Taylor Reese is one of the founders of River City Flippers and is a skilled woodworker. For over seven years, he has been making replacement side rails for pinball machines. The rails are sanded very smooth and covered in a thick, black lacquer. There are a number of rails listed on his site that he can make upon request. If he hasn’t yet made the rails you need, you can send them to him and he will get them made for you. The rails are a good value at $55 shipped to most of the U.S. with CA, OR and WA requiring $5 additional shipping.
Bailey’s Southside location in the Huguenot Village shopping center now has a Star Trek Pro and NBA Fastbreak. These machines are operated by Games People Play, the operator at Bailey’s West Broad, and are in great shape and will be well maintained. Let’s get out there and support RVA location pinball! You can follow them on instagram @gamespeopleplayrichmond.
League member Mike O. had a chance to play Wrestlemania in Pittsburgh on his way home from a long trip. I asked him to write up a review of it. He did a great job of it and told me I could post it to the blog.
I stopped in at KickBack Pinball Café (http://www.kickbackpgh.com) in Pittsburgh as I was passing through and had a chance to play the new WrestleMania (Pro) pinball from Stern. I think they had just installed it the week before. I should preface this by saying that I thought WrestleMania was a pretty lame theme. I’ve never been a wrestling fan and wasn’t excited to see that this was the newest pinball to hit. But I wasn’t going to pass up the chance to play the newest table out.
Surprisingly it was a lot of fun and I ended up playing it more than a few times. Not enough to know what I was doing really, but I was starting to get the hang of things. Wish I had watched a Stern video beforehand. I did manage to get a bunch of multiballs and a few replays.
The predominant feature on the playfield is a wrestling ring upper playfield that dominates the upper table. It’s not difficult to get into the ring either from the plunge or using the left and right ramps. The angle on the ramps was not difficult. Once you get in the ring, the two near ring sides have flipper-actuated bumper-ropes (the “slammers”) that allow you to skillfully hit the ring targets and pin your opponent in the top saucer. Lots of ways to exit the ring that kept things chaotic but it wasn’t too hard to keep it going in the ring. I think there are rules and wrestling skills you can gain through gameplay that will allow you to pin easier when you make it into the ring – but nothing I could figure out yet.
There’s a nice u-turn inner-loop that runs under the ring that you can hit a few times for “Ref” multiball. It’s a harder shot than the ring ramps but seems worthwhile.
It seems like you start off facing one opponent (I had no idea who he was) and the idea was to pin him and move on to more opponents (supposedly can get to famous ones like Hulk Hogan, the Rock, and Andre the Giant). I know there’s a lot more depth to get to championships and such, but it would take me a few dozen games to get there.
I liked the skillshot – a pretty steep ramp that you have to get about 80% of the way up without going over. Lots more switches that don’t seem to be activated yet – for later code releases I guess. There’s a triple drop-down target right in the mid-playfield that I couldn’t figure out a purpose for.
I would definitely play it some more to try to get in some championship rounds and to get to heavier opponents.
Flippers Arcade in Grandy, NC has announced that they are going to have a Spring tournament on April 25, 2015. The only available details right now are that they will have an A division and a B division for less experienced players. Flippers is hoping to be included in next years PAPA Circuit. In order to do that, they need at least forty people to attend the tournament this year.
Flippers does a great job running their tournaments and is an amazing arcade. They have almost all, if not all, the modern Stern machines as well as A and B list Bally/Williams titles. The machines are all in excellent condition and play very well.
This is an IFPA sanctioned event which will award WPPR points as well as North Carolina State points. There will be cash prizes and trophies awarded.
Saturday, April 25, 2015 starting at 11:00 am or noon
Located at 6615 Caratoke Hwy. in Grandy, NC
20 minutes from the Outer Banks of NC
$ 20.00 Entry Fee which will include a free
1st Place: Trophy & 40% of Entry Fee &
2nd Place: Trophy & 30% of Entry Fee
3rd Place: Trophy & 20% of Entry Fee
4th Place: Trophy & 10 %. of Entry Fee
Follow Flippers on Facebook for updates.
The final results from the Virginia State Championships which were held in McLean at Kevin Stone’s house.
1st – Austin Mackert (lost only 2 games the entire tournament)
2nd – Kevin Stone
3rd – Dale Geiger
4th – Steve Kapinos
5th – Chris Booberg
6th – Joe Schober
7th – Bayless Rutherford
8th – Julie Schober
9th – Steve Stakem
10th – Scott Durfee
11th – Edan Grossman
12th – Jeremy Hakes
13th – Taylor Reese
14th – Daniel Cotter
15th – Gilles Melanson
16th – Mike Ogilvie
River City Flippers was proud to secure 5th, 7th, 10th, 12th, 13th and 16th places. River City Flippers can also claim that Scott was one of the only people to beat Austin in a game. Austin really sliced through the competition with some incredible playing.
Kevin Stone hosts the Pinholics Quarterly tournaments and has a great basement arcade setup. The machines in the lineup included – Paragon, Mata Hari, Meteor, Harlem Globetrotters, Stars, Lord of the Rings, Metallica, Jackbot, AC/DC, Tron and No Fear. The tournament bracket was run on the challonge.com website. Many of the state tournaments were listed on challonge so we were able to follow the progress across the country including the River City Flippers members who qualified and played in North Carolina.
