Age of Sigmar Call to Arms: Jay’s Journal

Jay HeadshotWith the insanity that was the Black Friday weekend now past I can take a moment and get planning my own Age of Sigmar Call to Arms force.

For those who aren’t familiar, Call to Arms is my favorite way to start an army for a game.  In a Call to Arms we get loads of players all starting up forces for the same game at the same time.  With a bunch of great events to encourage us to complete out armies we all work away learning our armies, and painting them up, with the goal of all finishing by a certain deadline.  The end result is that we get a bunch of excited players all playing new painted armies at the same time – it’s truly a fresh start for any game.

We only do Call to Arms a couple times a year, so now that it is Age of Sigmar’s turn I knew I had to get right involved.  I’ve been playing Warhammer since I was 12, and it’s always had a spot in my hobby-heart.

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Building to a Theme

I have always been a player that has placed theme above all else.  While there is nothing wrong with building an army around rules you like, my true love has always been to tell a story with the army – it’s something that I feel really helps everyone get into the spirit of the game.

For my army I am going with a Forces of Destruction army, with a Forest Goblin theme!  I have, over the course of a couple of years, accumulated lots of forest goblin miniatures, and now I have the chance to finally use them!  My forest goblins will focus on their orky spider god, and everything about the army will involve spiders, and webbing all over the place on the bases.

How I Will Pull ot Off

When building an army to a theme you will often feel limited with the options available to you.  For example, there are only three forest goblin units: Arachnorok Spiders, Spider Riders, and Boss of Gigantic Spider.  I could certainly just go with those units, but I find it more fun to expand the army a bit further – and to do that I will need to examine other options.

I want to stick with Forces of Destruction, because that will keep the army legal for competitive play.  I could just throw in some Savage Orcs (after all they would look like appropriate allies), but I really just want to stick with a goblin tribe.  So, I am left with looking at other goblin units that I can make look like forest goblins.

Right away I decided I wanted to have some goblins on foot – so I will run with some grots.  There are two grot units, and I have chosen the Night Goblin ones because they have an option for netters in the unit – which I really feel fits with the spider-web-thing.  Forest Goblins on foot – check.

I also want to add some support units.  I like squigs, but their inclusion might take away from the whole spider theme – perhaps I will make some spider-squigs somehow?  The Arachnarok spider comes with a catapult, which I will not be using.  It also comes with a shaman on top with spidery webbing that is really reminiscent of the Doom Diver.  Maybe I will add some kind of forest goblin catapult, or forest goblin doom diver to the mix.

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Nothing wrong with this tree…

The Wow Factor

Because the theme is so important to me, it’s always been my goal for other players to have a bit of a ‘wow look at that!’ moment when they first see my army.  Having a unique theme, and a well painted army will always get you pretty close to that, but it’s also a good idea to think about what might be something aesthetically that you can do to set your army apart – to make it memorable.  It can be many things: a bold or unique colour scheme, a beautiful display board, a particularly impressive centerpiece model, some painting detail that really catches the eye (like impressive banners, free-handed tattoos, or heradlry for example).

In my case I have decided that I want to really go hard on the bases.  Forest goblins obviously come from a cluttered forest landscape, and the spider-factor just keeps screaming at me to cover logs, mushrooms, and shrubs with some impressive spider webbing.  So that it my plan!

Give It to Me Straight Doc, What Are My Odds!?

When beginning a Call to Arms, or any project, it’s important to be optimistic about your chances of success.  Will I be able to get this army done by the deadline?  Well I am known for being slow, and abandoning projects…  But, I have also completed both the Warmachine and Warhammer 40,000 Call to Arms challenges over the past year or so – so I feel good.  Yeah it’s Christmas, yeah I’ve got three kids, and yeah I have excuses – but I’ll put my odds at 90% to finish – who wants to bet me!?

Join Me (My Spiders are Hungry)!

Whether you are new to Age of Sigmar, or an established player, I highly recommend joining in to the Call to Arms experience.  It’s my absolute favorite way to build an army, and it’s only made better the more people join in.  So consider signing up for Call to Arms today!  Don’t worry, I promise my spiders are friendly (ish)!

Black Friday Weekend Deals

Black Friday heralds the beginning of the holiday shopping season.  This year Black Knight Games has some tremendous deals to offer for the entire Black Friday Weekend (Friday Nov 25th – Sunday Nov 27th).

