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Gulf Coast Pinball and Arcade Club Thread

By visi0n

3 years ago

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    #1 3 years ago

    Hey guys and gals,

    If you are into Pinball and somewhere along the gulf coast between the Florida Panhandle to New Orleans and looking to connect with local pinballers.. I wanted to create this thread as a place for some of our Gulf Coast Area pinball enthusiasts to get their local-flavored Pinside on and keep aware of upcoming events and other local happenings.

    We started this local group in summer of 2015. While the Gulf Coast isn't exactly a pin-tropolis, we are at 100 members in that short amount of time. We have folks in various stages of engagement and collection-building. Everything from crazed collectors to new-the-hobby and looking for their first pin.

    We engage quite a bit through Facebook and old-school email newsletter and experimented with hosting our own local forums but it seems like it would be better to just link to this thread from our various club resources, so here we are.


    #2 3 years ago

    I checked out your club website.
    Great job putting that together.
    Lots of past events listed, and a nice mix of event types to help keep things interesting.

    I live in south-central LA near Lafayette, and made it to the tournament in Houma, LA back in mid July.


    #3 3 years ago
    Quoted from Pinball-is-great:

    I checked out your club website.
    Great job putting that together.
    Lots of past events listed, and a nice mix of event types to help keep things interesting.
    I live in south-central LA near Lafayette, and made it to the tournament in Houma, LA back in mid July.

    Thanks! I need to update it a bit and try to get a little more coalesced have just been pulled a little thin. Good news is we have some folks getting enthusiastic about pinball that didn't even play a year ago, so that part is really rewarding.

    I really wanted to make that Houma event, I saw Josh's TOTAN before he started bringing her back to life. My sister came in that weekend to get married. It was still a toss up though. "Pinball with awesome people vs Sister's wedding.. hrmmm...."
    I made Southern Fried but I need to get better at making these local Tournament!

    #4 3 years ago

    Hey, thanks for having the drive and commitment to host events and put stuff like this together! It looks like you're The Pinball Architect 'round these parts...

    #5 3 years ago
    Quoted from cody_chunn:

    Hey, thanks for having the drive and commitment to host events and put stuff like this together! It looks like you're The Pinball Architect 'round these parts...

    LOL, Probably more like pinball janitor / crack dealer. Though, I confessed the other day of running social engineering experiments on people (who were strangers and are now friends) with pinball: setting the games on easy, resetting the leaderboards and inviting folks over to play so they think they are doing great.

    Thanks a ton for your help the other day getting my little beasties back up and running during the get-together! I enjoyed getting to work on the games with you and appreciated your eye for troubleshooting and out-of-the-box thinking. I still can't believe I needlessly replaced a transistor... lol. Oh well!

    2 months later
    #6 3 years ago

    Join us Saturday, November 5th from noon - 10 pm for some pinball fun..

    Location details:

    Import Medic Auto Repair
    1085 Air Terminal Dr
    Mobile, Alabama 36695

    Casual play, hang out and show-and-tell. Bring a side dish, even bring a game if you'd like!


    Gamelist forthcoming..

    #7 3 years ago

    So far, we have:
    Jungle lord
    Space shuttle
    Pin bot
    Lord of the rings
    Street fight 2
    Demo man
    Revenge from Mars
    Star Trek next gen
    Space invaders
    and maybe a couple arcade games..

    Added over 3 years ago: Live stream / video clip: https://www.facebook.com/billgdodd/videos/10209063988250011/

    2 weeks later
    #8 3 years ago

    Lots of Southeast regional pinball goodness up for this weekend..

    My little girl and I are looking forward to playing at Southern Coin Op / Pinball in Pelham #2 this weekend in Birmingham

    and down in the Big Easy there is the PinChurch Open:

    Wherever you choose to flip - I just hope you get to


    7 months later
    #9 2 years ago

    Visiting Gulf shores area next week. Any pinball on location?

    #10 2 years ago
    Quoted from Sc1f1:

    Visiting Gulf shores area next week. Any pinball on location?

    Per the Pinside Pin Map, there are 3 places by Gulf Shores, and 7 or 8 places in the surrounding area.
    Each with 1 to 2 pinball machines.
    Some entries are a few years old, so you may want to call first for any of the places that are further away.

    2 weeks later
    #11 2 years ago

    Gulf Coast Pinball & Arcade, Summer Update

    link: original post / newsletter blast: http://www.gulfcoastpinballandarcade.com/home/2017/7/10/sweet-summer-games-2017

    First thing's first: ACTION NEEDED: We have new website forms for 'signing up.' Please use them.
    If you do not re-sign-up, you will no longer receive emails about future events.

