2018 Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show, June 8-10!

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2018 Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show, June 8-10!


By nwpinball

8 months ago



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    #251 5 days ago
    Quoted from nwpinball:

    For some reason I thought there would be more like 750 plays on popular machines, it surprises me that a new Iron Maiden had less than 500 plays when it looked like those games got steady play the entire show!

    I'm going to get all scientific on you. My apologies.

    Friday 12pm-11:30pm = 11.5 hours.
    Saturday 10am-11:30pm = 13.5 hours.
    Sunday 9am-3pm = 6 hours.

    31 hours = 1,860 minutes.

    1,860 minutes / 750 games = 2.48 (2-1/2) minutes per game.
    1,860 minutes / 500 games = 3.72 (3-3/4) minutes per game.

    How long does a game on Iron Maiden last?

    #252 5 days ago

    There were definitely times early on Friday that nobody was playing it. Maybe people preferred playing the premiums. Iron Maiden plays a little longer than some.

    #253 5 days ago
    Quoted from nwpinball:

    For some reason I thought there would be more like 750 plays on popular machines, it surprises me that a new Iron Maiden had less than 500 plays when it looked like those games got steady play the entire show!

    I know some of the early numbers only reflected counts for Fri and Sat and those were between 500-600. I think once the final counts are done, there will be some in the 700s.

    #254 5 days ago

    So I made it so home safe with no problems. After a couple days home, my thoughts on the show. This is coming from a outsider that came a long distance.

    WOW. What a well run show. Couldn't believe how organized it was. All games pretty much played great most of the time. If a game went down a pinball medic ( volunteer ) came over inspected what was wrong. Most of the time had the keys on the board. fixed what it needed and got the machine going again. quickly. even the game I brought ran into a small issue in transport. but fixed quickly. I'm impressed.

    People need to remember these were designed to get played just not so many in such a short amount of time. Everyone did a great job keeping them going. The show was just so well ran makes the Midwest shows look like the wild west. Games here coming and going constantly. Never know what's going to be there or working. If people are complaining about wait times consider that a good problem. because they will surely be disappointed at shows out here.

    It was great meeting all the people and pinsiders. seeing rob anthony. every one was nice and kind to me. not one bad experience. The building was nice and huge. Didn't ever feel crowded. I think that was the biggest tournament I have ever seen. I think I counted 17 modern games not including classics. It was cool to play thunder birds. Don't know of the next time I will. Cool kids area if you have kids.
    As far as the best time to go is Friday. by 8-9 oclock the crowd really thinned out. I stayed til 11. by then I could play almost any game I wanted and I did. lol. but with the time difference I just couldn't stay awake past 11. But saturday, holy shit it was busy. someone was at every machine. Always. I would go in for a few game then leave come back go in. It was so busy I left around 6 and headed to dorky's. Meet a awsome pinsider there. They had 23 games to play. Then went back for more. Didnt seem to thin out much til late. but by then I had my fill.
    Again thank you. Cool to see so much community support. That's something special. Out here most everyone is just out for them self. More collectors and operators here but just different atmosphere. great show, cool seminars, large amount of good quality games like every one told me. no regrets. I will be back just don't know when. jeremy

    #255 5 days ago

    And for some numbers. I left wedesday afternoon at 2:30. drove 7 hours to souix falls SD. thrusday drove 17 hours to Spokane Wa. woke Friday was at the show by 10 a.m.

    Was in Tacoma for less then 48 hours. Woke up Sunday, drove 17 hours to Sturgis SD. finished the drive monday. 6 days 5 nights.

    From the show to my house is 30 hours one way. 2,048 miles.
    Horrible gas mileage in my grand cherokee. 18 miles to the gallon . $709.13 in gas round trip. I got better gas mileage on the way home, figure that one out. $312.87 in hotels. awsome trip through the mountains. I recommend it to anyone.

    #256 5 days ago
    Quoted from nwpinball:

    That was a game I liked way more than I thought I would. It felt next gen, pushing the envelope of what pinball could be, but also still felt really grounded in a traditional pinball feel. I played a game or two on it every day of the show, including with friends and everyone was into it.

    Glad to hear that! Still a lot of people that haven’t had a chance to play it that I think are dismissing it as a novelty or virtual Pinball. It’s pretty cool pulling out the module and swapping something completely different in in about 2 minutes. Unfortunately it’s also damn heavy so moving it around isnt as easy as other pins thus it probably won’t be back next year unless another northwester brings one.

    #257 5 days ago
    Quoted from Mbecker:

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    Glad to hear that! Still a lot of people that haven’t had a chance to play it that I think are dismissing it as a novelty or virtual Pinball. It’s pretty cool pulling out the module and swapping something completely different in in about 2 minutes. Unfortunately it’s also damn heavy so moving it around isnt as easy as other pins thus it probably won’t be back next year unless another northwester brings one.
    If anyone is interested though you can pm me and come put some games on it.

