Date: 9th - 11th June, 2017 Location: Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, 1500 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402, USA. This year marks the tenth holding of the Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show. After starting in central Seattle, it is now held at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center in downtown Tacoma. The show poster designed by John Youssi The Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center The building sits on a hill, meaning there is a ground floor entrance at the front and a third floor entrance at the side. The side entrance Thursday The show is held on the fifth floor which, thanks to the terrain, has a ground-level loading bay at the rear, from which an army of volunteers unloaded trucks as soon as they arrived. Games were initially unloaded onto the dock and then wheeled into the hall. Another truck is unloaded The loading dock Games are wheeled into the hall Games in the hall Pinballs in the hall Pinballs in the hall EM Pinballs being set up Pinballs being set up Stern Pinball has an impressive line-up of current titles, including Ghostbusters, Batman 66, Game of Thrones, AC/DC Remake and Aerosmith. A line-up of new Stern Pinball games Spider-Man VE and Batman Premium There are two Dialed In! games set up in the centre of the hall. Two Dialed In! games Nitro Amusements had an Alien Pinball and a Medieval Madness Remake set up, with a Houdini also on its way. Alien and Attack from Mars Remake Spooky Pinball is also represented As usual, the tournament area is found on the left side of the hall. Setting up tournament machines More tournament games At the front of the hall, the prize desk was being constructed. This is where the regular hourly prize draws will be held, along with the daily grand prize draws. Building the prize desk The show is held in exhibition hall B, but registration takes place in the lobby along with the seminars and a kids play area. The entrance door to the show hall Setting up the registration desk and kids play area Building the seminars technical area The seminars area In the lobby just outside the show hall entrance were a few stands selling artwork, T-shirts and promoting comic books for kids. Stands in the lobby Artist Hilma Josal was exhibiting some of her artworks and there to talk about them and take private commissions. Hilma Josal’s stand Next door, T-shirts promoting assorted pinball and arcade themes and locations could be purchased. Get your T-shirts here Also in the lobby, Comics4Kids were giving away comic books as a part of their drive to improve literacy and foster imagination in kids. Comics4Kids’ stand Friday Before the opening, a large queue had built up to buy entry or to pick up pre-purchased tickets. The queue for registration Collecting wristbands for show entry To keep the younger guests entertained while they waited for the start of the show, there was the kids area with games on free play. The kids area The doors to the hall opened on schedule at midday. The first guests through the doors Inside the hall there had been some changes since Thursday night. The Houdini game had arrived, along with Jolly Backer and Joe Balcer from American Pinball. Houdini from American Pinball Jolly and Joe Also on the same stand, Heighway Pinball’s Alien Pinball was being checked out by the game’s sound designer and composer, David Thiel. David Thiel plays Alien Pinball Jersey Jack Pinball had their The Wizard of Oz and The Hobbit games, in addition to the two Dialed In! games in the centre of the room. Jack with one of the two Dialed In! machines The number of Stern Pinball games brought by Marco Specialties had also increased, with the display expanding to two rows. The many new Stern Pinball machines The prize desk at the front of the show was complete, exhibiting the many prizes on offer and the complete machines which would be given away to lucky ticket-holders. The prize desk The show’s grand prize – a Batman 66 Premium Friday’s grand prize – a Nintendo Switch Saturday’s grand prize – a Stellar Wars Sunday’s grand prize – a Mario Bros video If you didn’t think you were lucky enough to win, you could always make a silent bid on a new Ghostbusters playfield, or just buy some of the show merchandise. The silent auction item Swag available from the prize desk The first seminars of the show also took place on Friday. All the seminars were intended to be streamed live and also made available on YouTube after the show, Due to technical difficulties, they weren’t all streamed, but should all be available on the Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show’s YouTube channel. As is usual at the show, the seminars are kicked-off by Dave Okert and David Shoemaker who this