We attended from Australia
Now we basically have no Expo's here in relation to pinball / arcade so my friend Tony and I were ABSOLUTELY BLOWN AWAY by PPE.
To me , nearly EVERYTHING about PPE was fantastic, it was extremely well organised in all regards, the massive selection of games to play was beyond our expectations, the staff were excellent and ALWAYS around to report a fault to which I have to say were attended to quickly considering the crowds and amount of machines. The condition of the games was also excellent, we only experienced a weak flipper on Gorgar and also the left mini flipper on Paragon by Saturday night - other than that most machines seemed to play nicely.
It was also VERY cool to meet many US pinheads who we had either dealt with or had RGP contact with over the years, the absolute highlight of course being Cliffy - an industry LEGEND ! ( Hi mate , I am sure you will recall Tony and myself ). I played games that we rarely if ever see here in Oz like Jolly Park, Star Race, Laser Cue, Gottlieb Circus etc - AMAZING.
The guys in the Tournament room did an endless job and appeared totally committed to the task, I am sorry I forget your name but the pony tail dude was in there every time I went past , be it at 10 am or midnight - VERY committed - congrats.
I congratulate all the organisers, staff and volunteers and those who take thier own games along for us to enjoy. I have extensively reported our trip and photos on both Australian forums Aussie Pinball and Aussie Arcade in an effort to get more Aussie pinheads over to the show in the years ahead.
The location is just great too, the Embassy Suites were very nice rooms and clean and the breakfasts and happy hours were an added bonus ( I assumed free internet would have been available as we had received it in all other US hotels prior to arriving at San Rafael, that was my only VERY MINOR complaint ).
I congratulate Michael and his staff on their Herculian efforts in putting this show on and will be back in 2013.