Quoted from RGR:
The only problem is the PAPA headquarters are only open twice a year from what I am told.
The password is POOOWWWEEERRRBBAAALLLLLL. You have to say it like that or the doors wont open.
Quoted from OrochiLeona:
I live in England, the only thing close to a good pinball town here is living near a guy who has a ton of machines. Out in the wild there's like, 1 machine every other city.
Again nothing nearby for me either. I'll normally go and drop a few coins in London if I want to play any games in the wild. London has quite a few well looked after machines, otherwise as OrochiLeona says, there are just a few dozen poorly maintained ones dotted around the UK.
Yes, but only because of the private collections i have access to. In the wild... not so much but not as bad as some of y'all.
Atlanta has a decent network of collectors, but for pins on location it's pretty barren.
We do tend to pay a little less than average for pins on CL, but it would be really nice to have a few public location to play like Portland or NYC. At least we have the pinswap to look forward to in April.
Quoted from Firebaall:
No OP here knows/cares how to take care of a pinball machine anymore. Heck, most of them around here don't remember where or what machines they have on location.
I won't argue with you on the condition of the machines, but I will say that there are quite of few machines in the area. I can think of about half a dozen places to play in a city of 200,000, which isn't horrible. But yes, condition is so-so...
If you tell me the name of the operator I will tell you if thats ever going to happen. I know almost all of those guys
Greensboro & Winston-Salem in North Carolina where I live is a surprisingly active pinball town.
Duluth is meh. Postmaster has a handful at the comic book store, but there are random ones at bars around, but they are not kept up. At least there are some though.
WE have quite a few. The arcade is still rocking about 30 or so and you can find them around.
Although none of the bowling alleys have them...which uses to always be sure spot for them.
Omaha NE has a couple of places with good pins. BigJohn's has 6 of the top 10, Benes Pizza has some good pins from the 90's and today (plus they are is great shape) and there are a couple of local dealers where play is free (pinball past and Mid American). You can always find a local place with one or two pins (T2, BBH, FG, LOTR etc.).
I find myself eating at these places not for the food but the pinball experience with the family.
Hats off to the local dealers who set pins on free play and encourage people to come!!
Being a small town, pins are kind of hard to find in Lebanon. My dad routes them in places like bars, laundromats, etc. and I can tell you right now that we're the best operators in the county. I found a Ripley's at the local theater but it wasn't working the last two times I've been there, and that was probably over 2 years ago. I'm going to see The Lorax when it comes out and hope to find something playable that's not Rolling Stones/Elvis/AC/DC.
There are only a handful of pins in the state. Not good here.
$0.50 per play is great on that new Stern.
So of course I'll get shot at for saying Seattle is definitely a great pinball city. Got our own 'zine dedicated to pinball, too!
That'll also give you an idea of how many games we've got within a fairly small radius.
Portland seems to be the biggest Pinball City in the USA, though. They've got more than 200 pins in the same radius as Seattle's 120 or so.
With Lloyds place in Hopkins and Blainbrook in Blaine. Plus, pinball on a stick at the MN State Fair. We are sitting pretty good with just those alone in the Twin Cities area.
Quoted from SunKing:
Houston isn't bad if you know where to look. The best place in town is http://www.joystixgames.com. They have 100+ pins. Every first and last Friday of the month they have 'Packman Fever'. For $15, every game is on free play, and the bar is open (not free - just available). Iposted a thread about this several months ago: http://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/the-arcade-and-pinball-is-alive-and-well-in-houston-tx
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100 pins? Wow. I would be spending serious time there, for sure! That is a buttload of pins!! One place like that in any city makes it a prime pin city.
Quoted from gweempose:
Chicago sucks, especially out in the Northern suburbs where I live!
I agree it's no pinball mecca, but at least we have Gameworks in Schaumburg that typically has the most recent 6-8 Stern 'pro' pins to play with. (plus they usually host a Stern pinball release party for their newest model)
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