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That was awesome!

Wow! I think that may have been the longest weekend of our lives! But it was soooo worth it! We had a great time, and we suspect y’all did too. And now that we’ve had a few days to recover, we wanted to send out one final message for the 2014 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, the members of the DFW Pinball & Arcade Club for putting on that incredible swap meet, and 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 always proud to hear you refer to TPF as “our show.”

To all of our vendors and sponsors… Marc Oradat of Elevation Games, who once again brought the largest pin ever created, the Atari Hercules. To Bill Morrison who wrangled in the legendary Classic Stern Row. To Marco Specialties for their always impressive setup and continued support of the show. To Jersey Jack Pinball for providing an always popular Wizard of Oz game for the show. To Stern Pinball for their show of support, and lending us John Borg and Steve Ritchie for the weekend. To our distributor Steve Nordseth of FUN! who brought almost a hundred games to the show and organized one of the highlights of the weekend, the Pinball Only Auction. And to Planetary Pinball and Chicago Gaming Company for bringing the highly anticipated Medieval Madness Remakes. You all helped make this show special, so Thank You!

To our speakers Randy Perlow (Color DMD), Gerry Stellenberg (Multimorphic), Paul Faris and Roger Sharpe, to Gary Stern, Steve Ritchie and John Borg, to Dirty Donnie Gillies, to Jack Guarneri and Butch Peel of Jersey Jack Pinball, to Rick Bartlett of Planetary Pinball and Doug Duba of Chicago Gaming Company for the thoughtful and informative seminars you presented. To Brian Savage (ModMyPin.com), Jim Schelberg (Pingame Journal), Elliott Munoz (Elliott Munoz Photography) and Martin Ayub (pinballnews.com) ad all the independent bloggers and podcasters for their in depth coverage of the show and seminars.

To all of our families and most especially to this year’s volunteers. Some of you sign up to help… some of you kind of have to. We could not have made the 2014 Texas Pinball Festival what it is without all your help and dedication. And to everyone else the helped the show in any way:


And now we say Congratulations! First to you…. we’re pretty sure we beat the standing world record from Most People Playing Pinball at Once. The old record stands at 100 machines. The unofficial count confirmed by an independent accounting firm for the TPF2014 world record attempt is 272 players! The count is currently pending confirmation by GuinessTM.

To all of our winners… and there were a lot of them! To start with, Jared Parker took home the 2013 Star Trek American Heroes Raffle pin. Jason Scheffelmaer won the top tourney prize in the Texas State Championship. Austin Kemp beat out his competition in the Kid’s Bump ‘n’ Win. 11 pins took home Best in Show ribbons, including the Grand Champion, John Zitterkopf for his work on Star Trek The Mirror Universe.

The official game count, between visual verifications by volunteers and Martin Ayub’s list published at pinballnews.com, is 435 games! This year we raised over $5,100 for the Wounded Warrior Project. We awarded over $4,000 in tournament money and trophies, and $1,450 in Best in 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, the game line-up and more 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.

We knew there would be a few hiccups to go along with the new venue. But we have never had a smoother transition. 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 info at texaspinball dot com.

Mark your calendars. The 2015 Texas Pinball Festival will be held March 27-29 at the Embassy Suites & Frisco Convention Center.

See y’all at TPF 2015!

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Don’t miss Randy Perlow of ColorDMD.

ColorDMD will present their new color changing display at the 2014 Texas Pinball Festival. Don’t miss Randy Perlow’s seminar on Friday, March 28th at 6pm.

Be on the look out for many Exhibitor games on the floor showcasing ColorDMD displays including Medieval Madness, Attack from Mars, Scared Stiff, White Water and Star Trek: The Next Generation.  Their latest release Tales of the Arabian Nights will be featured in the Elevation Games Booth.

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It’s Not Too Late!

Pre-registration and merchandise sales are closed for the 2014 Texas Pinball Festival. But, you can still buy weekend passes and day passes at the door. And…

…to sign up a game and get in FREE! We will accept Exhibitor registrations right up until the show starts. If you have a game you want to bring, click here to find out what you need to know.

Come on out to the show for the biggest and best pinball show in the country!

