Happy Birthday Canada! We’re Open

Black Knight Games will be open Sunday, July 1st (Canada Day) – so come in out of the heat and hang out with us!

No only are we open our usual Sunday hours, but we will be running a couple great events including a Pokemon Tournament, and a Magic: the Gathering Open House!

BKG is 11! Sale, Party, Auction, Draws!

Today is our big Anniversary Party & Auction!  Join us to celebrate 11 years of Black Knight Games!

SALE: To help us celebrate, all regular in-stock products are 11% OFF Today!  This does not include things like the Auction Lots, MTG Singles, Special Orders, Pre-Orders, or Event Entries, but all regular in-stock inventory is on sale!

AUCTION: You can find all the details about our Auction HERE, but the basics are:

Silent Auction Begins at: 12:00pm
Live Auction Begins at: 1:30pm

We have almost 200 lots of various types, loads of minis, books, games, etc.  Plenty of sweet deals to be had, so don’t miss out!

CAKE: We will have cake, as always, what kind of monsters do you think we are?

DRAWS: Just by walking in today you’ll be given a ballot for one of our five draws.  Additionally you’ll get another ballot for every $20 you spend today, before 6pm – including any puchases from our sale, auction, orders, etc – just every 20 bucks you spend in any way will get you a ballot for the draws.  You get to choose which draw to put your ballots in for.  We have an Age of Sigmar draw, an Asmodee Games draw, a Dungeon & Dragons draw, a Magic: the Gatheirng draw, and a BKG Gift Card – so something for everyone!

PARKING: Parking isn’t great here, and on our Anniversary it’s almost impossible.  Please consider carpooling, public transit, getting dropped off, or other nearby parking options.  And PLEASE respect our neighbours’ dedicated parking spaces.  Just because we’re celebrating our anniversary, doesn’t mean we should make it harder for them to get to their next one too!

 

 

D&D Premium Session: Gladiators of the Darnaashian Isles

Join us for an afternoon of wild adventure on the far off Isles of Darnaash. You, along with a handful of other adventurers, have been captured and are expected to do battle in the fighting pits for the entertainment of the locals. Wild creatures from exotic places, other enslaved champions, even creatures from beyond this world are all pitted against you. Will you band together and escape the pits, or fall victim to the crowd’s brutal whims and meet the fate of so many before you?

When: Saturday, Aug 18th, 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Entry Fee: $25.00 (Or 8 Hero’s Rewards)

Details: Gladiators of the Darnaashian Isles is a custom adventure created in-house by BKG and intended for level 5 characters created using Adventurers’ League rules. Don’t spend too much time picking out items — all of them were stripped from you when you were taken to the Isles. Creating a character backstory or having an idea how you want to role-play is a good idea, but this session is open to all levels of experience.

Because in the past our D&D events have filled up quickly, preregistration is strongly encouraged.

Prizes: All participants will receive a set of BKG Strongbox RPG dice to help them enjoy this story of daring adventure. Players will also receive a WizKids or Bones range D&D mini of appropriate size to represent their character. This mini may be picked out at time of registration if you want to paint it in advance of the campaign.

D&D Premium Session: Escape the Darnaashian Isles

Join us for an afternoon of wild adventure on the far off Isles of Darnaash. You, along with a handful of other adventurers, have been captured — but have now escaped the grueling fighting pits and are fleeing across the untamed wilds of the island. Are we out of the frying pan and into the fire? What horrors do the wild lands hold and can the adventurers escape their pursuers? Most pressing of all: how do we escape the isles without a boat?

When: Sunday, Aug 19th, 11:00am – 5:00pm

Entry Fee: $25.00 (Or 8 Hero’s Rewards). If you participated in “Gladiators” entry fee is only $20 but does not include a free mini (use the same mini and character from part one).

Details: Escape the Darnaashian Isles is a custom adventure created in-house by BKG and intended for level 6 characters created using Adventurers’ League rules. Don’t spend too much time picking out items — all of them were stripped from you when you were taken to the Isles. Creating a character backstory or having an idea how you want to role-play is a good idea, but this session is open to all levels of experience. This event is the spiritual successor to “Gladiators” but it is NOT required that you have played in the first event to enjoy this one.

Because in the past our D&D events have filled up quickly, preregistration is strongly encouraged.

Prizes: All participants will receive a set of BKG Strongbox RPG dice to help them enjoy this story of daring adventure. Players who are not playing in “Gladiators” will also receive a WizKids or Bones range D&D mini of appropriate size to represent their character. This mini may be picked out at time of registration if you want to paint it in advance of the campaign.

Warmachine & Hordes Balance of Power League

Outmatched and outgunned, can you find a way to win?  What’ll it take to even the playing field against some of the community’s strongest players?  This is Balance of Power.

