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The official 2018 Golden state pinball festival thread.


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    #1 2 years ago

    Here it is folks.
    As we bid a fond farewell to Dixon and cherish the memories we have. we look forward to all Lodi has to offer us in the future. Golden state pinball or bust. Thanks to Brad,Greg,Steve,Seth,Eric,and Chris.
    We know you will keep the spirit of what was started 21 years ago alive in Lodi.
    See you all in 364 days.
    Spencer. Aka, mrgone.

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    #5 2 years ago

    Bump. I promise you all. The show will be everything you love about pin a go go and more. Keep the faith.

    #9 2 years ago
    Quoted from Sparky:

    It's more than just "wanting to change the name." It's my understanding that the show organizers wanted to keep the name, but it wasn't worth the legal fight or broken relationships as a result.
    Honestly, it could be called, "Flippy-Doo-Doo Pinball Show," and it really wouldn't matter. The current organizers have saved this show, and people will attend Lodi because it's more about the people. I remember the lean years: no tournament, no second building, no food vendor, no pin-techs, games leaving the floor on Sunday by noon, half the machines not showing up until Friday night or Saturday morning, and half of those games getting rolled out the back door after being purchased immediately.
    As a 15-year attendee, going back to 1998, I always hated the name Pin-a-Go-Go. I started telling people I was going to a pinball show instead of saying "Pin-a-Go-Go" because of the quizzical looks and flippant remarks after telling them.
    I'm looking forward to the better venue!

    This. Thank you Sparky. No one else could have said it better.

    #15 2 years ago
    Quoted from PismoArcade:

    Like everybody else, I was taken aback when I saw the banner that said this was the last PAGG in Dixon. However, the more people "in the know" that I talked to along with seeing the positive changes coming next year (you had me at "beer" and super close hotels) the more relieved I was.
    I'm not a big fan of change, but I'm really looking forward to next year in Lodi.

    Brother Pismo, it wont be a show unless you are there too. see you in Lodi.

    #16 2 years ago

    It is also important to note that the Golden State pinball festival will continue to be non profit and all proceeds will continue to benefit local kids charities.

    #19 2 years ago
    Quoted from Cheddar:

    Wow what a show! We just got done cleaning the facility.

    Thank you Cheddar for your tireless efforts to help put on the best pinball show ever.

    #24 2 years ago
    Quoted from pinballnut:

    Cheddar, thanks for staying 'till the bitter end while Greg & Steve took the fans & truck back to West Sac. We got my games put away, I came home then fell asleep in a chair. I hope your games are put away by now...thanks to everyone and a big thumbs up on Sparky's post.
    Our friendly community deserves a venue with more elbow room, cooler inside temps and more rv spaces! This show belongs to the people who bring the games, help out and show up to party, not a board or a "member of the old guard."
    It's always been about the people, not the space. And a rose is the same by any name...

    Testify brother.

    #27 2 years ago
    Quoted from gaspumprob:

    I bet Gary Stern will show up next year when he sees our new location and our vendor list!

    And beer.

    #29 2 years ago
    Quoted from Cheddar:

    So many people deserve thanks. It takes 6 board members, a dozen super volunteers, 6 truck drivers, 80+ game owners, over a dozen vendors and another 300 volunteers to put this show on every year.

    This. It is absolutely amazing to see the dedication that the wonderful people of our show do to make the shows happen and work so smoothly. They truly deserve Our gratitude and respect.

    #33 2 years ago
    Quoted from QuietEarp:

    Was there a lack of beer in Dixon? I was not aware.

    Technically no alcohol is not allowed at pin a go go. Only in the rv area. In years past the fair grounds have been pretty strict on it.
    This year seemed a little more relaxed.
    At Lodi you can have a beer vendor.

    #34 2 years ago
    Quoted from Out-West:

    Might also add the RV park filled early this year and was the first time I have seen campers against the fence on the main road. Time for more RV room and pinball room. Can't wait to see new location.

    Exactly. One of the reasons for the move.
    The show has grown and needs more room for games and campers.

    #52 2 years ago

    360 days until The Golden State Pinball Festival!

    I googled it so it's accurate.

    #54 2 years ago

    Friday and Sunday are usually less crowded and it's easier to get on the newer games. Saturday is always pretty busy until the evening.
    However, with the new,bigger location we should have more games than ever as we often ran out of room at the old location.
    In past years as with this year around 270 games were available on free play with paid admission. Hope to see you at the 2018 Golden State Pinball Festival.

    #56 2 years ago

    359 days until The Golden State Pinball Festival!

    #64 2 years ago

    358 days until The Golden State Pinball Festival!

    #67 2 years ago

    356 days until The Golden State Pinball Festival!

    #69 2 years ago

    355 days and counting.

    #84 2 years ago
    Quoted from pinpoor:

    Sparky has it right.We have been at PAGG for 20 years, (missed the first one I believe) at times it was very lean. A huge tick up since Brad,Steve,Greg took over. Thumbs up to Eric,Seth,Chris.
    As to Sparky...did anyone get a picture of Susi's cake this year? She is considering not doing that anymore since people are afraid to cut into it, so a lot of it goes wasted. Either way, Susi cookies next year for sure....

