Exhibitors, Bring Out Your Best!

All of the exhibitor machines on the floor are eligible for cash prizes awarded by the Organizers of the Texas Pinball Festival. A judging committee, headed by local collector and TPF Mayor Bill Morrison, will make the final decision on which pins win ribbons and cash prizes. Judging takes place throughout the weekend, and the winners are announced on Sunday afternoon.

Pinball machines exhibited at the 2018 Texas Pinball Festival are eligible to win a $100 cash prize and a blue ribbon in each of the following categories:

videogame_150Best Antique (pre 1960)
Best 60’s
Best 70’s EM
Best 70’s Solid State
Best 80’s
Best 90’s
Best Modern (2000-present)
Best Original
Best Restoration
Best Custom
Best Classic Arcade Video Game (pre 1990)

Grand Champion – The best overall pinball machine on the floor is named “Grand Champion” and its proud owner will take home a $250 cash prize and bragging rights.

Get all the details here and bring out your best!

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Get 50% Off and a Free Ride to the National Videogame Museum!

NVMExclusive offer for TPF2018 attendees! 50% off and a free ride to the National Videogame Museum! Show your TPF wristband at the door March 16-18 to gain entry to the NVM for just $6! That’s 50% off the regular $12 price!

Also on Saturday, from noon until 8pm, the NVM will provide a FREE shuttle from TPF to the NVM. The shuttle will run 2-3 times every hour with the last shuttle returning at 7:45pm. The NVM is only 4.3 miles from TPF.

Visit the NVM website for more information!

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Poof! It’s Joe Balcer!

Joe BalcerAccomplished pinball designer and Director of Operations at American Pinball, Joe Balcer is coming to TPF2018!

Known for popular titles including The Wizard of Oz, The Hobbit, The Simpson’s Pinball Party, Apollo 13, South Park, Star Wars Trilogy, Starship Troopers, and most recently Houdini by American Pinball!

Joe and the American Pinball team will bring the now-in-production Houdini to mesmerize all our TPF guests! And don’t miss their talk updating everyone on what they’re doing and how far they’ve come.


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All Star Dennis Nordman Returns to Texas!

Dennis Nordman

Legendary pinball designer Dennis Nordman is coming back for TPF2018. Dennis’ latest games Classic All Star Baseball and Zombie League All Stars are now in production right here in North Texas at Valley-Dynamo!

Dennis is known for other incredible designs such as Elvira and the Party Monsters, Scared Stiff, Dr. Dude, Pirates of the Caribbean, Whoa Nelly! Big Juicy Melons and others.

If you recall at TPF2017, Dennis along with Greg Freres and Cassandra Peterson announced a 3rd Elvira game is coming from Stern Pinball, so we hope to hear more on that.

Dennis will be hanging out with Gizmo Games at the their booth, and visiting with fans and guests.

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Welcome Back Mark Ritchie!

mark-ritchieFamed pinball designer Mark Ritchie is coming back to Texas! And why shouldn’t he? He’s the brainchild behind this year’s theme Kosmic Khaos!

Mark has also designed some the most loved and collectible pinball machines in the hobby, including Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure, Fish Tales, Diner, Big Guns, Firepower II, Police Force, Sorcerer and many others.

Mark will be visiting with TPF guests and signing autographs so bring your favorite Mark Ritchie design translite for a signature!

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TPF Welcomes Brian F. Colin!

Brian ColinFather of RAMPAGE, XENOPHOBE and GENERAL CHAOS, Brian F. Colin is a vastly experienced Game Designer, Artist, Animator and Development Group Leader with over 80+ videogame titles to his credit in the Coin-Op Arcade, Home Console, PC, Casino, Mobile and Social Game markets…. including the creation of some of the most-popular, highest-earning & best-selling titles in video game history!

Some of his best-known games include:

  • PIGSKIN 621 AD

and many more!

Brian will be visiting with fans and guests all weekend just ahead of the RAMPAGE movie premier April 20, 2018 starring Dwayne “The ROCK” Johnson!

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Meet John Borg!

Popular pinball designer John Borg will be returning to the 2018 Texas Pinball Festival joining a growing list of other designers and guests including Guardians of the Galaxy artist Christopher Franchi and Aerosmith and Metallica artist Dirty Donny Gillies.

John is well known for titles such as Aerosmith, Metallica, TRON, Iron Man, X-Men, Star Wars (Data East), Tales from the Crypt, and his most recent game: Guardians of the Galaxy!

John will be visiting with TPF guests over the weekend and will be happy to sign that translite or flyer while he’s there.


