The GALLOPING GHOST ARCADE opened on Friday, August 13, 2010, with a collection of 130 games. We offered all day entry for only $15. Many of the arcade cabinets were rescued from the verge of destruction and restored for everyone to enjoy. Now that we have been open for more than three years, we offer more than 400 arcade games and are possibly the largest arcade in the world. Gamers travel from around the world to come play the arcade titles that many thought they would never see again, as well as to participate in unique events. We offer so much to the people who play here and we continuously strive to to make the place better. We are looking to everyone in the community to help us grow into the gaming utopia we hope to become. We thank you for all your support and help in making this happen.
As the arcade continues to grow, our main issue has always been space. We are bursting at the seams with 413 arcade games, and we need more room to continue to grow. We have already worked out an agreement with the building's landlord and the current business that resides in between our main arcade floor and the pinball area, and they are both open to letting us move into the space as long as we help relocate their existing business elsewhere. A build out will be needed to join the three areas into what will ultimately be a true gaming utopia.
Chicago has always been an amazing city for pinball, and pinball is always being requested here at the Galloping Ghost Arcade. While we currently have 10 machines, we want to expand and grow our collection to meet the requests of our loyal pinball players. Our goal is to bring 30+ more pinball machines to the arcade and have them accessible to everyone all the time (currently, pinball is only open when we are staffed for it, as it is in a separate building). We will deliver the same top quality experience as we do with our video arcades with making sure everything is playing great, running events and tournaments, and having a consistent flow of new pinball titles coming to the floor. With so many pinball players, leagues, and industry celebrities, pinball is a great way to continue to grow with our customers requests.
PC Gaming and Console Gaming: To round out the gaming experience at the Galloping Ghost Arcade, we want to expand our console gaming area! Currently our gaming room has the newest systems, and we do offer several of the classic consoles, but we look to better represent the evolution of gaming from arcade to home console. So many great discussions happen almost daily about how someone had played the console version over the arcade version, and growing our classic systems and games inventory would allow everyone to better illustrate the comparisons and really show a true history of gaming. While our main focus will always be arcade games, console gaming can compliment arcade gaming incredibly well.
PC gaming is another area we would like to explore and offer to our players. With PC gaming, the machines we will purchase can benefit the arcade in multiple ways, which allows us to get the most value out of them. Newer systems will allow players to play all the newest PC games in a great environment that their systems at home may not be able to run. Having classic PCs on hand will allow players to play classic PC games that may not run on new hardware. PC gaming is in great demand and can be difficult to offer in a business commerce environment, but in our way of using it to compliment arcade gaming, it should really stand out.
The PCs will also allow our customers internet access as well as provide our arcade players with more arcade streaming opportunities. Also, the PC systems will also be used in our gaming education and development, thus giving us a lot of applications for the PCs themselves.
While we have a great location, we hear that it can be difficult for some of our guests to make it out to the arcade or events. In the past we have run the GHOST SHUTTLE: a van that drove out to specific pick up locations and brought guests to the arcade and then back at the end of the evening. The van would also work as a multi-purpose vehicle and help pick up new arcade games and supplies. The van would also greatly help out TEAM GGA, as they often travel to tournaments all over the US.
Ghost Luxury Hostel: With so many great players traveling to play at the arcade, we often get players looking for a place to stay. We are fortunate enough to have 2 rooms above our neighboring building that could be turned into luxury gaming apartments! We would also be able to use these rooms for marathon gaming for players going after world records that take multiple days to obtain.
Earth-friendly: As technology advances, we look for ways to help preserve not only our arcade gaming history, but we look to do it with as little ecological impact as possible. If we reach this tier, the Galloping Ghost Arcade will look to focus on its efforts in going green. First, a recycling campaign will be added to get the bottles, cans, and paper products better sorted and off to recycling centers. We will then look to add an array of solar panels on our rooftops to reduce the energy consumption for the arcade.
The money generated from the KickStarter will all go towards expanding and improving the arcade.
The business currently located in-between our main arcade floor and pinball expansion will be moved away and a complete build out will be done to join all three areas. The build out will maintain existing look of the arcade, only providing us the needed room to incorporate all the additional games and improvements to the arcade.
