Skip to content

Without a doubt the worst pinball

October 10, 2017

healthcare pinball


Playing Bingo

October 10, 2017
william eggleston

Photo by William Eggleston

Tablet and Son of Tablet

October 4, 2017


Come play!  Wednesdays at 7.  Ten bucks.  BYOB.

Seems likely

October 4, 2017


Pacific Pinball League Season 2!

September 20, 2017

Hey folks, I’ve just started a new season of the Pacific Pinball League. The league is open to all skill levels and it’s all about fun, friendly competition.

League night is discounted at just $10 and all games are on free play. Additionally, you get a league card that gets you into the Museum any day of the week during the league season (except special events) through November 29 for $10, and a 10% discount on merchandise.

The league meets Wednesdays from 7 – 9 PM (but you can show up as early as you like). BYOB and food are allowed in the banquet room. Also, as time allows, we do mini “learn to play pinball” sessions so if you’ve ever wanted to learn how to get high scores, this is your chance.

There’s no sign up, just come Wednesdays and we’ll get you in!

Wizard Mode: A Pinball Tournament – Results!

September 18, 2017


58 players, 46 playing in their first pinball tournament ever, competed in the Chabot Space and Science Pinball Tournament!  It was a showcase of the Pacific Pinball Museum’s exhibit of nearly 40 games at Chabot, and a collaboration I’ve long hoped would come together between these two great local museums.  Gravity ultimately ruled the day (it always does), but not before these players put up a ton of points and had a great time.

The pinball exhibit still runs through September 24, so check it out if you can.  And if you attended the event and you want more, consider joining the Pacific Pinball League Wednesdays in Alameda.  It’s a fun, friendly league for all ages and skill levels.  You can also check out the next Pinball Show at the Golden State Pinball Festival in May.


Above: The top Kids finalists battle it out on Old Chicago, a game made three decades before they were born!


Alistair McEvilly (left) took First in Kids, followed by Sam Cherin (middle) and Mason Mulen (right)


Karl Lind, of Portland, Oregon, battles it out in the Finals of the Open Division.


The top 3: Luke Baxter took Second Place (left) Karl Lind (Middle) took the top honors, and Derek Lipkin took 3rd.


Lea Perez (second from right) was Women’s Champion.

Full Results:

Grand Champion Karl Lind
2 Luke Baxyer
3 Derek Lipkin
4 Timothy Jordon
Women’s Champion Lea Perez
6 Joe Gordon
7 Josh Lehan
8 Nicholas Jarboe
9 Antonio Vasquez
10 Michael Huntsman
11 Leod Hechter
12 Jonathan Cherin
13 Donald Lathbury
14 Joy Fleming
15 Jason Freeman
16 Jared Gurvey
17 Kenny Davis
18 Nathaniel Rogue
19 Stacey Miller
20 Kelly Jordan
21 Irene Steffer
22 Carl Gorringe
Kid’s 1st Place Alistair McEvilly
24 Jonah Vasquez
25 Mario Godoy
26 Chris Reed
27 Crystal Smith
28 Sam Cherin
29 Andrei Massenkoff
30 Seth Beerle
31 Megan Kard
32 Mike Adair
33 John Cena
34 Matt Potter
35 Mason Mulen
36 Catalina Espino Devine
37 Ivan Davis
38 Marcus Silbevuy
39 Gretchen Walker
40 Iana Ivanova
41 Preston Mullen
42 Adrian McEvilly
43 Dot Richards
44 Nicolas Sokblanchard
45 Joanne Chan
46 Cristina Deptula
47 Paula Mia Devine
48 Christopher Chavez
49 Nathaniel Smith
50 Dylan Chuey
51 Lilah Michelle Lackney
52 Sydney Freeman
53 Liz Austerman
54 Alex Devine
55 Dominic LeBakken
56 Leslie Chavez
57 Shuang Zhang
58 Alex Perratti

Wizard Mode: A Pinball Tournament

August 17, 2017

Where: Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, CA.

When: Saturday, September 16. Qualifying from 6 – 8:45 PM, Finals at 9 PM

Entry: Entry in the tournament is free with admission to Chabot Space and Science Center.

