MTG Core 2020 Prerelease Weekend

We have never had a Prerelease Weekend with so many events to choose from! For the first time ever we’re allowed to run prerelease events on Friday (starting at 3pm). As a Premium Store we’ve also been asked to experiment with running Prerelease Booster Drafts. Here are the details:

When: We have ten scheduled events! There will be five regular sealed and two ‘Two-Headed Giant’ Sealed Core 2020 Prerelease events over the weekend, two experimental Prerelease Drafts with further Booster Drafts on demand, as well as a Youth event on the Sunday. Let’s just say you’ve got options!

Friday, July 5
3:00pm – 7:30pm Sealed Deck #1
6:30pm – 10:00pm Booster Draft #1
8:00pm – 1:00am Sealed Deck #2

Saturday, July 6
9:00am – 2:00pm Sealed Deck #3
2:30pm – 7:30pm Sealed Deck #4
6:30pm – 10:00pm Booster Draft #2
8:00pm – 1:00am Sealed Deck #5 (Two-Headed Sealed)

Sunday, July 7
10:00am – 2:30pm Sealed Deck #6
12:00pm – 2:30pm Youth Prerelease (Sealed Deck)
3:00pm – 7:30pm Sealed Deck #7 (Two-Headed Sealed)

All Weekend

Drafts on Demand – We have the two Prerelease Booster Drafts planned, but we will run more based on demand. Sign up on the Drafts on Demand listing, and whenever we get to 8 players we will fire! Additionally, if you and a group of friends would specifically like to have a draft pod to yourselves – that too can be arranged!

Formats: We are running four different formats this weekend. We will be hosting both regular, and two-headed giant sealed deck events. We are hosting Booster Drafts. And, we are hosting a casual Prerelease for our younger players.

Sealed Deck & Two-Headed Giant Sealed Deck

Entry Fee: $45.00 // $40.00 for Stronghold Members // 9 Hero’s Rewards
Format: Swiss, 4 Rounds, Prerelease Pack includes 6 Core 2020 Boosters, a die & a Promo, 50mins per round. For Two-Headed Giant players play in teams of Two.
Prizes: We will add three Core 2020 packs to the prize pool per participant. Each match (aka best of 3 round) a player wins will earn them a prize 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 gets something!). Each participant gets a Hero’s Reward.

Booster Draft

Entry Fee: $25.00 // $20.00 for Stronghold Members // 6 Hero’s Rewards
Format: Swiss, 3 Rounds, 3 Packs of Core 2020 used for draft, 50mins per round.
Prizes: We will add 1.5 Core 2020 packs to the prize pool per participant. Players that finish 2-1 earn 2 Booster Packs, and Players that finish 3-0 split the rest. We will also randomly distribute a second Hero’s Reward for every 5 participants (including one to any winless players – which means everyone gets something!). Each participant gets a Hero’s Reward.

Youth Prerelease Party

Entry Fee: $40.00 for Stronghold Members // 9 Hero’s Rewards
Format: Open Play, players play as many games against whomever they wish. Staff & volunteers will help new players, and facilitate games. Prerelease Pack includes 6 Core 2020 Boosters, a die & a Promo.
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: All participants get a booster pack, a Hero’s Reward, and a Knights of Blackwood pet. Everyone that plays a game will earn another Core 2020 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).

Tasty Sustenance: We will have some delicious snacks provided by our friends at the Hearty Hooligan to keep you powered throughout the day!

Preorder Special:  Just like with the past number of sets when you preorder you’ll be able to pick up your booster box at the prerelease weekend, as well as a special Buy-a-Box card!  Check out our Preorder Special for all the details!

MTG Legacy Tournament JUL

Join us at the end of July for our monthly Legacy tournament!

