I did not take a lot of photos but here are a few.
What a great night.
We will have another tourney/get together at our place soon. Here are some photos of our current line up while we play the waiting game for the Ghostbusters Premium.
What Noah's_arcade said .
All you had to do was play in the IFPA tourney. Your name will be turned in automatically
This is a cool shot I took of Whitewater in the dark, after we had finished cleaning it up and getting everything working.
What an awesome game this is.
I posted this on the Facebook page but thought it was just too cool not to post here as well.
This just showed up at my door 10 min. Ago.
Simply stunning work and this is Prototype 2 of 8.
The photo does nothing for the 3D effect but it looks incredible.
Just a slight blur in the front section.
They are finishing Whitewater in 3D right now.
The more club shirts the better.
Perhaps we can use some of the originals we have left as prizes at future events.
Preston did not really get serious about pinball until he was 11 or 12.
But he has played since he was able to reach the buttons.
Actually before that, as I manned the other button for a bit.
And for those of you who have been to our gameroom here at the house, here are some early days shots of what our lineup used to look like before we even knew you could have tournaments or pinball parties.
Notice the old paneling from the early days before the hurricane destroyed the room.
We have always had more pinballs then we have space for or money to keep them.
If we could have kept all, of the over 100 games we have owned over the years our collection would be very impressive.
A lot of those we would love to have back right now, but we had to eat and send our kids to school. lol
I will try and dig up some more old photos later.
Here is a fun one.
How many people keep a pin out in the middle of their yard? We did.
Came across a few more that I had already scanned in the past.
Just look how young we were. lol
All of these pins were free!!!!
We rescued them from a local route operator that was going out of business and had them stored under a covered outdoor shed.
Also shown is the barn we stored them in until such a time as we could restore them. All of them made it except the Hollywood. All the parts on it were toast.
Quoted from Pinball-is-great:
Great classic photos. Thanks for sharing.
The 2nd & 3rd pic, sorta look like you guys are gettin ready to do a TNT Amusement video and chuck the pins off the end of the truck. J/k.
Yes it does.
That was our first Captain Fantastic of two
And our first Twin Win of two.
Of course you have the second Twin Win now.
Quoted from Zukboy2002:
Just brought this bad boy home!!
Love the X-Men. Looks fantastic.
And lets see some photos of Whitewater even if you are still working on it.
Would love to make the tourney but I think it is the same weekend as an Auction I have to go to in Dallas.
We have a bunch of redemption games in storage that we really need to get rid of for space and the auction is that Saturday.
Found this in another thread and thought you guys would care to see it.
This is Tigerlaw's refinery edition Metallica just finished.
His is the one on the far left/front.
It has the LSU purple and yellow on Sparky and the black light bars for the side art to light up with the flashers.
Should be a blast to play.
Just got a new crystal clear ramp for Whitewater.
Looks oh so good.
Now we can see the ball in the whirlpool much much better.
Just got these in the mail yesterday.
Sadly no game to put them in yet.
Perhaps we should put them in Game of Thrones until GB arrives someday.
Love the photo's guys.
Thanks for sharing.
We will be over to play as soon as we can.
Also love the smaller hammer. Was never a fan of the large clunky one on the game.
Nice. Where is Lloyd's place located?
I have seen lots of photos over the years, but not sure where it is.
What games will be tournament ready?
Will Whitewater be done in time?
Looking like we should be able to make it at this point.
Hopefully nothing will come up.
Had a bit of free time tonight so I decided to put on a mod I have had sitting around for over a year now.
A guy on pinside laser cut a piece of clear acrylic to place under the mini playfield on Twilight Zone.
The game comes with a cardboard piece underneath that does not allow any light to shine downwards.
I pulled the mini playfield off the game, (Surprisingly easy), and attached the new clear part.
While I had it off I replaced all the white rubber rings underneath as well as the ones on top of the mini playfield.
Snapped a pic of the game with the mini playfield removed so you can see what is under it.
Nice Vacation photos everyone.
