Next SC3 Arcade Party: November 10, 2018! Back to the Backyard Again!

It is a fall tradition to head back home, reconnect with family and old friends over some good food, and just generally take the time to be grateful for all the things you enjoy. Thanksgiving? Sure, that's nice. But we're talking about that other autumn celebration: the SC3 backyard party! Once again, Thanksgiving is coming to Southern California a couple of weeks early. SC3 will be serving up a vertiable classic videogaming feast on Saturday, November 10, 2018, from 4 p.m. to midnight. Come join us as we cram too many arcade machines and classic home consoles into the back yard of one lucky home in Claremont. If you attended one of the old parties, you know that like any good Thanksgiving meal, it'll be overstuffed but extremely satisfying.

Limited Trade Area – Please Read

The good old backyard is a smaller venue. There's just not enough room to accommodate 200 people, dozens of arcades and the huge mountains of trade goods that have been showing up at our last few events. And renovations to the yard have REDUCED the amount of available trade space this year. More announcements may be made later, but at this time we cannot guarantee ANY available trade table space. Please plan on bringing only trade goods that can fit in a backpack that you carry, or feel comfortable leaving in your vehicle. Please do not bring your own tables. If you want to attend, you must fill out this RSVP form. If your registration is accepted, you will be informed via email.

Also note that this event starts at 4 p.m. No one, except authorized event planners, will be allowed in before 4 p.m.

Your donations keep SC3 functioning, and our costs are expected to rise for this event. Our suggested donation at this event is $10 per adult attendee. Thanks as always for your support and remember to keep an eye here and on our Future Meeting Page for more announcements about the event!

SC3 June 30: Finding the Lost Levels Fun and "Madnes" in Fullerton

When Lost Levels, a retro arcade and game store in Fullerton, reached out to SC3 about hosting a combined event at their facility, it seemed like a natural fit. Like SC3, Lost Levels celebrates vintage games, particularly those of the 8- and 16-bit eras. So on June 30, we showed up in Fullerton, TVs and vintage consoles in hand. Vendors, video games and heavy metal (courtesy of Super MadNES) followed. Some pinball action too. Read all about it in our June 30 Event Recap.

The next SC3 event is yet to be announced, but will likely be in the fall, sometime around November. As always, keep an eye on this site and our Facebook page for developments.

SC3 Finds the Lost Levels! Come Explore Them With Us on June 30

SC3 at Lost Levels

If you weren't aware, Lost Levels is an awesome arcade and game store in Fullerton. Admission for this event is $10, and all games will be on free play! SC3 will be on hand to supplement LL's games with selections from our collection of classic consoles. Super MadNES will be there too, with some new songs!

Lost Levels
114 N Harbor Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92832
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Phone: (657) 217-5810

Over 25 vendors will be at the event, and most table space has already been reserved. If you're interested in bringing your own trade goods, please contact Steve Torres of Lost Levels through their social media sites first. Here are links to Lost Levels' Instragram and Facebook pages.

Don't Forget: Retro City Festival Coming Up on Jan. 20-21! At the Pomona Fairplex

Retro City Festival January 20-21 marks the inaugural Retro City Festival at the Fairplex in Pomona. What is this exciting new event, you ask? This description from their web site pretty well sums it up:

Retro City Festival is an annual celebration dedicated to the history of video gaming. We showcase the largest selection of retro console gaming under one roof in California. Experience Retro City's classic arcades, pinball, tournaments, museums, vendors, and huge console play area!

As SoCal locals know, there's a huge retro gaming community here, one of which SC3 is proud to a be a part of. But while other areas of the state and the rest of the country host big conventions like California Extreme and Classic Game Fest, somehow Southern California hasn't. Well, Retro City is here to remedy that. The organizers are already part of the SoCal retro community; the Festival just lets them take things to the next level. They asked SC3 to have a presence there, which we will in a small way, to show our support and to help share the word. We hope all our regulars are able to come by and say hello, and to check out all the great attractions the Festival has to offer! See you Jan. 20 and 21!

SC3's Nov. 2017 Arcade Party: Coming Home for Thanksgiving Turnin' it up to 11 on 11/11

It was the eleventh day of the eleventh month of SC3's eleventh year of hosting arcade parties, so we figured it was an appropriate day to throw another one. November 11, 2017 witnessed another of SC3's famous backyard events in Claremont. As we do, we crammed in dozens of arcade machines, a slew of 1980s tabletop games, a movie projection screen and no less than fifteen home console stations. Thanks to tremendous help from our friends and helpers, not to mention Geoff's supervision of the raffle, this event represented a sort of return to form for us. The crowds were a bit less huge, the trading much less of a frenzy, and the old "friends playing video games" vibe was back. Plus there was Cuphead. Read all about it in our Nov. 11, 2017 Event Recap.

What's next for SC3? As many of you know, Arcade 2084 is now closed, so it's out as an event venue for us. However, SC3 will have a presence at the Retro City Festival on January 20-21 at the Pomona Fairplex. This is a new show which promises to bring that "big convention" vibe to Southern California. We'll be there, but in a small way – it's not our event after all. Our next event is still in the planning stages. Keep your eye on this site and our Facebook page for announcements! And until then, as always, keep gaming!