It has been a whirlwind of madness in the arcade life. Between wrapping up projects, considering new ones, fighting off illness, celebrating birthdays, trying to maintain cursed machines and a semblance of a social life - summer of 2019 was a myriad of insanity.
The event hall wrapped up at the start of summer and we were excited to begin hosting tournaments and events once again. The space is breathtaking for anyone who has an appreciation for Nintendo culture (or graffiti art in general!). The warehouse has undergone such a transformation from when it was signed into our possession. We're really thankful to have worked with very talented people who helped bring the space to life! We now regularly hold Super Smash Bros. tournaments every Sunday, folks are celebrating birthdays weekly, and other sporadic events have graced the new hall. I'm really looking forward to what's on the horizon!
We've also been busy adding/swapping machines on the arcade floor! Over the summer we acquired a new warehouse location where we are now storing our overflow machines and where we can really tear machines apart when the need arises. This was very beneficial after losing all the built-in warehouse space we had at WSM. This summer, we saw some new arcades hit the floor such as the new Initial D 8 and Jubeat, both imports. We also brought Joust and Ghost Squad to the arcade to spice things up. Indianapolis Pinball kept everyone on their toes with a great summer selection as well! Not only did we have Circus Voltaire but we were graced with the brand new Munsters pin!
As winter approaches, we have plans in the works to do some machine swapping. Jurassic Park needs some TLC and will be coming off the floor VERY soon to be replaced by a game of similar size. Power Stone needs a monitor swap and because of the nature of the monitor bracket, it's going to be complicated, so it will have to leave for awhile, to be replaced by another fighting game. We also hear Indianapolis Pinball has some swaps coming very soon as well.
Some of the most personally exciting things for me have been Pokemon related! Early summer, we were able to host a Detective Pikachu event where we teamed up with The Owens Group to pass out tickets for the new movie, held trivia games, played Pokemon Stadium mini games, and handed out Pokemon goodies. Everyone had a blast and we made a lot of great friends! It really reminded me of the early 2000's when Burger King would host events when they were giving out Pokemon toys and those sweet gold Pokemon cards. Blissful memories indeed!
At the end of the summer, we were happy to announce we were accepted as a PokeStop! Castleton Square Mall has several stops and a gym, so we were very pleased to join the ranks. If you find yourself at the arcade on the weekend, ask if the Empress is in and I will be happy to trade or battle with you! I'm also quick to throw lures on the stop to help fellow trainers.
A LOT of people have been asking us when and where we are going to open a second location. That's a great question. The mysterious second location is confirmed in the works. We are saving up machines, money, and sleep to prepare for the day, but at this time, we're still scoping locations. There's a lot we are keeping our eye on - the economy, the health of retail (we depend on malls to thrive), and the eruption of other entertainment options. We've had offers from malls in other states and a couple from in-state. It's all very humbling and a little overwhelming as we reach our 4 year anniversary. One thing I can assure you is that this hypothetical location won't be announced for awhile. We want to make sure our Castleton location is settled and we're happy with the game selection before making any moves. Keep touching base with us and we'll be sure to make an announcement once the time comes. We don't want to disappoint anyone!
The holidays are quickly barreling down on us - sure it's November but that's prime holiday season in the retail/mall world - and we have been busy stocking up on consoles and games. We want to be sure we are prepared for this buying season. What would be better than getting your significant other that boxed retro console they never got as a kid? As I mentioned previously, we're also trying to get all the machines maintained and swapped before the bad weather hits, so expect some changes coming soon! We hope to see you around soon!
My name is Phylicia! I also go by Arcade Empress if you find me online in games or other forums. I am the Empress of Boss Battle Games (I'm serious, it's my legal title!) and wife/best friend to Dustin/Zoex/Emperor of Boss Battle Games. Together, we've been cutting years off our life to keep this arcade running as smoothly as possible and while growing it and adding new and exciting things.