The North Carolina State Championship was held in the amazing Flippers arcade. River City Flippers had two members playing in the North Carolina field. Malik came in fourth and Kevin came in tenth.
We are proud to have eight members of our twenty man league in state championship contention.
We are hoping to have more local tournaments this year and we are planning to bring the Virginia State Championship to Richmond in 2015.
Today is the day for the IFPA State Championships. River City Flippers has players in Northern Virginia for the Virginia Championships and at Flippers for the North Carolina championships. More details to follow. Updates on Facebook.com/rvapinball and on twitter @rvapinball and on Instagram @richmondpinball.
The Virginia bracket can be viewed at http://www.challonge.com/ifpa2015vascs
Charlie Emery has been operating the Spooky Pinball podcast and is now up to 58 podcasts so far. In addition, Charlie has started a pinball manufacturing company called Spooky Pinball. Spooky Pinball is the first of the boutique pinball manufacturers (Zidware, Dutch Pinball, Riot Pinball, Heighway Pinball) to design, produce and manufacture a machine. Spooky is currently taking orders for and shipping a game designed by Ben Heck called America’s Most Haunted. Ben has posted an interesting history of the development of America’s Most Haunted here.
I had a chance to play America’s Most Haunted at the York show this year. In spite of the fact that there were a hundred or more pinball machines on free play in the hall, there was always a line to play America’s Most Haunted and The Walking Dead as they were two of the most recently released machines.
I really liked America’s Most Haunted. It looks like a machine produced by a large company. The artwork looks great and the fit and finish of the machine is good too. The game play is fast and difficult which is the way I like a machine to play. I was only able to play a couple of games, but I really liked it. I wish I had played it a few more times, but there were many distractions at the York show and the time seemed to fly by.
Because of my interest in America’s Most Haunted, I was excited to hear that Nate Shivers of Coast 2 Coast pinball had bought one and would review it on an upcoming podcast. The current podcast of Coast 2 Coast Pinball (number 130), contains Nate’s initial impressions of the machine. He gives it a positive review, but has a few criticisms. It is a well done podcast, as usual, and gives the most in depth information about America’s Most Haunted that has been available so far from someone not directly associated with the machine.
The other news related to Spooky Pinball came from another boutique pinball creator, Riot Pinball, LLC. Riot Pinball has been working on a machine called Wrath of Olympus. Wrath of Olympus started as a visual pinball program. The design proved to be popular and its designer decided to make the leap to creating an actual machine.
There are two prototype Wrath of Olympus machines which have been shown and been available to play at a number of pinball shows. Wrath of Olympus has a deep rule set and some interesting features like the ability to choose a mode to start the game in order to practice that mode without having to play through the game to achieve the mode.
Based on good response at the shows where it was plated, Riot reach an agreement with Spooky Pinball to produce Wrath of Olympus machines. The history and plans for Wrath of Olympus is covered well in the most recent Spooky Pinball podcast. Riot announced that the machine would be produced by Spooky Pinball if they received commitments to purchase 100 machines. Unlike some other boutique manufacturers, Riot did not require payment up front to find the research and design before making the machines. Riot and Spooky worked out a bill of materials and the cost of producing the machines and set the price at $8.000.
Unfortunately, there were only around 50 commitments to purchase Wrath of Olympus machines and the planned production of the game will not occur. The good news is the Riot Pinball has recently posted that they continue to work on the code for the game which leads to a hope that Wrath of Olympus will be produced someday.
Stern is at CES this week and they have announced their newest title. The title is WWE – Wrestlemania. The video above shows gameplay on a very early pro version of the code which doesn’t even include sounds. The machine operates on the new Spike hardware system which is Linux based. There will be a Hulk Hogan LE which is limited to 400 machines.
The video shows that the ball is delivered to an upper playfield wrestling ring. It looks like the player controls the right and left lower ropes of the wrestling ring, which are like sling mechs, with the flippers.
More to come.
I was checking on the events calendar on pinside and came across a tournament like no other. James Daley is running the tournament and he is also your first round opponent. To qualify for the tournament, you have to play James and beat him in the best out of five games. I really like the creativity involved here and hope to get to DC to challenge James soon.
Dutch Pinball announced Bride of Pinbot 2.0 before they announced The Big Lebowski. Bride of Pinbot 2.0 is a PROC conversion for Bride of Pinbot that includes a color dmd and a new rule set. It is also programmed so that the original Bride of Pinbot software can be played.
The first few orders are in customer’s hands and one of them posted this gameplay video.
The DMD animations look great and I like the 60s sounding outer space soundtrack. There have been concerns expressed about the face not spinning but this video shows the Bride’s face spins prior to the beginning of multiball.
it seems like every pinball released has incomplete code and BOP 2.0 continues that trend. It is going to be crucial for Dutch Pinball to finish the code to instill confidence in buyers of The Big Lebowski and to generate the 25 additional pre-orders they require to produce a second batch of BOP 2.0.