The 12 Games of Christmas

Each year we at Black Knight Games select twelve great entry-level games that we think would make an amazing gift for pretty much anybody.  These games are always priced in a price range that isn’t prohibitive, and are games that anyone – non gamers, and hard-core gamers alike – can enjoy together.  We keep our 12 Games of Christmas well stocked, and always have an open copy for you to try and check out – to make sure it’s the game for you!

For each of the 12 Games of Christmas you get you will be entered in to a draw for one of four $50 Gift Cards!  These prizes will be drawn in the new year.

The 12 Games of Christmas for 2016 are:

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Winner of Game of the Year in 2016 – Give Codenames a Try!

Codenames: Winner of Game of the Year for 2016, Codenames is a clever clue-giving game where you have to get your team of spies to guess the correct combination of words.  We at BKG truly recommend this game for ANYONE!

Cockroach Poker: Cockroach Poker is the ultimate game for sneaky cheats and liars…but in a good way!  Trick your opponents in to believing your poker face and stick them with a set to eliminate them!

Zombie Dice: Zombie Dice is a simple press-your-luck game where you have to weigh your odds of continuing or keeping what you’ve got – plus you are a zombie!

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Just look at those cool dice!

Star Wars Destiny Starter Set: Star Wars Destiny is a new dice/card game that has taken the shop by storm.  Whether you are looking for a fun game to play at home, or a new game to master in a tournament setting Star Wars Destiny will fit the bill.

Love Letter: Love Letter has become a classic.  This simple card game is perfect to fill 10 minutes or a couple hours.  Now you can play the classic game, or the Batman, Hobbit, Archer, Adventure Time, or Christmas themed variants!

Hanabi: Winner of Game of the Year in 2013, Hanabi is a charming co-operative card game where you hold your hand of cards backwards so that everyone knows what you have but you!

Star Realms: A great two player deck-building game of space combat.  If you can beat Mike at it you win a prize…seriously…he’s really good.

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Sift through the Taco Cats to get Diffuser Cards to save yourselves from those naughty kittens!

Exploding Kittens: The most successful game on Kickstarter ever!  Exploding Kittens is a hilarious game from the makers of The Oatmeal comics where you manipulate the deck to make sure you don’t draw an exploding kitten!

Coup: A simple bluffing game with plenty of options to mix it up.  You can perform any action in the game…as long as people don’t call you out for it!

Dungeons & Dragon Starter Set: Ever since Stranger Things blew us all away D&D has blown up again!  This amazingly affordable starter set will get any group in to the game for a very good price!

3 Wishes: Many are calling this game the new ‘Love Letter.’  In 3 Wishes you have to get a set of three cards in front of you, but it’s harder than it looks since all the cards are face down!

Lost in R’lyeh: In this simple yet strategic game you are trying to get rid of all your cards first.  Easier said than done as the Elder Things tend to mess things up for you – and don’t worry if you can’t pronounce the name – C’thulhu likes it that way!

Agricola Release Event

Agricola Release Event

Agricola is one of the top-rated board games of all time!  Join us for the launch of the new edition of Agricola and play in our a mini-tournament!

When: Sunday, May 22nd, 12:00pm

Entry Fee: $5.00

Prizes: We will have the impressive Agricola OP Kit to provide some really great prizes for all those who participate!

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The 12 Games of Christmas

12 Games of Christmas

This December we have selected twelve games that we will be featuring as our 12 Games of Christmas!  These games are games that we intend to keep very well stocked, and that make great small gifts for the gamers in your life.  They are excellent stocking-stuffers, and perfect for Secret Santas, or gifts on a budget as none of the 12 Games of Christmas are more than $29.99.  They have also been selected as games that most gamers will enjoy, and include many of our own favorites.

In addition to just being great games that should be in stock, these games will earn you a ballot for our Holiday Draws where 4 winners will get a $50.00 Black Knight Games gift card!

Lastly, all twelve games will be available to try out, with an open copy easily accessible at the front of the shop.

So give the gift of games and fun this year with our 12 Games of Christmas!

Not So Board Gaming: October

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Our first Not So Board Gaming event for Sheriff of Nottingham was a ton of fun, and we can’t wait to do more!  Join us every other Saturday in October for some more great board gaming!

Entry Fee: Each participant puts in a $5.00 deposit which immediately becomes store credit for them which can be used on a game, snacks, whatever!

Featured Games: At each event Ryan will have a couple of copies of the featured game to play.  Players are encouraged to try out the featured game, and Ryan will be on hand to teach it to those that have never played it before.

