2018 Saratoga Pinball & Arcade Show: Aug 10 & 11, Saratoga Springs, NY

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2018 Saratoga Pinball & Arcade Show: Aug 10 & 11, Saratoga Springs, NY


By ForceFlow

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    #1 1 year ago

    I am pleased to announce that the venue has been locked in for the 2018 Saratoga Pinball & Arcade Show!

    Details about the show can be found at http://pinballsaratoga.com

    It will be a two-day show on the second weekend of August: Friday & Saturday, August 10 & 11. It will take place again at the same location at the Saratoga Regional YMCA in Saratoga Springs, NY. The Y staff are very excited to be hosting this event again! Here is a map link: https://goo.gl/maps/QgNLLya9bBq

    Additional details about the show will be added as they develop.

    The idea was to have a small local show since there's not much in terms of pinball in this area. However, this show will only be fun and successful if collectors and enthusiasts from the area are able to bring games for everyone to enjoy. Note that there will be a cap of 50 pinball games (as electrical capacity allows) this year. Arcade games are welcome as well, including shuffle alleys, pitch & bat, table hockey, skee ball, or any other video games.

    If you would like to bring a game (or several), the registration details are available here:

    http://pinballsaratoga.com/show-details/game-registration/

    If you have rubber feet/footies/castors for your game, please bring them. The floor in the room is wood and may cause games to slide around somewhat. Rubber pads will be provided if you do not already have rubber feet/footies/castors for your game(s).

    There will be vendor and flea market spaces available. Spaces are priced low enough to attract anyone who might not feel they have quite enough stuff to make it worthwhile for one of the larger shows--it's just $30 for a 10x6 space, which includes a table and chairs at no extra cost. Details are available here:

    http://pinballsaratoga.com/show-details/vendors-flea-market/

    This show will be run more or less like most other shows, just scaled down somewhat. So, if you have been to other shows before, many of the same familiar rules and guidelines will apply.

    If you have not been to the Saratoga area before, there are several downtown attractions, shops, restaurants, and a bustling night life just 5 minutes away. Some details are here:

    http://pinballsaratoga.com/hotels-local-attractions/

    Thanks to everyone who came to and supported the 2017 show, and to everyone who responded to the survey. There were about 40 responses, which were very helpful. Hope to see everyone at the 2018 show and can't wait to see what games appear this year

    Two things I will be looking for help with for the 2018 show:
    -Volunteers to run a small tournament
    -Volunteers for judging for the "Best in Show" awards who are familiar with a wide range of EM and/or SS games.

    The show is still several months away, but if you think you can help, please let me know

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    The show schedule has been posted on the site:
    http://pinballsaratoga.com/show-details/game-registration/#When_Can_I_Bring_My_Game

    By popular request, there is also a mailing list for any significant updates/reminders for the show:
    http://pinballsaratoga.com/contact/join-mailing-list/

    Facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/SaratogaPinballShow/

    Facebook event listing:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1985692565019437

    Pinside event listing:
    https://pinside.com/pinball/events/saratoga-pinball-amp-arcade-show-2018

    KLOV show thread:
    https://forums.arcade-museum.com/showthread.php?p=3785678

    Comments, questions, and suggestions are welcome.

    Hope to see everyone at the show and looking forward to see what games show up!

    Update (12/8/17):
    -A new show logo.
    -A new show floor layout
    -Preorders will be available for tempered glass for pick-up at the show

    Update (3/3/18):
    -Postcards are done and ready to print!
    -Electric in ceiling for vendors / flea market--more details to follow.
    -Project Pinball attending the show (http://projectpinball.com)
    -Updated website design for the new logo.
    -List of accommodations under $150/night & $200/night

    Update (4/23/18):
    -T-shirts are being printed!

    Update (5/1/18):
    -T-shirts are available for pick-up at Pinfest, Pintastic, or shipped to your door!

