Arcade Life

Ramblings of a mad man

The Wheel of Fate!

It’s been a while since we last spoke. Much has changed. Game night now includes… The Wheel of Fate!

Every Tuesday night 7:30-9pm.


Who can defeat the Ping Pong King?

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It was cold outside. folks new to the Ping Pong world arrived early. There was a hint of out with the old in with the new in the air. It felt like change. Ted was in master form… but it wasn’t enough. congrats Andrea. you are the king.

First ever duckpin bowling tournament

They came from Mount Jackson, Shenandoah, Elkton,and Harrisonburg. with the heat blazing down on their faces Duckpin players from the valley ascended upon Rubys Arcade in hopes to win the prize of money.Hopes were shattered for most after the first game saw Jason Housden roll a 168. still they trudged on like soldiers in the night, seeking the sweet spot of the 1 pin. Laughter shook the approach and troubles washed away. it was a great night for all who came. with the last roll of the night Jason was our winner with Timmy and Jonathan walking away with some extra greenbacks as well. the only question that was left was ” when are we doing it again?” The answer January 5th. see ya then. Happy Birthday Drew!

Darts Darts Baby

Twas the night before Thanksgiving and all through the arcade folks were drinking beer and Iced tea with Lemonade .A high school reunion was there they all had big hearts and i was in the back room waiting on folks to play darts Terry arrived Knowledgable and true and so did matt and 2 mikes a Levi too. we all gathered round to throw 301 little did we know math could be so much fun and out of the blue there arose a clatter it was Neal and sarah with no worries or no matter they played and they played they played the whole lot and time kept on ticken but we all forgot and Neal was the winner and i heard him say i’ll be back next month on every 4th Wednesday!

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Foosball- the challenge

what do folks from Connecticut, Shennandoah National Park, a Father/Son duo, and three nice guys have in common?



well played everyone.

Rubys hosts a free Foosball Tournament the second Wednesday of every Month. might i suggest you find a partner and come on down.

A Ping Pong Life

Life as a ping pong master is a lonely exsistance,To master the art of hand and eye can make you feel superior.



like a wizard

So cheers to our Wizard Andrea, he’s done it again.

“It was Rigged!” Ruby’s Arcade wins bar games for the Burg

Bar games for the burg happened last night at the Arcade.A Fundraiser for Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance. The teams arrived ready to play . Newcomers the Friendly Fermenters arriving early preparing for battle.

Ferment your soul!!!

Ferment your soul!!!

As “eye of the tiger” by Survivor played loudly over the speakers the first balls were tossed and Desperate teams attempted to put a ring on a hook.

" that string is too long!" - said a bunch of whiners who couldn't get it

” that string is too long!” – said a bunch of whiners who couldn’t get it

Early on The Turner Ham team felt like the favorites, racking up strkes and spares winning the Duckpin portion of the contest.but in second place lingered Rubys arcade.

second place in duckpin never felt so good!

second place in duckpin never felt so good!

Beer was drank, pizza was eaten, and the ping pong/9 ball Tournaments began. Food Bar Food an early 9 ball favorite out early! This was going to be anyone’s game.

The agony of defeat never looked so good

The agony of defeat never looked so good

Ping Pong became an intense showing of force as Turner Ham once again came to play. Yet still in the back ground coming in second was Rubys arcade.

second place!

second place!

More beer was drank and a sense of excitement stirred through the crowd as Foosball began and special games were announced The Fermenters take the Foosball,But  Roller Bowler is the key to Ruby’s arcade success. Strong Showing all around from Clementine ,Matchbox, and Capital Ale House.

Chicken Dinner!

Chicken Dinner!

what Jae and Ryan felt like after they won!

a unique experience that was shared by so many wonderful Downtown businesses. Two powerhouse teams from the SBC , a last minute substitution from Cuban Burger, and the first time ever to duck pin bowl guys from Beyond, it felt like you hoped it would feel like in the friendly city, Fun.congrats Rubys Arcade- “it was rigged”lets do it again soon.

everybody's a winner!...not really.

everybody’s a winner!…not really.

The Mens Bathroom and the case of the missing art.

Art- subjective and controversial. something to look at while you pee.

When Ruby’s arcade opened up, I thought it would be fun to adorn the bathrooms with beautiful retro art from the 50’s of bowlers and bowling, there was a book my in laws had found in Richmond called 10 secrets of Bowling.

