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Replay FX Festival OFFICIAL TALKBACK THREAD


By Kineticross

6 years ago



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    #1 6 years ago

    WELCOME TO THE GREATEST ARCADE IN THE UNIVERSE!

    "Gamers behind the Replay Foundation and PAPA are taking over the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and filling it with more than 700 full-sized arcade and pinball machines, over 1,000 console titles, tabletop games, a showcase of new products by game developers, roaming magicians, live musicians, face-painters, entertainers, competitive tournaments offering over $100,000 in prize money, and more!

    The Replay Festival Extravaganza will feature the largest public collection of full-sized pinball, arcade, tabletop, and console games anywhere in the solar system. The majority of these machines are maintained year-round by the Replay Foundation at our dedicated gaming facility. Gamers will be invited to attend a series of speaker panels dedicated to all aspects of arcade and gaming culture, or to browse merchandise in the event’s extensive marketplace. If that still isn’t enough, be prepared to try your luck at a series of traditional carnival games or inside one of several oversized, inflatable obstacle courses.

    Over $100,000 will be at stake for the competitive player. Thousands of games will be available for the casual fan. A family-friendly atmosphere will be available for the kids, and no one has to leave the galaxy to attend!"

    Talk all about the festival and update the schedule in this thread. It's going to be one huge doozy of a pinball convention!

    http://replayfx.org

    #2 6 years ago

    You left out the URL why? http://replayfx.org/

    Edit: sure, ninja edit it in so I look silly. I do fine with that by myself, thanks.

    #3 6 years ago

    700..players... omggggggggg

    #4 6 years ago

    So pinburgh is less to enter, and you don't have to pay for games throughout the competition? Wow

    #5 6 years ago

    160 players qualifying for finals at Pinburgh--yegads.

    #6 6 years ago
    Quoted from epthegeek:

    So pinburgh is less to enter, and you don't have to pay for games throughout the competition? Wow

    There's a 100 dollar event entry fee - so 205 total to play in pinburgh, but you get access to everything else.

    #7 6 years ago
    Quoted from epthegeek:

    So pinburgh is less to enter, and you don't have to pay for games throughout the competition? Wow

    Right, but it's 100 bucks for a weekend pass to the event.

    #8 6 years ago
    Quoted from tb0ne:

    There's a 100 dollar event entry fee - so 205 total to play in pinburgh, but you get access to everything else.

    Ooh, right. So actually a bit more.

    #9 6 years ago

    Actually it's about the same when you figure $175 entry plus tokens.

    #10 6 years ago
    Quoted from sleethering:

    Actually the same when you figure $175 entry plus tokens.

    Wasn't sure on the token thing, having not attended before.

    Can't say I envy whomever is going to ride herd on 700 players.

    #11 6 years ago

    where is this convention center? downtown or what?

    #12 6 years ago

    Yes, it's right in downtown Pittsburgh. I might stop by for this.

    #13 6 years ago

    Yes. Downtown Pittsburgh

    #14 6 years ago
    Quoted from TheFamilyArcade:

    where is this convention center? downtown or what?

    Quoted from LEE:

    Yes. Downtown Pittsburgh

    It's also right next to a strip club. If you're into that sort of thing.

    #15 6 years ago

    Parking rates at the convention center garage is $20 per day, or $11 for up to 8 hours. Not too bad, if can carpool.

    #16 6 years ago

    The same weekend as Gencon???? Noooo!

    That was not a good choice.

    #17 6 years ago
    Quoted from aobrien5:

    The same weekend as Gencon???? Noooo!
    That was not a good choice.

    It will always be on the same weekend as something. Can't win there.

    #18 6 years ago

    It's over a year away and I already can't wait. Finally get to play a Pinburgh tourney, and the wife is scheming about the Warhol museum, river trail, Carnegie Science Center, etc. Looks there are a lot of great restaurants nearby too. It's gonna be cool to attend a pinball show in the heart of an actual city for once.

    #19 6 years ago
    Quoted from yancy:

    It's over a year away and I already can't wait. Finally get to play a Pinburgh tourney, and the wife is scheming about the Warhol museum, river trail, Carnegie Science Center, etc. Looks there are a lot of great restaurants nearby too. It's gonna be cool to attend a pinball show in the heart of an actual city for once.

    I think having this at the convention center is a great choice. There is way more to see and do as opposed to having to travel to Carnegie to the Papa headquarters in the past for events. Pittsburgh is very easy to travel around downtown by foot, and there will be no shortage of things for non-pinball people to do if they come along.

    #20 6 years ago
    Quoted from epthegeek:

    It will always be on the same weekend as something. Can't win there.

    But not another gaming festival within a few hours drive.

