The Dory Hill tournament. A weekend of camping with pinball at altitude!

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The Dory Hill tournament. A weekend of camping with pinball at altitude!


By Caucasian2Step

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#101 2 years ago
Quoted from Whysnow:

So many new friends and great pinball people in CO!

Hilton, your wife is terrific and I enjoyed chatting with her and getting to know you both better. And thanks for sharing that very smooth whisky.

#102 2 years ago
Quoted from Mr68:

Hilton, your wife is terrific and I enjoyed chatting with her and getting to know you both better. And thanks for sharing that very smooth whisky.

same goes for you Kim. Hopefully on our next trip we can finally come by your place to play.

I definately out kicked my coverage with my wife. Bautiful, smart, talented, AND loves pinball!

#103 2 years ago
Quoted from Whysnow:

just for accuracy > Rob Anthony is the man that saved the weekend. I think he personally brought 4 games back to life! Huge thanks to Rob for all the help.
http://www.lockwhenlit.com in case you are ever looking for anypin NVRAM or other various things to support.

D'oh! corrected his name in initial post. Thanks for the lookout!

#104 2 years ago
Quoted from Whysnow:

just for accuracy > Rob Anthony is the man that saved the weekend. I think he personally brought 4 games back to life! Huge thanks to Rob for all the help.
http://www.lockwhenlit.com in case you are ever looking for anypin NVRAM or other various things to support.

It was more like six, but who's counting?

In reality though, I didn't do much. Dan, Donavan, Basil, Kevin, and others, did the real work. I was just around for the beer and bourbon.

It was a great weekend and a really amazing place. Thank you for pushing me to go Hilton. I've wanted to for years. Hopefully we can see everyone again next year.

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Rob Anthony
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http://LockWhenLit.com
Quality Board Work - In Home Service
borygard at gmail dot com

4 months later
#105 1 year ago

Don't forget to book your spots for next year. They weren't allowing reservations during most of last year's event, so they're still not fully booked for 2017.

#106 1 year ago
Quoted from Russell:

Don't forget to book your spots for next year. They weren't allowing reservations during most of last year's event, so they're still not fully booked for 2017.

????

I booked my same 2 spots as last year right when I checked in and got the email confirmation and credit card transaction was complete.
I then got an email after I got home and was told that the CO crew has opted to rent the entire campground and my transaction was cancelled. I was told by the staff that the CO crew wants this to be a Colorado ONLY event for onsite camping and I would need to find other lodging if I wanted to attend.

Obviously not a whole lot of lodging options outside of the actual campground and I have to say it left me questioning coming to support at all. To be treated like that after we drove 16hrs with 2 great games and Rob managed to bring 4? other games back to life so the event could go on. Now you are telling me there are actually cabins still available? What is going on?

We had a blast at last year and always enjoy hanging with the CO pinballers. We left the event committed to return and support. What gives with having our place cancelled and now there a spots available again?

#107 1 year ago

Ugh, that's terrible. I definitely want you to be able to attend. Touch base with Steve Trujillo. PM me If you need contact info. Maybe he can help. Worst case scenario, there's a bunch of nice casinos a few miles down the road.

#108 1 year ago

That's fucked up Hilton, sorry to hear that.
Thanks for the reminder Russell, I thought it was all booked up and was out of luck because last year they said it was already all booked for this year. Just booked the same tent site I had last year, all the way at the top of the campground.

#109 1 year ago
Quoted from Russell:

Ugh, that's terrible. I definitely want you to be able to attend. Touch base with Steve Trujillo. PM me If you need contact info. Maybe he can help. Worst case scenario, there's a bunch of nice casinos a few miles down the road.

Thanks, I have tried to reach out to him via FB as I was instructed before and never got a reply back. I don't think we are going tommake it this year. Maybe another time. Had a ton of fun but I don't want to feel like we are crashing the CO party. I fully understand that there are limited cabins, but just a sour taste on how it all went down.

Maybe we will come and just grab a airbnb nearby and not bring games? Gonna play it by ear.

3 months later
#110 1 year ago
Quoted from Whysnow:

????
I was told by the staff that the CO crew wants this to be a Colorado ONLY event for onsite camping and I would need to find other lodging if I wanted to attend.