Who may enter: We invite players of all ages and skill levels to participate, and whether you win or lose, you will become a world-ranked pinball player!


Chabot Space and Science Center and the Pacific Pinball Museum have partnered to showcase over 30 pinball machines, kinetic exhibits and pinball artwork by local artists. Join us for an evening of pinball under the stars and show off your pinball skills in this fun, competitive event.


The Short Version: Play four games during qualifying from 6 – 8:45 PM to determine your rank. The top 8 ranked players and top 4 kids will go on to play in a Final at 9 PM.

The Long Version:

Qualifying Round: The qualifying round will run from 6 PM to 8:45 PM and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. In the qualifying round, each entrant will play four machines one time each and their performance will be ranked. The top 8 Open Division and top 4 Kids Division players will then face off in a Finals Round. Kids Division players who happen to play well enough to qualify for the Open Division Finals will have the option to do so.

(Note: for ranking purposes, the Kids Division Finals do not affect overall standings, only qualifying standings. However, the Open Final will affect standings, if an eligible Kids Division player chooses to compete in that Final instead of Kids.)

Ties: If two or more players tie at the end of qualifying, a tiebreaker game will be held to determine which players will advance.

Finals: The Open Division consists of two 4-player semi-final games which will be seeded and ordered as follows: 8-6-3-1 and 7-5-4-2. The top two players from each game will advance to the 4- player Final and will be seeded based on the Qualifying round. The Kids Division Final will consist of one 4-player game and will be seeded based on the Qualifying Round.


Nudging: Nudging is part of pinball and is encouraged. Slap saves, slide saves, and bumping/nudging the machine are allowed. A nudge may end the ball in play, however, in extreme cases the nudge may carry over to the next ball (a “tilt-through”). During the Final rounds, if a tilt-through occurs, the player committing the tilt through receives a score of zero. The affected player will finish their game and then receive a single additional ball to play which shall be added to their score.

During single-player play, the tilt-through will not be compensated with a restart or additional ball.

Abuse: Abuse of the machines is not allowed. Abuse includes, but is not limited to, hitting/slapping the glass, kicking the legs, picking the game up or excessive shoving of the game. Abuse of the machines, depending on the nature of the infraction, may result in a warning, disqualification of a single game or disqualification from the event.

Coaching: Coaching is allowed from outside the tournament area (i.e. behind the guide ropes). Players who are not actively playing a qualifying game must vacate the playing area.

Malfunctions: It is the player’s responsibility to report malfunctions, stuck balls or other events that affect play, as soon as possible. The player should “trap” the ball if possible, or report the malfunction at the end of the current ball.

What constitutes a malfunction is ultimately up to the tournament organizer, but what will not be considered a malfunction includes, but is not limited to: A “tilt”, a ball jumping over the flipper or lane guide into the trough, a tilt-through in a single-player game (when the game is moved sufficiently to end both the ball in play and the following ball).

If a malfunction occurs that negatively impacts the player but the player continues play, the player has consented to play on with the malfunction. No compensation will be provided (such as being allowed to replay the game). This is still the case regardless of whether the player was aware that a malfunction occurred.

For example, if a ball becomes stuck and the player attempts to free the ball via nudging which in turn causes the game to “tilt”, the tilt stands. However, if a ball becomes stuck and an official is notified, the ball will be freed and placed either on the upraised flipper or in the shooter lane.

If a malfunction occurs which benefits the player and the player does not report it, the tournament director will make a ruling based on the circumstances, which may include replaying the game, disqualification of the game or disqualification from the tournament.

For example, if the player has not earned any extra balls but the game continues to feed balls into play, the player is required to report the malfunction as soon as possible.

Player Conduct: This is a family event to promote fun, friendly competition, and players are expected to comply with Chabot Space and Science Center’s rules and staff. Misbehavior by players including, but not limited to: excessive swearing, abuse of the machines, arguing with staff, bullying other players, or otherwise acting excessively outside of the spirit of the event may be disqualified from the tournament.