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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TPF Pinball Etiquette 101

Texas is home to the most polite and friendly folks around, but just as a reminder, here’s a little pinball and show etiquette:

Please do not kick or hit the machines. This is usually a non-issue, but we always like to remind folks to treat the games as if they were their own. The game owners will appreciate this.

Please do not put drinks or food on the games, and please wash your hands after eating that big bowl of Texas nachos. Trash cans are accessible throughout the game room and beverage holders are available on many of the games.

We love seeing kids at the show. Often times they have never seen a pinball machine and we encourage parents to teach them, but smaller kids should be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Share that great game. If you notice someone waiting to play the game you are playing, please allow them to play when your game is finished. Better yet, challenge them to a multiplayer game. It’s more fun to compete!

Please make sure to wear your Texas Pinball Festival wrist band on your wrist at all times. It’s the only way we know what your security clearance is (we wanted to do retina scanning, but it was too expensive). If you have a problem with your wrist band, go to the registration table for assistance.

And finally, keep in mind the folks that put on the TPF are hobbyists (like many of you) and volunteers. This is not our primary business. Please be patient. We are working hard to make it a great show for everyone.

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TPF Celebrity Smackdown

trophyAnnouncing the 2016 Texas Pinball Festival Celebrity Smackdown!

Throughout the weekend, several of our special guests such as Mark Ritchie, Jack Danger, Charlie Emery, Steve Ritchie and others will be out on the game room floor looking for an unsuspecting opponent to go head-to-head in a one game match on a machine of their choosing!

Beat them, and win what is surely to be the most talked about prize at TPF2016… a 24 carat gold plastic trophy signed by your challenger! It’s on!

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Who the Heck?

ben_heck_200x200Ben Heck, designer of Spooky Pinball’s debut and sold out pinball machine “America’s Most Haunted” will be joining Charlie and the gang at TPF2016!

Did you know Ben had his own very popular YouTube show? Check it out here. Make sure to catch the Spooky Pinball seminar on Saturday afternoon. It’s sure to be one Heck of a good time!

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Win a New Spider-Man Vault Edition Pinball Machine!

Raffle WinnerSpider-Man VE Win a new Stern Spider-Man Vault Edition pinball machine at the 2016 Texas Pinball Festival. This beauty is the grand prize in our American Heroes Charity Raffle! Tickets can be purchased throughout the show, but buy early to get a chance at winning some other great prizes. Get all the info and see past winners here.

This year our charity raffle will benefit Pinball for Patriots. Pinball for Patriots is pinball people helping veterans in the way they know how, with pinball! Visit their website and give them a like on Facebook. They’re starting small, but they have BIG plans!

So who’s it gonna be? Someone has to take it home!

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Dude, Let’s Go Bowling.

JaapJaap Nauta, Project Manager for Dutch Pinball, is making his first appearance at the Texas Pinball Festival. He will be speaking about The Big Lebowski™ Pinball, now in production, and all things Dutch Pinball. White Russians not included.

CoinTaker will have two The Big Lebowski™ Pinball machines in their booth for guests to play.

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Dammit Jim!

jimPinGame Journal has been “covering the world of pinball” for over 20 years, so it goes without saying that Jim Schelberg knows a thing or two about pinball.

A regular at the Texas Pinball Festival, Jim is scheduled to speak on Saturday evening, March 19th. Don’t miss his presentation “PINBALL: Hiding your Gun while Drunk and Barenaked”. Jim promises an entertaining time… and candy and gifts for all.

Thank you Jim!

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John Trudeau is Coming Back!

trudeauFamed pinball designer John Trudeau is joining the already incredible list of special guests at the 2016 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”, and most recently: Stern “Mustang” and “WWE Wrestlemania”. John will be signing autographs and visiting with fans and guests!

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Jack is Back with The Hobbit!

jjpJersey Jack Pinball President and President Jack Guarnieri is returning for the 2016 Texas Pinball Festival, and he’s bringing the in-production title “The Hobbit” with him. Jack has become a regular at the TPF and a favorite among show guests.

Jack and Butch Peel will be hosting a seminar discussing The Hobbit and the future of Jersey Jack Pinball.

Be sure to check out this amazing game on the floor at the show!

