Date: 3rd - 5th June, 2016
Location: Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402, USA

The 9th annual Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show opened to the public on Friday 3rd June in the city of Tacoma, south of Seattle.

The city of Tacoma
The city of Tacoma

The venue is the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center – a glassy construct built on a hill such that the side entrance is on the third floor while the main entrance is on the first.

The Greater Tacoma Conference and Trade Center
The Greater Tacoma Conference and Trade Center

The show is held on the top (fifth) floor, and as soon as you arrive at the top of the escalator, you see the first change this year. The seminars have moved from a rather disconnected room on the third floor and been brought into the lobby area.

The seminars area on the top floor
The seminars area on the top floor

Because of all the glass – and hence all the natural light – the organisers have eschewed the use of a projector for the seminar speakers’ presentations, and have used three large-screen LCD monitors for the speakers and the audience instead.

The seminars area
The seminars area

As usual, all the seminars will be streamed live with the videos then posted on the show’s YouTube page.

THURSDAY

When we arrived around 4pm on the Thursday, preparations were underway in all areas.

The registrations desk team preparing the badges, wristbands and welcome packs
The registrations desk team preparing the badges, wristbands and welcome packs
Some of the machines for the kids zone
Some of the machines for the kids zone
The winner of the Kids Tournament will win this rather splendid trophy
The winner of the Kids Tournament will win this rather splendid trophy
Inside the hall, the merchandise desk is also being populated
Inside the hall, the merchandise desk was also being populated
Elsewhere in the hall, many of the machines had arrived
Elsewhere in the hall, many of the machines had arrived
The tournaments team preparing their machines
The tournaments team preparing their machines
A good number of EM games were there
A good number of EM games were there…
Here are some of them
…and here are some of them
From the older games to the very newest
From the older games to the very newest from Stern Pinball, Heighway Pinball, and Dutch Pinball
Two The Hobbit games and a The Wizard of Oz from JJP
Two The Hobbit games and a The Wizard of Oz from JJP
But there were still plenty of games to be set up
But there were still plenty of games to be set up
The transportation crew kept the games coming
The transportation crew kept the games coming
It's certainly not all pinball though - there were tons of videos too
It’s certainly not all pinball though – there were tons of videos too
One row of classic arcade videos
One row of classic arcade videos
More classic videos
More classic videos
Surrounding the merchandise desk were numerous vendor tables
Surrounding the merchandise desk were numerous vendor tables
These would be filled with gaming goodies come the opening on Friday
These would be filled with gaming goodies come the opening on Friday
Private deals would be posted on the show noticeboard
Private deals and messages would be posted on the show notice board


FRIDAY

With just a couple of hours to go until the official opening at midday, nearly all the machines were in place and vendors were setting up their stands.

The Kids Zone in the lobby was almost ready
The Kids Zone in the lobby was almost ready
Hopefully 'adult mode' is not enabled on this Flipper Football in the Kids Zone
Hopefully ‘adult mode’ is not enabled on this Flipper Football in the Kids Zone
This custom pinball allows kids to explore what's under the glass
This custom pinball allows kids to explore what’s normally under the glass
Some 'big kids' check out the games
Some ‘big kids’ check out the games

Inside the hall, things were shaping-up nicely.

Machines on the left side of the show floor
Machines on the left side of the show floor
Making a few last minute adjustments
Making a few last minute adjustments
More machines on the left of the hall
More machines on the left of the hall
More machines on the left of the hall
More machines on the left of the hall
Pinballs on the right side of the hall
Pinballs on the right side of the hall
Some of the electromechanical games
Some of the electromechanical games
There was enough space in the hall to access the back of these EMs
There was enough space in the hall to access the back of these EMs

The show opened at midday, but before then plenty of visitors were buying tickets to be one of the first through the doors.

Queues at the admissions desk
Queues at the admissions desk

As visitors entered the hall they came to the merchandise desk which is where they could buy their tickets for the prize draws which took place over the three day.

There was a $1-per-entry daily draw for one large and multiple smaller prizes, and a show-long draw for a brand new Ghostbusters Pro game.

The daily top prizes - an Xbox One for Friday, a Laser Wars for Saturday, and an Astro Blaster for Sunday
The daily top prizes – an Xbox One for Friday, a Laser Wars for Saturday, and an Astro Blaster for Sunday
Tickets for the Ghostbusters Pro cost $20 each with the draw taking place on Sunday
Tickets for the Ghostbusters Pro cost $20 each with the draw taking place on Sunday

When the doors opened, visitors could sign up for the various pinball tournaments being held over the three days. The main match-play event was split into five qualifying rounds on Friday and Saturday. Players could only sign up for one round at a time, but if they didn’t qualify they could then register for another round up to a maximum of three.