I don't believe this for a single moment. We have had attendees from 5 US timezones last year (yourself included) and the previous 3 years from 4 US timezones. And who is this NIMBY CO crew you are referring to? Would that include me? Because I believe I was the one that told you about this event and while I am not running this event, I cannot believe for a moment that this is what was said by the people who run this awesome weekend.

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#111 1 year ago

It is unfortunately true. My cabins which were fully reserved and charged on my card were cancelled and refunded shorthly after getting home last year. I called and spoke with the staff. I am paraphrasing, but they told me the organizers wanted to control the cabin rentals/event and apparently made some sort of deal to take over the whole process. My cabins were cancelled.

I later reached out to the main organizer, sorry can't remember his name right now, and did not here back till after getting word all cabins were allocated. I was offered a tent spot at that time and declined. About a month ago i got the heads up via phone call from oganizer that i could have one cabin. Unfortunately we needed the two cabins and have since made other plans.

I love the whole colorado crew! No hard feelings at all and i completely understand the need to take over the organization to ensure those locals get first dibs on the desired space. Stung a little to have it all happen how it did, but i am over it.

I am sure we will be back in the future. Such a fun event and crew!

#112 1 year ago

The goal was to book the campground exclusively for pinball participants regardless of where they come from. That was in the works for years prior to this, so it's nice to finally see it come together. I'd imagine next year it will go much smoother.

#113 1 year ago

So what's the plan on this for 2017, Colorado only get cabins?

3 months later
#114 1 year ago

Once again, it begins...

#115 1 year ago

have fun all!

Wish we could have made it. Maybe another year when we can secure cabins again.

#116 1 year ago

Had a great time at Dory Hill 2017. Congrats DNO.

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#117 1 year ago

Thanks to everyone who came! Special thanks to those who brought games, especially russell for bringing a NIB. Definitely the "star" of the show.

#118 1 year ago

I am bummed that I didn't make it up... Does most everyone stay there at Base Camp or do a lot come up for the day and not spend the night?

#119 1 year ago
Quoted from Apex:

I am bummed that I didn't make it up... Does most everyone stay there at Base Camp or do a lot come up for the day and not spend the night?

You can bring a trailer, tent or get a room at nearby blackhawk at one of the casinos. The cabins and sites go on sale again in jan 2018. Hope to see you there!

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#120 1 year ago
Quoted from Caucasian2Step:

The cabins and sites go on sale again in jan 2018. Hope to see you there!

is there a list to get on to try and grab a cabin?

#121 1 year ago
Quoted from Whysnow:

is there a list to get on to try and grab a cabin?

Call as of January 2018 to the campground. This is exactly what I was told when I tried to book my cabin next year before I left.

Pertinent info is here: http://basecampco.com/home-page/contact-us-2

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#122 1 year ago

The real deal is, those that had a cabin/spot this year will get first dibs on that same cabin/spot for next year, if someone does not pay for there cabin/spot within 30 days of Jan 1st then it will be posted to the campers from 2016 if no one opts to change spots, it will go to a list that consists of 3 people at this point that showed interest at the 2016 event. If you would like to be added to the list contact me through PINSIDE or facebook HIGHONPINBALL. Thanks to all who participate each year. Sorry we cannot accommodate all who would like to come and camp, but you are all welcome to camp or stay elsewhere and come and enjoy the tournament and the event in general.

#123 1 year ago
Quoted from highonpinball:

The real deal is, those that had a cabin/spot this year will get first dibs on that same cabin/spot for next year, if someone does not pay for there cabin/spot within 30 days of Jan 1st then it will be posted to the campers from 2016 if no one opts to change spots, it will go to a list that consists of 3 people at this point that showed interest at the 2016 event. If you would like to be added to the list contact me through PINSIDE or facebook HIGHONPINBALL. Thanks to all who participate each year. Sorry we cannot accommodate all who would like to come and camp, but you are all welcome to camp or stay elsewhere and come and enjoy the tournament and the event in general.

Why change it up again?