    My boys begged to eat it. And did.

    #87 2 years ago

    351 days until Lodi or bust.

    #95 2 years ago

    346 days until Lodi!

    #99 2 years ago

    343 days until The Golden State Pinball Festival!
    See you all in Lodi in 2018.

    #103 2 years ago

    339 days and counting. Lodi or bust.

    #107 2 years ago

    And more room=more games.
    No one will be turned away from bringing a game now.

    #113 2 years ago
    Quoted from practicalsteve:

    If you already know you'll be attending head over to the events area here and click that button!!
    https://pinside.com/pinball/events/golden-state-pinball-festival-2018

    Listen to the man. He's practical.

    #122 2 years ago

    334 days until The Golden State Pinball Festival!!!!

    #140 2 years ago

    Some pics of go go past pinheads.

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    #141 2 years ago

    lets see what we can do next year in Lodi.

    #142 2 years ago

    A little teaser of the new location. Taken today.

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    #146 2 years ago

    327 days until The Golden State Pinball Festival! Lodi or bust.

    #150 2 years ago

    And as an added bonus, the birth place of A&W?
    Yup, Lodi ca. There is still a real A&W there serving up teen burgers and frosty cold mugs of Rootbeer. Two great American icons to visit in may. Pinball and A&W.

    #153 2 years ago

    321 days until Show time!

    #158 2 years ago
    Quoted from pinballholder:

    Yep! The show is simply changing venues. The folks behind the show and the infrastructure that makes this such a great event will still be there.

    It's going to be neat-O too.

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    #161 2 years ago

    312 day until Showtime!!!

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    #162 2 years ago

    302 days until Showtime!!!!!!!!

    #168 2 years ago

    299 days!!!! Wooooooooo!

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    #174 2 years ago

    Ok Pinheads, here is a sneak peek at the location of the inaugural Golden State Pinball Festival. Attached you will see several pics of the new location. Ready pinheads? Here we go.

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    #175 2 years ago

    The covered area is going to be where the swap meet will be. It has power to it so outdoor night pinball can happen. The camp sites will hold nearly 100 campers. The main building is more than double the size of both the Dixon buildings put together. The smaller building that has games in it will be for seminars. We had games there today because it was a get together for all the volunteers that helped out at pin a go go.
    The camp site even has rest rooms and showers that will remain open 24 hours a day during the show.
    Enjoy the pics and see you all in may.

    #176 2 years ago

    The main hall/halls have the capacity to hold more than 400 games! Are you ready? It's going to be epic! See you all in may 2018

    #180 2 years ago
    Quoted from Azmodeus:

    I hope you all are going to make it to banning too, before this.
    All this and Christmas is coming...

    I'm going to try to make banning this year.

    #185 2 years ago

    Bumping this to page one. Where it belongs.

    #186 2 years ago

    The pics do not do the venue justice. You will all be amazed when you see how much bigger the new venue is. It is a fair grounds so it has the same charm as the Dixon site. Another cool feature is at the main building there is a full kitchen that has a walk up order window from the exterior of the building next to the tables and chairs outside and it has one at the interior of the building so the food vendor will be able to service customers in or out.

    There are plenty of rest rooms, the covered area is going the make the swap meet extra nice. It has power to it so vendors can plug in a game for a potential customer. There is just so much good stuff to be excited about with this wonderful new location. Even at the dinner table yesterday my family was still talking about it. Everyone that attends the 2018 Golden State Pinball Festival will simply be amazed.

    Stay tuned pinheads. There is much more good stuff coming soon.

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    #189 2 years ago

    On Tuesday evening, August 22, 2017 at the Dixon, CA City Council Meeting, the Northern California Pinball Association (NCPA) presented a check in the amount of $20,000.00 to the Dixon Teen Center. NCPA is moving their show to the Grape Festival grounds in Lodi, CA to make more room for more pinball machines, participants, and more fun. Over the last six years, the NCPA has donated over $140,000.00 to the Teen Center which represents 20% of their annual operating budget. NCPA has been very fortunate to work with many great people in the city of Dixon and the wonderful volunteers from the Teen Center. We wish them good luck as they move ahead with a new facility to benefit the local teens

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    #193 2 years ago
    Quoted from ntstlgl1970:

    How many days be left?

    267 and counting.

    #195 2 years ago

    Every day is one day closer to the Greatest little pinball show west of the Mississippi!

    keep tuning in here for updates.

    keep listening to the spinner is lit podcast for even more updates.

    keep checking the official golden state pinball festival website.

    Most of all, keep playing pinball.

    Lodi or Bust!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #197 2 years ago

    Www.goldenstatepinball.org

    #198 2 years ago

    263 days until SHOWTIME!!!!!!!!!!!
    Pinball, more pinball. Beer, camping, good food, good friends, still more pinball! Wine, A&W, and yes, more pinball!!!!!!
    Lodi or Bust! See you there.

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    #201 2 years ago

    256 days until The Golden State Pinball Festival!!!!

    #202 2 years ago

    Monday bump.255 days and counting.

    #207 2 years ago
    Quoted from GoldenStatePin:

    How many days now MrGone?

    252 days sir.

