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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    and he wanted to join too So once we had a few guys we had our first PinNight Everything went really well we played until midnight and it was decided to hold these get togethers every month and alternate between different houses As time went on I went to the Calgary Pinball Expo and found a couple of other guys then some guys on Pinside and soon people were coming to me to ask about this mystery pinball group we had started in the Edmonton area As of today we have 21 members in our collectors group and between us we have over 100 machines As a group we still hold monthly group gatherings where we play pinball drink some beers do joint parts orders and just talk pinball Fast forward to a couple of months ago There is a new establishment in Edmonton a barcade that opened up called Denizen Hall It has five machines and and finally provides a great venue in Edmonton to play pinball on location I went there for a The Walking Dead pinball machine launch party which was set up by another local pinsider I never knew Denizen Hall even existed at the time I had a blast met a few more people in the pinball community and then an idea struck me to hold a major tournament in Edmonton to see if maybe our town was ready to embrace competitive pinball So I approached the owners of Denizen Hall to see if there was interest in holding a competitive pinball tournament at their facility I told them that I have attended major tournaments around Canada and the US and would like to bring this type of event to Edmonton They agreed to allow me to host our first event at Denizen Hall on January 31 2015 To my surprise the tournament sold out with a full 24 competitors In fact I had to turn people away The start of the Denizen Hall Pinball Tournament The Denizen Hall Pinball Tournament began with a seeding round where competitors played on four machines and were ranked 1st 24th on all of them Their ranking scores were added up to give them their final score which was used to seed them for the elimination round The Denizen Hall Pinball Tournament The elimination round was a knockout single elimination tournament format The first round consisted of seeds 9 24 playing seeds 1 8 had a bye They played a single head to head match to determine who moved on In the second round to the finals all games were a best of three head to head elimination where the higher seed got choice of machine or position and the loser of the game then had the choice going forward The Denizen Hall Pinball Tournament There was a great final match where the 5th and 6th seeds made it all the way to battle for championship There was also a 3rd and 4th place best of the three elimination

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/shows/denizenhall2015/index.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    to enlarge Pinball News asked Stern Pinball why they are moving and how the new building compares to their previous home They told us We ve just grown out of the present space The new building is 110 000 square feet or about three times larger than our current facility Currently we utilize off site storage of approximately 15 000 square feet so when you include that we ll roughly double our space They are not moving too far though While Melrose Park is around five miles due south of Chicago s O Hare Airport Elk Grove Village is just a couple of miles northwest of the airport Stern explained why they stayed in the O Hare area We wanted to disrupt the business as little as possible and keep our workforce intact So we scouted for buildings nearby And what did they select Here s a look at the new factory floor The new factory floor click to enlarge According to Stern the new factory will improve our efficiency The configuration of the building will allow us to improve our workflow add lines and consolidate our operations We ll start moving in March we expect to have everything moved

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/news/sternfactory.html (2016-04-27)
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    Big Lebowski playfield artwork click to enlarge Three key areas of concern in the initial playfield artwork were the use of a cannabis leaf a gun appearing next to John Goodman and the use of the brand name Kahlua in the ingredients for the White Russian cocktail These have all been resolved by removing them and using alternate imagery as we can see in these before and after pictures The cannabis leaf has been replace by a CCR cassette A phone takes the place of the cassette tape The gun has been removed and replaced by the briefcase with Walter s glasses and the schoolwork sheet added The crowbar has moved up to fill the gap left by the briefcase Out goes Kahlua in comes Coffee Liqueur Along with these important changes there have been other less significant modifications to the artwork The three standup targets have nihilists replacing the previous explosions Other changes have taken place over at the left orbit The trident has been removed allowing the bowling girls to move down Finally the names of the Dutch Pinball team members have been added to the ID tag at the bottom of the playfield which has as a

