Game Spotlight: The 12 Games of Christmas

Every year we at Black Knight Games take some time to consider our 12 Games of Christmas.  These are games that we believe make amazing and affordable gifts, and are just great games that you can get pretty much anyone to try.  They are typically easy to learn, fun for serious gamers and casual gamers alike, and probably fit in a stocking.  After much deliberation and consideration we have selected the following twelve games as our 12 Games of Christmas:

$22.99 – $39.99

ANOMIA

A great party game where the player that can come up with a good answer the fastest wins the duel, but careful, each duel might trigger another!
This game is available in 4 versions: Anomia, Anomia Party (more players), Anomia X (naughty version), and Anomia Kids.

Anomia can be frustrating, and delightful, and makes for a great option with higher numbers of players.

$14.99

COCKROACH POKER

In cockroach poker players offer each other cards.  When offering a card you tell you opponent what the card is, the trick is you can lie!  Uncover the bluffs of your opponents and make them pay.

Cockroach Poker is simple, but it has a great strategy.  It’s a game that kids love, but adults can enjoy too.

$19.99

DUNGEON MAYHEM

New this month, Dungeon Mayhem gives each players a ‘class’ deck, making them a cleric, barbarian, wizard, or thief.  Players take it in turns to play cards from their deck to take out their opponents, heal themselves, or do some other awesome move.  Be the last hero left standing and claim the treasure for yourself!

This game was a real treat to try for the first time.  It is clean, fun, and each game feels different.  Highly recommended for a quick dungeon experience.

$19.99ea

EXIT

Exit is a series of ‘Escape Room’ style games.  In each game you are given a complex puzzle which you must work together to complete.  Each variant of Exit has it’s own theme, puzzles, twists, and turns!  This game has about a dozen versions.

Exit is one of our favorite puzzle games.  Some are better than others, but all offer a unique experience, and are a fun way to spend an evening.

$39.99

EXPLODING KITTENS

Exploding Kittens is a silly card game where at the end of your turn you draw a card, and if it’s an exploding kitten you are out!  Luckily you have a hand full of cards to manipulate the deck in different ways to make sure you aren’t the one that draws it!  This game has three variants including a Party Edition, and an NSFW version.

Exploding Kittens has been one of our best selling games, and it’s easy to see why.  It’s fun, silly, has some strategy, and the art is hilarious!

$39.99

GET PACKING

In Get Packing you have to try and fit all the pieces for a vacation in to your suitcase before your opponents.  It is a simple puzzle concept that is executed brilliantly!

Get Packing is both a fun yet frustrating game, but also it can make a great solo puzzle.  Also, Jay thinks he’s the best at it, challenge him next time you’re in and take him down a peg!

$22.99

GORUS MAXIMUS

Gorus Maximus may look like a bloody mess, and it is, but it is also a clever and charming trick-taking game!  The game includes some innovations that allow for a gameplay experience that is unique, and allows for more players than most games of its kind.

Gorus Maximus is made by a Canadian company, and it features a very unique blend of old-school gameplay, and new-school style.  And the art is bloody brilliant!

$24.99

KINGDOMINO

Kingdomino won game of the year in 2017.  It is a fast, affordable, and easy-to-learn euro game.  It blends the tile-laying of Carcassonne with the drafting of 7 Wonders and it is extremely re-playable, and easy to get on the table.

Kingdomino might be the best game value to price we have in the store.  It’s an instant classic and should be in everyone’s collection.

$29.99

MINI DIVER CITY

Mini Diver City is a coop card game.  In it players collectively try to save the island animal species from rampant development, tourism, and industry.  This game merges concepts from Pandemic with the hidden-hand element from Hanabi.

Mini Diver City is a great new cooperative game.  If you’re someone that loves games like Pandemic – this game provides that type of gameplay in a quick and easy package.  It is a very new game we are very excited about.

$17.99

SPOT IT!

Spot It! is a perennial best seller for a reason.  It is a fast see-it-first game where the first person to see the matching pair wins.  It is fun, fast, and great for kids and adults alike.  This year it was re-packaged in to an even more affordable game!

As a kid I loved competitive brain-teaser games.  Spot It! is one of the best selling games worldwide for a reason, everyone loves it!

$16.99

TIMELINES

In Timelines players draw a card to add to the board, on which is an invention, event, or moment in history.  They have to look at the cards that are already in the timeline, and fit the card in to the sequence.  There are four new-printing variants of Timelines, and you can merge them all together if you like!

Timelines blends fun casual fun with learning making it a favorite of educators and parents.  It’s one of those games where you don’t realize you’re learning because it’s so fun!

$32.99

UNSTABLE UNICORNS

Unstable Unicorns is a card-collecting game where the goal is to have the most unicorns in your stable.  The problem, of course, is that everyone keeps messing with each others collection!  The cards are charming, the art is adorable, and the quality is high.