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Classic Stern Row: A TPF Tradition

The Classic Stern Boys are back. Bill Morrison, Rich Wiski and Scott Martin head up the return of the famous and much anticipated Classic Stern Row at the 2014 Texas Pinball Festival. Many favorites including Star Gazer, Seawitch, Flight 2000, Meteor and more, as well as a rare Pinstar Gamatron.

If you have a classic Stern and want it to be part of this exciting display, sign it up now! Check out the game line-up to see all the titles we’re expecting this year.

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Meet Gary Stern

Gary Stern, founder and CEO of Stern Pinball Inc. joins the list of special guests coming to the 2014 Texas Pinball Festival.

Gary will host a seminar entitled “The Future of Stern Pinball” on Saturday, March 29th at 1pm. Gary will also speak with guests and answer questions. Don’t miss it!

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World Record to be Broken at Texas Pinball Festival!

On Friday, March 28th, 2014 at 5pm, Exhibitors and guests of the Texas Pinball Festival will man every available pinball machine. At the sound of the whistle, we will attempt to break the world record for “most people playing pinball simultaneously!”

The current record is 100 machines, achieved at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada on May 16th, 2013. We have not doubt we can shatter that record!

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

This will be a fun and historic event that is not to be missed. Bring your pinball machine to the Texas Pinball Festival and be part of history!

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Pinball Arcade Returns!

FarSight Studios will be back for the 2014 Texas Pinball Festival with The Pinball Arcade. Since their last visit, they have added many new tables and features on all platforms.

The Pinball Arcade features exact recreations of the all-time greatest pinball tables from Williams®, Bally®, Stern Pinball®, and Gottlieb® together in one game for PS3, Xbox, iOS, and Android. Great tables like Medieval Madness™, Twilight Zone™, Star Trek: The Next Generation™, Attack from Mars™, Scared Stiff™, Elvira and the Party Monsters™, Monster Bash™, Gorgar™, Genie™, Circus Voltaire™, Funhouse™, The Machine: Bride of Pin•Bot™, Creature from the Black Lagoon™, Taxi™, Black Knight™, Theatre of Magic™, Black Hole™, Tale of the Arabian Nights™ are included along with many more!

You can bet Pinball Arcade will be debuting their latest and greatest at TPF2014.

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Classic Pinball Artist Paul Faris Returns to TPF!

Best known for his amazing art on titles such as Xenon, Playboy, Eight Ball, Evel Knievel, Lost World, Centaur, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and many more, Paul Faris will be at TPF 2014 to visit with guests and talk about his career in pinball spanning from the 70′s into the 90′s.

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

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Skit-B is Bringing Predator!

Skit-B Pinball is coming to the 2014 Texas Pinball Festival and they’re bringing their “Predator” pinball machine with them!

Skit-B is sure to show you something you’ll love and be talking about long after the show. Drop by the Mod My Pin booth and check out Predator featuring Glo-Balls!

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The Hotel is Sold Out…

… but not to worry! Our block at the Embassy Suites Dallas-Frisco Hotel and Convention Center is sold out! Which is awesome news. TPF 2014 is going to rock!

If you weren’t able to make a reservation at our hotel, we have some more options for you. The Frisco Visitor’s Center has put together a list of nearby hotels with specially negotiated room rates for TPF guests. Whichever hotel you choose, be sure you ask for the Texas Pinball Festival room rate.

Click the image to download a flyer showing the hotel options that are still open. And come join us at the show!


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Get your own custom painted Metallica Sparky!

TPF Special Guest and Metallica pinball artist Dirty Donny will do a very limited run of custom painted Sparkys and make them available to our 2014 Texas Pinball Festival guests.

Custom Sparkys are available by pre-order only and are available while supplies last. Pricing is as follows:

$500 (choice of flesh tone)
- Electric chair blue
- Rotten Sparky classic
- Zombie green (pictured)

$800 (custom)
- Choice of flesh tone
- Custom name on shirt
- Two (2) four letter words on knuckles
- Choice of shoe color

All orders are filled directly through this amazing artist. If you’re interested, contact info@texaspinball.com for ordering information.

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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 just 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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Caddies are Back!

The PinGulp Beverage Caddy by Pinball Life is “…the final solution for pinball machine beverage management!”

