Date: 10th - 12th September, 2016 Location: Port Łódź, ul. Pabianicka 245, 93-457 Łódź, Poland The European Pinball Championship (or EPC) is the continents biggest competitive event and it is held in a different country each year. Last year we were in Belgium and the year before that in Italy, but for 2016 we headed to the Polish city of Łódź and the Port Łódź shopping centre. Port Łódź shopping centre Port Łódź is an out-of-town shopping centre a few miles south-west of the centre of Łódź. It is a large complex with DIY stores, a supermarket, computer and electrical outlets, plenty of ice cream and coffee shops, and a food court. The shopping centre Unfortunately there are no good-quality hotels in the immediate neighbourhood of Port Łódź. We stayed at a pleasant guest house which was around a 20-minute walk away which proved to be no problem given the lovely weather. We also spent one night at the nearest hotel which is the Willa Marina, located just across the street from the shopping centre. We could say it has seen better days, but in truth it probably hasn’t. In the middle of the shopping centre is a circular courtyard with more food and drink stalls, and some outside seating. It was in a former Marks & Spencer unit that the Polish organisers had set up the tournament and free play machines for this year’s EPC. The venue for the EPC 2016 The venue for the EPC 2016 Being a former clothing and housewares store the interior was brightly lit, with a large open-plan layout which made the whole unit feel very spacious. Inside the shopping centre retail unit used for the EPC As players entered through the main set of doors, the registration desk was on the right. It was here that the 149 registered entrants signed-in and collected their commemorative bags containing promotional fliers, their player badge, a pair of lanyards and a guide to the city of Łódź. Goodie bags for the players The rest of the unit was split into five areas. The first of these was the free-play machine zone. This is where the twenty practice machines were set up for people to play before and after their qualifying round. Free-play practice machines Free-play practice machines Free-play practice machines Free-play practice machines The free-play machines were: Bad Cats Batman Forever Batman Forever Big Guns Doctor Who* Elvira & the Party Monsters* F-14 Tomcat F-14 Tomcat* Funhouse Hot Tip* Indiana Jones (WMS) Jurassic Park: The Lost World* NBA Fastbreak Secret Service* Shadow, The Shaq Attaq Space Shuttle (Zac) Spirit of ’76 Star Trek: The Next Generation Time Machine (DE) *machine was turned off or otherwise not playable Sadly, with one or two notable exceptions, the condition of these free-play machines was not great. Some never seemed to work all weekend, while others had problems such as missing parts, weak flippers, reset issues or simply had no credits for much of the time. Secret Service – a fun game, when it has credits There were also two more free-play games. One was an Indiana Jones which was demonstrating the PinSound customisable sound board and was part of the PinSound stand. The other was a Bride of Pinbot 2.0 which was only available to play at certain times. The PinSound Indiana Jones and the Bride of Pinbot 2.0 Behind the PinSound stand was the area used for the ’80s Tournament which was the ‘classics’ tournament at this year’s EPC. The machine numbers board for the ’80s Tournament Eight machines were used for the ’80s Tournament, although one of them was actually a ’90s machine. The machines were: Earthshaker! Comet Funhouse Fire! Black Knight 2000 Pinbot Road Kings Swords of Fury Players in the ’80s Tournament Competitors could play one game on any four of the eight machines. Those scores were ranked alongside all the other scores on those machines and points awarded. The top 16 scorers would qualify for the play-offs on