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“Jersey Jack” Guarnieri, of Jersey Jack Pinball showing off his new Frolic’s Arcade shirt as the first Dialed In machines get ready to leave his factory. I had told Jack I’d send him a shirt to commemorate the first Jersey Jack Pinball making its way to my arcade.

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Dialed In is expected this summer.

Adam West passed this week at the age of 88.

I’m heartened by the life he lived, and the love he felt from his fans. I also take a bit of comfort in knowing his involvement in the Batman pinball game was one of his final bits of work.

My Batman was a limited edition, #13, and signed by Adam West himself. It will always be a special machine.

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Batman LE from Stern, based on the classic TV series.

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Every LE was named after an individual episide or batgadget. Mine was Episode 13: The Thirteenth Hat, which we coincidentally received delivery on Friday the 13th of January!!

The LE also features a very cool topper.

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For our annual halloween party I dressed up as the World’s Greatest Arcade Op.

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I wrote a show report for Pinball News of my trip to the Vancouver FlipOut Pinball Expo

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Click here to read it

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I will be traveling to Vancouver for their Flip Out expo happening in September. Over 130 pinball machines will be playable, plus lots of guest speakers from the industry will be there.

I also look forward to meeting in real life many pinball contacts I’ve made on the west coast.

If you will be at the show feel free to say hello and introduce yourself!

I never realized an article about my little arcade could turn into a world wide viral thing. It leaves me in a weird place because now I’ve had hundreds of requests from people to visit, when this isn’t a business and I’m not trying to monetize it. Obviously a real brick & mortar business would have loved all the attention, but I don’t know what to do with it.

Then came more media requests and TV requests. I’ll have to let the dust settle before I decide what I will do next. In the meantime I will continue to update this site as a blog about what I do with my arcade.

There’s been interest in the arcade due to the Toronto Life article. As mentioned, the arcade is a private collection, but on occasion we’ve opened it up for a charity night. I’ve created an email address for people interested to be put on a list.

You can email your interest to:

guestlistrequest@frolicsarcade.com

Outside of this, this isn’t a business, so it isn’t available for private bookings or rentals.

Other places to play:

There are multiple leagues that play regularly in and around Toronto:

Toronto Pinball League – plays every Monday at venues around the GTA.

City Pinball – Plays regularly in Toronto.

Bluff’s Pinball League – Plays regularly in Scarborough

DRAPL Pinball League – Plays regularly in Durham and east of Toronto.

There is also

The Church of the Silver Ball – Open most weekends in Mississauga.

Happy Flipping!

Frolic’s Arcade was recently featured in Toronto Life.

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Made an animated gif of the arcade…

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Invited some people over to check out the new Ghostbusters and enjoy a night of pinball.

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Some footage of the new Ghostbusters game. Pay special attention to the magnet “ghost” slings.

My Ghostbusters LE has arrived. This is a brand new 2016 pinball but based on the original 80s movies.

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The world premiere of the new pinball documentary featuring 2016 PAPA World Champion Robert Gagno took place in Toronto. Robert & his father Maurizio were invited to visit Frolic’s Arcade, and they came with the filmmakers of Wizard Mode to play some pinball.

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Pinball News article

A feature article for Pinball News covered the visit and the premiere.

Some recent pics of the arcade in full glory

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Here is a video showing the Crazy Lights in more detail

I had a vision for installing a floor to ceiling mirror at the far wall of my arcade game room. Had it professionally installed. Literally makes the room look twice as long. The room is 40′ long, currently with 14 pins along the wall.

I also installed LED lights along the top, which run along the 3 other walls and are mirrored, creating the super long room effect.

Even when you are standing in the room, knowing you are looking at a mirror, it still confuses you.

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Latest addition to Frolic’s Arcade: Game of Thrones LE. This was the first LE delivered in the world!

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Our last charity night was a success, having raised over $1000, so we are doing it again. Hopefully my Game of Thrones LE will be here in time!

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I am hosting a launch party for the new Full Throttle. It is also a fundraiser for the Geneva Centre for Autism, which is a great resource for families with autism providing family education and support, social skill building groups, an early intervention program, behaviour/communication analysis and intervention planning, parent, sibling and peer support groups, family resource services, adult support groups, respite and so much more.

All games will be on token play with 100% of all money raised donated. I will be donating all machines, upkeep and also snacks. Water and soft drinks will be $2. I hope that it raises a lot of money.

The hours are 5pm to 10pm.

Game Lineup:

Pinballs:
Full Throttle – Heighway Pinball’s brand new game! Play it here first!
The Walking Dead LE
Mustang LE
Metallica (Premium)
Star Trek LE
Avengers Hulk LE
Tron
Spider-Man
Batman Dark Knight
AC/DC (Premium)
The Simpsons Pinball Party
Medieval Madness (2015 Remake)
Iron Man (Vault Edition)

Video Games:
Pac-Man’s Arcade Party (Namco) featuring Pac-Man, Galaga, Dig Dug & more

Space is limited so you must rsvp to the email address on the flyer and if you need directions they will be given by email. I am located in Toronto near Wilson subway station and am TTC accessible.

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I had the extremely good fortune of receiving the very first Full Throttle game delivered to any customer in the world from Heighway Pinball in the UK.

Heighway is a brand new pinball company promising all new games with all new technology.

The new game has arrived and plays great and we will be having a Toronto launch party for it.

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As of today:

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Pinballs:
The Walking Dead (LE)
Mustang (LE)
Metallica (Premium)
Avengers Hulk (LE)
Star Trek (LE)
Medieval Madness (LE)
Iron Man (Vault Edition)
The Simpsons Pinball Party
Tron
Batman Dark Knight
Spider-Man
AC/DC (Premium)

Vids:
Pac-Man’s Arcade Party

Iron Man (Vault Edition) joins the lineup.

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Arguably the #1 rated pinball of all time has arrived!

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Ordering some t-shirts. Some with optional STAFF on the back. Must be worn with cut-off jeans or track pants.

While I’m primarily a pinball arcade, I did have room for 1 upright arcade machine. I looked at multi-cade units but settled for a licensed Namco Pac Man machine featuring 13 licensed Namco games, set for coin-op play. The cabinet fit perfect near the entrace with the jukebox, fridge and token machine.

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I’ve had a long standing desire to put all my machines onto tokens, just like a real old school arcade. I managed to find a working token dispenser that will accept money.

I think it will be fun to host a charity night, where all money inserted into the machine will be donated to XYZ charity. People play for real money, with a pocket of coins, Replays actually mean something, and people can feel good about it because it is all going to a worthy cause.

Some people raise money for their favorite charities by holding events or galas, me… I open up my arcade for charity :).