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    other one It seemed that Mr Yasuda was quite tired after work and so he could not play very well at that moment Then we had our late dinner from 9pm in a nearby Japanese restaurant Dinner During the dinner we were sharing our knowledge and experience about pinballs According to Mr Ito he will be attending an international pinball tournament in Germany in May this year I hope that he can get a good result there Mr Yasuda was very excited when I showed him photos of the Transformers AC DC and The Avengers pinballs He said he had been intending to visit Hong Kong to play pinballs According to him there were over a hundred pinballs near the Shinjiku district ten years ago Unfortunately most of these pins have gradually disappeared We finished our dinner around 10 30pm but we still decided to have one more one game tournament on the Attack from Mars This time we also invited another Japanese pin lover I did not know his name to join our tournament i e 4 players per game Perhaps Mr Yasuda had taken enough rest and so he performed very well in his game and became the final champion of the day Mr Ito Mr Yasuda and our new pinball friend All of us were focusing on Mr Yasuda s performance Player 4 is Mr Yashuda s score The fun day finally ended at 11 30pm and luckily all of us could still catch the last train home The next day we took an earlier flight back to Hong Kong from Haneda Airport A good full stop had been put on my Chinese New Year pinball trip The flight back to Hong Kong Here is some more information about Mikado Game Centre Transportation A two minute walk from the JR train station Takadanobaba Waseda Exit Business hours 10am midnight Website mi ka do net Comments The three pinballs were in excellent working condition UPDATE February 2014 During the Chinese New Year holidays in February 2014 I visited Tokyo with my wife on our leisure trip After leaving Beer Café Zinc we took a ten minute taxi ride to visit the Mikado in Takatanobaba There were no changes to the titles of their three pinballs Medieval Madness Monster Bash and Attack from Mars since my previous visit in February last year The MM pinball was in excellent condition while the other two were in acceptable condition Medieval Madness Monster Bash and Attack from Mars at Mikado With three machines our group of five could have four player tournaments with the remaining one enjoying a single player game at the same time In addition we were totally free to cheer on each other whenever any of us got the super jackpots whereas we needed to suppress our emotions while playing at the Beer Café Zinc Four player games Mr IK got the highest score on AFM and was the champion that night Attack from Mars champion Mr IK Since

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    upper level Although the bar was not very spacious its decoration was quite elegant Inside Zools Guests pictures cover the wall Darts games There was a single electro mechanical pinball a Bally Freedom and two darts machines there I should have seen the Freedom pin when I was a child however I could not recall where and when I might have seen it which is something I regret The Bally Freedom I am a crazy lover of EM pins so I started playing the Freedom immediately after entering the bar I was not aware until my wife reminded me about it that we hadn t ordered our meal yet There was a small blackboard beside the Freedom pin which listed the top seven scores The highest so far was 193 430 pts Unfortunately both of Mr Ito and I could only reach around 100 000 points at that night prehaps because this was our first time playing this game The best scores so far There were no other guests during our stay so we could enjoy our drinks and meal in a relaxed manner Finally the fun day ended around 7 30pm We took the same train with Mr Ito towards Shinjuku and said goodbye to him in the middle of the journey when we reached Nakano station Originally I also had an appointment with another Japanese master pinball player Mr Yasuda on that day 18th February However he had not been contactable during the whole long weekend 16th 18th Surprisingly Mr Yasuda contacted Mr Ito some time near midnight and suggeted he meet both of us two days later in the Mikado near the JR Takadanobaba station This meant that the Chinese New Year pinball tournament was not cancelled just postponed o Here is some more information about Zools