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/games/biglebowski/index3.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    so let s see how those went The final of the 2014 European Championship Series began first with play starting around 7pm on Friday night Thirty two qualifiers took part by pre registering and paying the 55 US 62 entry fee The format paired up players according to their ECS ranking so that the 1 ranked played the 32 ranked player the 2 played 31 and so on Each pair played a best of seven match on machines chosen by the players The highest ranked got to choose machine or position for the first game after which the losing player had that same choice for the next game The first player to win four games moved on to the next round of the winners bracket while the losing player joined the losers bracket where they played best of five rounds instead Match results were recorded on paper with the progression through the winners and losers brackets shown on the wall ECS first round matches in the first pinball room More ECS first round matches in the first pinball room ECS matches in the second room Progress was shown on a wall chart Trophies for the ECS Play continued until midnight on Friday night at which point they called it a night so that the ECS matches could continue on Saturday The players who were already knocked out of the ECS final began their matches in the Swiss Open at around midday on Saturday while those still playing in the ECS could carry on with their matches before starting their Swiss Open games later in the day The Swiss Open cost another 55 US 62 and featured 64 pre registered players who were split into four groups of sixteen Everyone played a best of three 3 ball match against each of the other members of their group Swiss Open games on Saturday morning Play in the Swiss Open When all the games had been played the eight players with the most wins in each group moved on the play offs A projector beamed the results of the matches onto the back wall of the bar Progress in the Swiss Open Trophies for the Swiss Open Machines were allocated by random draw Once a game had been completed one of the pair reported the result to Daniel at the tournament desk who would record the win and pick the next machine The tournament desk More Swiss Open games More Swiss Open games The first player to score two wins progressed to the next round of the winners bracket while the losing player joined the losers bracket where the matches became a single head to head four ball game with the highest scorer continuing At lunchtime a buffet was served featuring soup chilli salad bread and a selection of tasty cakes This was free for Swiss Open or ECS players It s lunchtime Robert Sutter and Daniel Harzenmoser check the Swiss Open results As the afternoon drew on the number of competitors remaining

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/shows/swissopen2015/index.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    disc motors and PCBs One of the control and driver boards The driver board plugs into an interface board which breaks out the connections for the solenoids LEDs and switches One of the interface boards The two boards plug together The demonstrator game had three of these driver boards each with its own interface board but Andrew Heighway told us the functionality of two of these will be integrated into the large PCBs under the playfield which are currently largely used for feature LEDs Heighway Pinball s ball trough design The wide body playfield glass doesn t slide out of the game Instead it is protected inside a metal frame which incorporates the traditional lock bar and can be lifted up or taken off completely to provide access to the playfield The glass frame Detail of the glass frame A high score competition was held during the afternoon session with a translites posters and stickers as prizes The afternoon s high score competition The winner was Chris Poyntz who collected a Full Throttle translite signed by game designer Dave Sanders Afternoon winner Chris Poyntz Second place Johan Smaros Third place Leif Spångberg The launch party closed for an hour between 6pm and 7pm to give Redline a chance to do some sound checks and for the room to be cleaned before the doors reopened for the public part of the day Entry to the evening session cost 10 which included the band s performance entry to a second high score competition and a buffet of hot snacks Chicken wings savoury nibbles and hot wedges were available throughout the evening Redline merchandise could be bought Although the full bar was available upstairs there was also a bar in the basement to keep guests refreshed The event got busier as the evening

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/games/fullthrottle/index9.html (2016-04-27)
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    Cactus Jack s They have fifty two pinball tables available to play as I write this All well maintained These include all time greats like Medieval Madness Attack from Mars The Addams Family and Lord of the Ring classics such as Demolition Man Terminator 2 and Star Trek The Next Generation plus the newer games like The Walking Dead Iron Man and Mustang More pinball and pool Another row of