In the past our Warmachine leagues have focused on adding a fun casual element to our most competitive miniatures game.  Encouraging new and growing players to play with seasoned veterans is a key goal of growing a community and maintaining its long term health.  This time, rather than ignoring competitive elements of play, we’re leaning into them in a league format especially tuned to allow new players, veterans, and returning players to play hard against one-another with reasonable odds of winning.

When: The league will start on July 5th and conclude on August 16th

Sign up: Register any time.  We will continue to take registration throughout the course of the league because it is easy to join any time.  At the time of registration, a player may voluntarity give themselves a Handicap of as low as -3 or as high as +3.

Entry Fee: $10.00 // 3 Hero’s Rewards.  Entry fees collected will cover a variety of achievement-style rewards given out throughout the league.

Format: Win games, they get harder.  Lose them, it gets easier.  Eventually, you’re facing down the best player at the store, and somehow it feels like an even match!

Need more details?

  • Each time a player wins a game, they lose a Handicap point.  Similarly, each time a player loses a league game, they gain a Handicap point.  This Handicap is uses to balance out future games, keeping matches played during the league interesting and challenging.
  • Baseline games are played at 75 points and on a 60 min Deathclock.
  • Players compare Handicap after lists are picked, but before a match begins.
  • If one player has a positive Handicap (or no Handicap at all) and their opponent has a negative one (or no Handicap at all), each point of Handicap adds or subtracts either 3 points from a player’s list or 5 minutes from their clock (players choose how their own Handicap is applied).
  • If both players have a positive or negative Handicap, reduce those values by the same amount until one is 0.  The player left with the positive or negative value modifies their list or clock by 3 points or 5 minutes per point of Handicap.
  • Handicap has no effect on theme benefits including points spent to qualify for free solos, etc.  If a player cannot add or remove the exact number of points for their Handicap value, a list can be played without making use of all the bonus points or more points down than a Handicap would suggest.

Example 1: Adeline and Bert are playing a game.  Adeline has a +2 Handicap, while Bert has a +4.  They determine that Bert may include some extra bonuses in his time or list.  He opts to take an extra 6 point solo legal in his theme force.  This does not modify his list in any other way.  

Example 2: Colin and Dan are playing a game.  Colin has a handicap of -4, while Dan has a +1 Handicap.  Dan plays a regular 75 point list, opting to use his +1 to take 5 extra minutes for a personal Deathclock of 65 minutes.  Colin chooses to lose 6 points from his list (dropping a 6 point solo that was free in his theme list and otherwise leaving his list unchanged) and also play with a clock reduced by 10 minutes, for a personal Deathclock of 50 minutes.

Example 3: Erik and Frank are playing.  This is their first game of the league and neither one of them has a Handicap at all.  They play a standard 75 point game on a 60 minute Deathclock.  

Scheduling: Games can be played at any time, and we encourage you to play any pickup games with a league member as league match.  Because handicaps become more accurate the more games played, we strongly encourage folks to play as much as possible to get to a level where games are optimally challenging and rewarding.  As Thursdays are the regular Warmachine night, we especially encourage league participants to come out and game on this evening.

Prizes: The focus on this league is playing games and growing as a community.  Each week, players are invited to share their experiences by messaging Tim.  Tell us about your milestones!  Did you beat a player for the first time ever?  Did you win a game, despite only having 30 minutes to play it?  Over the course of the league we’ll be giving out awards/prizes for good achievements, along with displays of integrity and fair-play.  There will also be a prize of dubious value to the league participant with the most overall games played.

Pokémon Celestial Storm Prerelease

Trainers!  Be the first to battle for supremacy with the newest card set: Celestial Storm!

When: Sunday, July 22nd, 11:00am, Registration begins at 10:00am (be here by 10:45 at the latest)

Entry Fee: $35.00 -or- 9 Hero’s Rewards (Stronghold Members get 1 Hero’s Reward for participating)

Format:  Each player will receive a Prerelease Box which consists of a 22 card pack featuring key cards from current and prior sets, 4 Sun & Moon: Celestial Storm booster packs, and 1 of 4 alternate art promo cards!  Swiss, 3 Rounds.  Players will have 30 mins to open their Prerelease Pack, and build a 40 card deck (energy cards will be provided).  Once the tournament begins players may not alter their decks.  Players may not trade any cards until the event is over.

Prizes: At the end of the tournament, when each player returns their borrowed energy they will receive 3 Booster Packs as a prize.  Any undefeated players earn a bonus pack.

Bring: Your Player ID number (if you don’t have one, one will be provided to you)

Knights of Blackwood: We always have a ‘Junior’ division in our Pokémon Tournaments, so any members of our Knights of Blackwood Youth Program will be assigned to the appropriate division.  Pets may only be used in the Junior division.  All Knights of Blackwood members that participate in this event will get a free pet for participating!

