Changes coming to Knightly Orders

The goal of our Knightly Orders system was to provide you, our loyal customers, with the ability to schedule and run events, get rewarded for participating, as well as to create a way for us to hold more events, and more varied events, than we ourselves are able to personally plan and run.  The idea was that by setting up a system where groups of our customers could get together and plan or run an event that we would be able to offer more events for you to attend and also give you the ability to share your favorite games, or hobby niches with others.  I maintain that the idea is a great one, however we have not had the response to this system that I was hoping for.  We have had many groups register a Knightly Order, however most of these didn’t get much past this stage.  We did get a few Knightly Orders claim renown points by teaching new players, running a regular game night, or even in a couple instances schedule events, some more successful then others.  To those that participated in this new program, and dove right in with everything you had, I thank you.  It is because of customers like you that we created this program to begin with.

There has, however, not been enough participation to justify the amount of work that has to go in to the program to keep it going.  So we are going to be making some major changes to the way we run it.  As of today we will not be sanctioning any more Knightly Order events, or accepting renown points apart from events that have already been planned.  If you have a future event planned please talk with us and we will make sure that it goes ahead as planned.  Any renown that has been earned by those orders that have been participating will be rewarded fairly.

Why did the Knightly Orders system fail to grow and expand the way we had hoped?  That is a hard question, I believe that it had a few inherent flaws.  One thing we found was that all of the orders that did participate enthusiastically were mainly driven by an individual that did most of the work.  They had additional members to make them legitimate, however it was mostly a specific person that made them succeed.  Another problem was that even those that were trying to use the system weren’t always successful, mostly due to inexperience in promoting and running an event.  We at BKG weren’t all that clear on how to run an event, and while were were willing to help, we were rarely asked for it.  Couple these issues with a system that was fairly complicated, perhaps too complex, and we have a failed experiment.  But that is okay, it is better to try to be new and innovative then to stay stagnant.  That all being said we have a new plan to move forward and achieve the goals we set out to achieve with the Knightly Orders, using the lessons we have learned from this experiment.

The New Plan

Knightly Order will no longer be a group of individuals registering together to run events.  It will be split in to two new programs: Standard Bearers, and the Stronghold Leaderboard.

Standard Bearers

Standard Bearers will be individuals that are tasked with promoting and running a specific game system.  They will apply for the position and will have to go through an interview process.  Standard Bearers will be rewarded with several perks for their efforts, a discount on their game system among others.  Standard Bearers will work closely with the BKG staff to plan, promote and run evens like leagues, campaigns and tournaments.  Standard Bearers are also available to teach new players how to play, and they can be contacted through their own Black Knight Games email address by customers looking to plan a demonstration game, or tutorial.

Stronghold Leaderboard

The Stronghold Leaderboards will be a collection of leaderboards for different game systems.  Each leaderboard will last a certain amount of time like a season in sports, usually about a year.  During that time there will be several different event types, all of which will earn participants points towards the leaderboard.  At the end of the season the players at the top of the leaderboard will be declared the winners, and will receive prizes based on their final position, as well as a spot in the Hall of Champions with a plaque.  All Stronghold Members are eligible to register for each season of the leaderboards.

We hope that these changes will make it easier for those wishing to run events to do so, and for those wishing for rewards for participation and competitive play to gain them.  All in all these changes should make for an easier and more accessible store program, we hope you enjoy them!

~The Black Knight

Looking for Standard Bearers!

If you are interested in becoming a Standard Bearer for one of the games we play here you can submit your application in person, or by email at info@blackknightgames.ca .  We don’t need a normal resume, however a page explaining your experience with the game in question, as well as why you think you would be great for teaching it to others and running events, would go a long way to us giving you the position.  So if you think you’re right for it apply now!!!

Knightly Orders (Update)

The first month of Knightly Orders has passed, so this is the very first update!  We will do a monthly update on the Knightly Orders where we will list Quest Achievements, Upcoming Knightly Order Events, and any changes in activation.

Newly Active:

There were two Knightly Orders that fulfilled the requirements to become active in July: the Poor Man’s Fellowship of Gaming, and the Elder Highlanders.  The Poor Man’s Fellowship barely edged out the Elder Highlanders to claim the first Quest ever: ‘First Among Equals’ which is granted to the order that gains the most renown over the course of a month.  Congrats to both of these orders for diving in with both feet to gain early prominence.