There was also a Classics PinGolf tournament played on a bank of classics machine to the left of the desk. This also ran through Friday and Saturday, with players booking their tee-off times at five minute intervals.

Entry for either tournament cost $20. There were also a women’s tournament, two kids tournaments, a Rookie Tournament with a Galahad or the winner, and a Rising Star championship with a refurbished Harlem Globetrotters as the prize.

Players registering for the tournaments
Players registering for the tournaments
Another player registers, while organiser Dave Stewart talks with Bob Matthews
Another player registers, while organiser Dave Stewart talks with Bob Matthews
Before the match play and pingolf tournaments began there was a free-practice sessionon both banks of machines
Before the Match-Play and PinGolf tournaments began there was a free-practice session on both banks of machines from noon until 1pm on Friday
The pingolf tournament begins
The Classics PinGolf tournament begins
The Galahad machine for the rookie tournament champion
The Galahad machine for the Rookie Tournament champion
The Harlem Globetrotters for the rising star champion
The Harlem Globetrotters for the Rising Star champion
Dave Stewart explains how the match-play tournament works
Dave Stewart explains how the match-play tournament works
The first round of qualifying in the match-play tournament
The first round of qualifying in the match-play tournament

The hall soon got busier as more visitors arrived. However, the games were well-spaced so that it never became difficult to move around the room.

More guests arrive
More guests arrive
Plent of space between the machines
Plenty of space between the machines
The same for the videos
The same for the videos
A selection of cocktail vids
A selection of cocktail vids

In total we counted 215 pinballs set up and playable, either on the show floor, in the tournaments area or at a vendor’s booth.

185 Show Floor Free Play Machines
2001
4 Square
Addams Family, The
Addams Family, The
Aladdin’s Castle
Ali
Argosy
Atlantis
Attack from Mars
Aztec
Bad Cats
Batman Forever
Beat the Clock
Beat Time
Big Ben
Big Brave
Big Lebowski, The
Big Top
Black Knight 2000
Black Knight 2000
Bride of Pinbot 2.0
Buccaneer
Buck Rogers
Bugs Bunny’s Birthday Ball
Butterfly
Capersville
Capt. Card
Champion Pub, The
Circus (Bally)
Cirqus Voltaire
Congo
Count-Down
Count-Down
Counterforce
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Crescendo
Criss Cross
Cross Town
Cue Ball Wizard
Demolition Man
Demolition Man
Diner
Ding Dong
Doctor Who
Doctor Who
Dracula, Bram Stoker’s
Drop-A-Card
Excalibur
Faces
Faces
Fathom
Firepower II
Fish Tales
Flicker
Flip a Card
Flip Flop
Flying Carpet
Flying Carpet
Full Throttle
Funhouse
Funhouse
Galactic Girl
Game of Thrones Pro
Games, The*
Ghostbusters Pro
Ghostbusters Pro
Ghostbusters Pro
Ghostbusters Pro
Gorgar
Grand Slam
Guns ‘N Roses
Hercules
High Speed
High Speed
High Speed*
Hi-Lo Ace
Hobbit, The
Hobbit, The
Hook
Hot Hand
Iron Maiden (custom)
Jack in the Box
Jacks Open
Johnny Mnemonic
Johnny Mnemonic
Joker Poker
Judge Dredd
Jumping Jack
Junkyard
Jurassic Park
King Kool
Kiss Pro
Klondike
Lady Luck
Laser Cue
Laser War
Lazy-Q
Lord of the Rings, The
Lord of the Rings, The
Lucky Hand
Lucky Strike
Mars Trek
Medusa*
Monster Bash
Mousin’ Around
Mustang Pro
NASCAR
NBA Fastbreak
Nine Ball
Nip-It
No Fear
No Good Gofers
Olympic Hockey
Party Zone, The
Party Zone, The
Pharaoh
Pinball Champ
Pin-Up
Police Force
Power Play, Bobby Orr
Pro Pool
Quick Draw
Quicksilver
Roadshow
Roadshow*
Royal Flush
Safecracker
Scared Stiff
Shadow, The
Ship Ahoy
Sing Along
Skateball
Sky Kings
Skylab
Sky-Line
Slick Chick
Space Odyssey
Space Station
Speakeasy
Spectrum
Spider-Man VE
Spin-A-Card
Star Trek Premium
Star Trek Pro
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Stargate
Striker Extreme
Super Mario Bros. Mushroom World
Super Star
Super Straight
Super-Flite
Sure Shot
Sweet Hearts
Tales from the Crypt
Tales of the Arabian Nights
Target Alpha*
Tattoo Mystique
Taxi
Team One
Terminator 2
Terminator 2
Terminator 2
Terminator 3
Theatre of Magic
Theatre of Magic
Theatre of Magic
Time Fantasy
Title Fight
Top Card
Tri Zone
Twilight Zone
Volcano
Whirlwind
Whirlwind
Whitewater
Whitewater
Whitewater
Wild Wild West
Wizard of Oz, The
Wizard!
World Cup Soccer
World Cup Soccer
World Fair
X-Men Magneto LE

