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ReplayFX Arcade & Gaming Festival Update #2


By mhs

6 years ago



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    #1 6 years ago

    ReplayFX Arcade & Gaming Festival Update #2

    SHORT AND SWEET:

    ReplayFX Arcade & Gaming Festival
    July 30 - August 2, 2015
    David Lawrence Convention Center
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    www.ReplayFX.org

    General Admission & Pinburgh Match-Play Championship tickets on Sale December 7, 2014, 12pm EST.

    Volunteer signups begin October 15, 2014.

    Vendor Marketplace openings on sale now with a limited number of spots remaining at $42.

    So... Much... Fun!

    ALL OF THE DETAILS:

    It’s been an exciting two months since our initial announcement. A sizable collection of participants, sponsors, vendors, and games have already been assembled, and we firmly believe the ReplayFX Arcade & Gaming Festival is building into the marquee event for gamers in 2015.

    For those who missed the initial announcement, The Replay Foundation, host of the largest pinball competitions in the world, is expanding to create an all-encompassing gaming convention July 30 – August 2, 2015 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The entire PAPA collection of games, currently standing at well over 500 pinball and arcade machines, will be expanded over the coming year and moved to the convention center for the festival. Add in some live music, entertainers, competitive tournaments with over $100,000 in prize money, console games, seminars, and industry booths showing off the latest and greatest, and you’re starting to get the idea.

    During our initial announcement, we estimated we would be supplying 1,000 console titles to fill the dedicated console area. In the last two months, we’ve already acquired 1,420 console games, meaning we’re prepared to raise the bar even higher. The website has been updated to show the current collection, and our new target for the console area is 2,000 games, doubling the original estimate.

    If you want to follow our progress as we acquire new games, you can do so on the ReplayFX Facebook page. We will be posting images or flyers of everything we purchase as well as other random gaming-related links we find entertaining.

    If you’re looking for something a little bit more hands-on, be sure to watch our PAPA pinball livestreams at PAPA.org, where we feature some of the best players in the world in both instructional settings and during actual competition.

    And if you’re into pinball competitions… tickets for the Pinburgh Match-Play Championship held at ReplayFX, otherwise known as the largest pinball tournament in history, will go on sale Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 12pm EST on our website at www.ReplayFX.org. General admission to the ReplayFX Arcade & Gaming Festival will not sell out, but the Pinburgh Match-Play Championship is limited to the first 700 players.

    If you are interested in competing in Pinburgh 2015, we encourage you to be prepared for this deadline. Last year’s tournament, then capped at 400 players, sold out in just over ninety minutes. A waiting list of an additional 100 players capped shortly thereafter. We are being completely honest when we say we have no idea how fast this tournament will sell out. But we are sure of one thing, we are doing everything we can to make it awesome, and we hope you will be there!

    Two of our team members you may need to know in the near future are Elizabeth Cromwell and Jon Replogle. Elizabeth will be managing volunteers and staffing. On October 15, 2014, she will begin accepting applications for our volunteer Space Army. As a Space Army cadet, you will be tasked with helping volunteer your time to one of the specific areas of the festival. Positions will range from scorekeeper to line management to peeling people off of the trampoline-velcro wall.

    When you join our Space Army, we will teach you what you need to know, give you a snazzy Space Army t-shirt, a free pass to the festival, and let you get a behind-the-scenes look at all of the alien crime that needs crushed into submission. There are a variety of jobs available, and we will do our best to task you in areas that interest you the most. All sizes, shapes, colors, and species are welcome to join the team.

    Jon Replogle is a Pisces who enjoys warm summer rain and plays in a disco band. In addition to Jon’s constant Barry White impressions, he will be managing our vendor Marketplace. If you have ever exhibited at other shows, have something interesting to sell, or a gaming-product to promote, Jon is your guy. A limited number of spots are currently available in the marketplace area for $42. So be an early-bird and be rewarded with a lower vendor fee. The festival Marketplace has flexible hours to allow vendors to both exhibit and enjoy the show.

    When our core team of gamers sat down to design the ReplayFX Arcade & Gaming Festival, we agreed on a very simple formula:

    Step 1: Create the greatest arcade in the universe.
    Step 2: Invite everyone else to come inside.
    Step 3: Party!

    With one of the largest collections of pinball machines in the world already acquired, a collection of arcade machines that grows weekly, over $100,000 in guaranteed prize money, and over 1,400 console titles already organized and ready to play, we’re well on our way to putting this plan together.