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Bring Out Your Best!

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Bob Herbison 1951 Globe Trotter
2014 Best Antique Winner

A pinball show is only as good as the pinball community that supports it. And we are lucky to be able to say that we have the best supporting community in the country! It’s evident that our Exhibitors work hard transporting their games and actively participate to help make the Texas Pinball Festival the great show it has become. We understand that bringing a pinball machine to TPF is no simple task and we appreciate the efforts of each and every Exhibitor. For 2016, we are rewarding game exhibitors with some great incentives.

For every pinball machine or classic arcade game brought to the Texas Pinball Festival and set on free play for the entire weekend, Exhibitors will receive:

– an Exhibitor Level Weekend Pass to the 2016 Texas Pinball Festival
– exclusive entry into the Exhibitor After Party on Saturday night
– a collectible TPF2016 Exhibitor Challenge Coin
– a raffle ticket for an exhibitor raffle awarding prizes during show set-up
– entry into the TPF Best in Show Competition
– priority admission into the TPF2016 World Record Attempt to reclaim the title of “Most People Playing Pinball Simultaneously” on Saturday morning

Additionally, for every Exhibitor pinball machine set on free play for the entire weekend:

– a raffle ticket for a sponsored Pinball Exhibitors raffle: Pinball Side Mirrors has donated two $500 CASH prizes for a second raffle exclusive to pinball exhibitors. On Sunday at the conclusion of the show, we will draw tickets awarding two lucky pinball exhibitors a cool $500! The winning games need to be present at the time of the drawing to ensure the game didn’t leave early.

If you’re interested in becoming an Exhibitor, visit our Exhibitor page for all the details and to sign up.

 

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TPF Welcomes Coast 2 Coast Pinball Host Nate Shivers!

C2CpinballThe 2016 Texas Pinball Festival welcomes back popular pinball podcast host Nate Shivers from Coast 2 Coast Pinball and new web video series “Pinball with the Pros“!

Nate will host a live seminar style podcast for guests and fans of the show, including an exclusive one on one interview with famed pinball designer and Executive Vice President of Game Design at Stern Pinball George Gomez.

Nate will also be joining popular pinball live streaming host Jack Danger of Dead Flip Pinball on Twitch.tv commentating the Texas Wizards Tournament finals on Saturday evening!

 

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Meet Chris Granner!

c-granner-250Famed pinball and video game music and sound composer Chris Granner makes his debut appearance at TPF 2016! Chris has worked on a large number of popular games including: Elvira and the Party Monsters, Dr. Dude, The Wizard of Oz, Diner, Elvis, Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure, Kingpin, The Addams Family, Fish Tales, Big Guns, and many others!

Chris will be meeting with fans and guests and joining Mark Ritchie in fun seminar talking about their work together on many of your favorite games! Don’t miss it!

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Experience the P3 at TPF 2016!

gerry-lexyMultimorphic is bringing their revolutionary P3 Pinball Platform and showing off their plans for the future of pinball.  Play Lexy Lightspeed – Escape From Earth, see deep-dive demonstrations of the P3, and hear exciting new announcements!

Multimorphic founder, Gerry Stellenberg, will be exhibiting Multimorphic’s latest developments and giving hands-on demonstrations of the game play, modularity, and serviceability features of the P3.  He’ll also be hosting a seminar to discuss many of Multimorphic’s current and future plans.  If you’re excited to hear how innovation is reshaping the pinball playing, owning, and operating experience, this seminar is not to be missed!

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George Gomez is Back! No, for real this time…

georgeFamed pinball designer and Executive Vice President of Game Development at Stern Pinball Inc., George Gomez is coming to the 2016 Texas Pinball Festival. He will interview Live with Nate Shivers of Coast 2 Coast Pinball Podcast. George will also be signing autographs, taking pictures with fans, and visiting with guests.

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

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Meet Jack Danger!

j-dangerMaking his debut appearance at the 2016 Texas Pinball Festival, Dead Flip Pinball Streaming host and Twitch.tv star Jack Danger will be live streaming from TPF and co-commentating the Texas Wizard Tournament Finals on Saturday night! Check out Dead Flip Pinball at:
http://www.deadflip.com
https://www.facebook.com/DeadFlip/
http://www.twitch.tv/dead_flip/

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TPF welcomes back Paul Faris!

