Time once again for the "Dayhuff's 12 Hours of Pinball Party " on November 2nd 2013 from noon to midnight. This is a open invite to anyone on the group, plus anyone they might want to bring along with them that's into playing pinball. This is something that we started doing to try and get some local and some not so local pinheads together to play, talk and brag about pinball stuff for the day.
Each year this party has grown to such a huge amount of people coming through that it's hard to keep track of all the faces and names so name tags are provided at the door when you first arrive. These are located in the kitchen so please come through the front door so you don't miss them because we all want to know who you are and please be sure to find me at some point even if it's just to say hi.
There will be a few munchies when you get here but feel free to bring something more for others to munch on too. Try to stay away from a bag of chips unless it goes with a specific dip you're bringing since we will end up with 20 unopened bags at the end of the night. Something homemade is always a big hit, cookies, dips, or anything else you can think of is always fine with us. SuAnn will make meatballs and sausage dip as usual. I'm providing about 10 different kinds of pop, bottled water and some diet stuff too, so if you want anything specific make sure to bring it.......and I'll buy the Pizza Hut pizza around 6-7pm. Please remember when the pizza gets here that everyone would like to have some. Please RSVP me back personally either via email or phone if you're coming and how many people will be with you. That way we can better plan for the amount of people that will be attending. At last years party there was 150+ people that came through....some stayed all day some for a few hours, its up to you and NO, I dont need any help setting up the games the night before or three hours before the party begins. Thanks anyways, but noon means noon. In the past we have done official T-shirts to commemorate the event and will be doing so again this year. Once again this year just like last year Jeff Rumsey came up with another really cool design for the back of the shirt that looks sweet. If you're wanting a shirt or even more than one please let me know ASAP since the cut off date to get it to the printers will be the 11th of October, I'll need to know how many shirts and what sizes. These shirts are made up ahead of time based on your request and can be picked up here the day of the party. I will NOT have extras the day of the party, if you don't preorder you won't be able to get one. Price per shirt is $20 straight across the board regardless of what size you want and I'm pretty sure I can get all the way up to a 5X. Remember the cut off date is October 11th. You can still RSVP for the party after that but the sooner we know you're coming the better, and if you can't make it after the RSVP then please let me know that as well.
There will as always be a Zen tournament again this year on a preselected pin that has been kept a secret for the last several weeks and only a small hand full of people know which pin it will be for obvious reasons. Joe Kace from Laseriffic Laser Engraving is already working on some really cool trophy's (but please dont bug him about what game they're for) for this years top two winners. As most of you know Joe does only the best in making all your aftermarket lighted up toppers, if you havn't seen his website you should check it out. There will also be other pinball related prizes for the runners up. If anyone wants to donate some sort of pinball prizes for the tournament winners feel free to do so and it will be greatly appreciated. You don't have to get into the tournament if you don't want to but you can't win unless you play. The way the Zen tournament works is great because it gives everyone a fair chance to win no matter how good or how sucky you are at playing. Heck my own mother took fourth place last year and she never plays any other time of the year. Pete Mathis will be around to collect your names for the tournament, please be sure to stick around until the ending if at all possible, other wise your partner will be scrambling to find someone to take your place or worse yet have to admit defeat because you left before it was over with. The entire tournament takes about three hours give or take.
Each year the party is in the late fall for a reason, it's just to dang hot out in the summer and then comes Expo....and well, everyone's just to busy any other time. Even though it's cool outside it can still get warm inside so dress in something comfortable that will keep you cool since it tends to get warm in the basement what with so many people and games going all at once. Bikini's for the ladies is a must......just kidding, just kidding.
Now for the RULES, and yes we must have a few basic rules to avoid some past issues. First, make sure you have a good time and play as many games as possible. If something breaks down (yeah like it won't happen.....lol..) please let me know ASAP and I'll try to get it fixed if it's something simple and before it gets too crowded. If a ball is stuck in a game feel free to open the game and take care of it yourself, just PLEASE be carefull with the glass and let people around you know what you're doing...we dont need thousands of pieces of glass all over the basement. Please no drinks or food on the games, under the games is fine or on another safe place like upstairs on a coaster. No smoking in the house. There is plenty of fresh air to pollute outside or in the smokers lounge (garage) which might have a game or two to play as well. Parking is available up and down the street but please don't block anyone's mail box or driveway. I've not had any neighbor issues with these partys yet so lets not start now.
Ok, with all that said (and if you havn't fallen asleep yet) lets get into the list of games, not that its all that important but some people like to know what they're getting into ahead of time. This list is ever changing so don't hold me too it.
Big Bang Bar, Pinball Magic, DE Playboy, DE Batman, King Kong, DE Star Wars, Tales from the Crypt, Guns and Roses, Batman Forever, Apollo 13, Monopoly, Simpson's Pinball Party, Elvis, Stern Spiderman, Champion Pub, Cactus Canyon, Tales of the Arabian Nights, Revenge from Mars, Star Wars EP. 1, Cue Ball Wizard, Haunted House, Black Hole, Rocky, James Bond, The Amazing Spiderman, Charlies Angels em. version, Canada Dry, Fast Draw, Central Park, Nags, Blackout, Superman, Getaway (HS II ), Blackwater 100, Special Force Girls, Gilligan's Island, Judge Dredd, Who Dunnit, Twilight Zone, Theatre of Magic, Shadow, No Good Gofhers, Williams Dracula, Monster Bash, Williams Indy Jones, Funhouse, Taxi, Big Guns, Banzai Run, Iron Maiden, Classic Stern Viper, Orbitor one, Bally's Rolling Stones, Kiss, Centaur, Fathom, Spectrum, Wizard, Nip-It, Fireball Classic, Six Million Dollar Man, Bally's Playboy, Harlem Globetrotters, Mata Hari em. version, Evel Knievel em. version, 1931 Baffle Ball, 1932 Bally Hoo, 1933 Worlds Fair Jigsaw and M. Redgraves 1876 Parlor Bagatelle, and of course HERCULES. Plus there's the Asteroids, Spy Hunter, Dragons Lair, Space Pilot, Rapid Fire, Ten Strike bowler, Two Rush the Rocks, 1937 slot machine, two jukeboxes and as always the pop machine. if your still curious you could type my name into You Tube and it should pull up some video's of past party's that Marcus Anderson and others shot over the years. It's great to see how things have changed from year to year.
When you call or email with your RSVP, I'll give you my exact address if you don't already have it for GPS'ing. Its pretty simple though. Remember you MUST RSVP no matter what and if possible please use my direct email address which is Pinhead67@sbcglobal.net it just makes my life so much easier.
Well that's about it I guess. We hope to see many of you again this year, and hopefully many new faces again this year as well.
John and SuAnn Dayhuff
Battle Creek, MI.