Date: Sunday, July 28th 2019, 3:00pm (Registration begins at 2pm)

Entry Fee:$10.00 -or- 3 Hero’s Rewards

Format: Legacy, DCI Sanctioned, 4 Rounds, No Cut

Details:

  • No Proxies
  • Special Additional Prizes
  • Stronghold Members get a Hero’s Reward

Prizes:  2 Booster Packs are added to the Prize Pool for each participant and is spread evenly to participants based on record (all 4-0 get the same prize, all 3-1 get the same prize). Packs may be swapped for $5.00 in Store Credit.

So join us for a special extended-hours day of Legacy!

BKG 12 Year Anniversary Party & Auction

Twelve years ago BKG opened in the smaller unit at the end of the plaza. We had fewer tables and less product to sell, but the goal was the same as it is today: to create a hub of gaming in Hamilton for those who love games. It wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing gamers in this community – so every year we host an anniversary party with those that matter most to us – you!

The Party

For 12 years our success has been that we endeavor to keep what’s great and we tinker with the rest – so the auction, ballots for great draws, cake – it’s all happening as always. We’ll be trying a few new things too – some more treats and other promotions.

When: Saturday, June 29th, 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Anniversary Draws: You will get a ballot just for walking through the door on June 29th (before 6pm), as well as another for each $20.00 you spend that day (including at the auction).  You can put your ballots in to your choice of five big prize bundles – which means you get to pick the prize you’ll attempt to win!  The draws will happen at 6pm, but if you can’t stay until then be sure to put your phone number on your ballots!

Anniversary Sale(?): When you announce a sale a couple of weeks in advance, you inevitably hurt your sales because people hold off waiting for the auction.  So we aren’t announcing a sale.  That would be silly.  And if we were to have a sale it would be important to know that it would only apply to in-stock, non-auciton items, and that it couldn’t be combined with other promotions.  But we aren’t announcing a sale, so you probably didn’t need to know that…

Duke it out for some sweet deals at this year’s auction!

Cake: There is, and always will be cake at birthday parties.  We like cake.

Parking: Just like every year we have decided to have inadequate parking at our Anniversary Party.  It’s an odd choice, but one we are committed to.  Please carpool, take transit, walk, or park nearby if you can.  And, please respect the designated parking spaces of our neighbors – they have businesses to run too!

The Auction

Our auction is an amazing opportunity for our community members to unload some unneeded items, and also the chance to grab some items at a great deal!

Silent Auction: Begins 12:00pm – As we’ve done in the past we will start things off with a Silent auction.  All lots can be bid on, and if there is competition for an item we will move on to the live auction.

Live Auction Begins 1:30pm – Any items that had at least a couple bids will be resolved at the live auction.

Submit Your Own Lots – You are welcome to bring in items to sell at the auction beginning on Monday, June 17th.  So turn your unused miniatures, RPG books, and games in to BKG Store Credit!

Full Details – All of our Auction details, including everything you need to know about can be found on our Auction Guidelines document.  Please review it before bringing in your items to sell!

So help us celebrate twelve years of Black Knight Games, after all – you helped us get here!

Song of Ice & Fire Tournament JUL

We are very excited to be hosting another Song of Ice & Fire tournament for the game at the start of July!

Date: Saturday, July 13, 11:00am start time (be there at 10:30am)

Entry Fee:$20.00 -or- 6 Hero’s Rewards
Stronghold Members Get: A Hero’s Reward for participating

Lunch Included: A Pizza lunch and drink(s) is included in the entry.

Format: 3 Rounds, 40pts.  Armies may not include miniatures that haven’t been released to retail yet (The Mountain that Rides for example).

Prizes: We’ve got anASOIAF Game Night Kit. All players will get at least something from the kit.  Additionally $20 per participant (minus the cost of lunch and the kit) will be added in store credit to a prize pool.

MTG Legacy Tournament JUN

Join us at the end of June for our monthly Legacy tournament!