The Money will go toward:
Expanding the arcade floor
New Games (to fill the new space)
Building materials (for walls and such)
Other Games (classic games and consoles)
Renovation of the infrastructure
Free Wi-Fi for all gamers at Galloping Ghost Arcade
Helping reach the Stretch Goals
Make one of the best arcades in the world even better. Since its opening, the Galloping Ghost Arcade has proven to be one of the best arcades in history with a great selection of games, and an amazing outlook of what arcades could and should be. While we've been able to create an amazing environment, the vision of the arcade has not yet met its full potential.
If you have already been to the arcade, then you know how much this place means to everyone. It's a piece of history and a landmark of arcade gaming on so many levels. Not only is it a place to relive memories and good times with great classic arcade games and friends, but it is a place where new friendships have formed and along with new memories to look back on years from now. The place is friendly and inviting, and making it something that is even bigger will only add to it.
For those who haven't been to the arcade, we still hope you'll help us. Anyone who loves arcades can see that we take this place seriously and we only want to help preserve its time honored tradition.
Risks and challenges
The challenges surrounding our expansion can be broken into four sections:
The initial build out, getting games, maintaining the games, growing the business to cover the additional expense.
The arcade has been open every single day since it opened, and the initial build out will be done as to not interfere with our perfect record. The build out work for the middle section will be done without open exposed walls so dust and debris can't affect our customers, the arcade games, or our ability to remain open.
Finding the additional classic arcade games, while challenging, is something that we have continued to do since we opened our doors. Keeping our collection of games to the current level of quality is a priority for us, but there is no shortage of great games to add to the floor.
Maintaining 400+ games is a daily challenge, and it is key to making everyone want to keep coming back to the arcade. Nobody likes it when their favorite game is down, so we will look to bring on at least one new arcade technician. We understand that good maintenance is imperative to keeping the great reputation we already have and ensuring everyone has a good time at the arcade.
From day one, we have kept our $15 door charge, and we aren't looking to change that. While new expenses such as increased repair and rent costs will need to be covered, we look to the added exposure of growing and the stream of new games to help generate additional income. By adding new features such as an expanded pinball section, a console and PC gaming section, and more, we expect to bring in many new guests. The added exposure of a stronger and more professional stream presence will also generate more attention for the arcade and help attract new guests. The goal is not only to make people aware of Galloping Ghost Arcade, but also to make them want to keep coming back. In the end, this allows us to offer much more to our customers without having to charge them extra for it.
While there are risks and challenges in every venture, these are very manageable, and we have really looked to negate them by design. We have made sure to not over extend what we have already built up to a point where it would jeopardize the business.
Any donations of $5 and up will receive access to the "Behind the Scenes" website. Access to the site will let you in on all of the progress as it happens. You will see all of the new games we will be adding, track the progress of the build out, see behind the scenes pictures, and you'll have access to the information before anyone else.
All contributors that donate $25 or more will be invited to the exclusive Sharp Dressed Expansion Event held at the Galloping Ghost Arcade.
This event will celebrate the expansion of the Galloping Ghost and launch all of the goals we have accomplished up to that point.
We hope everyone will be able to join us for this spectacular night of video gaming history.
For your $35 donation, you can choose a game to add to the collection for one of our consoles or PC. We would like to have an extensive collection for the upcoming PC room and console room, showcasing all of the systems and games that have made video gaming so iconic.
Your $50 donation gets you an exclusive Galloping Ghost Arcade T-shirt. Never before sold at the arcade, these shirts were specially designed for the expansion fundraiser.
Your $100 donation gets you an exclusive Galloping Ghost Arcade Hoodie. Never before sold at the arcade, these hoodies feature a full back Galloping Ghost Arcade logo and certificate of authenticity.
For your donation of $250, you will be treated to a day of gaming with a Pro Gamer / World Record holder of your choice. Your package will include free entry to Galloping Ghost Arcade, a pizza lunch, and a day of gaming with your selected gamer. You and your gamer will have full access to the arcade floor and party gaming room wherein you can learn to perfect your skills on any of our over 400 titles or just have a relaxing day of casual gaming with your Pro Gamer.
For a donation of $400, you will be able to take place as one of our first students for the gaming education aspect of the arcade. You will be able to film in front of the green screen and put yourself into a game that you design. We will help you through the production process and show you how to make your game playable.
For a donation of $800, you can receive a custom made arcade stick for the platform of your choice. Galloping Ghost Arcade will work with you on the design process: how do you want our stick to look, what buttons should we use, what system is it for, etc...
For your donation of $5000, Galloping Ghost Arcade will custom make you an arcade cabinet with a game of your choice. The design of your cabinet can vary on what type you want and how creative you want to be.