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Official 2017 Texas Pinball Festival

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Post #54 Map to nearby hotel locations. Posted by Ed_in_Texas (3 years ago)

Post #66 Link to registration info. Posted by Ed_in_Texas (3 years ago)

Post #79 Dennis Nordman announcement. Posted by Ed_in_Texas (3 years ago)

Post #82 Mark Ritchie announcement. Posted by Ed_in_Texas (3 years ago)

Post #107 Greg Freres announcement. Posted by Ed_in_Texas (3 years ago)

Post #111 Cassandra Peterson (actress who plays Elvira) announcement. Posted by Ed_in_Texas (3 years ago)

Post #129 George Gomez announcement. Posted by Ed_in_Texas (3 years ago)

Post #152 John Trudeau announcement. Posted by Ed_in_Texas (3 years ago)

Post #159 Exhibitors giveaway information and how to register as an exhibitor. Posted by Ed_in_Texas (3 years ago)

Post #162 Tournament information. Posted by Ed_in_Texas (3 years ago)

Post #183 Multimorphic announcement. Posted by Ed_in_Texas (2 years ago)

Post #184 Spooky Pinball new game announcement. Posted by Ed_in_Texas (2 years ago)

Post #199 Joe Balcer announcement. Posted by Ed_in_Texas (2 years ago)

Post #226 Sam J. Jones (actor who played Flash Gordon) announcement. Posted by Ed_in_Texas (2 years ago)

Post #281 Dialed In announcement. Posted by Ed_in_Texas (2 years ago)

Post #305 Steve Ritchie announcement. Posted by Ed_in_Texas (2 years ago)

Post #306 Photos of 2017 challenge coins. Posted by Ed_in_Texas (2 years ago)

Post #351 Spooky Pinball documentary announcement. Posted by Ed_in_Texas (2 years ago)

Post #362 Christopher Franchi announcement. Artist on Batman '66 Posted by Ed_in_Texas (2 years ago)

Post #371 The Jetsons will be making its first public appearance. Posted by Ed_in_Texas (2 years ago)

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#50 3 years ago

TPF summer sale! Take 25% off all in-stock TPF shirts, challenge coins, and more until June 30th! Use promo code: TPF25 at checkout!


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#53 3 years ago

The #TPF2017 block (and pretty much the rest of the hotel) at the Embassy is sold out! But FEAR NOT! We have a great selection of overflow hotels lined up and waiting to take your reservation (details in article below). We are working toward having show pre-registration open on October 1st.


#54 3 years ago
Quoted from Ed_in_Texas:

The #TPF2017 block (and pretty much the rest of the hotel) at the Embassy is sold out! But FEAR NOT! We have a great selection of overflow hotels lined up and waiting to take your reservation (details in article below). We are working toward having show pre-registration open on October 1st.

Here you can see just how close the overflow hotels are. In fact, the Hyatt and Hilton Garden are right across the street from the convention center main entrance.

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#66 3 years ago

The 2017 Texas Pinball Festival Pre-Registration is OPEN!
Discount weekend passes are now available!
Register as an Exhibitor and get in FREE!
T-Shirts are printing now and will ship next week!
Tournament information will posted soon!
The countdown begins!

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#74 3 years ago

TPF represents at Stern factory tour

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#76 3 years ago

A word from Barenaked Ladies front man Ed Robertson for #TPF2017! Discount weekend passes available now. Support the show by bringing a game and get in FREE!

#79 3 years ago

First special guest announced!
Famed pinball designer Dennis Nordman is coming to TPF2017! Dennis will co-host a revealing seminar titled: "Another Home Run from Dennis Nordman!" More details coming soon!

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#82 3 years ago

Guest Announcement: Mark Ritchie, who is the main feature in the upcoming Pinball Magazine #4, is returning to TPF 2017.

Designer of popular games such as Diner, Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure, Fish Tales, Taxi, Sorcerer (this year's TPF theme), and so many others, Mark will be visiting with show guests and fans all weekend!


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#95 3 years ago
Quoted from labnip:

so much exciting news coming out about TPF !!!

You ain't seen nothing yet!

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#100 3 years ago

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#104 3 years ago
Quoted from MnHotRod:

We're heading down from Minneapolis. Booked our flights last week. We missed getting a room at Embassy Suites. If anyone has a spare room, please send a PM.

