12 Games of Christmas 2019

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, but this year we have added four additional games from the ‘Naughty List’:

$22.99

RHINO HERO

One of our favourite kids & family games.  In Rhino Hero players take turns stacking folded cards to make a tower, and they want to be the super hero that climbs up the highest!

It’s all the fun of Jenga, with more interesting strategy, and an awesome theme!

$19.99

ILLUSION

In Illusion players take turns drawing a card with a colorful pattern on it.  They must then add it to the sequence of cards based entirely on how much of a specific colour it has in it!

Don’t let your eyes fool you – while this game is simple, it is very fun and you’ll often be surprised by it!

$19.99

DUNGEON MAYHEM

Dungeon Mayhem is a fast and fun adventure card game where players battle it out to emerge victorious through a whirlwind of attacks and defenses.  Set in the Dungeons & Dragons world, Dungeon Mayhem is easy to learn, but provides loads of replayability – especially with the recent release of an expansion that adds two new classes!

It’s easy to see why Dungeon Mayhem was our #1 Top Selling Board Game in 2019!

$39.99ea

UNLOCK ADVENTURES (4 VARIANTS)

Using a clever app the Unlock Games provide an escape-room experience right in your very own living room.  Solve the mystery before that pesky clock hits zero!

The Unlock! series has been a hit for the past couple years.  They have re-designed the box to include three adventures for the price of one in the new Adventures series!

$29.99

A FAKE ARTIST GOES TO NEW YORK

From Japanese company Oink Games, A Fake Artist Goes to New York provides hilarious gameplay for 5-10 players.  Everyone takes turns adding just a bit to a piece of art.  The catch?  One person is a fake and doesn’t actually know what we’re trying to draw!

This is one of the games the staff here are really excited about this holiday season – we think it’s just perfect for those family gatherings!

$39.99

SHOBU

Shobu is an elegant and simple strategy game.  Players move a piece on one board, and then mirror it on another with the goal of pushing all the pieces of their opponent off the board.

If you have someone in your life that loves a good game of chess, or the simplicity of a zen garden, this is the game for them.

$16.99

LOVE LETTER

Love Letter is a simple social deduction card game where players try to claim the hand of the princess by eliminating their rivals.  The gameplay is quick and simple, but every game is different.  With a beautiful new edition, this game has even more fun packed in than ever before.

This is truly a game for everyone, and it is one of our all time best sellers!

$29.99

ZOMBIE KIDZ EVOLUTION

In Zombie Kidz Evolution is a ‘Legacy’ game for kids, where the story advances from mission to mission, game to game as players create their own tale of zombie survival – starting at school and making their escape.

This is one of the very best kids games of the past few years, and it’s even designed by a Canadian company!  We highly recommend it as a game to play with your kids.

$24.99

LETTER JAM

Letter Jam is a co-operative word-game, where players try to figure out which secret letters they have in front of them by getting clues from teammates.  Players will have to balance their clues to give information to all players, as the only way to win is by having everyone find their secret word.

Letter Jam has been a favourite of the staff the past couple month, don’t even get Phil started he loves it so much!

$34.99

JUST ONE

Just One is a cooperative party game that is so simple it’s genius.  Players take turns as the guesser, needing to guess a secret word.  Players each provide a one-word clue to the guesser, but if anyone comes up with the same clue it’s eliminated.  Can your clue be vague enough to help, without being so obvious that someone else comes up with the same one?

Winner of ‘Game of the Year’ at the world famous Speil de Jares this year, Just One is an instant classic – at home on anyone’s game shelf.

$29.99

HIGH SOCIETY

In High Society players take the role of a member of the wealthy-elite, hobnobbing and buying up ridiculously self-indulgent items as a sign of wealth.  Though an auction system players must balance showing off their wealth, with not over-spending – after all, what good is showing off that wealth if you end up a pauper?

High Society is the kind of game where players can’t help but fall in to the roll of a fancy member of the upper crust, it’s simple and 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 other’s collection!  The cards are charming, the art is adorable, and the quality is high.

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

 The Naughty List

$34.99

UNSTABLE UNICORNS NSFW

This version has all the hilarious gameplay of the game described above – only it’s got the kind of childish language and humour that makes it only for adults.  Not recommended for kids.

Reason for being on the Naughty List: Very Inappropriate Language for such a nice Unicorn.

$24.99

TATTOO STORIES

In Tattoo Stories players compete with fellow tattoo artists to deliver the final tattoo design to a customer.  Will your design be abstract?  Beautiful?  Sentimental?  Did you remember to include that Baby Yoda in the background?  Ultimately the customer will decide on their design that most fulfills their wishes.

Reason for being on the Naughty List: Mrs. Clause isn’t quite down with that new neck tattoo of yours.

