In. Come and see me at the Third Coast Pinball booth!
I crop dusted all over the floor this year. Except in front of the prewar booth. I was afraid I'd hurt a game with that stuff...
Best money spent off property is at Norma's Cafe just across the street and a half mile up. Home cooking and huge pie at reasonable prices.
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My stepson will be walking around, no joke, with his stool so he can reach the games. Will be hard to miss.
Honestly, you'd be surprised how many kids I see walking around that show with their own stools! Gladdens my heart to see it.
Looking forward to my 8th show and bringing both clear machines this year. I love to meet anyone and everyone from Pinside so be sure to say hi!
All three games are cleaned, 100% and ready to load! I'm early this year... Can't wait to see all of you. (And even meet some of yous!)
Got a toll tag after my first TPF. Works here and Houston and for that big 4 lane free for all that lets me bypass Austin at 80MPH.
For a good reasonably priced homestyle meal I highly recommend Norma's Cafe across Gaylord Parkway and a block or two east. Great pie as well.
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Still looking for a ride back to Austin (south) on Sunday. Just need to be dumped off the I-35 near 6th street exit. I will just have a suitcase. My brother is coming to TPF Friday on his motorcycle.
We're only going as far south as Waco on Sunday then finishing the drive on Monday. Sorry. Bound to be someone here who could help out!
My annual TPF wrap-up/ .02offering;
I've been coming since the last Grapevine basement show and every year it gets better. I don't come for the tournaments, the lectures or for the VIP guests. I come to meet people and play their games. Every year I meet more and different characters and get to visit again with old pals. And the game selection this year was beyond ridiculous. I took a lot of pictures, most of them poor, but here's a rogues gallery of the things I loved the most about this years' show. As always, a HUGE thanks to Ed and crew, all of the volunteers and the hobbyists and business folk that bring all the wonderful games I show up to play.
Now forgive me, but I have to start with my own contribution. This was the 2015 Best in Show winner and I am grateful it gets a nice up front viewing each year I bring it. Over 450 plays with just a few flubs.
Meanwhile my brother was attempting to break my high score on Space Invaders and my EBD. Haven't pulled the audits on them yet but they seemed to be played constantly.
This was the nicest most tricked out Iron Maiden you are likely to ever see or play. The wife and I fell in love with the game at the Houston show last year and this one played like a dream. B E A -utiful machine.
Yeah, it is pretty. Yes, it plays. No I didn't.
Seriously, the nicest Seawitch you will ever play. Now I have to listen to the Beatles because I can't stand to hear a clip of a song and then not the rest. Great music, decent machine.
@bingopodcast and @ryanclaytor brought their new publication along with Nick's amazing and award winning Multi-Bingo. Learned a ton about the game I am building and bingo machines in general.
Spooky was there as usual with their latest machine. There were three of them on the floor in total and the lines were always long!
Three more amazing restorations by a master. All played like they were factory fresh or better.
Special nostalgia shout out - First EM I ever owned was Duotron, the 2 player version of Magnatron. Fun game and a great memory throwback.
I remember playing this one in the wild. Yes, I am old.
I gotta say Octoberfest was pretty cool. Fun game with entertaining modes.
Pinball aside, its fun now and then to take a break with old friends from the arcade days. Stunt Cycle and Death Race are two of my favorites and having them together in one room really brought back the memories. Thanks to whoever brought these games and shared them. I played them both a bunch!
The first pinball game I recall playing was an old Bally El Toro. The second was Doodle Bug. Seeing this at the show really took me back. Waaaaay back. Just up from it was a Bally Black Pyramid. I sold mine a number of years ago and have missed it ever since. Thanks for bringing these.
This is the nicest Galaxy you will ever see. And if you did not see inside of it, trust me, you missed half the show. A real piece of art. Next to it was a nice sample of Dracula and the Spinal Tap that gets better every year.
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