time held three technical seminars – NVRAM For Pins & Vids, Scan Line Generator For LCDs and Wizard Of Oz Pinball Troubleshooting & Repairs. Dave Okert and David Shoemaker’s The Wizard of Oz seminar You can watch their three seminars here: Then at 5pm Stern Pinball game designer John Trudeau held a seminar to talk about his Ghostbusters game. He was joined by Stern’s Art Director, Greg Freres who described how the game’s artist, Jeremy Packer a.k.a. ZombieYeti, created the cabinet, playfield and backglass art packages for the three models. John Trudeau and Greg Freres John began by talking about his design ideas, things he really wanted to get into the game, the things which were taken out, and the various elements from the first and second movie incorporated into the game. Greg then showed some initial sketch ideas for the backglass, all of which features a montage of the four Ghostbusters, but arranged in different post ions and poses. He also said how Bill Murray was not happy with the idea of a hand-drawn depiction, but was eventually brought around to the idea and Jeremy’s stylised treatment. Early concept art for Ghostbusters (Click to expand) After John and Greg it was time for a seminar by Tim Kitzrow. Tim is a voice artist who has provided the commentary track for many sporting event along with arcade and console games. His pinball credits include NBA Fastbreak, World Cup Soccer, Judge Dredd, Roadshow, Twilight Zone, Attack from Mars and The Shadow. His catchphrase is “Boom Shaka-Laka”, which he was promoting with special T-shirts and on his MrBoomShakaLaka.com website. Tim Kitzrow Here’s Tim’s seminar split into two parts: Saturday As anticipated, Saturday is the busiest day at the show. That meant most of the 192 free play pinball machines along with many of the video games were in use for most of the day, while the team of medics were fully occupied making repairs and sorting out stuck balls. Show visitors enjoying the games Show visitors enjoying the games Show visitors enjoying the games Show visitors enjoying the games Show visitors enjoying the games Show visitors enjoying the games Here’s a full list of the pinballs available to play at the show. Free Play Pinballs (192) 2001 4 Square AC/DC Lucie AC/DC Vault Edition AC/DC Vault Edition AC/DC Vault Edition Addams Family, The Addams Family, The Addams Family, The Aerosmith Premium Aerosmith Pro Alien Pinball Attack from Mars Remake Special Edition Attack from Mars Remake Special Edition Aztec Batman 66 Premium Batman 66 Premium Batman 66 Premium Batman 66 Premium Batman Forever Baywatch Big Brave Big Hurt, Frank Thomas’s Black Hole Black Knight Black Knight 2000 Black Rose Breakshot Buccaneer Buckaroo Capersville Capt. Card Capt. Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy Captain Hook Caveman Centaur II Champion Pub, The Checkpoint Cleopatra Congo Cosmic Gunfight Countdown Crescendo Cross Town Demolition Man Dialed In! Dialed In! Doctor Who Doctor Who Dogies Dragon Earthshaker* Egg Head* Eight Ball Evel Knievel F-14 Tomcat Faces Faces Fire! Firepower Firepower 2 Fish Tales Flip a Card Flip Flop! Flying Carpet Freddy: A Nightmare on Elm Street Funhouse Galactic Girl Galaxy Game of Thrones Pro Game of Thrones Pro Game Show, The Bally Ghostbusters Premium Ghostbusters Premium Ghostbusters Premium Golden Arrow Grand Slam Grand Slam Grand Slam* Guns N’ Roses Guys Dolls* Harley Davidson (Bally) High Speed High Speed 2: The Getaway High Speed 2: The Getaway* Hobbit Smaug Edition, The Hokus Pokus Houdini Humpty Dumpty Independence Day Jack in the Box Jacks Open Judge Dredd King Kool Kiss Pro Lady Luck Laser War Lethal Weapon 3 Lord of the Rings, The Lord of the Rings, The Lucky Hand Lucky Strike Magic Castle Metallica Premium Metallica Pro Meteor* Miss-O Monster Bash Motordome* Mousin’ Around Mr. & Mrs. Pac-Man Mustang Premium NASCAR NBA Fastbreak Night Rider Nip-It No Good Gofers Old Chicago Party Zone, The Pinball Pool Playboy (Bally) Police Force Police Force Popeye Saves the Earth Popeye Saves the Earth Power Play, Bobby Orr Punchy the Clown Rescue 911 Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Roller Disco Rollergirlz Safecracker Safecracker Scared Stiff Seawitch Shadow, The Shrek Simpsons Pinball Party, The Sky Line Skylab Slick Chick Solar Ride Sopranos, The Space Invaders Space Odyssey Space Shuttle Space Shuttle Speakeasy Speakeasy Spider-Man Vault Edition Spin-a-Card Spot Pool Spring Break Star Trek: The Next Generation Star Trek: The Next Generation Star Wars (Data East) Steampunk Royale Stellar Wars Striker Xtreme Strikes and Spares Super Mario Bros.: Mushroom World Super Mario Bros.: Mushroom World Sure Shot Swords of Fury Swords of Fury Tales from the Crypt Tales from the Crypt Tales of the Arabian Nights Tattoo Mystique Taxi Teacher’s Pet Team One Terminator 2 Terminator 2 Theatre of Magic Tommy, The Who’s Top Card Truck Stop Twilight Zone USA Football* Viper Night Drivin’ Volley Whirlwind Whirlwind Whitewater Whitewater Whitewater* Wizard of Oz Emeral City Limited Edition, The Wizard of Oz Standard, The World Cup Soccer World Cup Soccer X-Men Magneto Limited Edition * denoted machine was out of action Pingolf Tournament Pinballs (10) Black Hole Capt. Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy Joker Poker Mars Trek Mata Hari Nitro Groundshaker Paragon Trident Volley Vulcan Match Play Tournament Pinballs (16) Congo Dracula, Bram Stoker’s Fish Tales Funhouse Grand Prix Hot Doggin’ Lord of the Rings, The Medieval Madness Monster Bash NBA Stargate Tron Walking Dead, The World Cup Soccer World Poker Tour WWF Royal Rumble Saturday’s seminars began at 11am with the team from American Pinball, led by Joe Balcer. The American Pinball Team: Dhaval Vasani, Jolly Backer and Joe Balcer The team was here to talk about their Houdini game which was on the show floor at the Nitro Amusements stand. Joe did most of the talking, describing the history of the game, how it totally changed from the original concept, and how they rejected the pre-order sales model in favour of building the game first and then offering it for sale. Joe Balcer He said they will build the game at the American Pinball factory in Streamwood, Illinois, with playfields coming from an external company. There are, he continued, a number of options available for playfield suppliers both in the US and in Europe. Similarly, some of the game assemblies will be built and tested externally, although the two largest mechanisms will be built in-house. Joe said they were planning for an initial production run of 1,000 machines, with the intention of ultimately getting production up to 100 machines a week. Jolly then talked about setting up the distribution network, saying they had no intention of selling machines direct to customers, along with all the pre- and after-sales support that results. The American Pinball Team Jolly also said that the 1,000 machine number quoted by Joe was only for North American sales. The company already had 12-15 distributors in the US and Canada but hadn’t yet appointed any European or Australasian distributors. However, Jolly expected an additional 1,000 machine sales from those areas. Watch the American Pinball seminar here: At 12:30, John Youssi took to the seminar stage. John Youssi John is a renowned artist with many pinball game credits. He is especially well-know for his many collaborations with game designer Pat Lawlor, having created the artwork for all Pat’s games since Whirlwind in 1990. John talked specifically about their latest collaboration – the Jersey Jack Pinball game, Dialed In!. He explained how the final artwork evolved from a series of pencil sketches – many of which were not ultimately used in the game – through to black and white artwork and then to full colour, often changing along the way to better match the physical playfield toys. John’s inspirations and concept drawings for ‘Betty’ Concept drawings for the Q.E.D. electric guy He also showed the different versions of cabinet, backbox, bottom arch and backglass art used in the Collector, Limited Edition and Standard Edition of the game. John also revealed how he was responsible for the exclamation mark at the end of the Dialed In! title. He put it in and, he said, nobody asked him to remove it. After his seminar John talked to guests and signed translites, flyers and other items he designed. John talked to guests and signed their pinball items Here’s John’s seminar: Then, continuing the theme of Dialed In!, Jack Guarnieri a.k.a. Jersey Jack was joined on stage by Butch Peel and David Thiel to talk about the conception and subsequent development of the game. Jack Guarnieri Jack talked about how he first got Pat Lawlor to design a game for his company, and how he was sold on the original concept of a disaster-themed game, following on from Pat’s earlier Whirlwind and Earthshaker! titles. He showed pictures from the factory showing the first production Dialed In! games on the line. Butch Peel and David Thiel Here’s the Jersey Jack Pinball seminar in full: After a long day at the show, we took the opportunity to dive out for some lunch at a wonderful Japanese restaurant just up the street in Tacoma called The Koi. Their happy hour began at 2pm when all shareable dishes are just $5, beers $2.50 and they have a couple of specials on sake. We especially recommend their Panko Oyster, Yummi Mini and Fancy Jalapeño. The 7 Seas Seven Ballz Deep IPA is also very tasty. They were so good this was our second consecutive lunchtime visit, having vowed to return after the first visit. When