Quoted from Talon2000:
So I hear those that are complaining about the amount of down games at the show. It happens. We do get an influx of new people who aren't accustomed to what it takes to keep their machine running at a show. Still others who bring a game that wasn't even prepped for the show. I believe the number of down machines was less than 10% and I got alot of them back up and running as quickly as I could. But things break. That being said if any of you would like to volunteer to help out with the TPF Hospital next year please get in contact with me. I would like to get some more people that could help out if needed, we really need a range of people who are knowledgeable on certain types, mfgs, and years. The TPF Hospital is strictly a volunteer operation, typically we only have some left over parts from working on our machines, and tools. We can always use more parts, and people to help out. Also of note, we only work on those machines where the owner has contacted us, and we don't work on that project machine you didn't have running before the show. We are more of a Triage center, and try to get a down game playable as quickly as possible. Alot of people put their contact info on the card of the game, so if you see a down game, try sending a message to the owner and let them know. Would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on how we could do a better job of keeping games running. So please send me a PM.
first off, thank you. I thought y'all did an excellent job and there weren't really many pins down imo.
The only advice i would give would be mainly for exhibitors to check fuses and funtionality before bringing games, leaving a name and phone number with the line "call or text if game is down", and just making surw exhibitors have direct and clear access to numbers to those who may be fixing games to get in line and the hospital.
I actually spoke with multiple exhibitiors that did not know the process on how to get in line for fixes or even who to reach or how to reach them.