This game might be this year’s breakout hit.  If you liked Exploding Kittens, but want something a bit different, give this beauty a try!

Don’t forget, if you get ANY of our 12 Games of Christmas by the end of December, you will be entered in to our Holiday Draws, where four lucky gamers will win $50.00 BKG Gift Cards!

Happy Gaming!

40K: Warhammer Quest Blackstone Fortress Preorder Special

Timeless. Nigh indestructible. Immune to all natural law. The Blackstone Fortresses are one of the 41st Millennium’s most enduring mysteries – rumoured to be the Old Ones’ last and deadliest gift to the galaxy they once ruled, none can say they know the truth of their origin.

Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress is coming!  It is the first Warhammer Quest game to ever be set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.  This game will take you through game after game of adventure, exploring the ancient and mysterious Blackstone Fortress.  It is both a stand-alone game, and an expansion for Warhammer 40,000 as all the miniatures in the game can not only be used in 40K, but the rules for them in Warhammer 40K are included!  To celebrate this release, we are offering a Preorder Special to help you get in on the action right away!

Preorder by November 21st and get:

–A guaranteed reserved copy of Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress for $164.99 (SAVE $15.00)
–Additional limited run promotional items from the Launch Pack!

You’ll be able to pick up the game on release day: Black Friday, November 23rd

Check out all the details about Blackstone Fortress HERE!

Gloomhaven New Wave Preoder Special

Gloomhaven is probably the most successful new game this year.  It is a dungeon crawl legacy game, which is a description that doesn’t do it justice.  Gloomhaven had a successful Kickstarter, and saw very minor stocking in stores before the hype completely exploded, overwhelming the new publisher’s ability to keep up.  A new much larger printing came out many months ago, and even though we brought in a ton of them, they all disappeared into the mists insanely fast.  The next printing been in the works for months, and now – Finally – we will have a restock of this exceptional game at BKG, and stores worldwide.

Gloomhaven is currently rated #1 ALL TIME on boardgamegeek.com, and if you ask anyone that’s played they will tell you why – at length, I promise you.

So celebrate the best game ever returning to our shelves, we will be taking preorders at a special price.  It’s time to get this game in to the hands of as many people as possible!

Re-Release Date: Friday, June 19th

Price: $179.99
Preorder Price: $169.99

Preorder Deadline: Friday, June 15th

Please Note: If you are one of the many people that already pre-ordered this with is before this announcement, we will be applying the $10.00 savings to your account to be used on whatever you’d like in the future – thanks for your order!

Kickstart: Hellboy Board Game

Inspired by the legendary tales of horror, myth and folklore by Mike Mignola, Hellboy: The Board Game is a fully cooperative experience for 1 to 4 players. You become a member of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defence (BPRD), ready to investigate occult threats that threaten our very existence. You will explore gothic locations, hunt down clues, discover artefacts, fight horrific creatures and face off against terrifying bosses.

This amazing new boardgame is being funded through Kickstarter, and since Black Knight Games is partnering with Mantic – you can Kickstart it through us!!

Why Would I Do That?

Hellboy is a new and unique boardgame, set in a cool world with amazing minis – what’s not to like?

By pledging through Black Knight Games instead you get several benefits:

  1. You don’t need to pay shipping!  Normally you would need to pay a separate shipping fee when the item ships.  Pledging through us means you don’t pay that, nor do you need to remember to check your email to make the payment – or risk missing out!  Note: we do collect sales tax, but this would always be less than the shipping, and you are guaranteed not to owe any duty charges.
  2. Support your FLGS!  One hang up for many people when using Kickstarter is that you are bypassing your Friendly Local Game Store.  By cutting out the FLGSs you aren’t doing anything to keep their doors open to you and the other members of the local gaming community.  But, through this Kickstarter you DO support your FLGS – AND – you support the game you are excited about!
  3. Get the game early, just like if you had Kickstarted it on your own!
  4. Get any of the add-ons you want, just like if you had Kickstarted it on your own!
  5. Gain the flexibility of making a pledge, changes to a pledge, or additions up to a month after the Kickstarter!  As a partner store we are able to modify our order as long as their pledge manager remains open, so pledging with us allows you all kinds of flexibility – even the ability to pledge late!
  6. Half Now/Half Later!  Normally with a Kickstarter you are asked to pledge the full amount up front, which means that your money is tied up for the entire duration of the Kickstarter.  When you pledge through BKG you have the option to only pledge half now, and pay the other half when you pick it up.
  7. Do it all for no added cost!  We agree to sell you all pledges and add-ons at exactly the same price as the Kickstarter.  So, you will pay £95 (based on that days exchange rate) for any of the Agent pledge level (Game + all stretch goals), and the equivalent for any add-ons!

Check out all the details on the Kickstarter on their KS Page!

So pledge now with Black Knight Games and be sure to get your hands on Hellboy: the Board Game!

International Tabletop Day 2018 – SALE

It’s International Tabletop Day!