we returned at 3.30pm, refreshed and relaxed, Mark Ritchie was just taking to the stage to talk about his life in pinball. Mark Ritchie Mark described how he got into the pinball business, first at Atari and then at Williams, initially as a technician and then as a game designer starting with Thunderball which was never manufactured beyond the ten prototype games. After that, he did Firepower II – the sequel to his brother’s game – and Pennant Fever, a pitch-and-bat baseball game which was, he said, Williams’ first solid-state pitch-and-bat game. Mark then talked through all his games in chronological order, including such classics as Big Guns – one of his collaborations with Python Anghelo – Taxi, Diner, Fish Tales and Indiana Jones. Mark certainly didn’t rule out a return to pinball, but did confide to us that rumours of his involvement in a Pulp Fiction game being built by Stern were just that – rumours, with no truth behind them. You can watch Mark’s seminar here: Mark’s brother Steve Ritchie was next to take to the stage with his 5pm seminar. Steve Ritchie Steve said he was recovering from some optical treatment and therefore had to avoid the kind of bright light shining through the multiple glass panels in the seminar area. He then continued by thanking the many people at Stern Pinball who had contributed to his latest game Star Wars which is soon to be released. He said production of the Pro model would begin in about a week. Although always diplomatic about the details, it was clear from Steve’s talk that his and Stern’s dealings with Lucasfilm on the Star Wars franchise had not been without some difficulties, especially in getting approval for their artwork ideas for the game. Steve was then joined by Greg Freres who talked further about the artwork approval process. Steve and Greg Greg showed pictures of the team’s initial ideas, working through the first licensor submissions to the final approved product. Initial cabinet art ideas Initial backglass art ideas Initial playfield art ideas After showing a promo video from Star Wars Steve described the gameplay, saying at the start of the game you can choose one of four characters – Luke, Leia, Han or R2-D2. He said they had a lot of fun despite all the grief from the licensor, although they didn’t interfere with the design of the playfield. Steve said there are nine multiball modes in the game, and when asked how Stern Pinball were able to secure the Star Wars licence said it was simply that they offered more money than anyone else. Steve and Greg’s talk can be seen in this video of the seminar: Meanwhile back in the show hall, here’s a look around the show using our aerial camera. The Stern Pinball corner The Stern Pinball corner The front of the show hall The modern pinball area The tournament area Video games at the back of the hall The queue to play the World’s Largest Space Invaders More video games and pinballs Custom and EM pinballs More EM pinballs Keeping the games up-and-running, the show medics’ area No show would be complete without its selection of vendors and the NWPAS didn’t disappoint here either. Rich Bro’s Pinball and Arcade Rob Anthony’s Pinball Classics Pogs, trading cards, patches, decals and more Local arcade/bar Another Castle were promoting their two locations Red Floor Arcade’s multi-game cabinets Starship Fantasy had their usual huge display of ramps, playfields and backglasses Fast Pinball were showing their pinball controller boardsets… …plus a few project games Nitro Amusements had the latest games from three companies Alien, Attack from Mars remake and Houdini In addition to Dialed In!, Jersey Jack Pinball had their first two titles to play Pinball Bulbs had a large stand filled with LED choices There were three compact games from VPcabs Console game players were not forgotten either While BuzzBuzz Games provided even more choice Handheld gamers had something for them too Not forgetting to feed the body as well as the mind Here’s our exclusive Twenty-Five Minute Tour video walk-around at the NWPAS 2017, showing you everything from the lobby, through the main hall and into the seminars. As usual, several pinball tournaments were held at the Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show, with the largest being the Match Play tournament, entry to which cost $25. The tournaments were run by Dave Stewart and Germain Mariolle. Trophies for the many tournaments Amy from Congo awaits the winner of the Match Play Tournament This had five three-hour qualifying sessions, starting at 1:30pm on Friday with the final session at 8pm on Saturday evening. Each session saw players put into 3- or 4-player groups to play a single game on a specified machine. Points were then awarded for positions, with bonus points awarded according to