Date: 18th - 20th November, 2016 Location: Dürer Rendezvényház, Ajtósi Dürer sor 19-21 Budapest 1146, Hungary Last year we reported from the Hungarian Pinball Open which was held at the Hungarian Pinball Museum in Budapest. That event was such a success that the number of players increased and the HPO outgrew the Museum’s confines. So for 2016 the organisers moved to the larger Dürer Conference Centre in the north-west of the city, a short walk from Heroes’ Square. The entrance to the Dürer Conference Centre With the move to a larger space, the opportunity was taken to expand the event beyond just the pinball tournaments, to make it appeal to gamers of different types. Thus the Arcadia show was created, combining pinballs, video games and assorted coin-op amusements, as well as retro console gaming. The Arcadia show banner Not forgetting the Hungarian Pinball Open The Dürer Conference Centre is a single-storey complex comprised of several rooms of various sizes. We arrived on Friday evening when it was dark outside and the building was nicely illuminated. The Dürer Conference Centre at night The Dürer Conference Centre Once through the entry doors and past the registration/payment desk, we come to the lobby where all the cool kids hang out and the warm coats hang up. Chilling in the lobby Coat storage cost 200HUF ($0.70/?0.64/£0.55) a day Gaming furniture company Altar had a nice display in the lobby featuring two themed coffee table pinballs – Data East’s Star Wars and Phantom of the Opera games – alongside several less-playable but equally stylish pieces of gaming furniture. The Altar area Altar’s two coffee-table pinballs The Star Wars table The Phantom of the Opera table Also in the lobby was a stand selling Hungarian Pinball Museum T-shirts and other merchandise. We picked up a couple in orange and purple to give away as prizes. Hungarian Pinball Museum merchandise The largest of the three rooms in the Dürer was the free-play area which contained a nice mix of pinballs, video games, skill games and retro computers. It also contained the larger of the two bars. Inside the free-play hall Inside the free-play hall Inside the free-play hall Inside the free-play hall Inside the free-play hall Inside the free-play hall Inside the free-play hall Inside the free-play hall Hercules – big as ever Head-to-head pinball Collaborative pinball on Granny & the Gators The retro computing section The retro computing section The retro computing section Retro consoles and handhelds Kids these days wouldn’t understand Video games and video/pinball combos in the free-play hall Video games in the free-play hall Video games in the free-play hall Video games and other skill games in the free-play hall The hockey games were popular Some older mechanical games A four-player racing game Here’s a list of all the free-play pinballs: Lord of the Rings, The Bride of Pinbot, The Machine Fish Tales Whitewater Judge Dredd Dr. Dude* Twilight Zone Roadshow, Red & Ted’s Elvira & the Party Monsters Demolition Man Godzilla Addams Family, The Cirqus Voltaire Roadshow, Red & Ted’s Indianapolis 500 Teed Off Super Mario Bros Safecracker Dracula, Bram Stoker’s Congo Champion Pub, The Scared Stiff No Fear Shadow, The* Corvette World Cup Soccer Streetfighter II Freddy – A Nightmare on Elm Street Mario Andretti Jolly Park Flipper Football Pinball Magic Breakshot Striker Xtreme Shrek Lord of the Rings, The South Park Apollo 13 Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s* Guns N’ Roses Last Action Hero Batman (DE) Baby Pac-Man Granny & the Gators Star Wars (DE) Star Wars Episode 1 Happy Clown World Fair Mayfair Power Play, Bobby Orr Space Shuttle (Zac) Locomotion Caveman Haunted House Genesis Road Kings F-14 Tomcat Heavy Metal Meltdown Robocop Orbito 1 Attila the Hun Banzai Run Funhouse Bride of Pinbot, The Machine Whirlwind Taxi Diner Earthshaker! Indiana Jones Terminator 2 Alien Full Throttle Terminator 2 Hercules A G Soccer Ball Hearts & Spades * denotes game was not working at the time of the survey Inside the free-play hall there were several vendors with demonstrator games for visitors to play or gaming-related goods to buy. RS Pinball were representing both Heighway Pinball and PinSound This PinSound-fitted Indiana Jones could easily be heard over the other games Alien Pinball was here together with Full Throttle Alien’s playfield Full Throttle The Krakow Pinball Museum had a stand A bullet-proofed T2 Konzolok Szervize were selling gamer toys and clothing