Saturday night. Players in the ’80s Tournament To the right of the PinSound stand was the organisers’ desk which is where the trophies and the current standings were on display. Trophies and cash prizes for the tournaments The trophies for the main EPC tournament The trophy for the winner of the main EPC tournament The Fair Play trophy given to the player who shows the best sportsmanship The Team Tournament awards The scores and standings were shown on projector screens at the organisers’ desk. ’80s Tournament scores and standings The groupings for the EPC The rather ad-hoc projector mounting Guests could buy commemorative EPC mugs or T-shirts. The mugs were 25 Zloty ($6.48/€5.80/£5.00) and the T-shirts twice that price. EPC 2016 mug EPC 2016 T-shirt In addition to the main EPC, Team Tournament and ’80s Tournament, there were three single-machine side tournaments taking place. The Lorneta Challenge and Crossroads Show were held on a High Speed 2 and a Roadshow respectively. The Lorneta Challenge tournament award The Crossroads Show Tournament award Those two machines were positioned to the right of the organisers’ desk. The Lorneta Challenge and Crossroads Show machines A High Speed 2: The Getaway machine was used for the Lorneta Challenge but players had to wear distorting goggles while playing. The Lorneta Challenge goggles The left and right flipper buttons were swapped on the Crossroads Show Roadshow game, with players forbidden from crossing their arms while playing it. EPC competitors could have one entry in both tournaments, and the highest scorers on each machine would win the trophies. There was another high score tournament. This one was the Whoa Nellie! Challenge. No prizes for guessing which machine was used for this one. The Whoa Nellie! Challenge machine The game cost 2 Polish Zloty ($0.50/€0.46/£0.40) to play, with unlimited attempts allowed during show hours. At the end of the EPC the player with the highest score would win. The Whoa Nellie! Challenge The right side of the main room was where the EPC tournament machines were set up. The 27 games were divided into three pools of nine, with each pool containing eight tournament machines and one reserve. The pools were: POOL A POOL B POOL C Metallica Pro Scared Stiff Kiss Pro Corvette Tales of the Arabian Nights Batman: Dark Knight Whitewater Demolition Man Reserve: Dirty Harry World Cup Soccer Game of Thrones Pro The Addams Family Star Trek Pro AC/DC Pro Creature from the Black Lagoon Dirty Harry Bram Stoker’s Dracula Reserve: The Flintstones The Walking Dead Pro Terminator 2 World Cup Soccer Scared Stiff AC/DC Pro Metallica Pro Lethal Weapon 3 The Lord of the Rings Reserve: Twilight Zone Each player was put into a group of 12 and played a single game against each of the other players in the group. Players were allocated to one of the pools – A, B or C – and played all their matches in that zone. The list of matches and the machines to be played were shown on the reverse of each player’s badge and also on a board next to the entrance to the pool. Pool C Some groups played their matches on the Friday, but the majority played during the three time slots on Saturday. The matches for the first round on Friday evening Players in Pool B await the start of their matches Pool B machines, one with live stream cameras Pool A machines A win in a match earned a player 1 point while a loss earned them a zero. Once all eleven rounds had been played the four players with the most wins progressed to the play-off rounds on Sunday. Players in Pool C check their final scores If there were ties for any of the qualifying positions, the number of wins each tied player had over the other tied players was used to determine who qualified. If that still failed to break the tie, a single play-off match was played. The number of wins between tied players is worked out Beyond the