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    #209 2 years ago

    244 days until The Golden State Pinball Festival!!!!!!!

    #211 2 years ago

    238 days and counting. Fun updates coming soon.

    #212 2 years ago

    Remember to click yes is you are attending this year on the events page.

    #215 2 years ago

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    #216 2 years ago

    More teasers

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    #217 2 years ago

    look at this pinheads.

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    #226 2 years ago

    229 days until The Golden State Pinball Festival!!

    #258 2 years ago

    222 days until The Golden State Pinball Festival!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #259 2 years ago

    216 days until Golden State Pinball Festival!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Go go no mo. There is only GOLD BALL!

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    #262 1 year ago

    201 days and counting pinheads.

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    #263 1 year ago

    188 days and counting until LODI OR BUST!!!!!!!!!
    The Golden State Pinball Festival is coming soon!!!!!!
    Stay tuned for many wonderful surprises!

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    #265 1 year ago

    Big surprises coming soon! Stay tuned,

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    #269 1 year ago

    159 days until SHOW TIME!

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    #278 1 year ago

    143 days until the greatest little pinball show west of the Mississippi. Stay tuned for many surprises.

    #283 1 year ago

    happy new year ya filthy

    #285 1 year ago
    Quoted from bicyclenut:

    Please wear this at the GSPF this year. I'll buy you a beer or two.

    You ant seen nothing yet sir. Stay tuned. It's going to be a hoot.

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    #287 1 year ago

    117 day until Showtime!

    #288 1 year ago

    112 days until The Golden State Pinball Festival!
    Start getting your games ready.
    Much, much more room for games in Lodi.

    Many special surprises and announcements coming soon.

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    #292 1 year ago

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oJnHtT2hibWZOanisO5n96cKDWiWlyapM70e9_Iz_zU/mobilebasic

    Alright pinheads, its time to start helping out.

    as for the beer, just look for the guy in the pink bunny suit.

    #293 1 year ago

    January 16, 2018

    The Northern California Pinball Association (NCPA) is very pleased to present the Golden State Pinball Festival in Lodi, California on May 18 – 20, 2018.

    The NCPA is a 100% volunteer driven organization, and a California and Federally registered 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, with 100% of our show proceeds benefiting local youth charities. The donated proceeds from our previous shows totals over $100,000, and benefited the Dixon Teen Center and the Boys and Girls Club.

    For 2018, we have partnered with the World of Wonders Science Museum in Lodi, a hands-on Science Museum that teaches real-world application of the Sciences, and promotes learning for both youths and adults in STEM related fields.

    One of our best ways of generating show revenue is through a huge Raffle and Silent Auction. We rely on generous donations from Pinball related companies, as well as local area businesses that would like to do something good for their community. We respectfully ask for a donation of an item (or two) to this years show - it need not be pinball related – Gift Cards, Gift Baskets, Tickets to local shows, Books, Toys, Art, etc. have all been donated in previous years. All donated items will be displayed with a placard acknowledging the generosity of the donor.

    Building upon six years of producing the Pin-a-Go-Go Pinball Show in Dixon, the Golden State Pinball Festival promises to be great fun for all.

    Please feel free to contact us with any questions, or to arrange a donation. Show information can be found at www.goldenstatepinball.org, by email at bannwoodinc@comcast.net, or by phone at (209) 339-1962. Ready to donate an item? Please ship to the address below – but be sure to drop us a line so we know to whom the credit goes.

    Attn: NCPA
    2370 Maggio Circle, Ste. 7
    Lodi, CA 95240

    Thank you for your consideration,

    Chris Bannister, NCPA Raffle/Auction Coordinator

    #304 1 year ago
    Quoted from Borygard:

    Certainly possible. Mostly depends on if Spooky has them coming off the line or not.
    If it's at all possible, I will definitely do my best to make it happen.
    I can also confirm though, that Multimorphic's P³, Lexy Lightspeed-Escape from Earth will be there as well! =)
    --
    Rob Anthony
    Pinball Classics
    http://LockWhenLit.com
    Quality Board Work - In Home Service
    borygard at gmail dot com

    I got the chance to play Lexi lightspeed at coin op when it was there. It's a fun and unique game.

    #311 1 year ago
    Quoted from PismoArcade:

    Yikes.....thanks for the heads up!
    You're right; Hampton Inn is ridiculous. I just booked a room from them though and justified the price in my mind because 1) I only travel to two pinball shows a year and 2) The proximity to GSPF.
    Even with my Honor members discount, final cost for two days was $523. For a Hampton. In Lodi. Oof.
    Here's hoping next year they offer a special GSPF discount.

    I'm just glad you will be there Man.

    #312 1 year ago

    Oh, by the way.
    101 DAYS UNTIL THE GOLDEN STATE PINBALL FESTIVAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YEAH BABY!!!!!

    #324 1 year ago

    100 days and counting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Some new surprises coming soon.
    Stay tuned.

    #325 1 year ago

    99 days and counting.

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    #335 1 year ago

    Hey pinheads!
    Golden State Pinball Festival is proud to Announce Game Exchange is now not just a vendor but a show sponsor.
    Thank you to JJ for all the support. Stay tuned as we we will be announcing more show vendors and sponsors soon.
    As soon as high command tells me it's ok to tell you all. See you all in may.

