PINBALL NEWS DIARY

Pinball News Diary

Aug
25
Fri
2017
NW Pinball Championships @ Lucky Strike Bowling
Aug 25 – Aug 27 all-day

100% Payback – all money from qualifying rounds goes into the tournament.
Thousands of dollars up for grabs with additional sponsored prizes.

It is a multi-day qualifying tournament followed by a day of finals. During qualifying on Friday and Saturday players purchase cards or tickets to play games on the tournament machines. Players may purchase as many cards or tickets as they like. Open and Classics divisions.

May
4
Fri
2018
Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Showcase @ Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Museum
May 4 – May 6 all-day
Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Showcase @ Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Museum | Brighton | Michigan | United States

Our facility is the one of the largest dedicated pinball venues (by unique game count) in North America and has games from the 1950s “woodrails” to the latest games from Stern pinball. Every decade, manufacturer and game type is represented at the museum. There are many rare and hard to find games set up and ready to play. All machines are free play, so one entrance ticket allows unlimited play for the day. There’s something for every pinball fan here (we are the one of the largest dedicated pinball facility in North America.) But unlike other pinball museum type facilities, we are here every day working on our machines, making sure they play perfect! Arguably this makes us the best working/restored pinball collection in North America.

Tickets for the showcase will be available in advance only. We want to ensure that all attendees have the absolute best possible experience and have plenty of room to mingle and experience and play the pinball machines. To do this we have a limited number of tickets available for each day. Once the limit is reached, we are sold out, and no more tickets will be issued. Hence generally speaking there will not be tickets available at the door.

Jun
8
Fri
2018
Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown & Gameroom Expo @ Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows
Jun 8 – Jun 10 all-day
Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown & Gameroom Expo @ Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows | Lone Tree | Colorado | United States

Experience the sights, sounds, and excitement of hands-on games. Play hundreds of games for fun, or compete in pinball and arcade tournaments for all ages and skill levels with trophies, cash or prizes. Meetups with special pinball and arcade gamer celebrity guests from industry and across this amazing community.

Aug
10
Fri
2018
Saratoga Pinball & Arcade Show @ Saratoga Regional YMCA
Aug 10 – Aug 11 all-day
Saratoga Pinball & Arcade Show @ Saratoga Regional YMCA | Saratoga Springs | New York | United States

New local show for upstate New York featuring about 75 games and a flea market.

$10 per day, children 6 & under are free. The show proceeds will be donated to charity.

Oct
25
Thu
2018
Pittsburgh Pinball Open @ PAPA Headquarters
Oct 25 – Oct 28 all-day
Pittsburgh Pinball Open @ PAPA Headquarters | Carnegie | Pennsylvania | United States

There will be a $20 daily door fee, with all games in the building set to free play.

Featuring the main tournament, a classics tournament, Pin-kemon tournament, Knockout tournament and a women’s tournament! Estimated $6,000 in prizes based on last year’s payouts.

Schedule of events:

Thursday October 25th
5:00 PM Doors Open
5:00 PM Qualifying for Main Tournament, Classics, and Women’s tournament begins.
Midnight: Doors close for the night.

Friday October 26th
2:00 PM Doors Open
2:00 PM Qualifying for Main tournament, Women’s Tournament, and Classics Tournament begins.
4:00 PM Qualifying for Pin-kèmon begins.
Midnight: Doors close for the night.

Saturday October 27th
10:00 AM Doors Open. Qualifying for Main, Classics, Womens, and Pin-kèmon re-opens.
3:00 PM Qualifying ends for Women’s Tournament. Playoffs begin.
6:00 PM Qualifying ends for Classics Tournament. Playoffs begin.
9:00 PM Qualifying ends for Pin-kèmon. Playoffs begin.
11:00 PM Last entries for main tournament sold. Players who have volunteered at least 4 hours of scorekeeping may purchase entries until midnight.
1:00 AM Doors Close for the night. No new games for the main tournament can be started.

