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I never thought about "Pinball Karma" until tonight ... What?   You don't believe in KARMA ???  >> You better read this ....  It all started a few months ago when I bought a Surf Champ lower cabinet that someone was using for a coffee table (they never had the whole game ... they got the lower cabinet and playfield, thought it was cool so cut the legs down and used it for a table).   I always wanted a Surf Champ pinball machine but had been on the lookout for about a year but hadn't found one close to home that was in good shape and priced  reasonably > so I decided   > Read the full story...

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“local machine tax kills arcade i...”

December 15th, 2018

The best, and only, arcade in my small home town was part of a great family drive in. The place winning little league teams went for ice cream cones, or 12 year old birthday parties went for pizza and slush puppies.   > more...

A pinball journey.

“A pinball journey.”

December 8th, 2018

I’ve been thinking about writing another story for some time now, I just haven’t got around to doing it. Pinball has been a blessing to my life for the last few years. In one of my other stories I mentioned about   > more...

Bucket list

“Bucket list”

December 3rd, 2018

I started playing pinballs, as many have, in local arcades. The main ones (possibly the ONLY ones) near me were at a dollar movie theatre and in a mall. They certainly weren't impressive, but coming from a struggling single-parent household,   > more...

My pinball history

“My pinball history”

November 29th, 2018

It all began in 1977, when a pinball arcade opened up near my school. I was 14 years then, and became a pinball addict very fast! Being interested in electronics, I soon got my first pinball game, a Bally 50/50, that   > more...

7 Year old pinball player

“7 Year old pinball player”

November 28th, 2018

The other day my 7 year old son said to me "dad, can kids design pinball games"?  Wow!  I said yes, of course they can.  You can do anything you want!  He proceeded to tell me about his game he   > more...

40 years to discover pinball

“40 years to discover pinball”

November 27th, 2018

As a young kid in the 80's I spent my fair share of time begging for quarters from my parents along with spending most of my allowance in the arcades. I always gravitated toward driving or flying type games like Pole   > more...

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Pinball events

Fairmont, WV Annual Pinball Party 2018

Fairmont, WV (US) December 14—15, 2018

Beatles Launch Party

Malvern, PA (US) December 14, 2018

Friday Flip (December)

Münchenstein, BL (CH) December 14, 2018

Family Flip & Saturday Pinight (December)

Münchenstein, BL (CH) December 15, 2018

Last Chance to BE SOMEONE

Houston, TX (US) December 29, 2018

Sunday Matchplay @pinball Petes A2 Last Dance

Ann Arbor, MI (US) December 30, 2018

Pins & Pirates 2019 Pinball Rally

Pomona , CA (US) January 5, 2019

4 Strike Elimination Matchplay Monthly Pinball Tournament

Monroe, MI (US) January 12, 2019

Sunday Matchplay @pinball Petes A2

Ann Arbor, mi (US) January 13, 2019

2018-2019 IFPA MS State Championship Pinball Tournament

Flowood, MS (US) January 19, 2019

Pinball news Headlines


The Retrovolt arcade provides a return to the pre-redemption days of wholesome family amusements with its twenty-three pinballs and assorted classic video games, as John Brothers reports.   Read on...


If nothing else, you've got to admire the name. But fortunately there a lot more to like about this Georgetown pinball arcade/bar, including a fine selection of both games and refreshments.   Read on...


If nothing else, you've got to admire the name. But fortunately there a lot more to like about this Georgetown pinball arcade/bar, including a fine selection of both games and refreshments.   Read on...


We've covered the Silver Ball Planet before thanks to our roving reporter John, but now Stefan Riedler from RS-Pinball has visited and updates the game selection while providing detailed instructions on how to get there.   Read on...


Another update to an earlier review sees M.G. Brown visiting Main Street Amusements in Lafayette, Indiana where he takes the opportunity to check out some local delicacies.   Read on...

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I’m New‍♀️

Hi all!  I recently took a management position at a local bar that has about 8 pinball machines.  Looking for   >

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How I started

My father was a member of the American Legion Post 455 in Hamtramck, MI.  I was was first introduced to   >

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It all started in York Beach, Maine.

Grew up in York Beach, Maine in the 80's and 90's, as we had a summer home there. The boardwalk   >

First Collection

First Collection

I am starting a collection of First's in game play for pinballs. I have started with Gorgar the first talking and it   >

Renewed interest in Pinball

Renewed interest in Pinball

As a child I loved pinball. I remember going to the bowling alley with my mom, and she would give me   >

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1970-1980 Era

Growing up in the 1970’s I had the pleasure of enjoying Pinball at its peak, not to mention the joy of getting completely   >

New Member

New Member

Hello, I am Tessa McEvoy and I found this form through one of my friends. I got into pinball last   >

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About Me

I’m an EM guy (I have a 1972 Gottlieb Grand Slam and a 1975 Bally EM slot machine) and I   >

Dead Pool Champion

Dead Pool Champion

So I walked into Bournemouth Pier Amusements and ripped Dead Pool up.. £1 game and 2 hours later I let   >

sweet hearts restoration

sweet hearts restoration

Hi,just finished my first pinball restoration on a Gottlieb 1963 Sweet hearts. I owned one around 40 years ago and   >

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I am new here on Pinside. Please be patient with me, for this is all new to me. Thank You to   >

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Pinball Journey

As a young boy i was always intrigued with pinball machines. Made my first one with cardboard, popsicle sticks and   >

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