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

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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:


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 Thomas 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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