These were so popular last year, we have again purchased a large quantity of official PinGulp Beverage Caddies and will offer them exclusively to TPF 2014 pinball machine Exhibitors at a discount in exchange for mounting them on their machines during the show.

Exhibitors will be able to purchase the caddies Thursday and Friday during show set up while supplies last. Additional details will be sent to Exhibitors along with set-up instructions. Find out more about becoming an Exhibitor, or register now.

Once the show officially opens on Friday afternoon, any remaining caddies will be offered to general show guests as well. A big THANK YOU to Pinball Life for their support.

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TPF Welcomes XPin Displays

Brett Davis of XPin comes to the 2014 Texas Pinball Festival as a major vendor and lead sponsor for the Texas Shoot Out Tournament. XPin products are pinball’s most colorful, energy efficient and reliable LED displays, power supplies, controllers and sound cards being produced today.

Proudly manufactured in the U.S.A, Brett will have a full line of XPin products available at TPF2014 for purchase. Look for XPin LED displays on display in many of the tournament machines.

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PinGame Journal Publisher, Jim Schelberg, will be judging the “Best in Show”!

PinGame Journal has been “covering the world of pinball” for over 20 years, so it goes without saying that Jim knows pinball.

We are happy to announce that Jim will be leaving Motor City to come down south to TPF 2014. Not only will he present a special Texas version of his popular “Pinball in the Media” (details coming soon), but Jim has agreed to shoulder the massive responsibility that comes with the job of Lead Judge for our “Best in Show” awards!

Jim is already hard at work considering candidates to join him as Associate Judges, and those sufficiently qualified will join him to inspect Exhibitor games and select only the very best to receive the coveted Judge’s ribbons and a share of the hundreds in cash prizes in 12 different categories plus Grand Champion.

Thank you Jim!

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Behold the Renaissance of Pinball in Texas

Recently, Rick Bartlett of Planetary Pinball Supply revealed plans to remake the all-time fan favorite Medieval Madness! Planetary Pinball is coming to the 2014 Texas Pinball Festival and intends to bring a few Medieval Madness Remakes with them for all to see and play.

In addition, Rick will be hosting a seminar to discuss the game and upcoming projects at Planetary Pinball. Rick will also answer audience questions and interact with show guests on the floor.

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Dirty Donny Does Dallas… ummm… Frisco

We are very pleased to announce that famed Metallica pinball artist Dirty Donny Gillies will be joining us at the 2014 Texas Pinball Festival. Dirty Donny will accompany Metallica game designer John Borg signing autographs and will have many of this 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 Metallica translite or flier.

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Be a Volunteer!

The heart of the Texas Pinball Festival is the people at the core of the pinball community. They include the people that spend months deciding what games to bring to the show as Exhibitors as well as the volunteers that help the show run smoothly. Many times, they are the same people.

Volunteering takes dedication and a sincere desire to make the show better. Let’s face it; there’s a lot to do. We have been very lucky over the years, and as the show has grown, so has our pool of volunteers.

This year, we are actively taking steps to better organize our volunteers, avoid duplication of effort, and to make sure that they still have time to enjoy themselves at the show.

Volunteers are needed in three areas: floor set-up/tear-down, tournaments and the registration booth. To learn more about how to be a volunteer, visit our Volunteer page.

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Steve Ritchie warps back to Texas!

Steve Ritchie never misses the Texas Pinball Festival and the TPF just wouldn’t be the same without the King of Flow holding court!

Steve will be visiting with friends and fans all weekend, signing autographs, taking pictures, and of course talking Star Trek and AC/DC. He might even play a game of pinball with you if you ask nicely.

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Elevation Games Brings Out Their Best

We’re excited to announce that Marc Oradat of Elevation Games is also returning to the 2014 Texas Pinball Festival.

Marc always brings an excellent line up of games from his personal collection as well as many pins for sale. Look for the giant Hercules pinball machine!

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Marco’s Back!

Marco Specialties is returning to Texas with their amazing show display. Marco Specialties is one of the anchor vendors at our show. And once again, Marco Specialties is sponsoring the Texas State Championship pinball tournament at the Texas Pinball Festival.


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Announcing the World’s Greatest Pinball Auction

The 2014 Texas Pinball Festival will play host to the largest pinball auction in history! In cooperation with Fun! Auction Company, more than 100 plug and play pinball machines will be auctioned off to the highest bidders Saturday night in a Sotheby’s style auction.