    Update (5/15/18):
    -A beginner-friendly PinGolf tournament will take place at the show on Saturday and will be open to all ages, with prizes for both kids and adults!
    https://pinballsaratoga.com/show-details/tournament/

    Update (6/22/18):
    -Electric for some flea market spaces will be available.

    Update (7/4/18):
    -Pre-ordering for glass is available until Monday, July 9th.

    Update (7/10/18):
    -Glass pre-order is closed.
    -Prizes added for free play raffle.

    Update (7/11/18):
    -Best in Show judging form is available for viewing.

    Update (8/1/18):
    -A food truck will be at the show for lunch & dinner on Saturday

    #2 1 year ago

    Yay! Glad to see it's going to happen again. I will again volunteer to help in any way I can.

    Tagging albanytim and lawlor_and_order, as they both know more about how tournaments run than I do...

    #4 1 year ago

    Fantastic, I am available to help in any way you need, hopefully I'll have a game I can actually bring!
    I bought Baby Pac-Man with the intention of bringing it to shows because I really love it, but that thing is criminally heavy and I refuse to ever move it again

    Guess I'll have to just use it as an excuse to buy more pins!

    #5 1 year ago

    Awesome

    #6 1 year ago

    The show schedule has been posted on the site:
    http://pinballsaratoga.com/games/game-registration/#When_Can_I_Bring_My_Game

    By popular request, there is also a mailing list for any significant updates/reminders for the show:
    http://pinballsaratoga.com/contact/join-mailing-list/

    Pinside event listing:
    https://pinside.com/pinball/events/saratoga-pinball-amp-arcade-show-2018

    Facebook event listing:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1985692565019437

    1 week later
    #7 1 year ago

    Is anyone considering staying in a hotel for the show? I'd like to get an idea of a rough head count to see about reserving a small block of rooms.

    Feel free to post here or PM me.

    Thanks

    #8 1 year ago

    Does anyone have any food truck suggestions? I'm not that familiar with what's good/popular in the area.

    #9 1 year ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    Does anyone have any food truck suggestions? I'm not that familiar with what's good/popular in the area.

    How about Esperanto? I know the owner and a bunch of people over there. I don't think have a truck but they do lots of events, SPAC concerts , etc. I can contact them if you like.

    http://esperantosaratoga.com/

    #10 1 year ago
    Quoted from herbertbsharp:

    How about Esperanto? I know the owner and a bunch of people over there. I don't think have a truck but they do lots of events, SPAC concerts , etc. I can contact them if you like.
    http://esperantosaratoga.com/

    Doughboyssssss! So delicious

    #11 1 year ago
    Quoted from herbertbsharp:

    How about Esperanto? I know the owner and a bunch of people over there. I don't think have a truck but they do lots of events, SPAC concerts , etc. I can contact them if you like.
    http://esperantosaratoga.com/

    I'll PM you.

    If anyone has any more ideas, please let me know

    1 month later
    #12 1 year ago

    We have a new show logo

    saratoga-pinball-arcade-show-2018-badge-med-v4 (resized).png

    This was the product of about 70 different ideas and variations over the past couple months (whew ). If anyone has any other ideas or tweaks, let me know soon before I start publishing it.

    There is also a new floor map for the show.

    srymca-show-floor-map-2018-v3 (resized).jpg

    #13 1 year ago

    There is also a new shop section for the website.

    http://pinballsaratoga.com/shop/

    I plan to have tempered glass (without a logo) available to pre-order for pick-up at the show. There will be a preorder cutoff date about a month before the show date (Sunday, July 8th) to make sure there is enough time for the glass to be produced for the show.

    I plan to have an online payment option, or you can simply pay with cash on pick-up at the show. There will be about a 3% discount rounded down to the nearest dollar if you opt to use cash.

    The shop section is still a work in progress, so don't pre-order quite yet

    If there is a specific size glass that you are looking for that isn't in the shop, let me know. I used all the sizes that I had been slowly adding to pinwiki.

    2 months later
    #14 11 months ago

    Small update:

    1) I had two electrical circuits installed in the ceiling, so there will be some limited electricity for flea market spaces available. More details on that later.