Honestly really sucks. We would like to attend again and put in quite the effort to support when we came in 2016 (bringing 2 games over 17hours, helping to fix multiple other games that went down, giving out free parts from the arsenal we brought just to keep things running) then only to be treated pretty poorly for 2017 by having our rooms canceled out from under us after we paid for it because it was decided the locals need first dibs.

After 2017 I was told it was going to be a first come, first serve and like Kevin said over a month ago...

Quoted from Caucasian2Step:

Call as of January 2018 to the campground. This is exactly what I was told when I tried to book my cabin next year before I left.

We put in for the time off already (jobs require us to book out at least 6 months; and 1 year to assure dates) and now it is all changing again.

I really wish you would come up with some sort of fair and better plan for the event. Hell, do a lottery to allow people to get cabins and draw names in December so people can reserve on Jan 1. The current reality is it seems you have more people wanting to come than cabins and what happened to us for 2017 was just plain shitty way of handling things. To add insult to injury, it really sting when we were contacted 2 months before the event for 2017 and told there was a single cabin available (sorry, too late as our vacation was already F'd up once from having stuff cancelled and we made other plans).

I hope you can see how this all stinks from an outsiders perspective that really put in a large amount of effort to support when we came.

#124 1 year ago
Quoted from Whysnow:

Why change it up again?
Honestly really sucks. We would like to attend again and put in quite the effort to support when we came in 2016 (bringing 2 games over 17hours, helping to fix multiple other games that went down, giving out free parts from the arsenal we brought just to keep things running) then only to be treated pretty poorly for 2017 by having our rooms canceled out from under us after we paid for it because it was decided the locals need first dibs.
After 2017 I was told it was going to be a first come, first serve and like Kevin said over a month ago...

We put in for the time off already (jobs require us to book out at least 6 months; and 1 year to assure dates) and now it is all changing again.
I really wish you would come up with some sort of fair and better plan for the event. Hell, do a lottery to allow people to get cabins and draw names in December so people can reserve on Jan 1. The current reality is it seems you have more people wanting to come than cabins and what happened to us for 2017 was just plain shitty way of handling things. To add insult to injury, it really sting when we were contacted 2 months before the event for 2017 and told there was a single cabin available (sorry, too late as our vacation was already F'd up once from having stuff cancelled and we made other plans).
I hope you can see how this all stinks from an outsiders perspective that really put in a large amount of effort to support when we came.

Steve is doing everything he can to work with the campground and the Dory Hill event. He has agreed to be a guest on the Little Kings Pinball Podcast and one of the things that I plan to talk to him about is what he has learned over the past 9 years of holding this one of a kind event that can be passed on to other pinheads who would like to create something like this of their own. But to call this plan unfair is exactly that. You may not like it, but that is the way access to this event is right now. This is Steve's event and he does everything he can to make it the best it can be. Every year things get smoother and with Ryan Wanger running the tournaments, Steve an focus on making sure that the rest of the event runs without a hitch. Every year it is the weekend after labor day. Every year this event gets better. Steve and his decisions are the reason why.

Consider talking to him and seeing if you can learn from his experiences. But blaming your scheduling issues on Steve would be like me blaming you for having jobs that require 6-12 months out for getting time off. If you feel like this sucks for you, I can either say that this sucks for you or you can create one of these events yourself in your own neighborhood. I'm hoping that events like this will start popping up all over where pinheads can find the locations and resources to do so. Heck, I may have to take a trip to your neck of the woods to play pinball now.

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#125 10 months ago
Quoted from Caucasian2Step:

Steve is doing everything he can to work with the campground and the Dory Hill event. He has agreed to be a guest on the Little Kings Pinball Podcast and one of the things that I plan to talk to him about is what he has learned over the past 9 years of holding this one of a kind event that can be passed on to other pinheads who would like to create something like this of their own. But to call this plan unfair is exactly that. You may not like it, but that is the way access to this event is right now. This is Steve's event and he does everything he can to make it the best it can be. Every year things get smoother and with Ryan Wanger running the tournaments, Steve an focus on making sure that the rest of the event runs without a hitch. Every year it is the weekend after labor day. Every year this event gets better. Steve and his decisions are the reason why.
Consider talking to him and seeing if you can learn from his experiences. But blaming your scheduling issues on Steve would be like me blaming you for having jobs that require 6-12 months out for getting time off. If you feel like this sucks for you, I can either say that this sucks for you or you can create one of these events yourself in your own neighborhood. I'm hoping that events like this will start popping up all over where pinheads can find the locations and resources to do so. Heck, I may have to take a trip to your neck of the woods to play pinball now.