Pokémon Tournament JUL

When: Sunday, July 1st, 11:00am, Registration begins at 10:30am

Regular Entry Fee: $15.00
Junior Division Entry Fee: $5.00

Stronghold Members Get: A Hero’s Reward

Format: Standard Format, Swiss

Prizes: Prize pools will be taken from entry fees for each division, and distributed in store credit to the top players!

40K Tournament JUL

When: Saturday, July 21st, 11:00am (Registration begins at 10am)

Entry Fee: $20.00 -or- 6 Hero’s Rewards – Includes a pizza lunch

Stronghold Members: Get a Hero’s Reward for participating.

Format: 3 Rounds, 2500 points, ITC Rules. We will use the Best Coast Parings program to track.  Scenarios will be chosen from the ITC scenarios, rulebook, and/or Chapter Approved.

Armies: We encourage our players to have all their models be WYSIWYG (What you see it what you get) to avoid possible confusion for your opponents. Simple conversions are allowed, but anything more extreme, or model substitutions, must be approved by the event organizer. We encourage you to always double check with us in advance before using non WYSIWYG models.

Prizes: $20.00 per person (minus the cost of lunch) is all put towards the prize pool. Prizes given for Top three players, best painted and best sportsman.

This is a larger army-size that usual, so bring some cool stuff that you don’t get to use very often!

MTG Core 2019 Prerelease Weekend

We will be celebrating an impressive new core set, full of great reprints and exciting new cards.  Join us for an entire weekend of Prerelease fun!  Here are the details:

When: There will be six regular Core 2019 Prerelease events over the weekend, as well as a Youth event on the Sunday!

Friday, July 6 – MIDNIGHT (Sealed Deck)

Saturday, July 7 – 9:00am (Sealed Deck), 2:30pm (Sealed Deck), 8:00pm (Two-Headed Sealed)

Sunday, July 8 – 10:00am (Sealed Deck), 3:30pm (Sealed Deck)

Format: Sealed Deck (the third event on SAT is a Sealed Two-Headed Giant), 4 Rounds

Entry Fee: $39.00 // $35.00 for Stronghold Members // 9 Hero’s Rewards

You Get: Everyone gets a Prerelease pack.  Prerelease Packs include six boosters of Core 2019, a foil promo card (could be any rare/mythic from the set), a countdown die, a checklist, and a box to hold it all.  All participants get a FREE Hero’s Reward Card for each event they participate in. Additionally there will be door prizes, delicious snacks, and more fun.

Prizes: We will add three MTG Core 2019 packs into the prize pool per participant.  Each match (aka round) a player wins will earn them a pack.  Remaining packs (1 per person) are distributed among undefeated and 3-1 players (3-1 players get +1 pack, undefeated players split the rest, usually that means between 12-16 packs).  We will also randomly distribute a second Hero’s Reward for every 5 participants (including one to any winless players – which means everyone wins something!).

Kids Event: We have recently introduced the Knights of Blackwood Youth Program (to encourage our players ages 6-16 to participate in games), and we will be hosting a fun and casual MTG Prerelease event for our younger players on the same weekend!  Check out the Knights of Blackwood Core 2019 Prerelease event for more details.

Preorder Special:  Just like with Dominaria when you preorder you’ll be able to pick up your booster box at the prerelease weekend!  Check out our Preorder Special for all the details!

MTG: Core 2019 Prerelease (Youth)

The Knights of Blackwood is our FREE to join Youth Program.  Our goal is to provide great events for the younger players in the shop to participate in, and to that end we are very excited to bring you a Youth-Focused Prerelease event for Magic: the Gathering!

When: SUN, July 8, 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Entry Fee: $35.00 -or- 9 Hero’s Rewards

Event Details: This is a Prerelease Event, which means that you get cards from the new Core 2019 set a WEEK before they are released!  Participants will get packs, and build a deck at the event.  They will then play games with others and win prizes!  Play is open, but we will help players find opponents.

What You Get: All Participants will get a Core 2019 Prerelease Pack that includes 6 Booster Packs, a Dice, and a Foil Pomo Card (taken from the Rares/Mythic Rares of the set).  Additionally all participants will get an extra Booster Pack, and a Hero’s Reward for participating.  Lastly, all Knights of Blackwood members will get a free Knights of Blackwood Pet!

Adult Mentors: The Knights of Blackwood is a program for kids ages 6-16, however anyone can participate in this event.  If you are older than 16 years old, you will be a ‘mentor’ helping out the younger players with rules and being a good example of a good sport.  Mentors will get all the same rewards as younger players, except the Pets.

Prizes: Everyone that plays a game will earn another Core 2019 booster pack, and when you win your first match you earn another!  Combine that with the free pack you get for joining in and every player gets 3 packs!  Anyone that plays at least 3 matches will get another Hero’s Reward (and will get that third pack if they didn’t win any).

So join us and all the other cool kids for some Prerelease fun, at our Knights of Blackwood prerelease for Magic!