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The official 2018 Golden state pinball festival thread.

By mrgone

2 years ago

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    #23 2 years ago

    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...

    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.

    #48 2 years ago

    Yeah, Mr. Gone, chime in on day count!

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    #1336 1 year ago

    WOW, great to read all the positive comments. We are estatic that the festival was so positively accepted by the community, but we really can't take the credit. I believe the success is a true reflection of the pinball community that came out to support the show— the people who brought the games, the people who volunteered and the people who came out to play. We are very pleased that y'all seemed to embrace the change we made to a more spacious, safer and more human-friendly venue. We can’t wait until next year.
    We put in the many hours it takes to manage this festival because we love to make people happy with pinball!
    They might be able to make us change the name, but the name is not the show. It's the people that make the show what it is.

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    #1349 1 year ago

    Well said and hit right on the head of the nail in my opinion. Some of us on staff think of the idea of Disneyland when we make show decisions. We hope that conveys to the guests, VIPs (game exhibitors/collectors) and volunteers who attend -- as the positive escape we are trying to form out of what and who comes in the door. The people grab it and multiply it, evidently -- so again, it's the guests that take it and mirror it and make it happen throughout. Maybe it's corny, but there was a lot of love in those rooms. It's the people that make the show.

    Quoted from mof:

    That 3-day weekend show felt really good -- the whole thing. However, I didn't realize how good it felt, until the feeling was gone...
    I drove home on 580, and as I hit Altamont pass I felt a warm blanket of pinball love and generosity suddenly lift away. It was a little cold for a moment... I saw a light haze in the sky, and there were once again masses of homes as far as the eye could see and my brain knew it was "back to the grind" time... and I thought -- "What the heck just happened for three days? How did that feel different than the daily grind?"
    I thought -- well, perhaps what we are doing is putting on a "virtual Disneyland (for pinball)" for families for 3 days, and then... it vanishes like a Tibetan sand mandala... Nobody will ever know what we accomplished together, unless you were there. It was safe, warm, generous, and family-friendly in feel. It's something very special. Religion and politics were checked at the door, and all different kinds of people become cool to hang out with for 3+ days with one common goal -- enjoy pinball. It's quite an amazing feat to accomplish.
    I think the most amazing aspect of the hobby when experienced at a show -- is that people with very different tastes and beliefs come together for one common cause, and it just lets the best in people shine through...
    It's a true space of fun and generosity. When it's over, I miss it.
    So I thank everyone that planned, volunteered, and just showed up. It feels really good to have a common cause with a big team to bring smiles to people...

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