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Most of the purchases you make on a regular day earn Stronghold Points that can be redeemed for $$$ off any purchase.  Members earn even more points on everyday purchases.  Throughout Black Friday Weekend we will be giving 30% MORE POINTS on ALL PURCHASES!  These add up really fast.  Spend as much as you can this weekend on the crazy deals, and have a stockpile of points to give you crazy deals later!  Ask about becoming a Stronghold Member to get even more points!

10% Off All MTG Singles

We have the best stock of MTG singles we’ve ever had including Expedition Lands, Invention Artifacts, Dual Lands, and Modern Staples.  As our regular customers will attest, these aren’t something we put on sale or discount regularly.  This weekend only, all purchases of Magic: the Gathering singles will be 10% OFF.  No exceptions!  Been saving up store credit all year?  Now’s the time to spend it.  As already mentioned, because of the busy weekend we will only accept trade-ins from our Hotlist during the sale.

Black Knight Strongbox Dice Only $4.99!

Get any of the Black Knight Games branded RPG Seven Piece Dice sets for only $4.99!  That’s a savings of up to 64%!

HBK Christmasoliday Bundles Stack with Black Friday!

During the Holidays any time you spend $100 or more before tax you will get an additional amount of FREE Store Credit, and a ballot for our Holiday Draw!  Check out our Holiday Gift Guide for the details on our 2016 Holiday Bundles and 12 Games of Christmas.  Holiday Bundles DO STACK with Black Friday deals!

Board Game Buy One Get One 20% Off

The holidays are the best time to get friends and family together for a board game or ten.  When you buy ANY in-stock board game at Black Knight Games you can get a second in-stock board game of equal or lesser value for 20% OFF!  This deal even applies to doorcrashers (detailed below).

Tons of Doorcrasher Deals!

The following items are on at an amazing prize for Black Friday Weekend while supplies last:

Even Kaladesh Booster Boxes will be on sale - and we never do that!

Even Kaladesh Booster Boxes will be on sale – and we never do that!

MTG: Kaladesh Booster Box $124.99 (22% OFF!) – While supplies last each booster box comes with TWO Holiday Buy-a-box booster packs. These special packs contain a foil from one of the standard sets and at least one rare or mythic rare

MTG: From the Vault Lore $34.99 (40% OFF!) – We still have a handful of this amazing collector’s product with 15 foil cards from the storytelling history of Magic.  A great gift, or just buy one for yourself.

MTG: Kaladesh Gift Box $27.99 (22% OFF!) – A nice large box to wrap under a tree, and the best way to store cards long term, plus some booster packs is available this weekend only at the best price we’ve ever sold it for.

Warhammer: AoS Starter Set $74.99 (50% OFF!) – Just in time for Call to Arms, we’re practically giving away a starter set chock full of amazing models.  We’ve never priced a starter set for a miniatures game this aggressively before, and the deal is this weekend only.

Warhammer: Gorechosen $59.49 (15% OFF!) – In the last year Games Workshop has released some amazing stand-alone games.  Gorechosen is perfect if you’re a fan of the Warhammer world, or if you’d like to become one.

Get Burning of Prospero for 25% OFF!

Get Burning of Prospero for 25% OFF!

40K: Burning of Prospero $134.99 (25% OFF!– This gorgeously detailed 30+ model starter set for Warhammer 40K (or 30K!) will almost certainly sell out fast.  It’s brand new, a great deal, and for the first time ever, on sale at 25% off.

40K: Stormcloud Attacks $71.99 (40% OFF!– A stand alone game that includes two amazing Warhammer 40K Flyers at a crazy price.  Even if you’re starting 40K for the first time, painting up a flyer is an exciting way to get in on the action.

40K: Lost Patrol $59.49 (15% OFF!– Predator the board game!  Play as a small squad of 40K space marine scouts lost in the jungle, or as the murderous genestealers jumping out at them in the dark.  This is a spectacular small game that gets played over and over.  Pick it up at a deal!

We have brought in six different kinds of Pokémon Tins - Get one this weekend for 33% OFF!

We have brought in six different kinds of Pokémon Tins – Get one this weekend for 33% OFF!

Pokémon Tin Sets: $19.99 (33% OFF!) – The Pokemon Trading Card Game at BKG has been taking off like crazy.  This weekend only pick up something special for the Pokemon enthusiast in your life — or just get one for yourself!

