John Popadiuk is pinball designer known for some of the most inventive pinball machines ever made. He just posted directions to build the cart he has been using since his Bally days. When he worked at Bally, the designers were required to build their own carts.
Something else to go on your calendar for 2015. This will be the first ReplayFX and it sounds like it is going to be great. The people behind PAPA are working their magic to make a huge gaming convention. Think the PAPA facilty, make it bigger and add arcade, console and hand held video games. It will take place on July 30-August2, 2015. Put it on your calendar now. More info here.
On December 20, 2014, Kevin Stone will have the fourth quarter pinholics tourney. The next day, Joe and Cristin have a follow-up tournament. Two days and two tournaments. Last year, I heard many, many good things about the food Cristin cooked up. Do your shopping early! Info is here.
Kevin Stone, damn good player and nice guy, hosts a quarterly tournament on Saturdays in his home arcade. I think he is up to 14 players now. The competition is always good and I have heard it is always a fun time too with some very late night pinball. Info is here and here.
Last year, Kevin hosted the Virginia IFPA state championship playoffs so this is a good chance to get some time in and learn his machines.
This is a panel discussion with a John Trudeau from the 2013 Southern Fried Gameroom Expo. John Trudeau has been in pinball for a long time and is responsible for Creature From the Black Lagoon and Stern’s latest, Mustang. The Southern Fried Gameroom Expo was held this summer in Atlanta. This was the first year for the expo and it sounds lie it went very well and should be on the list of things to attend 6/19-6/21/15. It included an IFPA tournament which was broadcast on papatv.
The Internet Pinball Database is a tremendous resource. I have not yet looked for a pinball and found that they did not have any photos of it. There are also ratings of the machines and links to download roms and pinball manuals.
I had never heard anything about the creation of the IPDB or how it continues to operate until I came across this interview with one of the men behind the site.
Lyman’s is a new pinball location in DC. On August 30, there is a tournament there that will likely have some strong competition. Not sure in what state the WPPR points count (DC championship?), but it should still be a very good time.