Ghosts N’ Goblins November Arcade Contest

Many of you out there wanted us to put on a pinball tournament for all of the millions of non-business owner people out there in the world. Well, we can’t do that (especially during a pandemic), but maybe this is the next best thing.

Throughout the month of November we are holding a contest in our game, specifically for the game Ghosts N’ Goblins (which is a game on the Joust arcade machine). How fun! The highest scorers on this game throughout the month of November will get bragging rights and some prizes:

This contest is open to everyone, however normal arcade rules still apply. We are going back to limiting occupancy to 4 this month, masks required. To enter our arcade it is $5 entry, or free with a purchase of $10 or more in our store.

For some helpful tips and tricks on this game or some discussion, you might want to check our underground pinball forum. We will announce the winners at the end of the month and keep track of the high scorers on a board somewhere inside our store. Good luck!

Downtown Pinball Tournament Round One Final Scores, Round Two Begins Today

Okay NOW that we’ve gotten the mayor’s emergency order extending round one of our pinball tournament out of the way, we can finally post the results of round one and move on to round two. Round one was a lot of fun, it was great getting over 30 local businesses on board participating, there were a few twists and turns, and a lot of fun was had. Here are the final scores for round one, the names in bold are moving on to the next round. We took the three highest scoring losers to move on to the next round as well to compete in a bracket of their own.

Also pictured above you can see what we have mapped out for round two, which features the game No Good Gofers and runs from today, September 10th through September 19th.

WILLOW & BIRCH = 5,940,070
SPRINGFIELD VINTAGE = 25,537,780

GALLINA’S PIZZA = 4,558,300
CORRINE’S CLOSET = 0

MAYOR LANGFELDER = 33,647,500
RESOURCE ONE = 28,523,470

KRISTI MITCHELL PHOTOGRAPHY = 11,955,060
LA PIAZZA = 8,621,670

REVERIE APPAREL = 24,216,290
PRAIRIE ARCHIVES = 29,513,160

GOOD HEART TATTOO = 4,654,640
ABRAHAM LINCOLN = 0

DAISY JANE’S = 5,495,790
DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD INC. = 16,804,280

MURPHY’S LOFT = 3,257,070
CUSTOM CUP = 31,538,560

THE PHARMACY GALLERY = 41,024,650
PURE PERFORMANCE FITNESS CENTER = 19,372,710

WILD ROSE = 9,277,470
PUBLIC MARKET = 19,125,210

BUZZ BOMB = 16,348,680
HARRIS LAW CENTER = 7,925,240

SECURITY BANK = 0
ARLINGTON’S = 25,063,020

INNOVATE SPRINGFIELD = 13,052,300
HEAD WEST = 28,841,160

CRAFT BEER BAR = 55,215,180
STAUNZTASTIC ART = 16,347,400

ANVIL & FORGE = 34,306,260
UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE = 48,028,140

FERRY & ASSOCIATES = 0
THE SAA COLLECTIVE = 21,752,090

LONG NINE JUNCTION = 5,050,470
UPTOWN LOOKS = 4,454,210

OLD STATE CAPITOL = 23,100,370

Mayor Langfelder Issues Emergency Order Extending Downtown Pinball Tournament Round One To Today

Can you believe it, you may have seen this news going viral on the internet last night / this morning, but if not – the unexpected has happened: last night mayor Jim Langfelder showed up to our store with this signed Emergency Order extending round one of our pinball tournament one more day. Then he proceeded to go into the arcade, and set a new high score of over 33 million, currently beating Recourse One here in the first round. Downtown Springfield Inc. caught a video of some of this happening.

We were going to post a big update for the first round today, but now that is pushed back tomorrow. You can expect an updated tournament bracket and clear schedule for the rest of the tournament tomorrow. Follow our facebook page for daily updates on the tournament.

Lincoln’s Legends: “Why Is Everyone Flipping Out Over Dumb Pinball?”

Thank you to our friends once again at Lincoln’s Legends for doing a quick piece on our big Downtown Pinball Tournament and how it came about. The article called “Flipping Out Over Dumb Pinball” has a nice little write-up on the idea of the tournament, and a 18 minute or so long interview or phone conversation where we are kind of goofing off. You can check that all out on the Lincoln’s Legends site right here. From the article:

The record store is open until 7 pm and Brian mentioned that many business owners will stop on thier way home to check out the store as well as their “competition”. Many even choose to visit during their lunch breaks. The bracket is massive and takes up most of the left wall across from the counter. This close proximity almost forces engagement.

The final round of our big pinball tournament is TODAY. This means we expect a lot of last minute scores to be rolling in today, and we will also likely post a big update including an updated and revised tournament bracket tomorrow to clearly map out the remaining rounds.

