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Best Expo EVER! (the only positive things to say club)

By Whysnow

3 years ago

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    #1 3 years ago

    I have been vocal about things in the past concerning expo, but I also liek to give credit where credit is due.
    2016 was the BEST expo ever! (well maybe not ever but for the past 5 years since I have been going)

    I wanted to share only positives so please take your comments to other thread if they dont fall into this category.

    Things I loved about Expo this year (in no particular order):

    1. Free play room! Great selection and condition of games! Thanks to all that brought games and APB and voulenteers that set things up! I really enjoyed the Spirit, Tatio games, row of Sinbads, and of course the regular games from Chris and Phoebee!

    2. Expo tourney. I like the new format and cool playoff style. I did not play in this but appears like most enjoy it and had fun.

    3. P-Roc and FAST games! Thanks to all that make these and bring them for us to play. I particularly liked the Buffy, Total Analnation, and Nightmare games! Super fun!

    4. Aliens. Thanks to Heighway crew. I really enjoyed playing this game and am looking forward to it as things progress! I think you knocked this license out of the park. The shots flow nicely and what I could tell the code is going to be very cool!

    5. Dialed In! WOW! Best JJP game and best Pat Lawlor game to date! I love the storyline, theme, art, layout, flow, geometry, new way you have taken pinball. I could go on and on. Already looking forward to the next time I get to play this and seeing things develop. I have dreamt for years about the next Pat L pin and to have it come form JJP and also have an expert engineeringa dncoding team bhind it is very eciting!

    #2 3 years ago

    6. The people!

    So many great faces and familiar folks. The ability to hang with friends, make new friends, and also be able to freely talk with pinball legends and team members is fantastic. I was able to geek out with Pat L as he showed me some of the intricate design features of Dialed In. I was able to tell Dwight thanks for the awesom GB code and talk about tweaks for the future. I was able to chat with industry insiders and just be a pinball dork in general and on level with them. Pretty cool experience!

    #3 3 years ago

    7. The Expo Pictures thread. Best thread on Pinside over the expo weekend. Started by the great DOUG. Just a fun time by pinheads at the show having fun with each other and not taking anything too serious. It is only pinball afterall.

    #4 3 years ago

    Good points, who do we have to thank for all the free Pizza thursday night? My neighbors son was starved and it came in handy. It was a great expo.

    #5 3 years ago

    It truly was the best expo ever. I have been going for a few years. I bring a game every year. The free play hall was nice this year. easy in and out. Andrew couldn't be more helpful. Some people say the attendance was low. I thought there were plenty of people but not packed. All the manufactures need a round of applause. I have never seen so many people packed in that seminar room for the JJP reveal. alien appears to be killer, Dialed in was a blast to play, finally something different. What a great expo. Now back to work

    #6 3 years ago

    8. Pizza

    Why not! The Pizza that JJP provided was GREAT! I am typically not a fan of deep dish, but WOW that was some good pie!

    #7 3 years ago
    Quoted from Whysnow:

    1. Free play room! Great selection and condition of games! Thanks to all that brought games and APB and voulenteers that set things up! I really enjoyed the Spirit, Tatio games, row of Sinbads, and of course the regular games from Chris and Phoebee!

    Agreed. The game selection as well as the condition of the games (playability) was a vast improvement from last year. Big thumbs up to all who brought a game and those involved in organizing. This year the free play room was a bright spot.

    #8 3 years ago

    Actually I was sure all of the pizza on Thursday night was from Stern and Kapow.... There was well over 100 pizzas there and they were drawing names and giving away Batman66 souvenirs.... I won this Batman "Bat Koozie" there...

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    #9 3 years ago

    I agree it was one of the best pinball expos that I have been to in a long long time. There was so much going on from all the manufacturers of new titles, new releases, prototype games in the vendors area, new and current vendors, it was hard to keep up and see everything. The seminars were very well done. The Stern party with Ed Robertson was awesome, as well as the Adam West meet and greet time... It's going to be hard to top this Expo next year... but I know it will just get better and better.

    Unbelievable time,

    Pinball Refinery

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    #10 3 years ago

    Great show. Was on there Saturday!

