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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    recent CD featured original pinball artwork throughout the packaging The ONXRT Live From The Archives Volume 15 CD is going to be released this Saturday 19th April as a special vinyl edition This limited run double album is being released to help support Record Store Day and is part of a promotion of special run records to be available purely through record stores The purpose is to get people out to shop at bricks and mortar record stores rather than simply downloading music at home It is a rare event that a new vinyl album is made featuring original pinball artwork The record can be purchased at the following record stores in the Chicago area Laurie s Planet of Sound 4639 N Lincoln Ave Chicago IL 60625 Reckless Records Forest Park 7511 Madison Street Forest Park IL 60130 Reckless Records Broadway 3126 N Broadway Chicago IL 60657 Reckless Records Loop 26 E Madison Chicago IL 60701 Reckless Records Wicker Park 1532 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago IL 60622 Record Breakers 2105 S State St Chicago IL 60616 Rolling Stone Records 7300 Irving Park Rd Norridge IL 60706 Saki 3716 W Fullerton Ave Chicago IL 60647 Val s Halla Records 239 Harrison

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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    order tokens which came in a PAPA branded cup A token payment The first side tournament was Simon which was played on a Williams Tri Zone and was running from 9am to 11pm on the Friday Player had just 1 ball to try and create the best score The targets were random and had to be taken down in the right order to bump up the score The instructions for the customized game The main tournament on Friday consisted of everyone playing five sets of games three in the morning afternoon then a dinner break and then the final two sets in the evening Each set consisted of four players and four machines which were a mix of EM solid state alphanumeric and DMDs A four player game was started on each machine and the winner received 3 points Second place scored 2 points third place 1 point and a big zero for fourth position All points were totalled at the end of the day to determine which division you would be put in when play resumed the following day They consisted of divisions A B C D with the A Division containing the best players Saturday morning arrived and we were given our assigned divisions We played again using the same format With A and B divisions carrying over their points from the day before Meanwhile the C and D divisions had their slates i e points wiped clean The top 24 from each of the four divisions would qualify for the finals to be played on Sunday The main Pinburgh tournament is under way During most of the day the canteen inside served food with some interesting items on the menu It s lunchtime Overall the food was reasonably priced and I enjoyed everything that I ordered even though the portion size was huge get yourself a hot dog Drinks were on sale all day at a price of 1 75 each Friday s dinner break was fun as a lot of people started a street BBQ outside I was lucky to meet a few local guys and was invited to join them for hotdogs and beef steak wrapped in tortilla wraps The event was extremely well organized and didn t miss a beat all weekend The line for the men s restroom The queue as seen above for the toilet was sometimes over a hundred people long These long queues usually appeared just before the next set of games The girls this time had the last laugh with their toilet being unusually empty during the weekend apparently The youngsters were kept entertained with a kids only pinball area where the machines were all put on free play during the weekend which was a nice touch The kids free play area People friendliness was the highlight for me Everybody was extremely polite and went out their way to help you in any way needed People checked after playing a machine to see if there was someone waiting behind

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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    how the pop up targets operate as well as getting a feel for the flow of the game A close up of the whitewood There are three videos in total two showing the whitewood being flipped and a third with a sample animation for the start of Smaug Multiball Whitewood video 1 Whitewood video 2 The Smaug Multiball introduction from JP DeWin is mainly taken from the movie with the addition of a transition into the title text Smaug Multiball sample intro Jack said at the recent Texas Pinball Festival and Michigan Pinball Expo shows that The Hobbit has a very different style of play compared to their first game The Wizard of Oz WOZ Today he confirmed that saying Joe Balcer created another great game with a lot to shoot for and a lot of challenges This is a Pinball Battle game The level of player control and strategy in The Hobbit is a departure from what WOZ is Between Keith and Ted we can promise a game packed with the depth modes and rules that they are well known for At the two shows he also displayed to the audience part of the game s dashboard which conveys

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/games/hobbit/index9.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    designer Barry Oursler on the game Comet The pair went on to create the two rollercoaster sequels Cyclone and Hurricane Python and Williams finally parted company after production of Python s design of the vertical pinball game Pinball Circus was shelved Python often bitterly rejected the claims by Williams management that the bill of materials and earning reports made it uneconomic to manufacture So convinced was he that the game would be both economic to build and operate he had been working with a team of well known pinball people to remake Pinball Circus along with two new designs which incorporated a large number of innovative mechanisms Python with his improved ball lock design at Pinball Expo 2013 After his split with Williams he worked for Capcom where his creative talents were given an outlet through the company s Flipper Football game but once again his visions were often at odds with those of the management Python s appearances at Pinball Expo were the highlights for many visitors and he never failed to be both entertaining dramatic and controversial He was also not above parodying his anarchic madcap reputation Python s entrance to his seminar at Pinball Expo 2012 Python had been ill for several years diagnosed with cancer which initially seemed to be responding to treatment but ultimately spread through his body A recent appeal for financial assistance for his medical treatment through the GoFundMe website raised more than 19 000 Recent reports suggested the cancer had spread and Python did not have too many days left Unfortunately those reports proved to be correct and he passed away at his home earlier today But Python will be remembered for his rambunctious personality which created blinding sparks of creativity and controversy in equal measure wherever he went Always passionate always