We have set up blocks of rooms at the neighboring hotels. As a matter of fact, the brand new Hyatt right across the street is probably a shorter walk to the convention center main entrance than the Embassy lobby

Here is the neighboring hotel info:

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#107 3 years ago

TPF 2017 Special Guest Announcement: Famed pinball artist Greg Freres! Current Art Director at Stern Pinball and co-founder of Whizbang Pinball, Greg is one of the most popular artist in the business! Known for his amazing work on great titles such as Elvira and the Party Monsters, Skateball, The Party Zone, Dr. Dude, Elvira: Scared Stiff, Stern Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons, and so many others, Greg will join pinball designer Dennis Nordman on Saturday for a special forum discussing their work together and visiting with fans and guests!

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#111 3 years ago

When you hear the name Elvira, only one person comes to mind...

Horror icon and quintessential symbol of all things spooky, the one and only Mistress of the Dark. Played by actress/writer Cassandra Peterson, Elvira has carved out a niche in popular culture that is sure to endure for decades to come.

We’re excited to announce that Cassandra Peterson will be appearing, as herself, at the 2017 Texas Pinball Festival! Ms. Peterson will join pinball designer Dennis Nordman and artist Greg Freres in a special forum on Saturday discussing their work together on “Elvira and the Party Monsters” and “Scared Stiff”. This marks the first time ever that Dennis, Greg and Cassandra will sit on a panel together to reminisce and answer questions. DO NOT MISS IT!

View more at: http://texaspinball.com/tpf/unpleasant-dreams/


#129 3 years ago

We’re excited to announce that famed pinball designer and Product Development Chief at Stern Pinball Inc., George Gomez returns to the Texas Pinball Festival in 2017. Read full article here:


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#152 3 years ago

Who You Gonna Call?

Popular pinball designer, and personal friend of Slimer, John Trudeau is joining us again at the 2017 Texas Pinball Festival!

Read more here:

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#157 3 years ago
Quoted from Rockytop:

Who sells the framed backglasses that have been at TPF?
I'm looking for an Eight Ball framed backglass.

Wizard Enterprises

#159 3 years ago

The Texas Pinball Festival, in partnership with TPF2017 Platinum Sponsor VP Cabs, will give away a brand new VP Cabs "Vertigo" machine to one very lucky exhibitor in a free raffle! This is in addition to all the other great incentives that come with being an exhibitor.

On Sunday, March 26th at 2:30pm, we will draw the winning ticket and give away this awesome machine to one lucky exhibitor! Official rules/details will be posted to our website soon. In the meantime, get those games registered. IT'S YOUR SHOW!

Register as an exhibitor:

Check out the Vertigo by VP Cabs:

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#162 3 years ago

Wizards Tournament tickets on sale now. Only 160 spot available.
Tourney info here: http://texaspinball.com/tpf/tournaments/texas-wizards-tournament/
Buy your tourney ticket and weekend pass (if not an exhibitor) here: http://texaspinball.com/tpf/tpfstore/

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#169 3 years ago

Last day to order shirts in time for Christmas delivery is December 20th! If you can't bring a game to get in free, weekend pass prices go up January 1st!

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#183 2 years ago

Multimorphic… Welcome to the Present!

Gerry Stellenberg and Multimorphic will be back again to show off the latest developments on the P3 Pinball Platform. Last year they announced 4 new games for the platform, and this year they’re promising even bigger announcements and demonstrations.

Visit link below for full post:


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#184 2 years ago

A New Game from Spooky Pinball!

That’s right! Spooky Pinball will be at TPF2017. Charlie, Kayte and the gang are coming all the way down from Benton, Wisconsin to show off their Domino’s Pizza Pinball. And they’re bringing something extra… the first public showing of a NEW GAME!

Read more:

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#185 2 years ago

Win a VP Cabs Classic Pinball in the American Heroes Raffle!

Details here:


#186 2 years ago

Cassandra Peterson Details Announced.

Schedule, Autograph / Photo-Op, and seminar details:


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#187 2 years ago

LAST CALL to save up to $20 on a TPF2017 weekend pass! Price goes up January 1st!

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#199 2 years ago

Accomplished pinball designer Joe Balcer is coming to #TPF2017 with American Pinball and an all new, redesigned game! See full article here:


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#200 2 years ago
Quoted from ita47:

Well that will save me $30-$40 this year, I have no interest in a VP Cabs Pinball. I was hoping they would be raffleing a Ghostbusters or Game of Thrones this year.

It's for charity, but no worries.

#225 2 years ago

Full details announced soon!

#226 2 years ago

Sam J. Jones (Flash Gordon) details are here:

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#281 2 years ago

Dialed In! is coming to TPF 2017! Read full announcement here: http://texaspinball.com/tpf/texas-gets-dialed-in/

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#305 2 years ago

Steve Ritchie announced! It wouldn't be TPF without him!