Netrunner: Core Set $41.99 (30% OFF!) – Netrunner is a stand alone board game and a collectable LCG.  The core set is the perfect way to get started in the world of steampunk cyber criminals and murderous mega corporations.  Try it out for a great deal, or buy it for a friend to play together.

Salem Board Game $19.99 (50% OFF! – Who’s a Witch and who is just being paranoid?  The story surrounding the Salem witch trials has become something of a legend, every character in this game is based on a real person whose life was directly touched and in some cases torn apart or taken away by the events surrounding the Salem witch trials.  Pick up this beautifully crafted game of deduction and superstition for an incredible price.

Seafall is the latest Legacy game! Get it now for $30 OFF!

Seafall is the latest Legacy game! Get it now for $30 OFF!

T.I.M.E. Stories Board Game $49.99 (31% OFF!) – Nominated for Game of the Year last year, Time Stories lets you become a Time Agent, correcting mistakes in history and solving complex puzzles.  The base game comes with an entire module for you and your friends to work through and explore, but multiple expansions keep the possibilities for new stories expanding.

SeaFall Board Game $89.99 (25% OFF!) – Take sail on the high seas with up to 4 friends.  In this Legacy style game, every time you play the board changes, the islands appear, the characters grow and change — all based on the choices you make.  This creative new take on board gaming really lets you feel connected to an ongoing story.  This is a perfect game to give as a gift to a group who might play it with you, or just pick it up for yourself and make your own group.

 

By shopping at Black Knight games for your holiday gift-giving you are helping support a small and local business – Thank you!

Black Friday Weekend is Coming

Black Knight Games will be having an entire weekend of sales to kick off the holiday season.  Our Black Friday Weekend will run from Friday to Sunday, and all of our promotions and deals will last that entire duration, and while supplies last.

We will announce exactly what will be on sale at 6pm on Thursday, so definitely check out our announcement at that time foe even more details.  There are some things I can share now however:

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We will be selecting several items that will be on sale for a really good price.  These specific items are ones we will have a good amount of stock on, but that will be limited to first come first serve.

Bonus Points
All purchases will earn a number of bonus Stronghold Points

Holiday Deals & Draws
Beginning on Black Friday we will launch our always popular Holiday Bundles Program, including the 12 Games of Christmas and our Holiday Draws.  All purchases on Black Friday Weekend will be entitled to BOTH the Black Friday benefits, AND the Holiday Deals benefits.

Limitation on Magic: the Gathering Trade-ins
We will be very busy this weekend with our sale and eight different events (!), so we will be limiting MTG trade-ins to only cards on the Hotlist for the duration of the Black Friday Weekend.  Fear not MTG players we will have some great promotions to make it up to you!  If you really need to trade in singles we suggest you drop by over the next couple of days to do so.

Demo Day 2016

On November 26th, players will drop in and get a great Goody Box full of samples, coupons, and giveaways for over a dozen different games.  We have a ton of volunteers around to show them how to play all kinds of different games.  Basically it’s the best time of the year to try new games, because you can try a bunch at once, then you can use the coupons and goodies in the Goody Box to help you get into the games you like the best!

When: Saturday, November 26th, 12:00pm – 5pm.

Entry Fee: $10.00

You Get: The BKG Goody Box (filled with awesome samples and goodies), a free ballot for the Demo Day Draws,  and access to all of the demonstration games.

Demo Day Draws: We will be drawing for a free $50.00 Black Knight Games gift card, as well as some other fun prizes.

Game Demonstrations:
We will have several stations where a BKG staff member, Standard Bearer, or volunteer will be running a games demonstration.  Simply go up to them and ask to play and they will teach you the basics for the game.  In addition to that they will give you another ballot for the Demo Day Draws!

You Can Help!:
If you would like to volunteer to teach a game that you love to those attending Demo Day contact Tim and let him know!

MTG: Standard Showdown

We will be hosting a special set of four tournaments from Wizards of the Coast called Standard Showdown.  These four tournaments will run on four consecutive Saturdays from November 26th to December 17th.

When: Saturday Evenings from Nov26-Dec17, 6:00pm (Registration begins at 5:30pm)

Entry Fee: $8.00 / $7.00 for Stronghold Members / 2 Hero’s Rewards

Format: Standard, 3-4 Rounds based on attendance (usually 4), No Cut

Prizes: 1 Kaladesh Booster Pack/Player will be added to a Prize Pool to be split among the top players.  Additionally at each event we will give out 10 Standard Showdown packs (Players that go at least x-1 player will each get at least one, and the rest will be passed out randomly among those that attended the previous week (or to anyone on the first week).  We will host a bounty at these events like we do for FNM and Modern Wednesdays.

