight Games we also host many weekly Game Nights.  Games Nights are important because they provide a specific time and place for our various gaming communities to meet and grow on a regular basis.  In the past our game nights were simply designated days where players from each community would meet, but now we are making them a bit more organized, and are rewarding our participants for helping us establish solid times where players can be sure to find an opponent.

When a player attends a Game Night they will sign in with the Staff.  Any Stronghold Members that do so will be entered in to a monthly draw where five of our lucky participants that month will win a $10.00 Credit at BKG!

Game Nights are FREE, and are open to all interested players.

Players are still welcome to play other games on these nights, and can certainly play these games on other nights, however only the listed games are official Game Night games on their designated nights.  Some games, like Magic: the Gathering will have regular nights with tournaments on them (like FNM), these are their own event type, and do not fall under the ‘Game Night’ category.

CURRENT GAME NIGHTS:

Mondays:

MTG - NewForce of WillGame of Thrones LCGNetrunner

Tuesdays:

Warhammer 40KX-Wing Dark

Wednesdays:

D&D Encounters

Thursdays:

WMH 2Warhammer AoS

 

MTG: Oath of the Gatewatch Prerelease Weekend

MTG Oath of the Gatewatch Prerelease Weekend

January sees the exciting release of the new Magic: the Gathering set – Oath of the Gatewatch – the second and final set in the Battle for Zendikar block.  As always we have a full weekend of prerelease goodness planned for you, so be sure to check it out!:

Entry Fee: $40.00 / $35.00 for Stronghold Members / 9 Hero’s Rewards

You Get: A Prerelease Pack which includes 6 Oath of the Gatewatch Booster Packs, a dice, and a deck box.  All participants also get a Hero’s Reward card, and a random Prerelease Promo card (included in their pack).  There will also be door prizes!  Anyone that pre-registered in advance of the Prerelease Weekend will earn a single additional Hero’s Reward card.

Prizes: We will be adding 2 Oath of the Gatewatch Booster Packs to the prize pool for each participant.  We will give these out the the top players, with each player earning the same reward as all those with the same record (so all 5-0s will get the same prize, all 4-0-1s will get the same, etc.).

Events: There will be six events in total, including the Midnight Prerelease, and two Two-Headed Giant Sealed events.  Oath of the Gatewatch has a special focus on two-headed giant, so we expect these events to be popular.

Friday, January 15th:

Midnight (registration at 11:30pm), Sealed Deck

Saturday, January 16th:

9:00am (registration at 8:30am), Sealed Deck
2:30pm (registration at 2:00pm), Sealed Deck
8:00pm (registration at 7:30pm), Two-Headed Giant Sealed

Sunday, January 17th:

10:00am (registration at 9:30am), Sealed Deck
3:00pm (registration at 2:30pm), Two-Headed Giant Sealed

Oath of the Gatewatch is the follow up to the most successful set ever, so we expect these events to fill up fast.  So reserve your spot today!

 

New Year’s Retrospective & Resolution

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Jay HeadshotEvery year I like to take a look at how Black Knight Games has done over the past year when it comes to servicing our customers needs.  There is always room for improvement, and I believe that it’s important for a shop like ours to examine where we’ve succeeded, and where we haven’t – and to make the appropriate adjustments.

2015 Retrospective

This year saw some important changes at Black Knight.  We took pains to improve our Magic singles, and through the dedicated work of  the staff under the direction of Tim we have seen huge growth in that regard.  This was the first full year under Mike’s leadership up front, and he has implemented many small yet significant changes.  This year we brought back Call to Arms, and we are currently in the midst of the most successful Call to Arms event ever.  We ran more events then ever before, and improved our relations with other nearby game stores by coordinating events together.

This year was one of the best years we’ve ever had from a business standpoint.  Which is especially gratifying since we had a major hurdle this year in the absolutely abysmal US-Canadian exchange rate.  It’s hard to estimate just how much the poor Canadian Dollar hurt us, but it was a lot.  We have been able to cope with the hurdles we’ve faced by relying on the same four building blocks we have always focused on:

  • An amazing and invested staff, eager to help customers
  • An incredibly and loyal customer base
  • Knowledgeable and generous volunteers helping to solidify each gaming community
  • A commitment to running great event experiences

So thank you to all my amazing staff, the best customers in the world, and the awesome volunteers that help keep it all together!

2016 Resolution

Events - BKG

As I mentioned earlier, it’s important to look at where we can improve in the coming year. Of the four building blocks listed above, the weakest has been the fourth: ‘A Commitment to running great event experiences.’  Now, I would contend that we ran some amazing events last year (more than ever in fact), and that our volunteers helped in this regard greatly.  However, one major ingredient has been lacking more often that I would like – and that is advanced planning.

To that end I am making a commitment for 2016 to plan our events better, earlier, and to post and promote them better.  Too often in 2015 did possible participants miss out on events because I didn’t make them aware of them.  This has impacted attendance, and affected the overall health of the gaming communities at Black Knight Games.

The first step has been to re-launch and update our Events Page.  The new design is meant to put all the information you will need in one place.  Weekly game nights, tournaments, special events – all will have a home on the new Events Page giving you a snapshot of all the available gaming for each game system.  Not only does the Events Page have a smarter design, but I am committing now to post events to it much further in advance.  The goal will be to give you an idea of events for the next three months all in one place.

Over the next week I will be catching the page up, and pre-planning events for the next three months.

The next step is to support these planned events through Facebook, by creating events for them all well in advance.  Too often did we create Facebook events with hardly any time left, and that impacts your opportunity to discover and plan to attend the event.  We will create Facebook events, and link them to the Events Page so that you can join on Facebook, and keep up on any conversation and updates there.

It all feels so obvious, but it has been hard to get ahead on the planning in the past – so we will be using this moment to surge ahead.  Please hold me to this commitment, if you feel that events aren’t well planned or announced early enough – let me know.

This resolution will improve the quality of our events, as well as their attendance – and through this improvement we hope to make 2016 the best year yet!

Happy New Year!

~Jay Mason-Grant
Black Knight Games