    #339 1 year ago

    We are T-90 days and counting.

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    #344 1 year ago

    As others have stated, and I am also confirming here, Spooky pinball will be represented By Charlie Emery at the Golden State Pinball Festival!
    So when you come to the show, stop by Spooky pinball, say hello and make sure to welcome Spooky pinball to their first West coast show.

    #347 1 year ago

    82 days and counting.

    #354 1 year ago

    80 days until showtime!

    #355 1 year ago

    Hey pinheads, just a reminder about the new and greatly improved swap meet area at golden state pinball festival.

    That's right, the swap meet area is covered,
    Like a really big rv parking area. So your wares will stay dry and in the shade.
    Another added bonus is there is power there. 110 outlets everywhere so if you have a project game you want to plug in you can.

    So if you have parts to sell, or trade, or you are looking for a part, the swap meet on Saturday will be a must.

    See you there.

    #368 1 year ago

    FLASH!!!!
    Lodi beer company is now an official sponsor of the golden state pinball festival.

    That means the bar is open, the taps will be flowing.

    See you there.

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    #380 1 year ago
    Quoted from Jerryuop:

    Just wanted to give a shout out to YouTube channel 8-bit-pit!! An interesting channel with arcade and pinball restorations. He will be at the festival with games and gave it a nice advert on his last broadcast. Demonetized as a result of new youtube policies, so I know he would appreciate some subscribers and channel watching.
    » YouTube video
    I apologize if this is bad form. I do not know this person, just thought it was cool that he advocated going to the show.

    I know Drew. He is a good guy and comes to the ca shows. Definitely support his YouTube channel.

    #393 1 year ago

    75 days and counting.

    #402 1 year ago

    The official Golden State Pinball Festival thread is like a baseball game.
    You have to pay attention or you might get hit with a fastball.

    #406 1 year ago
    Quoted from mof:

    "Too soon!"
    -mof

    Official announcement's coming soon.

    #412 1 year ago

    Rooms still available in Lodi and nearby areas.
    Check hotels.png for availability.
    They are going fast.

    #416 1 year ago

    Alright pinheads, we are T-70 days and counting!
    It is going to blow your mind.
    Stay tuned!

    #418 1 year ago

    Announcing the latest sponsor for the golden state pinball festival.

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    #419 1 year ago

    So, bre sure to thank them and purchase some of the fine cheeses the carry.

    #421 1 year ago
    Quoted from shovelhed:

    Will Marcos be a vendor this year?

    All signs point to yes.

    You bring joy to all who know you.
    6-15-23-24-37-49

    #436 1 year ago
    Quoted from shovelhed:

    Is color dmd going to be a vendor?

    I will find out and report back.
    64 days and counting until Showtime!

    #440 1 year ago

    We are T-63 days and counting people! Let's get those games signed up!
    Let's book those rooms!
    Let's get Excited for our show!!!!!

    For all those that have not seen the venue yet,
    It's going to blow your mind!

    See you all there!!!!!!!!!

    #441 1 year ago

    FLASH!!!!!!!!!!

    On May 18th, Go For The Kill

    On May 18th Pinnovating will premiere the custom pinball machine Kill Bill at the Golden State Pinball Festival.

    The show is thrilled to host game programmer Dennis van de Pas as he presents the game. Dennis will walk us through his process to take the concept from donor game, art direction, technology and game rules to finished game. To celebrate this milestone the game will be available for our guests to play at the show.

    Pinnovating is the collaboration between Dennis van de Pas and Mr Ink. Dennis was the programmer behind Demolition Man on Steroids and The Matrix and provided his coding skills on Kill Bill. Mr Ink a world renown airbrush artist with a passion for custom creations.

    Their progress online has been thrilling to watch. The Golden State Pinball Festival is thankful to Dennis and Geert for sharing this pinnovation.

    The Golden State Pinball Festival is being held in Lodi CA May 18 - 20. More information is available at www.goldenstatepinball.org

    #447 1 year ago

    Ok pinheads, we are T-60 days and counting until the start of the Golden State Pinball Festival!!!!
    Start getting your travel plans finalized, your games cleaned and tuned, and get ready for the best little play Niall show west of the Mississippi! See you all in 60 days!

    #452 1 year ago
    Quoted from uncivil_engineer:

    Are you guys already out of RV spots? I tried to reserve one today, and the form doesn't work.

    I have been told it's still in beta testing and should be up and running soon.
    Keep checking back for updates and please be patient with the organizers. They have a lot to do in the next 58 days. See you there.

    #456 1 year ago

    Hey pinheads, just a reminder of some of the awesome things that will be happening at The Golden State Pinball Festival.

    The adults and kids tournaments,
    Pinball university, plenty of R.V. And camp sites,
    The covered swap meet area, the raffle and silent auction.
    Beer and wine, Great new food vendors.
    Pinball parts and goodies vendors, and of course, PINBALL!!!!!!! plus more very special surprises that will be announced in the coming days. Stay tuned pinheads. It's going to blow your mind.

    #458 1 year ago
    Quoted from hawkmoon:

    57Daze away today,57daze away!Take one away,and what do U say??Fiftysevendazeawaytoday!!!!