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Best known for his amazing art on titles such as Xenon, Playboy, Eight Ball, Evel Knievel, Lost World, Centaur, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Paragon and many more, Paul Faris will be at TPF 2016 to visit with guests.

This is a great opportunity to have your classic pin signed by the man himself!

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One King… One Throne… Steve Ritchie is Coming!

Pinball Czar! His Majesty! His Grace! Supreme Ruler! The KING of Pinball! A Texas Pinball Festival staple!

Famed pinball designer Steve Ritchie will return to TPF2016 to hold court and visit with fans and loyal subjects! You’re attendance is requested!

Some of Steve’s hits include: Black Knight, Firepower, High Speed, F-14 Tomcat, Terminator 2, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Terminator 3, Elvis, Spider-Man, AC/DC, Star Trek, and of course his most recent title: Game of Thrones.

 

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TPF needs YOU… to take back the record!

In 2014, TPF set the world record for “Most People Playing Pinball Simultaneously” at 272 people. Earlier this year, our record was broken and it now stands at 331 people. We intend to break this record again at TPF2016, and we need your help to do it.

Having gone through this once before, we think we’ll have a pretty good handle on the logistics. So, on Saturday morning, March 19th, 2015 at 8am, Exhibitors and guests of the Texas Pinball Festival will man every available pinball machine. At the sound of the whistle, we will attempt to re-break the world record.

TPF Exhibitors will be given first option to man games and participate in the record breaking attempt. If additional players are needed, we will invite our guests to participate as they enter the game room.

We’re shooting for 400 games and players. This will be a fun and historic event that is not to be missed. Bring your machines to the Texas Pinball Festival and be part of history!

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Mark Ritchie returns!

mark-ritchieFamed pinball designer Mark Ritchie is coming back to Texas!  He will be speaking along with pinball sound composer Chris Granner.

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

In addition to speaking, 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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Heighway is Full Throttle to TPF!

Andrew Heighway

We are excited to announce that Andrew Heighway of Heighway Pinball is coming to Texas for the first time to show off their debut pinball machine: Full Throttle.

Andrew will be visiting with guests and also discussing Heighway Pinball’s next highly anticipated game: Alien.

Thank you Heighway Pinball for making the long trip from the United Kingdom. We are looking forward to having you at TPF!

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We’re open!

Pre-registration for the 2016 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.

Exhibitor CoinIf 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, and an exclusive Exhibitor Challenge Coin. They also gain access to the Exhibitor after party (yes, we’re bringing it back!) on Saturday night. So, if you’re interested in bringing your own games to show off, you can find out more here.

Tournament players, this year you can register for the Texas Wizards Tournament online. This the main event… only 200 players… 100% payout… potential winnings of over $12,000 in prize money and trophies. Don’t wait to get your ticket at the show; there might not be any left. Register now.

Spooky PinballFirst Special Guest Announcement: Charlie and Kayte Emery and the rest of the Spooky Pinball Crew are coming back to Texas! And they’re bringing Rob Zombie Spookshow International with them, along with America’s Most Haunted, of course. Charlie and the gang will be hosting a seminar and visiting with TPF guests.

America's Most Haunted TransliteSpeaking of Spooky Pinball, all paid guests and Exhibitors who pre-register by midnight October 31st, 2015, will be eligible to win an autographed America’s Most Haunted translite. What are you waiting for? Pre-register now!

Edit: Congratulations to Rick Siefken of Boerne, TX! Rick won this awesome autographed America’s Most Haunted translate just for registering early!

Don’t forget we’ve added new swag this year. Check out our coffee cups and pint glasses, as well as t-shirts, hoodies, caps and our Limited Edition 2016 TPF Commemorative Challenge Coin.

The shopping cart in our store is intended for use by paying guests, those who want to order merchandise or tournament tickets, and by Exhibitors, or any combination of the three. The form is best viewed on newer browsers and uses an SSL certificate to secure all payments. If you are interested in becoming a show Vendor or Sponsor at TPF2016, contact info AT texaspinball.com.

