PINBALL EXPO 2005
Here we are again in windy, snowy Rosemont just on the edge of Chicago's O'Hare airport but things are a bit different this time.
For one, we're not at the Ramada because parts of that have been demolished and the whole hotel is closed.
So we're a short walk up the road at the Wyndham.
Secondly, the Bumper Blast welcoming get together the night before Expo officially starts has been put on steroids to become a decent pre-Expo party.
There wasn't a whole lot to distinguish it from the rest of the show - a good number of people chatted and played pinball on show games in one of the show halls. It was a bit more intimate than the main show and sandwiches, nibbles and fizzy drinks were provided but it was really a chance to meet up with old friends and perhaps those you've only talked to through e-mail.
Games set up and playable tonight were:
One of the most interesting games was the Mr Game-made machine, Motor Show.
The radical cabinet and built-in video monitor help make this an interesting game to both watch and to play. It certainly got a lot attention.
The proceedings finished at 11pm when people retired to either the bar or the drive home ready for the real start of Expo - the factory tour.
We'll be back soon with more updates from that and the show but that's all for now.
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