    I revamped our sign-up forms (front end and back end) and I'm not going to import the old entries into the new system for a variety of reasons that would bore you to know. If you'd like to be periodically kept up to date by email (or text) about local Pinball & Arcade happenings, please take a moment to jump over to the new sign up form and fill it out. Please do this even if you have previously filled out the old form, so that we have your updated information and preferences. Promise, we won't spam you or sell your info in any way.

    The General Club Member Form is here:

    By filling out the above form you are helping us to target events and content to the group more appropriately based on interest.

    In addition to the general club form above, we have two other forms that you might be interested in opting into. Again, if you had previously opted in to these, please do so again, this is a little bit of a fresh start so as to collect some profile and preference information about our members to help gauge interest in various topics.

    The Pinball List is primarily a list of people looking to get together for pinball play (location, tournament, competitive or otherwise).

    The Pinball List is here:

    The Arcade List, is primarily a list of people looking to get together for arcade play (location, tournament, competitive or otherwise).

    The Arcade List is here:

    Basically, if you don't sign up for this stuff, we won't have a way to keep you up to date for awesome future events, gathering, etc. As always, we will keep the communications at a minimum, averaging no more than 5 per year.

    I've got some plans for future website updates, however, the majority of our interaction is through other means (facebook, text, pinside, klov), so I don't like spending a ton of time on the site that isn't used much. Your feedback, however, is always appreciated and wanted!

    Upcoming Events

    Looking at the event calendar, there are numerous awesome opportunities for competitive pinball in the coming weeks and months from other clubs and leagues in our region. A tournament in Houma, LA this weekend, one in Fultondale, AL next month.

    Check and stay tuned to the event page: http://www.gulfcoastpinballandarcade.com/events/ for more events and happenings.

    Recent Events

    In June, several of us attended the Southern Fried Gameroom Expo in Atlanta.
    To Summarize: It was awesome!
    Great Pinball, Awesome Arcade Machines, a Nintendo Arcade World-Reveal, Time-traveling Hot Sauce & an inebriated Pac-man.

    My perspective on the show is on my personal blog, here:

    Stuff for Sale

    Be sure to keep an eye on our machine trading post google doc, here: https://goo.gl/KPu8qS
    Also, keep an eye on neighboring GAPAS for sale google doc: https://goo.gl/dP2syD

    Between those two lists, I see a Twilight Zone, Roadshow, STTNG, my own Star Trek Premium and some other goodies as well. Keep an eye out, very often awesome games hit these lists!

    Industry Stuff

    In the last few months, we've seen Heighway Pinball & Dutch Pinball continuing to struggle and falter. We've seen Spooky show promising new talent and fresh perspectives with Total Nuclear Annihilation. We've seen JJP building and delivering games on (or even ahead)of schedule. We've seen American Pinball show a promising future with Houdini. We've seen Planetary Pinball shipping AFMr. We've seen Stern shipping games like crazy and the much-anticipated release of Star Wars Pinball.


    That's about it for our summer wrap-up. It looks like our neighboring groups and leagues have plenty of opportunity to play pinball, though it doesn't seem like there are very many arcade gatherings for us to pick from outside of these larger shows. I'll freely admit that I've done a poor job of putting up public events for the group, I could definitely use some help arranging and organizing activities for the group. If you'd like to volunteer for that, contribute to this blog or in other ways - hit me up by email, [email protected].

    Ways to stay in touch:
    On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gulfcoastarcadeandpinball/
    On Pinside: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/gulf-coast-pinball-and-arcade-club-thread
    On KLOV: http://forums.arcade-museum.com/showthread.php?p=3442025

    #12 2 years ago

    Pinball machines update for Mississippi Gulf Coast:
    2 in Margaritaville in Biloxi. Both are newer Stern pins, Game of Thrones pro, and The Walking Dead pro. Huge gameroom = entire 2nd floor.
    Drop target bank on left side of GoT doesn't work. Just an fyi.
    1 pin in the arcade portion of Big Fun Amusement Center, Ghostbusters pro. Biloxi. This is the place that has go-cart track, putt-putt mini golf, and bowling.

    1 year later
    #13 1 year ago

    Import Medic, in Mobile, Alabama is going to do a Pinball Tournament on 1/31 at 7pm.
    I don't believe this one will be for IFPA points (too short of notice) but he hopes to run more.
    (Monthly is the aim currently.)

    He's planning on MatchPlay on the following machines:


    He was talking about a buy/in cash prize scenario:

    Entry Fee: $10 or $20 with top 3 winners getting paid
    60% for 1st place
    30% for 2nd place
    10% for 3rd place


    Import Medic Inc
    1085 Air Terminal Drive,
    Mobile, AL 36695


    Thursday, 1/31 at 7pm

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    1 week later
    #14 1 year ago

    Charlie formed a League FB group for anyone wanting to participate in the MS, AL, FL panhandle area -that league link is here:


    Registration details for the 1/31 tournament:
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