2016 Florida Arcade & Pinball Exposition (Florida APE!)

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2016 Florida Arcade & Pinball Exposition (Florida APE!)


By MarcelG

3 years ago



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#1 3 years ago

It's never too early to start promoting for a really cool show, so here we go. .

Main website:
http://www.floridaape.com

Pinside event page:
https://pinside.com/pinball/events/florida-arcade-pinball-exposition-2016

The 2016 Florida Arcade & Pinball Exposition, aka the Florida APE, will be held at the Mardi Gras Casino and Entertainment Complex in Hallandale Beach, Florida on February 19-21.
The APE used this location back in 2012 and it has proven to be a big easy-going venue with lots of free parking.
Everyone can expect an amazing weekend of arcade gaming fun featuring more than 200 pinball and arcade machines from all eras. Expect local vendors, tournaments, seminars, and special guest speakers.

We are taking a few late evening hours from Friday (02/19), and planning an Exhibitor after-party for those whom have their games on display, special VIPs, and other guests. Plan for good food consumption and drinks, among other cool activities being planned as a big "TY" for the elite supporters of APE.

Have an RV? Feel free to bring it and park it just feet away from the venue entrance. Otherwise if you are coming from very afar or wish to avoid the daily commute, we suggest to look at the nice nearby hotels listed on the website. Please do book soon as the show dates are during a rather "high traffic" season. The snowbirds love South Florida in the late winter/early spring.

A we get closer to 2016, I will update this post as more details trickles down.

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#3 3 years ago

APE CRAZY

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#5 3 years ago

Always I am there !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! love the Locales !!!

#6 3 years ago

Marcel and team put on a great show! If anyone from out of the area is wondering if it's worth coming, check out the pictures of past APE shows on the website, they are always packed with great games. We have an awesome collector community here in Florida that makes shows like this possible.

#7 3 years ago

Start Making Plans now.....it will be frozen cold for everyone, come join the Florida guys for Sun and Fun at APE in February!
Always a Great Time, and Back in a Casino!!!!!

#8 3 years ago

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#9 3 years ago

Awesome! I love the APE show. I have been to every one including the first one in 2004. I will be bringing a Suburban full of games if not more.

#10 3 years ago

Hmmm. Have a place in boynton. Would love to make this.

#11 3 years ago

Love this show!

I have been to every one as well. Great people. Each year in addition to the dedicated Florida tourney regulars, there are a few more out of towners are showing up for the IFPA tourney. Nice

#12 3 years ago

I have attended all 6 yrs(in 4 different venues) and this show ROCKS!!

The weather is awesome(almost freezing everywhere else)and game
selection is great.

Why not visit south Fla and make this show part of your vacation plans?
I do,but I live 3 time zones away!!

Hey,it's only PINBALL!!!

4 weeks later
#13 3 years ago

For the first time at the Florida APE:

Multimorphic presents their revolutionary P3 Pinball Platform and first game, "Lexy Lightspeed - Escape From Earth!"

The P3 brings long overdue innovation to the pinball industry by combining dynamic and interactive playfield artwork with swappable playfield modules. The result is a multi-game, physical pinball platform that delivers endless opportunities for traditional and progressive gameplay experiences, improved serviceability, and significantly more value than traditional machines.

"Lexy Lightspeed - Escape From Earth" is the first game developed for the platform. The concept and playfield layout come from world renowned pinball designer, Dennis Nordman. It combines traditional pinball features like pop bumpers, standup targets, and flowing ramp shots with an 8-ball physical ball lock and mysterious ball teleportations. Gameplay includes various scene-modes that deliver a wide variety of gameplay objectives, including interacting the physical pinball with the playfield artwork.

Multimorphic founder, Gerry Stellenberg, will be in attendance showing off the P3 and discussing Multimorphic's plans for the future of pinball. Lexy Lightspeed - Escape From Earth is just the tip of the iceberg. Pinball has evolved!"

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#14 3 years ago

Wow! Can't wait!

#15 3 years ago

We are officially announcing the premiere of Jersey Jack and their latest pinball title "The Hobbit" this February!

Both Jersey Jack Pinball titles, "The Wizard of Oz" and "The Hobbit", will be showcased to the public, and hints of what is next to come from the man himself, Mr. "Jersey" Jack Guarnieri, founder and president of JJP, inc.

We are to proud to have the presence Jersey Jack Pinball at the 2016 APE!

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#16 3 years ago

Is that an ape in the background of Oz??? Lol

#17 3 years ago

Is there a list of pinball machines that will be available for free play? Can I bring pinball machines to the show? How does this show differ from Allentown?