Playseat were showing their gaming seats alongside some sit-down arcade games The bar in the free-play hall We generally found the prices of food and drink to be a little higher than we would have expected. Although some of the low-end beers were 300HUF a can, the nicest dark beer was 700HUF ($2.40/€2.24/£1.90) for a can, while cans of Pepsi were 400HUF ($1.36/€1.28/£1) in a country where prices are generally found to be reasonably cheap. If visitors wanted something a little more substantial to eat, there were two food vendors set up just outside the main entrance to the building. Outside the main entrance One was selling freshly-made savoury folded flatbreads, while the other sold hot toasted and flavoured nuts and… well, we’re not quite sure what the dishes were exactly, although they did look colourful. The flatbreads had cheese and meat fillings available The hot nut stand Although attractive-looking, we didn’t sample them So that’s the setting for the competitions, and there were three main pinball tournaments held at Arcadia – the Hungarian Pinball Open (HPO), the Classics Tournament and Pingolf. Qualification for the HPO began in a dedicated room on the opposite side of the lobby on Friday with a scheduled start time of 7pm, although there was a delay before the scoring system and the machines were ready and the games could begin. This was to prove to be a precursor to more delays across the whole weekend. Players wait for the start of qualifying Organisers working furiously to be ready to start the qualifying More on that later, but the format of the HPO divided players into nine groups (A-I)of twenty-eight, with each player playing in nine rounds of four-player games. In each round their opponents were different, so that by the end they had played against all twenty-seven (nine rounds of three opponents) other members of their group. Belgian players check out a Roadshow prior to qualifying Each group was allocated an area in one of the two tournament rooms with nine machines in area. These were mostly dot-matrix machines with a mix of Williams/Bally, Stern and Data East titles, plus a smattering of alpha-numeric titles from Williams and Bally. Here are the machines in the five areas GROUPS A & F Star Trek (Stern) Flintstones, The World Cup Soccer Sopranos, The Hurricane Scared Stiff Terminator 2 Transformers Whitewater GROUPS B & G Shrek Walking Dead, The Star Trek: The Next Generation Tales of the Arabian Nights Party Zone Indiana Jones (Williams) Creature from the Black Lagoon Sopranos, The Getaway: High Speed 2, The GROUPS C & H Creature from the Black Lagoon Twilight Zone Cirqus Voltaire Family Guy Corvette Demolition Man Dirty Harry Ghostbusters Shadow, The GROUPS D & I Mustang Creature from the Black Lagoon Kiss Dracula, Bram Stoker’s Earthshaker! Fish Tales Monster Bash Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Tales of the Arabian Nights GROUP E Attack from Mars Diner Simpsons Pinball Party, The Terminator 2 Addams Family, The Game of Thrones Getaway: High Speed 2, The Family Guy Dracula, Bram Stoker’s The first round of qualifying begins After each match, points were awarded for position in the game. 7 points went to the winner, 5 points to second place, 3 to third and 1 point to last place. The first four groups (A-D) played on Friday evening and the remaining five on Saturday morning/afternoon. Friday’s qualifying for the HPO When all 9 rounds had been completed, the top 9 players in each group (a total of 81 players) moved on to the next round. The top four women players from the HPO also qualified for a separate Women’s Tournament final held on Saturday evening regardless of whether they qualified for the main tournament or not. For those not currently competing in the HPO, the lure of the Classics Tournament awaited in a smaller room next to the free-play hall. Qualifying for the Classics Tournament There were twenty classics machines available, from which competitors could choose six to play. Having chosen a machine, players would put their magnetic name badge next to the machine name on one of two boards. If nobody else was playing the machine they could start straight away, otherwise they had to wait for their badge to reach the top of the waiting list. Qualifying for the Classics Tournament The Classics Tournament machine boards The Classics Tournament machine boards Once a competitor got to their chosen machine, tournament officials started a 3-player game using a key fob to prevent players starting