    #21 6 years ago

    I don't get how they are gonna move all these games, and then...

    8am – 9am – Pinburgh Machine Testing

    Really? Going to test 300+ games in an hour for what...to see if they start a game and count a ball drain?

    #22 6 years ago
    Quoted from Frax:

    I don't get how they are gonna move all these games, and then...
    8am – 9am – Pinburgh Machine Testing
    Really? Going to test 300+ games in an hour for what...to see if they start a game and count a ball drain?

    Yeah, moving all the games there for a weekend event and then moving them back seems like a crazy amount of work. Huge props to the PAPA helpers for doing all that, because the result is sure to be awesome.

    #23 6 years ago

    Besides tokens at papa do you have to pay the $175 fee if your only a spectator?

    #24 6 years ago

    Right now PAPA admission is free of charge for non-competitors. At next year's Replay Festival, there's an admission fee for the event like any other show: they have to pay for the room

    #25 6 years ago

    Evening bump

    #26 6 years ago

    Be curious to see the room rates and parking expenses incurred while at the event. If staying out of town wonder how the traffic in the area factors in.

    Major announcement on a grand scale for sure. Dancing Queen Band "LIVE" seals the deal.

    #27 6 years ago
    Quoted from epthegeek:

    It will always be on the same weekend as something. Can't win there.

    We actually did look at the Gencon dates (and many, many others). In this case, our timing with the DLCC ultimately forced us into this time slot. One of the reasons we weren't extremely concerned is because the conflict with Gencon will only last one year.

    #28 6 years ago
    Quoted from Frax:

    I don't get how they are gonna move all these games, and then...
    8am – 9am – Pinburgh Machine Testing
    Really? Going to test 300+ games in an hour for what...to see if they start a game and count a ball drain?

    The 8-9am testing is primarily just for the players to get accustomed to the floor layout. The games will have been tested all summer, as they normally are. They will also have been on the DLCC floor for two days, leveled, checked, and checked again. In some cases, ironically, I expect this to improve the leveling of the games over the previous Pinburgh situation, where they would be leveled and then sit sometimes for months. When at the DLCC, the floor is also guaranteed to be flat (level) no matter where the game is located (or shifted on its angle due to player nudging), which is not the case at the current facility.

    #29 6 years ago
    Quoted from mhs:

    We actually did look at the Gencon dates (and many, many others). In this case, our timing with the DLCC ultimately forced us into this time slot. One of the reasons we weren't extremely concerned is because the conflict with Gencon will only last one year.

    "If you go to only one convention this summer, do Gencon. But if you go to two, check out the Replay Festival".
    - Austin Powers FTW

    #30 6 years ago
    Quoted from GravitaR:

    Be curious to see the room rates and parking expenses incurred while at the event. If staying out of town wonder how the traffic in the area factors in.
    Major announcement on a grand scale for sure. Dancing Queen Band "LIVE" seals the deal.

    Traffic to and from the DLCC can be good and terrible, depending on the chosen route and time of day. Typically on weekends, it's not as big of an issue. We're currently considering bussing options from some of the same hotels we have used for previous events. More information will be announced on room blocks and bussing when the festival gets closer.

    #31 6 years ago

    I'm already sitting by my PC to register.

    #32 6 years ago

    I'd be curious to know what hotels are within walking distance to the DLCC. I am assuming there are not rooms available at DLCC. Correct?

    #33 6 years ago
    Quoted from LOTR_breath:

    I'd be curious to know what hotels are within walking distance to the DLCC. I am assuming there are not rooms available at DLCC. Correct?

    There is a Westin hotel attached to the DLCC and several within walking distance. As mentioned above, we're also looking into options that will include the same hotels the player-base is used to using.

    The following page should offer some good information on what is around the area:
    http://replayfx.org/location-travel/

    #34 6 years ago
    Quoted from LOTR_breath:

    I'd be curious to know what hotels are within walking distance to the DLCC. I am assuming there are not rooms available at DLCC. Correct?

    Here is a more direct link. Just click on hotels.

    http://pittsburghcc.com/map.php

    #35 6 years ago
    Quoted from LOTR_breath:

    I'd be curious to know what hotels are within walking distance to the DLCC. I am assuming there are not rooms available at DLCC. Correct?

    Yup, there are hotels. Courtyard and Hampton are just a few blocks away. However, book early as these are pretty expensive hotels. I stayed at both of these last month (I was working right next to the convention center) and they were never less than $200/night.

    #36 6 years ago
    Quoted from Zaxxis:

    Yup, there are hotels. Courtyard and Hampton are just a few blocks away. However, book early as these are pretty expensive hotels. I stayed at both of these last month (I was working right next to the convention center) and they were never less than $200/night.

