Date: March 28th - 30th, 2014
Additional photography by Ken Kemp
Welcome to the final part of our Texas Pinball Festival coverage.
Sunday at the show is a shorter day to allow vendors and machine donors time to pack up and return home at a sensible hour.
And speaking of vendors, let's take a look at who had booths at the show over the course of the three days.
Starting in one of ths side rooms, Rob Anthony's Pinball Classics had their regular selection of pinball parts, mods and while-you-wait board repairs.
Pinballz Arcade were tempting people to visit their Austin location
For those who missed out on the free draw, there was a charity raffle running throughout the show. Tickets for this cost $5 or you could get 5 tickets for $20. Door prizes were drawn every hour, with the main prize being drawn at 2:30pm on Sunday.
Proceeds from the raffle went to the Wounded Warrior Project, while the main prize was a brand new Star Trek Pro machine.
Over in the tournament area, things appeared a little quieter than usual. This may have been due to the holding of Pinburgh on the same weekend which absorbed 400 tournament players, or maybe the games were just concluded faster than normal.
As usual, the TPF had a wide range of tournaments - nine in total - and competitive play began even before the show opened to the public with qualifying in the main tournaments starting at 2pm on the Friday.
There were four main tournaments - Texas Shoot-Out, Texas Tilt, Classic, and Electromechanical. Their results from these four events combined to give a player an overall ranking which was used to determine qualification for the Texas State Championship.
Results were displayed by a projector which called for good eyesight to read.
Fortunately, results were also available on the pinballtourneys.com website for those with smartphones, tablets or laptops.
Qualification for the EM tournament started at 2pm on Friday and continued until 5pm on Saturday. The Classics ran an hour longer, finishing at 6pm, while the Texas Tilt's qualifying closed at 7pm and the Texas Shoot Out's at 8pm. Each tournament had three divisions of play: A, B & C with the top 8 qualifiers automatically being allocated to the A division, the next 8 to B and the next 8 to C. Players in the top 100 IFPA rankings could only qualify in A, so if they were placed below 8th they were eliminated from the tournament.
The results from each division in the four tournaments are available at the pinballtourneys.com site.
The earlier ending of the qualifying rounds caught out some players but avoided the problems from last year when play continued through Saturday night, giving players just a couple of hours break before Sunday's rounds began again.
The first round of play-offs in each tournament began 30 minutes after the end of qualifying with the 1st, 4th, 5th and 8th playing in one round and the 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th playing in the other in 4-player matches. The winner of each match went into the final, while the remaining players were re-mixed into two 3-player games where the winners also joined the final.
Each division in each tournament had its own play-offs and finals, and the results from the four main tournaments combined to give players an overall ranking for the Texas State Championship.
The same format was then used to decide the winners of this overall title.
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