PINBALL EXPO 2010
Date: 20th - 24th October, 2010
Day one of the 26th annual Pinball Expo began at 6pm when registration opened and the first games to arrive were made available to the public. This was the scene in the games hall at 5pm.
The Chicago Pinball Mafia had an impressive row of machines and as expected, TheKorn had an unusual twist to two of his games. The Machine - Bride of Pinbot and Mousin' Around both had interesting modifications to the coin door.
The half-inch perspex coin door has a 600W sub-woofer installed, with a surround of blue LEDs which are linked to the game's lighting effects.
The main hall was used for a corporate function until around 4pm, so by 5pm they were still clearing out the previous event and starting to get set up for Pinball Expo.
As the evening drew on, it started to resemble the show hall we've come to expect.
Just as the main hall started to take shape, the games hall added another bunch of machines and many more players as the evening drew on. Here's what it looked like by 10pm.
There were still plenty of gaps for more machines to be added but those will no doubt be filled over the course of the next day or two.
Earlier in the evening, the Bumper Blast welcome party served up a buffet dinner of salad, pasta, bread and cheesecake to Expo guests.
Guests gathered at large round tables to socialise and compare notes about the show so far.
A little way into the Bumper Blast, some live music was provided by Derek Fugate who played guitar and sang some classic rock songs, starting - almost inevitably - with Pinball Wizard.
When the Bumper Blast ended, many headed for the games hall, others stopped by the main show hall to see how it was coming along, while others still retired to their rooms in preparation for the first full day of Pinball Expo which begins with the Stern factory tour.
Take a look at the events from day two in our next Pinball Expo 2010 report by clicking here.
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