Who You Gonna Call? John Trudeau!

johntrudeau1-1Popular pinball designer, and personal friend of Slimer, John Trudeau is joining us again at the 2017 Texas Pinball Festival!

Some of John’s great titles include Creature from the Black Lagoon, Black Rose, Judge Dredd, The Machine: Bride of Pin*Bot,  Mustang, WWE WrestleMania and of course his latest smash hit Ghostbusters.

John will be visiting with guests and signing autographs at the show.

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Holy Pinball Batman… It’s George Gomez!

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We’re excited to announce that famed pinball designer and Product Development Chief at Stern Pinball Inc., George Gomez returns to the Texas Pinball Festival in 2017. George will be showing off his latest masterpiece Batman ’66 celebrating Stern’s 30th year in business.

A few of George’s other great games include Monster Bash, Revenge from Mars, Corvette, Lord of the Rings, The Sopranos, Transformers, The Avengers and Batman (2008).

George will also be signing autographs, taking pictures with fans, and visiting with guests.

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Unpleasant Dreams!

When you hear the name Elvira only one person comes to mind…

Cassandra PetersonHorror icon and quintessential symbol of all things spooky, the one and only Mistress of the Dark. Played by actress/writer Cassandra Peterson, Elvira has carved out a niche in popular culture that is sure to endure for decades to come.

We’re excited to announce that Cassandra Peterson will be appearing, as herself, at the 2017 Texas Pinball Festival! Ms. Peterson will join pinball designer Dennis Nordman and artist Greg Freres in a special forum on Saturday discussing their work together on “Elvira and the Party Monsters” and “Scared Stiff”. This marks the first time ever that Dennis, Greg and Cassandra will sit on a panel together to reminisce and answer questions. DO NOT MISS IT!

Cassandra will also host an autograph and photograph session following the forum. Autograph/photograph details will be announced soon.

 

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Greg Freres at TPF2017!

gregfFamed pinball artist Greg Freres is coming to the 2017 Texas Pinball Festival! Current Art Director at Stern Pinball and co-founder of Whizbang Pinball, Greg is one of the most popular artists in the business.

He’s known for his amazing work on great titles such as Elvira and the Party Monsters, Skateball, The Party Zone, Dr. Dude, Elvira: Scared Stiff, Stern Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons, and so many others. Greg will join pinball designer Dennis Nordman on Saturday for a special forum discussing their work together. He’ll also visit with fans and guests and sign autographs.

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Meet Mark Ritchie!

mark_ritchieMark Ritchie, featured on the cover of the upcoming Pinball Magazine #4, is returning to TPF2017.

Mark designed popular games such as Diner, Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure, Fish Tales, Taxi, Sorcerer (this year’s TPF theme), and so many others. He will be visiting with show guests and fans all weekend!

Fun fact: Mark’s wife Trudy, who will also be at the show, is the voice of Marilyn on Taxi. She’s also the voice of Maggie on Diner and the girl on the CB radio on Truck Stop.

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The Great Dennis Nordman

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Legendary pinball designer Dennis Nordman is coming back to Texas and we’re excited to announce that he is our first special guest of TPF2017.

Dennis is known for incredible designs such as Elvira and the Party Monsters, Scared Stiff, Dr. Dude, Pirates of the Caribbean, Whoa Nelly! Big Juicy Melons and others. He will host a revealing seminar entitled “Another Home Run from Dennis Nordman!” We can’t wait to see what he’s got up his sleeve this time.

Dennis will also visit with guests and fans during the show.

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Pre-Registration for TPF2017 is Open!

tpfneonPre-registration for the 2017 Texas Pinball Festival is officially open!

Why should you pre-register? Because it saves you money over the cost of admission at the door. In fact, the earlier you register, the more you save. What are you waiting for? Click here.

If you are bringing a game (or three) to the show for free play, you’re an Exhibitor. The Texas Pinball Festival relies on Exhibitors to bring their games to show off and share with everyone. They put a lot of work into their machines and we try to reward them for that effort. Exhibitors get a free weekend pass for each game they bring and are eligible to win cash prizes and ribbons for their games. If you’re interested in bringing your own games to show off, you can find out more here.

We haven’t forgotten about tournament tickets… those will go on sale soon. And if you haven’t made your hotel reservations yet, you still have time to grab a great room at a great rate. Click here.

If you are interested in becoming a show Vendor or Sponsor at TPF2017, check out our Vendor and Sponsorship guide and contact info@texaspinball.com.

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Special TPF Rates Available at Neighboring Hotels.

We have a large block of rooms for our guests to take advantage of, but they sell out fast. In fact, this year, most of them have been claimed already… even before pre-registration is open! That’s a record for us…

If you weren’t able to get a room at the venue proper, there are still excellent nearby options. Whatever hotel you choose to stay out, remember to request a room in our block. We negotiate special pricing for our guests, and the more people TPF brings to the Frisco market, the more seriously they take our “little show”.

