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The official 2025 Golden state pinball festival thread

By mrgone

56 days ago


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    #1 56 days ago

    362 days until we all get to be together .

    See you all then.

    Yes, I got an early start. My coffee is kicking in.

    #2 56 days ago

    Bring it.on. What do you think the theme is going to be? I met a young couple Saturday night and asked them what the theme should be. It's not a bad idea. Let's see who can guess it.

    #3 56 days ago
    Quoted from Cheddar:

    Bring it.on. What do you think the theme is going to be? I met a young couple Saturday night and asked them what the theme should be. It's not a bad idea. Let's see who can guess it.

    Roman Togo party?

    #4 56 days ago

    Already excited for next year!!

    #5 56 days ago

    The artwork for the tees and posters were off the chain in 2024. I’m sure the theme next year will be just as awesome. Saturday seminars, organizers, volunteers much appreciated! Look forward to it!

    #6 55 days ago

    Next year I’ll try and bring the family and maybe stay the weekend. Gonna be great, no matter what!

    #7 55 days ago

    Great show in 2024.. looking forward to 2025.

    #8 55 days ago

    I’ll try and be there next year. I couldn’t do it this year unfortunately like I said I would but hopefully next year though I promise. And I hope we will be close to 400 pins.

    #9 55 days ago

    What was the final Pin count this year? This was my first rodeo here.. Smaller than I expected, but I kinda like this idea.

    There was enough players per machine such that I could find a machine to play. Sure, not the latest/greatest but it was fun playing classics as well.

    Seemed like Friday night had a decent showing such that I should make an effort to go Friday as well.

    #10 55 days ago
    Quoted from zermeno68:

    What was the final Pin count this year? This was my first rodeo here.. Smaller than I expected, but I kinda like this idea.
    There was enough players per machine such that I could find a machine to play. Sure, not the latest/greatest but it was fun playing classics as well.
    Seemed like Friday night had a decent showing such that I should make an effort to go Friday as well.

    364 pins.

    #11 54 days ago

    Can't wait! even though I am still recovering from 2024

    #12 53 days ago
    Quoted from zermeno68:

    What was the final Pin count this year? This was my first rodeo here.. Smaller than I expected, but I kinda like this idea.
    There was enough players per machine such that I could find a machine to play. Sure, not the latest/greatest but it was fun playing classics as well.
    Seemed like Friday night had a decent showing such that I should make an effort to go Friday as well.

    Glad you enjoyed!

    When you say it's smaller than you expected, do you mean in a good way as in crowds were smaller or were you hoping for more games or vendors? Even the big shows only have around 300-400 games from what I have read or seen but love to hear how it can be improved.

    In terms of the latest and greatest, I think the only new titles missing were Abba and Texas Chainsaw. GSPF had Wick, Labyrinth, Barry O BBQ, Funhouse 2.0, Queen, The Princess Bride, Elton John, Looney Tunes and a whole ton of other modern Sterns and JJPs.

    #13 52 days ago
    Quoted from pinballholder:

    Glad you enjoyed!
    When you say it's smaller than you expected, do you mean in a good way as in crowds were smaller or were you hoping for more games or vendors? Even the big shows only have around 300-400 games from what I have read or seen but love to hear how it can be improved.
    In terms of the latest and greatest, I think the only new titles missing were Abba and Texas Chainsaw. GSPF had Wick, Labyrinth, Barry O BBQ, Funhouse 2.0, Queen, The Princess Bride, Elton John, Looney Tunes and a whole ton of other modern Sterns and JJPs.

    Quoted from pinballholder:

    Glad you enjoyed!
    When you say it's smaller than you expected, do you mean in a good way as in crowds were smaller or were you hoping for more games or vendors

    I've been to multiple CAL Extreme events and as the years gone by the line to play popular machines have gotten longer and longer. The amount of folks drawn to that expo is much more... For me, that scene is kinda hard to bring my family with me. I feel like you packed sardines trying to slither around the showrooms.

    The amount of folks on Saturday/Sunday pleasantly surprised me of only being 1-3 people deep for a given game. I was very happy pinhead throughout the weekend and have decided to be a returning customer.

    Next year I will bring my family as I am thrilled The Little Flipper crew showed up. My kids are 10, 8, and soon to be 2 yrs. They enjoy flipping from time to time. The outdoor picnic area is a cool addition I did not expect and is very useful.

    Quoted from pinballholder:

    In terms of the latest and greatest, I think the only new titles missing were Abba and Texas Chainsaw. GSPF had Wick, Labyrinth, Barry O BBQ, Funhouse 2.0, Queen, The Princess Bride, Elton John, Looney Tunes and a whole ton of other modern Sterns and JJPs.

