Quoted from 1974DeltaQueen:
The Good: The seminars were very good, the auction had a lot of interest, the rain held off a bit on Thursday. I had several people hold open doors for me and actually had John Borg load a game back into my truck. The back corner of Wedgeheads held up very well for the amount of play they got. There was more traffic to the outdoor flea due to the new location, thank God he had a tent and a cooler of beverages. The hotdogs next to Yankee Spirits are very tasty and he's a good dude and not overpriced. I like to go out of the show, clear my head, take a walk, lots of local food close by.
The Bad: Too many pins were broken down, and not the fault of the repair tech, his hands were FULL. I am with others, this special lounge is making this into a have and have nots social breakdown. One flea vendor... however I've met him before, solid guy,not his fault, and he sold a TON of stuff, good for him. The parking lot spaces are tight, real tight, I have a full sized GMC with an extra cab and an 8 foot box and I am respectful of others vehicles. Didn't see Marco, I usually buy stuff from him.
The Ugly: Bad behavior and just plain ignorance. It's okay to nudge but lifting games, that's bullshit. People starting a game, playing a ball or two then walking away, that is beyond rude. At least a dozen times I had to correct someone from ramming the ball lift because the ball was banging the glass in the shooter lane. I demonstrated how to do this repeatedly. Those EM's were built to last, but a lot of us have countless hours in restoring them and setting down your beer on a game is a douchebag move. To the lady who used my pin as a writing table and put a box on top of it, I asked her to remove her crap. It was a new sheet of glass, I'd like to keep it looking that way.
Overall a great show, free play game total was down, I counted 124 in the free play room with 20 off, Saturday around 2 PM. However, after watching these animals whoop on these games I doubt I will bring 3 next year. I do not like the gamebringer set up, all 3 of my games were for sale but the original ticket said they were not. Take a look at Rich's York Show registration form, much simpler, easier to navigate. To the people looking to play DMD games in free play, hey good luck with that. The cardboard pinball guy paid his money, I saw kids enjoying it, I think it is different and unique to Pintastic. I liked the weekend after the 4th much better than this late June date. Not sure how Sunday worked out, but I feel 4 days is overkill, (TPF is only 27.5 hours and there are 500 pins.)
I like the idea of signage, instructions on how to start a game and what NOT TO DO.. ( a list of common courtesies)
I will be back in 2019 with one or two games, I had a good time and a good experience.