 

3 Kids Zone Free Play Machines
Flipper Football
Punchy the Clown
Super Mario Bros.

 

10 Classics PinGolf Tournament Machines
Algar
Andromeda
Black Belt
Blue Chip
Meteor
Old Chicago
Seawitch
Strikes & Spares
Supersonic
Viking

 

15 Match Play Tournament Machines
Avatar
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Eight Ball
Frontier
Harlem Globetrotters
Jackbot
Mata Hari
Metallica
Mousin’ Around
Rollercoaster Tycoon
Shadow, The
Spider-Man
Starship Troopers
Tommy
Twilight Zone

 

2 Lobby Machines
Avengers Pro (whitewood)
Big Game (Pinball Outreach Project)
Marco Specialties didn't have their usual stand but they did have a nice selection of new Stern games which were always popular
Marco Specialties didn’t have their usual stand architecture, but they did have a nice selection of new Stern games which were always popular
The Marco Specialties parts stand
The Marco Specialties parts stand
On the opposite side of the hall we found this bunch taking a break from the show floorat the Fast Pinball stand
On the opposite side of the hall we found this bunch taking a break from the show floor at the Fast Pinball stand

Fast Pinball had a number of work-in-progress custom projects on display, all using their pinball control boards. They were also previewing their replacement RGB LED display in a Tales of the Arabian Nights game.

The Fast Pinball stand
The Fast Pinball stand
This project game was being built and coded during the show
This project game was being built and coded during the show

So let’s take a look at the other vendors at the show.

The Living Computer Museum had early Apple and Commodore computers on display
The Living Computer Museum had early Apple and Commodore computers on display featuring basic pinball games
The free Pinball Deluxe game was available to play
The free Pinball Deluxe game was available to play
Moto Glass had an impressive selection of sand-blasted pint glass designs
Moto Glass had an impressive selection of sand-blasted pint glass designs
Next door, Nathan had a display of classic movie posters
Next door, Nathan had a display of classic movie posters
Rob Anthony at his Pinball Classics parts and repairs stand
Rob Anthony at his Pinball Classics parts and repairs stand
Rich Bro's had a selection of assorted parts in the corner of the hall
Rich Bro’s had a selection of assorted parts in the corner of the hall
The Seattle Pinball Museum brought three interesting games along
The Seattle Pinball Museum brought three interesting games along for their stand and also the Hercules pinball on the floor
Gambits Cards and Hobbies had plenty of 'gamerwear' on sale
Gambits Cards and Hobbies had plenty of ‘gamerwear’ on sale
Hills of Comics had lots of console games on their stand
Hills of Comics had lots of console games on their stand
Retro Game and Toy Exchange had (literally) stacks of toy characters available
Retro Game and Toy Exchange had (literally) stacks of toy characters available
Buzz Buzz Games also had lots of toy characters and accessories
Buzz Buzz Games also had lots of toy characters and accessories
Next to the entrance, Stern Amusements had lots of pinball parts available
Next to the entrance, Stern Amusements had lots of pinball parts available
Pinball Bulbs had a large stand featuring their replacement LEDs
Pinball Bulbs had a large stand featuring their replacement LEDs
They also had a great selection of games featuring their LEDs and other assorted mods such as mirror blades, powder coating or full game re-themes
They also had a great selection of games featuring their LEDs and other assorted mods such as mirror blades, powder coating or full game re-themes
Red Floor Arcade had a mix of home gameroom pieces and accessories
Red Floor Arcade had a mix of home gameroom pieces and accessories
Nitro Amusements had The Big Lebowski, Full Throttle and Bride of Pinbot 2.0 on their stand
Nitro Amusements had The Big Lebowski, Full Throttle and Bride of Pinbot 2.0 on their stand
Out in the lobby, Comics 4 Kids were promoting comic books with free giveaways
Out in the lobby, Comics4Kids were promoting comic books with free giveaways
The Pinball Outreach Project were showing their good work putting pinballs into children's hospitals
The Pinball Outreach Project were showing their good work putting pinballs into children’s hospitals and using pinball therapeutically
Artist Ron Randall showed some of his classic comic book drawings and original comic series
Artist Ron Randall showed some of his classic comic book drawings as well as his original comic series

The first seminars began on Friday afternoon, Friday is ‘tech’ day, with Dave Okert and David Shoemaker guiding the audience through the troubleshooting techniques to diagnose and repair faults on all kinds of arcade games and circuit boards.

