Flippers Spring Tournament on April 25

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
Tournament Shirt.
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.

Flip This 2014 in the books

Flip This 2014 was held this past weekend by Taylor.  Many members of River City Flippers were in attendance.  There were also players who came down from Northern Virginia and some players who came up from North Carolina.  As usual, Taylor’s machines were playing very well and were set to the hardest settings.

The main tournament was a three-strike knockout tournament run on Brackelope.  The machines in the tournament were: WCS94, Bram Stokers’ Dracula, Indy 500, Monopoly, Attack From Mars, Safecracker and Dr. Who.  There was also a one ball side tournament on Wizard of Oz.  The Wizard of Oz tournament was open for four hours with the top four scores playing in a one ball game.

The Wizard of Oz tournament ended up: (1) Taylor Reese (2) Chris Booberg (3) Joe Said and (4) Chris Newsome.

The main tournament ended up: (1) Chris Newsome (2) Taylor Reese (3) Jeremy Hakes and (4) Rob Cordoba.

Both tournaments were eligible for IFPA WPPR points.

As usual, it was a very fun tournament that was followed by some cash game action until the wee hours.

Thanks to Taylor for a great tournament.

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Wizard of Oz side tournament entries.

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IMG_0423  Dr. Who stucky.

IMG_0427  Main tournament winners.

IMG_0429 Side tournament winners.

The full results were as follows:

Main Tournament
1. Chris “Maximillion” Newsom
2. Taylor Reese
3. Jeremy Hakes
4. Rod Cordoba
5. Dave Klionsky
5. Paul McGlone
5. Scott Durfee
8. Chris Booberg
8. Greg Lambert
8. Jeff McElhannon
8. Joe Said
8. Jack McHale
13. Mike Ogilvie
13. Malik Berger
15. Dan Cotter
15. Sam Rugg
15. Matt Lively
18. Bayless Rutherford
18. Dale Geiger
18. Joe Cummins
18. Paula Bailey
18. Rob Hurley

Side Tournament
1. Taylor Reese
2. Chris Booberg
3. Joe Said
4. Chris Newsom
5. Paul McGlone
6. Dale Geiger
7. Dave Klionsky
8. Jeremy Hakes
9. Dan Cotter
10. Mike Ogilvie
11. Rob Hurley
12. Malik Berger
13. Sam Rugg
14. Joe Cummins
15. Jack McHale
16. Scott Durfee
17. Greg Lambert
18. Bayless Rutherford
19. Jeff McElhannon
20. Paula Bailey
21. Rod Cordoba

IFPA Suppressed Status?

Joe Said is a damn good pinball player and nice guy too.  He posted to his website clubpinball.com about a player going into suppressed status with the IFPA.  The idea of suppressed status was news to me.  Apparently, a player can be registered with the IFPA and receive WPPR points when entering sanctioned tournaments, but not have the points earned listed publicly and not participate in the ranking system.

As the player involved stated, he is creating a points black hole.  If a suppressed player enters a tournament and wins second place, the points awarded for second place will be awarded to that player, but will not be listed with the IFPA because the player’s status is suppressed.  This affects the remainder of the players in the tournament as these points are not able to be earned by other players – the black hole.

The suppressed status also affects the tournaments in which a suppressed player is involved because the ranking of the suppressed player is not factored in when determining the value of the tournament.  As a result, the players in the tournament are playing against and beating or losing to the suppressed player, but the value assigned to the tournament does not factor in the skill level of the suppressed player because he is suppressed – a second layer of the black hole.

Should a suppressed player be allowed to participate in an IFPA sanctioned tournament?  I think all IFPA tournaments are open to IFPA and non-IFPA members.  In order to receive points toward an IFPA ranking, a player has to register with the IFPA.

If you look at it from this perspective, a suppressed player affects a tournament the way a non-IFPA member would affect a tournament.  This seems like it would not be a big deal until you consider that the suppressed player may be a highly ranked and highly skilled player whose suppressed status can have a big impact on the tournament difficulty and the points that are available to be won by the other participants.

Since there appear to be only 20 or so suppressed players, it is not a big or widespread issue from an IFPA standpoint, but it is interesting to consider it as a way to opt out of the ranking system while retaining the ability to impact the ranking system.

Pingolf Scoring Suggestions

Pingolf is a pinball tournament format that requires a certain achievement on each machine played in the tournament.  The achievement could be a scoring achievement, a mode start a combination or something else. Like golf, low score wins.

A full set of rules can be found at Pins and Needles.  Some pages indicate that Pingolf originated at Pins and Needles.  Check out Pins and Needles.

I have been looking around, but have not been able to find scoring suggestions listed for many machines.

I am trying to figure out the best scoring for the following line up.  I am thinking about the following, but would like to hear any suggestions.

Grand Prix EM – par three – 350,000, light extra ball

Close Encounters – par three – 400,000, light spinner

Jungle Lord – par three – start double trouble scoring, two magnasave saves

Time Machine – par three – 500,000, score green bonus

Whirlwind – par three – three million plus shots

Fish Tales – par three – monster fish, video mode and rock the boat

World Cup Soccer 94 – par three – Boston tea party, start hit the goalie

Iron Man – par three – start bogey, collect iron man, start any two of whiplash, iron monger or war machine

Walking Dead LE Video

Dadofducks on youtube has posted a short video of his Walking Dead LE machine here.  The included video is a longer video with game play.  Having played the pro version during the Flippers release tournament, it is good to see the color in the inserts on the LE version.  The pro version seems to have mostly clear inserts with very bright white leds under them which gives the playfield a washed out look.  It looks like there is a diverter above the stand ups on the left of the playfield.   This diverter can divert the feed of a right ramp shot to load the cross bow.  The cross bow then swings out from its position against the apron and has a shooting while aiming side to side effect like a Steve Ritchie cannon.

The Walking Dead Tutorial

With the Flippers tournament coming up and no Walking Dead machine nearby to pump quarters into, this tutorial may be the best thing we have to figure out what the heck is going on.

Taylor and I had a chance to play it at the York show.  The shots are pretty  familiar and I remember a couple of tight shots on the right on the sides of the ramps.  It seems like it takes a long time for the ball to get all the way around the ramps and back to the Flippers.  It will feel pretty familiar to anyone who is familiar with modern Stern machines.