I will post ours from Replay FX and Alaska after they happen.
Quoted from TigerLaw:
Anyone have any pinball related plans this weekend? Share the fun with the group.
Not much pinball related going on here this weekend.
Dennis and Preston are both in Austin and I have my wifes family coming in and will be outside grilling burgers and sausage.
I will be installing a better wireless router near the pinball machines so we can eventually do a live stream in the future.
But nothing exciting about that. Still a ways off before we have the equipment we need.
Got the Internet zinging along at 18 MBs.
So we should get some good pinball broadcasts in the near future.
We will be in Alaska during the Romp in the Swamp.
But we will be there in spirit.
Maybe Dennis or Allen can make it.
My Brother and I took some closeup photos of some of our games and had them printed at a local print shop on the material they use to do car wraps with. We put them in our upper game room windows to help block out the afternoon sun and because they just look so damn cool.
Posted it on the Gulfcoast Facebook page but thought it deserved a spot here as well.
Love the way they turned out.
Getting our live streaming equipment set up today. Getting closer to making this a reality.
Preston has been hard at work tweaking things for us on the computer end of things.
What a great tournament and a great bunch of people that got together this weekend.
Congrats to our three Winners, Preston, Dennis and Kevin.
We had some crazy comeback wins and even one game that was won by 1 single point. (Wow).
Special thanks to our awesome host Joshua and his spectacular gameroom the he did most of the work building himself.
We rolled back into Beaumont around 1:30 in the morning.
Ghostbusters has arrived in Beaumont!!!
Be sure to put Colorado Canyon as one of your I-10 stops soon.
We are thinking about doing the Oil City Open on a Sunday so Allen can make it.
Does Sunday October 9 work for some of you guys?
Not here. We have a family wedding in Houston requiring a hotel stay.
However we did have our first successful test on our Twitch Stream.
So that will be happening very soon. Perhaps Sunday night.
We will post up when it will happen.
Our Twitch channel link is www.twitch.tv/thepinballmafia
I have been chatting with Leakyfaucet a bit.
Welcome to the group Seth.
You will find everyone in here very friendly and helpful.
And that Caberet looks really nice.
It was an epic 4 days.
Just to get to play pinball along side of all the greats would have been fun enough.
But to have Preston take first place in B was as good as it gets.
Can't wait to do it all again next year.
Quoted from iceman44:
I love the swamp and I want to romp!
My Bday is Aug. 17th so despite the fact that my wife will give me shit, I'm calling in this chit.
She and my middle daughter are on a cruise in Alaska right now.
Only prob, my youngest daughter made freshman volleyball team so somebody has to stay home!
Gambling and some pinball!!!!
Funny. Preston and me leave for Alaska on Sunday.
But at least you will be coming to the tourney that mere mortals can win.
Hope everyone has a great time and be sure to post lots of photos.
Looks like fun glad Allen made it. I hear Beaumont it getting very flooded right now.
We just returned from whale watching and a glacier trip here in Alaska.
Yesterday we took a train ride up into Canada.
The trip has been awesome.
Nice to see some pinball activities though.
Good luck everyone.
Just got back in town.
We will put it on the calendar this week but our Oil City Open is slated for Sunday October 9th.
Tried to do it before we left but never had time.
So there will be a lot of pinball in early Oct. looks like.
All in all the live stream was a good success.
We will try to do a different machine every Sunday night at 9:00.
The game played great and we had lots of chat going in the chat room.
We even had Double Danger Pinball stop in for a bit.
Can't wait to do it again.
Preston even managed to complete some Crank it Ups and got to show of some of what the new code can do.
We will certainly live stream a game during the upcoming Oil City Open on Oct. 9th so everyone can be an internet star.
Time for all my games to start breaking now that we announced. Lol
Currently 100% though
And keep your fingers crossed and Ghostbusters Premium may make an appearance
Love the theme, but not buying anything without more information.
I'm sure it's going to be great but we will wait to make sure everything is good.