"is it cold in here?"

“is it cold in here?”

Since the beginning of the human race we have put art on the walls. We like to be amused while we pee.


and use dinosaurs as slaves and watch TV…

"once i read this book all the secrets will be mine! moohahah!" -said no one

“once i read this book all the secrets will be mine! moohahah!” -said no one

The story was a little dry but I found the art perfect. Illustrated by Anthony Ravielli , I said this will look nice, lets look at this…while we pee..

The first response I received was thats going to be stolen.

"Captain Pancake! NO!!!"-

“Captain Pancake! NO!!!”-

-What? -Yes,Stolen, people love to steal stuff like that when they’ve been drinking low and behold they were right so far ive had 5 pictures and frames stolen from the Mens bathroom.

I've dusted for finger prints, but these guys are good.

I’ve dusted for finger prints, but these guys are good.

real pros.

real pros.

Zero from the women’s. Zero. So this leads me to believe a few things:
1.that men care far more about art than women do!


“right next to my glow in the dark Pink Floyd poster”

2.women don’t realize how easy it is to steal a picture off a bathroom wall.

or my heart.

or my heart.

3.Hillary for President

"I will steal for her." -males

it’s not a real mystery that it doesn’t take much to excite the young male. Games, people,TV’s, all in abundance at the arcade.

"I will steal for her." -males

“I will steal for her.”

And then they get to go into that little private room (The bathroom) where anything goes. And so goes the art.

in our case ... nothing.

in our case … nothing.

Goodbye Art. I hope your enjoy your new home in a dank man cave, or a smoke filled apartment or perhaps in another bathroom where you can stare at it and remember how you stole it. How you got the last laugh on this place, how You dominated our bathroom.

Go get em big guy.

Go get em big guy.

Go get em Hillary.

Go get em Hillary.

Duckpin Bowling in Harrisonburg.

Congratulations Harrisonburg!

You all are the owners of one of the last places you’ll ever have a chance to play the original game of Duckpins. Duckpin Bowling- the great equalizer- small balls, small pins, and a challenge for all ages.
‘This Game is rigged!” says Tim Brady the owner of Pale Fire Brewing on a cool Wednesday night at Ruby’s Arcade.

pf-vs-brothersThe event was a Duckpin bowling Tournament between two local breweries, Pale Fire and Brothers brewing. Laughter, conversation, and a little dancing later…fun was had by all!

until the next morning when they had to work
Of course that’s just the thing about Duckpins, the gimmicky size of it all makes it feel closer to a carnival game than a traditional 10 pin bowling experience. The ease and fury that one can toss a ball down the lane makes you feel super human compared to 10 pin bowling.


” my will be done!!!”

Its the mighty Kacey looking for a showdown with pins 9 inches tall.

" Go CUBS! "

” Go CUBS! “

And the mighty Kacey has struck out.

Its a hard game, in a world that is looking for immediate gratification, Duckpin is the road less traveled.

roadNever in the History of Duckpin in the United States, has a perfect game been bowled. The USA, a country that defies rules and boundaries, a country that strives to set new standards, can not do it! And man have we tried! At the height of duckpins popularity, the National Duckpin Bowling Congress had 300,000 sanctioned bowlers in 1967. Thats a lot of games thrown, but nobodies perfect.

"where did i leave my keys?!?"

“where did i leave my keys?!?”

The game of duckpin is geographically alive on the East coast and thats about it. 30 or so houses remain.

east-coastBut somehow, you, the people of Harrisonburg got a new bowling alley, a Duckpin bowling alley.


featuring such hits as-” 81 runs through it ” or ” JMU owns me”

The past is present. The machines that set the pins are antiques (circa 1959), the ball returns are ancient, made of hard maple and old rubber. This game looks like it belongs on Coney Island not the basement of the Wine Brothers building in downtown Harrisonburg, known as a turkey town before JMU’s popularity exploded on the scene.

We needed this. Harrisonburg needed something else fun to do with our friends and family.

This is how i spend Saturday night with the kids

This is how i spend Saturday night with the kids

but at the same time something so different that it makes Austin Texas a little jealous.

duck-pin-bowlingSo roll a ball Harrisonburg.

See ya at the Arcade.