BKG Will Be Closed on June 19 & 20

We are going to be going through a bunch of changes and minor renovations in anticipation of our 10th Anniversary on the 24th.  To help facilitate this we will be doing something we almost never do: we are going to close the shop for a couple days!

On Monday, June 19th and Tuesday, Jun 20th Black Knight Games will be closed.

Unfortunately that means that those two game nights won’t be able to happen, and we do apologize for the inconvenience.  If this causes you any specific difficulties please message us and we will see if we can work out something for you.  There is a small chance that we may end up opening mid-day on Tuesday, if we are able to get everything done.

We are very excited to show of the changes we have planned, and hope you love BKG even more thanks to them as we prepare to enter our second decade serving the gaming community of Hamilton!

BKG 10 News: Stronghold Membership Changes

Black Knight Games, as part of our 10th Anniversary celebration, are excited to announce a set of changes to our Stronghold Membership!  Customers can expect to see all the things they loved about the old memberships, streamlined, with some fun new perks.

What Are Stronghold Memberships?

Stronghold Membership FrontStronghold Memberships have been a part of the BKG loyalty program since we opened the store ten years ago.  Memberships are not required to play in our space, but they do entitle their owner to a bunch of great loyalty rewards.  Members get more Stronghold Points for the money they spend, they get discounts on snacks and drinks, perks for signing up for events (like discounts and Hero’s Rewards), as well as some additional benefits. Customers may buy a membership each year, gaining them access to all the benefits!

What is Different?

This will be the second major adjustment to how Stronghold Memberships work, and with each one we get closer to the type of system that works perfectly for everyone!  Last time, four years ago, we updated the program and added Stronghold Points, one of our best loyalty programs.  This time we are making several small changes that we believe will improve the program even more!  Let’s go through the changes:

 

Stronghold Points: Stronghold Members still earn 5 points instead of 2, just like always.  Additionally these points may now be used to discount MTG Singles, Star Wars: Destiny Singles, Snacks & Drinks, and Events!  On top of that, when you buy MTG Singles or SWD Singles you will now collect Stronghold Points!

Why?: We had good reasons originally to not allow discounts on some items, and to not allow points to be collected on others (mostly administration reasons).  We have since then found a way around those issues, and are happy to now allow more flexibility on the collection and redemption of points!

Set Annual Expiration: Going forward memberships will not expire one year from the date you buy them, but will all expire on the same day: July 1st (right around our Anniversary).  But, don’t worry, if you buy a membership part-way through the year you will be compensated additional Stronghold Points to make up for the portion of the year you missed!

So, for example, if you bought a membership on January 1st (half-way through the Stronghold Year) you would be given half the value of the membership in bonus points.

Why?: We are making this change for a few reasons: The first is that it will be much easier for us to track expiration dates when everyone expires at the same time.  Secondly, it will allow us to have a Membership drive leading in to the new year, and offer bonuses to those who register at that time.  It will also allows us to do some other fun things for members, since we will have less of a rotating membership.

How will the Transition Work?: If you already have a Stronghold Membership, nothing changes!  Your membership will continue to be valid until we said it would.  When you re-new your new membership will be the new style.  We will be giving an additional bonus to anyone that renews to the new system this month (June), so if you want to immediately switch to the new style you can!

So for example, if your current membership lasts until the end of September, you are still a members until then.  In September when your membership expires, you can renew for the current 2017-2018 membership and get bonus Stronghold Points to make up for the part of the year you missed.

Stronghold Membership Back 2Stronghold Membership Cards: We will have a unique card made up for each year to give to our Stronghold Members.  In addition to being proof of membership, and providing details to you, there are five one-time perks that can be redeemed.  These can be redeemed whenever the condition is met (if there is any), and the perk will be stamped to signify that it has been used.  These five perks are:

  • Happy Birthday!  Get $5.00 Off one purchase during your birthday month!
  • Gain an additional Hero’s Reward when you play in one event!
  • Get 10% off any one purchase, or order!
  • Get a free snack or drink!
  • Get a Hero’s Reward if your renew your membership for next year before this year expires.