    2) The website has been spruced up a bit to accompany the new logo.

    3) The post card for this year's show is done and just about ready to get printed.

    4) Project Pinball will be traveling up to the show and will have a booth with a game on free play. If you're not familiar with the charity work and raffles they do for children's hospitals, here is their website: http://projectpinball.org/

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    #15 11 months ago

    There is a list of less expensive accommodations in the area (under $150/night and under $200/night):

    http://pinballsaratoga.com/hotels-local-attractions/#Lowest_Priced_Accommodations

    Unfortunately, the prices for most hotels get fairly expensive in Saratoga during the summer, and the ones I contacted don't appear interested in doing a group rate (since they probably have no trouble filling rooms).

    If you have an Entertainment Book or are a AAA member, there may be coupons and discounts available.

    If anyone is aware of any other good options, feel free to let me know.

    1 week later
    #16 11 months ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    Unfortunately, the prices for most hotels get fairly expensive in Saratoga during the summer

    They will also fill up quickly, especially for a weekend. If you intend to stay overnight, you're best off booking your room NOW.

    1 week later
    #18 11 months ago

    The printed cards went out last week, so they should start showing up in packages from parts suppliers

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    2 weeks later
    #19 10 months ago

    We're only 4 months away from the show!

    #20 10 months ago

    I was looking to do a t-shirt for the show this year--what do you think?

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    #21 10 months ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    I was looking to do a t-shirt for the show this year--what do you think?

    Design looks good but I would think about doing a black shirt with one color screen printing using white. Keep cost down so you sell more. Jmo

    #22 10 months ago
    Quoted from dannunz:

    Design looks good but I would think about doing a black shirt with one color screen printing using white. Keep cost down so you sell more. Jmo

    Well, I was thinking about doing two versions--a color one like this, plus a simplified version on a black shirt. Both the color and the black one can be screen printed, so it shouldn't be as expensive as a full color graphic.

    #23 10 months ago

    I like the design for the shirt... but please don't make orange the only option. I'd prefer grey & white options, and I know lots prefer black.

    #24 10 months ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    Well, I was thinking about doing two versions--a color one like this, plus a simplified version on a black shirt. Both the color and the black one can be screen printed, so it shouldn't be as expensive as a full color graphic.

    Yes screen printed is the only way to go.

    #25 10 months ago
    Quoted from drsfmd:

    I like the design for the shirt... but please don't make orange the only option. I'd prefer grey & white options, and I know lots prefer black.

    It won't be. I don't have a tendency to wear orange myself I do plan on doing a black shirt as well.

    #26 10 months ago
    Quoted from drsfmd:

    I like the design for the shirt... but please don't make orange the only option. I'd prefer grey & white options, and I know lots prefer black.

    I'm with you man...black shirts are no good for me in the summer...I'm constantly hot as it is...no need to absorb more from the evil orb in the sky...lol

    As long as there's a choice other than black I'll good with it...I really like the logo specially, even though I'd seen it before.

    Sean

    1 week later
    #27 9 months ago

    The T-shirts are currently being made up in orange and white. No black or gray this time around since the colors just seemed to clash too much with the current design.

    So, If all goes according to plan, I'll be able to bring a small batch of shirts to Pinfest in Allentown if anyone wants them. I'll have M, L, XL, 2XL, and 3XL in both white and orange.

    If you can, please help support the show--I'll be offering the shirts for $12 each with free delivery to Allentown Thanks!
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    1 week later
    #28 9 months ago

    The shirts have arrived!

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    2 weeks later
    #29 9 months ago

    There will be a PinGolf tournament at the show on Saturday

    It will be a beginner-friendly tournament, will be open to all ages, and will have prizes for both kids and adults.

    For those not familiar with PinGolf, there will be 9 "holes" of the PinGolf tournament, and each hole consists of a goal to be achieved on a pinball machine, such as reaching particular score, or activating a certain feature on a game (such as multiball mode), or activating the game's "special".

