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Pinball Expo 2018 Reboot (Wheeling, IL)


By RobCraig

1 year ago



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    “For those that have attended the Expo Banquet before, what would you change?”

    • Nothing 15 votes
      6%
    • Skip the fancy food, make it Burgers and Fries at a cheaper cost. 46 votes
      18%
    • Shorten the event, make it super cheap or free, and have no meal at all. 19 votes
      7%
    • I don't care about the banquet. 176 votes
      69%

    (256 votes)

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    #101 12 months ago
    Quoted from nwpinball:

    Suggestion, focus on the freeplay area. Get as many games as possible and do not let people pull games early or turn them off if they've sold. Let everyone that brings a game or two get in free to the full event, give people that bring 10+ games more perks. Work with local arcades to get large numbers of games in. If you have hundreds and hundreds of games on freeplay the entire show, you will see your ticket sales grow and grow and that will bring in more vendors and keep them happy. We've taken this approach with the Northwest show, every game in the venue is on freeplay, they must stay all 3 days, we have techs that keep the games running and the result is we draw about 4,000 people during the weekend and vendors often make more money at our show than any other show they do. It's the games that drive everything, after you have lots of games on freeplay coming, then start expand your efforts to other parts of the event.

    And at least wipe them down and verify flippers working.

    #102 12 months ago

    Which will update first? The website or the face book group. Heck add in this thread for all that matters.

    #103 12 months ago
    Quoted from GravitaR:

    Which will update first? The website or the face book group. Heck add in this thread for all that matters.

    Hopefully here!

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    #104 12 months ago

    We are going to give Expo a shot this year as a vendor. Hoping that under new management things will be different. Looking forward to it.

    #105 12 months ago
    Quoted from Marvin:

    I agree games that are there and functioning should be turned on. Personally, I won't take a game to a show that holds it hostage. I've never pulled games early, but if I was told I can't, I wouldn't take them at all. Life happens, plans change. I'm not paying a fine if something comes up. I'm also not letting someone I don't know work on my machines unsupervised. It's more work for the staff but don't give out all weekend passes for bringing a game. Give ones daily, have the games tagged like MGC does. Show your tag get a new band for that day, once you sell the game you can't get in free, the new owner has the tag and gets a band.

    I can see that, but honestly, we don't have a problem getting games and people agreeing to keep them there, we had close to 500 on freeplay this year. But in general I think we are on the same wavelength, finding ways to encourage people to bring games and having a lot of games on freeplay on the floor will make any show do better. It will bring more people there, especially the general population and make it a more fun event. Prioritizing games first is necessary, people come to play!

    #106 12 months ago

    Behind the scenes stuff is rolling. Just spoke with Rob Berk.

    I hope this all works into a really great Expo !

    LTG : )

    #107 12 months ago

    I'll be bringing Breakshot. Hope to see some long time attendees that I missed last year pdxmonkey and burningman lookin at you.

    #108 12 months ago

    Which show will JJP be revealing game #5 (*cough Toy Story *cough*) at?

    Cuz that's the show I will be at.

    #109 12 months ago

    I’ll bring a pin and most of my arcades(which will be for sale). If all goes well that is, no freak blizzards in October....like we had at mgc.....

    #110 12 months ago

    I'm guessing JJP isn't gonna do a reveal at Expo this year. But I have been wrong, twice, in my whole life.

    #111 12 months ago
    Quoted from Gryszzz:

    I'm guessing JJP isn't gonna do a reveal at Expo this year. But I have been wrong, twice, in my whole life.

    Yes there will be, they reveal they're finally shipping Pirates!

    #112 12 months ago
    Quoted from Gryszzz:

    I'm guessing JJP isn't gonna do a reveal at Expo this year. But I have been wrong, twice, in my whole life.

    I once thought I was wrong but I was mistaken.

    #113 12 months ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    Behind the scenes stuff is rolling. Just spoke with Rob Berk.
    I hope this all works into a really great Expo !
    LTG : )

    I'm in for a #LTG fireside chat. "The now and then of pinball". or "The behind the scenes life of tech support". Sharing the crazy creative adventures of NIB owners. lol "you realize its not plugged in right???"

    #114 12 months ago
    Quoted from Yelobird:

    I'm in for a #LTG fireside chat. "The now and then of pinball". or "The behind the scenes life of tech support". Sharing the crazy creative adventures of NIB owners. lol "you realize its not plugged in right???"