Our Ghostbusters Pro has zero ghosting but the crazy stories showing up with the LE's has me a bit worried about my premium. Hopefully the issues have been solved.
Yes. It is saved.
You can watch it from the link. It will be on the top right.
Sorry you could not get on.
We/Preston had two great games.
Our latest pickup is Spider-Man. Just in today.
It was a route game so it needed some tweaking but is playing 100% already.
Overall in very nice shape for a route game.
Has some scratches on the inside left of cabinet that will paint or cover up nicely with side art.
Needs some new plastics in places and has some wear around the start button.
Having a blast with it already.
My wife gave me the go ahead for Red River yesterday.
Now I just have to figure out the distance and if I'll be getting a hotel room like some of you.
I am guessing since I am farther then Lake Charles the answer will be yes.
Preston can't make it as he will be at a wedding in Crystal Beach that day.
The event was awesome and your pins are top notch.
Thanks for putting up with all of us for the long night.
We made it back to Texas safe and sound.
Henry was a blast.
Had a great time playing pinball with/against him.
Already a great player who will only get better.
Tonight's live stream is Whitewater. 9:00 till 11:00
Stop in and chat a bit.
Well, I never in a million years thought this would happen.
But yesterday my wife asked me if I wanted to go the the Chicago Pinball Expo for my birthday.
Did I just hear that?
Now I have a hotel, plane tickets for myself and Preston and the biggest smile you could imagine.
We will get to take the Stern Factory tour. See the reveal of Batman 66, JJP game 3, Alien, Attack from Mars and attend the Stern Epic Party with Adam West and Ed Robertson and attend the big banquet. Not to mention all the cool seminars and everyone associated with the hobby.
Still not believing it is all real.
Live Ghostbusters Premium pinball stream tonight. 9:00 P.M. CST
Join in the fun and ask any questions you may have live.
Game has build date of Sept 19th.
No playfield date stamp.
All inserts still perfect and drop targets working really well. Almost no rejections.
So far we have added a Shaker motor, color captive balls, Stern Side art, speaker grill lights and cut out, and an airball protector plastic.
Quoted from Jodester:
It was a great tourney Leon. Thanks to you guys for hosting. All the machines played well although pulling the side post on GoT and the flipper post in Spiderman were murder.
But we had to get people home at a decent hour.
Nice to have people from as far away as Corpus Christi, Austin and Boston.
Would have been super cool if Mark Henderson's son Josh Henderson had been in town.
We had some awesome talent his weekend.
Lee was a pinball playing machine.
Here are the main tourney winners for the third annual Oil City Open. Congrats to all of you.
First place - Preston Moncla
Second place - Lee Moscaritolo
Third place - Cory Westfahl
Fourth Place - Allen Robertson
We will be live streaming the new Ghostbusters code tonight from 9-11 P.M. Stop in and see what all the fuss is about. There will also be Pinball Expo talk as well. So much going on in Pinball right now. www.twitch.tv/thepinballmafia
The game plays great. All the shots feel great.
Theme. Meh, we are still on the fence.
Pat Lawlor told me code was only 20% so the game has much more to add.
It takes selfies of you to post on the big screen. If you set your phone on a special place on the lockdown bar during multiball you can pick up your phone and control the machine with your phone.
It also uses hand movement to do things like scratch of a virtual loto ticket.
Thanks. It was being a bitch last night.
On the game right before the stream Preston finished the entire right ladder with Stay Puft Mode and got to We came We Saw.
Then for 2 hours the game decided it was going to show what it it made of. lol
But we enjoyed talking with everyone about Expo and the new games that are on the way.
I'll post some photos here later today from Expo.
Allen may just make it Saturday night.
He currently has to work Saturday.
We will be there and are bringing a game for the tourney area.
Can't wait to see them in person. But it will be awhile before we are back home again.
We leave for Houston in the morning.
Come back Sunday and then fly out to Orlando for the IAAPA show on Monday.
We will be gone all week.
We did Spider-Man.
Just did not post it before hand.
It was a great stream with lots of people talking about Dialed In Wizard of Oz and more.
