WMH Call to Arm Update

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The Warmachine Call to Arms early bird period went well, and I’ve seen tons of cool posts from people in our Facebook group already of painted minis and cool ideals for conversions and lists.  The official start date for the Call to Arms is only this week!  There’s still tons of time to sign up, get involved, and paint some minis for the new edition this summer.

So now that we’re officially kicking this thing off, what are we doing this summer for Warmachine, how do you get involved, and what’s the new edition like?

Summer of Warmachine

We already had the first tournament of the new edition, which was a ton of fun and a lovely learning experience.  What else do we have planned?  The following is a list of fully-painted-required events.  Each of these gives free or discounted to Call to Arms participants, but is open to anyone to play in.

Jun 30 – Warcaster Mega Battle – Bring one caster and slug it out!
Jul 14 – Warjack Ninja Warrior – Play through an obstacle course with your favourite Warjack or Warbeast.
Jul 24 – Zero-Point Mega Battle – Bring a warcaster or warlock plus their battlegroup.
Jul 30 – 75 Point Tournament – Our second large tournament of the new edition, and our first painted required one.
Aug 7 – 35 Point Doubles Event – A small tournament where you bring a friend and battle two-v-two.
Aug 21 – Brush of War Painting Contest – Submit models from the Warmachine and Hordes range into a painting contest with three categories.
Aug 21 – Rumble – A new format designed by Privateer Press for faster games played on a 3×3 table.
Sep 4 – Victory Celebration – Show off what you finished painting, play some games, and pull names from the Victory Draw.

So as you can see, there’s a ton going on for Warmachine this summer.  We’re also having game nights every Thursday evening, and scheduling pick up games using the BKG Warmachine Facebook group (which you should join).

Getting Involved

Now is the time to join the Warmachine Call to Arms.  For only $30, you get free or discounted entry to all of the cool events we’re talking about, and you get to paint an army and share your accomplishment with the community.  If you spend $150 in a single purchase for your new army, you don’t even have to pay that $30 — you get in for free!

You can participate in the Call to Arms even if you live far away and can’t get into the store weekly.  There are several cool events, scheduled at different times in the week, and sharing painted models on our Facebook group is easy and interactive.

Each Call to Arms event you attend will earn you a ballot for the Victory Draw.  Over the next few months we’ll be spoiling some of the amazing prizes for the winners of this draw.  For now, let me just say there are lots of ways to get tickets for this draw, including participating, winning, painting, and playing games.  The giveaways from this draw are going to be VERY cool.

Warmachine and Hordes New Edition

The new edition of the game has significantly changes every faction.  Those old models you never painted before?  Maybe they’re great now.  That fun list you’d always wanted to play?  Here’s an opportunity to build that army you’ve always wanted.  The brand new edition is a great time to get involved in the game, to paint for the first time, to play more seriously, or even just to play more fun games.

We’ve got a store copy of the rulebook available for you to go through.  The core rules of the game are available for free online, and the physical printing of the new cards will be available from Wednesday, June 29th.  Jay already posted about the international shortages of product, so some decks might have to wait for reprintings.  A few battle boxes will be available in store, and we’ll be restocking as soon as possible.

Black Knight Anniversary Saturday!

BKG Anniversary Nine

It’s hard to believe, but Black Knight Games has now been open for nine years!  As always we plan on celebrating with our favorite people in the world: you – the BKG customers!  On July 2nd we will be hosting an Anniversary Party, along with our always-popular Auction!

Draws: Just by showing up you get a ballot for the draws.  You get an extra ballot for every $10 you spend that day including the auction!

Auction Lot Submission: We are accepting auction lots from customers until 9pm on Friday July 1st, so if there is anything you’d like to unload getting some sweet BKG credit in exchange be sure to bring it in soon!  This is an amazing chance to get rid of old games and miniatures – and you get 100% of the value it sells for in store credit!

Parking: As you probably know our parking lot is not nearly big enough.  Please arrange drop-offs, or car pools when able.  Also please be aware of the few spots that are reserved for our neighbors!

The Auction: This year we will be running a similar auction to last year – one that includes both items from the shop, and items from customers wanting to unload things they not longer need.  Last year went great, and now that it is tried and tested we expect this to be our biggest auction yet!  Be sure to bring your wallets as there will be some great deals available.  The first step is the silent auction at 1pm.  Any items that have received at least two bids by 2pm are advanced to the live auction.