    The last two years I've been after the JJP fireside chat Thursday night. And I've had a limited edition mug just for my seminar. This year's mug will be special.

    And I do get the occasional plug came loose in the rear of the cabinet. When anyone loses power I now ask them to plug something into the service outlet to see if we have power that far or not.

    LTG : )

    #115 12 months ago
    Quoted from nwpinball:

    I can see that, but honestly, we don't have a problem getting games and people agreeing to keep them there, we had close to 500 on freeplay this year. But in general I think we are on the same wavelength, finding ways to encourage people to bring games and having a lot of games on freeplay on the floor will make any show do better. It will bring more people there, especially the general population and make it a more fun event. Prioritizing games first is necessary, people come to play!

    I've heard you guys have a great show. never been there, I've taken games to shows. But i just wont take any to a show that requires the game to be there the whole time. I plan to stay the full time but things come up. Having a game (functioning) there half the time is better than it not being there at all.

    #116 12 months ago

    expo is in 82 days. Any new news?

    #117 12 months ago
    Quoted from Gryszzz:

    I'm guessing JJP isn't gonna do a reveal at Expo this year. But I have been wrong, twice, in my whole life.

    I have been saying this since last year's Expo. All of their eggs are in the Pirates basket.

    #118 11 months ago

    I'm on the fence with this year, I'm sure ill be there set up, Just curious how many of us vendors will be there?
    Its not cheap to do this show. The hotel rooms go up every year.
    Pincades
    JT

    #119 11 months ago
    Quoted from Jamaster10:

    I'm on the fence with this year, I'm sure ill be there set up, Just curious how many of us vendors will be there?
    Its not cheap to do this show. The hotel rooms go up every year.
    Pincades
    JT

    They sure have increased. But I bite my tongue as it is once a year and the advantage of being in the same hotel. If you want to play pinball at 2am no drive/ parking worries.

    #120 11 months ago
    Quoted from Jamaster10:

    I'm on the fence with this year, I'm sure ill be there set up, Just curious how many of us vendors will be there?
    Its not cheap to do this show. The hotel rooms go up every year.
    Pincades
    JT

    We will be there, we are staying down the road at the Hawthorne suites for half the price of the conference center (and free breakfast)

    #121 11 months ago

    Cool this show must go on!

    #122 11 months ago

    Looking forward to the show. I'll come down for a day. Time to pencil it in on the calendar.

    #123 11 months ago

    Rumor ... At the Replay Fx show, the American Pinball guy that I talked to said that if everything goes well between now and then, they "might" do the reveal for their next pin (following Houdini) at Expo. So far, that's the only highlight I have heard.

    #124 11 months ago
    Quoted from KingBW:

    the American Pinball guy that I talked to said that if everything goes well between now and then, they "might" do the reveal for their next pin (following Houdini) at Expo.

    That's similar to Joe Balcer's remarks at Pintastic. He also stated a general policy that they don't want to announce-the-announcement (i.e., promise to announce at a certain date) until they are certain that they will.
    .................David Marston

    #125 11 months ago
    Quoted from dmarston:

    He also stated a general policy that they don't want to announce-the-announcement

    it's a good policy to have, especially if there are no leaks driving them to make an announcement. Let all the competition assume you're bringing nothing, then show it.

    #126 11 months ago
    Quoted from KingBW:

    Rumor ... At the Replay Fx show, the American Pinball guy that I talked to said that if everything goes well between now and then, they "might" do the reveal for their next pin (following Houdini) at Expo. So far, that's the only highlight I have heard.

    Cool, cant wait to see.

    #127 11 months ago

    Do we have to pay full price for a 2 year old? Asking for a relative. The website doesn't show anything about young kids rates.

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    #128 11 months ago
    Quoted from KingBW:

    Do we have to pay full price for a 2 year old? Asking for a relative. The website doesn't show anything about young kids rates.

    Depends which countries black market you go to. Going to be rough getting them in to the country if you buy a kid outside the us though.

    #129 11 months ago
    Quoted from epthegeek:

    Depends which countries black market you go to. Going to be rough getting them in to the country if you buy a kid outside the us though.

    LOL - Try again … Price of admission for a 2 year old to attend the show and play pinball? Full price? Free? Other?