EPC zones was a ‘chill-out’ area – a darkened room with soft seating and two table football (foosball) games. There was also a Demolition Man game set up in there, but this never seemed to be powered-up. The chill-out zone (with the lights turned on) The chill-out zone (with the lights turned on) The final zone was behind one of the banks of free-play practice machines, and it contained the four machines used for the Team Tournament: Mustang Pro, Roadshow, Johnny Mnemonic and WWE Wrestlemania Pro. The Team Tournament area These machines were also used on Sunday for the main EPC play-offs as a ‘Zone D’ area. Here’s a chance to look around the EPC venue during qualifying on Saturday afternoon in our exclusive Six Minute Tour. In the main EPC tournament, each round was given 3.5 hours to complete their eleven matches before the following round began. Although that didn’t leave much time for machine maintenance or adjustments, this seemed to generally work well with only around a 15-20 minute delay in some areas by the time the last round began at 4pm on Saturday. When the final round was completed, the 52 qualifiers who would play in Sunday’s play-offs were known along with the 12 players with the most wins who would get a bye through the first round. They were all listed on the projector screen. The list of EPC qualifiers Because the type is rather small and indistinct on the screen, here’s the list. EPC 2016 Qualifiers Name Wins Erwin Deutschländer 11 Sandor Varga 10 Konrad Masłowski 10 Jorian Engelbrektsson 10 Franck Bona 10 Daniele Acciari 10 Marcus Hugosson 9 Roberto Pedroni 9 Jan Anders Nilsson 9 Stefan Karlhuber 9 Kim Günther Hansen 9 Philipp Unger 9 Bye through first round Benjamin Gräbeldinger 9 Gabriel Gavrilita 9 Daniel Nowak 8 Paweł Nowak 8 Marcin Jaśkiewicz 8 Tamas Odler 8 Johan Genberg 8 Linus Persson 8 Linus Jorenbo 8 Daniele Baldan 8 John van der Wulp 8 Fabio Francescato 8 Jörgen Holm 8 Anders Carlsson 8 Cayle George 8 Helena Walter 8 Mariusz Tkacz 8 Rafael Masedo 8 Peter Andersen 8 Cesare d’Atri 8 David Dahl-Hansson 8 Reiner Pfeiffer 7 Kevin Kuhn 7 Martin Janczyk 7 Ari Sovijärvi 7 Antti Peltonen 7 Daniel Kaczmarek 7 Jakub Ciepliński 7 Lukasz Wawryka 7 Kirsten Adam 7 Marcin Kisiel 7 Carlos Javier Parra 7 Hartmut Besigk 7 Lukasz Romanowski 7 Stefan Schichtl 7 Philippe Bocquet 7 Stefan Herold 7 Karyn Kiser 7 Marco Suvanto 7 Pontus Qvarfordh 6 In cases where players were tied for a bye position, their IFPA ranking was used as the deciding factor rather than having any kind of play-off. The final tournament event on Saturday evening was the final of the EPC Team Tournament. Twenty-nine teams of three took part and they were mostly – but not entirely – groups of players with the same nationality. Each team played one game on the four Team Tournament machines, with every player playing one ball of the game. Games could be played at any time from 3pm on Friday until 6pm on Saturday. The scores were ranked with the top eight teams qualifying for the play-offs. The EPC Team Tournament In the play-offs the teams were paired-up and played the machines again. The first team to get two wins moved on to the semi-finals. The Team Tournament also gave the Polish repair team a chance to work on the games which would be used for the main EPC play-offs the next day, fixing any faults and cleaning them up. Cleaning and maintenance on Saturday evening The two teams who then contested the final were Hungary 2 (Sandor Varga, Tamas Odler & Balázs Pálfi) and Sweden (Jorian Engelbrektsson, Jörgen Holm & Marcus Hugosson). The final was played as a single two-player match on Bride of Pinbot 2.0. Team Sweden discuss tactics for the final Team Hungary 2 start the final Despite being held on Saturday evening, a good crowd watched the final In the end it was a victory for the Swedes, leaving Hungary 2 in second place and Team France (Franck Bona, Willy Sachet & Philippe Bocquet) in third. The top three in the EPC Team Tournament::Hungary 2 (2nd), Sweden (1st) and Team France (3rd) Here are the results for all 29 teams taking part: EPC Team Tournament Results 1 Team Sweden 2 Team Hungary 2 3 Team France 4 Team Sweden 2 5 Team Hungary 6 Team Spain 2 7 Team Austria 8 Team Finland 9 Team Denmark 10 Team Poland 11 Team Finland 12 Team Poland 5 13 Team Italy 14 Team Netherlands 15 Team UK/Sweden 16 Team Slovenia 2 17 Team Poland 3 18 Team Spain 19 Team Germany 2 20 Team Finland 21 Team Sweden 3 22 Team Poland 2 23 Team Slovenia 24 Team Germany 25 Team Germany 3 26 Team Finland 3 27 Team Romania 28 Team Poland 6 29 Team Poland 4 The fun wasn’t over though, because the EPC organisers had arranged an evening at a music club in the centre of Łódź. A bus was also booked to ferry everyone from Port Łódź to the New York Music Club. The bus to the night club in Łódź The twenty minute ride took us to Piotrkowska in the centre of Łódź. Piotrkowska in Łódź Entry to New York Music Club was 10 PLN (or roughly $/€/£ 2). A raised seating area had been reserved for EPC guests with a great view of the stage where an excellent covers band was performing AC/DC, Tom Petty and Neil Young songs along with many other classic tracks. Live music at the New York Music Club The lively and appreciative guests Team Sweden celebrate their Team Tournament win More of the EPC crowd enjoying themselves Not surprisingly we weren’t out of bed too early on Sunday morning and so missed the first rounds of the ’80s Tournament play-offs which began at 8:30am. EPC ’80s Tournament Qualifiers 1 Ernö Rotter 2 Tobias Wagemann 3 Sandor Varga 4 Fabio Francescato 5 Cezary Głowala 6 Roberto Pedroni 7 Julio Vicario Soriano 8 Johan Genberg 9 Jorian Engelbrektsson 10 Rafael Masedo 11 Daniel Nowak 12 Daniele Baldan 13 Javier Núñez Pérez 14 Giuseppe Violante 15 Patrik Jönsson 16 Karyn Kiser The format saw the sixteen qualifiers split into four groups of four players. It was a harsh cut with the four in each group playing a single match on one machine where only the top scorer continued to the final. The remaining players were ranked according to their qualifying position. The four who made it to the final were Julio Vicario Soriano, Jorian Engelbrektsson, Daniele Baldan and Giuseppe Violante. They played on three machines: Fire!, Cyclone and Earthshaker! using a 7-5-3-0 scoring system. Julio won on Fire!, with Daniele second, Jorian third, and Giuseppe fourth. The order of the top two were swapped on game two, Cyclone, with Daniele winning and Julio second. With Jorian on six points and Giuseppe yet to score, only Daniele or Julio could win. If Jorian won game three on Earthshaker! he could take second if either Daniele or Julio failed to score a point. Julio in the last game of the final of the ’80s Tournament The last game of the final of the ’80s Tournament The last game of the final of the ’80s Tournament It was an incredibly tight final game, with all the scores between 1.47M and 2.94M, but it was Giuseppe who won it to give himself a total of 7 points. Jorian’s game was interrupted by a tournament official standing too close, and with no possibility of winning the tournament he walked away from his third ball mid-game to end on 6 points. Between the two contenders to be the overall winner, Daniele took second place on Earthshaker! with his 2.347M narrowly beating Julio’s 2.161M, thus earning him first place in the tournament. Julio was second, Giuseppe third and Jorian fourth. The top three in the ’80s Tournament: Julio Vicario Soriano (2nd), Daniele Baldan (1st) and Giuseppe Violante (3rd) Winner of the ’80s Tournament, Daniele Baldan Here’s the full result of the ’80s Tournament: EPC ’80s Tournament Results 1 Daniele Baldan 2 Julio Vicario Soriano 3 Giuseppe Violante 4 Jorian Engelbrektsson 