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Women’s Pinball League forming in Oakland!

July 28, 2013

I just got some exciting news.  The Belles and Chimes Pinball League is an upcoming new league that will be for women by women.  The kick-off date is September 15th.  The emphasis is on a casual and social competitive experience for all skill levels, even first-timers.  Radio Pinball Union’s Echa Schneider will lead the effort based out of the new Hi-Life Pizza at 400 15th Street at Franklin, two blocks from BART.

Echa tells me the league season will consist of eight dates, which determine a player’s qualifying standing, and all players who make at least four dates will be eligible to compete in the league finals.  So even if you can’t make the kickoff on September 15th you can still join up.  The meeting dates will be on Sundays and Mondays with the championship planned for early December.


c. Gene X Hwang, Orange Photography

Hi-Life Pizza held its soft launch on Saturday, July 27th and is working on going into full operation in the beginning of August.

This new “pinball loft”is awesome for pinball and just hanging out.  In addition to the usual chairs and tables, they have lots of tall bar chairs so you can get off your feet for a few minutes but still watch the action.


Rest yo dogs, homie

Currently there are seven pinball games supplied and maintained by top local operator TJ Beyer: Attack from Mars, Roller Coaster Tycoon, Earthshaker, Dracula, Indiana Jones (Williams), Radical and Batman: Dark Knight. Several of the games will accept dollar bills but there’s also a change machine that will take 5s and 10s.  There’s also an onsite fee-based ATM and a Bank of America ATM at Franklin and 9th.


The league website will soon have full rules and schedule.  For questions about the league check out their site: or email the league at

In addition to the league, expect some upcoming tournaments as well which will be open to both men and women.  So head over to Hi-Life and practice up!

  1. Jonny 0 permalink*
    July 30, 2013 9:57 pm

    Thanks for the heads up. The correct address (corrected in post as well) is 400 15th street. It’s at the corner of 15th and Franklin.

    Sorry, I don’t know what their planned hours are.

  2. whereishilife permalink
    July 30, 2013 5:37 pm

    400 Franklin Street is Fastenal Company. Are you sure about the address ? What are the hours of business ?

    Thank you

  3. July 28, 2013 2:06 pm

    Very cool! I know a few ladies who might be interested too!

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