    #11 3 years ago
    Quoted from Whysnow:

    Total Analnation

    I think I played a similar title....but it was awesome haha!

    #12 3 years ago

    I wasn't their but it looks like there was a good vendor turnout from all the pictures I saw. Good videos for those that were not able to go too from JJP, Steven Bowden FB page, Joe at PinballSTAR's FB page as well as others...thanks for keeping the ones that couldn't attend informed!

    #13 3 years ago
    Quoted from Whysnow:

    Total Analnation

    #14 3 years ago
    Quoted from pigeonfarmboy:

    I think I played a similar title....but it was awesome haha!


    #15 3 years ago

    One of the best things about the show was meeting WhySnow!

    ( AND Gryzzz and Violin Steve!)

    Old friends and new.

    Nothing better than that for me.

    #16 3 years ago

    JJP nailed it with the Dialed In launch. In the past we saw half developed versions of The Hobbit and it generated a lot of criticism and a lot of people trying to "redesign it" for JJP. JJP got it right this time by going straight to a full launch with 6 prototypes for people to play. No half finished anything, and while I was skeptical of the theme, hard to argue its going to be a great player. Nicely done.

    #17 3 years ago

    Scott D's game, Total Anihilation was pretty freaking awesome.. Kudos sir...

    Lots of great vendors , expo brawl was awesome, tons of new news and reveals, and we were able to sneak in a slice of Giordanno's.

    Good to see everyone again..

    #18 3 years ago

    I followed along online and it seemed like an amazing show. Dialed In was a great surprise and I loved the fact that it was playable and we got great feedback from people who actually played it. Aliens looked great and Batman 66 was what I was expecting. Someday I will get to a Pinball Expo for myself but this one seemed like a classic from all accounts.

    #19 3 years ago
    Quoted from Whysnow:

    Total Analnation

    Wow. heh.

    #20 3 years ago

    The choice to keep the halls open during the banquet was a win!

    #21 3 years ago
    Quoted from benheck:

    The choice to keep the halls open during the banquet was a win!

    ... for the 15 or so people that hung around during the banquet.

    #22 3 years ago

    Curious - what were the Taito games that were there?

    #23 3 years ago
    Quoted from Scottamus:

    Curious - what were the Taito games that were there?

    Vortex and Polar Explorer

    #24 3 years ago

    It was my first expo and I had a great time. The vendor and freeplay rooms were beyond my expectations. I hope to make it an annual trip.

    #25 3 years ago

    This was my first Expo for my son and I.
    And except for Chicago Gaming Canceling, and Houdini and Batman not flipping, everything was fantastic.
    Top of the list was meeting old friends again and making new ones.
    We got super lucky and chose the Hampton Inn in Lincolnshire as our hotel.
    Turns out that Viper Alley where Stern held there big party was right in the damn parking lot.
    The Stern Factory tour was awesome. I can see where if you have been a couple of times it would get old but it was nice that all the big names in the company help with the tours.
    Seeing the Batman game there first was great, even though on the bus ride over Stern told me on Facebook that I already saw it. Lol.
    My quick thought on the new releases.
    1. Dialed In. Poor name choice for an otherwise top notch game. Pat Lawlor himself helped me play my Multiball which is an experience I will never forget. The game is gorgeous, and shots flow very well.
    2. Batman. Gorgeous looking game. It looks like my childhood back in 66 so how could I not like it. However the pricing seems way out of line.
    3. Alien. The surprise of the show for me. The headphones really let you get drawn into the game. Lots of modes already and the shots were nice. Still needs lots of new code to help with insert help on where to shoot but over all a fun game with great video integration.
    4. Houdini. Same as everyone else. Pretty, but that is all we have.
    5. Dominos. Was hoping for a new Spooky game ( rumored Jetsons), but we got a nice factory video instead. The pizza game played well even if I did knock the Noids head off with an air ball.

    The vendor area was very nice. I purchased a new whirlpool ramp for my Whitewater, new TZ clock board with LED's, a 3D Fishtales translite, a GB mirror mod, and lots of spare little parts and shirts. My son even got an ink Pen from the pen lady over in the corner.