how large the gap was between players’ scores. After the first game, new groups were made and a second machine played in the same way as the first. This continued until five machines had been played, when the seven players with the most points had qualified. The top qualifier received a bye through the next round, while the remaining six played in the first round of play-offs on Sunday morning. Those who didn’t qualify could try again in up to two more sessions. Qualifying in the Match Play Tournament Sixteen machines were used in the Match Play area. They were: Congo Dracula, Bram Stoker’s Fish Tales Funhouse Grand Prix Hot Doggin’ Lord of the Rings, The Medieval Madness Monster Bash NBA Stargate Tron Walking Dead, The World Cup Soccer World Poker Tour WWF Royal Rumble Meanwhile, the Pingolf Tournament was played on ten machines on the other side of the tournament area. Play in the Pingolf Tournament Entry to this was also $25, which got you one game on each of the ten machines. Each machine had a score target to achieve using the fewest balls possible. All the machines were set to five ball play, and the number of balls used to reach the target was your score for that machine. If the target wasn’t reached with the five balls, a sliding scale gave you a score from six to ten, depending on how close you got. The ten machines used were: Black Hole Capt. Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy Joker Poker Mars Trek Mata Hari Nitro Groundshaker Paragon Trident Volley Vulcan The 27 players with the lowest scores qualified for the play-off round which took place at 5pm on Saturday. The Pingolf Tournament play-offs In addition to these two, there was also a Rookie Tournament for players with an IFPA ranking of 2,000th or lower, or if they are unranked, a Women’s Championship where the top prize was a restored Ali pinball supplied by sponsors Nitro Amusements, and a Kids Tournament held on Shrek out in the lobby. The main Match Play Tournament was the last to finish and came down to a three-way final between Eden Stamm, Jesse Mullene and Jesse Labbe. Time is always very tight for the tournaments at the NWPAS, with the show closing at 3pm and no tournaments allowed to continue past that time. As a consequence, the final of the Match Play Tournament is played as three concurrent three-player games with players moving from machine to machine as their turn comes up. The three machines chosen were WWF Royal Rumble, World Cup Soccer and NBA. Eden, Jesse and Jesse in the Match Play Tournament final After winning on World Cup Soccer by 728,720,800 to 674,773,190 and 350,062,980, and also on NBA by 14,485,210 to 5,456,350 and 1,219,210, Eden looked unassailable with only WWF Royal Rumble to complete. Eden on WWF Royal Rumble The shot shown above gave him the win on WWF as well, with Jesse Mullene in second place and Jesse Labbe in third. Prizes and cash awards of $1,000 for first, $700 for second and $500 for third were presented by Tournament Director, Dave Stewart. Tournament Director Dave Stewart announces the results Winner of the Match Play Tournament, Eden Stamm Second place, Jesse Mullene Third place, Jesse Labbe There was also a B Division in the Match Play Tournament for the quarter-finalists who finished in 8th-21st places. These B Division players played alongside the A Division players shown above, with their final taking place on The Walking Dead, The Lord of the Rings and Congo. Josh Bartlett won on the first two and came second on Congo to win the final. Dwayne Smith was second on the first two and third on Congo to tie on points with Nic Crowson who was third on the first two but won on the third, but Nic won the play-off to take second. Winner of the B Division in the Match Play Tournament, Josh Bartlett Second place, Nic Crowson Third place, Dwayne Smith Match Play Tournament Pos Name 1 Eden Stamm 2 Jesse Mullene 3 Jesse Labbe 4 Jordan Semrow 4 Robert Gagno 6 Chad Bruhaug 6 Raymond Davidson 8 Joshua Bartlett 9 Mika Rollin 9 Todd Rafacz 11 Chris Perlot 12 Sergey Posrednikov 13 Craig R Jones 13 Dave Grant 13 Dwayne Smith 13 Nic Crowson 17 Robbie Finnigan 17 Todd Larsen 19 Dave Stewart 20 Colin Urban 20 Sean Lind 22 Daniel Rone 22 Mathew Peterson 24 Brooke Lukens 24 Germain Mariolle 26 Alex Tada 26 Jared Baldridge 26 Xavier Marin 29 Thomas Urban 30 John Cambareri 30 Simon Stocker 32 Alan Wiley 33 Jon Salzman 34 Trevor McDonald 35 Chris Chinn 36 Brandon Tibbetts 36 William Scott Jordan 36 Zach Amador 39 Andrew McCann 39 Flash Haze 39 Kevin Birrell 39 Maka Honig 39 Mike Pantoliano 44 Bre Lloyd 44 Brooke Borcherding 44 Bryan Eastman 44 Derek Price 44 Eric Wagensonner 44 Erin Harting 44 James Daniels 44 Julie Gray 44 Lonnie Langford 44 Louise Wagensonner 44 Mark Lindbergh 44 Michael Tibbetts 44 Patrick