$39.99

DISNEY’S VILLAINOUS

In Villainous you play an iconic Disney Villain with your own scheme for victory.  Foil other villains utilizing the heros from their famous tales to prove once and for all who is the ultimate bad-guy!

Reason for being on the Naughty List: Poisoned apples, stolen voices, it’s all right here in the evidence your honour…

$29.99

PERSONALLY INCORRECT

In Personally Incorrect players compete to satisfy the judge with the most insulting, dirty, or brazen answer to a question.  If you love Cards Against Humanity, but want a personal twist – at a cheaper price, this game is for you!  Not recommended for kids.

Reason for being on the Naughty List: Insults and cruelty will never get you on the nice list…no matter how hilarious and fun they are.

Don’t forget, if you get ANY of our 12 Games of Christmas or the four games on the Naughty List 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 this Holiday Season!

New Board Game Collector Card

We are very excited to be giving our board game customers another reason to support their Friendly Local Game Store: Introducing the Board Game Collector card!

How does it work?

It’s super simple: Buy Games – Get Games! Whenever you buy a board game from us worth at least $20 (well…$19.99) you’ll earn a stamp. You get a second stamp if the game is $50-$100, and a third if it’s more than $100 (all prices are pre-tax). Once you hit eleven stamps you’re golden – and get to redeem the card for up to $50.00 off a board game purchase!

The card is free, so be sure to ask for one next time you buy a game – and thank you for supporting your FLGS 😉

A Day of Thrones

With the big final season about to premier we couldn’t be more excited about Game of Thrones!  What better way to celebrate than an entire day of gaming in Westeros?

Join us for Game of Thrones gaming throughout the day, leading up to a communal viewing of the first episode of the last season after close.

When: Sunday, April 14,

Gaming: 2:00pm – 8:30pm
Viewing: 9:00pm – 10:00pm (Must be 17+)

Details:

We will be hosting pick-up games of the A Song of Ice & Fire, including intros, a session or two of the incredible A Game of Thrones Board Game, and games of The Game of Thrones LCG!

Normally we close at 5pm on Sunday, but for A Day of Thrones we will be hanging out past close to game – and of course enjoy the premier of A Game of Thrones S08E01!

Entry Fee: There us no static entry fee for the event, anyone can hang out and play games, but we may throw together a little tournament or two, maybe even a little something fun for the viewing too…

Prizes & Giveaways: We’ll have some fun prizes, and have a bunch of Promos for the Game of Thrones LCG to pass out to players as well!

Potion Explosion Tournament

Black Knight Games is very excited to be offering another special board game event, our Potion Explosion Tournament!  Potion Explosion is a great game for games, kids, and families – so truly anyone can participate for a crack at some cool swag.

When: Sunday, April 7th, 12:00pm (Registration begins at 11am)

Entry Fee: $10.00

Bring: Your enthusiastic self, and if you have one – a copy of Potion Explosion

Prize Pool: We’re very excited to have a Potion Explosion OP Kit full of cool promos in our prize pool.  We always put all entry fees in to a prize pool, and in this case subtract the OP kit – the remaining prize pool (if any) will be distributed to the top players in the form of store credit.

Any details regarding the specific tournament rules or rulings should be directed to our tournament organizer: Jenna!

Knights & Hooligans Board Game Night

Have your Tuesdays been filled with boring routine?  Have you forgotten how to have fun with friends and family?  The Hearty Hooligan and Black Knight Games are excited to announce the end to those winter blues with weekly game nights hosted down at The Hearty Hooligan Tuesday evenings starting soon!  Its time to riot around some good food, good games and good people!

The How:  The 1st Tuesday of every month, a Black Knight Games staff will be in house at the Hearty Hooligan to restock the game selection and demo the hot games for the month!  Then, join in on the fun every Tuesday down on beautiful Ottawa St. for some mouth-watering meals and desserts, hot and cold drinks and memory makin’ with friends and family!

The When:  Tuesdays, starting March 12, 2019, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

The Where: The Hearty Hooligan, 292 Ottawa St N, Hamilton, ON L8H 3Z9

Entry: Free

Prizes:  Gift Cards, Swag, Draw Ballots

Bring your appetite for food and fun!

Board Game Tournament: Blood Rage

Black Knight Games is very excited to be offering the first in, what we hope to be, a regular series of board game tournaments.  We kick things off with CMON’s Viking Masterpiece: Blood Rage!

When: Sunday, March 31st, 12:00pm (Registration begins at 11am)

Entry Fee: $10.00

Bring: Your enthusiastic self, and if you have one – a copy of Blood Rage!

Prize Pool: We’re very excited to have a Blood Rage OP Kit full of cool promos in our prize pool.  We always put all entry fees in to a prize pool, and in this case subtract the OP kit – the remaining prize pool (if any) will be distributed to the top players in the form of store credit.

Any details regarding the specific tournament rules or rulings should be directed to our tournament organizer: Jenna!

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!