    Here are some photos of us with some great people.

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    #26 3 years ago

    Big ups to Whysnow for being awesome and surprising me with gluten free beer!

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    #27 3 years ago
    Quoted from epthegeek:

    Vortex and Polar Explorer

    Vortex was awesome.

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    #28 3 years ago

    glad you enjoyed the beer Aurich.

    AltBrew won silver at the GABT for a reason

    If you are ever in Madison area, let me know and we can stop by to play some pinball and have some gluten free beer, pizza, and tasty nachos.

    #29 3 years ago

    I've been to AltBrew! Awesome place!! Was travelling on business and the pinball map pointed it out.

    #30 3 years ago

    Sweet Jesus - thanks for this thread Hilton... Much needed... THANK YOU !

    You could add 'Beating Joe Newhart and Brad Baker in A finals of Expo Brawl' to your list you bastard... I'll get you one day !

    #31 3 years ago

    Holy shlt, you guys scared me!

    I was reading this thread and thought Pinside's server had been hijacked.

    All cheerful, grateful posts. No name calling. No bitching.

    Then I glanced up at the thread title.


    #32 3 years ago

    Are there people that are pretty bad at pinball in the tournament? I'm not very good at all, but I still just have fun playing. Thought about joining the tournament, but didn't really know what to expect. I'll probably do it next year--got to start somewhere.

    #33 3 years ago

    Best thing happen at Expo this year?

    Joe finding his car.

    #36 3 years ago

    I thought this expo had a great vibe throughout, some of that may have been due to the anticipation of reveals, announcements, etc. where last year there was no significant news at all. The game room was much better than last year, but some of the EM games that would normally would be in the vendor all where there, so not sure if there were real more games than last year or not, but guessing there were. Two years ago there were certainly more pins. I thought the mix of games in the game room, not that I spent a ton of time in there, was excellent, just a wide range of games from different eras and several titles I had never seen before. I can see how someone is only about DMD Games would find it lacking, but I think most attendees love the variety of games. Although not sure we needed two 'Ravens'

    It did seem much quieter than in the past few years. I was not there last year on Saturday, but this year Saturday seemed much, much, much quieter than two years ago, when walking around the vendor hall was difficult. Saturday night during banquet, vendor hall was pretty quiet, which was a little surprising given the 'keep the halls open during banquet' campaign for so long. I did have a steady flow of folks playing Casino and it allowed for some quality conversations with people. Of coarse all the cool and fun people were there Saturday night. Friday night was also quiet, due to the Stern event, but, just made it easier to get time on machines.

    It was great that the wait to play Dialed In was short, rarely was there more than one 'group' waiting in line behind a given machine, just great for JJP to have so many machines there. Fun theme and game, lousy title, but in the scheme of things, who cares. Never got to play Alien, line was way too long and it was also off during banquet and it was also down for a little bit. Looked nice, but it did not blow my socks off. But I suspect Alien fans will be happy with it.

    B66 machines looked nice, not much else I can really say about them at this point.

    Dominoes looked really nice, not a complex machine by any means, and that is probably a good think for their primary buyer, a Dominoes franchise owner. I think Dominoes and Spooky did a great job in putting together a machine for that audience.

    P3 continues to move towards production. Machines and games are starting to look pretty polished and the price tag is no longer looking as crazy as it did a few years ago, especially with there now being multiple games on it. Since I was next to their booth, it was interesting watching them assemble a new machine from parts in a relatively short amount of time. Clearly the modular nature of it has huge benefits.

    P-roc booth was rocking, as usual. Buffy continues to look and play great, seeing two side by side was pretty cool. Total Annihilation shows you can create an old school 80s style game and ramp it up with great lights, sound and music. Doom looks amazing and I look forward to seeing it get fully working and coded. Eric's new Ironman HD project is impressive, especially considering he has only been working on it for a month or two.