Whether it’s a board game, card game, RPG, or miniatures, ITTD is the annual celebration of tabletop games, so we hope you are able to get in some games today to enjoy and celebrate the hobby we all love.  To help celebrate Tabletop Games of all kinds we will be doing three things:

Board Game Sale: All board games are 15% OFF today!  Many of you know we don’t do big sales often, so today is the perfect day to come in and grab a new game!  You will still collect Stronghold Points on the purchases as well.

Free Board Game Day: You’ve heard of Free Comic Book Day, and Free RPG Day?  Well consider today to be similar to those!  Anyone that comes in today can grab a couple of the small board game items that we have available.  These come in a huge variety from promotional items like mugs, buttons, etc, to small expansions to some of your favorite games!  Anyone that comes in today will be allowed to pick up to three items from our Tabletop Day Goodies!

Play Games at BKG – Win a Gift Card:  Anyone that plays any kind of Tabletop game at Black Knight Games today will earn a ballot (one per person), and at the end of the day we will draw one name.  That person will win a $50.00 Gift Card!

So Happy Tabletop Day to You!  Join us in celebrating the hobby we all love so much!

Family Board Game Night – HPL

Black Knight Games is very pleased to be working with the Hamilton Public Library to bring you a great Family Game Night!

When: Monday, April 16th, 6:00pm

Details:  Join us at the library with your family to learn a new game!  Black Knight Games will be there with an assortment of games for the whole family to enjoy – ready to teach you.

*Registration required (Register at the Library, not at BKG)
*Ages 6 years and up

Where:

Hamilton Public Library, Sherwood Branch
467 Upper Ottawa St
L8T 3T3
905-546-3249
hpl.ca

Family Board Game Night – HPL

Black Knight Games is very pleased to be working with the Hamilton Public Library to bring you a great Family Game Night!

When: Tuesday, March 20th, 4:00pm

Details:  Join us at the library with your family to learn a new game!  Black Knight Games will be here with an assortment of games for the whole family to enjoy.

*Registration required (Register at the Library, not at BKG)
*Ages 6 years and up

Where:

Hamilton Public Library, Sherwood Branch
467 Upper Ottawa St
L8T 3T3
905-546-3249
hpl.ca

Come out with your family and learn a new game!

 

Gloomhaven Preorder Special

Gloomhaven is perhaps the most highly anticipated game restock we have ever seen.  It is a dungeon crawl legacy game, which is a description that doesn’t do it justice.  Gloomhaven had a successful Kickstarter, and saw very minor stocking in stores before the hype completely exploded, overwhelming the new publisher’s ability to keep up.  A new much larger printing has been in the works for the better part of a year, and now – Finally – we will have a true restock of this exceptional game at BKG, and stores worldwide.

Gloomhaven is currently rated #1 ALL TIME on boardgamegeek.com, and if you ask anyone that’s played they will tell you why – at length, I promise you.

So celebrate the best game ever joining our shelves in earnest, we will be taking preorders at a special price.  It’s time to get this game in to the hands of as many people as possible!

Release Date: Friday, January 19th

Price: $179.99
Preorder Price: $159.99

Preorder Deadline: Monday, January 15th

 

Board Game Night – Every Thursday!

Beginning tonight, Thursdays are officially a Board Game Night at BKG!

Join us for pick up games starting at 6:00pm.  Bring your own games, play those brought by others, or use those in the store open supply!  Some weeks will be more organized with specific games presented, however even if the Thursday evening includes a demo or mini-tournament of something specific, you are always welcome to play something else if you’d prefer.

When: Thursdays at 6:00pm

Entry Fee: FREE!

So join us, and your fellow board-gamers every week for some fun and games!

International TableTop Day 2017

Every year the folks at Geek & Sundry sponsor what amounts to a gamer’s holiday.  International TableTop Day is a day where gamers across the world get together and enjoy their favorite pass-time together.  Black Knight Games has been a part of ITTD from the beginning, and we will, of course, be participating tomorrow!

When: Saturday, April 29th.  We will open up our official ITTD gaming time from 12pm – 5pm, but you are definitely invited to play all day here, and at home!

What: You are encouraged to play any table-top games you wish, be they board games, card games, miniatures games, or roleplaying games!  For every unique game you play at BKG you will earn a point that can be spent on our prizes!

Prizes: Every year we put together a great selection of gaming promos, expansions, and goodies.  This year is no different, and you will be able to ‘spend’ the points you earn by playing a variety of games on whatever you wish!  Some prizes will be small, like a button, and will only cost 1 point.  Others, like a full game, might cost you ten or more!  One way or another you will walk away with some great stuff just for enjoying games on Table Top Day!

Entry Fee: It’s Free!  Black Knight Games saves up all kinds of promos we get throughout the year just to give away on this date!

So Join Us!  Whether it’s here or at home, we hope you have a very happy Table Top Day!