Why?: We have always wanted to have some additional fun perks to membership, but it’s always been a pain to track.  We even tried doing the birthday bonus, but eventually it faded away.  This new system puts those bonuses right on your card – making tracking redemption easy!

The Price: We will be raising the price from $25/year to $30/year.

Why?: The amount of rewards that we will give out in the next year is more than in the past, to help compensate for that we decided to raise the price slightly.

Snacks & Drinks: No change here, Stronghold Members will continue to get a discount on snacks & drinks!

Stronghold Members Facebook Group: We will be adding a members-only Facebook group that only our Stronghold Members can join.  In the group we will post early-bird offers, special sales, and offer you a chance to give us feedback on ways to make the store better!

Why?: This will give us a direct way to give our members some extra fun offers, and deals, and to address just them.

NEW MEMBERSHIP DRIVE!

Anyone that renews their Stronghold Membership in the month of June will get a free Hero’s Reward!  This applies to new members, as well as existing ones who want to update to the new program!

We are very happy to be bringing this cleaner and more streamlined Stronghold Member program to our customers, and we hope you are happy with the changes.  If you have any questions or concerns please let us know!

For the full details of the Stronghold Program, check out blackknightgames.ca/strong

 

BKG 10 News: Anniversary Details

We have been unveiling all kinds of changes, and new products that we are bringing in as part of our 10th Anniversary Celebration – but this is the announcement most people have been waiting to see: Our Anniversary Party and Auction!  But more than that specific day, we have a couple other fun announcements here too!

ANNIVERSARY & AUCTION PARTY

Party: Saturday, June 24, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Auction: Silent Auction Begins at 1:00pm // Live Auction Begins at 2:30pm

Party Details: During the party we will have cake, players can grab a table and play games, and you can explore our newly changed store (more on that later).  It’ll be a day to hang out with friends, and make some new ones, and just celebrate the community we have built together here at BKG!

Auction Details: Every year during our anniversary party we host an auction.  The auction provides both our customers (you) and the shop the opportunity to do some spring cleaning.  Anyone can submit items to the auction (pending BKG approval), and they get reimbursed based on how much the item sells for!  This makes for a great event where people can get something for items they don’t want, and where you can get things for a screaming good deal!

The auction is divided in to two halves: the Silent Auction, and the Live Auction.  During the Silent Auction participants can walk around, and examine the items.  They can bid on each item as well.  Any items that have at least two bids on them will be added and finished to the Live Auction at 2:30pm, where bidding will continue until we have a winner.  Any items that have only one bid on them will be sold in the Silent Auction, and will not progress to the Live Auction.  Any items with zero bids on them will either remain unsold, or will be adjusted and re-submitted during the Live Auction.

If you want to sell any items in our Auction you can!  Bring them in to BKG between now and June 22nd.  Items should be gaming-related, and fit with the types of things we sell in the store.  You will be able to set a starting bid number, so that it doesn’t sell for too little.  If you item sells you will be rewarded with 90% of the sale price in BKG Credit after the event (please allow a couple of days to process this), the other 10% will be used to cover administration expenses for the event.

So help us celebrate our 10th Anniversary and turn some stuff you don’t need anymore in to BKG Credit to get stuff you DO want!

TEN DRAWS FOR TEN YEARS!

Usually at our Anniversary Party we give away four special prizes through our Draws.  This year we are doing ten prizes (for 10 years) and letting everyone get a jump start on them by beginning them immediately!

You will get a Ballot for each $50.00 you spend at Black Knight Games between now and the draw at 5:00pm on June 22nd!  Additionally you will get a Ballot for attending the Anniversary Party & Auction!

All ten prizes will be drawn from the same pool, and the prizes will include: Dark Imperium (the new 40K Starter Set, Value: $189.99), 1x Space Hulk (Value: $149.99), 1x Age of Sigmar Starter Set (Value $149.99), Warhammer Quest: Shadows Over Hammerhall (Value: $179.99), a Flames of War army set of your choice (Value: $124.99), a Konflikt ’47 army set of your choice (Value: $154.99), Blood Bowl Core Game (Value: $119.99), a Pokemon EX , GX, or Mega box of your choice (Value: up to $59.99), a Magic: the Gathering From the Vault Lore (Value $49.99), and a $50.00 Black Knight Games gift card!  That’s over $1200 of giveaways!