    The group rates we've been discussing with Visit Pittsburgh are lower than that. I don't have a firm digit yet, but I'd be surprised if attendees were regularly spending $200 a night.

    We will have several options prepared when tickets go on sale in a few months.

    #37 6 years ago

    Why is it being scheduled so close to PAPA WC?

    #38 6 years ago
    Quoted from mhs:

    We actually did look at the Gencon dates (and many, many others). In this case, our timing with the DLCC ultimately forced us into this time slot. One of the reasons we weren't extremely concerned is because the conflict with Gencon will only last one year.

    Thanks for mentioning this. I'm glad to hear its taken into consideration!

    #39 6 years ago
    Quoted from alveolus:

    Why is it being scheduled so close to PAPA WC?

    Papa and Pinburgh are over 4 months apart.

    #40 6 years ago
    Quoted from LOTR_breath:

    Papa and Pinburgh are over 4 months apart.

    Are you saying PAPA WC 2015 will not be held in August?

    #41 6 years ago

    "The PAPA 18 World Championships will take place March 11-15, 2015 at PAPA Headquarters. More information will be made available soon."

    #42 6 years ago
    Quoted from Sega:

    "The PAPA 18 World Championships will take place March 11-15, 2015 at PAPA Headquarters. More information will be made available soon."

    Holy reversal, Batman!

    As soon as I celebrated the separation of Pinburgh from the TPF, they go and move PAPA to the same month.

    #43 6 years ago

    I think.. I may pass on next year i hate driving in cities and sounds like its going to be very expensive room/car wise. awesome way to grow the sport but I dont think this will be for me. 700 people is crazy large, plus everyone else attending for all the other things. guess ill think on it for a while.

    does this mean the papa facility will only be open once a year for the world champs?

    #44 6 years ago

    As someone who is into pins/vids/console games this is right up my alley. The tough part will be missing out on the other stuff while doing the Pinburgh competition!

    Will there be modern console gaming represented or strictly classic stuff?

    #45 6 years ago
    Quoted from mhs:

    They will also have been on the DLCC floor for two days

    Makes sense, then. Good info!

    #46 6 years ago
    Quoted from BloodyCactus:

    I think.. I may pass on next year i hate driving in cities and sounds like its going to be very expensive room/car wise. awesome way to grow the sport but I dont think this will be for me. 700 people is crazy large, plus everyone else attending for all the other things. guess ill think on it for a while.
    does this mean the papa facility will only be open once a year for the world champs?

    I was thinking the opposite. No car needed, there's several hotels right near the convention center. Take the train or the cab from the airport.

    Pittsburgh isn't a very expensive city. As was mentioned earlier, hotels will likely be under 200/night.

    It's funny because people complained endlessly that Pinburgh was capped at 400 players last year, and people didn't get in because they dropped the ball in registering quickly. Now, they do what it takes to allow for 700(!) players, and people still find a way to complain. You can't win.

    #47 6 years ago

    How easy is it to just hail cabs on the street in the convention/hotel district, I'm thinking of just using cabs as my primary transportation when I go and avoid the hassle of renting a car.

    Is there a good bus system, even better? I'd like to hit up the nearby Rivers casino on Wednesday, maybe Sunday evening

    #48 6 years ago
    Quoted from tb0ne:

    dropped the ball in registering quickly.

    Yes, missing a sub 2 hour window in the middle of a work day is "dropping the ball"

    #49 6 years ago
    Quoted from DarthXaos:

    How easy is it to just hail cabs on the street in the convention/hotel district, I'm thinking of just using cabs as my primary transportation when I go and avoid the hassle of renting a car.
    Is there a good bus system, even better? I'd like to hit up the nearby Rivers casino on Wednesday, maybe Sunday evening

    Hailing a taxi cab at the current PAPA facility is virtually impossible. At the convention center, it's not bad. I've been to several events where they line up outside waiting for you.

    The bus trip from the convention center to the airport costs less than $5.

    #50 6 years ago
    Quoted from DarthXaos:

    How easy is it to just hail cabs on the street in the convention/hotel district, I'm thinking of just using cabs as my primary transportation when I go and avoid the hassle of renting a car.
    Is there a good bus system, even better? I'd like to hit up the nearby Rivers casino on Wednesday, maybe Sunday evening

    Hailing cabs can be hit or miss. But if you want to go the casino, there is a subway from downtown that will take you to right by it. You can also walk from the convention center, it's about a twenty minute walk. I do it all of the time when I'm down there.

    Pittsburgh is a really walkable city. The north shore (Heinz field, PNC park, the casino, etc. cet.) is easy to get to from the downtown area.

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