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    Casino the classic Stern title Flight 2000 and Starship Troopers which was made by Stern s forerunner Sega Pinball FarSight have released most of the A list Williams Bally titles utilising Kickstarter funding where necessary to pay for the more expensive licences such as Twilight Zone and Star Trek The Next generation There is also talk of Stern s The Simpsons Pinball Party being their next Kickstarter funded title So it makes sense for FarSight to turn their sights on Stern s portfolio of pinball titles and for Stern to try to leverage those assets The big worry has always been that creating a digital version of a production pinball will reduce sales of the physical game or reduce income from operated machines Gary Stern has said several times that the company wouldn t help create digital versions of his titles for that very reason and there has been a gentlemen s agreement between Stern and Visual Future Pinball game developers that no Stern tables would be created in digital form until three years after production of the game ended However with Stern developing their Vault Edition range where they reserve the right to re run any of their older titles at any point that agreement has become harder to abide by There has also been a softening of Stern s position over the past few years as the potential of mobile gaming to bring new players and buyers into pinball has been acknowledged Now FarSight Studios have formed a partnership with Stern Pinball which will form the Stern Pinball Arcade series where Stern s licensed titles will be recreated by FarSight in official digital form Using a licensed theme for digital tables has always been problematic but the process should be simplified for new titles by negotiating the digital pinball rights at the same time as those for the physical pinball For older titles teaming up with the current or previous physical rights holder should also help smooth the acquisition of those same rights and assets for the digital game Here s how Stern announced the partnership Stern Pinball Announces New Expanded Partnership with Digital Game Developer FarSight Studios World s Leading Maker of Arcade Quality Pinball Games Teams Up With Digital Pinball Wizards to Connect the Real and Virtual Worlds ELK GROVE VILLAGE IL September 22 2015 Stern Pinball Inc the world s oldest and largest producer of arcade quality pinball games announced a new expanded partnership with FarSight Studios a developer and publisher of multi platform digital games including The Pinball Arcade FarSight will develop a new digital platform called the Stern Pinball Arcade that will feature exact virtual replicas of Stern Pinball s hottest terrestrial pinball machines FarSight Studios has been developing top videogame products across platforms for more than two decades From movie licensed strategy games and hardcore sports titles to edutainment games for kids and mass market software Over the years FarSight has developed many best selling franchises such as Game Party Sega Sports

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    down and played easier ones Ranking were based on the number of wins but there were also sub points which showed how you had performed against opponents stronger or weaker than you If you beat someone who was higher ranked than you you got more sub points than beating a weaker opponent Players with the same number of wins were then ranked by their sub points scores Krisztan Szalai put up a monster score on Black Rose There was a special guest at the Austrian Pinball Open this year as Heighway Pinball head Andrew Heighway was attending to help promote his Full Throttle game and support his distributor Stefan Riedler of RS Pinball Andrew is interviewed for the ORF news programme At just after 1pm everything stopped for an hour for lunch Those who had spent the extra 12 and pre ordered the lunch meal were treated to a range of dishes which were by all accounts from those who partook very well prepared and amazingly tasty They certainly looked and smelled nice sniff It s one o clock and time for lunch Feeling hungry yet Some salad dishes as well After lunch it was on to the next round of matches The Austrian Open continues We weren t the only one taking pictures One interesting detail about pinball in Austria is how it has been officially recognised as a sport by the Austrian Sport Union a fact proudly displayed on one of the banners at the event Pinball is a sport at least in Austria Play continued until around 7pm when the last round was played and the final results of the qualifying stage were known The top 32 players would continue into Sunday s play offs While the Open was taking place qualifying for the Classic Tournament was also under way There were nine machines set up in the Classic Tournament area Fun Fest seemed not to work from the start leaving these eight Classic Tournament Machines Bronco Farfalla Firepower Hot Wheels Jubilee Kings of Steel Stardust Whoa Nellie The row of Classic Tournament machines One of the newest machines was also one of the Classics Entry to the Classic Tournament was free for APO players with each player allowed one game on each of the machines Scores were recorded and when qualifying finished on Saturday morning they were ranked with points awarded according to position in the ranking order The sixteen players with the highest points total would go through to the play offs on Sunday Stardust Hot Wheels and Jubilee were taken out of the tournament at various points during Saturday after they developed faults so the qualification was decided on the remaining machine When qualifying for the main tournament was over and Sunday s qualifiers were announced it was time for Andrew Heighway to make a presentation about Heighway Pinball show some pictures and videos of the factory and the games and answer questions from the assembled guests Andrew Heighway talks about his company and the games Full Throttle and Alien Despite the tournament being over for the day a sizeable audience remained to hear Andrew s talk In addition to meeting visitors and answering their questions Andrew also played in both tournaments He missed out on qualifying for the Open but easily qualified for the Classic Tournament Throughout Saturday sales of tickets for a prize raffle were being sold in the main hall Prices at 2 each prizes included Heighway Pinball goodies such as T shirts and a signed translite prizes from Heighway Pinball distributor Stefan Riedler s RS Pinball a basket of cured meats with the main prize being a Funhouse pinball Another winning ticket is selected picture Gabor Varga As it turned out one Rudy was won by another Rudi Rudi Haferl who held the winning ticket for the grand prize Rudi Haferl right the lucky winner of the Funhouse picture Gabor Varga The venue then stayed open until late into the night for those who wanted to carry on playing or enjoying the Puntigamer beer We opted to return to the hotel get a nice meal and a few drinks at a local restaurant and catch up on our sleep a little Sunday morning meant play offs for both the Open and the Classic The Open divided the 32 qualifiers into four groups of eight A D and allocated each group a bank of seven machines to play Three of the banks were in the main hall while the fourth D was upstairs on the top floor Group A Group B Twilight Zone Revenge from Mars Star Trek The Next Generation Dracula Bram Stoker s Creature from the Black Lagoon Addams Family The Fish Tales Medieval Madness NBA Fastbreak No Fear Star Wars Independence Day Apollo 13 Funhouse Group C Group D Whirlwind Fire Elvira The Party Monsters Jokerz Johnny Mnemonic Lethal Weapon 3 Atlantis Kiss Pro Kiss LE Walking Dead The LE Walking Dead The Pro Full Throttle WWE Wrestlemania Star Trek Pro Everyone played a best of three match against the seven other players in their group with the number of wins determining which four progressed to the final The play offs in the Open In groups B and D getting four wins would be enough to progress In C it was only enough to get into a three way play off for two places while in A you needed five wins to progress Stefan and Roland play a tie breaker for first place in Group C When this round was over and the sixteen players who continued were decided the play offs for the Classic Tournament could begin The Classic used a straightforward single elimination format where the sixteen qualifiers were reduced to eight then four and a final two with the two losing semi finalists also holding a play off for third position All matches were played on machines drawn at random The battle on Firepower for third place in the Classic Tournament The Open used the