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#306 2 years ago

Preview of the 2017 Texas Pinball Festival collectable Challenge Coin based on the 1985 Williams "Sorcerer" pin designed by TPF2017 special guest Mark Ritchie! TPF Exhibitors will each receive a coin with the purple enameled back. Eligible Volunteers will each receive a coin with the red enameled back. A limited number of 100 coins with the black enameled back will be available for purchase very soon!


#336 2 years ago

The TPF2017 Commemorative Challenge Coin is now available! Only 100 were minted. Shipping is available or we can add it to your 2017 order for pick up at the show!




#348 2 years ago
Quoted from NicoVolta:

No fair... you gotta earn 'em! :p
Despite a number of tries, I only got one last year. Not gonna put it back in!
(but will try for more this year)

Safe Cracker will be there! Agreed, we love seeing folks win the tokens, but many SC owners want a few to add to their SC game so we made them available.

#351 2 years ago

TPF2017 is proud to announce the Spooky Pinball documentary: Things That Go Bump In the Night: The Spooky Pinball Story will premiere at the Texas Pinball Festival!


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#354 2 years ago
Quoted from rotordave:

Can you reserve seats? Or is it first come, first served?

First come, first served.

#362 2 years ago

Stern Pinball Batman '66 artist Christopher Franchi will be attending TPF2017! Holy Special Guests Batman! It's going to be a full house!

Details here: http://texaspinball.com/tpf/meet-christopher-franchi-2/

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#371 2 years ago

Come see and play "The Jetsons" at it's first public showing at TPF2017!





#383 2 years ago

Only 40 (of 160) spots in the Texas Wizards Tournament remain. They WILL sell out and I promise I'll get 10-15 emails from disappointed players asking to get on a wait list because they just can't believe it sold out.


#409 2 years ago

Our Safe Cracker loaded with officially licensed Texas Pinball Festival Magic Tokens will return to TPF2017! Several burglars were skilled enough to win one last year. Are you?



#414 2 years ago

1 tourney spot left!!!

#417 2 years ago

Jonathan from Pinball Magazine and Martin from Pinball News join forces at TPF2017!

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#450 2 years ago

In case you haven't heard
Appearing together for the first time and only at TPF2017, Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson, Dennis Nordman, Greg Freres will be talking about their work together in a not to be missed panel on Saturday, March 25th at 2pm. Moderated by Charlie Emery! Seating is limited! Complete details at http://www.texaspinball.com


#480 2 years ago

Edit: Position filled
Attention Streamers/Videographers! The Texas Pinball Festival is seeking a skilled streamer and/or videographer that wants the opportunity to live stream/record the Texas Pinball Festival seminars. This is a great opportunity to really boost your channel viewer and subscribers. TPF can provide a high speed wifi connection (but having a hot spot as a back up is a good idea). We can also discuss you doing some streaming from the show floor if you like, but the seminars is the priority. If you have the equipment and know what you're doing, shoot me a message to discuss.
PS. We already have the tournaments covered


#485 2 years ago

Own a piece of pinball history and help support the IFPA:


#489 2 years ago
Quoted from Spelunk71:

Any chance a flipping Magic Girl will make an apearance? See MG thread for latest news...

I wouldn't hold my breath, but there's always a chance.

#498 2 years ago

Jim Schelberg of PinGame Journal seminar announced! Goodies for everyone!


#501 2 years ago

Heighway Pinball returns to TPF and is bringing Alien!


#503 2 years ago

Introducing the all new TPF logo shirt! 100% pre-shrunk, 6oz Ultra Cotton! Pick up at the show or available for shipping!




#509 2 years ago

Thank you to everyone that voted! TPF2017 came in first and will be a PAPA Circuit event!



#513 2 years ago

Call for volunteers!
We have lots of spots to fill and can use all the help. Time slots on the main floor start at 2 hours, and at 4 hours, volunteers begin earning incentives... t-shirts, TPF bucks, an upgraded pass (if applicable), a free autograph or photo with Sam J. Jones... all the way up to a challenge coin!

You can get all the details (and links) on our volunteer page.

Help us make #TPF2017 awesome!


#521 2 years ago

Special Offer for TPF2017 Exhibitors from ColorDMD! Save $50 and get free shipping on any LCD or LED color display! Here's what you do:

Register your game to exhibit at the 2017 Texas Pinball Festival:

Decide if you prefer an LCD or LED display by visiting ColorDMD.com (note some games will only work with the LED display due to space limitations).

Email: randy AT colordmd DOT com with "TPF2017" as the subject. Provide your name, a contact phone number, if you want an LCD or LED display, and what game it's for. You will then receive instructions for payment with $50 off and no shipping charge.

