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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TPF Welcomes Whizbang Pinball and Whoa Nellie!

One of the greatest pinball design/art teams in pinball history, famed pinball artist Greg Freres and pinball designer Dennis Nordman are coming to the 2015 Texas Pinball Festival! Co-founders of Whizbang Pinball, Greg and Dennis will be visiting with fans and talking “Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons!”

Stern Pinball, Inc. is churning out “Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons”, and Marco will have one in their booth for everyone to ogle at and enjoy. We can’t wait to see it!

*Photo credit: Jim Schelberg, PinGame Journal

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The TPF abides.

We are excited to announce that Dutch Pinball will be exhibiting their debut title The Big Lebowski™ Pinball at the 2015 Texas Pinball Festival. Look for it in Cointaker’s booth.

This is a much anticipated machine and we think it will really pull the room together.


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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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Mark Gálvez Joins the Stern Crew in Texas!

We are excited to announce Mark Gálvez is coming to TPF!

Mark is a talented and well known animation display artist and programmer that has worked on some of the best pinball machines of the last decade. A few of Mark’s games include: AC/DC, Spider-Man, The Lord of the Rings, Metallica, Iron Man, and so many more!

Mark will be visiting with guests and available at the autograph session on Friday night!

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PinGame Journal Publisher Jim Schelberg is back

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

Join Jim on Friday, March 27th at 6pm for “Arcade Attack and Other Pinball Adventures” plus pinball music videos and even a special surprise or two. Each attendee will receive a FREE 8-piece “Revenge from Mars” pinball promotional plastics set! Check out the teaser video here!

Thank you Jim!

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Arcade Repair Tips Act as Moderators

Our good friends Jonathan Leung and Tim Peterson of Arcade Repair Tips have agreed to act as moderators during the 2015 Texas Pinball Festival seminars. Jonathan and Tim will record the seminars, help field audience questions and provide assistance to TPF speakers as needed.

Check out our Events Schedule and make plans to see your favorite pinball celebrities speak. We have an incredible host of designers, artists and industry leaders lined up.

Arcade Repair Tips is a free, comprehensive and constantly updated source for information on arcade and pinball repair. Whether on line, or on the air, they can help you find the answers you need.

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Win a Brand New Pinball Machine!

Every year, the Texas Pinball Festival, with the help of its generous patrons, donates thousands of dollars to charity. This year is no exception.

Raffle tickets are available for sale at the show. Several door prizes will be awarded throughout the day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; and, at the close of the Texas Pinball Festival, one lucky winner will take home a 2015 Stern WrestleMania!

We will be donating the proceeds of the TPF American Heroes Raffle to the Wounded Warrior ProjectTM (WWP) again this year. Click here to find out more about the American Heroes Raffle and the Wounded Warrior Project.

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DFW Pinball & Arcade Club to Host TPF Swap Meet Again!

Don’t miss out on the Texas Pinball Festival Swap Meet on Saturday morning, March 28th, 2015. The DFW Pinball & Arcade Club did such an awesome job last year, we asked them to do it again this year.

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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It’s Gary Stern Y’all….

Gary Stern, founder and CEO of Stern Pinball Inc. joins the impressive list of special guests scheduled to appear at the 2015 Texas Pinball Festival.

Gary will share an update on Stern Pinball with those who attend his seminar on Friday night. He’ll be answering questions and talking about the latest Stern projects. Don’t miss it!

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The World’s Greatest Pinball Auction Returns!

The 2015 Texas Pinball Festival will one again play host to the largest pinball auction in history! In cooperation with Fun! Auction Company, nearly 100 plug and play pinball machines will be auctioned off to the highest bidders Saturday afternoon in a Sotheby’s style auction.

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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Lexy Lightspeed Lands in Frisco!

Multimorphic returns to the TPF with the latest versions of their P3 Pinball Platform and their nearly complete first game, Lexy Lightspeed – Galaxy Girl. Expect many never before seen demonstrations and features, including new playfield concepts, playfield swap demos, and new and unique features enabled by the P3′s comprehensive ball-tracking technology.

Multimorphic founder, Gerry Stellenberg, will also be presenting a seminar to show off their latest developments and to discuss how anybody can create or modify games for the P3.

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Jersey Jack Pinball Returns!

Veteran arcade industry figure Jack Guarnieri is returning for the 2015 Texas Pinball Festival, and he’s bringing the much anticipated title ”The Hobbit” with him.

Jack has become a regular at the TPF and a favorite among show guests. He’ll be hosting a seminar discussing Jersey Jack Pinball and The Hobbit, and his previous release The Wizard of Oz.

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Spooky Pinball is Coming to Texas!

We are super excited to be able to say that Spooky Pinball is coming south to the Texas Pinball Festival and they are bringing their debut game “America’s Most Haunted!”

Charlie Emery and Ben Heck will be showing off their awesome pin at our show for the first time. So let’s give them an warm reception. Come by their booth at the show and put some plays on their game.

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The Return of the King!

Steve Ritchie joins his brother Mark and fellow Stern Pinball, Inc. special guests George Gomez and John Trudeau. Steve 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 pinball. He might even play a game with you if you ask nicely.

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George Gomez is Back!

Famed pinball designer and Executive Vice President of Game Development at Stern Pinball Inc., George Gomez is coming to the 2015 Texas Pinball Festival. George will 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, Lord of the Rings, and most recently, Transformers and The Avengers.

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John Trudeau Comes to Texas

Appearing for the first time at the Texas Pinball Festival, veteran pinball designer John Trudeau will be speaking, signing autographs and visiting with guests.

Some of John’s hits include Creature from the Black Lagoon, Judge Dredd, Black Rose, The Machine: Bride of Pinbot, and most recently, Stern Mustang.

Check out John’s seminar at the show, and bring that favorite translite for him to autograph.

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Awesome New Exhibitor Incentives!

A pinball show is only as good as the pinball community that supports it. And we are lucky 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 2015, we are rewarding game exhibitors with some great new 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 2015 Texas Pinball Festival
- early entry to the show on Saturday and Sunday mornings (an hour before the show opens to the public)
- a $10 TPF Chuck Wagon food voucher*
- a raffle ticket for an exhibitor raffle awarding prizes during show set-up
- entry into the TPF Best in Show Competition

Additionally, for every 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, be sure to read our Terms and Conditions, which includes a detailed description of what types of games are allowed on the show room floor and eligible for exhibitor benefits.

* TPF Chuck Wagon food vouchers are redeemable at any of the gourmet food trucks scheduled to be at the event or at the hotel concession bar on the floor (pending approval).

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TPF Welcomes Mark Ritchie!

It took some doing, but we got him!

Famed pinball designer Mark Ritchie is coming to Texas! Mark has designed some the most loved and collectable pinball machines in the hobby such as: Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure, Fish Tales, Diner, Big Guns, Firepower II, Police Force, Sorcerer and many others.

Mark will be talking with guests and signing autographs so bring your favorite Mark Ritchie design translite for a signature!

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TPF Stern Tour

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!

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Pre-Registration is OPEN!!!!

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. What are you waiting for? 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

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T-shirts are in!

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.

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World Record Achieved

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, select “Certificates”, select “Certificates of Participation” and use ID: 140211-10034 and Code: tpsd7870TP (case sensitive). The cost of the certificate is $25.

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Embassy Suites is standing by to take your reservation.

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.

Make your hotel reservations now.

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We Intercepted a Transmission!

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