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    breaks for a late lunch and dinner but it took until around midnight before all the games in both groups had been completed During one of those breaks ukasz took a group of players on a visit to a nearby military equipment museum With Poland s dependence on the Soviet Union following the Second World War the country was heavily militarised and some of those vehicles still remain They are displayed along with assorted military hardware from the Soviet years of 1945 89 and the post 89 years when Poland gained full independence All the equipment was well maintained and all the vehicles were capable of being driven The Muzeum Techniki Wojskowej in Zabrze picture ukasz Dziatkiewicz Examining some of the armoured vehicles picture ukasz Dziatkiewicz This is definitely a hands on museum picture ukasz Dziatkiewicz Then it was back to Printimus Pinball for the rest of the day to complete all the rounds It took until around midnight for all the qualifying games to be completed and the groups for Sunday s rounds to be announced But as Marcin said You re here to play pinball and indeed we were But not exclusively So we headed back into town but were surprised to find the centre of the city almost deserted and nearly all the bars closed Clearly Bytom is not the place to go for an active nightlife However we did find one particularly enjoyable bar on Market Square which seemed in no particular hurry to close and had an interesting selection of beers to enjoy Sunday also officially began at 10am but in practice took a little longer to get going Although it was nice to have a little warm up time before the competitive matches started this extra time would catch up with us later as we shall see Before the first games ukasz made a couple of presentations The first was to Marcin for co organising and hosting the Printimus Pinball Cup weekend ukasz presents Marcin with a special drink Marcin with his bottle of Kingpin American IPA beer flavoured with mandarin and green tea The editor of Pinball News Martin Ayub was also presented with a special miniature electronic pinball machine fridge magnet ukasz and Martin The format for Sunday first round was a mini version of Saturday s Once again it was a series of two player head to head games only this time everyone got to play the eight qualifying players in the opposite group who they hadn t played on Saturday Machine cards were chosen once again to decide the machine to play and the play order Sunday s second round begins The number of wins would determine the positions in each division with the result of the head to head game used to break any ties You ve always got someone looking over your shoulder Amongst the various media outlets filming and recording interviews the Red Bull girls arrival provided some refreshment for both the throat and the eyes The Red Bull girls handed out cans of Red Bull and got to play a little pinball too Food was also available to pre order including a repeat of the vegan burgers from Friday night We opted to take a break and head into the city for a meal at one of the restaurants on Market Square a square meal perhaps returning an hour later for the final few games and the final rounds We re entering the last few matches and the busy weekend is taking its toll Once all the group matches had been played the three divisions were sliced into groups of four The top four in the A division would play in the final the next four would play for 5th 8th places the next four for 9th 12th and so on The final would be delayed until all other matches had completed The matches to decide final positions The top four who would contest the final were Daniele Celestino Acciari Martin Ayub Piotr Kocha ski and Mariusz Tkacz Mariusz Tkacz Daniele Celestino Acciari Piotr Kocha ski Martin Ayub Each finalist could choose a machine to play in the final except for fourth ranked Mariusz who had The Wizard of Oz chosen for him as the last machine to play Points were awarded for position on each game 4 2 1 0 but the number of points scored in the previous round also carried over which meant Daniele already had a 3 point lead going into the final Daniele chose No Good Gofers as his machine and while he had the lead after ball one with 3 99M to 2 7M 0 8M and 0 5M there was still a long way to go But Daniele took control with ball two to stretch out a big lead with his 18 8M a good 14M ahead of his closest contender He did a repeat performance on the third ball to win with 36M Martin pulled back taking his score from 2 5M to 15M for second place Piotr took third with 8 8M and Mariusz was close behind on 5 5M Martin s choice of AC DC Pro proved the perfect selection for Daniele who racked up a very impressive 213M on his first ball alone while the others languished on 4 3M 2 6M and 1 8M Daniele on AC DC As if to prove a point Daniele powered through to a total of 392M by the end of ball two to Martin s 9 4M Mariusz s 7 8M and Piotr s 5 8M Both Martin and Piotr had better third balls resulting in a nail bitingly close final score for second place As Piotr got the double bonus it looked like he would take second but in fact ended up tantalisingly close in third The battle for second on AC DC Daniele didn t need to play his third ball as he had already won after his first ball So Daniele had 8 points Martin