Dave Okert and David Shoemaker in the seminars area
Dave Okert and David Shoemaker in the seminars area
Dave Okert and David Shoemaker
Dave Okert and David Shoemaker
The seminars team was headed-up by Mike Lorrain who had an impressive array of tech at his disposal
The seminars team was headed-up by Mike Lorrain who had an impressive array of tech at his disposal

SATURDAY

The show resumed at 10am on Saturday, with a long 13.5-hour day ahead. It didn’t take long before the aisles started to fill and free machines became just a little harder to find.

A good number of visitors early on Saturday morning
A good number of visitors early on Saturday morning
Still some free machines though
Still some free machines though
The next round of qualifying in the Match-Play Tournament started at 10:30am
The next round of qualifying in the Match-Play Tournament started at 10:30am
Looks like it's going to be a busy day at Repair Central
Looks like it’s going to be a busy day at Repair Central
Things are a little quieter in the vendor area, although it picked up later in the day
Things were a little quieter in the vendor area, although it picked up later in the day
It's certainly not quiet in the Kids Zone
It’s certainly not quiet (in any sense) in the Kids Zone

Saturday also featured a new batch of seminars. These began at 12:30 with Seattle resident David Thiel.

12:30pm: David Thiel

David Thiel
David Thiel

David spoke about his history in game audio development, starting with early video games and continuing with pinball games for Data East. More recently he created the music and effects for games from Stern Pinball, and Jersey Jack Pinball.

David shows the code used to create early game music
David shows the code used to create early game music

He is currently completing The Hobbit’s music and effects, and is in development on the next titles for Jersey Jack Pinball, Heighway Pinball as well as Multimorphic’s first game.

2:00pm: Dwight Sullivan

Dwight Sullivan
Dwight Sullivan

Dwight’s seminar took the audience through the creation of the rules for a Ghostbusters pinball’s wizard mode. There are many considerations to be made when designing a mode and Dwight selected members of the audience to come up with ideas about the setting for the mode, what the player is supposed to achieve, how they progress through the mode and the scoring possibilities.

Dwight shows some of the possible features in a wizard mode
Dwight shows some of the possible features in a wizard mode

Dwight said this was a condensed version of the process he and his team go through when designing a game’s rules, and he rewarded the wizard mode designers in the audience with Stern Pinball T-shirts.

3:30pm: Nolan Bushnell

Nolan Bushnell
Nolan Bushnell

Nolan is a famed entrepreneur who is best known for being the pioneer of coin-op video games, as well as starting the company Atari and the restaurant chain Chuck E. Cheese.

He began by talking about how he got into electronics and computing through ham radio and then at college where the earliest video games were played on mainframe computers. He continued by describing how the game Pong was created and how that title went on to be such a huge global success.

Nolan recounts how Pong was created
Nolan recounts how Pong was created

Nolan described how Pong’s success shaped the video game boom in the years which followed, but also left him with a problem where we wanted to operate games as well as build them, but didn’t want to directly compete with the operators who were buying his games. That led to the creation of the Chuck E. Cheese restaurant and arcade chain.

There wasn't even any standing room left at Nolan's seminar
There wasn’t even any standing room left at Nolan’s seminar

After detailing his lifetime in game and business development, Nolan concluded by describing his vision for the future of the entertainment business and the companies who are currently working on creating it.

5:00pm: Jack Guarnieri, Butch Peel & David Thiel

Jack Guarnieri
Jack Guarnieri

Jack began and ended his seminar in which he updated the audience on the latest happenings at the Lakewood, NJ factory, the production of The Wizard of Oz and The Hobbit, and development on their upcoming third game designed by Pat Lawlor.

Jack was joined by Butch Peel and David Thiel who both talked about The Hobbit and the work they had done on the game.

Butch described the new player and operator features in the game and how it further develops the innovations introduced in The Wizard of Oz.