TEN FLASH SALES FOR TEN YEARS!

In addition to ALL OF THAT, we will be hosting ten flash sales on specific days between now and the Anniversary Party & Auction!

The ten flash sales will be announced at close the day beforehand on our website and Facebook.  The flash sale will be for a specific game or category in the store.  Every item in that category will be 10% OFF for the entire day!

So keep your eyes on our pages, and you will get the chance to get an even better deal on your favorite games, miniatures, and accessories!

Kickstart Zombicide: Green Horde Through BKG!

CMON continues with their retailer partnership when it comes to Kickstarters, and we are very pleased to once again partner with CMON to bring you Zombicide: Green Horde!

Why Would I Do That?

Zombicide: Green Horde continues on Zombicide: Black Plague, and is a stand-alone set that can also be mixed with other Black Plague releases.  If you are interested in this exciting release, you can Kickstart it now.  However, 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, this can often be as much as $50+ Canadian!  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!
  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. Do it all for no added cost!  Our agreement with CMON requires us to sell you all pledges and add-ons at exactly the same price as the Kickstarter.  So, you will pay $120 USD (based on that days exchange rate) for any ‘Horde Pledge’, and the equivalent for any add-ons!

How Do I Pledge?

Simply come in to BKG, or give us a call, and we will sell you the pledge just like any customer order!

But, I Already Pledged Online – I Didn’t Know This Was An Option!

Kickstarter allows you to cancel Pledges before the cut off date, and CMON is really good about that kind of thing too.  Simply cancel and re-pledge with us!  Either way they’re getting the sale, and this way you gain all the above benefits!  If it’s after the cut off you can message them, explain you want to pledge with a participating partner retailer, and they shouldn’t have an issue with cancelling the pledge.

So get this amazing game, and help out your FLGS in the process!

Check Out the Rising Sun Kickstarter HERE

BKG 10 News: Hero’s Reward Program Expands

Black Knight Games, as part of our slew of 10th Anniversary Improvement announcements, is very excited to announce that we will be expanding the very popular ‘Hero’s Reward‘ program beyond just Magic: the Gathering.  Now, nearly every single game system we support with events, will be supported with our Hero’s Reward program!

Hero's Reward Stack 40kWhat are Hero’s Rewards?

For those that haven’t played in our Magic: the Gathering events over the past several years, Hero’s Rewards may be an entirely foreign concept – so what are they?  Hero’s Rewards are promotional cards that we pass out at events as prizes, participation incentives, random giveaways, etc.  Participants can then exchange a number of Hero’s Rewards for the reward of their choice!  Among the rewards are things as simple as a free booster pack, or free entry to an event, all the way up to an entire Booster Box!

For all the specific details on this program, and the available prizes, check out our recently updated BlackKnightGames.ca/Hero page.

How will this be implemented in to other games?

You will see a few immediate differences in how our events are priced, and how prizes are awarded.  First of all all events with an entry fee will also have a Hero’s Reward price (meaning you can redeem a certain number of Hero’s Rewards to join in for FREE).  Additionally, each event will usually include a method or two to earn Hero’s Rewards: sometimes it will be a participation bonus, sometimes it will be part of the prizes, and sometimes it will be a random give-away.

Some events will no longer have a discounted price for Stronghold Members, and instead members will get a Hero’s Reward.

The rewards list on the Hero’s Reward page has also been amended to include prizes for people that play games like Warhammer, Warmachine, Star Wars Destiny, and Pokémon.  There should be several prizes that each person might get excited about.

Hero's Reward Hand Amonkhet2Why Do This?

Hero’s Rewards has been, by far, our most popular and long-lasting game promotion.  Over the several years that we have run the program for our Magic players there has been an inherent value ascribed to the Hero’s Reward cards.  They’re fun, we get to change how they look, they can be traded in for so many different things, and if you don’t want the reward you can always trade it or give it to a friend!

