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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 few days to recover, we wanted to send out one final message for the 2013 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 & Aracde Club 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… Marc Oradat of Elevation Games, who once again brought the largest pin ever created, the Atari Hercules. To Marco Specialties for their always impressive setup and continued support of the show. To Illinois Pin Ball for making the trip down and for bringing what people want to see. To Jersey Jack Pinball for providing three incredible Wizard of Oz games for the show. To Stern Pinball and our distributor Steve Nordseth of FUN! for the line up of Avengers games and to all of the others. You all helped make this show special, so Thank You!
To our speakers Alan Lewis and Randy Perlow (Color DMD) for the thoughtful and informative seminars you presented. To Gerry Stellenberg and special guest Dennis Nordman of Multipmorphic for the excitement you brought by giving away one of your new machines. To George Gomez and Steve Ritchie and to the guys from Jersey Jack. To Jim Schelberg (Pingame Journal), Martin Ayub (pinballnews.com) and Andy Campos (Campos Studios) for their in depth coverage of the show.
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 TPF 2013 AWESOME!
And now we say Congratulations! To all of our winners… and there were a lot of them! To start with, Josh Thomson took home the 2013 Stern Avengers Red Cross Raffle pin. Trent Augenstein took home the top tourney prize in the Texas State Championship, A-Division. Grant Mortenson took the top spot in B-Division. Andrew Hassell beat out his competition in the Kid’s Bump ‘n’ Win. 11 pins took home Best in Show ribbons, including the Grand Champion, Marc Oradat’s Varkon.
At one point, we counted 402 games on the floor, but we will stand by Martin Ayub’s (pinballnews.com) count of 357 games, which is an increase of 124 games over last year. We raised over $4,000 for the American Red Cross. We awarded over $3,300 in tournament money plus prize packages and trophies, and $1,450 in Best Of award monies and ribbons. And we increased our attendance by more than 30%.
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 very late. We know people were tired, but our tourney director, volunteers and players stepped up and saw it through. We have to say that we knew there would be a few hiccups to go along with the new venue. 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.
See y’all next year at TPF 2014!