Butch Peel
Butch Peel

David played several of the music tracks and effects from The Hobbit, and spoke about how he joined the project with certain musical assets already created, as well as the work still remaining to complete it.

David Thiel
David Thiel

Jim Schelberg from the Pingame Journal had put together a selection of pinball-related clips from the media, and at 8pm these were played on the large-screen monitors for guests to drop-in and watch.

The Classics PinGolf Tournament concluded on Saturday evening when the top eighteen qualifiers played head-to-head games on randomly-drawn machines in a three-strikes-and-you’re-out format.

The final rounds of the PinGolf Tournament
The final rounds of the Classics PinGolf Tournament

The winner was Julie Gray from Seattle who won $500 and a trophy.

Winner of the Classics PinGolf Tournament, Julie Gray
Winner of the Classics PinGolf Tournament, Julie Gray

Here are the full results:

Classics PinGolf Tournament
1 Julie Gray
2 Raymond Davidson
3 Alex Tada
3 Colin Urban
5 Chris Chinn
6 Danny Cabral
6 Nigel Colbert
8 Arron Siverson
8 Jaakko Kuoppamaki
11 Derek Miazga
11 John Kremmer
11 Germain Mariolle
14 Patrick Carlson
14 Eden Stamm
14 Trevor McDonald
17 Karli Pigford
17 Peter Olive
17 Eric Wagensonner
19 Collin Topolski
19 Jordan Semrow
24 Todd Larsen
24 Thomas Urban
24 Martin Ayub
24 Todd MacCulloch
24 Andy Burton
24 Mitchell D. Anderson
24 Chris Perlot
33 Michael Warfield
33 Dan Danger
33 Geoff Simons
33 Todd Rafacz
33 Amanda Kotchon
33 Blake Hurdle
33 Maka Honig
33 Gordon Ornelas
33 Lee Moscaritolo
33 Bob Matthews
33 Jody Reilhan
40 Aaron Garberding
40 Louise Wagensonner
40 Dave Stewart
40 Robert Gagno
44 Jared Baldridge
44 Nicole Pike
44 Dave Mercier
44 David Rauschenberg
49 Justin Blau
49 Sam Atlas
49 Mike Corbett WA
49 Jeffrey Neumann
49 Ryan Newstrum
49 Randall Olson
56 Steven Griffin
56 Luke Camarda
56 John Robinson WA
56 Mike Pantoliano
56 Matt Anderson
56 Joseph Salender
56 Jessica DeNardo
56 Michael Smith
67 Heather Loudon
67 Matt Sarnoff
67 Michael B Bailey
67 Christel Macabeo
67 Greg Dunlap
67 Eric Morales
67 Warren McCulloch
67 Jonathan Hawthorne
67 Tim Tournay
67 Brian Chesbrough
67 Mindy Bert
67 Kathy Gagno
67 Benton Seybold
75 Garrick West
75 Tommy Skinner
75 Joshua Bartlett
75 Sergey Posrednikov
81 Jeff Anderson
81 Robbie Finnigan
81 Heather Willott
81 Nick Taseris
81 Erin Harting
81 Terrence Vaccaro
81 Ron Siemens
81 Aaron Bendickson
92 David Latimer
92 Ken Rudberg
92 Alec Jensen
92 Jason Simmons
92 Levi Dittebrandt
92 Corbin Sheffels
92 Ryan Hess
92 Matt Watts
92 Karri Kuoppamaki
92 Robin Lassonde
92 Brad Kerr
92 Michael Adcock
92 Jade Ang
92 Kevin Birrell
104 Jordy Vaughan
104 Michael Tibbetts
104 Jeff Lee OR
104 Kyle Seller
104 Katie Janis
104 Chris Wolf
104 Sophie Spickard
104 Cameron Staley
104 Dave Grant
104 Greg Harting
112 Kayla Greet
112 Matt Lauro
112 Rodney Olsen
112 Daniel Miller WA
112 Ronnie Vanwormer
112 William Scott Jordan
119 Dan Campbell
119 Zac Petersen
119 Tyler Beard
119 Brent Lane
119 James Daniels
119 Phillip Saltzman
119 Alan Wiley
123 Travis Maisch
127 Jacob Wallraff
127 Daniel Salo
127 Bob Rowlands
127 Maurizio Gagno
127 Mike Becker
127 Miles Grant
127 James Stubbington
131 Chantelle Mercier
131 Dave Bell
133 Darin Lange
134 Brian Warfield
134 Jamey Harting
137 Casey Jones
137 Marcus Schmidt
137 Andre Needham
140 Sean Leary
140 Jeff Gagnon
140 James Beard
142 Chelsey Oedewaldt
144 Jackie O’Malley
144 Jeremy Schultz
144 Nick Pernisco
146 Alexander Young
148 Jodine Hatfield
148 Snow Galvin
148 Brendan Vaughan
150 Nycole Hyatt

The show continued until 11pm at which point the machines were switched off and the hall emptied in preparation for the final, shorter day on Sunday.