or restarting games themselves. The entrant played all three player’s games simultaneously, and when they were over the scores were recorded, added together and then ranked alongside all other competitors’ total scores. This system helped temper the impact of any unduly low or any runaway scores. Qualifying for the Classics Tournament Qualifying for the Classics Tournament Qualifying for the Classics Tournament The machines used in the Classic Tournament were: 1 – Kiss 2 – Space Invaders 3 – Circus 4 – Spider-Man, The Amazing 5 – Firepower 6 – Gorgar 7 – Fathom 8 – Medusa 9 – Sexy Girl 10 – Iron Maiden 11 – Rocky 12 – Fireball 13 – Pink Panther 14 – Capt. Fantastic 15 – Centaur 16 – Airborne Avenger 17 – Criterium 75 18 – Wizard! 19 – Space Time 20 – Rolling Stones, The Score recording here was a little odd. Rather than enter the scores directly into the tournament system with a tablet, phone or laptop, they were hand-written on carbon copy paper, with the top sheet being given to the player as their record. It was a little quaint seeing carbon copy paper being used again. This added an extra stage into the score entry process and hence another opportunity for a mistake to be made, but it seemed to work, more-or-less. The bigger problem was how it introduced a significant delay between the scores being recorded and them appearing in the computer system. That made it difficult for players to know where they stood at any given time and resulted in the timetable for the latter stages slipping. Not that the schedule was adhered to any more accurately in the main HPO. The timings looked reasonable on paper but once again delays crept in, with the main HPO qualification round on Saturday not starting until after 10am – an hour late. The planned timetable Players wait to start their qualifying round on Saturday The time taken to complete each of the nine rounds closely matched the anticipated thirty minutes, giving a total of four-and-a-half hours for the whole session. But it took some time to produce the full list of 81 qualifiers and to gather them together to begin the first of the play-off rounds. In addition, with the clock ticking for the qualification round in the Classics Tournament which was running alongside the HPO, some qualifiers were trying to squeeze in their final few classics games as well. The first play-off round of the HPO divided the qualifiers into nine groups of nine, and set them to play one game against every other member of their group – eight games in total. The play-offs in the HPO begin The play-offs in the HPO begin When all the games had been played, the four players from each group with the most wins progressed to the second round. In the case of ties, the results of the games between the tied players were taken into consideration with the player(s) who beat the other tied players the most progressing. If that still didn’t resolve the tie, a tie-breaker game was played. The remaining thirty-six then played the same format for the second round of play-offs, only this time there were just four groups of nine taking part. Those sixteen played in four groups of four, playing three machines and using the same 7-5-3-1 points system to determine which two from each group moved into the final eight. The Classics Tournament’s play-offs then followed, with the scores on the qualifying machines ranked and the top 32 progressing to the first round of play-offs. The Classics Tournament play-offs begin The format here was a little simpler, with the thirty-two split into pairs and playing best-of-three matches to decide who moved on and who was out. The same method was used to reduce the remaining sixteen down to eight and then to a final four. They were: Lieven Engelbeen, Sághy Kálmán, Santiago Elices and Taco Wouters. The final was held in the free-play hall in an area at the end of the room where the single machine to be used was set up alongside the trophies for this and the HPO. As well as playing in the final, Sághy Kálmán was running the tournament final and introduced the four finalists. The Fathom machine used in the Classics Tournament final The trophies for the classic and HPO tournaments Despite the time now being 2am, there was a good-sized and good-natured audience for the final. The audience for the classic tournament final Taco began the final, with Lieven playing second, Santiago third and Sághy fourth. Taco begins the final After the first ball it was Santiago who had a slender lead with his score of 