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/sites/cactusjacks/index.html (2016-04-27)
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    oak cabinets with the frame for the marquees inside A varnished solid oak prototype cabinet front and one with both stain and varnish back The cabinet has cutouts on each side so it can be carried by two people two recesses for the levers to release the balls and another cutout on each side one to return the balls to the players and another for the game s power source The final design had separate ball return chutes for each player Trying a different type of stain and varnish on the oak prototype cabinet Without any external power the game had to run on batteries An internal removable battery pack was included which would power the game for up to eight hours and could then be removed and recharged overnight There are no electrically powered playfield parts so the battery only has to provide power for the game s many LEDs If the battery pack becomes exhausted it can be replaced with another in a matter of seconds although the game would still continue to function without any power A pallet of marquee boxes with LED strips fitted but without the front panels In order to make the game easier to assemble and then disassemble for transportation there were no power cables for the illuminated marquee Instead the two conductive support poles provided the electrical connection With the voltage required for the LEDs kept very low there was no chance of anyone getting an electric shock The illuminated marquee Making the playfield proved to be the most difficult part First getting the cross over between the two sides of the playfield right so that balls would easily flow between them took some perfecting The model for the playfield The two sharp protrusions at the cross over point are the most exposed part of the playfield and therefore the most liable to damage if hit by a ball With multiple pinballs flying around and the likelihood of collisions the material had to be thicker here Then a mould had to be made on which the PETG playfields would be formed The mould for the playfield A sample playfield sheet The playfield then had to be trimmed and the various holes made in the centre of both saucers for the gobble holes around the saucer for the plunger and for the mounting screws But the hardest part was wrapping the Barcadi branded artwork onto the 3 D surface so that the end result didn t appear distorted How the artwork distorts when wrapped onto a 3D surface So the imagery had to be distorted the opposite way to compensate for distortion the wrapping process would create The improved artwork The full playfield artwork Apart from the artwork the other major challenge was to illuminate the playfield so that the game looked bright and attractive in the Bacardi red colour while letting players and spectators see all the action Various different methods were tried including custom horseshoe shaped plastic diffusers wrapped around the

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/news/bacardi.html (2016-04-27)
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    Belgian Open Pinball tournament a week after the EAS The Walking Dead The code on this game was pretty rough but played without any major faults and was already a lot of fun Thanks to the good support of Gary Stern we were able to have a code update right before the Belgian Open Pinball which made the game a lot more complete A fun fact was that Star Trek was so loud you could hear it halfway across the hallway which says a lot since there s a lot of noise at the show coming from almost every exhibitor But Stern wasn t the only pinball manufacturer at the show And that concludes the pinball part as this show is a lot more focused on the bigger attractions I ve tried to group some of my pictures into smaller categories to make it a little easier to navigate Is there anything Lego can t do In the case of this next section miniatures of big attractions which were easier to set up at their booths This is a miniature of a large custom built Tutankhamon themed dark ride found at the Walibi theme park in Belgium A sculpture of a water park filled with lots of different slides each which you could see in action on a TV screen There were also lots of kiddy rides and other kid friendly devices to be found across the two halls It was at this point that we entered part two of the show in the other hall Hall 7 at the RAI And of course no show would be complete if it didn t have video games cranes air hockeys boxers and redemption games Some very good looking boxer machines by Kalkomat Jakar with their selection of interesting prize boxers you can win a prize when you punch one of the exact strengths shown Elaut the market leader when it comes to cranes and innovative coin pushers Lots of things are needed to theme a theme park so there was a selection of everything you could imagine such as animatronics backgrounds themed buildings etc This dinosaur was a beautiful animatronic who moved really fluidly and scared quite a few people when he suddenly decided to move and roar If you wanted to hear some stories this pirate would be happy to tell them to you as he wouldn t keep his mouth shut It took us a few minutes to realize this was an animatronic as he moved so fluidly and naturally during his speech This fellow looked familiar must have seen him somewhere before This was an optical trick where the dinosaur was added in front of the image from the camera so that the dinosaur appears to walk on the table As with every show of this kind you also had quite a few simulators and 3D or more cinemas available And the last category I m dividing the pictures into is the miscellaneous one where you can work

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/shows/eas2014/index.html (2016-04-27)
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