All of the games included in the auction will be available for preview on Friday and Saturday and will remain on the floor on free play the entire weekend, until the lucky buyers get to take them home on Sunday, at the conclusion of the show.

For more information, bidder registration, or to inquire about consigning a game in the auction, contact Fun! Auction Company directly.

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DFW Pinball & Arcade Club to Host TPF Swap Meet!

Don’t miss out on the Texas Pinball Festival Swap Meet on Saturday morning, March 29th, 2014. This year, the swap meet promises to be bigger… better… stronger… under the direction of the DFW Pinball & Arcade Club.

The DFW Pinball & Arcade Club is for pinball and video game enthusiasts. Anyone interested in gaming or learning more about pinball machines and/or video games is welcome. The club holds several events per year, including International Flipper Pinball Association sanctioned tournaments.

As always, admission to and participation in the Swap Meet is free of charge. Make some cash (and room in the garage) and bring out those project games and parts. If you are interested in a space at the Swap Meet, contact the DFW Pinball & Arcade Club via Facebook or online.

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Prepare to Meet John Borg… Resistance is Futile!

Famed pinball designer John Borg will be making his debut appearance at the 2014 Texas Pinball Festival. John is well known for titles such as TRON, Iron Man, X-Men, Star Wars (Data East), Tales from the Crypt, and his most recent hit: METALLICA!

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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Roger Sharpe is Coming to Texas!

That’s right. It’s confirmed.

Roger Sharpe, influential in the legalization of pinball in 1976 and recently featured in the article: “How One Perfect Shot Saved Pinball from Being Illegal”, is going to be a special guest at the 2014 Texas Pinball Festival. The Pinball Wizard is also a respected designer of a number of games, including Williams’ “Barracora”, Stern’s “Stingray”, Game Plan’s “Sharpshooter” and many more.

Roger will speak to TPF guests about his many adventures in pinball and be available for autographs and photos.

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Pre-Registration is OPEN!

Pre-registration for the 2014 Texas Pinball Festival is 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. Still not sure? Pre-registered paid guests get 2 complimentary tickets good on any tournament machine. 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 exclusive access to a private party Saturday after the show closes to the public. If you’re interested in bringing your own games, you can find out more here.

As an added bonus, all paid guests and Exhibitors who pre-register by midnight October 31st, 2013, will be eligible to win an Avengers translite autographed by designer George Gomez. What are you waiting for? Pre-register now!

Who should use this form? The Pre-Registration and Merchandise Order Form is intended for use by paying guests, those who want to order merchandise 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.

Interested in becoming a show Vendor or Sponsor? Contact info AT texaspinball.com.

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TPF American Heroes Raffle

The Texas Pinball Festival is pleased to become a proud supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project™. As in previous years, we will raffle off several prizes, including a new pinball machine. This year however, all proceeds from the 2014 TPF American Heroes Raffle will be donated to the nonprofit organization Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP), who support a full range of programs and services for this generation of injured veterans and their families.

Over 47,000 servicemen and women have been injured in the recent military conflicts. In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment.

In the past few years, patrons of TPF have helped donate many thousands of dollars to the American Red Cross. They are no less deserving, but the organizers of the TPF have decided to donate the proceeds of this year’s raffle to an organization that more directly impacts the lives of our soldiers, especially since 2 of our own children are actively serving in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marines Corps. Find out more about the raffle and other prizes here.

About Wounded Warrior Project TM: The mission of Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.

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2014 Dates and Location Announced!

The 2014 Texas Pinball Festival will be held March 28th-30th at the Embassy Suites Dallas – Frisco Hotel & Convention Center in Frisco, TX.

Changing dates and locations is never an easy decision. Several scheduling conflicts (such as the NCAA Final Four Basketball Tournament being hosted in Dallas/Ft Worth the first weekend in April) and limited or unavailable March dates forced us to seek a new location for 2014.

We are very excited to be moving to the Embassy Suites. It is a beautiful hotel with more than 40,000 sq ft of available show space! In addition, the hotel is directly across the street from Stonebriar Mall offering an abundance of food options and free parking.

More information and special hotel room rates will be announced soon along with our 2014 TPF logo and website updates.

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