PAPA is back and ready to teach you how to play High Speed.
PAPA is back and ready to teach you how to play High Speed.
Tiltwarning is a group that works with artists to create custom re-themed pinball machines. In looking at their website this morning, I noticed that they were responsible for the machine Freak Out. This machine has striking art that made it stand out among the many, many machines in the PAPA facility. Taylor played it during his round at Pinburgh this year and I don’t think he walked away happy with his outing. Take a look through the site at the incredible art on their machines.
The PAPA 17 world championships are coming up Aug 14-17 at the PAPA headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA. Even if you don’t compete, this is one of the two times per year that the PAPA facility is open to the public. During the Pinburgh tournament, all 400 players play each round at the same time. Although there are probably 50 to 75 machines available for public play during the rounds, the majority of the machines are in use during qualifying rounds. At PAPA 17, a bank of qualifying machines will be used to qualify players for the finals with the majority of the machines available for free play. This is the best chance all year to play the machines in the PAPA facility,
Here is a link to some great photos of Pinburgh 2014.
Funwithbonus.com is a very interesting blog that is run by Steve Bowden who is an exceptional pinball player.
My good showing in round two got me bumped up with some higher level seeds for round three. It did not go well. One player won all four games which is so rare that he won a $100 bounty. We played Tommy (fourth), Indiana Jones (third), Genie (fourth) and Pat Hand (third).
The third round bounced me down from around 130 seed to around 250. We played Paragon (second), Taxi (first), Demolition Man (third) and a Williams Em (fourth).
Round five starts at 9:30. It is the last round of the day. When we are done today, we will know which division we will play in tomorrow.
Taylor is playing so well that he entered this round as a 53rd seed. He played in the fourth round against the designer of Monopoly.
Taylor and I are in Pittsburgh for the Pinburgh 2014 tournament at the Papa.org facility. We will face off with 398 other players today and see where we end up. We had a few hours in the facility last night. The selection of machines is amazing. We played many machines that I have never played. Roll call at 11 today. Updates to follow.
Sorry for the long time between posts. Taylor and I are getting ready to head up to Pittsburgh, PA for Pinburgh 2014 at the PAPA facility. This is a three day tournament involving 400 players. The PAPA facility has an incredible collection of pinball machines which are well maintained and set to play at a punishingly difficult level. We will work to post during the tournament here and on the rivercityflippers instagram feed.
The pre-tournament seeding has River City Flippers members in the following positions: Bayless Rutherford at #67, Taylor Reese #228, Jeremy Hakes #240, Chris Booberg #257 and Emilia Phillips #358.
Here is a video from PAPA to give you an idea how things will go. Updates to follow.
Today may have seen the biggest sign that pinball is back. In under 2 hours 400 people from across the globe signed up for the largest pinball tournament in the world. What took weeks to fill in 2013 filled faster than anyone could imagine. Registration began promptly at 12 noon today and I sat at my keyboard constantly refreshing hoping to land an early spot for nothing more than bragging rights. Glad I signed up when I did, with a server delay that seemed to take forever I was the 135th person signed up. Phew.
Chris and I are both planning our first pilgrimage to the hallowed halls of PAPA this spring. There is certainly no other place in pinball that I want to visit and I think that Chris feels the same way. I’ve been in the hobby about 9 years and this is really the first time that I have felt like I had to get to PAPA. I don’t what it is, could be the history of it rising from the soggy grave from the flood 2004 or getting a chance to see some of the greats donkey kick their way to greatness. There is an allure to PAPA that has a hold of me and this is my year… and I can’t wait.
So here is the deal with Pinburgh, you get to play a LOT of pinball. I don’t exactly know how it works and I am pretty lazy to reading in depth rules but one thing I know is that I am going to get to play a LOT of pinball and possibly some pinball with some of the top players in the world. What I do know is that Pinburgh is set up as a match play tournament. You are placed in either 3 or 4 player groups and you get points for how you finish on each table. You play for 2 days like this and that is used to determine what group you will be playing in and attempting to qualify for. So basically you’re guaranteed two days of competitive play against varying players, not too shabby.
I am not sure why I ended up with an I500. I sold a game and was looking for a replacement. It was a title I hadn’t played and I was looking for something off the beaten path and with the production being relatively low at 2,249 I jumped when one came up locally(“local” in this hobby is usually a 20 hour driving radius). My game was living outside of Boone, NC so it was like a milk run for a pinhead.
Game had a couple of issues when I bought it. The game has targets with lit quadrants. One objective of the game is to light all four lights to increase scoring and the targets are prone to breaking. Mine had one of these but it was an easy fix and the game was good to go.
So here is the thing about I500, it is wickedly fast and hard. It hands me my ass almost every time I play it except on our league nights. I don’t know why but I have had some of the most fun groupings on it. Not sure if it is because I don’t play it as much as other tables, like AFM and BSD, so it is fresher and more fun to play or if I have just lucked into having decent games when I need one. Either way I always look forward to it on league night. This past round it didn’t make it into our list of 6 so was a bit disappointed.
And now to be humbled. Below is the recently released Bowen Kerins tutorial. I can’t stomach to watch Bowen’s tutorials as I frankly don’t want to know how much I suck but for anyone that actually wants to know how to destroy the table here you go….