275K ahead of Taco on 226K, Sághy in third on 152K and Lieven, who had bad luck on his first ball, in fourth on 23K. On the second ball it was Taco’s turn for bad luck, as he added almost nothing to his score. Lieven’s bad luck hadn’t left him yet either, and he only added 5K, while Santiago didn’t fare much better. But Sághy had a great ball, raising his score up to 1.018M, putting him a long way in the lead with just one ball left to play. Sághy puts up a big score on his second ball Taco had a better third ball but could only reach a total on 481K. Lieven finally got to play a ball but his total of 145K was still fourth. Lieven gets to play a little, at last Only Santiago could now stop Sághy, but his third ball ended with only 301K on the scoreboard, putting him in third place. Sághy is congratulated on his Classics Tournament win The trophies and prizes were then presented. Third place, Santiago Elices Second place, Taco Wouters Winner of the Classics Tournament, Sághy Kálmán Winner of the Classics Tournament, Sághy Kálmán, with his prize Here are the full results: Classics Tournament Results 1 Sághy Kálmán 2 Taco Wouters 3 Santiago Elices 4 Lieven Engelbeen 5 Markus Stix 6 Sandor Varga 7 Ollivier Francq 8 Peter Blakemore 9 Julio Vicario Soriano 10 Rich Mallett 11 Mathias Leurs 12 Levente Tregova 13 Gábor Fekécs 14 Tamas Odler 15 Rafael Masedo Rodríguez 16 Kim G. Hansen 17 Daniele Celestino Acciari 18 György Kovács 19 Piller Zsolt 20 Greg Mott 21 Jim Lindsay 22 Rafal Bytomski 23 Andrej Rižner 24 Andrzej Cieslik 25 Jürgen Gärtner 26 Ernö Rotter 27 Andras Horvath 28 Fabio Squadrani 29 Olivier Renders 30 Lene Andersen 31 Joël Wozniak 32 Juan Antonio Martín Amaya 33 Boldizsár Botka 34 Dominique Decock 34 Vargha Ákos 36 Peter Andersen 37 Gergely Csonka 37 Andrej Demsar 39 Stefan Karlhuber 39 András Kató 41 Philippe Bocquet 42 Péter András Simon 43 Zoltán Polgár 43 Ales Rebec 45 Cesare Datri 46 Aaron Gale 48 Berndt Ion Teodorescu 48 Roland Schwarz 48 Zoltán Dósa 50 Zsolt Szabo 51 Berecz Istvan 52 Bart Vyvey 54 Pierangelo Villa 54 Csapó dr Imre 54 Robby Henkelmann 56 Laszlo Horn 57 Markus Ramsner 58 Jasmin Ibric 58 Andreas Frank Meyer 60 Pawel Nowak 62 Kyoo Barbaix 62 Kornél Kosdi 62 Marcin Moszczynski 64 Maciej Olesiak 65 Vincent Chardome 67 Dirk Meckes 67 Miklós Szebenyi 67 Kovács Gábor 69 Arno Nöbl 70 Peter Varga 71 András Lugosi 72 Florian Horvath 72 Matteo Filippin 75 Fred Van Den Bosch 75 Cinthya Messiaen 75 Vid Kuklec 77 Mario Vercauteren 78 Ojvind Strömsholm 78 Cezary Glowala 80 Armin Kress 81 Daniele Baldan 81 Tamas Benke 83 Jochen Schuhmacher 83 Stefan Riedler 85 Didier Dujardin 85 László Kadala 87 Wolfgang Wetl 88 Béla Gyenes 89 Konrad Maslowski 90 Peter Van den Bergh 90 János Dakos 93 Gabi Molotov Gavrilita 93 Evelyne Desot 93 Gemma Tejedor Jiménez 93 Szabó Tibor 96 Martin Ayub 96 ieronim pogorilovschi 98 Péter Szamosi 99 Daniel Nowak 100 Michael Heiler 101 Artur Natorski 102 Jürgen Wünschmann 103 Péter Busa 103 Bartosz Radomyski 105 Evert Brochez 106 Olivier Leurs 107 Markus Schrodt 108 Bernhard Binder 109 Laszlo Hornyik 109 Zoltán Harangozó 111 Dávid Laár 112 Paul Jongma 112 Devis Pierantozzi 114 Jaroslaw Rupiewicz 115 János Sándor 115 Glenn Verhoosele 118 John van der Wulp 118 Gabriel Ortiz 118 Zsolt Csiszka 120 Martin Janczyk 120 Zoltán Szemes 122 Rob Breyne 123 Ernestine Lachnit 123 Zoltán Kiss 125 Zsolt Mészáros 126 Radoslaw Slotwilski 127 David Schrittwieser 128 Sebastian Gwizdala 130 Giuseppe Violante 130 Reiner Pfeiffer 130 Michael Kerylidis 132 Peter Boncza 133 Frank Goeltl 134 David Mainwaring 135 Timm Dollinger 135 Fekete Tibor 137 Attila Abonyi 138 Željko Vasic 139 Tom Geneyn 139 Flavio Baddaria 141 Marko Ritosa 142 Angel Martínez Navajas 143 Anthony Struelens 144 Jakub Cieplinski 145 Ari Sovijärvi 146 Karin Ruhmannseder 146 Laszlo Tari 148 Wolfgang Haid 149 Benjamin Ruso 150 Dennis Verleyen 151 Joonas Haverinen 152 Zöllei S. Márk 153 Bencsik László 153 Somogyi Nándor 155 Dina Fukson 156 Antti Peltonen 156 Thomas Kunstfeld 159 Valter Odler 159 Andrej Bukovšek 159 Shachar Liberman 161 Mirko Bogic 162 Begoña Motilla Mulas 164 Harald Czernoch 164 Thomas Binder 164 Lukasz Dziewulski 166 Pascal Leroy 167 Erno Lahdenperä 167 Ovidiu Cacina 169 Peter Molnar 170 Daniel Kaczmarek 171 Steven Demets 171 Laszlo Tempfli 173 Mihaly Makray 174 Albert Pavlovsky 175 Milan Caranovic 176 Robert Glashuettner 177 Zsolt Somogyvari 178 Felix Radinger 179 Mario Kaufmann 180 Tamás Kerék 180 Peter Kurti 182 Maarten Lemey 183 Antti Pitkamaki 