    #130 11 months ago
    Quoted from KingBW:

    LOL - Try again … Price of admission for a 2 year old to attend the show and play pinball? Full price? Free? Other?

    I would think safe to say free. Unless they are charging for the little one to enjoy bright flashy lites ...

    #132 11 months ago

    Looks like a late night to catch the Lloyd show. But worth it...

    #133 11 months ago
    Quoted from Yelobird:

    Looks like a late night to catch the Lloyd show. But worth it...

    Surprised me. I thought I'd be Thursday night after the Jersey Jack Pinball fireside chat. Seems we both got moved.

    Looking into limited edition mugs for my show and maybe a shirt or two.

    LTG : )

    #134 11 months ago

    Game set up still at 12pm start on Wednesday?

    #135 11 months ago
    Quoted from LTG:Surprised me. I thought I'd be Thursday night after the Jersey Jack Pinball fireside chat. Seems we both got moved.
    Looking into limited edition mugs for my show and maybe a shirt or two.
    LTG : )

    Gotta get one ...

    #136 11 months ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    Surprised me. I thought I'd be Thursday night after the Jersey Jack Pinball fireside chat. Seems we both got moved.
    Looking into limited edition mugs for my show and maybe a shirt or two.
    LTG : )

    Hopefully I can get my mate Charles to grab me an LE cup

    #137 11 months ago

    glade to see the vendor hall open early for people that brought games

    #138 11 months ago

    Is it just me or does the hype quotient seem a bit low around Expo this year? We're two months out and not much forum action.

    #139 11 months ago
    Quoted from PinBackpacker:

    Is it just me or does the hype quotient seem a bit low around Expo this year? We're two months out and not much forum action.

    Way to many unknowns for this year to be hyped. No idea who will actually show up vendor wise, freeplay area due to planning looks to be in one room the first night - then everything has to be moved for the shows duration, is the final verdict in on who actually owns the name Pinball Expo and how that will effect who shows up. Plus a few others.

    #140 11 months ago

    Im stoked no matter what. Anytime i can play pinball all night for free (provided i bring a game) im happy. Bad day of pinball beats a good day at work, anyday. Bring on expo!

    #141 11 months ago

    I'll be there as well. I went two years ago. Looking forward to a great time!

    #142 11 months ago
    Quoted from GravitaR:

    Way to many unknowns for this year to be hyped. No idea who will actually show up vendor wise, freeplay area due to planning looks to be in one room the first night - then everything has to be moved for the shows duration, is the final verdict in on who actually owns the name Pinball Expo and how that will effect who shows up. Plus a few otheI rs.

    Moving games after one day, that is a first. !!! Hoping that is not true....

    #143 11 months ago

    I see that the Pinball Life open house is now advertised on the schedule for Thursday 10:30AM-4:30PM and Friday Noon-6PM. It's interesting that Expo has that information on their schedule. I'll be there. Guessing that Pinball Life will be advertising something about their event soon. (???)

    #144 11 months ago

    Future Worlds with Deeproot Pinball"
    Speakers: Barry Oursler, Dennis Nordman, John Popadiuk Jr.,

    #145 11 months ago

    I'm glad to see the game hall is open all night. Does it close for good Saturday night at midnight?

    #146 11 months ago
    Quoted from chad:

    Moving games after one day, that is a first. !!! Hoping that is not true....

    Same here, hope that is worked out.

    #147 11 months ago
    Quoted from GravitaR:

    Way to many unknowns for this year to be hyped. No idea who will actually show up vendor wise, freeplay area due to planning looks to be in one room the first night - then everything has to be moved for the shows duration, is the final verdict in on who actually owns the name Pinball Expo and how that will effect who shows up. Plus a few others.

    Where do you see anything about the rooms changing?
    bumper blast has always been in a different room than the gameroom. Thats the food for the game bringers.

    #148 11 months ago
    Quoted from scott_freeman:

    Future Worlds with Deeproot Pinball"
    Speakers: Barry Oursler, Dennis Nordman, John Popadiuk Jr.,

    This will be interesting. Hired security??

    #149 11 months ago
    Quoted from Deaconblooze:

    I'm glad to see the game hall is open all night. Does it close for good Saturday night at midnight?

    Yes at the stroke of midnite....

    #150 11 months ago

    I guess it closes at midnight so people can leave early and avoid the embarrassment of all those carriages in the lot turning into pumpkins.

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