Basically Hero’s Rewards are one of our favorite BKG promotions, and we want everyone to be able to enjoy it.

I’m a Magic player, how does this affect me?

It doesn’t really.  You will still collect them the same way, and with the exception of a couple minor modifications, all your prize options are absolutely intact.  Additionally you can now explore other gaming options as avenues to spend your Hero’s Rewards – so you have more options than ever!

We at Black Knight Games are very excited to be expanding this program, and we very much hope you enjoy it too.  If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask the staff.

PREORDER WARHAMMER 40,000 NEW EDITION NOW!

40K New Edition Flyer

BKG IS NOW TAKING PRE-ORDERS FOR THE 40K NEW EDITION!

The new edition of Warhammer 40,000 is imminent, and this looks to be an incredibly exciting release! Black Knight Games is now taking preorders for everything that will be coming on relese day – and there is a lot!

We will also be having some bundles! Here are all the details:

Dark Imperium Starter Set: $189.99
40K Hardcover Rulebook: $69.99
Five Different Index Books: $29.99 each
Objective Markers: $39.99
Wound Marker Dice: $15.99

BUNDLE #1:
Get Dark Imperium, and any Index Book of your choice for $199.99 (SAVE $20.00!)

BUNDLE #2:
Get the Hardcover 40K Rulebook and any Index Book of your choice for $89.99 (SAVE $10.00!)

ANYONE THAT PRE-ORDERS BY JUNE 10th WILL ALSO GET A HERO’S REWARD!

————————————-MEANWHILE AT BKG HEADQUARTERS————————————-

–Mike: “Wait…a Hero’s Reward?…We haven’t made that announcement yet…”

–Tim: “Yeah, as far as they know that’s just a Magic: the Gathering thing…”

–Jay: “…Well…uh…YOLO!”

BKG Featured on Geek & Sundry!

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Black Knight Games has been featured on Geek & Sundry, a well known online gaming website, that features the well known show TableTop with Wil Wheaton, as well as loads of other great stuff!

It’s an honour to have them to a story on us, especially the day before International TableTop Day – their Gamer Holiday!

You can check out the full article by Teri HERE!

BKG 10 News: Konflikt ’47 & Indie RPGs Now In-Stock!

As part of our 10 Year Celebration, we announced that we will be carrying ten new product lines for ten years in business!  We are very happy to announce two of the ten (#6 & 7) right now!:

6/10: Indie Press Revolution RPGs:

Indie RPG2Indie Press Revolution is a distributor of fringe and independent role-playing games.  They distribute interesting, and experimental RPGs with a very different feel from your standard D&D or Star Wars RPGs.

Some games like Fiasco (basically a Cohen Brothers movie script – a game where you have some crime go wrong) have become more mainstream after successes – we’ve even carried Fiasco in the shop with regularity in the past, getting it through normal distribution channels.  Both Fiasco and Dread (a horror-themed RPG where you use a Jenga tower to make skill checks, adding lots of suspense) have appeared on Wil Wheaton’s Table Top show.

Indie RPG1Black Knight Games is happy to now have an account with Indie Press Revolution, allowing us to stock some more interesting and ground-breaking RPGS.  We intend to use this account as an excuse to continue to expand our RPG section with more of the classics you know and love, more accessories, and now – some interesting fringe RPGs!

The first wave of Indie Press Revolution goodies are here including Dread and Fiasco, as well as many others.  Give a glance at the new NoteBoard item – a pretty snazzy space-saving option for your DMs in need of dry-erase space!  If you see something you want on the Indie Press Revolution website that we don’t have in stock, let us know and we can order it for you!

 

Konflikt 47

7/10: Konflikt ’47:

Konflikt2Konflikt ’47 is a Wierd-War II game by Warlord Games, set in the alternative-history world of post-WWII when humans are suddenly gifted with advanced not-of-this-world technology  -which they inevitably use to try and kill each other.  Take on the classic WWII adversaries of Germany, the Soviet Union, the USA, and the Commonwealth of Britain – but this time with the added twists of mechs, Tesla weapons, mutants, and zombies.

