Got back from Pintastic a little earlier today after arriving on Thursday. What an exceptional event! It just gets better and better. I loved the VIP Lounge and 1 hour early entry. As a Production Run 2 customer expecting my delivery in September, I was psyched to get hands on with the production Multimorphic P3 at Aardvark's booth. After getting in maybe 15 games, I'm more excited than ever to receive mine. It's really looking good and I even got the chance to start converting some of my friends into believers.
Thanks to all the vendors who take time to come and support the show and community. I was able to score a schematic for my new game from Mayfair and grabbed a resupply of some LEDs from Cointaker. I've also got my eye on an alternate Medusa apron I saw there but I have to think about that a bit more. I wouldn't have known about it though had they not had them on display. Also got in a good game of Star Wars in the Vendor area and that's a modern machine I could maybe see myself owning. I'm mostly an EM to early SS guy so saying that just highlights how good I thought it was.
I scored a good deal on a wedgehead at the show, though I went down there with no expectation of buying a game. I just couldn't resist Since I hadn't planned on buying I had to beg some tools and help this morning to break the game down but that was no problem due to the helpful community of pinball people who support the show. Many thanks to Eric Bundy and the other guys who helped me out, and kudos to Gabe and the Pintastic crew for having plenty of dollies and a lift cart available. I know of at least 2 games coming back to Vermont. If I'd had the room, I might have grabbed 2 more. Still might try and grab another after the fact I have the phone number!
I'd agree with the sentiments I've seen posted already to do away with the Auction and host the flea market, or at least some part of it, indoors. The auction this year didn't have much and seemed a bit of a waste of space and I'd agree the Flea Market visibility was pretty low if you didn't know where it was from years past.
As usual, the Sanctum crew did a stellar job on the Rumble and the machines seemed to hold up beautifully and issues were fixed quickly. I hadn't intended to play at all, but I did end up doing one entry just to say I had.
My only disappointment, but I use that word tongue-in-cheek, was the Mystic Gate Bingo machine. It was off more than it was on, it seemed, and I only got to play it once, but rang up a 16 credit winner! Those things are beasts to keep running and don't much like being moved so I can sympathize, owning a Roller Derby myself. Great to see one there and thanks for bringing it! That skill shot gate was a cool idea for that time!
The EM lineup was superb again this year and I found the Ringer horseshoe game a lot of fun. That reminds me I have to Google that one and see how it works. Very unique piece! It was really cool to see the massive levels of support from guys like Brian Bushey, Eric Bundy, the Southern NH club and all the individual owners who brought out games to play. I heard they overflowed the Free Play area and had to put some machines into the vendor room. That's show support for you.
I'll be buying my Super Pass the day they go on sale for 2018. Great, great event that I enjoyed even more this year as several friends came for the first time. We finally hit the hay about 3AM Sunday morning in the VIP Room. Glad I took Monday off too to recover