Carlson 44 Peter Schatzer 44 Sean Shypula 44 Tracy Lindbergh 44 Travis Maisch 61 Claire Burke 61 Dwayne Collins 61 Fabian Benabente 61 Josh Bellinghausen 61 Nick Cline 61 Sam Atlas 61 Sean Leary 61 Zoe Vrabel 69 Aaron Garberding 70 Allison McClure 70 Cameron Staley 70 John Robinson WA 70 Joseph Salender 70 Justin Hugeback 70 Katie Janis 70 Lou Nemphos 70 Mike Corbett WA 70 Miles Grant 70 Sean McDonald 70 Timm Shere 81 Anthony Welters 81 Blake Hurdle 81 Dan Griffin 81 Darin Lange 81 Eric Morales 81 Greg Poverelli 81 Heather Loudon 81 Jarrett Gaddy 81 Kay Kay 81 Matt Anderson 81 Nick Pernisco 81 Ramsey Sierra 81 Rob Moller 81 Thomas Stepp 81 Tim McCool 96 Anthony McCammant 96 Cody McPike 96 Jack Slovacek 96 Jeff Anderson WA 96 Kayla Greet 96 Luke Camarda 96 Matt Galbraith 96 Matt Slater 96 Ronnie Vanwormer 96 Ryan Newstrum 96 Stephen Rakonza 107 Brandon Bras 107 Collin Topolski 107 Corbin Sheffels 107 Heather Thompson 107 James Southern 107 James Stubbington 107 Jeff Gagnon 107 Jonathan Hawthorne 107 Mike Magruder 107 Neil Kubath 107 Ryan Hess 107 Todd MacCulloch 107 Zac Petersen 120 Aviana Smith 120 Bo Kellogg 120 Brett Wolfe 120 Chelsey Oedewaldt 120 Christel Macabeo 120 Corey Roberson 120 Emmalyn Smith 120 Gilbert Sandejas 120 Jason Dowell 120 Jessica DeNardo 120 Karri Kuoppamaki 120 Nigel Colbert 120 Nycole Hyatt 120 Philip Joupperi 120 Rob Dancu 120 Tressa Points 136 Alex Bowen 136 Jaakko Kuoppamaki 136 Kylie Waibel 136 Marcus Schmick 136 Neil Oney 141 Altwin Hawksford 141 Brian Chesbrough 141 Darren Hensley 141 David Rauschenberg 141 Jeff Sawyer 141 Mike Arena 141 Rachel Helm 141 Robin Moore 141 Sara Urban 150 Matt Wolfe 150 Theresa Martin 152 Bob Klossner 152 Matt Ewan 152 Matt Golden 152 Matt Sarnoff 152 Max Stewart 152 Simon Hearsey 152 Tyler Beard 159 Alex Skinner 159 Amber Marie Simon 159 Dan Danger 159 Kathy Gagno 163 Brock Herriges 163 Jackie O’Malley 163 Michael Warfield 163 Nickie Dowell 163 Sean Morrow 168 Joe Slovacek 169 James Beard The Rookie Tournament was played in a three-strikes-and-you’re-out format, with head-to-head matches between the 97 players who entered. This meant players continued playing in rounds of single two-player games until they had lost three games at which point they were out of the tournament. Time constraints meant the tournament had to be drawn to a close with a bunch of players still on two strikes, two on one strike and one player undefeated. The twelve players on two strikes were all given $20 prizes for joint fourth place, while Thomas Stepp who had no strikes yet played in a three-man final with Vincent Sperrazza and Rob Files who both had one strike. Germain explains the rules to finalists Rob, Thomas and Vincent The format for the sudden-death final on Hot Doggin’ gave just one ball to Rob and Vincent, with Thomas having two balls to play due to him having one fewer strike against him. Thomas in the final of the Rookie Tournament As it transpired, after one ball each Thomas was already in the lead and so didn’t need to play his second ball. Rob was second and Vincent third. Winner of the Rookie Tournament, Thomas Stepp Second place, Rob Files Third place, Vincent Sperrazza Rookie Tournament Pos Name 1 Thomas Stepp 2 Rob Files 2 Vincent Sperrazza 9 Chris Wolf 9 Matt Ewan 9 Andrew Dale 9 Umboon Moore 9 Jack Slovacek 9 Ramsey Sierra 9 Aviana Smith 9 Andrew McCann 9 Claire Burke 9 Nick Pernisco 9 Allison McClure 9 Tim McCool 19 Torrey Whiting 19 Max Stewart 19 Peter Schatzer 19 Fabian Benabente 19 Maureen Hendrix 19 Stephen Rakonza 19 Heather Thompson 19 Altwin Hawksford 29 Evan Adkins 29 Sandy Magallanes 29 Chelsea Rakonza 29 Eric Einke 29 Sarah Oberender 29 Dwayne Collins 29 Philip Joupperi 29 Keith Foster 29 Angie Mortimore 29 Cody McPike 29 Rita Perez 29 Sean McDonald 43 Luke Camarda 43 Kellan Kirkland 43 Debbie Smith 43 Jamey Harting 43 Stuart McPherran 43 Derek Price 43 Will Kirkland 43 Jason Dowell 43 Paul Borth 43 Mary Weeks 43 Gilbert Sandejas 43 Michael Williams 43 Michael Blue 43 Scott Mortimore 43 Tressa Points 59 Brett Pulliam 59 Nickie Dowell 59 Cameron Lessing 59 Casey Jones 59 Blaise Ritchie 59 Brandon Mortimore 59 Tyler Dellinger 59 Jon Whiting 59 Alex Skinner 59 Cameron Staley 59 Natay Hendershot 59 Meg Griffin 59 Jake Hei 59 Theresa Martin 59 Sean Shypula 59 Neil Oney 59 Adam Kurth 76 Jeannette Marin 76 John McConnell 76 Robin Moore 76 Mike Mortimore 76 James Stubbington 76 Josh Bellinghausen 76 Joe Slovacek 76 Scott Loveless 76 Sarra Jones 76 Neil Derksen 76 Mike Witschen 76 Todd Mulvahill 76 Mike Hendershot 76 Amber Marie Simon 76 Ken Sieker 76 Sara Urban 76 Brad Smelser 76 Kelsie Sherman Hall 91 Alex Bowen 91 James Poblete 91 Bryan Eastman 91 Sarah Ledray 91 Bryn Bomar 91 Timm Shere 91 Jessica Van Wagner 91 Kim Green 91 Cindy Pealstrom 91 Anthony