PINBALL NEWS DIARY

Pinball News Diary

Dec
17
Sun
2017
Christmas Cracker @ Terry Sullivan's (private home)
Dec 17 all-day
Christmas Cracker @ Terry Sullivan's (private home) | Shepshed | England | United Kingdom

Time: Free practice from 12:00pm
Tournament start time: 1:30pm

Entry Cost: £10 per person with under 16s free

Please note this is a family event, being held in someone’s home. Bad language, machine abuse and alcohol are not permitted.

Feb
10
Sat
2018
Mad 4 Pinball @ Morlacchi Dario
Feb 10 @ 10:00am – Feb 11 @ 6:00pm
Mad 4 Pinball @ Morlacchi Dario | Milano | Lombardia | Italy

Start Date: February 10, 2018 – 10 am
End Date: February 11, 2018 – 6 pm

Qualification:
Head to head match play
Max 15 rounds head to head
4 groups of max 16 players each
Best 20 players (5 per groups) advance to final rounds (1st ranked of each group get 1 bye)
With a number of participants less than 48, max 50% of players advance to final rounds

Final rounds:
PAPA Style Match Play with groups based on qualification ranking
1st – 2nd round : groups of 4 players (top 3 advance) (3 games – score 4,2,1,0)
3rd round : groups of 3 players (top 2 advance) (3 games – score 4,2,1)
Semifinal : head to head – best of 3 games
Final : 4 players – 1 game

TGP=100%

Mar
22
Thu
2018
Ohio Pinball Show @ Emidio & Sons Expo Center
Mar 22 – Mar 25 all-day
Ohio Pinball Show @ Emidio & Sons Expo Center | Cuyahoga Falls | Ohio | United States

The Ohio Pinball Show will be four fun-filled days of pinball machines, arcade games, toys, and all things classic gaming! There will be over 120 pinball machines and classic arcade games on Free Play for you to enjoy with your paid admission.

Some games may be available for purchase at the show.

The show will also be hosting an IFPA-backed pinball tournament, which is a great, friendly competition that is open to novice and advanced players alike.

Show times:

Thursday, March 22, 2018: 4 pm -11pm
Friday,      March 23, 2018: 10 am – 11pm
Saturday,  March 24, 2018:  10 am – 11 pm
Sunday.    March 25, 2018.  10 am – 5pm

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
17
Fri
2018
Buffalo Pinball Summer Open ’18 @ Sandy Beach Yacht Club
Aug 17 – Aug 19 all-day
Buffalo Pinball Summer Open '18 @ Sandy Beach Yacht Club | Grand Island | New York | United States

At the Buffalo Pinball Summer Open 2018, players will compete for cash prizes, trophies, points toward the annual Stern Pro Circuit standings and World Pinball Player Ranking points in this IFPA-endorsed event.

The event will consist of four tournaments: A single, main tournament (qualifying Friday and Saturday, finals Sunday), two classics tournaments (one Friday, one Saturday), and a women’s tournament (Sunday). The tournaments are open to people of all skill levels.

On the shore of the Niagara River, the Sandy Beach Yacht Club will provide a one-of-a-kind setting for this year’s tournament — just five miles from the brink of Niagara Falls.

Oct
17
Wed
2018
34th Pinball Expo @ Westin Chicago North Shore
Oct 17 – Oct 20 all-day
34th Pinball Expo @ Westin Chicago North Shore | Wheeling | Illinois | United States

Pinball Expo is newly-relaunched for 2018, including the Stern Pinball factory tour, seminars, tournaments, vendors, large games room, exhibits and much more.

New for Pinball Expo 2018: The “24 Hour Game Hall” will start Thursday, October 18th at 6:00 pm until Saturday, October 20th at Midnight.

Note:  Only the tournaments continue into Sunday.  Pinball Expo vendor, games and seminar halls close Saturday night.