SUNDAY

Doors opened at 9am on Sunday with the quarter-final rounds of the main Match-Play Tournament and the first games in the Rookie Knockout Tournament starting soon after.

The Match-Play Tournament continued on Sunday morning at 9am
The Match-Play Tournament continued on Sunday morning at 9am

The top seven players from each of the five qualifying rounds played on Friday and Saturday qualified for Sunday’s rounds, with the winner of each qualifying round going straight into the semi-finals.

Match-Play quarter-finals
Match-Play quarter-finals

The remaining thirty players took part in the quarter-final which continued the match-play format with ten groups of three. Each group played a single three-player game with points awarded for finishing position. The groups were then shuffled and a second game played on different machines. This continued until four games had been played, when the sixteen players with the most points moved on to the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, the Rookie Tournament for players ranked below the top 1,700 began on the Classics machines before moving over to the same machines as the Match-Play Tournament once the initial rounds were over and the number of machines needed had been reduced.

After playing through the quarter- and semi-finals, the final three in the Match-Play Tournament A Division were Dave Stewart, Germain Mariolle and Bob Matthews. They played the final on Spider-Man, The Shadow and Twilight Zone.

The A Division final of the Match-Play Tournament
The A Division final of the Match-Play Tournament

They played a three-game final in what was called multi-match-play, where all three start together on separate machines and swap to the next machine when it is their turn to play. Points were awarded for position in each game.

This resulted in a much quicker final than if each game had been played sequentially, but also lost some of the climactic feel of a final, since spectators had to keep track of all the points earned by each player.

The B Division final took place alongside the A Division and was played in the same manner.

The A and B Division finals
The A and B Division finals

In the A Division it was Germain who scored the most points in the final to take first place. Bob Matthews was second, with Dave Stewart third. In the B Division Dave Mercier triumphed, ahead of Jeff DeBock and Eric Morales.

Winner of the Match -Play A Division, Germain Mariolle
Winner of the Match-Play A Division, Germain Mariolle
Second place, Bob Matthews
Second place, Bob Matthews
Third place, Dave Stewart
Third place, Dave Stewart
The top three in the A Division
The top three in the A Division
Winner of the Match-Play B Division, Dave Mercier
Winner of the Match-Play B Division, Dave Mercier
Second place, Jeff DeBock
Second place, Jeff DeBock
Third place, Eric Morales
Third place, Eric Morales

Here are the full results of the Match-Play Tournament:

Classics PinGolf Tournament
1 Germain Mariolle 
2 Bob Matthews
3 Dave Stewart
4 Mike Pantoliano
5 Zoe Vrabel
6 Chris Chinn
7 Michael Tibbetts
10 Todd Rafacz
10 Raymond Davidson
10 Maka Honig
10 Eric Morales
10 Tim Tournay
13 Colin Urban
13 Jeff Debock
15 Nick Cline
16 Dave Mercier
16 Karli Pigford
18 Chris Rhodes
18 John Kremmer
20 Brad Kerr
21 Matt Golden
23 Dave Grant
23 David Latimer
23 Evan McBride
26 Jeff Gagnon
26 Robert Gagno
26 Eric Wagensonner
26 Nic Crowson
30 Julie Gray
30 Kevin Birrell
30 Chris Perlot
32 Lee Moscaritolo
33 Daniel Salo
33 Brandon Tibbetts
35 David Corbin
37 Louise Wagensonner
37 Travis Maisch
37 Geoff Simons
41 Chantelle Mercier
41 Bob Klossner
41 Miles Grant
41 Brandon Bras
41 John Cambareri
52 Michael Smith
52 Kerry Ourada
52 Martin Ayub
52 Danny Cabral
52 Erin Harting
52 John Robinson WA
52 Warren McCulloch
52 Trevor McDonald
52 Nigel Colbert
52 Jonathan Hawthorne
52 Robin Lassonde
52 Matthew Cohn
52 Cameron Staley
52 Joseph Salender
52 Taylor Minter
52 Jeff Lee OR
52 Matt Sarnoff
52 Jaakko Kuoppamaki
69 Flash Haze
69 Sam Stiles
69 Todd MacCulloch
69 Lonnie Langford
69 James Edes
69 Paul Kalk
69 Joshua Bartlett
69 Jody Reilhan
69 Jordan Semrow
69 Jeff Anderson
69 Darren Ensley
69 Michael Warfield
69 Nick Taseris
69 Ryan Newstrum
69 William Scott Jordan
69 Darin Lange
85 Robbie Finnigan
85 Roy Starin
85 Jared Baldridge
85 James Daniels
85 Eden Stamm
85 Andy Burton
85 Mike Corbett WA
85 Dave Bell
85 Nycole Hyatt
85 Matt Anderson
85 Derek Miazga
85 John Salzman
85 Matt Galbraith
85 Alan Wiley
85 Alex Tada
96 Corbin Sheffels
96 Blake Mitchell
96 Sergey Posrednikov
96 Jodine Hatfield
96 Ronnie Vanwormer
96 Tressa Points
96 Arron Siverson
96 Thomas Skinner
107 Nick Pernisco
107 Matt Watts
107 Terrence Vaccaro
107 Karri Kuoppamaki
107 Mindy Bert
107 lauren aquino
107 Erik Warkentin
107 Heather Loudon
107 Rob Moller
107 Dan Danger
107 Peter Olive
107 Benton Seybold
107 Michael B Bailey
122 Kayla Greet
122 Matt Lauro
122 Luke Camarda
122 Tommy Skinner
122 Sam Atlas
122 Christel Macabeo
122 Justin Hugeback
122 Blake Hurdle
122 Steven Ackley
122 Alexa Philbeck
122 Sagel Frazier
122 Sophie Spickard
122 Steve Montgomery
122 Chelsey Oedewaldt
122 Aaron Garberding
122 Heather Willott
122 Michael Adcock
122 James Stubbington
134 Zac Petersen
134 Dan Campbell
134 Kay Kay
134 Eric Zounes
134 Patrick Carlson
134 Daniel Miller WA
140 James Trott
140 Ryan Hess
140 Jared Gamble
140 Brian Chesbrough
140 Katie Janis
140 Matt Ewan
148 Katie Geissler
148 Jackie O’Malley
148 Max Stiles
148 Todd Larsen
148 Amanda Kotchon
148 James Beard
148 Jordy Vaughan
148 Gilbert Sandejas
148 Jason Heitt
154 Snow Galvin
154 Jade Ang
154 Jeremy Edwards
154 Rick Wyles
159 Jessica DeNardo
159 Brian Warfield
159 Ian Fridge
159 Maurizio Gagno
159 Aaron Bendickson
159 Greg Harting
164 Collin Topolski
164 Courtney Klossner
164 Kathy Gagno
168 Jeremy Schultz
168 Trace Pierson
168 Leslie Pierson
168 Gordon Galbraith
168 Dan McLane
168 Marcus Schmick
172 Brendan Vaughan
173 Steven Griffin
173 Tyler Beard
175 Thomas Urban
176 Brooke Lukens

The Rookie Tournament was won by Emmalyn Smith who, apart from the $100 prize money, won a special pinball plaque trophy.

The Rookie Tournament final
The Rookie Tournament final

Gordon Galbraith was second with James Frost-Winn in third.

Winner of the Rookie Tournament, Emmalyn Smith
Winner of the Rookie Tournament, Emmalyn Smith
Second place, Gordon Galbraith
Second place, Gordon Galbraith
Third place, James Frost-Winn
Third place, James Frost-Winn
Rookie Tournament
1 Emmalyn Smith
2 Gordon Galbraith
3 James Frost-Winn
4 Todd Larsen
5 Sam Stiles
5 Jamey Harting
7 Chelsey Oedewaldt
8 Jason Heitt
10 Danny Cabral
10 Stephen Rakonza
10 Paul Borth
12 Louis Messina
12 Ian Fridge
16 Cameron Staley
16 Ron Siemens
16 Otto Guardado
16 Jessica DeNardo
16 Josh Hornbaker
23 Chris Wolf
23 Matt Galbraith
23 John McConnell
23 Heather Seevers
23 Altwin Hawksford
23 Mike Becker
23 Darin Lange
23 Tressa Points
23 Michael B Bailey
23 Sean Garrett
33 Phillip Saltzman
33 Bo Kellogg
33 Brendan Vaughan
33 Peter Schatzer
33 Taylor Minter
33 William Scott Jordan
33 Neil Kubath
33 Chelsea Rakonza
33 Michael Williams
46 Neil Derksen
46 Elijah Wideski
46 Jon Means
46 Josh Harper
46 Kris Jones
46 Amy Pyrka
46 Quinn Hughes
46 Jordy Vaughan
46 Brent Lane
46 Keith Raschko
46 Matt Ewan
46 James Stubbington
46 Dave Odom
46 Steven Griffin
46 Snow Galvin
46 Jackie O’Malley
46 Casey Jones
58 Sean Shypala
58 Luke Camarda
58 Chris Payne
58 Gilbert Sandejas
58 Ryan Newstrum
58 Robbie Finnigan
58 Nicole Pike
58 Heather Thomson
69 Matthew Manuet
69 Jessica Van Wagner
69 Richard Newland
69 Justin Blau
69 Amber Marie Simon
69 Katie Janis
69 Amber Pepin-Turbide
69 Logan Guardado
69 Dan McLane
69 Sara Jones
69 Marcus Schmick
69 Chris Force
69 Jesse Perez