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TPF2015 Show Wrap Up

Wow! I think that may have been the longest weekend of our lives! But it was soooo worth it! And now that we’ve had a week to recover, we wanted to send out one final message for the 2015 Texas Pinball Festival:

We owe a LOT of “Thank You’s”… to each of our exhibitors, including all of our first timers, those that purchased tournament machines, custom game exhibitors, the members of the DFW Pinball & Arcade Club, the ArkLaTex Club, the Ozark Pinball Syndicate, The Game Preserve of Houston, and of course, all of our regulars. The time and effort you put into your games and your willingness to share those games in this format has made the Texas Pinball Festival the envy of other pinball shows. We couldn’t put this show on without each and every one of you. We are proud to hear you refer to it as “our show.”

To all of our vendors and sponsors… Marco Specialties for their major sponsorship and bringing us Stern’s newest games including Whizbang Pinball’s “Whoa Nellie, Big Juicy Melons”. To Cointaker for finding a way to get “The Big Lebowski Pinball” to the floor. To Jersey Jack Pinball for bringing “The Hobbit”. To Rick Bartlett of Planetary Pinball for use of the “Attack from Mars” artwork and sending two Medieval Madness Remakes (with Chicago Gaming). To Brett Davis of X-Pin and Larry Rosenthal of Starship Fantasy for their major sponsorships. To Marty Roberts of Pinball Side Mirrors for generously donating two $500 cash prizes for our pinball exhibitor raffle. To Charlie Emery and Ben Heck of Spooky Pinball for bringing “America’s Most Haunted”. To Gerry Stellenberg of Multimorphic for bringing” Lexy Lightspeed”. To our distributer Steve Nordseth of FUN! for the line up of auction games, the awesome deals given to our tournament game buyers and coordinating delivery of “The Hobbit” and “Medieval Madness Remakes”. To Randy Perlow of ColorDMD for the great deal on displays for our exhibitors and the line-up of ColorDMD games. And to all of the others. You all helped make this show special, so Thank You!

To our speakers and special guests for the thoughtful and informative seminars you presented (or just hanging out with us). To Mark Ritchie. To Gerry Stellenberg of Multipmorphic. To Charlie Emery and Ben Heck of Spooky Pinball. To Gary Stern, Steve Ritchie, John Trudeau, and Mark Galvez of Stern Pinball. To Nate Shivers of Coast 2 Coast Pinball. To Greg Freres (also of Stern Pinball) and Dennis Nordman of Whizbang Pinball. To Jack Guarnieri and Butch Peel of Jersey Jack Pinball. To Brett Davis of X-Pin. To Jim Schelberg of Pingame Journal. And a BIG THANK YOU to Jonathan Leung and Tim Peterson of Arcade Repair Tips for acting as moderators and making it all run smoothly. You can see all the seminar videos here.

To our leads… Robert Harris, Marcus Trevino, Jaelanne Gilliam, Shawn Christian, Darren Kammer and “Mayor” Bill Morrison. To all of our families and volunteers. Some of you sign up to help… some of you kind of have to. We appreciate all the work you do. And to everyone else the helped the show in any way:

THANK YOU FOR MAKING TPF2015 UNFORGETTABLE!

And now we say Congratulations! To all of our winners… and there were a lot of them! To start with, Nicholas King took home the 2015 Stern WrestleMania in our American Heroes Raffle. Colin MacAlpine took home the top tourney prize in the Texas Wizards, A-Division. 44 other trophies were awarded in our IFPA tournaments. Rebecca Thompson took home the top prize in the Ladies Tourney. Andrew Hassell 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, Shawn Farwell’s Acrylic Pinball Project.

During exhibitor registration, 435 games came through the doors. We raised $3,856 for the Wounded Warrior Project®. We awarded over $4,500 in tournament money plus prize packages and trophies, and $1,350 in Best of Show award monies and ribbons. And we increased our attendance by about 20%.

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, an apology to our tournament players. We ran into some logistical, technical and timing issues that caused tournament play to run unexpectedly. We know people were tired, but our tourney managers, volunteers and players stepped up and saw it through. We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback and we invite you to send us your thoughts too. We welcome all compliments, constructive criticism and suggestions. Please direct them to feedback at texaspinball dot com.

See y’all next year at TPF 2016!

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