Awaiting Activation:

This is a new system, but we have many order that are awaiting activation, ten to be exact.  Now a lot of these order could certainly have earned enough renown in June to be active by now.  Remember that it is completely up to the members of an order to let us know when you have earned renown.  You get renown for being a Stronghold Member, for joining our forums, for playing in tournaments, demonstrating your games etc.  So make sure you aren’t letting valuable renown go to waste!  You don’t need to fill out a form, or submit it by email, just go up to the staff or call in and say “I earned this renown”.  Get your members to report every time, and you will be active and rolling in rewards in no time!

Upcoming Events:

We have several Knightly Order-run events coming up, so be sure to check them out!:

MTG: EDH Gaming Night: Play EDH (Commander) on Mondays & Thursdays in a fun and casual atmosphere, starting at 4:30pm. (Run by: Elder Highlanders)

Miniature Gaming: Bitz Bazaar: Looking for a specific bit, or item that is discontinued? Come one come all to the Bitz Bazaar and you never know what you’ll find! Come sell, buy or trade your wares. For best results sellers should ensure items are clearly marked. Be sure to bring cash and bitz-o-plenty for wheelin’ and dealin’.  Sunday, July 17th at 12pm (Run by: Dead Men Walking)

Miniature Painting: Painting Deathmatch: Painting Competition: Categories include Single Model, Regiment (3-30 models), Vehicle, Monstrous Creature. Minimum 3 colours, entries must have finished bases (if based). 1 Entry per person per category.  Registration Begins July 1st, Deadline is Sunday, July 21st at 1pm. (Run by: Dead Men Walking)

Terrain Making: If You Build it, They Will Come: Terrain Building Competition: Buildings. Buildings may be ruined or not with height limitations of 12″, and a base size of no more then 8″ x 8″.  Registration Begins July 1st, Deadline is Sunday, July 21st at 1pm. (Run by: Dead Men Walking)

 

Open Mondays!

Now that we are in summer mode Black Knight Games will once again be open all week long!  No longer will you have to stare disappointed at a ‘Closed’ sign on Mondays…well at least not until the school year.

Our Monday hours will match those of the rest of the week, 12pm – 9pm.  They are in effect immediately (it’s Monday as I am writing this and we are open!).

There will not be a specifically scheduled Game Night on Mondays, rather it will be ‘open gaming,’ making it the perfect time to schedule a league-night for your Knightly Order!

Enjoy your summer of gaming!

Knightly Orders: A Whole New Level of Gaming

Have you ever wished that Black Knight Games would run a certain type of event?  Or maybe that we would focus more on a different game system?  Have you ever wanted an extra level of competition, or a way to rally players to play at a certain time?  Have you ever wanted to have access to the kinds of resources that stores have to run a great tournament, or league?  To be able to have trophies, prizes, or other supplies?  Wouldn’t it be great if you just had a way of running that amazing event that you’ve had in the back of your head forever?  You’re a great gamer, you love playing, you love teaching new people, but wouldn’t it be nice to get something for all your efforts?  Knightly Orders is Black Knight Games’ way to give you all of that.

Our newest and most ambitious gaming program is now live.  Knightly Orders are gaming groups sponsored by Black Knight Games that provide the tools and opportunity for gamers to get much more involved in the BKG gaming community.  With Knightly Orders you, the gamer, has the ability to schedule and run your own event.  You have a way of finding players to teach you how to play.  You have the option of pointing a spotlight on your own favorite area of the gaming hobby.  And the best part is, you get rewards for doing so!

Check out the Knightly Orders page to learn all about this great new program.  Bear in mind there is a lot to this program, so there is a lot of information there.  The main thing to know is that Knightly Orders are extremely flexible, they will allow you to pursue your favorite niche within the gaming hobby more, and you will be rewarded for doing so!

So, get a couple of like-minded people together, found an order and get started!

Coming Soon: Knightly Orders!!!

Stay tuned in for more info on a major new program we will be running at Black Knight Games.  Knightly Orders will give you, our valued customers, the power to create your own store events, gaming groups, rewards for gaming, and for teaching new gamers, and much much more.  We are very excited about this at Black Knight Games, and think that you will love this new program.

More information to come on how you can establish your very own Knightly Order, and all of the great perks that comes with doing so coming later this week!

Cheers,

~The Black Knight