We found that posting on pinball sites did not really help much. The twitch people and people that follow us always find us.
One of the many machines with what I like to call "Pointy People" art. lol
Also just got this package in the mail today from The Modfather.
it is a Gostbusters and Whitewater candy apple shooter rod along with a symmetrical book stacking mod.
No human being could stack books like that.
Quoted from Leakyfaucet:
Super stoked!! Using my flu fueled boredom, I just ordered my TPF passes for my wife and I. Booked a room at Home2 suites, is anyone else staying there? Never been to a pinball festival so I can't imagine the fun!
TPF is one of the best pinball shows on the planet.
You are certainly starting at the top.
It has it all. Seminars, Tournaments, Parts galore, great people and free give aways and raffles and tons more.
No way to do it all but you can certainly try.
I have been attending it since around 2004.
It has been a blast to watch it grow into the juggernaut it is today.
Quoted from Leakyfaucet:
What you do Tiger... scare her by saying this might be the last time yall could go with only ONE baby.
Unless she wants more kids, then you are screwed.
So people dress up?!?! We're RenFest people so we love that! Maybe Renaissance and pinball go together minus the whole electricity thing.
Some people dress up in Dallas.
Tons of people dress up at the Houston show.
Dallas = Pinball Event.
Houston = Pinball Party.
Quoted from Leakyfaucet:
Leon, when is the Houston show? Is that the one I missed in Oct or Nov?
Mike already answered you, but yes the Houston show is in November every year.
It is held at the Crowne Plaza on 290 North.
Both shows are awesome and not to be missed if you can help it.
The Dallas show you are going to is for the most part, in one giant room and the games are very spread out with plenty of room to walk around and talk. No extra music is playing so you can really hear your particular game pretty well. Tons of games will have for sale signs on them with phone numbers so you can pick up one at the show if you are looking for one. Tons of guest speakers are in the side rooms giving talks on their jobs in the industry. Sometimes new games are revealed at this show. The tournament area has a wide selection of games and runs fairly well now. In the past it had it's troubles staying on schedule. If you need a game part, you can probably easily find it in stock at this show and if not they can certainly order it for you. Ton's of vendors show up for this event. Oh and if you need anything autographed, there are plenty of big names on hand signing backglasses and playfield parts for you. Just bring whatever you want signed with you.
The Houston show is great as well. It is set up in two smaller rooms, 3 if you count the separate tournament room. It is packed tight and half of one of the rooms is dedicated to console gaming and a few vendors. Keith has a DJ booth set up in one of the rooms and pumps out high energy jams throughout the show. Lights are low and hearing the sound from your game is not going to happen. It is still a blast, just different, so know that going in. There is plenty of room in the hallways and lobby to gather and talk shop. They, like Dallas also do a swap meet in the parking lot where regular collectors bring parts and project machines you can pick up really cheap. They also hold costume contest as well and there are always some really inventive costumes at the show.
We just installed our new Spider-Man painted speaker panel and Whitewater side panel art this week.
Came out really nice.
We also put a cointaker shaker in Spider-Man because they were on sale for $79.
But holy hell, that thing is crazy loud and shakes your fillings out. Lol
It will be for sale soon as I have a normal Pinball life shaker on the way.
Would be awesome if all shaker motors came with one of those installed in the first place.
Quoted from Leakyfaucet:
Well I came home with another pinball machine with help from JAHpinWizard and so the inevitable thing happened my wife said they had to go outside. So, after several hours of disassembly and the help of my brother in law, all my machines are in my future game room in a row for the first time. Even though, some are in the process of being repaired and brought to life, it makes me super happy.... sheetrock or not!
Who needs Sheetrock.
Quoted from Nevus:
He's been asking me for a while to get one. I ordered a Premium after the TPF and then cancelled with the PF issues etc that happened over the summer. I'm really glad I changed my mind, the game is great fun.
We took a chance and got one of the first Premiums off the line.
Worked out great. Playfield is still fantastic.