Silent Auction: 1:00pm, All items are available for viewing, and you can bid on any items you want.  If you are the only bid you win, if there are at least two bids it will proceed to the live auction.

Live Auction: 2:00pm Every lot with at least two interested parties will be resolved one at a time through a live auction.

Remember that some items will have a Reserve Bid which means that unless the bidding reaches this hidden number, the lot will not be sold.  Bids are binding, and can only be made in dollar values.

Cake: Of course!

Force of Will – Prerelease Thursday

UPDATE: Prerelease This Thursday Night!!!

FoW Prerelease

Black Knight Games will be hosting a second prerelease tournament this Thursday evening for the newest, yet to be released, Force of Will set: Battle for Attoractia!

When: Thursday, June 30th, 6:00pm (Registration at 5:30am)

Entry Fee: $35.00 ($30.00 for Stronghold Members)

Attendance Cap: We can host up to 16 players

You Get: 6 Booster Packs, 1 ‘Darkness Magic Stone’ card, and 1 Exclusive Prerelease ‘Persephone, the Nether Empress’ card!  One random player will win a Playmat!

Rounds: 4 Rounds of Swiss, Cut to Top 4

Prizes: You win a Battle for Attoractia Booster Pack for each round you win in the Swiss rounds.  The Top 4 win one additional Booster Pack, and the Top 2 each win a Playmat!  The first place wins an additional Booster Pack, and 3 more copies of each of the two promos!

Sealed Format: 

Each player opens six booster packs. Cards are not drafted or exchanged in any way. Players may not trade cards with other players and may not add any cards from their personal collections. Only the cards opened in those booster packs may be used.

Players have 20 minutes to build a their decks:

Main Deck: You will build a main deck with a minimum number of 20 non-magic stone cards from your 6 boosters. You may include more than four copies of a card in your main deck.

-Ruler: If a card for the ruler you chooses isn’t available, you may use a proxy from any of the rulers in Battle for Attoractia.

-Magic Stone Deck: To build a magic stone deck, You may choose a minimum number of 8 magic stone cards from your card pool. You may include more than four copies of a special magic stone card in your magic stone deck. You may add any number of non-special magic stone cards from outside the boosters (you may bring your own).

Force of Will Tournament Guidelines

BKG Game Camps this Summer!

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This summer we will be hosting five weeks of summer Game Camps in three different categories!  Game Camps are week-long days camps, that focus on teaching a new gamer the basics of their preferred game, giving them the tools they need to play, and a beginner package in product to get them there.  Participants get focused attention from one of our expert games instructors in a fun, casual, and safe environment.  Select from our three types of Game Camp for more information:

Game Camp MTG

Game Camp Pokemon

Game Camp AoS

Camps will have attendance caps, so the sooner you are able to register the better!  Enjoy your summer with us, and learn all about one of these great games with out Game Camps!

MTG: Eternal Masters Releases Tomorrow!


And we have drafts and a special pre-order bonus to announce!

I you have already pre-ordered Eternal Masters, or if you do so by the end of today you will be guaranteed a box at the preorder price of $369.99. In addition we will, as a special thank you, be giving each of those people a bonus pack! The $369.99 price will last for the entire weekend, but after that we will reevaluate.

We will also be hosting some drafts. Currently we are taking entries for pods of Eternal Masters drafts tomorrow, Saturday, and Monday. Space is limited to 8 players per pod, and the price will be $55.00 ($50 for Stronghold Members) with $5/player added to the pool. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to draft this special set!!!

MTG: Eternal Masters Drafts

MTG Eternal Masters Drafts

To celebrate the release of the very special Eternal Master’s Set we will be reserving a few boxes for special draft events. There will be four pods in total, happening at different times. Each pod is limited to only 8 players.

Pod 1 & 2: Friday, June 10 at 6:30pm
Pod 3: Saturday, June 11 at 1:00pm
Pod 4: Monday, June 13 at 6:00pm

The goal for these drafts is to get a chance to draft this amazing set, and to open some packs, so we will be keeping the price down to keep the focus on the cards, and less on the prizes.

Entry Fee: $55.00 ($50.00 for Stronghold Members)

Prizes: $5.00 per player will be added to the prize pool.

Pods: Pods will be no more than 8 players, and will run as long as we have at least 6. If fewer than 6 register customers will be given refunds, or can take the packs + $5 credit.

Sign up now, before the opportunity is gone!