October 3rd, 4pm: Libertalia – a set collecting pirate game – Yaaar!

October 17th, 4pm: Smallworld – an area control euro game with amazing combinations of races & abilities.

October 31st, 4pm: Halloween Themed Games – A mix of some great spooky horror titles

Keep Playing!: After running the group through the featured game participants are encouraged to keep playing!  Bring your own, or try any of the games on out open games wall!

 

Not So Board Gaming – Begins Sep 19th

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Black Knight Games is proud to announce our new Board Gaming Club, happening every couple Saturdays.  Our board gaming guru Ryan will be here to demonstrate and teach a different game at each event.  So join us for the first installment where Ryan will be playing one of the biggest hits from the past year: Sheriff of Nottingham!

When: Saturday, September 19th, Starting at 4:00pm

Entry Fee: $5.00 per player, and each player immediately gets $5.00 in BKG Store Credit!

How it Works: Players that join in are welcome to play Sheriff of Nottingham – with Ryan teaching those that have never played before.  Players are also welcome to bring their own games, or pull games from our massive wall of open board games and play whatever they wish!

So join us for the first edition of Not So Board Gaming, and help us start up a great new community of board gamers right here at Black Knight Games!

 

Assassinorum: Execution Force

Apr25 - 1Next Saturday we will have the new Limited Edition Warhammer 40K Miniature Board Game Assassinorum: Execution Force! This is a similar situation to Space Hulk from a while back, it will be a limited run, and we will likely never get more again – so this is a first come first serve situation.

The game goes for $149.99 CAD, but if you pre-order it by Wednesday, April 29 you will save 10%!

Assassinorum: Execution Force comes with four amazing sculpts for the classic Assassins. They join forces to hunt down and assassinate the Chaos Lord who is protected by cultists and Chaos Marines. The game features all new game mechanics – but of course all the minis are available to use in your normal Warhammer 40,000 games.

If you are interested in using the assassins in 40K games be sure to grab this week’s White Dwarf, which include rules for them!

Once again, this is a limited run, and we’re not getting a ton, so pre-order yours now while you can!
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TableTop Day is Here!

TableTop Day

It’s International TableTop Day!  Join us for the best day of Open Gaming all year!  Simply play games, and earn great promos.  Here’s how it works: for every different game you play you get a point towards the promos.  There are promos and give aways worth 1-12 ‘Games Played’ so once you have played enough to get the item(s) you want simply come up and claim them.  We will mark off the games used up, and you can get back to playing and earn yourself even more goodies.

It’s like an arcade – only for tabletop games!

Here are some pictures of the over 100 different prizes you can claim:

International Table Top Day is Coming to BKG – April 11th

Board Game Potluck

Board Game Potluck

Join us for a day full of great food and even better games!

When: Saturday, January 3rd, 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Entry Fee: Just bring in some food to share, or pitch in for pizza!

What will we do: In addition to chowing down on the tasty food you’ve brought to share we will be playing all kinds of great Board Games.  We have a whole bunch of great games in our collection, including lots of new ones that you can play. Or bring some of your own games to teach everyone – because let’s be honest – you probably got some great new game for Christmas that you’re just dying to play (I know I have!).  That’s it!  Pretty simple, but so much fun, so join us for our first Board Game Potluck of the new year!

Last Minute Shopping Spree: 10 Recommendations

BK ChristmasWith only one more week until Christmas, many of us will be looking to finish off that holiday shopping.  To help you out a bit I have a few suggestions on great games that might have escaped your radar.  Not only are these some great games, but they haven’t sold out (yet!) so you should be able to get your hands on them!

11cam1. Camel Up, $39.99

Camel Up won this year’s Game of the Year award (Speil Des Jares), so that alone is a big deal.  Camel up is a simple yet very fun game that is great for serious gamers, and non-gamers alike.  If you want something like Settlers of Catan or Ticket to Ride this will work perfectly.  In Camel Up players take turns placing bets, or moving the camels.  There are several options that are always worthwhile, so the choices aren’t easy, but they aren’t complex either.  The game works with a as few as two, but as many as eight players, which is another big selling point.  Add to that a fun dice shaker in the shape of a pyramid and this game is a home run!

11zom2. Zombie Dice, $14.99

Zombies Dice makes for an excellent Stocking Stuffer.  It is a simple press your luck game that fits in perfectly as a warm-up game.  In Zombie Dice the players are zombies, and they take turns rolling dice.  Brains are good (tasty!) and Shotgun-blasts are no (ouch!).  The player that accumulates enough brains without getting shot wins.  Zombie Dice has a fun theme, is easy to learn, and is very quick – it’s a staple in my weekly family game night.