5 Ernö Rotter 6 Tobias Wagemann 7 Sandor Varga 8 Fabio Francescato 9 Cezary Głowala 10 Roberto Pedroni 11 Johan Genberg 12 Rafael Masedo 13 Daniel Nowak 14 Javier Núñez pérez 15 Patrik Jönsson 16 Karyn Kiser 17 Joel Wozniak 18 Antti Peltonen 19 Jörgen Holm 20 Sebastian Gwizdała 21 Andrej Bukovšek 22 Stefan Karlhuber 23 Olli-mikko Ojamies 24 Reiner Pfeiffer 25 Stefan Herold 26 Radosław Słotwiński 27 László Horn 28 Andrzej Cieślik 29 David Dahl-hansson 30 Roland Schwarz 31 Gabriel Ortiz 32 Janek Nietrzebka 33 Martin Ayub 34 Peter Blakemore 35 Marcin Kisiel 36 Dirk Elzholz 37 Michał Mazurkiewicz 38 Konrad Maslowski 39 Benjamin Gräbeldinger 40 Daniel Bengtsson 41 Anders Karlsson 42 Andrej Demsar 43 Tamás Odler 44 Juan antonio Martin 45 Kevin Kuhn 46 Devis Pierantozzi 47 Rich Mallett 48 Mattias Jeppsson 49 Mika Arvela 50 Perttu Pesä 51 Artur Natorski 52 Fredrik Mellberg 53 Carlos javier Parra 54 Hartmut Besigk 55 Juha Lijalainen 56 Flavio Baddaria 57 Ari Sovijärvi 58 David Mainwaring 59 John Van der wulp 60 Nikodem Kaczmarek 61 Jerzy Węglarz 62 Juha Viitanen 63 Pontus Qvarfordh 64 Balázs Pálfi 65 Philippe Bocquet 66 Marcus Hugosson 67 Milan Caranovic 68 Joonas Haverinen 69 Boldizsar Botka 70 Andrzej Olszewski 71 Pablo Crespo García 72 Jakub Tkacz 73 Linus Persson 74 Cayle George 75 Marco Suvanto 76 Julian Klotz 77 Tommi Koski 78 Vid Kuklec 79 Peter Andersen 80 Teemu Vinnikka 81 Rafal Bytomski 82 Rafał Jodełko 83 Lukasz Romanowski 84 Mirko Lundén 85 Piotr Czubkowski 86 Willy Sachet 87 Jani Saari 88 Anja Nielsen 89 Petri Taurio 90 Jakub Ciepliński 91 Morten Petersen 92 Erwin Deutschländer 93 Kirsten Adam 94 Olle Strandh 95 Lukasz Wawryka 96 Philipp Unger 97 Erno Lahdenperä 98 Marcin Jaśkiewicz 99 Wolfgang Haid 100 Andreas Nirven 101 Jakub Józefczyk 102 Helena Walter 103 Marcin Dylewski 104 Lukasz Dziewulski 105 Ovidiu Cacina 106 Kim günther Hansen 107 Daniel Kaczmarek 108 Lars Ovinder 109 Kornél Kosdi 110 Jasmijn De jong 111 Vesa Sovijärvi 112 Daniele Acciari 113 Simo Rimmi 114 Stefan Schichtl 115 Pilvi Salonen 116 Jarosław Rupiewicz 117 Mathias Jäger 118 Piotr Andrzejewski 119 Jaroslaw Nietrzebka 120 Linus Jorenbo 121 Olli Paloheimo 122 Bartosz Nowak 123 Zeljko Vasic 124 Tobias Löfstedt 125 Roni Valkonen 126 Aleš Rebec 127 Mariusz Tkacz 128 Patrik Gräntz 129 Mats sahlberg Mats 130 Marcin Brodziak 131 Mateusz Leja 132 Enrico giorgio De stefani 133 Mateusz Gwizdala 134 Piotr Kochański 135 Sandra Katic 136 Sebastian Sołtys 137 Marek Szymborski 138 Franck Bona 139 Admir Peco 140 Dariusz Mazurkiewicz 141 Jan Anders Nilsson 142 Martin Janczyk 143 Cesare D’atri 144 Gabriel Gavrilita All eyes were then on the final rounds of the main EPC tournament. The 52 qualifiers included 12 who skipped the first round of play-offs, leaving 40 players to play head-to-head best-of-three pairs matches. The play-off rounds of the EPC The 20 winners from the first round were joined the 12 players with a bye for round two which was played in the same way. The 20 losers from round one entered the loser bracket where they played head-to-head single games to determine who continued in the loser bracket and who went out of the tournament. Tales of the Arabian Nights burned up a flipper coil mid-game The Team Tournament machines formed the new Zone D for the play-offs This system continued as the thirty-two players in the main winners’ bracket were reduced to sixteen, then eight, then four, and then two. In the loser bracket the single game matches eventually reduced the number of players remaining to two. These two joined the two from the winners’ bracket to make a four-player final. The four finalists were Jorian Engelbrektsson and Konrad Masłowski from the winners’ bracket, and Daniele Acciari and Cesare d’Atri from the losers’. The final would be played on four machines. These were brought into the open so everyone could crowd around and