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Dirty Donny Does Dallas… errr… Frisco Again!

We are excited to announce that famed Aerosmith pinball artist Dirty Donny Gillies will be joining us at the 2018 Texas Pinball Festival. His other titles include Metallica and The Pabst Can Crusher.

Dirty Donny will accompany Aerosmith and Metallica game designer John Borg signing autographs and will have many of his custom art pieces for sale.

If you’re unfamiliar with Dirty Donny’s collection, check out The Art of Dirty Donny video on YouTube.

Don’t miss this opportunity to have both John Borg and Dirty Donny sign your Aerosmith and Metallica translites or fliers.


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Welcome Back Christopher Franchi!

cfranchi300-1Christopher Franchi has created some of the most memorable designs in pop culture over the past 2 decades.

Stern just announced Guardians of the Galaxy featuring his stellar artwork. He’s also responsible for the dynamic and colorful artwork for Stern’s Batman ’66 pinball machines and the key art for Warner Brothers full length animated feature, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.

His impressive roster of fan favorite art includes bands such as KISS, Alice Cooper, AC/DC, White Stripes, Juliette Lewis, The Beatles, Tim McGraw, Rob Zombie, Warrant and many more.

You can meet Christopher at TPF2018 where he’ll be visiting with guests throughout the weekend. He will also attend the autograph session and have much of his artwork available for purchase.

Guardians of the Galaxy


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The TPF2018 Hulk Off!

Ladies and Gentleman… It’s a HULK OFF! The 2018 Texas Pinball Festival is presenting Mr. Lou Ferrigno with a fully restored 1979 Gottlieb “The Incredible Hulk” pinball machine at the show! We had two Hulk restoration candidates to choose from. It was suggested both be restored in competition and Mr. Ferrigno would choose the winner (and which machine was going home with him).

Meet the restorers:

Kevin Moore is a well known and respected DFW area collector and restorer. In 2015, he won the “Best 80s” award in TPF’s Best In Show competition for a beautiful classic Stern Stargazer. He returned in 2016 to take the “Best 90s” for his amazing restoration of The Addams Family. In 2017, Kevin returned guns a blazing to win it all! He won “Grand Champion” for his stunning Bride of Pin-Bot! Kevin has other restorations under his belt and even built a Medieval Madness from a donor game of another title with new and NOS parts. An amazing accomplishment! Now Kevin thinks he has what it takes to win over the HULK himself!

Edward VanderVeen is one of the organizers for the Texas Pinball Festival and has been part of the DFW pinball community for many years. Ed has completed many beautiful game restorations including home built conversions of Medieval Madness and Cactus Canyon. Ed knows he is the underdog in this competition, but he is resourceful and thinks Mr. Ferrigno will choose his Hulk over Kevin’s.

Keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. We’ll post updates of both games as they progress. Then come out to the show to see which one Mr. Ferrigno chooses. 

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Meet The Incredible Lou Ferrigno!

Lou FerrignoThe Texas Pinball Festival is proud to announce famed actor and bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno will be appearing at TPF and visiting with fans and show guests all weekend.

Mr. Ferrigno is best known for his title role in the CBS television series The Incredible Hulk and vocally reprising the role in subsequent animated and computer-generated incarnations.

As a bodybuilder, Ferrigno won an IFBB Mr. America title and two consecutive IFBB Mr. Universe titles, and appeared in the bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron.

He has also appeared in European-produced fantasy-adventures such as Sinbad of the Seven Seas and Hercules, and as himself in the sitcom The King of Queens and the 2009 comedy I Love You, Man.

The Texas Pinball Festival will present Mr. Ferrigno with a beautifully restored 1979 Gottlieb “The Incredible Hulk” pinball machine (no doubt inspired by the hit TV show) during his visit.

Autograph/Photo-Op pricing TBD.

 Celebrity guests may be subject to cancellation or schedule change, due to professional commitments.

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TPF Welcomes Barry Oursler!

Barry OurslerVisiting TPF for the first time, popular pinball designer Barry Oursler will be joining us to visit with friends and fans and talk about his incredible career in pinball!

Some of Barry’s designs include: Doctor Who, Gorgar, PIN-BOT, Bram Stroker’s Dracula, Joust, Hurricane, and Junk Yard just to name a few.

Stay tuned for more information and updates on Barry’s visit and schedule.

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Pre-Registration is Open!!!

tpfneonPre-registration for the 2018 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, don’t wait any longer! Check out the great rates we’ve negotiated at nearby hotels.

If you are interested in becoming a show Vendor or Sponsor at TPF2018, email info@texaspinball.com.

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