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Pinball Tournament of Death 2017 - Help Wanted!
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Pinball Tournament of Death 2017 - Help Wanted!

So I'm in the infant stages of the fifth year of my crazy haunted house tournament and I must say... it's mind numbing to think of all that needs to happen to make it possible. What started as a haunted house with independent films has turned into a totally unique pinball experience that I feel needs to live on, regardless of the financial stress or difficulty of building.

So that's why I'm writing this story now. Hoping to find some other awesome horror loving pinball maniacs to jump in and take this years fest where it needs to go. I'm looking for actors, pinball machines, set designers, security people, and concession   > Read the full story...




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CoinOp Addiction

“CoinOp Addiction”

May 16th, 2017

My story starts 25 years ago when my brother moved into his new house and there it was, a 1964 World Fair in the basement, left by the previous owners. I was 23 years old and loved pinball and video   > more...

A Real Wild Card

“A Real Wild Card”

May 11th, 2017

My story? When I was very young my grandparents had a Williams Wild Card machine from 1977. I recall really enjoying it. It sat near the regulation pool table and the wind up antique phone that hung on the wall   > more...

The Passion of the Pinball

“The Passion of the Pinball”

April 16th, 2017

     There is one main thing that we have in common. The passion for pinball. This is why we are on Pinside. This is what brings us together. A universal commonality. Everyone has their unique story. Mine is as follows:        > more...


Jumping into the Whirlwind with both feet

“Jumping into the Whirlwind with ...”

April 14th, 2017

I was first exposed to pinball when I was around 6-8 years old (I'm 25 now) after my dad brought home a Whirlwind from a local coin-op warehouse. We had it in our family room and got a lot of enjoyment out   > more...

Beware of Scammers and Thieves

“Beware of Scammers and Thieves”

April 13th, 2017

You may or may not realize, but there are scammers and thieves trolling pinball websites trying to steal your money.  I have been eagerly searching for a 1990 Bally Radical pinball. I exhausted all resources on Pinside posting a want ad and   > more...

Playfield Swaps - Considerations for New Collectors

“Playfield Swaps - Considerations...”

April 6th, 2017

This topic recently came up again, and I will share some thoughts, and fundamentals. There were a lot of intriguing questions, but I will make it simpler. If a person is already saying to themselves while looking at this article,TL;DR, I   > more...




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Pinball events

Spring Fling Charity Pinball Tournament

Morristown, NJ (US) May 19—21, 2017

Pin-a-Go-Go

Dixon, CA (US) May 19—21, 2017

Australian Pinball Museum Tournament

Nhill, VI (AU) May 26—28, 2017

Canada PinCon

Hawkesbury, ON (CA) June 3—4, 2017

Arcade Pinball Auction

Winston-Salem, NC (US) June 3, 2017

Southern-fried Gameroom Expo

Atlanta, GA (US) June 9—11, 2017

Rocky Mtn Pinball Showdown and Gameroom Expo

Lone Tree, CO (US) June 9—11, 2017

2017 Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show!

Tacoma, WA (US) June 9—11, 2017

Paul C's Place

Auckland, Au (NZ) June 10, 2017

Richfield Rollapalooza

Flint, MI (US) June 16—17, 2017

Pinball news Headlines

DUTCH PINBALL MASTERS 2017

We're back at the Dutch Pinball Association's clubhouse in Veenendaal. With main, classic and team events taking place alongside a free-play area, there's lots going on and we bring you all the action and results   Read on...

PINBALLZ LAKE CREEK

Not content with two locations in Austin, Texas, Pinballz opened a third just north of the Capitol and we have been there to see if the new branch lives up to its name.   Read on...

MEGA PLAY

Take a trip back to a time when family entertainment centres were in nearly every shopping mall, offering crazy golf alongside rows of pinballs and video games. Mega Play still offers all this as M.G. Brown reports.   Read on...

8BITFLIP 2017

We're at Arcade Club in Bury for the annual 8BitFlip combination pinball and video game show, featuring modern and classic games, two tournaments and a warm friendly atmosphere.   Read on...

MIHIDERKA PINBALL AND FOOD FESTIVAL 2

The world's only combined pinball and vegan food festival returns to Printimus Pinball in the Polish town of Bytom. We are there to eat, play, report and visit a unique pinball-themed hotel.   Read on...


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