Date: Sunday, June 30th 2019, 3:00pm (Registration begins at 2pm)

Entry Fee:  $10.00 -or- 3 Hero’s Rewards

Format: Legacy, DCI Sanctioned, 4 Rounds, No Cut

Details:

  • No Proxies
  • Special Additional Prizes
  • Stronghold Members get a Hero’s Reward

Prizes:  2 Booster Packs are added to the Prize Pool for each participant and is spread evenly to participants based on record (all 4-0 get the same prize, all 3-1 get the same prize). Packs may be swapped for $5.00 in Store Credit.

So join us for a special extended-hours day of Legacy!

Free RPG Day 2019

Established in 2007, Free RPG Day works with participating hobby game retailers and RPG publishers to bring new and exclusive RPG quickstart rules and adventure modules into the hands of gamers.

Consumers WORLDWIDE will be able to grab brand new material for a variety of RPGs — no overstock, retail-priced or dead product here. The goal of Free RPG Day is to inspire gamers to play a new RPG, which will in turn, create sales through local game stores.

Black Knight Games is happy to be able to offer Free RPG Day again for 2019!  All you need to do is walk in the door on Saturday, June 15th, and we will give you a choice of FREE RPG goodies!

Painting Table Event JUN

We always feel that the best way to paint is in a group.  Newer painters can ask questions and learn, good painters get to show off a little, you can bounce ideas off each other, and just enjoy the company of those that share this wonderful hobby with you.  In order to allow everyone the opportunity to enjoy group painting, BKG is organizing our ‘Painting Table’ event!

When: Sunday, June 23rd, 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Entry Fee: None, just bring your stuff and paint with us!

Details: Bring any paints you’ll need, if you don’t have them or can’t bring them we will have some available too.  Bring whatever painting project you have on the go, sit down, and get painting!  We will supply some stations, water cups, paper towel, pallets etc.

New Painters & Kids: Want to learn how to paint, or something new?  Perfect!  We will have staff sitting at the table too, and they’ll be more than happy to teach you what they know.  Other painters will be sure to pipe in with their own advice.  So, while this isn’t an organized seminar event, it will be a great spot to learn, and in some ways even better because you’ll learn tailored to the project you are working on.  We’ll even give you a starting miniature if you’ve never painted before!

Kings of War: Tournament JUN

Black Knight Games is very excited to be hosting another Kings of War tournament! 

When: Saturday, June 13th, 10:30am (Registration begins at 10am)

Entry Fee: $20.00 -or- 6 Hero’s Rewards
All participants Get: a Hero’s Reward & Pizza Lunch

Tournament Guidelines:
The tournament will consist of 3 rounds, with 2.5 hours allotted for each round. Roll for turn 7 as normal. Chess clocks will be used (and supplied by the store). Each player will have 60 minutes on their clock at the start of each game. If you time out there will be no penalty points taken, but you cannot make any orders for the remainder of the game. Lists can be a maximum of 2,000 Points. Clash of Kings 2019 rules will be used. Armies from the main rulebook, Uncharted Empires book, and Twilight Kin lists may be used. New formations/units from Clash of Kings 2019. Historical armies are allowed. Army lists can be sent in early for review to alexander.kus@gmail.com.

I recommend using Easy Army KoW Army Builder to build your lists, which is available for free online HERE. If EasyArmy has not been updated with the 2019 rules by the week before, just make a spreadsheet version. You should bring 4 copies of your list (one for yourself, one for each opponent). This is an open list event.

Models/Paint: You are NOT required to have a painted army and no tournament points will be given for having a painted army, but there will still be a players choice best army award.

Sportsmanship:
This will be scored on a Pass/Fail system. Everyone starts with 10 Sportsmanship points. For each “Fail” you receive, 2 points will be deducted from your Sportsmanship score. If you Fail someone, please be prepared to explain your reasoning to the TO in detail. We are all here to have a good time.