X-Wing: I Am Your Father’s Day


X-Wing I am your Fathers Day

Join us on Father’s Day, June 19th, for a celebration of Fathers and Star Wars!

Get a Cool Promo!: Drop by the shop and participate in some kind of X-Wing  gaming to earn a special double-sided promotional Darth Vader/Luke Skywalker card!  These promos will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis (32 total will be available).  X-Wing gaming would include playing a casual game, giving our X-Wing demo game a try, or participating in the Hangar Bay tournament!

So join us for Father’s Day, enjoy some great X-Wing gaming, and get a sweet Father’s Day reward too!

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When: Sunday, June 19th, 11:00am

Entry Fee: $6.00 ($5.00 for Stronghold Members)

Format: The Hangar Bay format is a brand new way to display  even more of your collection, broaden your expertise, and destroy your  enemies!

To play Hangar Bay format events, you will need to bring two standard  squads that follow the 100-point maximum. These squads will use the same  damage deck and obstacles.  We will also be using the Rival Rule: each  player’s two squads must belong to different factions.

Hangar Bay format rounds each begin by placing your first squad on your  left, and your second squad on your right. After evaluating your opponent’s  squads, both of you will secretly select which squad to field for this  round by using a maneuver dial.  Rotate to a 1-speed maneuver to select  your first squad on your left, or a 2-speed maneuver to select your second  squad on your right, and then place your maneuver dial facedown. Next, each  player reveals their dial simultaneously, and removes their unselected  squad from the table.

Players normally make all of the decisions about what ships they will  deploy for each game before they even come to the tournament. But with the  Hangar Bay format, players get to experience that strategic excitement  prior to each round of play!

75 minute rounds
3’x3′ play area

Prizes: We will have a Spring OP Kit available as prizes in addition to the I am your Father’s Day promos participants will be getting, if there are enough participants we will add to the prize pool with store credit.

Lunch: We will be taking a pizza order that participants can get in on if they wish for lunch.  $5.00 gets you three slices and a drink.

Mark Your Calendars!

9th Anniversary 2

The biggest event on the Black Knight calendar is coming on July 2nd: our 9th Year Anniversary Party and Auction!  More details will be forthcoming, but it will be a day full of fun, games, deals, giveaways, an auction (where you can actually sell your own stuff and get BKG credit for whatever it sells for!), and – of course – CAKE!

Warmachine & Hordes MK3 Global Shortage for Release


The Problem:

On Friday Privateer Press sent out a release to all retailers informing us that the first wave of the new Warmachine & Hordes product due for release on June 29th will fall far short of demand.  After contacting our distributors we have found that we will almost certainly receive far less stock on the initial release than expected.  We did end up getting the Premium kit (one of only two stores in Canada to get it), but beyond that it will be very tight with pre-orders for many items already passing our expected allocation.

Sherry Yeary, President of Privateer Press, wrote us:

We had no expectation that we could be sold out before launch and in fact believed we had ordered enough inventory to keep us supplied for several months.  After all, our hopes are to grow the audience for WARMACHINE and HORDES with the new editions, and that requires that we have the product to introduce new players to the game. It’s thrilling that demand has exceeded our wildest expectations but we do know that supply shortages are a problem when you have customers who want the product, and we must apologize for this very unforeseen inconvenience. We are working hard with our vendors to expedite restock orders and are hoping to have card decks back in stock in July, books back in stock in August, and Battleboxes following as quickly as possible after that.

With so many people wanting the new product, and us having a Call to Arms event coinciding with the release, this poses a harsh problem for us and our eager Warmachine & Hordes players.

Our Solution:

In order to make sure that as many people as possible get to enjoy the new edition on release day we will be doing our best to allocate the limited number of product that we do get as evenly as possible.  We will be contacting all those that have already made a pre-order with us, and asking them to select one deck and one battlegroup to list as ‘Priority’.  Customers ordering more than one may also list further options in descending order of importance to them if they wish.  With this information we will be able to assign the allocated product to those based on need, allowing more people to at least have one faction to start working on.  This should also allow us to lock in some items with a guarantee for customers.  Preference will be awarded based on giving people their ‘Priority ‘ product, followed by the date that it was ordered.

Any customer that is unable to get product that they pre-ordered on release day will be entitled to a full refund if they wish, or they can keep the pre-order with us and their order will be the top of the list when the second wave of product does arrive.