    I'll drink to that.

    #459 1 year ago

    Just a reminder that the games list is up and running. It's easier than ever before.
    There is more room for games than ever before. In years past we have had around 270 games. At the new location in Lodi we will be able to accommodate that easily.
    The goal this year, brink a Ton of games.
    See you there.

    #461 1 year ago
    Quoted from JerryB:

    Camp sites?
    The Lodi Grape Festival website says no tent camping. Will there be tent spaces available?
    I have no RV, but would willing to rent a spot for my tent.

    You can tent camp at the Golden State Pinball Festival. Check the website, www.goldenstatepinball.org
    Click on camp silverball. Read through the FAQ.
    My family will be camping there. Come by and say hi.

    #464 1 year ago
    Quoted from practicalsteve:

    As someone with a little “behind the scenes” knowledge let me tell you that when someone says coming soon it’s not because they are waiting until the last minute, or figuring it out, it’s because they are rigorously testing a system and getting out all the bugs and making things go as smoothly and easily as possible. The amount of effort and work is tremendous. They want this first show at the new location to be perfect and are working in overdrive to make that happen.

    Yup, what steve said. The organizers and the volunteers are working round the clock to insure you all have the best show ever.

    #469 1 year ago

    Lolly's, lollys,lolly's get your adverbs here.

    #472 1 year ago

    56 days and counting.

    #475 1 year ago

    Get them while they are hot! See you all there.
    When at silverball village look for the yert.

    #478 1 year ago
    Quoted from Pdxmonkey:

    I can feel this is going to be a good year

    It will be a good year if you are coming and bringing that sweet van.

    #484 1 year ago
    Quoted from pinballholder:

    Now that you guys have campsites all booked, it's a great time to go sign up your machines over at http://www.goldenstatepinball.org/bring-games/
    Don't forget one of the great perks for those that are bringing games. When you purchase anyPin NVRAM battery eliminator from Rob Anthony (borygard) at LockWhenLit.com, he will install it for free! Your game just has to be onsite at the show for the public to play. Many thanks to Rob for being such a great supporter of the show!

    Rob is the best! I dropped off my whirlwind board to him and he had it back in 20 minutes to put in the game.

    #489 1 year ago

    Fireball II
    And expressway.

    #490 1 year ago

    Oh, 55 days until magic time!

    #493 1 year ago

    Flash!!!!!!

    With a big THANK YOU! To the CCPL, Capital corridor pinball league.

    I am happy to announce that Alice Cooper's nightmare castle will be at the Golden State Pinball Festival. See you all there.

    #503 1 year ago

    50 days until SHOWTIME!
    Another exciting development is that all 4 Spooky titles have been listed on the games list so in addition to having Charlie from spooky pinball there amh,rob zombie,Tna,and Alice Cooper's nightmare castle will all be at the show!
    As well as many, many other wonderful games from old school wood rails to the newest games.
    See you in 50 days!

    #506 1 year ago

    47 days until the Golden State Pinball Festival.
    Don't forget to check the official website for updates on all the cool happenings.

    #533 1 year ago
    Quoted from Cheddar:

    Volunteer signups are open. Thanks for your patience.
    http://signup.com/go/KapXtES

    And done.
    Give a hoot, volunteer and the Golden State Pinball Festival!

    #542 1 year ago
    Quoted from pinballholder:

    Three or four of our biggest collectors haven't even registered their games yet, the flood gates will open soon and its gonna be awesome!!! (yes I am channeling my best mrgone impersonation)

    That's right, tell em sir!
    It is every pinheads duty to help make the Golden State Pinball Festival the best show ever!
    The only pinball show that is of the pinheads,
    By the pinheads,
    And for the pinheads.
    42 Days and the Earth will shake!
    See you there.

    #545 1 year ago
    Quoted from Cheddar:

    2 3.5 hour shifts for a 3 day pass.

    And happy happy joy joy feelings as well.

    #549 1 year ago

    40 days until SHOWTIME!!!!!!
    Wow! It's getting close.

    #568 1 year ago

    FLASH!!!!!
    The flippin Friday kick off dinner has been officially announced on the official Golden State Pinball Festival website.

    It's Friday night at 6pm
    At the Golden State Pinball Festival grounds.

    It will have an amazing dinner with beer,wine,and soft drinks.

    There will also be the presentation of the first Steve Charland Spirit award.

    It's going to be an amazing event with Great food, friends old and new, and honoring Steve Charland.
    Tickets are limited to 50 people so go to the official website and get yours before they are gone. See you there in 33 days.!

    Www.goldenstatepinball.org

    #571 1 year ago
    Quoted from pinwiztom:

    How long do you anticipate the dinner and ceremony to take?
    2hrs? 3hrs?

    I would guess probably around 90 minutes.
    The dinner will be served, there will be the presentation of the Steve Charland Spirit award. Some thank you's and Shout outs to all the wonderful people that make the show possible.
    We eat,drink, and chat. Then back to pinball.
    The nice part is the dinner will take place at the show. And the caterer is going to prepare the most amazing food.
    The big plus is we will be remembering a wonderful human and honoring his memory.
    Steve Charland. So, it's a win! Everyone will want to be a part of this historic event.

