Today we are announcing us doing something a little new that might kiiiinda be the next step for us as we ease back in to some type of normalcy and are eventually able to host shows again. Starting NOW we are open to booking private parties at the Dumb Records arcade after or before our regular store hours. (Our store is now open every day from 11:30 am to 6:00 pm at 418 E Monroe Street downtown).
We are now doing a limited offer of $50 an hour to rent out our venue and arcade spaces for private parties up up to 12 persons. You can come in the store to talk to us about reserving calendar space, or email us at email@example.com or give us a call at 217-691-8991. This is a limited offer and we are trying things out, so we could change our policies on private parties in the future!
We finally feel that it is time… to announce… our next contest to happen at the arcade!! It’s been a while since we have done anything like this due to us being cautious in re-opening things fully. We feel that for the month of April it’s time to hold another contest to see who can get the highest score on a certain game, and for this month it is going to be: FISH TALES PINBALL.
This contest is open to everyone, and you can try as many times as you would like to get a Fish Tales high score. Normal arcade entry rules apply: entry is $5 or free with purchase of $10 or more in our store. We are limiting arcade occupancy to 6 persons right now.
Throughout the month, the first place highest score will receive: $100 in downtown gift certificates to locations including Good Heart Tattoo, The Elf Shelf, and La Piazza. Second place prize will receive a lava lamp. Third place price will receive a free Dumb Records t-shirt.
You better get practicing! The contest will be throughout the month of April, ending at the end of the 30th, but we will accept score entries starting today. If you are looking for some Fish Tale tricks and trips, you better check out our underground pinball discussion forum! Good luck!
November is over. We extended November through the end of February for our Ghost N’ Goblins Arcade Contest, so now it’s really over. Now that it’s over over, that’s a wrap on our first ever arcade contest (finally)! Here are the high scorers (official):
KOLTON – 164,300 LUIS P – 160,900 ZAXXON – 61,500 JIM W – 52,000 CONNOR S – 24,700 TYLER S – 18,300 TOM R – 16,700 LANNY D – 12,300 GREG – 7,700 SAM R – 4,500
Wow! Congrats to all of these winners out there. Kolton and Luis P come on down to our office to claim your prizes! Kolton gets $100 in downtown gift certificates for places including Prairie Archives, Jerk Shop Go, Whimsey Tea Company, and Custom Cup.
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:
Second highest score will receive a $20 Dumb Records gift card.
Third highest score will receive a Dumb Records t-shirt.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.