Hey folks, I’m helping run a fun tournament to benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation next Saturday. It will be a “Player’s Choice” style event. You pick your favorite game to play but you get last choice of player order for that game.
This is a casual event so if you have a WPPR rank of 500 or better, just come to hang out and play pinball. We’ll do afters at Legionnaire and get some tommy dollars games going on Metallica. Prizes provided by Playland not at the Beach.
From May 28 through July 1, the Pacific Pinball Museum will feature five electro-mechanical pinball machines at the Alameda City Hall. They’ll be available for free play from 12 – 1:30 PM Monday through Thursday.
If you work in Alameda, treat your coworkers to a free pinball lunch!
What a cool night. I didn’t get around to playing Metallica at Pin a Go Go so I went down to Legionnaire Saloon to try it out. Four other guys were already down there playing it so I had to wait in line. Then three more people showed up. About that time I had to leave to meet some friends to see Studio Ghibli’s latest film (which was great) so I only got three games in.
Initial impressions? Overall it’s good, and with some rules refinement it definitely can be great. It has that “fun to play right away” feeling. Other games take awhile to warm up to but this one feels good from the start.
In terms of difficulty it feels a little more forgiving than ACDC and Ironman, and probably on par with TRON if you could take the GEM shot out. Being brand new it was crazy fast.
The playfield design is very good and easy to get into. I can’t say I love it as much as TRON but my first impressions put it above ACDC. It features in-line drop targets which haven’t been seen on a pinball game in quite a long time. The main electric chair shot reminds me of the castle shot on Medieval Madness.
The art is better than anything STERN has done in the last decade. Again, I really love TRON and feel the “graphic design” style art is actually a good fit for that theme, but Metallica just drips with attitude. You look cool playing it.
Gene X was down there with us and took some fantastic photos. Check out more here.
For the third straight year the Pin a Go Go pinball tournament has been an awesome success. Everyone had fun, people made new friends and lots of people tried out competitive pinball.
I’d like to thank our sponsors. In no particular order:
- Playland not at the Beach
- STERN Pinball
- Oakland Pinball Mafia
- Pacific Pinball Museum
- QuinceXV Apparel
- Flipp’her Club France
- Professional and Amateur Pinball Association
- Brad Grant – Pin a Go Go Director
- Steve Faith
- Damien Charletty – co-tournament director
- John Lautmann
- Greg Ong
- Eugene Gershtein
- Masha Hass
- Chris Kochan
- Jeff Fehervari
- Andreas Haugstrup Pedersen
- Per Schwarzenberger
- Eric Waggonsonner
- Tom Collins
- Eric Johnson
- Pacific Pinball Museum
- TJ Beyer
- Todd DeStefani
- Several others I’m sure I’m forgetting.
- Earthshaker: Advance Billboard value to 70,000 OR Lock a ball (players could do either one)
- ACDC: Start 2X scorinG
- Cyclone: Advance bonus to 3x OR light Extra Ball via right standups
- Time Machine: Collect Energy Hurry-up value
- Transformers: Start Mudflaps and Skids Fast Scoring via right standups OR start Bumblebee 2X scoring via Captured Ball.
1 Tim C 53
2 Josh F 52
Daniel B 52
4 Nick F 49
5 Bella G 46
6 Leyla F 45
Nick V 45
8 Ryan W 42
9 Connor 36
10 Kiersten G 35
11 Jared H 34
12 Rhys L 33
|Andreas Haugstrup Pedersen|
From left to right: Tim Hansen (3rd), Josh Lehan (Grand Champion), Brenn Oosterbaan (4th), Chris Heilig (2nd)
Below are the full results. Note that for world pinball ranking points, only novice qualifying finish counts towards rankings.
|GRAND CHAMPION||Josh Lehan|
|15||Andreas Haugstrup Pedersen|
|51||Nicole Anne Reik|