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Click on the banner above to find alternate lodging options. Regardless of where you stay while you’re with us, check out what the Embassy Suites Dallas – Frisco Hotel and Convention Center has to offer TPF guests.

 

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Make Your TPF2017 Hotel Reservations Now!

Embassy Suites Frisco is ready to take your reservations! We expect our block to sell out faster than last year, so don’t wait to make your reservation for the 2017 Texas Pinball Festival!

Rooms for guests of the 2017 Texas Pinball Festival start as low as $132.00 per night. Reservations can be made on the Embassy Suites’ website, or over the phone at 972-712-7200 using the code TPS. Additionally, we were able to negotiate free parking for TPF guests staying at the hotel. Covered parking for non-hotel guests is $5 per day. Uncovered parking is always free, and there is plenty of it!

If you are unfamiliar with the Embassy Suites Dallas-Frisco Hotel, it is a 4 diamond hotel and spa that offers convenient access to a variety of restaurants, bars and shopping venues, including the Stonebriar Mall just across the street. The suites include complimentary breakfast and evening reception. The hotel offers a fitness center, indoor pool, the Spa Botanica, and the Cypress Grille on site. The 2017 Texas Pinball Festival will be housed in the Convention Center just a short walk from the lobby.

Make your hotel reservations now!

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TPF2016 Show Wrap Up

 

Wow! I think that may have been the shortest longest weekend of our lives! But it was soooo worth it! And now that we’ve slept it off, we wanted to send out one final message for the 2016 Texas Pinball Festival:

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Every year we spend months trying to figure out how we’re going to make TPF bigger and better. Just when we think we’ve reached the limit, you guys prove us wrong. There is absolutely no way that we could pull this off without the support of an incredible pinball community that reaches far and wide. We had exhibitors bring games from as far away as Wisconsin and vendors that came from all over the United States and Europe!

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Without the games you bring to share with us all weekend, there would be no show. Every year, we’re amazed at the quantity and quality of machines that you bring to the show. And we’re proud you take ownership in the Texas Pinball Festival. This year, more than before, area pinball clubs stepped up to bring games as a group. Though the DFW Pinball Group makes up a large portion of our community base, we saw participation from Ark-La-Tex, Ozark Pinball Syndicate, and Bat City and Gulf Coast Pinball Clubs.

This year, sincere thanks goes to our dedicated and passionate volunteers: Colin MacAlpine, Rachel Morris, Darren Kammer, Robert Harris, Jaelanne and Trey Gilliam, Shawn Christian, Kelly Foard Aday, Pam Heffern, Gina Curbo, Greg Spivey, Michael and Melinda Braly and Kristin and Clark Nethers. You all spent more hours than we can count making sure things were handled… before, during and after the show. There were another 40+ volunteers that helped us fill in the gaps. Thank you all!

Special thanks to our vendors and show sponsors. Our platinum sponsors included Chicago Gaming Company and Planetary Pinball, Marco Specialties, Starship Fantasy, Coin Taker, Fun! Billiards and Gameroom Superstore and Pinball Side Mirrors, who also donated two $500 cash prizes to reward pinball exhibitors. Gold sponsors included Arcade Components, Outside Edge and Pinballz Arcade. We truly appreciate your support. Be sure to check out all the TPF2016 vendors.

There are too many to list here, but we wanted to recognize all of our special guests and speakers, including industry designers, artists and online and media personalities. We were pleased to have pinball manufacturers and executives bring their newest games out to show off.

As much effort as we put into making the Texas Pinball Festival a great show, we recognize the time and effort each of you puts forth. YOU make TPF the best pinball show in the country!

THANK YOU FOR MAKING TPF2016 AWESOME!

Ron Woodard, Spider-Man VE winnerAnd now we say Congratulations! To all of our winners… and there were a lot of them! To start with, Ron Woodard took home the amazing Stern Spider-Man Vault Edition in our American Heroes Raffle. Colin MacAlpine took home the top tourney prize in the Texas Wizards. Cassie Freeman took home the top prize in the Women’s Tourney. Baily Helms beat out his competition in the Kid’s Bump ‘n Win. 22 ribbons found new homes in the Best in Show competition, including the Grand Champion, Daniel Lazarus’ Fireball.

fireball_207During exhibitor registration, 420 games came through the doors. We raised $3,756 for the Pinball for Patriots. We awarded over $9,000 in tournament money and trophies, and $1,350 in Best of Show award monies and ribbons. And we increased our attendance by about 10%.

We couldn’t mention everyone or everything here, so click here to see the rest of our winners and pictures from the show. And we know a lot of you got some great pictures and videos. Email us, and we’ll add a link to your albums.

And finally, we’d like to hear from you. Please take a moment to tell us what you thought about TPF2016. We’ll use your feedback to improve the show and make it bigger and better for everyone.

See y’all next year at TPF2017! Mark your calendars now: March 24-26, 2017.

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