Goblin Hollow Arcade
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This page is about a location/business that appears in a webcomic. For the webcomic itself, see Goblin Hollow.
The Goblin Hollow Arcade is an entertainment business owned and operated by Ben and Lily Bruin. Housed in old Lovecraft Manor (which doubles as the couple's residence), the Arcade is the most popular gameroom in the tri-county area. Unknown to all but a few, it's also the residence of Ben's Posse of goblins.
Many of the Arcade's staff worked alongside Ben and Lily at Bullseye Department Store. These include Merry Beaver, Rico Chihuahua, and Fred Rabbit. Penny Feldspar, Lily's younger sister, also works at the Arcade.
Games in the Arcade include Whack-A-Mole and Star Trek (a video game). Most games operate on quarters.
In the pre-retcon version of the webcomic, called Under the Lemon Tree, certain facts were stated that have not so far been repeated, changed, or made irrelevant in the currently posted version. These include:
- The Arcade was introduced at the same time as a non-retcon name change of Under the Lemon Tree to Goblin Hollow. These strips were not included in the book published by Lulu.com.
- The game machines were inherited by Ben from his exccentric, formerly-rich great-uncle Phineas Barnum Bruin. There were over 1,000 in the collection.
- While trying to decide what to do with the collection, Piff presented Ben with a copy of an old grade school assignment of his, "My Dream Arcade".
- In an attempt to raise money for the idea, Ben put about 30 of the more collectable games up for auction through eBay. Before half the auctions closed, over $50,000 was offered.
- The building (Lovecraft Manor) was purchased during the last five minutes of another eBay auction using the proceeds from the game machine aucions. After all deals were completed, about $10,000 and over 900 games remained.
- A number of games were mentioned pre-retcon. Specific games include Rampage, Galaga, Centipede, Donkey Kong, Crystal Caverns, Sega's Star Trek (complete with the thermal problems plauging it's Electrohome vector monitor), and something that begins with Mr. Do.... Types of games include video, pinball, skill machines, and a basement filled with skeeball, pool tables, air hockey, and tabletop soccer. There is also at least one claw game filled with stuffed dolls.
- It was mentioned that there were four floors of games (including the basement), but that the Bruins live on the upper floors.
- Most of the Arcade's decorations were rescued from "Monty's House of Memorabilia" by Ben and Fred.
- Fred bought in to the arcade as a "silent partner".
- The arcade has a snack counter that offers bagged candy, hot dogs, chili dogs,, nachos, pizza, and machines for making popcorn and cotton candy. Other treats and snacks are likely (particularly beverages).
- A trio of boys were the Arcade's first customers, arriving a day early due to a newspaper ad snafu. These boys are Gus, Ronnie, and Charlie.
- When The Posse tried to advertise "their way" and caused a traffic jam, Brother John Guest stopped by. He liked the Arcade so much he said he'd bring his church's youth group there for outings.
- First appearance (including name) Goblin Hollow #1.