11dic3. Marvel Dice Masters, $14.99

Dice Masters might be the surprise hit of the year at Black Knight Games.  Dice Masters is a superhero themed collectible dice game.  Players collect cards of their favorite Marvel superheros, and the corresponding dice that go with them.  The game itself is a fun strategy game that is a mix of Magic and Yahtzee.  What makes Dice Masters so fun though is that the collecting is so easy, and also so fun.  Booster packs are only $0.99, and you get two new dice and the corresponding cards.  The starter set is only $14.99, and provides plenty for two players to play with.  Dicemasters is quickly setting itself up as the next big thing, so consider a starter set and a couple boosters as Stocking-fodder this year.

11for4. Forbidden Desert, $29.99

Forbidden Desert was unavailable for the last four months due to a reprint, but we finally have it back in stock – and the timing couldn’t be better with Wil Wheaton featuring it on a recent episode of Table Top (one of the best episodes ever BTW!).  Forbidden Desert is an excellent co-operative game by Matt Leacock who designed Pandemic, and Forbidden Island.  Forbidden Desert takes the basic mechanics of those two classics and adds some excellent elements, along iwth great components.  Forbidden Desert is a must in any gamer’s collection.

11imp5. Star Wars Imperial Assault, $129.99

Imperial Assault is a brand new release by Fantasy Flight Games in their Star Wars license.  Their X-Wing game exploded a few years ago, and now they have turned to the infantry and vehicles in this massive game that is chalked full of miniatures, map boards, and pieces.  This is a game that will break my shelves it’s so big and heavy.  Imperial Assault just came in this week, and it was so highly anticipated that it shut down shipping at the distributor for a day just so they could get them out!

11arc6. Arcadia Quest, $99.99

Another massive game filled to the brim with miniatures is Arcadia Quest.  Arcadia Quest is a dungeon-crawler style game with an adorably chibi aesthetic.  The orcs, monsters, and heroes are all beautifully sculpted, and this game is truly top-notch when it comes to quality of components.  This game was recently successfully kickstarted by Cool Mini or Not, and looks to be a big hit for them with new expansions already in the works.

11han7. Hanabi, $10.99

Another excellent stocking stuffer comes in the form of another game of the year: Hanabi.  This simple-looking co-operative card game seems so simple at first – players need to stack cards with matching colours in to sets of 1-5.  The catch?  You hold your hand of cards facing outwards, and you can’t talk!  This is a game that truly tests your ability to co-operate, and will work your memory.  Hanabi makes for a fantastic game for pretty much everyone.

11xwin11staw8. Star Wars: X-Wing Starter Set -or- Star Trek: Attack Wing Starter Set, $44.99

Both Star Wars: X-Wing and Star Trek: Attack Wing have great followings at Black Knight Games.  These two nearly identical games create an immersive  experience and truly captures the give and take chess-match that is aerial dogfighting.  The starter sets contain enough for two players to play already, but there are so many ships that you can add to your squadrons that these games end up being extremely customizable.  Both games have their own flavour, so it’s a simple question: are you a Star Wars fan or a Trekkie?

11king11king29. King of Tokyo -or -King of New York, $39.99/$49.99

One of our absolute family favorites is King of Tokyo.  King of Tokyo is a wonderful dice-based game where players are massive monsters vying for the right to demolish Tokyo.  Players can attack one another, heal themselves, acquire energy to buy upgrades like wings and fire breathing, or simply gain victory points depending on how they roll.  The game is a colourful masterpiece, and is already one of the best bridges between family game and gamer-game.  This year they released King of New York, a new version that adds some interesting new dynamics without over-complicating it.  Both games are wonderful – I can’t recommend them highly enough.

BKG Gift Card10. Gift Card, $Any

If there is one thing that is certain, the gamer in your life has ALWAYS got something else they are hoping for.  Be it a new board game, a specific miniature, some new booster packs, or just entry fees for an event here at Black Knight Games, they are always able to use some credit here at BKG.  A Black Knight Games gift card will always go over well, and can take some of the trickiness out of shopping.  “Do they still play this?  Does he already have that?  Would she really want one of those?” are all questions that can easily be solved with a gift card – and it fits in a stocking or holiday card so nicely!

No matter what you get your loved ones this holiday season we here at Black Knight Games hope you share a wonderful season full of love, laughter, and games!

Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays,

Jay Mason-Grant
Owner, Black Knight Games