    #574 1 year ago

    FLASH!!!!!
    Pinball University is not to be missed.
    What is Pinball University?

    It's like school except awesome!!!
    Many pinlebrities will be there to give you info, insight, and education on all aspects of pinball
    . Art, Science,History,Electronics,repair and restoration. Even pinball economics. So Don't be a square daddy-O! Be at the coolest school ever. It's going to be beyond epic!
    For full info see the official website at
    Www.goldenstatepinball.org

    #575 1 year ago

    32 Days until Showtime!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yeahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    No, really. Only 32 Days until Showtime!

    See you there. Look for the yert.

    #590 1 year ago

    We are at T-30 days and counting.

    Woo Hoo!

    It's getting close.

    #604 1 year ago

    28 days until showtime!!!!

    #612 1 year ago

    So much to see and do this year. Everyone make sure to stretch and eat your veggies.
    Also drink plenty of water.

    This Golden State Pinball Festival psa brought to you by the letter P and the number 9.

    #616 1 year ago
    Quoted from jbovenzi:

    To the GSPF folks there,
    Cheddar and I discussed hopefully a neat thing. Saw that Pinball Molly had a picture of a friend through an EM back box.
    I thought it would be a fun thing to set up for a Kodak Picture Spot for the show.
    Anyone got an empty Gottlieb single player EM back box that we can attach to a cabinet? I can take apart a High Hand if needed, but thought I'd ask the group first.
    I'm happy to set this stuff up for the tourists...
    Jim B.

    I like it!

    #619 1 year ago

    Flash!!!!!!

    Calling all pinheads, Calling all pinheads.
    We need you to bring your games.
    The games list is still light so let's get your games signed up today.
    We are only 27 days and a wake up until,

    SHOWTIME!!!!!!

    #629 1 year ago

    26 days folks. Much to do before Showtime.

    There are still positions available for volunteers.

    Games to be added to the names list.

    There is the silent auction and the raffle.
    We still need items for those.

    Have you reserved your seats for the dinner?

    Are your games ready for the show.

    We are getting close, drink lots of water, get plenty of rest, stretch, and get ready for the bestest pinball show west of the Mississippi!
    See you there.

    #632 1 year ago

    Good morning pinheads!
    The thought for the day,
    When you are at the Golden State Pinball Festival, wear comfortable shoes.
    Also, Deodorant is your friend.

    #644 1 year ago

    I loved the colonial before he went tits up.

    #647 1 year ago

    25 days until SHOWTIME!

    Today's post unofficially brought to you by
    The Colonel.
    He did chicken right.

    #649 1 year ago
    Quoted from fireball2:

    Wait? 25 days? How'd that happen? I best my trailer reserved.

    Tick,tick,tick. It's getting close.

    #650 1 year ago

    24 days and counting.

    #651 1 year ago

    The Golden State Pinball Festival newsletter is hitting email boxes now. Make sure you are on their mailing list. It's jam packed with good stuff!
    See you all in 23 days!

    #655 1 year ago

    22 days and counting.
    Where all are welcome and for 3 days the world is a perfect place.

    #657 1 year ago

    Good morning pinheads!!

    #664 1 year ago

    T-21 days.

    #676 1 year ago

    20 DAYS!!! Only 20 DAYS until SHOWTIME!!!!!!!!!

    Damn, I need to clean my games.

    #682 1 year ago

    19 days and counting.
    Happy Sunday!

    #683 1 year ago

    Only 18 days until the Golden State Pinball Festival!!!!!!!
    Lots and lots of games on free play.
    Food, beer, soft drinks, seminars with industry leaders and righteous ladies and gentlemen.
    Covered swap meet, camping with showers!
    Raffles, silent auction, pinleberties.
    FUN,FUN,FUN!!!!!
    Don't forget about the flipp N Friday kick off dinner with pinleberties. And the pin golf tournament.

    See you there.

    #688 1 year ago

    Friday at Pinball University! Free with admission! Kill Bill Pinball!
    Come see the live demo!
    Kill Bill is a custom pinball machine running on the P-ROC Pinball Control System. The game is based on the legendary Quentin Tarantino movie. Kill Bill was developed on a Bally World Cup Soccer, but nearly a dozen playfield changes needed to be made. Visuals are running on two screens: a 27” HD-screen as well as a classic pinball dot-matrix screen. Learn how the film Kill Bill inspired game rules, display animations, music, software and artwork to turn this game into a roaring rampage of revenge! What does it take to convert a friendly game of soccer into a machine to kill for?
    Starting in 2011, with almost no experience in pinball programming, Dennis Vanderpass set out to make a serious dent in pinball forever! Fast forward to 2018 and three machines have been totally re-programmed for a full custom experience extravaganza. From Demolition Man on Steroids (new software), The Matrix (re-theme) and his latest project Kill Bill (complete re-theme, playfield and hardware changes) it’s been quite a ride! What’s common in all of his projects? Know the rules, break the rules, make the rules!

    #689 1 year ago

    FLASH!!!! We are up to 246 games on the games list!!!
    Let's keep em coming and get em to the show.
    See you there.

