Date: 6th - 8th July, 2017
Location: Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center, 366 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA 01566, USA.
Report by Jack Starkey
Photography by Jhakke
On July 6, 7 and 8, 2017, over 2,000 people converged at the crossroads of New England, USA to experience the region’s only major pinball exposition, the Pintastic Pinball and Game Room Expo.
Each facet of the show is represented by an icon
Dave Marston talks with the WSKB morning team
Back for its third year in 2017 at the only lakeside venue in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, the Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center, Pintastic featured over 200 pinball machines from the 1950s right up to this year’s new releases, including the world premiere of the highly-anticipated Star Wars machine from Stern Pinball!
There were many hard-to- find games, sometimes even in duplicate
Many recent games were in two different rooms for day and night shifts,
allowing more playing time
New England band Aerosmith had to be represented at a New England show
while in the background, the booth where buyers could get at-show financing
The world premiere of Stern's Star Wars pinball
There were several Dialed In! games, both Pro and Limited Edition
There was a generous supply of stools to support up-and-coming players
Panorama of the main free-play room where EMs dominate the wall positions
There were technicians in abundance. Can you identify this game?
Not all games were coin-op
The hotel served food and drinks right outside the main free-play room
Enthusiastic guests and collectors delighted at the chance to witness over eighty years' of pinball innovation, as well as classic video games, entertainment for kids, a massive vendor hall featuring the coolest ideas for your home and game room, pinball and video game tournaments for adults and kids, pinball machine auctions, an outdoor flea market in strolling distance of Cedar Lake, as well as informative seminars and lively entertainment, all in one convenient and well-equipped venue.
There were some vendors selling pop culture items
Pintastic New England has several T-shirt styles
There were re-themed games at the show,
and the ingredients to start your own re-theme
PinBox 3000 kits were for sale at the Cardboard Teck booth
The vendor hall had some free-play games in the middle
and the tournaments at the back
The tournament games
Tournament prizes and Pintastic pint glasses
Pintastic Founder Gabriel D'Annunzio
congratulates the winner of the Kids' Tournament
Entertainers were brought in to broaden the family appeal
After the outdoor flea market closed, fire juggler Eric Girardi stoked the crowd
Pintastic was thrilled to welcome honored guests and seminar presenters including legendary game designer Barry Oursler, pinball artist Jeremy 'Zombie Yeti' Packer, Todd Tuckey of TNT Amusements, pinball sound and music creator David Thiel, and Butch Peel of Jersey Jack Pinball clued us in on the intricacies of Dialed In!
Jeremy 'Zombie Yeti' Packer gives his first-ever solo pinball seminar
Todd Tuckey makes a rare visit to a distant pinball show
- his seminar included many video clips, of course
Free rectangular pizza at the Jersey Jack update seminar
Butch Peel of Jersey Jack Pinball gave a seminar on Dialed In! that included
holding a video camera inside the game
Barry Oursler and Jeremy Packer start the autograph session.
The poster on the table was done by Packer for the Pintastic show
Pintastic and its guests also supported several charities during the event including the Worcester County Food Bank, Project Pinball, The 200 Foundation, and The Andrea Ritz Clinics of Paraguay through a charity auction and several games set up for paid play.
Money was raised for several charities, including an auction of this donated machine
There was a pick-your- prize raffle
Folks at this year’s show were particularly excited to get their flipping fingers on Stern's new Aerosmith table, the John Trudeau-designed Ghostbusters, Pat Lawlor's Dialed In! from Jersey Jack and of course, the belle of the ball was Stern’s new Star Wars table!
Visitors came from the six New England states and well beyond
Stay tuned for next year’s dates coming soon and visit the website Pintastic at pintasticnewengland.com.
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