#18 3 years ago

Yes; you can bring games to show. I have been to both Allentown and APE and I have been going to APE every year since 2010...
If you can make it GO!
And if you're bringing a pin, bring Bowling Queen!

#19 3 years ago
Quoted from Electrocute:

Is there a list of pinball machines that will be available for free play? Can I bring pinball machines to the show? How does this show differ from Allentown?

I believe the list will be here soon
http://www.floridaape.org/arcade.html

#20 3 years ago

Great show!

#21 3 years ago
Quoted from Electrocute:

Is there a list of pinball machines that will be available for free play? Can I bring pinball machines to the show? How does this show differ from Allentown?

The APE is all about replicating that arcade experience of yesteryear to the "T". I've never been to Allentown so not sure what they do. The events all around the world are all for the same "cause", but I'd like to think that every show has a different reflection from all the passion and harmony given by its organizers and supporters. In that sense, APE is one heck of a weekend party.

A gamelist is published proudly on the website when > 200 games. The website at www.floridaape.com has details in bringing games, but any immediate questions/concerns please PM me. Thank you!

4 weeks later
#22 3 years ago

The show is getting closer. For those who don't know, Dan Spolar and I will be running the Pinball tournaments at the show this year. There will be a Main Tournament with 7 pins and qualifying is best 5 of 7 games. The Classics will have 4 pins and will also get 100% of the available IFPA points based on the size and strength of the field of players. We'll be running the latest software with waiting queues and online scoring. We are also setting up closed circuit TV screens to follow the action.

I hope to see lots of people out playing for points, prizes and prestige! February is a great time to travel to south Florida!

#23 3 years ago

This will be my first expo experience. How many electro games will be there? Is there a swap meet where you can buy and sell pinball machines? Any respected pinball designers attending the event?

#24 3 years ago
Quoted from Electrocute:

This will be my first expo experience. How many electro games will be there? Is there a swap meet where you can buy and sell pinball machines? Any respected pinball designers attending the event?

There is usually a good row of EMs. Looks like you already have a nice EM collection! There will be some nice EMs in the tournament and of course in the classics tournament! Come by and introduce yourself.

#25 3 years ago

We are very pleased to unveil the 2016 APE Shirt!

Front concept came from the Ape Wife. Since its inception, the Florida APE has promoted this take on the arcade gaming "evolution": From today's lifestyle and technology, retrograding to the "old-school" roots most of us had experienced in one time or another, but have never forgotten. Coming back to once was.

Back design was derived from the amazing art done by ex-Williams/Bally artist Doug Watson. Swords of Fury is one of my favorite games, and it was a pleasure to create this wonderful collage around his works. Mr. Watson, with joy, has given this his blessing.
Shirts are 100% cotton, nano-ring spun. Very nice quality and very comfortable!

To guarantee your shirt size(s), order online at http://www.floridaape.com , click on "Expo Info", and "Shirts".
You can also purchase a VIP Package which guarantees a shirt!
Remaining quantities will be for sale at the show until we completely sell out.

Thank you for your support!
Your 2016 Florida Ape Organizers.

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#26 3 years ago
Quoted from John_I:

The show is getting closer. For those who don't know, Dan Spolar and I will be running the Pinball tournaments at the show this year.

Can't wait for the tournament this year, really excited to hear there will be tv,s to follow the action. Nice touch and it's great to watch the action while waiting in line. Ape always puts on a good show.

#27 3 years ago

Awesome shirt, Marcel!

Thanks to your wife.....hope to be there with my Mrs Ape!

Best Wishes John and Dan!

A super show for so many reasons!
Why freeze your butt off in February?, Grab a flight and enjoy the Beaches of South Florida, Casino, and APE!!!

Quoted from Electrocute:

Any respected pinball designers attending the event?

Not sure.....but I can scribble up a pretty poor design!

4 weeks later
#28 3 years ago

I only see 23 Em pins listed on the APE site. Is that accurate, or is it just partial? I was hoping for machines like El Dorado, C37, Abra Ca Dabra, Kings and Queens and Sky Jump just to name a few. Machines I might add to my wish list. Is this more of a solid state/video game event? I'm probably going to go but am hopeful the Em list is partial.

#29 3 years ago

When should we expect these shirts to ship? I ordered mine 3 weeks ago. Thanks

#30 3 years ago

23 is a lot of EMs compared to some shows and I expect there will be more when all is said and done. Plus there will be at least a half dozen more in the tournaments. The ones you listed probably don't show up at too many shows. This show is not heavily weighted to any one era so there are tons of pins and vids and console action.

If you are ever near Cocoa, stop by and play C37 and Abra Ca Dabra all you want at my place.