    #691 1 year ago

    Good morning pinheads.
    17 days!

    #697 1 year ago

    It's more fun when you are surprised.

    #705 1 year ago

    Friday at Pinball University! Yo-Ho, Yo-Ho a pirates life for me!

    And the "Future of Pinball," a 'fireside chat'

    With a lifetime in pinball - from operator and repairman, through distribution and sales, to manufacturer and brand ambassador - Jack Guarnieri knows the rough and tumble of the coin-op business inside and out like nobody else. Jack teams up with Butch Peel to present his company's up-coming release, the lavish and feature-packed Pirates of the Caribbean pinball, before joining Pinball News Editor-in-Chief Martin Ayub in a fireside chat to give his insights into the pinball business, how it has changed over the years, where it stands now, and what kind of future pinball can look forward to. Q & A to follow.

    *all speakers subject to change*

    #706 1 year ago
    Quoted from starbase:

    So happy to say I am coming to this show and its actually my first pinball event ever. Very stoked to hopefully meet most of you and have a few questions.
    What time do I need to arrive on Friday to realistically have a shot at playing in the tournament? Getting there at 1 seems a little early to me but I dont want to miss out.
    Are there any pinsiders dinners/parties/gettogethers/trustfall groups thingamabobs happening? Anyways if you see me at the show please say hello or tackle me or something ok not the tackle thing.
    So yeah Friday and all day Saturday and have coverage at work blessing of my wife to "go have fun, you deserve it" and even bringing my little brother to the show.
    Just booked my room in Lodi!!!
    -Will

    Just look around for us and say hi. Looking forward to welcoming you to your first show.

    #712 1 year ago

    16 days until Showtime!

    #723 1 year ago

    Sunday at Pinball University! Spooky goes west!

    Since it's their first time on the west coast, they'll discuss the start of Spooky Pinball and how they went from America's Most Haunted to Total Nuclear Annihilation & Alice Cooper's Nightmare Castle in 5 short years. Might we see some new games at the show? Yes, we might! There will be an autograph session after the presentation.

    Charlie Emery quit a job of 21 years in the print industry to start Spooky Pinball LLC (with Kayte Emery). He does everything from game design to artwork prep & printing, laser cutting, and daily operations of the shop. He also has been the co-host of the Spooky Pinball Podcast for the last 8 years (hosted by their son, Bug).

    *all speakers subject to change*

    #732 1 year ago
    Quoted from mrgone:

    Friday at Pinball University! Yo-Ho, Yo-Ho a pirates life for me!
    And the "Future of Pinball," a 'fireside chat'
    With a lifetime in pinball - from operator and repairman, through distribution and sales, to manufacturer and brand ambassador - Jack Guarnieri knows the rough and tumble of the coin-op business inside and out like nobody else. Jack teams up with Butch Peel to present his company's up-coming release, the lavish and feature-packed Pirates of the Caribbean pinball, before joining Pinball News Editor-in-Chief Martin Ayub in a fireside chat to give his insights into the pinball business, how it has changed over the years, where it stands now, and what kind of future pinball can look forward to. Q & A to follow.
    *all speakers subject to change*

    Edit, the jjp fireside chat is Saturday not Friday.
    Carry on.

    #733 1 year ago
    Quoted from mrgone:

    Saturday at Pinball University! Yo-Ho, Yo-Ho a pirates life for me!
    And the "Future of Pinball," a 'fireside chat'
    With a lifetime in pinball - from operator and repairman, through distribution and sales, to manufacturer and brand ambassador - Jack Guarnieri knows the rough and tumble of the coin-op business inside and out like nobody else. Jack teams up with Butch Peel to present his company's up-coming release, the lavish and feature-packed Pirates of the Caribbean pinball, before joining Pinball News Editor-in-Chief Martin Ayub in a fireside chat to give his insights into the pinball business, how it has changed over the years, where it stands now, and what kind of future pinball can look forward to. Q & A to follow.
    *all speakers subject to change*

    #734 1 year ago

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    #735 1 year ago

    15 days until Showtime!!!!!!!!!!!

    #739 1 year ago

    Saturday at Pinball University! A Colorful Career with Greg Freres!
    Greg Freres reflects on a 40 year career in the pinball business and discusses his beginnings in the industry, his influences in both art and pinball design, the evolution he’s seen in both the aesthetic and technical sides of producing art and behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the pinball design business. Greg will also be signing autographs (translites, back glasses, etc) at the end of his session.
    Greg Freres has been part of the pinball and coin-op industry for 40 years beginning in 1978 at Bally Manufacturing. He’s currently working as the Art Director at Stern Pinball, Inc. since 2012, but his artwork and design influence can be seen on over 40 pinball games including (just to name a few) Fathom, Scared Stiff, Medieval Madness, Revenge From Mars, Dr. Dude, Whoa Nellie! and Wizard of OZ. “I never planned on making games for a living, but it sure beats a regular job!”
    *all speakers subject to change*

    #750 1 year ago

    Flash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Rob Anthony of Pinball Classics will be at the festival this year and not only will he be sellin' parts, fixin' games and solderin' like a fool, he will hold a silent auction of a new TOTAL NUCLEAR ANNIHILATION pinball machine by Spooky Pinball in memory of his boy Taro. All profits from the auction will go to TARO'S LEGACY FUND which will benefit charity Service Dog Organizations that help people in need. If he's got time, Rob will install one of his purchased anyPin NVRAM to a board of a game that is on location for play at this year's festival, at no charge.