Standard Showdown Packs: The ten packs given out each event are a special 3-Card booster pack that will include one premium card (Foil, Foil Expedition, or Foil Invention) taken from any Standard Legal Set, and 2 non-foil rare or mythic rares from any Standard Legal set!

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Game of Thrones: Battle of the Trident

When: Begins at 6pm

Entry Fee: $7 ($6 for Stronghold Members)

You Get: Those players who sign up and compete in the Battle of the Trident tournament will receive a special promotional alternate art Summons Plot card.

Rounds: This concise tournament will only last until there is no more than one undefeated player. At the end, the winner will be crowned—using tiebreakers if necessary—and he or she shall claim their spoils

Prizes: A beautiful playmat with a grand view of The Red Keep is awarded to the winner, along with the right to help decide the fate of an upcoming release!  Additional prizes may be awarded based on attendance.

Blood Bowl: Winterbowl Tournament

Attention Blood Bowl fans, Black Knight Games is pleased to announce the first great out-door classic in sports entertainment: The Winterbowl!  The Winterbowl will be a one day, winner take all tournament.  And the best part about playing in the winter?  The snow really highlights the gory mayhem!

When: Saturday, December 31st, 9am – 6pm

Entry Fee: $15.00 (or FREE if you use your Preorder coupon from our Blood Bowl preorder promotion)

Format: 3-4 Rounds, Swiss, Teams do not advance or change between rounds, injuries are not permanent.

Teams: Teams are built from scratch, with coaches able to spend 1,000,000gp on the team, plus an additional number of points on additional skills for their team, as selected by them.  Use the following guidelines to determine how much additional gp you can spend on the skills of your choice:

Tier 1 (70k) includes; Amazons, Chaos Dwarves, Dark Elves, Dwarves, Lizardmen, Norse, Orcs, Skaven, Undead, Wood Elves.

Tier 2 (100k) includes; Chaos, Chaos Pact, High Elves, Humans, Khemri, Necromantic, Nurgle, Pro Elves.

Tier 3 (130k) includes; Slann, Underworld, Vampires

Tier 4 (170k) includes; Goblins, Halflings, Ogres

Note: This list may change depending on how the new edition shakes out, for example it’s possible that the Chaos Pact team may no longer be supported when the game releases, or that significant changes are made to a team changing their tier – so expect an update to this list.

Prizes: We will have some great Blood Bowl swag to give out to participants, and winners.  There will be an additional prize for the Best Presentation, and Best Sportsman, as well as a Wooden Spoon for coming in last place (the place of Highest Honor in Blood Bowl!).  Additionally a prize pool of $10.00 credit per person will be added, to be split among the Top 3 players.

Blood Bowl: Winter League

Blood Bowl is back, and we have our Winter League scheduled to help you get some games in right away!

When: The Winter League begins on November 26th

Entry Fee: FREE

How it Works:

Players submit their team to Black Knight Games, and we add it to the BKBBL Winter League online tracker, at BKBBL.COM

Then players are able to play and schedule games with anyone else in the league, as much as they would like!  Players track their games on the site which helps everyone update their rosters, keeping skills, upgrades, purchases, and injuries sorted out.

Players looking to find opponents can either drop by the shop in hopes of finding a pick-up game, or they can search opponents on our BKBBL Facebook group!

Blood Bowl is a great game, but it really excels when you are able to advance your team from game to game, acquiring new skills, injuries, and new players to replace the…less living ones…  So join up for our Winter League and get the most out of your team!

X-Wing: Epic Tournament

Break out your biggest ships, and get ready for a Star Wars X-Wing Epic Tournament!

When: Sunday, November 27th, 11:00am

Entry fee: $15.00 ($12.00 for Stronghold Members)

Event Format: 300pts, fleets must include at least one ‘Epic’ ship, 2 Rounds, 3 Hours per Round

Special Rules: Scum and Villainy players may use any Epic ship available to Rebels or Empire, The ‘Zuckuss Crew’ card may not be used.