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    to choose to which of the six houses they wish to pledge allegiance and fight for Each house brings a different set of features and is indicated by a progress grid just above the flippers The six houses There are also opportunities to increase playfield scoring by up to 5x and then cash in that multiplier at the Iron Bank That s just one of the functions of the action button mounted on the lock bar The action button on the lock bar Other uses are choosing your house selecting other houses to battle picking items to purchase launching the ball entering your high score initials and wielding your sword in the game s video mode Yes that s right Game of Thrones has a video mode featuring you with your trust sword and your opponent attacking you with an axe This began as just stick figures fighting but later software has fleshed them out somewhat There s no chance of a peaceful settlement here You either win the battle or you die So here s Stern s list of which feature goes with which model The features grid click to enlarge This grid reveals a couple of changes to Stern s previous game design First of all the power cord becomes a standard IEC computer style lead just like on later Williams Bally games Secondly the latch style lock bar is now standard on all models including the Premium and Limited Editions but thankfully the playfield support pegs haven t yet taken over from the slides on the top end models Here s how Stern announced the game along with details of the prices of the the three models which are unchanged from the previous Kiss game Stern Pinball to Release Game of Thrones Pinball Machines World s Leading Maker of Arcade Quality Pinball Games Partners with HBO Global Licensing to Announce Newest Pinball Title ELK GROVE VILLAGE IL September 8 2015 Stern Pinball Inc the world s oldest and largest producer of arcade quality pinball machines proudly announced today the availability of Game of Thrones pinball machines Inspired by the hit HBO drama series the newest Stern machines put players in the heat of battle where noble families fight for control of the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms Stern s Game of Thrones Pro Premium and Limited Edition machines are packed with features and toys that provide an irresistible challenge to play against kings knights knaves and dragons Each player can choose to be a Knight of the Stark Lannister Greyjoy Baratheon Martell or Tyrell family Houses and pick other Houses to battle Game of Thrones actor Rory McCann as Sandor Clegane The Hound guides the player throughout the game with authenticity and strong presence The goal of the game is to rule the seven kingdoms of Westeros The Game of Thrones pinball machine celebrates the much loved HBO series and gives fans an intense high energy pinball experience said Gary Stern Chairman and CEO of Stern

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    a world record which include having two fully independent witnesses present at all times to confirm that all the rules are being followed are sufficiently onerous to dissuade many who consider getting their names into the record books But not Eden Stamm one of Canada s top pinball players who will make his own attempt to break that 28 hour record starting on Tuesday 8th September And this time it will be certified by Guinness World Records Promotional material for the world record attempt The attempt will be made at The Lamplighter Public House in Gastown Vancouver with the first plunge of the ball scheduled for 3pm this Tuesday 8th September If everything goes to plan the record will be matched at 7pm the following day with any time beyond that extending the record further Eden will be permitted a five minute break for every completed hour and these can be banked to provide a longer break The scheduled record breaking time will coincide with the start of the new weekly Replay Pinball Tournament which kicks off at 7pm this Wednesday having moved from the Library Square location Damon Holowchak of Donnelly Group which owns both The Lamplighter and Library

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    announcing the game Details of the Steve Ritchie designed game are scarce at the moment although more are expected on Tuesday when Stern Pinball are thought to be releasing the first pictures The Wall Street Journal s arts entertainment section blog Speakeasy featured a promotional video announcing the game s forthcoming release Here it is We ll be back with much more on Stern s new Game of Thrones pinball

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