    The top players of the 9 holes of the PinGolf tournament will qualify for a round of playoffs in separate kids and adults tournaments. The top 8 players in the open tournament (all players, including kids, are eligible) will compete in a round of playoffs and finals, and the top 4 kids players (ages 12 & under) will compete in a separate round of finals.

    This will be an IFPA event.

    Visit the website for additional details and the tournament rules:

    https://pinballsaratoga.com/show-details/tournament/

    Because this is a smaller show, there will not be a dedicated bank of pinball machines set aside for the tournament. So, there is a question on the game registration form that will ask for permission to include your game(s) in the pinball tournament, or have an option to opt out.

    Games included in the tournament will remain on free play, but they may have some signage added with some tournament information, and will have roaming groups of players who will play 4-player games sporadically throughout the day.

    There will need to be a minimum number of 9 games included in the tournament, although more is better in order to help spread out the tournament players.

    #30 9 months ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    Because this is a smaller show, there will not be a dedicated bank of pinball machines set aside for the tournament. So, there is a question on the game registration form that will ask for permission to include your game(s) in the pinball tournament, or have an option to opt out.

    Cool! I always wish shows would make more use of the amount of games they have on the floor for their tournaments. No idea what but I'll definitely bring something in for the tournament

    #31 9 months ago
    Quoted from zacaj:

    Cool! I always wish shows would make more use of the amount of games they have on the floor for their tournaments. No idea what but I'll definitely bring something in for the tournament

    Great, I'll look forward to it!

    #32 9 months ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    Great, I'll look forward to it!

    I need to make more bad decisions between now and then so I'll have more machines to bring...

    2 weeks later
    #33 8 months ago

    A few games were registered last week--GOTG, Ghostbusters, and Blackwater 100

    https://pinballsaratoga.com/show-details/games/

    The flea market spaces on the show floor are more than half gone.

    Remaining:
    Three 10x6 spaces
    One 20x16 space
    One 20x20 space
    Hallway spaces

    https://pinballsaratoga.com/show-details/vendors-flea-market/

    Register as soon as you can before they're all gone!

    1 week later
    #34 8 months ago

    Two months to go!

    A few more games have been registered

    For anyone who didn't see it yet, t-shirts have shipping available

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/2018-saratoga-pinball-ampamp-arcade-show-t-shirts-shipping

    If all goes according to plan next week, there will be a total of 4 electrical circuits installed in the ceiling, which will be available for flea market spaces that are closest to the general admission entrance.

    #35 8 months ago

    Same issue as last year for me. That is the week we are out in Western PA attending the Washington County PA Agricultural Fair.

    Three years ago we wanted to see Charley Daniels and found out he was going to be preforming at the fair. We had never heard of that little fair before but we discovered it was something we really enjoyed so now it has become one of our annual vacations. Hard to beat $30 for a weekly pass that includes all grandstand activities!

    Last year we attended: an Extreme Illusions Show, three different smaller concerts (by local bands), a Tractor Pull, Lawn Mower Races, Quad Racing, Pro Stock Truck Pulls, Monster Truck Show, School Bus Demolition Derby, a Joe Diffie Concert, and Car Demolition Derby all for a total of $60 for two of us. Better yet is there is a great little campground about 8 miles from the fair that we stay at for over a week for around $200. One of the cheapest week plus vacations we have ever taken! And if that isn't enough there is also a Trolley Museum right next to the fairground and you can ride Antique Trolleys all day long for $3 a person. (Last year they ran 14 different trolley cars and we were on 12 of them.

    Maybe I'll get lucky and be able to make the show next year! I didn't even realize it was the same weekend again until I just looked at my campground reservations!

    #36 8 months ago

    Here's the IFPA page for the tournament:
    https://www.ifpapinball.com/tournaments/view.php?t=25901

    This show and the tournament are very kid and family friendly.