    When the time comes, we hope you will come ready to play.

    Sincerely,

    Mark H Steinman
    ReplayFX Event Director

    P.S. Trust us… Step 3 will be loads of fun!

    #2 6 years ago
    Quoted from mhs:

    tickets for the Pinburgh Match-Play Championship held at ReplayFX, otherwise known as the largest pinball tournament in history, will go on sale Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 12pm EST on our website at http://www.ReplayFX.org.

    Just highlighting the most important part. Set your reminders!

    #3 6 years ago

    Pinside always seems filled with some good ideas. I'd love to hear suggestions on what this crowd would like to see at the show.

    We feel like we're off to a pretty good start, but if you have any ideas, please feel free to chime in and let us know.

    #4 6 years ago

    I suggest you should move all 500+ games from Replay HQ over to the convention center. And maybe you should have some other tournaments, like a massive video game tournament or perhaps a giant Big Buck Hunter event or something.

    Oh, and pugil sticks, there have to be pugil sticks.

    #5 6 years ago

    I'd love to see some seminars / demonstrations / panel with the top players on game strategy, skills or just their experiences with pinball and competing. I know they will be busy competing but maybe there would be a workable time - even if it only included the players that didn't make the finals . Something like PapaTv Live in front of an audience.

    #6 6 years ago

    I think it also gets overlooked a little because of all the other arcade awesomeness at Replayfx is that this will be the biggest pinball show ever. After Pinburgh is done there will be well over 400 (maybe 500) pins set up for free play!

    For the short time it exists, this will undoubtedly be the largest arcade ever!

    #7 6 years ago

    PAPAtv live is an option; it's a difficult one to schedule, though. Most players will be involved in Pinburgh one way or another through Thursday, Friday, and early Saturday, and the PAPAtv broadcast of the Pinburgh final is Saturday night. Sunday would be the best option for such a seminar.

    More ideas, MORE

    #8 6 years ago

    The Sharpe family is one of the seminars currently penciled in on Sunday that is pinball-related. We haven't finalized anything yet though, so nothing has been formally announced. Perhaps Josh, Z, yourself Bowen, and a few other players would want to take part in a hands-on, strategy discussion / demonstration.

    I've always been partial to contrasting Andrei's skillset with the rest, since his is so radically different while still being extremely effective. I'm envisioning two games side-by-side, split screen on the projector for the crowd.

    #9 6 years ago

    I love the tutorials and such and agree that the folks like Andrei who play a bit different are really interesting to get insight from.

    Maybe we can get someone like NES out there? I think something where instead of just saying "this is how to play this game" or "these are the rules/strategies" but instead to look at the thinking behind how to approach a game could be cool.

    When I played some Mustang w/NES, I really loved how he took a different approach to the game to try and learn it and figure out the best way to score.

    #10 6 years ago
    Quoted from ninjadoug:

    I think it also gets overlooked a little because of all the other arcade awesomeness at Replayfx is that this will be the biggest pinball show ever. After Pinburgh is done there will be well over 400 (maybe 500) pins set up for free play!

    I think PPE made this claim (biggest pinball show ever) after they went over 400 games at least one year. If you guys will for sure go over 450, let the Ripley's folks know beforehand. That should be enough for the record. (make sure to bring a Ripley's! d

    The seminars done on specific games by guys like Rick Stetta and others at CAX are always popular. Lots of videos of those on youtube. Done in the show (or in front of the show). Player discusses game and game strategy, plays some, then takes questions from the show audience (or chat?).

    Quoted from genex:

    I love the tutorials and such and agree that the folks like Andrei who play a bit different are really interesting to get insight from.
    Maybe we can get someone like NES out there?

    If you're going to be in town later this month Gene, check out the playoffs at Radio Shack. Good chance both of those guys will make the final four.

    #11 6 years ago

    Bouncy houses. You should have bouncy houses.

    #12 6 years ago
    Quoted from bkerins:

    Oh, and pugil sticks, there have to be pugil sticks.

    I second this.

    #13 6 years ago
    Quoted from phishrace:

    I think PPE made this claim (biggest pinball show ever) after they went over 400 games at least one year. If you guys will for sure go over 450, let the Ripley's folks know beforehand. That should be enough for the record. (make sure to bring a Ripley's! d
    The seminars done on specific games by guys like Rick Stetta and others at CAX are always popular. Lots of videos of those on youtube. Done in the show (or in front of the show). Player discusses game and game strategy, plays some, then takes questions from the show audience (or chat?).