    Bummer. My wife and I really wanted to try this pin out but it was inoperable when we approached it. May have to drop you a PM

    #258 5 days ago

    The dates for next year's show are May 31st-June 2nd 2019. We shouldn't conflict with Southern Fried or Colorado, which is awesome. Schedule your time off work now, time to start preppin' your games!

    #259 5 days ago
    Quoted from nwpinball:

    it surprises me that a new Iron Maiden had less than 500 plays when it looked like those games got steady play the entire show!

    Long ball times, probably.

    #260 5 days ago

    Yeah those last numbers sound about the same as last year now. There were a lot more new games there. What a great set up, can’t wait till next year! With no kids graduating next year I can go the whole time!

    #261 4 days ago

    My ball counts:

    #the_walking_dead , 1823 balls
    #tales-from-the-crypt , 1514 balls
    #aerosmith-pro , 1602 balls

    I haven't got #demolition-man set up again to check.

    As far as I know all of my machines made it through with no down time, which makes me feel good!

    #262 3 days ago

    @DumbAss was your Whirlwind the one with the headphone jack? Man that was amazing - was telling everyone to plug in. Is really sweet playing that way - thanks so much!!!!

    Quoted from DumbAss:

    185 | 305 | - | 490 = Whirlwind

    #263 3 days ago
    Quoted from genex:

    DumbAss was your Whirlwind the one with the headphone jack? Man that was amazing - was telling everyone to plug in. Is really sweet playing that way - thanks so much!!!!

    That's a mod I want to install on my games as well.

    #264 3 days ago

    Victor has done it in all his games and it totally makes a difference at a show where you can barely hear the game you are playing.

    #265 3 days ago
    Quoted from genex:

    DumbAss was your Whirlwind the one with the headphone jack? Man that was amazing - was telling everyone to plug in. Is really sweet playing that way - thanks so much!!!!

    Victor loves his headphones on all his games! great year again!

    #266 3 days ago
    Quoted from genex:

    DumbAss was your Whirlwind the one with the headphone jack? Man that was amazing - was telling everyone to plug in. Is really sweet playing that way - thanks so much!!!!

    As others have said ... yes. I tap people wearing headphones connected to their phone (instead of the headphone jack) and point them to the headphone jack. Some get it. Some just give me a blank stare. They probably think the game has no audio at all. I need to figure out a better way to message this but my machines are in the minority so it's not something that an attendee expects to see on a machine.

    I'm with you. Once you've played a game with headphone capability (at a loud venue) you never want to play any other way. What disappoints me is that an attendee is missing an integral part of the game. Audio cues are super important when you're visually focused on the ball. Plus some games feature humor like The Champion Pub and No Good Gofers and you can't hear them taunting or insulting you.

    #267 3 days ago

    Audio is a huge part of Pinball for me- not just the call outs but the immersion factor and mood setting. Sad part of the show being so loud is everyone missing that aspect. Headphone jacks are awesome. Wish new games had them standard.

    #268 2 days ago

    Finally pulled all of my audits;

    MMr - 421
    TSSP - 450
    MetPro - 569
    KISS Pro - 609
    GB Prem - 626

    #269 2 days ago
    Quoted from RobF:

    Finally pulled all of my audits;
    MMr - 421
    TSSP - 450
    MetPro - 569
    KISS Pro - 609
    GB Prem - 626

    Kiss more plays than Met or MMr? Something is wrong in the universe.

    #270 1 day ago
    Quoted from DumbAss:

    As others have said ... yes. I tap people wearing headphones connected to their phone (instead of the headphone jack) and point them to the headphone jack. Some get it. Some just give me a blank stare. They probably think the game has no audio at all. I need to figure out a better way to message this but my machines are in the minority so it's not something that an attendee expects to see on a machine.
    I'm with you. Once you've played a game with headphone capability (at a loud venue) you never want to play any other way. What disappoints me is that an attendee is missing an integral part of the game. Audio cues are super important when you're visually focused on the ball. Plus some games feature humor like The Champion Pub and No Good Gofers and you can't hear them taunting or insulting you.

    Maybe this is something we could add to a sign to let players know that some of the machines have is available.

    #271 1 day ago
    Quoted from michaelrobrien:

    Kiss more plays than Met or MMr? Something is wrong in the universe.

    Nah, makes total sense. The good players tend to avoid Kiss, preferring Met or MMr, so the games are shorter.