McCammant 91 Chelsey Oedewaldt The final rounds of both the Women’s Tournament and the Pingolf Tournament were held on Saturday night when a prior dinner engagement prevented us being in attendance. However, the final of the Women’s Tournament was a series of four games played by the four finalists who were Julie Gray, Alexa Philbeck, Sara Urban and Maureen Hendrix. The machines chosen were the same as the A Division of the Match Play Tournament – WWF Royal Rumble, World Cup Soccer and NBA – with the addition of Stargate. Alexa won the first game on WWF and continued her success on both World Cup Soccer and NBA to give her an unassailable lead. Maureen was third on the first three but won on Stargate to take second place. Sara and Julie both had two second places and two fourth places but it was Sara who took third place overall with Julie fourth. Women’s Tournament Pos Name 1 Alexa Philbeck 2 Maureen Hendrix 3 Sara Urban 4 Julie Gray 5 Tracy Lindbergh 6 Brooke Borcherding 7 Jessica DeNardo 8 Amber Marie Simon 9 Rachel Helm 9 Chelsea Rakonza 11 Meg Griffin 11 Mika Rollin 13 Heather Loudon 14 Lauren Aquino 15 Bre Lloyd 16 Chelsey Oedewaldt 16 Louise Wagensonner 20 Allison McClure 20 Heather Willott 20 Lainey Welters 20 Robin Brown 20 Sarra Jones 23 Courtney Klossner 27 Aviana Smith 27 Cameron Herpiges 27 Christel Macabeo 27 Emily Beirne 27 Jeanna Beard 27 Kelsie Sherman Hall 27 Sandy Magallanes 32 Brooke Lukens 32 Claire Burke 32 Erin Harting 32 Tressa Points 37 Kayla Greet 37 Nycole Hyatt 37 Sarah Ledray 37 Theresa Martin 37 Zoe Vrabel 41 Heather Thompson 41 Kim Green 41 Natay Hendershot 44 Cindy Pealstrom 44 Emmalyn Smith 44 Max Stewart 44 Umboon Moore 48 Ashley Weaver 48 Katie Janis 48 Mary Lopez 51 Julia McDonald 51 Kathy Gagno 51 Nickie Dowell 51 Sarah Hager 55 Kierra McDonald 55 Rita Perez 55 Tessa Hewlett 57 Alex Bowen 57 Angie McIntyre 59 Megan Beard 60 Karla Rivers 61 Sunshine Beard The Pingolf Tournament play-offs were contested by the top 27 qualifiers who played in nine groups of three in a three-strikes format where the player or players reaching the target with the fewest balls win, and the other player(s) receive a strike. It took eight rounds before the final two were revealed as Lou Nemphos and Robert Gagno. Robert had two strikes from loses on Capt. Fantastic and Volley, while Lou had one from Joker Poker. However, in round nine Robert won on Mata Hari to level the number of strikes, and repeated the feat on Vulcan to win the Pingolf Tournament. Zoe Vrabel was third, with Joshua Bartlett and Thomas Urban tied for fourth. Pingolf Tournament 1 Robert Gagno 2 Lou Nemphos 3 Zoe Vrabel 4 Joshua Bartlett 4 Thomas Urban 6 Chris Chinn 6 Matt Sarnoff 6 Todd Rafacz 6 Jeffrey Neumann 10 Tracy Lindbergh 10 jesse labbe 10 Raymond Davidson 10 Dave Stewart 10 Colin Urban 15 Pat Patton 15 Sam Atlas 15 Peter Schatzer 15 Sergey Posrednikov 15 Kathy Gagno 20 Derek Price 20 Andrew Nunes 20 Zac Petersen 20 Eric Wagensonner 20 Maureen Hendrix 25 Jack Slovacek 25 Matt Anderson 25 Kevin Birrell 25 James Southern 29 Bryan Eastman 30 Casey Jones 31 Lonnie Langford 32 Erin Harting 33 Germain Mariolle 34 Matt Bollinger 35 Julie Gray 36 Joseph Salender 37 Mathew Peterson 38 Patrick Carlson 39 Todd Macculloch 40 Stephen Rakonza 41 Eden Stamm 42 Kayla Greet 43 Jarrett Gaddy 44 Chris Perlot 45 Blake Hurdle 46 Nigel Colbert 47 Kelsie Sherman Hall 48 Gilbert Sandejas 49 Mark Lindbergh 50 Maka Honig 51 Aaron Garberding 52 Todd Larsen 53 Dave Grant 54 Michael B Bailey 55 Jamey Harting 56 Jonathan Hawthorne 57 Anthony Welters 58 Miles Grant 59 Craig R Jones 60 Dwayne Smith 61 Sean Shypula 62 Alan Wiley 63 Rob Dancu 64 John McConnell 65 Altwin Hawksford 66 John Robinson 67 Jessica Denardo 68 James Daniels 69 Nina Ricciardi 70 Philip Joupperi 71 Daniel Rone 72 Sean Lind 73 Collin Topolski 74 Matt Ewan 75 Zach Amador 76 Heather Loudon 77 Amanda Kotchon 78 Darin Lange 79 James Stubbington 80 Theresa Martin 81 Katie Janis 82 Jordan Semrow 83 Karri Kuoppamaki 84 Jared Baldridge 85 Christel Macabeo 86 Ryan Hess 87 Greg Harting 88 Rob Moller 89 Simon Hearsey 90 Josh Bellinghausen 91 Geoff Simons 92 Aviana Smith 93 David Rauschenberg 94 Trevor McDonald 95 Darren Ensley 96 Matt Golden 97 Jeff Sawyer 98 Luke Camarda 99 Mike Pantoliano 100 Nick Cline 101 Alex Skinner 102 Chris Wolf 103 Brooke Borcherding 104 Greg Poverelli 105 Lainey Welters 106 Fabian Benabente 107 Neil Kubath 108 William Scott Jordan 109 Claire Burke 110 Meg Griffin 111 Eric Morales 112 Jacob Wallraff 113 Mike Corbett WA 114 Cameron Staley 115 Louise Wagensonner 116 Daniel Campbell 117 Matt Wolfe 118 Cody McPike 119 Lauren Aquino 120 Andrew Dale 121 Chad Bruhaug 122 Jim Gray 123 Timm Shere 124 Alex Tada 125 Sean Mcdonald 126 Mike Witschen 127 Jesse Mullene 128 Marcus Schmick 129 