184 Attila Tóth-Szeles 184 Ferencz Jozsef Norbert 187 Daniel Gorecki 187 Rafal Jodelko 187 Daniela Ickler 189 Bogdan Constantin Ghiga 189 Uwe Ramsner 192 Dimitri Verhoosele 192 Szabo Istvan 192 Andra Raicu 195 Balint Olah 196 Julia Scriba 197 Sara Martínez Bueno 198 Sabine Ramsner 199 Gabriella Medgyesi 200 Marta Scibisz 201 Alejandro Yepes Piedra 202 Flora Karap 204 Gergely Gergelyfi While the Classics Tournament was progressing, machines from the HPO room were removed so the remaining machines could be set up for Sunday’s Pingolf which would use the same room. Machines are removed in preparation for Sunday’s Pingolf Tournament With the classics decided it was back to the HPO, and the same four-player group format used for the last sixteen was used in the semi-finals to find the four players who would contest the final. The last eight players in the two semi-finals were: Semi-Final 1 Semi-Final 2 Sandor Varga Julio Vicario Soriano Andrej Demsar Flavio Baddaria Krisztián Szalai Gabor Solymosi Ernö Rotter Daniele Celestino Acciari It was clear this was going to be running very late indeed. The semi-finals began at 2:30am. Semi-final 1 was played on World Cup Soccer, Kiss and Dracula, while semi-final 2 used Mustang, Ghostbusters and also used World Cup Soccer. The semi-finals of the main HPO tournament The semi-finals of the main HPO tournament It took until 03:30 before the final four were decided. They were: Daniele Celestino Acciari, Flavio Baddaria, Gabor Solymosi and Julio Vicario Soriano. As with the Classics Tournament, the final was held on a single machine in the free-play hall. In this case it was a Stern Star Trek. On the other side of the room was the Road Kings machine which was the grand prize for the winner. The finals machine – Star Trek – along with the trophies The Star Trek had various cameras fitted so video of the final could be projected on the screen behind The grand prize – a fully refurbished Road Kings A smaller crowd remained for the HPO final, but despite the late hour Sághy Kálmán entertained them with an Elvis impersonation before the last game began. Sághy does his Elvis impersonation Gabor began the final with the player one position, but he didn’t have a great start. Gabor starts the final His 2.586M first ball score looked low, but none of the other players got much on their first balls either. Daniele did the best with 8.308M ahead of Julio on 5.567M and Flavio who just scored least with his 2.282M. Daniele did best on ball one None of the players took a grip on the game on their second ball either. Gabor only managed a total of 3.941M, Daniele added little to stand on 9.103M, Julio did similar with his 6.855M score, but Flavio did rather better to edge into the lead with his 10.499M. Flavio leads after the second ball However, the third ball changed everything. Gabor had a nice ball, getting his main multiballs going and ending with a much better score of 49.520M. Daniele did likewise but not quite as well, finishing his game on 37.192M. Then it was Julio’s turn. Could he match the nice third balls of Gabor and Daniele? Julio plays his third and final ball He didn’t just match the other two, he easily surpassed them, getting to Kobayashi Maru mode and racking up an impressive total of 86.710M Could Flavio catch him with the last ball of the final? The audience watches as the final reaches a conclusion Sadly not everyone had a nice third ball, as Flavio only nudged his score up to 11.938M, dropping from first to last. The scores in the final of the HPO 2016 So Julio was the winner, with Gabor second, Daniele third and Flavio fourth. Fourth place, Flavio Baddaria Third place, Daniele Celestino Acciari Second place, Gabor Solymosi Winner of the Hungarian Pinball Open 2016, Julio Vicario Soriano The top four Here are the full results: Hungarian Pinball Open Results 1 Julio Vicario Soriano 2 Gabor Solymosi 3 Daniele Celestino Acciari 4 Flavio Baddaria 5 Ernö Rotter 6 Andrej Demsar 7 Krisztián Szalai 7 Sandor Varga 10 János Sándor 10 David Mainwaring 10 Cesare Datri 12 Paul Jongma 13 Piller Zsolt 14 Didier Dujardin 14 Jakub Cieplinski 16 Benjamin Gräbeldinger 18 Santiago Elices 18 Konrad Maslowski 18 Ollivier Francq 18 Roberto Pedroni 21 Peter Varga 24 Roland Schwarz 24 Philippe Bocquet 24 Jürgen Wünschmann 24 Valter Odler 24 Joël Wozniak 24 György Kovács 29 Joonas Haverinen 29 Péter Grafl 29 Andrej Bukovšek 31 Laszlo Horn 32 Daniele Baldan 33 Berecz Istvan 33 Florian Horvath 35 Olivier Leurs 36 Reiner