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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    cash prize You can take a look around the Michigan Pinball Expo with our exclusive Pinball News Five Minute Tour video walk around the show Earlier on Saturday the first of the show s seminars took place in the Fireside Lounge in the Oakland Center Location for the seminars Kevin Kulek from Skit B spoke about progress on the team s first game Predator including their projected timescale for manufacturing the 250 machines Kevin Kulek He also announced that details of their second game would be revealed at the California Extreme show in July He refused to be drawn on the theme but did say they were on the third iteration of their whitewood and hoped to have a flipable game at the show Click here to play the MP3 of the seminar or right click to download the file You can also use the player below to play it within this page Get the Flash Player to hear this audio clip The second seminar was presented by pinball tech Bobby Butara who repairs the games at The Arcade in Brighton and was one of the techs at the show He showed a number of techniques for cleaning playfields and methods for mylar removal Bobby Butara To demonstrate his methods Bobby took a Creature from the Black Lagoon playfield and cleaned and polished it to a bright shine Click here to play the MP3 of the seminar or right click to download the file You can also use the player below to play it within this page Get the Flash Player to hear this audio clip Next came Jersey Jack Pinball s seminar which began with Jack Gaurnieri talking about starting the company from scratch their progress manufacturing The Wizard of Oz and the ongoing work designing their next game The Hobbit Jack Guarnieri Jack also described his recent visit to Chicago to play The Hobbit and to meet Pat Lawlor who is designing their third title After Jack Butch Peel gave a presentation to introduce the service menu system built into Jersey Jack Pinball machines showing how to test switches coils LEDs and how the generic and game specific settings can be adjusted Butch Peel Butch also described how to make adjustments to the leaf switches and microswitches used in the game and which are the most important switches which need to function correctly to enable the game s key features Click here to play the MP3 of the seminar or right click to download the file You can also use the player below to play it within this page Get the Flash Player to hear this audio clip After the Jersey Jack Pinball seminar a draw was made to select the lucky winner of a cash prize of 2 800 Entry to the draw could be earned by bringing a game to the show volunteering to help run it or by entering the PinBrawl doubles tournament which was held early on Saturday morning Pinball News editor Martin Ayub

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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    to give you the fullest coverage available anywhere which now includes full audio from all the seminars our exclusive video walkthrough and video of a world record attempt Today we bring you Click here for our pre show look at the set up and machines Click here for our first day report with two seminars and world record attempt Click here for our second day report with seven seminars and