Sunday October 28th

10:00 AM Doors Open.
10:30 AM Main tournament playoffs begin
3:00 PM 4 Strike Tournament Begins
9:00 PM Doors close

Mar
1
Fri
2019
Louisville Arcade Expo @ Triple Crown Pavillion
Mar 1 – Mar 3 all-day
Louisville Arcade Expo @ Triple Crown Pavillion | Jeffersontown | Kentucky | United States

Do you remember arcades in shopping centers and malls filled with video games and pinball machines? Did you ever play Adventure on the Atari 2600? How about making a greeting card with an Apple II and using Print Shop? With hundreds of arcade and pinball machines on FREE PLAY and every console you can imagine up to 1999, the Louisville Arcade Expo is where you can relive all your memories. Best of all bring your family and show them how good you are at some real gaming.

All arcade games and pinball machines at Louisville Arcade Expo are on FREE PLAY so leave your quarters at home!

May
3
Fri
2019
Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Showcase @ Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Museum
May 3 – May 5 all-day
Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Showcase @ Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Museum | Brighton | Michigan | United States

Our facility is the one of the largest dedicated pinball venues (by unique game count) in North America and has games from the 1950s “woodrails” to the latest games from Stern pinball. Every decade, manufacturer and game type is represented at the museum. There are many rare and hard to find games set up and ready to play. All machines are free play, so one entrance ticket allows unlimited play for the day. There’s something for every pinball fan here (we are the one of the largest dedicated pinball facility in North America.) But unlike other pinball museum type facilities, we are here every day working on our machines, making sure they play perfect! Arguably this makes us the best working/restored pinball collection in North America.

Tickets for the showcase will be available in advance only. We want to ensure that all attendees have the absolute best possible experience and have plenty of room to mingle and experience and play the pinball machines. To do this we have a limited number of tickets available for each day. Once the limit is reached, we are sold out, and no more tickets will be issued. Hence generally speaking there will not be tickets available at the door.

May
25
Sat
2019
Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown @ Denver Marriott Tech Center
May 25 – May 27 all-day
Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown @ Denver Marriott Tech Center | Denver | Colorado | United States

It is like the comicon for pinball, retro console, classic arcade video! Gameroom exhibitors of all types of games, parts, and collectibles are under one roof at this once-a-year festival for you to play, buy and sell. If they are a major name in pinball and arcade gaming, they are here.

Play all the games you want with admission. Interested in honing your pinball play and improving gaming skills? Want the industry low-down and to be an insider on innovations? We have that covered. Take a break from playing to join meetups and seminars hosted by industry insiders and celebrity guests — designers, modders, programmers, artists, and entrepreneurs galore.

Note: New location and new dates.

Horrorhouse Fest @ Denver Marriott Tech Center
May 25 @ 7:00pm – May 26 @ 9:00pm
Horrorhouse Fest @ Denver Marriott Tech Center | Denver | Colorado | United States

Now in our seventh year, Horrorhouse Fest has found a home in it’s latest incarnation, now partnered with Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown to bring you the scariest and craziest gaming experience around. Combining the thrills of a spookhouse and an arcade tournament, Horrorhouse Fest is quite simply something we call a “Hauntcade”!

Traditionally our event has been a one night affair, but now that we’ll be at the showdown all weekend in our own “Conference Room of Death”, we have expanded to 2 sessions. One on Saturday, May 25th 2019 starting at 7pm and one on Sunday, May 26th starting at 5pm. Expect a mini thrill ride full of unique and rare games, actors who play the parts of characters from the games, and a super fun and hilarious tournament style adventure, where the players will be distracted by sights and sounds aplenty while trying to figure out how to get a high score on each machine at the same time!

Prizes will be amazing, as in the past we have given away everything from a full upright arcade machine, video games from the past and present, Dungeons and Dragons manuals, consoles and plenty of swag from our sponsors. What will be the grand prize this year? Just you wait… it will be worth every scream encountered!