Pfeiffer 39 Levente Tregova 39 Giuseppe Violante 39 Frank Goeltl 39 Tamas Odler 39 Wolfgang Haid 44 Gabriel Ortiz 44 John van der Wulp 44 Evert Brochez 44 Gábor Fekécs 44 Peter Andersen 47 Cezary Glowala 47 Erno Lahdenperä 52 Markus Stix 52 Mark van der Gugten 52 Taco Wouters 52 Jaroslaw Rupiewicz 52 Peter Van den Bergh 52 Greg Mott 52 Artur Natorski 52 Kim G. Hansen 57 Daniel Kaczmarek 59 Andreas Frank Meyer 59 Angel Martínez Navajas 59 Pascal Leroy 59 Sághy Kálmán 63 Thomas Kunstfeld 63 Szabo Istvan 63 Rich Mallett 63 Török Antal 70 Rob Breyne 70 Kay Kuster 70 Vincent Chardome 70 Peter Blakemore 70 Michael Kerylidis 70 Cinthya Messiaen 70 Tamás Marjai 70 Andrej Rižner 70 Zoltán Kiss 77 Ovidiu Cacina 77 Tom Geneyn 77 Maciej Olesiak 77 Rafal Jodelko 77 Armin Kress 80 Antti Peltonen 81 Robert Pomazi 82 Odler Axel 86 Gabi Molotov Gavrilita 86 Pawel Nowak 86 Dirk Meckes 86 Zoltán Dósa 86 Attila Abonyi 86 Gemma Tejedor Jiménez 86 Andras Horvath 91 Jochen Schuhmacher 91 Maarten Lemey 91 Thomas Binder 91 Jürgen Gärtner 95 Berndt Ion Teodorescu 95 Laszlo Imre 95 Péter András Simon 98 Timm Dollinger 98 Daniel Nowak POL 98 Dominique Decock 98 Jim Lindsay 101 Stefan Holzäpfel 106 Lieven Engelbeen 106 Mario Kaufmann 106 Milan Caranovic 106 Mathias Leurs 106 Jasmin Ibric 106 Csapó dr Imre 106 Anthony Struelens 106 Zöllei S. Márk 106 Wolfgang Wetl 113 Andrzej Cieslik 113 Ari Sovijärvi 113 Bernhard Binder 113 Peter Boncza 113 Peter Molnar 117 Ojvind Strömsholm 117 Bart Vyvey 117 Kornél Kosdi 122 Bogdan Constantin Ghiga 122 Markus Schrodt 122 Juan Antonio Martín Amaya 122 Michael Heiler 122 Lene Andersen 122 Zoltán Polgár 122 Zsolt Csiszka 126 Laszlo Tempfli 127 Vargha Ákos 129 Martin Ayub 129 Matteo Filippin 129 Marcin Moszczynski 132 Stefan Karlhuber 132 Boldizsár Botka 132 Kovács Gábor 132 Akos Tottos 135 Tamas Benke 140 Robby Henkelmann 140 Gergely Csonka 140 David Schrittwieser 140 Rafael Masedo Rodríguez 140 Zsolt Mészáros 140 Zoltán Harangozó 140 Sara Martínez Bueno 140 Radoslaw Slotwilski 140 Marta Scibisz 140 Fekete Tibor 146 Miklos Csaba 150 Alexander Muer 150 Fabio Squadrani 150 Olivier Renders 150 János Dakos 150 Verebi András 150 Szabó Tibor 150 Mihaly Makray 154 Arno Nöbl 154 Ferencz Jozsef Norbert 159 Rafal Bytomski 159 Miklós Szebenyi 159 Evelyne Desot 159 Csaba Fodor 159 Béla Gyenes 159 Rudi Haferl 159 Željko Vasic 163 Harald Czernoch 163 Zsolt Szabo 167 Dennis Verleyen 167 Alex Butnaru 167 Benjamin Ruso 167 Tamás Kerék 167 Antti Pitkamaki 171 Dimitri Verhoosele 171 Ales Rebec 171 Steven Demets 176 Julia Scriba 176 András Lugosi 176 Zoltan Farle 176 Liv Decay 176 Somogyi Nándor 176 Mirko Bogic 176 Gergo Csetneki 180 András Kató 180 Fred Van Den Bosch 182 Kyoo Barbaix 184 Jenna Muer 184 Bencsik László 184 Balazs Novak 189 Glenn Verhoosele 189 Devis Pierantozzi 189 Mario Vercauteren 189 Dina Fukson 189 ieronim pogorilovschi 189 Felix Radinger 189 Evelien Crevits 189 Shachar Liberman 194 Albert Pavlovsky 196 Pierangelo Villa 196 Katona Tamás 196 Gergely Gergelyfi 200 Daniel Gorecki 200 Zsolt Somogyvari 200 Agnes Budai 200 Markus Ramsner 200 Aaron Gale 203 Reinhard Hager 203 Flora Karap 205 Balint Olah 205 Grau Beatrix 208 Péter Busa 208 Zoltán Szemes 208 Peter Kurti 210 Alejandro Yepes Piedra 211 Dávid Laár 213 Martin Janczyk 213 Lukasz Dziewulski 213 Karin Ruhmannseder 213 Vid Kuklec 217 Stefan Riedler 217 Mercedesz Gyimothy 217 Attila Tóth-Szeles 219 Guttmann Zsolt 221 Bartosz Radomyski 221 Sebastian Gwizdala 221 Uwe Ramsner 221 Miron Vasilescu 225 Andra Raicu 225 Ernestine Lachnit 225 Marjaine Brasso Adrien 227 Robert Glashuettner 227 László Kadala 229 Péter Szamosi 230 Eszter Hoppán 230 Daniela Ickler 232 Mihaly Vandor 233 Benedek Novak 234 Begoña Motilla Mulas 234 Sabine Ramsner 236 Marko Ritosa By the time the final was over it was getting close to 5am, and we didn’t get back to our hotel until 5:15am. The streets of Budapest are surprisingly busy at that time of the morning. Maybe it’s time for bed With the Pingolf Tournament due to begin in just under five hours’ time, we grabbed a quick nap, had a speedy breakfast, checked out of the hotel and headed back to the Arcadia show to report on Sunday’s action. Instructions for the Pingolf Tournament Sunday’s Pingolf Tournament began at 10am and competitors could choose one of two ‘courses’. One was in the area used for the Classics Tournament where them machines moved the previous night were set up alongside some remaining classics machines. The second was in the main HPO room