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    #751 1 year ago

    Flash!!!!!!
    We are 14 days from Showtime!
    That's two weeks folks.
    The Golden State Pinball Festival needs you!
    YES!,YOU! Your help is needed. The show needs more volunteers, more games, more donations for the raffle and silent auction.
    This is your show! You make it work, you make it happen, you make it what it is.
    So volunteer when and where you can.

    See you in 14 days!

    #752 1 year ago

    In conjunction with Spooky Pinball LLC and the Golden State Pinball Festival I'm very excited to announce the auction of a brand new Total Nuclear Annihilation benefitting Taro's Legacy Fund.

    The silent auction will be held at the Golden State Pinball Festival the weekend of May 18th-20th. The game will be unboxed at the start of the show and the winning bidder will be able to take the game home at the end of the show on Sunday!

    All proceeds above the game's retail price will go to Taro's Legacy Fund, benifitting service dog organizations that help people in need.

    #757 1 year ago

    Saturday at Pinball University! The Influence of Music on Pinballs Development!

    A Three Part Retrospective, Q & A to follow

    Larry Zartarian, Pacific Pinball Museum:
    PPM’s Role as Repository of All Things Pinball - Art, Science and History
    Gordon Hasse, Pinball Historian:
    How Pinball Makers Borrowed Popular Music as Themes for Their Games
    David Thiel, Professional Sound Engineer:
    The Evolution and Creation of Pinball Music using Alien and The Hobbit as examples (via video).

    Larry Zartarian is a passionate collector, restorer and refurbisher of antique coin-operated amusement devices -- in particular, pinball machines manufactured by the D. Gottlieb and Co. from 1947-1972 -- considered by many to be the "Golden Age" of pinball. Since 2004 he has served on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Pinball Museum, and from 2007 forward has been President.

    Gordon A. Hasse, Jr. got hooked on pinball as a young boy in Philadelphia. He and Steve Young published The Pinball Collectors’ Quarterly and Dick Bueschel’s Encyclopedia of Pinball 1 and 2. He has written more than 50 pinball articles, delivered a dozen speeches and donated 240 woodrails to the Pacific Pinball Museum. His presentations are always unique and interesting.

    David Thiel is a pinball audio artist. Working with five different manufacturers over the past 30 years, David has composed music, created sound effects and wrangled speech for 28 pinball machines. Pirates of the Caribbean for Jersey Jack Pinball is David's most recent pinball audio package.

    #758 1 year ago

    13 Days until the greatest little pinball show west of the Mississippi!

    #761 1 year ago

    Saturday at Pinball University! The Crest of Pinballs Golden Age!
    1954 & the Games of D. Gottlieb
    Pinball collector, author and historian Gordon Hasse presents a retrospective on the development of pinball with special emphasis on Gottlieb games. Discover how the pop-culture icons of TV, sports, Rock & Roll, comic books and bubble gum cards converged during the 1950s to create America’s Golden Age and the 'Golden Age of Pinball'.
    Gordon "Gordo" Hasse has worked in advertising for nearly 50 years. Now residing in Orlando, Florida he’s also taught marketing at four of the 'Sunshine State's' Universities. His perspective on pinball theming is presented in a format that will 'edutain' and enlighten those new to the hobby, those who have been around awhile and ones who just discovered pinball art and history 10 minutes ago!

    #762 1 year ago

    12 Days until Showtime!!

    #768 1 year ago

    Friday at Pinball University Soldering done correctly with Rob Anthony!!
    Did you know leaking batteries can kill your pinball machine?
    Rob Anthony of Pinball Classics will show two installs of his anyPin™ NVRAM Battery Eliminators. One will be done with professional equipment, "the right way", and one will be done with just a soldering iron. This session will show the proper way to do NVRAM installs, and a "quick and dirty" way that will get the job done without destroying things. Having done professional board work for 30 years, Rob can share his expertise to get you on your way to learning how to expertly solder!
    Rob Anthony started working at a local arcade at age 13 and immediately took to the service aspect of pinball machines. After running an amusement route and taking technical training from Williams, Bally, NSM, Atari, and Rowe he developed extensive board repair experience and can now troubleshoot and repair most any issue. He travels all over the US repairing games and will be offering on-site board and game repair at the show. Long live the memory of Rob's boy, Taro.

    #770 1 year ago
    Quoted from pinheadpierre:

    Sounds great! Just to clarify though, Taro was a dog, right? Or do you mean a human boy?

    Taro was an awesome dog.

    #784 1 year ago
    Quoted from fireball2:

    The Saturday SparkyQ is now official! Don't forget to bring those side dishes and desserts! And look at the numbers he's talking about. A dozen deviled eggs will last like 30 seconds. A bag of chips? Really?

    I will gladly boost a Frito-Lay truck from the Walmart parking lot Friday morning.
    Free-to's for everyone!

    #785 1 year ago

    11 days until Showtime!!