One of the highlights of Pinball Expo in Chicago this week is taking a tour of the Stern pinball factory. Of course nothing can replace the awesomeness of visiting a pinball factory in person, but for those that can not attend Expo or have never been to Stern, TPF presents An Exclusive Visit to Stern Pinball! Enjoy!
Pre-registration for the 2015 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. Still not sure? Pre-registered paid guests get a complimentary tournament ticket 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 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.
As an added bonus, all paid guests and Exhibitors who pre-register by midnight October 31st, 2014, will be eligible to win this Star Trek translite autographed by designer Steve Ritchie. What are you waiting for? Pre-register now!
The shopping cart in our store 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. If you are interested in becoming a show Vendor or Sponsor at TPF2015, contact info AT texaspinball.com.
Our first batch of 2015 Texas Pinball Festival t-shirts is in and they look great! They’ll be sold at the show, of course, but they always go fast. Pre-ordering your shirts is the only way to be absolutely sure that we will have the size and color you need.
By default, t-shirts will be held for pick-up at the show at no charge. If you’ve pre-registered, you’ll get your shirts and other merchandise when you pick up your packet. To find out more about pre-registering and why you should, click here.
If you don’t want to wait until March, you can have your shirts shipped to you by choosing that option on the order form. And… there are only 78 until Christmas. If you want your shirts by Christmas order by December 7, 2014 (inside the continental US). What a great gift!
Don’t forget about the hats and hoodies! See more detailed information about the merchandise we offer and order here.
In case you missed it, the World Record for the Most People Playing Pinball Simultaneously was set at the Texas Pinball Festival on March 28, 2014 with a total of 272 people! You can see the official record on the Guinness World Record website.
If you were one of the 272 participants, you can order your own personalized certificate. Visit http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/store, select “Certificates”, select “Certificates of Participation” and use ID: 140211-10034 and Code: tpsd7870TP (case sensitive). The cost of the certificate is $25.
Embassy Suites Frisco is ready to take your reservations! We’ve worked out a great rate for our guests again this year, and we expect the rooms will sell out really fast, so don’t wait.
Rooms for guests of the 2015 Texas Pinball Festival start as low as $121.00 per night. Reservations can be made online, 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 2015 Texas Pinball Festival will be housed in the Convention Center just a short walk from the lobby.
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:
THANK YOU FOR MAKING TPF 2014 AWESOME!
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!