John Trudeau is Coming Back!

trudeauFamed pinball designer John Trudeau is joining the already incredible list of special guests at the 2016 Texas Pinball Festival!

Some of John’s great titles include “Creature from the Black Lagoon”, “Black Rose”, “Judge Dredd”, “The Machine: Bride of Pin*Bot”, and most recently: Stern “Mustang” and “WWE Wrestlemania”. John will be signing autographs and visiting with fans and guests!

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Jack is Back with The Hobbit!

jjpJersey Jack Pinball President and CEO Jack Guarnieri is returning for the 2016 Texas Pinball Festival, and he’s bringing the in-production title “The Hobbit” with him. Jack has become a regular at the TPF and a favorite among show guests.

Jack and Butch Peel will be hosting a seminar discussing The Hobbit and the future of Jersey Jack Pinball.

Be sure to check out this amazing game on the floor at the show!

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Bring Out Your Best!

Best Antique

Bob Herbison 1951 Globe Trotter
2014 Best Antique Winner

A pinball show is only as good as the pinball community that supports it. And we are lucky to be able 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 2016, we are rewarding game exhibitors with some great 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 2016 Texas Pinball Festival
– exclusive entry into the Exhibitor After Party on Saturday night
– a collectible TPF2016 Exhibitor Challenge Coin
– a raffle ticket for an exhibitor raffle awarding prizes during show set-up
– entry into the TPF Best in Show Competition
– priority admission into the TPF2016 World Record Attempt to reclaim the title of “Most People Playing Pinball Simultaneously” on Saturday morning

Additionally, for every Exhibitor 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, visit our Exhibitor page for all the details and to sign up.


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TPF Welcomes Coast 2 Coast Pinball Host Nate Shivers!

C2CpinballThe 2016 Texas Pinball Festival welcomes back popular pinball podcast host Nate Shivers from Coast 2 Coast Pinball and new web video series “Pinball with the Pros“!

Nate will host a live seminar style podcast for guests and fans of the show, including an exclusive one on one interview with famed pinball designer and Executive Vice President of Game Design at Stern Pinball George Gomez.

Nate will also be joining popular pinball live streaming host Jack Danger of Dead Flip Pinball on commentating the Texas Wizards Tournament finals on Saturday evening!


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TPF Tourneys: New and Improved!

The Texas Pinball Festival aims to have one of the best tournaments to match what many believe is the best pinball show in the country. So we’re excited to announce that the 2016 TPF Tournament will be dramatically simplified and overhauled from prior years, reverting back to a format that incorporates best practices that work well for tournament players. It will:

– be easy to understand and well documented,
– run smoothly,
– pay out 100% entry fees back to players as cash prizes,
– provide player ranking/score status in real-time using Karl DeAngelo’s DTM tournament manager,
– allow time for players to enjoy the TPF exhibit hall and seminars, and
– be a lot of fun!

More than 80 of the 200 spots have already been claimed, so don’t wait to secure yours. It’s a $60 one-time entry fee, and with 80 players so far, the prize for first place would be upwards of $1,400. The pot can only get larger!

We’re also excited to announce that the TPF Tourney finals will be hosted, streamed, and commentated by Jack Danger of Dead Flip and Nate Shivers of Coast2Coast Pinball!

If you’ve never been to the Texas Pinball Festival before, you’re missing out on an incredible show experience and what is shaping up to be an incredible tournament. Check out details in the Tournament Quick Guide and on our Tournament pages.

Don’t forget that the tournament tickets don’t include show admission. Make sure you are pre-registered for the show to save $10 over the door price. Register now and order all your TPF2016 swag while you’re at it!

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Meet Chris Granner!

c-granner-250Famed pinball and video game music and sound composer Chris Granner makes his debut appearance at TPF 2016! Chris has worked on a large number of popular games including: Elvira and the Party Monsters, Dr. Dude, The Wizard of Oz, Diner, Elvis, Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure, Kingpin, The Addams Family, Fish Tales, Big Guns, and many others!

Chris will be meeting with fans and guests and joining Mark Ritchie in fun seminar talking about their work together on many of your favorite games! Don’t miss it!

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Experience the P3 at TPF 2016!

gerry-lexyMultimorphic is bringing their revolutionary P3 Pinball Platform and showing off their plans for the future of pinball.  Play Lexy Lightspeed – Escape From Earth, see deep-dive demonstrations of the P3, and hear exciting new announcements!

Multimorphic founder, Gerry Stellenberg, will be exhibiting Multimorphic’s latest developments and giving hands-on demonstrations of the game play, modularity, and serviceability features of the P3.  He’ll also be hosting a seminar to discuss many of Multimorphic’s current and future plans.  If you’re excited to hear how innovation is reshaping the pinball playing, owning, and operating experience, this seminar is not to be missed!

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George Gomez is Back! No, for real this time…

georgeFamed pinball designer and Executive Vice President of Game Development at Stern Pinball Inc., George Gomez is coming to the 2016 Texas Pinball Festival. He will interview Live with Nate Shivers of Coast 2 Coast Pinball Podcast. George will also 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, Batman (Stern), Transformers and The Avengers.

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Meet Jack Danger!

j-dangerMaking his debut appearance at the 2016 Texas Pinball Festival, Dead Flip Pinball Streaming host and star Jack Danger will be live streaming from TPF and co-commentating the Texas Wizard Tournament Finals on Saturday night! Check out Dead Flip Pinball at:

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TPF welcomes back Paul Faris!


Best known for his amazing art on titles such as Xenon, Playboy, Eight Ball, Evel Knievel, Lost World, Centaur, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Paragon and many more, Paul Faris will be at TPF 2016 to visit with guests.

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

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One King… One Throne… Steve Ritchie is Coming!

Pinball Czar! His Majesty! His Grace! Supreme Ruler! The KING of Pinball! A Texas Pinball Festival staple!

Famed pinball designer Steve Ritchie will return to TPF2016 to hold court and visit with fans and loyal subjects! You’re attendance is requested!

Some of Steve’s hits include: Black Knight, Firepower, High Speed, F-14 Tomcat, Terminator 2, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Terminator 3, Elvis, Spider-Man, AC/DC, Star Trek, and of course his most recent title: Game of Thrones.


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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 Thompson 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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