watch. The machines for the final are set up The machines would be played from left to right, starting with The Walking Dead. This was followed by World Cup Soccer, Terminator 2, and finishing with the newest game, a Ghostbusters Limited Edition. Points would be awarded for position on each game, with nine points for a win, five points for second and two points for third. The player with the most points after Ghostbusters would be the overall winner. The crowd watches as the final begins The Walking Dead worked out well for Daniele as he took first place and nine points on game one. Jorian was second to score five points, while Konrad was third. Daniele wins on The Walking Dead So the scores after the first game were: TWD WCS T2 GB Total Jorian Engelbrektsson 5 – – – 5 Konrad Masłowski 2 – – – 2 Daniele Acciari 9 – – – 9 Cesare d’Atri 0 – – – 0 Game two on World Cup Soccer mixed things up a bit as Jorian put up a huge 2 billion score early on which sealed the win. The remaining three were all close together around the 500 million mark, with Cesare leading the pack ahead of Daniele, with Konrad in fourth. Cesare gets his first points with second place on World Cup Soccer < TWD WCS T2 GB Total Jorian Engelbrektsson 5 9 – – 14 Konrad Masłowski 2 0 – – 2 Daniele Acciari 9 2 – – 11 Cesare d’Atri 0 5 – – 5 The third game was Terminator 2 and Cesare built on his previous second place to win this game. A stuck ball on Terminator 2 briefly interrupts the final Cesare wins on Terminator 2 Jorian continued his record of always being in the top two by coming second, while Konrad gathered the remaining two points in third place. Konrad takes third place on Terminator 2 Going into the last game of the final, Jorian was five points ahead of Cesare who in turn was three points up on Daniele. The best Konrad could hope for now was third, and that relied on him winning game four and Daniele getting no points. TWD WCS T2 GB Total Jorian Engelbrektsson 5 9 5 – 19 Konrad Masłowski 2 0 2 – 4 Daniele Acciari 9 2 0 – 11 Cesare d’Atri 0 5 9 – 14 The last machine played in the EPC 2016 final The current leader, Jorian, played first. The last game of the EPC 2016 final begins Although none of the scores were exceptional, Jorian’s 69.1 million was more than double his nearest rival and gave him the win on Ghostbusters. Daniele is often a master of the last-minute comeback, but it eluded him this time as Konrad’s 25.9 million was enough for second place ahead of Daniele’s 20.9 million. The ball was saved but the game wasn’t Cesare meanwhile had an unhappy time and only scored 5.8 million on the last game and no points. With two wins and two second places in the final, Jorian was the clear winner of the EPC 2016. TWD WCS T2 GB Total Jorian Engelbrektsson 5 9 5 9 28 Konrad Masłowski 2 0 2 5 9 Daniele Acciari 9 2 0 2 13 Cesare d’Atri 0 5 9 0 14 Daniele’s third place on Ghostbusters meant Cesare kept second overall, while Konrad couldn’t quite get the first place he would have needed to take third and ended up fourth. The scores are totalled to confirm Jorian as the winner Then it was time for the presentations of trophies and cash prizes. European Pinball Champion 2016, Jorian Engelbrektsson Second place, Cesare d’Atri Third place, Daniele Acciari The top three in the EPC 2016::Cesare d’Atri (2nd), Jorian Engelbrektsson (1st) & Daniele Acciari (3rd) Here are the full results of the main EPC tournament. EPC 2016 Final Results 1 Jorian Engelbrektsson 2 Cesare d’Atri 3 Daniele Acciari 4 Konrad Masłowski 5 Daniel Nowak 5 Cayle George 7 Ari Sovijärvi 7 Daniel Kaczmarek 10 Franck Bona 10 Linus Persson 10 Sandor Varga 10 Stefan Karlhuber 14 Benjamin Gräbeldinger 14 Helena Walter 14 Johan Genberg 14 Marco Suvanto 20 Daniele Baldan 20 Erwin Deutschländer 20 Hartmut Besigk 20 Jan Anders Nilsson 20 Jörgen Holm 20 Marcin Kisiel 20 Philipp Unger 20 Roberto Pedroni 