    I actually spent a few hours today updating PAPA's inventory, and as of right now, we will be moving over 475 of our own games as a starting point. I'm guessing some other locals will care to lend games as well to increase that number. I know Doug was talking about bringing a chunk of his games.

    I wasn't aware of the Ripley's thing. What is that exactly?

    I have heard of the "most people playing pinball at once" record, though I can't remember where. I also recall it being a lower number than we will have just during Pinburgh warmups, let alone if we actually had players fan out over games. Do people really seek out records like that? Personal preference, I guess, but I can't say they've ever really appealed to me much. Might be something fun to set during tournament check-in with 700 players...

    #14 6 years ago
    Quoted from mhs:

    I wasn't aware of the Ripley's thing. What is that exactly?

    Methinks someone is confusing Ripley with Guiness. So, uh, bring beer?

    Post edited by pinball_keefer: typo

    #15 6 years ago
    Quoted from pinball_keefer:

    Methinks someone is confusing RIpley with Guiness. So, uh, bring beer?

    Yeah, that would make sense.

    You going to be playing at expo?

    #16 6 years ago
    Quoted from mhs:

    Pinside always seems filled with some good ideas. I'd love to hear suggestions on what this crowd would like to see at the show.
    We feel like we're off to a pretty good start, but if you have any ideas, please feel free to chime in and let us know.

    Foot vibrators/massagers. We want those coin-op foot massagers.

    #17 6 years ago
    Quoted from StevenP:

    Foot vibrators/massagers. We want those coin-op foot massagers.

    Holy hell I love those things. I couldn't agree more.

    #18 6 years ago

    PAPA needs those for it's scorekeepers.

    #19 6 years ago

    Do you guys need pinball repair techs? I'd volunteer to fix pins if I could still participate in pinburgh.

    #20 6 years ago
    Quoted from mhs:

    I've always been partial to contrasting Andrei's skillset with the rest,

    I haven't paid much specific attention...is he an on-the-fly player? I'd say I play a good mix but when multiball is on, it's all about the chaos and reflexes for me. That style doesn't seem to reign much in the top 100 from what I've seen.

    #21 6 years ago
    Quoted from Frax:

    I haven't paid much specific attention...is he an on-the-fly player? I'd say I play a good mix but when multiball is on, it's all about the chaos and reflexes for me. That style doesn't seem to reign much in the top 100 from what I've seen.

    Andrei is an extremely on-the-fly player. That said, he rarely just bats at a ball, usually playing off inlane feeds or drop catches. It's something to watch, for sure.

    #22 6 years ago
    Quoted from macbeaner:

    Bouncy houses. You should have bouncy houses.

    "DashCon 2015: Pinball Edition"

    #23 6 years ago

    I have confidence that ReplayFX will have a little bit more than a ball pit.

    #24 6 years ago
    Quoted from fusion301:

    Do you guys need pinball repair techs? I'd volunteer to fix pins if I could still participate in pinburgh.

    Please e-mail me or PM me directly, and we can discuss it. I would need to know your general history / experience / strengths and weaknesses, etc.

    #25 6 years ago
    Quoted from Excalabur:

    Andrei is an extremely on-the-fly player. That said, he rarely just bats at a ball, usually playing off inlane feeds or drop catches. It's something to watch, for sure.

    Interesting. I'll have to look up some video of him hopefully and see how I feel like I stack up.

    #26 6 years ago
    Quoted from Frax:

    Interesting. I'll have to look up some video of him hopefully and see how I feel like I stack up.

    There's a bunch of video of the year he won PAPA up on their channel. PAPA...14?

    #27 6 years ago

    What would it take to get PaPa to release its scorekeeping software for others to use?

    I would pay for a copy and NEED to be able to have multiple scorekeepers with the ability to easily sign in securely and enter scores for live time updating to a website. With something like that I have the ability to run many more event types more efficiently.

    #28 6 years ago

    The PAPA scorekeeping software is written by Troz (Drains Tournament Manager), and is presumably available if you ask.

    #29 6 years ago

    It's not clear about other games showing up for use/free play/for sale.

    I know that many people enjoy going to shows to buy and sell or trade games.

    Is the plan for vendor space only?

    #30 6 years ago

    People can arrange to bring games to the festival to buy, sell and trade as well. If you do not have vendor space, your game will get located in the free play area and must be available for folks to play.

    There will also be incentives for just bringing games to play.

    #31 6 years ago

    Microsoft will be attending the festival. More details on their involvement will be announced soon.

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