where the HPO play-offs had taken place a few hours earlier and which now featured several machines from the Classics Tournament. Both areas contained around twenty machines from which competitors chose eighteen to play. The Pingolf Tournament is underway The Pingolf Tournament is underway Rather than use game feature objectives, each game has a score threshold which needed to be reached in as few balls as possible. If it was achieved within the normal three balls then the number of balls used set the number of ‘strokes’ for that ‘hole’. If the target wasn’t reached with the three balls, the number of strokes recorded increased depending on how close the final score was. Scoring in the Pingolf Tournament Pingolf in the former HPO room The carbon copy paper was brought out again to record scores, and this appeared to lead to some confusion later on when scores were entered into the computer system. We were told that some scorers had written down the player number, machine number and number of strokes, but not necessarily indicated which number was which. The tournament team entering the scores Inevitably this led to delays and not a little confusion. One player knew he hadn’t played at all well and went off for dinner. He was surprised to receive a text message telling him he had been given a score which qualified him for the play-offs (which he thus missed). Pingolf players wait to discover who had made the play-offs The Pingolf Tournament was due to finish by 7pm. Unfortunately we had to leave the venue for our flight home at 7:15pm, by which time the first round of play-offs had only just started. The format for the play-offs The top twelve players from each area qualified for the play-offs for a total of twenty-four. The top eight received a bye through the first round, leaving the remaining sixteen qualifiers to be split into four groups of four and set to play on their first of the three games in this round. The pingolf play-offs The top two from each group progressed and joined those with the byes to play the same best-of-three four-player group format. This continued all the way through until an eventual winner was found. That winner was Paul Jongma, with Daniele Celestino Acciari in second place, Taco Wouters in third and Mario Kaufmann fourth. Pingolf Tournament Results 1 Paul Jongma 2 Daniele Celestino Acciari 3 Taco Wouters 4 Mario Kaufmann 5 Julio Vicario Soriano 6 Roberto Pedroni 7 Tamas Odler 7 Robby Henkelmann 9 Cesare Datri 9 Joonas Haverinen 11 Lieven Engelbeen 12 Dominique Decock 13 Zsolt Mészáros 14 Rafal Bytomski 15 Tom Geneyn 16 John van der Wulp 17 Markus Stix 18 Daniel Nowak POL 19 Jasmin Ibric 19 Evert Brochez 21 György Kovács 21 Rob Breyne 23 Zoltán Dósa 24 Rich Mallett 25 Stefan Karlhuber 26 Bogdan Constantin Ghiga 27 Kim G. Hansen 27 Levente Tregova 30 Gabriel Ortiz 30 Philippe Bocquet 30 Dina Fukson 33 Roland Schwarz 33 Maciej Olesiak 33 Jürgen Wünschmann 35 Santiago Elices 35 Mario Vercauteren 37 Ovidiu Cacina 40 Ferencz Jozsef Norbert 40 Mathias Leurs 40 Anthony Struelens 40 Didier Dujardin 40 Zsolt Szabo 43 Rafael Masedo Rodríguez 43 Peter Blakemore 45 Vincent Chardome 45 Jakub Cieplinski 47 János Sándor 47 Željko Vasic 50 Devis Pierantozzi 50 Piller Zsolt 50 Andrej Demsar 52 Ales Rebec 52 András Lugosi 56 Andrzej Cieslik 56 Fabio Squadrani 56 Antti Peltonen 56 Ollivier Francq 56 Thomas Kunstfeld 56 Peter Boncza 61 Michael Kerylidis 61 Olivier Renders 61 Sághy Kálmán 63 Vid Kuklec 63 Kyoo Barbaix 66 Mirko Bogic 66 Arno Nöbl 66 Frank Goeltl 69 Giuseppe Violante 69 Mark van der Gugten 69 Zoltán Polgár 69 Dirk Meckes 72 David Mainwaring 72 Peter Andersen 75 Antti Pitkamaki 75 Jürgen Gärtner 75 Andrej Rižner 75 Peter Molnar 79 Markus Ramsner 79 Daniele Baldan 79 Olivier Leurs 79 Martin Janczyk 83 Gergely Csonka 83 Daniel Gorecki 83 Jim Lindsay UK 86 Peter Van den Bergh 86 Ernö Rotter 86 Jochen Schuhmacher 86 Boldizsár Botka 89 János Dakos 89 Vargha Ákos 91 Laszlo Imre 91 Sandor Varga 94 Steven Demets 94 Andreas Frank Meyer 94 Zoltán Szemes 97 Matteo Filippin 97 Martin Ayub 97 Ojvind Strömsholm 100 Stefan Holzäpfel 100 Stefan Riedler 100 ieronim pogorilovschi 102 Felix Radinger 102 Evelyne Desot 104 Glenn Verhoosele 104 Péter András Simon 106 Fred Van Den Bosch 107 Berecz Istvan 108 Laszlo Tari 108 Joël Wozniak 111 Erno Lahdenperä 111 Wolfgang Haid 111 Marko Ritosa 113 Timm Dollinger 114 Michael Heiler 114 Pierangelo Villa 117 Armin Kress 117 Reiner Pfeiffer 117 Dennis Verleyen 120 Greg Mott 120 Thomas Binder 