    #272 1 day ago

    A shout out to Mike Lorrain, the excellent AV guy who streams, captures, and provides AV support for NWPAS. Butch and I gave the first talk of the show at 2PM Friday about the making of JJP's Pirates of the Caribbean. While not the best slot for attendance it was great to see so many familiar faces in the somewhat sparse crowd. Before the weekend was over Mike has posted an excellent version of the talk on YouTube:

    Even with 15 hours of Twitch feeds of the boys from Bensenville playing Pirates there is something interesting in this stream and I invite all interesting parties to give it a look.

    Thanks to NWPAS for inviting us and again to Mike Lorrain who gives up all his time to make sure the talks are supported with the best AV of all the pinball shows.

    #273 1 day ago
    Quoted from Brijam:

    Nah, makes total sense. The good players tend to avoid Kiss, preferring Met or MMr, so the games are shorter.

    I don't think that's it. It's probably because Met was a bit hidden in the Marco area and surrounded by IMDNs. KISS was at the end of a row and was always cycling people. I think most have played plenty of Met and MM. KISS is a not as common and despite the lazy narrative, really is a fun game. The scores on Met didn't get over 70M. "Good" players would have blown past that. Conversely, somebody crushed my GC score on Kiss at 550M. That certainly was an above average player.

    Speaking of scores, my GB's was reset back to default at the show. Since the audits and settings didn't change, I can only guess someone got the keys, opened it up and cleared them from the service menu. Very odd.

    #274 1 day ago

    Any show shirts leftover and for sale?

    #275 1 day ago

    Loved the show, thank you organizers, volunteers and in particular everyone bringing their games to the show. My only complaint, they closed the bar area and stopped selling beer at 8pm on Friday (that’s criminal)!

    #276 1 day ago
    Quoted from ypurchn:

    Any show shirts leftover and for sale?

    Nope, for the first time ever we sold out of all shirts! Attendance I think had a big jump this year, all the vendors did really well.

    #277 1 day ago
    Quoted from Kkuoppamaki:

    Loved the show, thank you organizers, volunteers and in particular everyone bringing their games to the show. My only complaint, they closed the bar area and stopped selling beer at 8pm on Friday (that’s criminal)!

    The convention center is building a hotel attached to it, I'm hoping that will mean there will be more options for food, drinks and party spaces within the enlarged complex.

    #278 1 day ago
    Quoted from RobF:

    I don't think that's it. It's probably because Met was a bit hidden in the Marco area and surrounded by IMDNs. KISS was at the end of a row and was always cycling people. I think most have played plenty of Met and MM. KISS is a not as common and despite the lazy narrative, really is a fun game. The scores on Met didn't get over 70M. "Good" players would have blown past that. Conversely, somebody crushed my GC score on Kiss at 550M. That certainly was an above average player.
    Speaking of scores, my GB's was reset back to default at the show. Since the audits and settings didn't change, I can only guess someone got the keys, opened it up and cleared them from the service menu. Very odd.

    That makes sense too. Do you have the average play times for the machines? I'm curious what those were.

    #279 1 day ago
    Quoted from nwpinball:

    The convention center is building a hotel attached to it, I'm hoping that will mean there will be more options for food, drinks and party spaces within the enlarged complex.

    I hope it means a cheaper hotel...

    #280 1 day ago
    Quoted from Kkuoppamaki:

    Loved the show, thank you organizers, volunteers and in particular everyone bringing their games to the show. My only complaint, they closed the bar area and stopped selling beer at 8pm on Friday (that’s criminal)!

    No, the high cost of the beer was criminal.

    #281 21 hours ago

    Just set my game back up and was super dissapointed to see that one of my plastics was broken when someone tried to lift the playfield. Also have some coin door wires that were disconnected for some reason. What a bunch of horse apples....

    #282 18 hours ago
    Quoted from Lysurgeon:

    Just set my game back up and was super dissapointed to see that one of my plastics was broken when someone tried to lift the playfield. Also have some coin door wires that were disconnected for some reason. What a bunch of horse apples....

    I believe you should be able to be compensated for that plastic. It’s possible the wires pulled out because the harness was really tight when the head got folded? (Could have been caught up on something?)

    #283 16 hours ago

    Lysurgeon,
    This is Dok, I am in charge of Medics for the Show. The Show strives to return all games loaned to the Show in the same or in some cases better condition than it was loaned to the Show. We will make every effort to repair or replace damaged parts as a result of Show usage. I am the point of contact for Show related damages. I don’t normally follow Pinside, this my slow response addressing your issue. Please contact me (Dok) @ 425-280-9237. I am located in Arlington and can come out to Marysville most anytime.

    #284 7 hours ago
    Quoted from Lysurgeon:

    Just set my game back up

    @lysurgeon - What game did you loan the show?

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