Your new display will be delivered to you for installation during show set up at the Texas Pinball Festival. Randy will be there personally to provide assistance if needed.

Big THANK YOU to Randy Perlow and ColorDMD!


#539 2 years ago

Friday, March 24th, 10pm
On the patio outside the Embassy Hotel Cypress Bar!

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#596 2 years ago
Quoted from Pinball-is-great:

Is there a certain cut-off date that we need to keep in mind if we are thinking about registering to bring a pinball machine to TPF-2017?
From reading info online on TPF website, I see that we need to be set up ready to go by Fri Mar 24th, 4 pm.

Exhibitors can register online up to showtime or just show up with your game and we'll get you in. Tuesday, March 7th is the cutoff to ensure you receive a name badge as we have to get those printed, sorted, etc.

#625 2 years ago
Quoted from Lermods:

Anyone know the WiFi deal at the hotel if you aren't staying there? We will have a booth and need wifi to run transactions. Is it free?
Also, hotel site says $10/day parking. Is that right? Is there street parking?

You might try asking the folks running the show
We will be emailing all the vendors about available wifi in the show hall when we send out set-up instructions. Parking in parking garage is free for hotel guests. Open parking is free for everyone.

#627 2 years ago

If you are coming to TPF, please support the TPF vendors and sponsors. They pay good money to bring you their products by buying vendor space, web links, and ads in the show program (which helps pay for this huge show and keeps weekpass pricing for guests low).


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#628 2 years ago
Quoted from Zitt:

Ed, have you guys defined clear parking for the "delivery trucks/trailers"?
IE is there a defined parking area for those trucks.
This year; I'll be bringing a 24ft truck... so I don't think parking "beside" the parking structure works this time. There is also an issue where I didn't get in early enough (Oct... really) to get in the Embassy.

We have a designated parking area across the street in the mall parking lot for large trucks and trailers. Load in staff will direct you after unloading.

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#718 2 years ago

Chicago Gaming has unveiled Attack from Mars Remake in 3 versions: Classic Edition, Special Edition, and Limited Edition! Come play it at the FUN! Billiards and Gameroom Superstore booth at TPF2017!

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#724 2 years ago

Exclusive offer for TPF2017 attendees! 50% off and a free ride to the National Videogame Museum! On Saturday, March 25th and Sunday, March 26th, show your TPF wristband and visit the NVM for just $6! That's 50% off the regular $12 price! Also on Saturday only, from noon until 8pm, the NVM will provide a FREE shuttle from TPF to the NVM. The shuttle will run 2-3 times every hour with the last shuttle returning at 7:45pm. The NVM is only 4.3 miles from TPF.
Visit http://nvmusa.org for more information on the NVM!

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#727 2 years ago

TPF and Show Etiquette 101

Texas is home to the most polite and friendly folks around, but just as a reminder, here’s a little pinball and show etiquette:

Please do not kick or hit the machines. This is usually a non-issue, but we always like to remind folks to treat the games as if they were their own. The game owners will appreciate this.

Please do not put drinks or food on the games, and please wash your hands after eating that big bowl of Texas nachos. Trash cans are accessible throughout the game room and beverage holders are available on many of the games.

We love seeing kids at the show. Often times they have never seen a pinball machine and we encourage parents to teach them, but smaller kids should be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Share that great game. If you notice someone waiting to play the game you are playing, please allow them to play when your game is finished. Better yet, challenge them to a multiplayer game. It’s more fun to compete!

Please make sure to wear your Texas Pinball Festival wrist band on your wrist at all times. It’s the only way we know what your security clearance is (we wanted to do retina scanning, but it was too expensive). If you have a problem with your wrist band, go to the registration table for assistance.

And finally, keep in mind the folks that put on the TPF are hobbyists (like many of you) and volunteers. This is not our primary business. Please be patient. We are working hard to make it a great show for everyone.


#751 2 years ago

Attention Exhibitors and Vendors! Please check your email for set-up instructions and information. If you did not receive it, let us know.

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#766 2 years ago

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#804 2 years ago

TPF reminder: At the request of the hotel and convention center, outside alcohol is not permitted in the venue or common areas. Outside alcohol is allowed in the guest rooms and adult beverages are available for purchase from the venue. If they see outside alcohol, they will ask you to leave.
NOW, as far as I know, nobody cares about your beverage from Starbucks, your favorite fast food restaurant, or in your tumbler

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#886 2 years ago

Are you ready to meet Flash Gordon? Who's bringing a Ted?

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#1430 2 years ago
Quoted from MikeO:

Can someone point me to a link where the Best of Show winners are listed?

Give us a few days to recover. We'll get the website updated with a show recap, winners, etc.

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