28 Jakub Ciepliński 28 Fabio Francescato 28 Kim Günther Hansen 28 Kirsten Adam 28 Marcin Jaśkiewicz 28 Marcus Hugosson 28 Peter Andersen 28 Reiner Pfeiffer 40 Anders Carlsson 40 Carlos Javier Parra 40 David Dahl-Hansson 40 Gabriel Gavrilita 40 John van der Wulp 40 Linus Jorenbo 40 Lukasz Romanowski 40 Lukasz Wawryka 40 Mariusz Tkacz 40 Martin Janczyk 40 Paweł Nowak 40 Philippe Bocquet 40 Rafael Masedo 40 Stefan Herold 40 Stefan Schichtl 40 Tamas Odler 50 Antti Peltonen 50 Karyn Kiser 50 Kevin Kuhn 50 Pontus Qvarfordh 57 Sebastian Sołtys 57 Cezary Głowala 57 Jakub Józefczyk 57 MortenPetersen 57 Piotr Andrzejewski 57 Peter Blakemore 57 Tobias Wagemann 57 Erno Lahdenperä 57 Joonas Haverinen 72 Balázs Pálfi 72 Willy Sachet 72 Joel Wozniak 72 Lars Ovinder 72 Andrej Demsar 72 Roland Schwarz 72 Jani Saari 72 Enrico Giorgio De Stefani 72 Marcin Dylewski 72 Daniel Bengtsson 72 Zeljko Vasic 72 Patrik Gräntz 72 Juha Iijalainen 72 Flavio Baddaria 72 Jasmijn de Jong 72 Devis Pierantozzi 72 Fredrik Mellberg 72 Juan Antonio Martin 72 Mats Sahlberg Mats 72 Rich Mallet 72 Olli-Mikko Ojamies 91 Olli Paloheimo 91 Mathias Jäger 91 Marta Ścibisz 91 Mateusz Leja 91 Jacek Wenda 91 Jarosław Rupiewicz 91 Armand Maculewicz 91 Jarosław Nietrzebka 91 Giuseppe Violante 91 Boldizsar Botka 91 Horn László 91 David Mainwaring 91 Mattias Jeppsson 91 Roni Valkonen 91 Andrej Bukovšek 91 Martin Ayub 91 Andreas Nirven 111 Rafał Bytomski 111 Admir Peco 111 Simo Rimmi 111 Marek Szymborski 111 Mirko Lundén 111 Juha Viitanen 111 Teemu Vinnika 111 Marcin Brodziak 111 Ernö Rotter 111 Tobias Löfstedt 111 Andrzej Cieślik 111 Wolfgang Haid 111 Olle Strandh 111 Javier Núñez Pérez 111 Kornél Kosdi 111 Nikodem Kaczmarek 111 Janek Nietrzebka 111 Piotr Czubkowki 111 Piotr Kochański 111 Vid Kuklec 111 Jerzy Węglarz 111 Tommi Koski 111 Aleš Rebec 130 Sebastian Gwizdała 130 Mika Arvela 130 Andrzej Olszewski 130 Daniel Górecki 130 Pilvi Salonen 130 Patrik Jönsson 130 Bartosz Radomyski 130 Michał Mazurkiewicz 130 Artur Natorski 130 Ovidu Cacina 130 Pablo Crespo Garcia 130 Petri Taurio 130 Dirk Elzholz 130 Jakub Tkacz 130 Milan Caranovic 130 Gabriel Ortiz 142 Julian Klotz 142 Radosław Słotwiński 142 Dariusz Mazurkiewicz 142 Rafał Jodełko 142 Perrtu Pesä 142 Łukasz Dziewulski 142 Anja Nielsen 142 Bartosz Nowak 147 Sandra Katic 147 Vesa Sovijärvi 149 Mateusz Gwizdała Jorian also won €500 ($560/£430) for taking first place, while Cesare took home €300 for second. Daniele collected €200 for his third place. Daniele also won the Fair Play award and topped the table of scores on Whoa Nellie! to win that tournament too. Winner of the Fair Play award, Daniele Acciari The Lorneta Challenge side tournament played using distorting goggles on the Getaway machine was won by Morten Petersen. Winner of the Lorneta Challenge, Morten Petersen The other side tournament, the Crossroads Show using a reverse-flipper Roadshow machine was won by Marcin Jaśkiewicz who wasn’t present to collect his trophy. Thanks to all the organisers and players who made this year’s EPC a very special time. Organisers and players in the EPC We rounded-off this trip with a return visit to the centre of Łódź to get some late Sunday night dinner. We headed to an area called Manufaktura – a renovated industrial area which as been turned into large open plaza fronted by a large glass shopping mall and surrounded by long brick building housing shops, restaurants, art galleries, clubs and bars. The shopping mall at the top of Manufaktura Although the plaza was largely deserted late on Sunday night, you can easily imagine this being a lively and vibrant place on Friday and Saturday evenings. One of the long brick building housing restaurants, bars and shops One of the long brick building housing restaurants, bars and shops We returned home the next day after an enjoyable, entertaining and enlightening visit to Łódź.