Flipperspiel Wunderland is now the Flipperspiel Underground Arcade Club.
Over the last three years I have been operating Flipperspiel Wunderland as a sort of experiment. It started out just as a hang-out in my warehouse for some of my friends and my family, but soon folks started asking if they could bring their friends and word began to spread that there was another place to play pinball in Las Vegas.
Like a lot of collectors, I wanted to open up a place for the public to come in and play, but I had a lot of questions about how that would work. What could I charge? What hours would be best? How much wear would the machines get? What about local ordinances and permits? Flipperspiel Wunderland was born to answer these questions and during the time it was open I played around with different things to see what worked and what the public wanted.
Time has passed and I have learned a lot, in fact, I learned more than I could have possibly imagined. As far as research and experimentation go, Flipperspiel Wunderland was a huge success, and from this success we have evolved into something new, the Flipperspiel Underground Arcade Club.
The Flipperspiel Underground Arcade Club is a not-for-profit social club that is currently being formed under Section 501(c)(7) of the United States Tax Code. The club is created for people who are looking for a different classic arcade experience than the one you might find at barcades or typical route locations. The club house includes a variety of classic arcade video games and pinball machines as well some classic consoles. Everything is set to free play and members can come in and play as much as they want.
The Underground is not just a place to play, but it is also a place where you can just hang out and relax, surrounded by friends and your favorite arcade memories. There are cold drinks in the fridge, ice cream and frozen snacks in the freezer. Order a bite from the next door bar and grill next door or bring in your to-go order from the many convenient restaurants that are nearby. This is a social place where you can make friends, have fun, and just get away from the stress of the outside world.
One of the goals of this club is to focus on friendly competition and reward those who play well. We will offer regular tournaments that will be open to the public, but with discounted entry fees for club members. Get a high score and we will post it on our score board. Weekly score challenges will be available on a variety of games, including those on classic consoles. There will be exclusive prizes and/ or trophies for those who come out on top.
There are many exciting things yet to come that have not been mentioned here that you will want to be a part of. The Flipperspiel Underground Arcade Club is not just an arcade, it’s a community, a destination, a good-time, and a place where you belong and become an important part of something larger. Stop in for a free tour and to see what we have to offer.