Konflikt3One major added bonus to Konflikt ’47 is that it shares a significant part of it’s range with another Warlord Games title: Bolt Action – which we just announced we are carrying as the third of our ten new product lines!  Which means if you have a Bolt Action force, you are already half-way to having a Konflict ’47 force!  This will be really cool for Bolt Action players as it means that you can very easily add a dash of crazy to your existing collection without spending a lot, or having to paint a ton.

Black Knight Games now has the core range of Konflikt ’47 in stock, along side our Bolt Action selection, which will give you plenty of options to start up this exciting game – several of the staff are already planning our armies 🙂

Along with the other items we are carrying from Warlord, you can always place a customer order if you’d like something a little more fringe, or something we are out of stock on, as we will be making regular orders with Warlord Games.

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Check out more BKG News for loads of exciting announcements!  #BKG10

 

BKG News: Final Fantasy TCG & Offworld Designs T-Shirts Now Available!

As part of our tenth anniversary preparations Black Knight Games has announced that we will be bringing in ten brand new product lines!  Here are the fourth and fifth:

OffWorld Designs

Offworld Designs T-Shirts & Accessories

Offworld1Offworld Designs makes some great T-shirts and accessories for gamer culture featuring clever and funny designs.  In their extensive catalog they have designs for Firefly, Malifaux, Star Wars, Roleplaying, and all kinds of nerdy references.

Black Knight Games has brought in a selection of our favorites from Offworld Designs, including eight T-Shirt designs, in four sizes, two hats, some dice bags, and a fun ‘Bag of Holding’ messenger bag.

In addition to the items that we have in stock, we will be able to order and of their designs, in any style and size (sweaters, ladies Ts, etc.)  So if you see something that is on their site the speaks directly to you – we can get it for you!

Final Fantasy 2

Final Fantasy TCG

Final Fantasy1The Final Fantasy Trading Card Game is set in the Final Fantasy universe, and explores the stories of many of the story lines featured in the video game.

The Finaly Fantasy TCG was released this past December in North America – but supply was brutally low.  At the time we were interested in carrying it, but we couldn’t get more than a box or two – so rather than make many people disappointed we elected to wait until their supply issues were resolved.

Final Fantasy 3That wait is over.

Black Knight Games will have stock of the new Opus II set, as well as the three current starter decks featuring the characters from Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy VIII, and Final Fantasy VII !

So for anime fans, and lovers of this storied video game series give this game a look!  It will be available in store this week.

 

 

BKG 10 News: Bolt Action Now in Stock!

Black Knight Games is thrilled to announce the third new product line that we are bringing in as part of our Year 10 Celebration: Bolt Action!

Bolt Action Logo

Bolt Action 1Bolt Action is a World War II table top miniatures game, scaled to 28mm (roughly the scale of games like Warhammer and Warmachine).  It is managed by the biggest companies in historicals: Warlord Games.  The game has loads of minis to choose from, and a ton of excellent plastic kits.

You can find out all about Bolt Action on the Warlord Games website.

We will be making regular orders with them, so if you see something you want from Bolt Action, or any of the other Warlord ranges like Black Powder, Dr Who, Pike and Shotte, and Hail Caesar, we will be able to order them in for you!

Bolt Action 2We’ve dabbled a little bit with Bolt Action in the past, but it’s been some time, so we are thrilled to be bringing in a large core range, which is officially in stock at BKG as of today!

Come on in and check out our new Bolt Action display, which includes the Band of Brothers Starer Set, Starter Sets for other armies as well, the Order Dice, and a bunch of tanks and infantry for the Soviet Union, Germany, the British, and good ol’ USA.  The Bolt Action Rulebook is also in stock – of course!

One additional feature of Bolt Action, that we think is pretty cool, is that it combines with another title from Warlod: Konflict ’47 (an alternate history Wierd War game set in post-WWII with mechs and robots) – so if you buy German Grenadiers they are usable in two games.

You: “But Jay, you don’t carry Konflict ’47!”

Jay: “Ah, well that is true…for now…”

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