    I think the Fast guys trying to bring Brooks and Dunn to life at expo was an interesting concept, and something I had talked about with others in the past. Not sure why anyone would want to bring that game to life, but to each his own -- heck, Dunn and Bradstreet could be a better theme. Seems like it still has a long way to go with it, but clearly they are making progress. Nightmare before Christmas did not change much from the past, other than the display stuff, which is certainly progressing nicely. When I saw some video clips of the new video stuff I was concerned that some of the text would be too small to see, but with the large screen it has, they look good. Hopefully Mark will get some cabinet and playfield art and ramps done for next year, game has lots of potential. Not sure I saw any other functioning home-brew games in the FAST booth, but there may have been, anytime I stopped by those guys were not there or busy working on stuff. Seemed they had Brian, Jan and others just coding away a good chunk of the time, which I believe was for Brooks and Dunn.

    Overall an excellent expo, a little quiet, but with create content and people. Plenty of opportunity to make it better, but that may have to wait until it gets some new leadership, and hopefully that happens before it is too late.

    #37 3 years ago

    Thanks to the person who brought the nicest Checkpoint I have ever seen or played. Well done! Kudos to the Creature too. Always fun to play.

    #38 3 years ago
    Quoted from Whysnow:

    7. The Expo Pictures thread. Best thread on Pinside over the expo weekend. Started by the great DOUG. Just a fun time by pinheads at the show having fun with each other and not taking anything too serious. It is only pinball afterall.

    OK, what have you done with Hilton!!!!

    #39 3 years ago
    Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:

    OK, what have you done with Hilton!!!!

    It is never too late to try and improve on ourselves old man Kelly

    #40 3 years ago

    Great show. Great people. There is never enough time to see everything and everyone.

    LTG : )

    #41 3 years ago

    It was the best Expo experience I've ever had.

    #42 3 years ago
    Quoted from Whysnow:

    It is never too late to try and improve on ourselves old man Kelly

    Yup. Every year I go, I find what I enjoy and focus on that. I have a great time every year.

    #43 3 years ago

    Expo was fantastic this year! I had a great time even though I am exhausted and have no voice left. One thing I can say is the people make this hobby great. I can't say enough about all the organizers, vendors, and manufacturers. It was a packed show from beginning to end. Already looking forward to next year.

    Pinball Plating and More

    #44 3 years ago

    Homebrew games were awesome ! The freeplay room had some nice games and some very unique games that most people will never have a chance to see and play elsewhere . Andrew was awesome when he helped me unload my game . I had a great time hanging out with people I only get a chance to see a few times a year . Loved seeing all the awesome pictures in the Expo Pictures ! Thread .

    #45 3 years ago

    And I will agree with others, people always have and will make this hobby great for me. I can say machines come and go but friendships are forever. Now that may sound like a Hallmark card, but in this case it is true. On another note, did anyone see custom coin doors that Flip N Out Pinball is working on for The Hobbit and Attack from Mars? I will readily admit that mods don't do much for me on machines, but the coin door on The Hobbit that Kitch and Donna had setup there looked great (see below).



    #46 3 years ago

    Made some time to go to the Pinball Life Open House. Had a great time on Fri! Got some games in on Ghostbusters, Rob Zombie and many other pins, picked up some parts, got a chance to catch up with some friends, played Banger Jay's Pinball Olympics stuff, had some food. It doesn't get much better. Thanks again Terry, Margaret, and PBL crew for hosting this again.

    #47 3 years ago

    I didn't get to spend any time with Bryan Kelly and I didn't hear him curse once... Big regret... He usually has me laughing within seconds.

    #48 3 years ago
    Quoted from PinballSTAR:

    I didn't get to spend any time with Bryan Kelly and I didn't hear him curse once... Big regret... He usually has me laughing within seconds.

    That is because you were too busy dealing with customers and getting Dialed In!


    #49 3 years ago

    When I saw the Pabst pin, I had to have it... until I was told it cost $6995. Beyond my pay grade. That was my fav game, I also liked this tattoo art game. Dont know the artist or builder, but kudos
    kruzman. michigan

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    #50 3 years ago

    On a side note, dirty donnie totally inspired me to custom pimp out my shagon wagon. I cant believe I didnt allready. duh? its a moving canvas. I always loved the aztec king in the middle of the human sacrifice of a super curvy "virgin" with a great big sword.

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