IMPORTANT: You must purchase a corresponding admission ticket to the show (Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown) in order to participate in that day’s tournaments. The tournament entry does NOT include admission to the show.

Apr
25
Sat
2020
POSTPONED – Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Showcase @ Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Museum
Apr 25 – Apr 26 all-day
POSTPONED - Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Showcase @ Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Museum | Brighton | Michigan | United States

Our facility is the one of the largest dedicated pinball venues (by unique game count) in North America and has games from the 1950s “woodrails” to the latest games from Stern pinball. Every decade, manufacturer and game type is represented at the museum. There are many rare and hard to find games set up and ready to play. All machines are free play, so one entrance ticket allows unlimited play for the day. There’s something for every pinball fan here (we are the one of the largest dedicated pinball facility in North America.) But unlike other pinball museum type facilities, we are here every day working on our machines, making sure they play perfect! Arguably this makes us the best working/restored pinball collection in North America.

Tickets for the showcase will be available in advance only. We want to ensure that all attendees have the absolute best possible experience and have plenty of room to mingle and experience and play the pinball machines. To do this we have a limited number of tickets available for each day. Once the limit is reached, we are sold out, and no more tickets will be issued. Hence generally speaking there will not be tickets available at the door.

May
23
Sat
2020
CANCELLED – Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown @ Denver Marriott Tech Center
May 23 – May 25 all-day
CANCELLED - Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown @ Denver Marriott Tech Center | Denver | Colorado | United States

It is like the comicon for pinball, retro console, classic arcade video! Gameroom exhibitors of all types of games, parts, and collectibles are under one roof at this once-a-year festival for you to play, buy and sell. If they are a major name in pinball and arcade gaming, they are here.

Play all the games you want with admission. Interested in honing your pinball play and improving gaming skills? Want the industry low-down and to be an insider on innovations? We have that covered. Take a break from playing to join meetups and seminars hosted by industry insiders and celebrity guests – designers, modders, programmers, artists, and entrepreneurs galore.

Note: Same location and Memorial Day weekend dates as last year.

Sep
19
Sat
2020
Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Showcase @ Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Museum
Sep 19 – Sep 20 all-day
Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Showcase @ Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Museum | Brighton | Michigan | United States

Rescheduled from April 2020.

Our facility is the one of the largest dedicated pinball venues (by unique game count) in North America and has games from the 1950s “woodrails” to the latest games from Stern pinball. Every decade, manufacturer and game type is represented at the museum. There are many rare and hard to find games set up and ready to play. All machines are free play, so one entrance ticket allows unlimited play for the day. There’s something for every pinball fan here (we are the one of the largest dedicated pinball facility in North America.) But unlike other pinball museum type facilities, we are here every day working on our machines, making sure they play perfect! Arguably this makes us the best working/restored pinball collection in North America.

Tickets for the showcase will be available in advance only. We want to ensure that all attendees have the absolute best possible experience and have plenty of room to mingle and experience and play the pinball machines. To do this we have a limited number of tickets available for each day. Once the limit is reached, we are sold out, and no more tickets will be issued. Hence generally speaking there will not be tickets available at the door.

Oct
22
Fri
2021
Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown @ Denver Marriott South
Oct 22 – Oct 24 all-day
Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown @ Denver Marriott South | Lone Tree | Colorado | United States

Clear your calendar for an awesome weekend October 22-24, Friday, Saturday, Sunday in Denver, Colorado, with hundreds of pinball and classic arcade games to play for free with admission.

Play a huge game list and variety of themes — No Quarters Needed. Play, buy, sell, mod, repair, tournament, learn, meetup, and have fun. Game on!

New for 2021: Purchase a rider to your festival ticket to join in the fun at the very first beer tasting. Amazing local breweries have joined together with the Northwest Douglas County Chamber and Economic Development Corporation to bring to our friends at the Rocky Mnt Pinball Showdown and Gameroom Expo a fantastic beer tasting Friday (10/22) and Saturday (10/23).

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