    More tournament details:
    $1 per entry for kids. $5 per entry for adults. Max 2 entries per person. There will be a separate kids (12 and under) finals in addition to the main finals. Sponsors have furnished prizes for the top 4 kids, including:
    * Pinbox 3000 kits (https://pinbox3000.com/)
    * Something from Tilt Cycle (http://tiltcycle.com/)
    * A copy of Drop Target Omnibus (http://droptargetzine.blogspot.com/p/omnibus.html)

    1 week later
    #37 7 months ago

    Four electrical circuits for the flea market / vendor spaces have been installed in the ceiling today

    That has the potential for an additional 20 games, depending on what sellers plan to bring and set up in their spaces.

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    #38 7 months ago

    Hoping I can reach someone on here. Having problems with the Saratoga show website in all three web browsers. When went to order several sheets of glass today to avoid the 7/8/18 cutoff, says checkout is disabled and should open in mid-may? Am I too late to order? Also, on the "contact us" tab when I enter a message it fails to send saying please enter a message in red even though there is a message in the box?
    Thanks and hope to hear from someone!

    #39 7 months ago
    Quoted from elub518:

    When went to order several sheets of glass today to avoid the 7/8/18 cutoff, says checkout is disabled and should open in mid-may?

    Sorry about that--haven't had the time to finish setting up the shop. If you want to PM me with what you are looking for, I can do it manually.

    Quoted from elub518:

    Also, on the "contact us" tab when I enter a message it fails to send saying please enter a message in red even though there is a message in the box?

    Thanks for letting me know. It looks like there was a bug in the anti-spam measures that were in place. It's fixed now.

    #40 7 months ago

    How much of a discount for two 10X6 vendor spaces? Would combine them for a 10X12 space. Regular price is $30 each. Thinking about maybe bringing some parts and projects instead of freeplay games.

    #41 7 months ago
    Quoted from jrpinball:

    How much of a discount for two 10X6 vendor spaces? Would combine them for a 10X12 space. Regular price is $30 each. Thinking about maybe bringing some parts and projects instead of freeplay games.

    To double up is $50. It ends up being a 10x16 space since there is a 4' walkway gap between two 10x6 spaces.

    #42 7 months ago

    Pre-order playfield or backglass glass, and pick it up at the show!

    https://pinballsaratoga.com/shop/

    The cutoff for pre-ordering will be Monday July 9th.

    #43 7 months ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    Pre-order playfield or backglass glass, and pick it up at the show!
    https://pinballsaratoga.com/shop/
    The cutoff for pre-ordering will be Monday July 9th.

    Do you know if they can cut octagon shaped glass that would fit a cocktail pin like "Roy Clark" or "Take Five"?

    #44 7 months ago
    Quoted from docquest:

    Do you know if they can cut octagon shaped glass that would fit a cocktail pin like "Roy Clark" or "Take Five"?

    It's not something I looked into for this year. If you can get me measurements for width, height, and length of each side, I can ask.

    #45 7 months ago

    Sparky is already getting ready for the show with a good cleaning and a playfield protector.

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    #46 7 months ago

    Not only are standard body glass sizes available, but various widebody glass sizes, as well as glass for backglasses, and some game-specific sizes.

    https://pinballsaratoga.com/shop/

    #47 7 months ago

    Reminder: Today is the last day to be able to place an order for glass.

    #48 7 months ago

    Available flea market spaces as of today:
    -Two 10x6 spaces
    -One 20x16 space (this can be broken up into smaller spaces if there is a demand for it)
    -One 20x20 space
    -Hallway spaces

    #49 7 months ago

    Only a few hours left to order glass--standard sizes, widebody sizes, and game-specific sizes. Just select the game system that you need it for. Bally, Williams, Gottlieb, Atari, and more.

    #50 7 months ago

    Thanks to everyone who ordered glass.

    I plan to have a few extra sheets of standard sized and WPC SuperPin sized playfield glass for sale at the show.

    The order is in with the glass shop, pending a confirmation.

    In other news, a few prizes for the free play raffle have been added:

    https://pinballsaratoga.com/show-details/game-registration/#Free_Play_Raffle_Details

    Register a game before midnight on Wednesday 8/1, and you will be eligible to win the grand prize

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