120 Cinthya Messiaen 122 Karin Ruhmannseder 123 Artur Natorski 123 Pawel Nowak 125 Markus Schrodt 126 Agnes Budai 126 Marjaine Brasso Adrien 128 Daniel Kaczmarek 131 Daniela Ickler 131 Balint Olah 131 Gabi Molotov Gavrilita 131 Rafal Jodelko 131 Benjamin Gräbeldinger 134 Uwe Ramsner 135 Ernestine Lachnit 136 Dávid Laár 137 Attila Abonyi 137 Béla Gyenes 139 Sabine Ramsner 140 Tamás Marjai 141 Gabriella Medgyesi 141 Maarten Lemey 143 Bart Vyvey 145 Reinhard Hager 145 Pascal Leroy 145 Rudi Haferl 147 Harald Czernoch 148 Miklos Csaba 149 Wolfgang Wetl 150 Angel Martínez Navajas 151 Gábor Varga The conclusion of the Pingolf Tournament ended the competitive events and brought the Arcadia show to a close. Last year’s Hungarian Pinball Open at the Hungarian Pinball Museum was a big success, with a lot of goodwill generated along with plenty of positive recommendations for the Museum. Everyone went home from last year’s HPO with a warm feeling which wasn’t simply from the free Goulash. However, the space at the Museum was clearly limited and so in order to expand the HPO an alternative or additional location was needed. The Dürer Conference Centre provided that extra space and allowed expansion of the scope of the event to encompass video games and retro gaming. That expansion brought in an audience beyond the HPO players and, perhaps most importantly, became attractive to families and youngsters. It’s hard to recall an event where so many young kids and teenagers were enjoying the games, which was an encouraging sign for the future. It did, though, take away much of the intimacy and homely feel of the event, which was something unique to the Museum setting. When we were playing in the darkened caves and exhibit rooms of the Museum’s basement home it felt as though we were supporting the Museum and helping to promote the good work they are doing. In the Dürer Conference Centre, not so much. The schedule last year also allowed for a tour of the city and a visit to a late night rooftop club which helped make the whole trip special. This year there was no time for such excursions which was a pity. Running an event such as a major pinball tournament requires far more than just machines. People with multiple skillsets are needed, with a large amount of planning to ensure everything goes smoothly. While there were lots of scorers and organisers who did a sterling job and worked incredibly hard throughout the three days, some of the processes didn’t work so well; in particular the results systems and machine preparation/maintenance. As anyone who has ever moved a pinball machine from one location to another knows, things break for no apparent reason. Several of the games in the free-play hall were faulty from the start and while some were fixed, not all were. That may in part have been because there was no readily-identifiable way to report a machine fault other than switching the game off and hoping someone notices. Some of the tournament machines were also sub-optimal in their set-up, with inconsistent flipper alignment and tilt sensitivity being common complaints we heard. Using carbon copy paper to record scores in the classics and Pingolf Tournaments was also far from ideal. Most events now use tablets to enter results directly into the tournament system, and while that isn’t entirely without its problems it does eliminate a lot of paper score entry, produces instant updates and speeds up progress through the tournament. On that final point, we won’t dwell on the delays and late-running of the tournaments. Suffice to say nobody really wanted to be playing (or watching) the final of a major international tournament at 4:30am, and we are sure the organisers will be looking to ensure that doesn’t happen again. While we have been critical of certain aspects, as a whole the Arcadia show was certainly a success. Budapest is an amazing city to visit with incredibly friendly people, and the location of the Dürer Conference Centre, while not as attractive as the Museum, was pretty convenient. We stayed at a quality hotel fifteen minutes away on foot opposite Heroes’ Square, with a nice walk through the park opposite the venue always an option. We would certainly come back again, and try for a longer stay next time to enjoy more that the city has to offer. Finally, you can take a look at the whole Arcadia show for yourself, including all the tournaments, free-play machines, vendors and food sellers in our exclusive Twenty Minute Tour video walkaround.