At the end of Round 3, players will vote for their favorite opponent and second favorite opponent. Each vote for “Favourite Opponent” will add 2 points to their Sportsmanship score, and each vote for “Second Favourite opponent” will add 1 point to that player’s Sportsmanship score. The player with the highest Sportsmanship score will win the Sportsmanship award. In the event of a tie, the number of Favourite Opponent votes will be the tie-breaker, and the number of Second Favorite Opponent votes will be the second tie-breaker.

Terrain:
All tables will be set up prior to each round and will be the same for each round, for the whole field.

All tables will consist of:
2 hills, 2 forest, 2 blocking terrain, 2 difficult flat, 2 walls.Terrain Height is predetermined:

Forests – Ht 6
Blocking terrain – Ht 4
Hills – Ht 2
Walls – Ht 1 obstacle
Difficult flat – Ht 0

Ht 0 terrain only offers cover for units 50% inside of it. It does not give intervening cover.

Scoring:
We will be using the Blackjack Scoring System for this event. All of the information can be found here: http://clashofkingsau.com/blackjack/

The sheets are very easy to read and fill out once you see them, you won’t need to read over how it works if you don’t want to. I will review them with the group before starting.

Prizes: We will put $20 (minus the cost of the pizza) towards a prize pool, which will be in the form of Store Credit. The top players will split this prize pool based on how well they do!

D&D at the Ancaster Sports Center

As Dungeons & Dragons continues to grow in popularity, Black Knight Games is excited to be hosting a special off site event at the Ancaster Sports Center!  This will be a Special Homebrew Adventure developed and facilitated by our Expert Dungeon Master.   No knowledge or experience is required so new players and seasoned adventurers are welcome and encouraged to attend.  We will help you play your character, and welcome you to the wonderful world of D&D!

When: Friday July 12th, 6:00pm-10pm

What you get:  A set of RPG dice will be given to all participates.  The DM will also distribute some fun prizes & Hero’s Rewards as you prove yourselves in the adventure!

Age Range: 19+ (Beverages and Food will be available for purchase) 

Entry Fee: $15.00

Details: We will provide Level 1 pre-generated characters and all materials you’ll need in addition to all adventure-specific minis, maps, etc.  We will also have an expert staff running the event, able to answer all your questions, give you advice, and run the session.  If you have your own level 1-4 character, we encourage you to bring that to the adventure!  

How: There will be an 8 person cap so sign up early at Black Knight Games or the ASC!

The Next Step: If you fall in love with D&D and want to play more, you can join us each and every Wednesday for Adventure League.

So if you’ve always wanted to get in to D&D, or just want to try out the new edition, give it a try at our Welcome to the Red Dragon Inn event!

D&D at the Hearty Hooligan

As Dungeons & Dragons continues to grow in popularity, Black Knight Games is excited to be hosting a special off site event at The Hearty Hooligan!  This will be a Special Homebrew Adventure developed and facilitated by our Expert Dungeon Master.   No knowledge or experience is required so new players and seasoned adventurers are welcome and encouraged to attend.  We will help you play your character, and welcome you to the wonderful world of D&D!

When: Friday June 14th, 6:00pm-10pm

What you get:  A set of RPG dice will be given to all participates.  The DM will also distribute some fun prizes & Hero’s Rewards as you prove yourselves in the adventure!

Age Range: 19+ (Beverages and Food will be available for purchase) 

Entry Fee: $15.00

Details: We will provide Level 1 pre-generated characters and all materials you’ll need in addition to all adventure-specific minis, maps, etc.  We will also have an expert staff running the event, able to answer all your questions, give you advice, and run the session.  If you have your own level 1-4 character, we encourage you to bring that to the adventure!  

How: There will be an 8 person cap so sign up early at Black Knight Games or Hearty Hooligan!

The Next Step: If you fall in love with D&D and want to play more, you can join us each and every Wednesday for Adventure League.

So if you’ve always wanted to get in to D&D, or just want to try out the new edition, give it a try at our Welcome to the Red Dragon Inn event!