Nick Pernisco 130 Michael Warfield 131 Brooke Lukens 132 Ron Goltz 133 Robbie Finnigan 134 Emmalyn Smith 135 Rita Perez 136 Jason Dowell 137 Brian Chesbrough 138 Sara Urban 139 Alex Bowen 140 Brock Herriges 141 Dan Griffin 142 Bob Klossner 143 Bruce Reed 144 Morihiro Ryu 145 Jaakko Kuoppamaki 146 Chelsea Rakonza 147 Joe Slovacek 148 Neil Oney 149 Anthony Mccammant 150 Corbin Sheffels 151 Michael Tibbetts 152 Tressa Points 153 Stephen Battey 154 Jeff Anderson WA 155 Tyler Dellinger 156 Cameron Herriges 157 Jackie O’Malley 158 Karla Rivers 159 Umboon Moore You can see all the results from the tournaments as well as a break-down of the individual rounds on the NWPAS tournaments website. Although the show continues until 3pm on Sunday, around 1pm the official end-of-show ceremony is held in the seminars area out in the lobby. It is presented by President of the board of the Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show, Byron Raynes. Byron Raynes hosts the end-of-show ceremony on Sunday afternoon Events began with the presentation of prizes and the main trophy to the top players in the Kids Tournament which was held on the Shrek machine. In third place was JJ who was third in 2016 as well. Second place went to Katarina who wasn’t at the presentation, while the winner was Jack. Winner of the Kids Tournament, Jack Third place, JJ All three won some cool prizes including solar-powered robot kits. Next came the announcements of monetary awards to good causes supported by the show. To help with this, Byron was joined by other members of the NWPAS board. Members of the NWPAS board: Chris Walsh, Dave Okert, Toby Udman, Mike Lorrain & Lou Perazzoli The NWPAS is a nonprofit, so all proceeds go to good causes. The first of these is the Make-A-Wish Foundation, to which the money raised from the silent raffle of a Ghostbusters playfield and other merchandise sales was donated. Then a cheque for $500 was presented to the Pinball Outreach Project to aid their work teaching children the history and excitement of pinball by bringing pinball machines to children’s hospitals as well as setting up summer camps and creating their own family-friendly arcade in Portland. A $500 donation to the Pinball Outreach Project The next donation went to the Beads of Courage organisation. This is a programme where children with serious illnesses can mark milestones in their treatment and recovery through the collecting of special beads. There are numerous different types of beads and collecting them not only shows the many stages each child has undergone, but gives them goals and provides a way for others to give them support. A $500 donation to Beads of Courage The final presentation was the NWPAS scholarship award which goes to support the further education of a selected individual in their pinball or gaming-related studies. This year’s winner of the $5,000 scholarship was Rawuda Jemal. NWPAS 2017 scholarship recipient, Rawuda Jemal Rawuda was joined by Michella who was an earlier recipient of the scholarship and who spoke about how the money was used to help in her studies through college. Rawuda and Michella Rawuda collects her $5,000 scholarship cheque Finally, the draws took place for the Sunday raffle prize of the Mario Bros. arcade cabinet, and the grand prize raffle for the Batman 66 pinball. The Mario Bros. game was drawn first. The winning ticket for the video game is drawn The lucky winner claims their prize Then the draw for the Batman 66 Premium pinball was made. This raffle ran through the three days of the show with tickets costing $20 each. The draw for the winner of the Batman 66 game The winner was show volunteer Richard Godwin who thanked the drawer of his ticket. Winner of the Batman 66 prize draw, Richard Godwin And with that we bring our coverage from the Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show 2017 to a close. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed being there and reporting on the events in Tacoma. There’s a huge team of volunteers who make the show happen, from the early planning stages, through to the unloading crews, the medics, the registration, raffle and information desk staff, the seminar crew and the tournaments team. That’s before we get to the machine bringers, parts and machine vendors, the seminar speakers and the sponsors. The nonprofit nature of the show, and the fact it supports a number of worthy causes adds a extra feel-good factor to events. The NWPAS is now firmly established as one of the big shows in the pinball calendar, with a great selection of machines and seminar speakers while winning and keeping the support of the many pinball businesses, collectors and fans in the Pacific northwest. This was the tenth NWPAS. We’ll already making plans to be at number eleven.