Emmalyn then joined the three top rookie qualifiers from the Match-Play Tournament in a shootout to win a Galahad pinball machine.

The players gather for the shootout to win the Galahad machine
The players gather for the shootout to win the Galahad machine

The winner of the shootout and the machine was Nick Cline.

The winner of the Rookie shootout
Nick Cline, the winner of the Rookie shootout

Meanwhile, down at the other end of the tournaments area, the Nitro Rising Star shootout was taking place with a beautiful Harlem Globetrotters fully restored and enhanced by Nitro Amusements as the top prize.

The prize for the winner of the Nitro Rising Star shootout
The prize for the winner of the Nitro Rising Star shootout

The shootout was between the winner of the Women’s Pinball Championship, the winner of the Match-Play Tournament’s B-Division, and the top two qualifiers for the Match-Play tournament’s A Division who are not disqualified from playing in the B-Division.

Those four played a single game on the Harlem Globetrotters.

The Nitro Rising Star Championship shootout
The Nitro Rising Star Championship shootout

The winner was Zoë Vrabel who took the game home with her.

Winner of the Nitro Rising Star Championship, Zoë Vrabel
Winner of the Nitro Rising Star Championship, Zoë Vrabel

The Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show always has an awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon and this year was no exception.

Best-in-Show awards
Best-in-Show awards

Byron Raynes hosted the event, thanking the many people who work hard throughout the weekend, as well as the days before and after.

Some of the show organisers
Some of the show organisers

He also thanked the sponsors and all those who brought machines, before announcing the Best-in-Show winners in a range of categories.

Nitro Amusements won three awards. Their The Big Lebowski took two of them for Best Pinball and overall Best-in-Show, while their Harlem Globetrotters – which was the prize in the Nitro Rising Star shootout – won the Best Restoration prize.

Nitro Amusements win three awards
Nitro Amusements win three awards

Pinball Bulbs won the Best Custom prize for their Iron Maiden conversion of a Stern The Rolling Stones.

The People’s Choice award was picked up by Marco Specialties for their Ghostbusters Pro game.

Part of the money raised by the Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show is used to fund a scholarship for one student in a discipline related to the games and amusements industry.

This year the recipient was Yarhed Shella, a maths and mechanical engineering student at the University of Washington. Yarhed received a $5,000 scholarship to aid his studies.

Yarhed Shella collects the $5,000 scholorship
Yarhed Shella collects the $5,000 scholarship

In addition, an award of $500 was given to the Pinball Outreach Project’s Greg Dunlap and Nicole Anne Reik.

An award to Nicole and Greg of the Pinball Outreach Project
An award to Nicole and Greg of the Pinball Outreach Project

The top three in the Kids Tournament then received their prizes.

Top three in the Kids Tournament, JJ (3rd), Orien (2nd) and Tori (1st)
Top three in the Kids Tournament, JJ (3rd), Orien (2nd) and Tori (1st)

Finally, the draws for the two big raffle prizes were made. The winner of a restored Astro Blaster was drawn first.

The delighted winner of the Astro Blaster video game
The delighted winner of the Astro Blaster video game

Then the winner of the separate Ghostbusters Premium raffle was chosen.

The winner of the Ghostbusters Premium is picked
The winner of the Ghostbusters Premium is picked

Unfortunately the winner wasn’t present, and a call to their phone went to voice mail, but they were in for a pleasant surprise when they replayed the message.

And that brings us to the end of our coverage of the Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show 2016. We hope you enjoyed our reporting, and we leave you with our exclusive Twenty-Two Minute Tour video, where you get to walk around the whole show without getting our sore feet.

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