We Are Organizing A Downtown Springfield Pinball Tournament

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Yes, that’s right you heard that correctly. After getting multiple suggestions that we should do something like this, we are having a go at organizing a pinball tournament among downtown businesses, to kick off within the week. This will be a very socially distant tournament – business owners or representatives can come in to the arcade at any point to set their own scores without any sort of group in the arcade. This will be a double elimination style tournament with multiple rounds, and different games featured in each round.

We will be keeping track of scores and posting updates on our facebook page, as well as keeping a giant updated winners bracket in our score. Right now the tournament’s first round is shaping up as follows:

1. WILLOW & BIRCH vs. SPRINGFIELD VINTAGE
2. GALLINA’S PIZZA vs. CORRINE’S CLOSET
3. MAYOR LANGFELDER vs. RESOURCE ONE
4. KRISTI MITCHELL PHOTOGRAPHY vs. LA PIAZZA
5. REVERIE APPAREL vs. PRAIRIE ARCHIVES
6. GOOD HEART TATTOO vs. ABRAHAM LINCOLN
7. DAISY JANE’S vs. DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD INC.
8. MURPHY’S LOFT vs. CUSTOM CUP
9. THE PHARMACY GALLERY vs. PURE PERFORMANCE FITNESS CENTER
10. WILD ROSE vs. PUBLIC MARKET

Round 1 features the most popular pinball game Medieval Madness, and participants have from August 21st through September 6th to set their high scores.

The winner of the tournament will get an official “downtown Springfield pinball champion 2020” trophy to put on display in their own business.

Who do you think is going to win? Place your bets now on our online underground pinball forum.

Arcade Page Added To Our Website

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This is just a post to let you know that we updated our website to include an “arcade page” which you can find as a top level page on the main menu bar. Or find it right here.

Right now the page is basic info, rules and regulations about our arcade. Maybe we will keep building it to include an FAQ section of frequently asked questions we get about the arcade or games. We will also update it as our capacity, hours, or regulations change as the months go on.

Be sure to also check out our underground pinball forum.

The State Journal-Register: “Dumb Records, Arlington’s Open Arcades”

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Well what do you know would you look at that! We made the Sunday paper! Pretty cool! As you can see, in the State-Journal Register today there is the article “Dumb Records, Arlington’s Open Arcades.” From the article:

The “Dumb Arcade” is hidden away in the back of the record store’s live event space in a dark room.

Once there, customers are greeted with the sight and sounds of 10 machines, including a sit down racing game, 4 stand up classic arcade games, and 5 pinball machines.

Dumb Records owner Brian Galecki said the concept came from business partner Jeff Black.

You can check out the full article online right here, or pick up a copy of the State Journal-Register at various places around town.

Our arcade is open every day the same time as our store, from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm.

Lincoln’s Legends Podcast: “Ready Player Dumb”

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Our buddies over at Lincoln’s Legends podcast did a nice blog post on our new arcade called “Ready Player Dumb”. Check that out on the Lincoln’s Legends site right here. From the post:

I am a life long advocate for the technology, the world-building/ storytelling, and the mental escape video games provide. At a time when the world feels like it’s spinning out of control, I am eager for the opportunity to escape inside a cabinet and bask in the warm glow of nostalgia.

Much like the video game designers who brought joy to my childhood the team and Dumb Records designed a world of their own, and after many long months of planning and repairs, they are now ready to share it with all of you.

Thanks Lincoln’s Legends! Our arcade is open every day from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm and has been going very well!

Our Arcade Is Now Open + July Store Updates

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Yesterday, we made a surprise announcement that our arcade is now open to the public. That’s right, 10 games – (1 sit down racing game, 4 stand up classic arcade games, and 5 pinball machines), all waiting for you. Along with that announcement, we announced that we are upping our store hours to 11:00 am to 7:00 pm for now. The arcade is open during all of those hours as well, and we are testing things out with the arcade this month and will make adjustments if needed. For now, here is how we are doing things with our arcade:

👾 We currently have 10 games (5 pinball / 5 arcade).
👾 Entry is $5 or with $10 of any purchase in the store.
👾 All games are set to free / unlimited play (no quarters).
👾 We are limiting arcade occupancy to 4 at a time.
👾 Use hand sanitizer before and after entering

And here is a breakdown of some changes with the store:

💿 Face masks are now REQUIRED to enter
💿 Our hours are increased to 11am-7pm every day
💿 We are limiting to no more than 10 inside the building

One other thing! Now would be a good time to tell you all that we also will be open for July 4th this year (tomorrow)! We figure since we are now debuting the arcade and most normal Fourth of July activities are cancelled, we should be open.

Join us for some pinball and arcade chat on our forum! Now let’s play some games!