#31 3 years ago

Thanks, maybe I'll see you at the show.

#32 3 years ago

Can't wait! Marcel consistently puts on the best Florida show every year..... Best and biggest selection of well-playing machines, best vibe, best organized, and best value for your money. And the tournament this year sounds epic! Good to see Florida working hard to win back it's tournament mojo!

#33 3 years ago
Quoted from doghouse:

And the tournament this year sounds epic!

#34 3 years ago

Do some bring machines into their motel rooms? I'm sure it happens. Just never been to a show and am thinking of doing just that!

#35 3 years ago
Quoted from dannunz:

When should we expect these shirts to ship? I ordered mine 3 weeks ago. Thanks

your shirt will be ready for you at the show. Nowhere did it say anywhere that the shirts are shipped. PM me should you need more help with this. Thank you.

#36 3 years ago
Quoted from Electrocute:

I only see 23 Em pins listed on the APE site. Is that accurate, or is it just partial? I was hoping for machines like El Dorado, C37, Abra Ca Dabra, Kings and Queens and Sky Jump just to name a few. Machines I might add to my wish list. Is this more of a solid state/video game event? I'm probably going to go but am hopeful the Em list is partial.

Its an everything event. A bit of everything. like my brother from another mother said, Visit cocoa sometime
There maybe a few more EMs coming, some more in the tournament too. Hope you can make it.

#37 3 years ago
Quoted from doghouse:

Can't wait! Marcel consistently puts on the best Florida show every year..... Best and biggest selection of well-playing machines, best vibe, best organized, and best value for your money. And the tournament this year sounds epic! Good to see Florida working hard to win back it's tournament mojo!

Win back? I don't think the mojo was ever lost-The tournament scene has been getting steadily stronger each year since the first IFPA event in our state in 2011

Lots of hard-working show organizers and tourney directors across the state have made this possible. Thanks everyone!

#38 3 years ago

Getting close, can't wait. Anymore hints on the tournament lineup?

#39 3 years ago
Quoted from Electrocute:

Do some bring machines into their motel rooms? I'm sure it happens. Just never been to a show and am thinking of doing just that!

I haven't heard of pinball in hotel rooms for Florida shows, but I know some of the guys have epic console game showdowns after hours.

#40 3 years ago
Quoted from Kingpin22:

Can't wait for the tournament this year, really excited to hear there will be tv,s to follow the action. Nice touch and it's great to watch the action while waiting in line. Ape always puts on a good show.

We've been tweaking pins and buying cables and related camera equipment. The most important thing is the APE tournaments running smoothly as it always has in the past; beyond that we do hope to have some cameras and TVs set up so people can watch others play. Speaking of waiting, we're working to minimize the lines. For one, having 7 pins in the main tournament and 4 in the Classics gives more games to play. Also, we will be utilizing the queuing system in the customized software in order to keep track of the lines. Players are encouraged to bring a smart phone in order to track scoring and position in line if away from the tournament area. Bring a charger for your phone!!

There will also be a smaller Project Pinball Charity tournament downstairs at the projectpinball.org booth. The Main and Classics tournaments will be upstairs and are both Florida APE branded tournaments.

#41 3 years ago
Quoted from Electrocute:

Do some bring machines into their motel rooms? I'm sure it happens. Just never been to a show and am thinking of doing just that!

I've had and seen a game or two in rooms in the past

#42 3 years ago

Gotta Love the APE!!

#43 3 years ago

Just tried to make a hotel reservation, looks like they are all booked up. Damn the snowbirds. Live and you learn.

#44 3 years ago
Quoted from Electrocute:

Just tried to make a hotel reservation, looks like they are all booked up. Damn the snowbirds. Live and you learn.

Try booking.com.

#45 3 years ago

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#46 3 years ago

Going to be in Juno Beach during this event. Hoping to make it down for a day and meet some of the local Pinheads. Wife permitting of course!

#47 3 years ago
Quoted from pinshooter:

Going to be in Juno Beach during this event. Hoping to make it down for a day and meet some of the local Pinheads. Wife permitting of course!

Do it, the show is well worth the trip. Marcel and the guys put on a great show. I wish I could be there again this year, but I just couldn't swing it.

#48 3 years ago

Are there any good seafood restaurants in walking distance? Gotta have my grouper sandwich and beer!

#49 3 years ago

There is great food on the property. Everything from hot dog stands to nice restaurants and a buffet. Check the menu at the big easy:

http://mgfla.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/bigeasymenu.pdf

#50 3 years ago

I'm taking next Friday off. Looks like I'll be heading to the show. Can't wait!

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