Apr
4
Thu
2019
Ohio Pinball Show @ Emidio & Sons Expo Center
Apr 4 – Apr 6 all-day
Ohio Pinball Show @ Emidio & Sons Expo Center | Cuyahoga Falls | Ohio | United States

The Ohio Pinball Show will be four fun-filled days of pinball machines, arcade games, toys, and all things classic gaming! There will be over 120 pinball machines and classic arcade games on Free Play for you to enjoy with your paid admission.

Some games may be available for purchase at the show.

The show will also be hosting an IFPA-backed pinball tournament, which is a great, friendly competition that is open to novice and advanced players alike.

Show times:

Thursday, April 4, 2019: 4pm -12pm
Friday, April 5, 2019: 10am – 12pm
Saturday, April 6, 2019: 10am – 6pm

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.

Jun
7
Fri
2019
IFPA 16 @ Double Pinball
Jun 7 – Jun 9 all-day
IFPA 16 @ Double Pinball | Assago | Lombardia | Italy

The sixteenth edition of the IFPA World Championship will take place from 7th to 9th June 2019, for the first time ever in Italy.

The event will be hosted in the Double Pinball showroom, in Assago, just outside Milan.

In the same week of the event and in the days before the Ifpa World Cup Italy and Double Pinball will organize a series of introductory tournament that will anticipate the maximum competition. For a week of sports pinball.

Note: Entry is restricted to the top players in each country and is by invitation only.

Oct
11
Fri
2019
European Pinball Championship 2019 @ Marketenderiet
Oct 11 – Oct 13 all-day
European Pinball Championship 2019 @ Marketenderiet | København | Denmark

The tournament weekend, in short, is comprised of two tournaments, the European Pinball Championship, and running alongside, the ever popular
Danish Pinball Open, back for its 14th iteration.

Furthermore there will also be the traditional National Team Tournament, where each country can enter a selection of their finest players, to compete for national glory and honour.

Finally, as we had at last years DPO, there will be a second chance consolation tournament on Sunday, for everyone that has had the misfortune of being knocked out of both the EPC and DPO.

The price for participation is 55€ + 5€ handling fee, totalling 60€ in all.

The formats:

EPC: Qualification on 10 player selected machines from a large bank, leading into head to head final rounds, ending in a 4 man grand final on
Sunday.

DPO: Qualification on 8 player selected machines from a large bank, leading into 4 man group final rounds, ending in a 4 man grand final on
Sunday.

National championship: Format still not finalized.

Second chance: Format still not finalized.

The schedule:

* Friday: 5 EPC qualification slots, DPO qualification open through the day, national team tournament.
* Saturday: 3 EPC qualification slots, DPO qualifications open through the day.
* Sunday: EPC finals, DPO finals, Second Chance consolation tournament.

Every country is allotted 5 pre-registrations.

The 5 pre-registered players will also represent their respective countries in the national team tournament, so choose your players wisely. (In case of a player not being able to actually come to the EPC, substitutions are of course allowed)

Each player will receive a personal link to sign up and pay the entry fee (pre-registration is not valid without payment), which will be useable until Wednesday the 5th, where the EPC 2019 website will go live and registration will open for all interested players.

Oct
16
Wed
2019
35th Pinball Expo @ Westin Chicago North Shore
Oct 16 – Oct 20 all-day
35th Pinball Expo @ Westin Chicago North Shore | Wheeling | Illinois | United States

Pinball Expo returns to the Westin Chicago North Shore for the 35th anniversary in 2019, including the Stern Pinball factory tour, a huge seminar schedule, an IFPA-ranked tournaments, a wide range of parts, machine and add-on vendors, two large games rooms, exhibits of the latest games and products, and much more starting with a free banquet on Wednesday evening.

Pinball News will be video recording all the seminars and they will be made available on the Pinball News site and YouTube channel soon after.

Note:  Normally only the tournaments continue into Sunday.  Pinball Expo vendor, games and seminar halls are all expected to close Saturday night.

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