Yep... booked it.
BTW... if you're local and hankering for a distraction between now and the Houston Expo before TPF 2017 arrives... just posted this about the LPGE (Let's Play Gaming Expo) in Plano.
If you want the full experience, you'll want to stay through Sunday's closing ceremony which starts at 2:30pm and lasts about an hour or so. Awards are given as well as the big drawing for a new pinball machine. So if you have nothing else planned in the area, I recommend scheduling a return flight Sunday evening. Be sure to give yourself enough time to arrive at the airport at least two hours ahead of departure.
If you're arriving Wednesday evening and in the mood for an "arcade preview", you might consider hitting up Dave and Buster's for half-price game night (every Wednesday).
Every once in a while I like to stuff a handful of tokens into the coin pushers and try the many skill-stop games. It's cool that you can drink beer too. Closest thing to Vegas around.
Play them often enough and you might walk away with an iPad. I admit I've done this a couple of times...
Woohoo! Finally made it to the presses. To commemorate this event, the VECTOR Committee plans to field up to twice the number of machines we brought last year.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'll be sleeping in my workshop...
*hic* yep.... a reason to never schedule your seminar adjacent to Manager's Happy Hour... *hic*
Quoted from Zitt:
Given that bonnevil69 (Doom), nelly (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), mk1mod0 (Clearly Insane Bingo), and myself (Star_Trek: The Mirror Universe) are all bringing our custom one-off Pinball machines to TPF'2017... I'm wondering if we should do something special. I'm thinking at the very least we should go hangout and get some food... maybe we should sitdown and have a "fireside" chat in a conference room or something. I haven't talk with the show organizers... but I think we should sit aside some time to "chat" away from the noise of the show with maybe an informal Q&A on our various machines / techniques / advice used to build these works of art.
BTW: My intent is not to ignore anyone who has build a custom table which may be at the show... if you have and intend to bring it to TPF'17; please speak up. These are the ones I can remember right now.
Anyone else interested?
Would re-themes be eligible? If so I can ask if Paul would like to contribute his Polynesia tiki-retheme to the effort.
Vpin's don't do it for me (yet) because the unrealistic software is the weak point. But I think at some point I may want one. Pinball Arcade is pretty fun. I wish Arcooda was coming to TPF. Interested to see their cab + Pinball Arcade partnership.
BTW, fellow VECTORIAN Rodney is furiously building a VP of his own. It might make TPF this year. Expecting good things... his Mortal Kombat kab killed it!
Hard Eight gets talked up a lot. Never been, but the tin-roofed smoke-billowing exterior of the building certainly looks the business.
Fort Worth is cool. Great museums and downtown area... go spend some time there talking to people. They have a lot to say and will look you in the eye with genuine curiosity.
As far as Dallas is concerned, I find it to be emotionally dysfunctional. Yes, plenty of cheap homes, good employment, and numerous restaurants here... but the culture is one of sleepwalking through life.
Come see the Dallas World Aquarium and maybe the Nasher art gallery at the very least. And have a drink atop Reunion Tower for the view. Then run for the exit.
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)
Quoted from jgentry:
It's all day or about 45 seconds, which ever comes first
LMAO! So true. This game is a royal ass-kicker. In fact the toughest of all "Class of '81" pins and I'd even argue it is the meanest in the entire classic 75-81 Bally lineup.
But that's also why it is so cool...
I have a toll tag, so I always call NTTA when I have a rental and they switch it over temporarily. Not sure if they can do this for non-tag accounts though.
I wish TPF was officially open Thursday evening-Sunday afternoon. Too much to see... time flies!
Exhibitors get the best experience. With Thursday load-in, it's like getting an extra day.
Find me a buyer for my Pro-Football and/or Top Score before the show, and I'll add my Bally Dixieland to that lineup.
How fun... it's so old school, literally. I've never been there before despite growing up in Dallas. It is one of the only places left I can think of which is classic Dallas family entertainment. No video games, no surround-sound movie sensory overload... just close-up w/people and decorations. So many are gone now... Crystals, Showbiz Pizza, Penny Whistle Park... all victims of the technology and stay-at-home cocooning phase which started in the (very) early 90's. So glad to see this kind of thing still exists. *sniff*
Don't miss it. I have a feeling this will be the best year yet for TPF. Major confluence of unique guests, games, and events.
Quoted from beelzeboob:
Farts don't matter in the Vector booth. They get annihilated by the overpowering perfume of fresh paint and varnish. Mmm-mmm!!!
This is true. We're double-doubling down on customs this year. One becomes four!
Two arcades... and two pins. You'll just have to come over to our booth to see the pins.
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