Knight Works was founded in 2000 by Don Lloyd when he started work on a fantasy wargame called Shadow Wars. Slowly, Don gained support from some of the local gamers in his area. When he released Shadow Wars in 2001, it was a self-published game that was entirely produced by hand. The campaign setting that the game was based on had been a passion project of Don’s for roughly twenty years. It started out as a campaign for a role-playing game and then migrated into a simple shareware game that was released back in 1993. The game even had a short prototype run for a living card game, but funding could not be secured back then. Throughout each of the different incarnations more of the history, setting and overall game atmosphere has been developed.
A lot of time has passed since that first release of Shadow Wars. Our group has gone through a lot of changes. Friends have come and gone, people have been married, families started, and everyone went about their normal lives. Don took a break from designing back in 2003 and got married himself and started a family. But the pull to get back into game design grabbed a hold of Don in 2007 and the group was back together to fire up the Legends of Syrrith design. We had some problems with the overall flow of the game and mechanics, and it was unfortunately put on hold. The last thing any of us want to do is to rush an unfinished game out into the world. Our group takes pride in the designs and ideas that we work on. I always promised everyone that no game would ever be rushed out the door like other games I have seen in the past. This has caused a few of our designs to sit on the proverbial workbench for several years.
From our humble beginnings, Knight Works has become a successful independent board game publisher. As we take on new designers and release new games, our goal is to provide fun, entertaining board games that are highly thematic. We promise to never compromise on quality and intend to develop interesting games for years to come.
Thank you so much for your interest and support!
The Knight Works Team