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/shows/tpf2014/index.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    Italy Austria Poland Netherlands Sweden Saturday morning brought the start of the main EPC tournament with the first five groups A E consisting of 80 players who started their matches bright and early at 9am The first games of the main EPC Tournament begin The 16 players in each group played a single 3 ball game against each of the other 15 players The four players with the most wins in each group would go through to the play offs on Sunday The match order and machines used were predefined and printed on large boards posted next to each bank of machines As games were played a running tally of wins was shown on the right of the board The matches and results for each group were shown on large boards When all 15 rounds had been played the four players with the most wins moved on to the next round Generally speaking 10 or 11 wins from the 15 games would be enough to qualify Any fewer wins and you would be in danger of entering a play off or simply not qualifying Ties for places 1 3 were decided by IFPA ranking but any tie for the fourth qualifying place was decided by a play off match Where you finished in your group would be important when the play offs began on Sunday The machines were in good condition and most problems were dealt with quickly The tilt settings on some machines particularly Monster Bash machines for some reason were incredibly tight almost to the point where even playing with finger tips would still result in a tilt Oh look Monster Bash has tilted However given the number of players and games played the machines generally held up well and there were plenty of marshals around to register match results More qualifying matches The EPC machines were made harder to play by removing the inlane post rubbers and opening the outlanes up to maximum width Adjustments to make the game harder Other changes included removing centre posts using thin flipper rubbers fitting shorter lightning flippers and installing short flipper plungers so it was harder to cradle a ball Each of the three sessions was allocated five hours to complete the 15 rounds of matches This initially sounded optimistic but the difficulty of the machines ensured the matches were completed surprisingly quickly with plenty of time to spare The qualifying players from each group were GROUP A GROUP B Peter Blakemore Daniele Acciari Maarten Lemey Jan Anders Nilsson Jochen Ludwig Franck Bona Patrik Bodin Jonathan Joosten GROUP C GROUP D Greg Mott Alvar Palm Gergely Csonka Mario Anzini Roland Schwarz Stefan Karlhuber Reiner Pfeiffer Erwin Deutschländer GROUP E GROUP F Michael Trepp Albert Nomden Mark van der Gugten Devis Pierantozzi Nicola Pierobon Gergö Pataky Robert Sutter Joel Wozniak GROUP G GROUP H Paul Jongma Krisztián Szalai Andrzej Cieslik Markus Stix Alain Boulieu Thomas Binder Lieven Engelbeen Admir Peco GROUP I GROUP L Giuseppe Violante Jörgen Holm Juan Antonio Martín Amaya Andreas Meyer Timo Valkonen Levente Tregova Norman Heikamp Stefan Herold GROUP M GROUP N Andreas Harre Jonas Johansson Zsolt Piller Juan Escuder Juan Vicario Soriano Cesare d Atri Stefan Vesterling Lorenz Weiss GROUP O GROUP P Glenn Pellis Teemu Vinnikka Manuel Cereda Hendrik Morskate Dirk Elzholz Mats Runsten Lukasz Romanowski Mattias Jeppsson GROUP Q Laszlo Horn Gabriel Ortiz Lionis Robert Gagno Claudio Melone These 60 qualifiers returned on Sunday morning at which point they were divided into 5 groups of 12 and played another session where each competitor played a single game against everyone else in their group Once again the top four progressed to the next round The second round of play offs They were GROUP R GROUP S Peter Blakemore Gabriel Ortiz Lionis Lieven Engelbeen Lukasz Romanowski Krisztián Szalai Mats Runsten Norman Heikamp Juan Escuder GROUP T GROUP U Markus Stix Franck Bona Robert Sutter Andreas Meyer Stefan Vesterling Jan Anders Nilsson Paul Jongma Joel Wozniak GROUP V Michael Trepp Nicola Pierobon Gergely Csonka Daniele Acciari The following rounds were played in a best of three single elimination format The top two players from each group earned one bye as did two of the third place qualifiers The remaining eight has to play in the first round The path to the final EPC organiser Alessio Crisantemi explains the format The next round further reduces the number of players left in the tournament With the possibility of a place in the final looming any malfunctions were given extra scrutiny to ensure both players were treated fairly and nobody gained an unfair advantage At times though the only solution was to abandon the game and start again on an alternate machine Whenever a problem occurred there was no shortage of marshals or opinions As Sunday afternoon wore on crowds gathered to watch the quarter final matches One of the matches in the closing rounds of the EPC Before we move on to the semi finals of the EPC the semi finals and finals of the 80s Tournament were held at the back of the lobby The top eight players from Friday s and Saturday s qualifying round were 80S TOURNAMENT QUALIFIERS 1st Martin Ayub 2nd Daniele Acciari 3rd Roberto Pedroni 4th Patrik Bodin 5th Jérémy Reynaud 6th Federico Croci 7th Manuel Cereda 8th Robert Gagno These eight were divided into two groups of four and each group played a single 3 ball game on a pre selected machine either Police Force or Torpedo Alley The top two scorers would advance to the final POLICE FORCE TORPEDO ALLEY Martin Ayub Patrik Bodin Jérémy Reynaud Robert Gagno Daniele Acciari Roberto Pedroni Federico Croci Manuel Cereda The 80s Tournament semi finals On Police Force it was a win for Robert with Jérémy second Martin third and Patrik fourth Meanwhile Roberto was the winner on Torpedo Alley with Daniele second Manuel third and Federico fourth So with the last four decided only the final on Harlem Globetrotters remained The 80s Tournament final begins

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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    more of the Enada stands in the amusements hall Lots of stands in the gaming hall were offering free food and drink to visitors Back in the amusements hall the ever popular mini pinball dispensers were available from several vendors As we are getting back to the pinball element this video pinball on the San Remo Games stand was an interesting take on the format The digital Pinball Machine It is a curious device with a standard two screen cabinet but the second screen showed a mix of dot matrix and alpha numeric animations One of the two machines on the stand was sitting there with a ball stuck on the playfield so it had a certain degree of realism The backbox screen for the Zombie Attack game Nearby on the Italgiochi stand was a real pinball a Stern Metallica Pro machine but due to its location at the opposite end of the hall to the pinball tournaments it was missed by many potential players Metallica Pro on the Italgiochi stand Two new Stern Mustang Pro machines were at Enada The first was on the Tecnoplay stand and was set on free play It received almost constant play throughout all three days of the show The Mustang pinball on the Tecnoplay stand The second was in the tournament area and hosted a high score competition Stern s new Mustang Pro in the tournament area Gary Stern was at the show and he was installing daily updates to the Mustang s software to add more features display animations and sound effects Gar Stern installs the latest version of the Mustang code On the first two days of the Enada show there were daily high score competitions on Mustang which had free entry and a trophy for the winner Play in the high score competition Scores were recorded manually on paper and entered into a laptop computer at the tournament desk The tournament desk On Wednesday the high score competition winner was Lukasz Romanowski and on Thursday it was Daniele Baldan Lukasz Romanowski winner on Wednesday Daniele Baldan winner on Thursday with Tecnoplay s Mauro Zaccaria and IFPA Italia s Alessio Crisantemi The main tournament of the Enada show was held on five modern Stern pinballs Avatar X Men AC DC Star Trek and The Avengers The Enada Primavera Tournament Qualifying began on Wednesday and ran through to midday on Friday For a 5 entry fee competitors could play two games on each machine with their highest score of the two counting The scores were then ranked and the top eight players went through to the play offs Players queue to get their turn on the five tournament machines On the first two days of qualifying players could enter the tournament area and play all five games On Friday that changed so players had to put their name on a waiting list for one machine at a time Once their name was called and they had played they could then put their

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