Blood Bowl is Back! Full Launch Schedule

That’s right sports fans the great game of Blood Bowl is back – and back in a big way!  Despite the fact that GW hasn’t supported the game for over a decade, Blood Bowl has always been a popular game at Black Knight Games, with our tenth season (!) just wrapping up now.  But, now that the game is getting an amazing new edition, and will be supported front and center by Games Workshop, we expect very big things from Blood Bowl in the future here at BKG.

blood-bowl-box-contentsReleases & Preorders:

The following items can be ordered now, and will release on Friday, November 25th:

Blood Bowl Core Game: $119.99
This is the game itself, it includes two team (Orcs & Humans), the board, rulebook, and everything you need to play a standard game of Blood Bowl.
Pre-order by November 21st and get a coupon for your choice of $10 off and Team Set, FREE entry to the Winter Bowl, or FREE entry to BKBBL Season One!

Death Zone Season 1: $29.99
This book will include rules for additional teams, like Dwarfs, Skaven, Elves, and Nurgle.  It also includes all the rules you need to run leagues and manage your team – a must buy for all Blood Bowl fans!

Skaven Team: $39.99
The first expansion team will be released on day 1, and it’s sure to be a popular one!  Includes 12 Skaven players – enough to play.  Buy two and you have every possible option covered for your positions and journeymen/mercenaries.

Skaven Block Dice: $14.99
Warpstone-style dice, includes 3 Block Dice, 2 D6, a D8, and a D16!


 

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The Fractured Leg is Back! Check out the Special Issue for all our Blood Bowl plans

Upcoming Events:

 

Blood Bowl Preview: Saturday, November 12th
Join us two weeks before release to check out, and even try out the new Blood Bowl core set!  Black Knight Games is proud to be among a limited number of stores that will have an early-bird copy for our players to see.  So drop by and see the store decked out in Blood Bowl regalia, and maybe even get a little something to take home with you…  Entry Fee: FREE

Demo Day: Saturday, November 26th, 12pm – 5pm
Demo Day is one of our biggest events each year.  In it participants get to move from station to station trying out many different games, and getting a little something fun for that game as a prize.  It’s basically like our own little mini convention, and is the best way to search your your next favorite game.  Blood Bowl will be on demonstration along with the rest, so join to to try it out – and get a little something fun too!  Entry Fee: $10.00

Blood Bowl Re-Launch Party: Saturday, November 26th, 5pm – 10pm
With the game releasing the day before we need players to get playing!  Join us on Saturday evening and get some games in!  For each game you play, touchdown you score, and serious injury you cause you get a ballot to win some very cool Blood Bowl prizes!  Entry Fee: FREE

Blood Bowl Winter League Begins: Saturday, November 26th
Our Winter League will begin, allowing players to play pickup games whenever, and with whoever they want!  These games will be tracked on BKBBL.com, and allow you to advance your team with new skills, players, injuries etc!  Entry Fee: FREE

Blood Bowl Winter Bowl Tournament: Saturday, December 31st
The Winterbowl is a special tournament, with a cool event kits from GW that includes a Winter board, and special winter-themed cards!  Join us for a one day tournament to close out 2016 and win some cool prizes!  Entry Fee: $15.00 / FREE when you use your Pre-order coupon (see above)

Blood Bowl Team Building Contest: Saturday, December 31st, 12pm
Where is your team from?  How were the founded?  What makes them unique?  Submit your logo, team theme, and story in our Team Design contest to win some fun prizes! We will be taking submissions for this design contest beginning on December 26th.  Judging will happen at the Winter Bowl tournament, but you don’t have to be there to win.  Entry Fee: FREE

BKBBL Season One: Begins in February 2017
In the new year we will see the re-launch of our popular BKBBL league!  The BKBBL has had ten successful seasons so far, and we are very excited to re-launch it along with the new edition.  So register for Season One when the time comes! Entry Fee: $15.00 / FREE when you use your Pre-order coupon (see above)


Get Hyped!

Blood Bowl is a hilarious, silly game – yet is is also extremely tactical, and a game that you can get easily infested in.  It’s a game that can appeal to all kinds of players, even those that have never played a miniatures game before.  So if you think you might be interested check out some of these great resources and get yourself hyped for this very special launch!

BKBBL.COM – our league tracker website.  Put together by dedicated volunteers, this site really is a work of art, and it tracks everything from game results, team advances, to players in the Hall of Fame!

BLOODBOWL.COM – The new website for the game.  Check out pictures, videos, wallpapers, and loads of other stuff about the re-launch of Blood Bowl.

Unboxing Video – An official unboxing video of the new game.

BKBBL Group – A Facebook Group dedicated to our local community, a great place to ask questions, or schedule your matches.