Certainly one of Sterns greatest.
My Arcade here in Beaumont, Colorado Canyon is going to sell two pinballs.
Below is my post from the Gulf Coast Pinball Facebook page. Wanted to offer them locally first before posting a for sale here on Pinside.
Here is a cut and past with the photos.
Two Pinballs for sale. These are location games and are being sold and priced as such. These are not games from our personal collection, but are on location at our arcade. They are however very well kept and clean. We are selling these to bring in other games, they both work great. Star Trek Pro $4300. Full Throttle $5995. The Ghostbusters is not for sale. Posting locally here first. Star Trek has no issues. Full Throttle has the lower monitor out but a new one is on the way from Heighway pinball. Cointaker has promised us the new owner will get the monitor as soon as it arrives from over seas. Here are the photos. Message me if interested or call Colorado Canyon here in Beaumont.
Quoted from Spg101:
Hey, just getting into this but I travel to Beaumont frequently. I go out to orange and interested in watching some quality players to see if I can pick anything up. Just bought a WoZ and it's awesome. Never been in a tournament and would like to see some serious play. I move a lot, keep me updated....
Awesome. Welcome to the group.
Whenever you are in Beaumont just let me know with a PM here on Pinside.
We love to have people over to play and talk Pinball.
We just installed our new inserts over the rollover lanes yesterday. The game plays so much better when the ball is not swooping all over the place with the old cupped inserts.
It is Jacks Open. A Gottlieb wedge head. And it is a blast to play.
Here are more pics.
Still making and replacing inserts on our Jacks Open.
Aerosmith should be shipping out this week so hopefully we will have it next week.
Quoted from PoBoyPinball:
Looks good. Based off of pics I have seen of your game and seeing it at Dan's. Are you going to repaint the cab? Or go with the patina look?
That is a great question. We are fine with most cabinets as they are.
The body on this one is really in good shape. It is the wear at the top of the head that bothers me.
Problem is there is probably no way to fix just that part without making the rest of the game look horrible.
So for now it is going to stay as is.
That is just how the Walking Dead is. Nothing can be done about that.
Also the ball will drain down the middle a lot when exiting the pop bumpers.
All you can do is shake it and hope for the best. lol
It is awesome that they have great pinball tables and I wish them luck.
But we have three great ones at Colorado Canyon and they are on the bottom of the food chain compared to our other games.
Even Ghostbusters as great as it is, will take forever to pay for itself for the $5200 price tag.
I can only imagine trying to pay for a $12,000 or more Batman. They must have deep pockets or a lot of guts putting over $30,000 worth of pins in a gas station strip center.
Most of us have HUO collections.
My brother and I also happen to run an arcade as part of our business.
We have 3 pinballs at work and around 15 or so at home.
Here is our current Stern line up with Aerosmith on the way next week.
Quoted from Jeremy8419:
Hi, I'm new.
The games I like:
Blackout (Idk, retro sounds and colors and simplicity)
Black Knight 2000 (only played virtual, just cool)
Junkyard (fun theme and collecting, cool minigames)
Midevil Madness (silly-cool)
Wizard of Oz 75th (ooooooo preeeetttyyyyy)
F-14 (tactical theme and sounds are cool)
Some Roses EM game (EM's are simple and easily measurable skill, without a ton of rules to obfuscate base skill)
Games I dislike:
Twilight Zone (seems like a bunch of random crap with poor aedthetical interactions)
Firepower (board is fugly)
Game of Thrones (boring. Lots of loops/ramps but boring and monotonous. Non LE extra boring)
Anything with death themes
AC/DC and Metallica (themes are crap to me)
Most modern Sterns that seem like the same repetitive game
Banging on the machine to nudge stuff (I have a "Just play the damn game" mentality)
These are MY views/tastes, so "hey I think you'd like X" are appreciated.
Funny. I can't stand the sound on F14 and love every game you hate as well as nudging, which is a huge part of playing pinball correctly.
But welcome to the group and pinball. Everyone is certainly different with tastes.