Trust me, I have looked for any/every possible location to try and emulate the awesomeness of Dory... They just dont exist locally. WI has lots or RV camper parks but nothing with enough cabins to make it happen. Sad but true. If there was an option then I would put in the effort to try and make it happen

In regards to how things were handled for 2017, sorry but we had paid for and reserved 2 cabins a full year out. We put in PTO and planned accordingly. We had our cabins cancelled out from under us. I am not blaming anyone for our job requirements or scheduling needs, but it was plain and simple very shitty to do that and added insult when we were later offered a cabin 2 months prior to the event. Keeping in mind we did not come to freeload in 2016 and actually put in effort to support the event. Just providing feedback that it was a crappy way to treat Rob, Heidi, and I. We love the event and would love to come back and support it again. My feedback is to please figure out a way that allows supporters to have fair shot at the cabins and ability to plan accordingly.

If I was local and it was possible to come with an RV or drive in for the day and pitch a tent then I would. Coming form 17hrs away with the family makes that unfeasible.

Looking forward to Dory 2018 and hoping there is a way we can reserve a cabin/ 2 so the whole crew can come again.

#127 10 months ago

yeah, not driving 17 hours to leave my games on someone elses porch while I have to drive to a hotel, lol.

Also, I would bring the whole family again as that is part of the fun of the event

I have looked for airBNB near but not much around.

#128 10 months ago
Quoted from Caucasian2Step:

Call as of January 2018 to the campground. This is exactly what I was told when I tried to book my cabin next year before I left.
Pertinent info is here: http://basecampco.com/home-page/contact-us-2

Good tip! Thanks! cabin reserved and days submitted for PTO!

Excited to come support/play again in 2018 w the CO family! Thinking as of now I will bring TNA to share.

#129 10 months ago

I just called. They said they're not yet taking reservations for Dory Hill. I was told this will all go through Steve.

#130 10 months ago
Quoted from Russell:

I just called. They said they're not yet taking reservations for Dory Hill. I was told this will all go through Steve.

Odd, i called and made a reservation first thing this morning like kevin suggested. I assume it is stillthe weekend after labor day? We are staying for some extra days to do some hiking and relaxing up there. Should be a fun vacay.

#131 10 months ago
Quoted from Russell:

I just called. They said they're not yet taking reservations for Dory Hill. I was told this will all go through Steve.

I double checked my confirmation email and it shows I have a cabin for Sept 6, 7, 8, 9th. We are going no matter what now since PTO has been submitted and solidified.
Sure hope there is not more funny business this year. Going to be pissed if someone pulls some BS to try and cancel my reservation a second time around.

I did exactly as kevin suggested and made a call on Jan 1st to try and get a reservation. I assumed that is what everyone else was doing also. Seems odd that they would let me reserve but tell you no.

Plan is to be there for a week and do some pinball and hiking if anyone else wants to head up a day early to set up.

#132 10 months ago

This was posted on the facebook page for Dory hill, https://www.facebook.com/High-on-Pinball-J-S-Coin-Operated-Services-LLC-181701325222016/?ref=br_rs

Please do not try to make reservations for this years pinball campout. Negotiations are still in progress. Highly likely event is changing venue.. i will post more once ready to take reservations.
Thank you

#133 10 months ago
Quoted from DNO:

This was posted on the facebook page for Dory hill, https://www.facebook.com/High-on-Pinball-J-S-Coin-Operated-Services-LLC-181701325222016/?ref=br_rs
Please do not try to make reservations for this years pinball campout. Negotiations are still in progress. Highly likely event is changing venue.. i will post more once ready to take reservations.
Thank you

thanks for sharing.

That stinks, but hopefully this leads to something that means even more cabins/space so the event can happen and everyone can go that wants to.

Wish I knew this before booking, lol.

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