    Ah... So, I should have used a better word such as "modern" instead of "latest/greatest". Yes, there were plenty of machines available that were most recent releases. That was actually a surprise to me and was very happy that was able to be pulled off. I live about 2.5 hours away from the nearest public establishment to play Coin-Op games... So, I don't get the opportunity to try out new pins as often as others may.

    Since you asked... my only small complaint... and this is ONLY for my own preference was the desire to have the Swamp coolers running more often. I come from the desert and am not used to humidity. Even the small amount of 40-50% humidity made it interesting for me. I'm used to our average of 10-14% and even during hot times I always have my A/C running. I just had to step outside a little more often.

    Next year I will prepare better for this condition.

    Quite Frankly, not much needed to change. Great times!!!!!!

    Thanks to all those putting time and energy to pull off a great experience such that I will be a returning visitor with my family moving forward.

    #14 52 days ago

    Just because they were signed up doesn’t mean they showed up.

    #15 52 days ago
    Quoted from Cheddar:

    Bring it.on. What do you think the theme is going to be? I met a young couple Saturday night and asked them what the theme should be. It's not a bad idea. Let's see who can guess it.

    1970's? Disco, big hair and loud patterns.

    Quoted from mrgone:

    Roman Togo party?

    Banned.

    #16 48 days ago

    2024 compliment to show organizers and volunteers:
    You really are mastering the main hall space with a layout complimenting vendors and games. A separate EM/SS, home brew, tournament, and Marco seminar area all stood out as well. The show just keeps improving in so many ways every year. Thank you!

    #17 45 days ago

    Already thinking about next year. Great show and ready to do it all over again.

    #18 45 days ago
    Quoted from Vino:

    The artwork for the tees and posters were off the chain in 2024. I’m sure the theme next year will be just as awesome. Saturday seminars, organizers, volunteers much appreciated! Look forward to it!

    The t shirt art was one of the coolest I have seen. It inspired me to go on to his site and purchase some of his prints.
    His williams/Bally 80/90s character mashups are really nice

    #19 45 days ago
    Quoted from topkat:

    The t shirt art was one of the coolest I have seen. It inspired me to go on to his site and purchase some of his prints.
    His williams/Bally 80/90s character mashups are really nice

    Can you post a link? I’m too lazy to search through threads lol

    #21 42 days ago

    349 days until Showtime!

    #22 42 days ago

    Can't wait!

    #23 42 days ago

    Already planning.

    #24 42 days ago

    Every year gets better and better! CAX next on the list! C U all there!!

    #25 42 days ago
    Quoted from topkat:

    The t shirt art was one of the coolest I have seen. It inspired me to go on to his site and purchase some of his prints.
    His williams/Bally 80/90s character mashups are really nice

    Speaking of mashups, we had Brian Allen design this mashup many years ago. It was after this collaboration that he started making the licensed ones.

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    #26 42 days ago
    Quoted from mrgone:

    Roman Togo party?

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    #27 42 days ago

    Looking forward to next year with fresh ideas in mind. I’m definitely going to camp next year!

    #28 41 days ago
    Quoted from Cheddar:

    Bring it.on. What do you think the theme is going to be? I met a young couple Saturday night and asked them what the theme should be. It's not a bad idea. Let's see who can guess it.

    80s hair band theme.
    And a spandex outfit costume party.

    #29 41 days ago
    Quoted from PinBallPeteFromSD:

    80s hair band theme.
    And a spandex outfit costume party.

    We pick 4 random board members and redo the shout at the devil album cover

    #30 40 days ago
    Quoted from PinBallPeteFromSD:

    80s hair band theme.

    Featuring the largest collection of Heavy Metal Meltdowns in one place ever!

    #31 39 days ago

    Camp Silverball will B a rocking!!

    #32 34 days ago

    Suggestions on what I can do different with the Game Exchange Trailer and Area? Always looking to improve.. I thought about trying to bring some games but I worry about weather

    #33 33 days ago
    Quoted from Gexchange:

    Suggestions on what I can do different with the Game Exchange Trailer and Area? Always looking to improve.. I thought about trying to bring some games but I worry about weather

    It did rain that one year but it's super rare for it to rain in California after April so I wouldn't worry too much about that if you wanna bring a game. I run the Camp Silverball Pin Golf and it gets people out amongst the campers so would love to have you as part of that if you wanted to. I think you're doing a great job already though and we love what you bring to the show!

    #34 33 days ago

    2019 was the last time it rained. I did this, and we played on. Also... Ditto what Gene said.

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    #35 31 days ago

    Wadda we doin here on page5?

    #36 29 days ago

    336 days until SHOWTIME!

    #37 28 days ago
    Quoted from fireball2:

    2019 was the last time it rained. I did this, and we played on. Also... Ditto what Gene said.
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    Brilliant !!

    #38 28 days ago
    Quoted from pinballholder:

    Glad you enjoyed!
    When you say it's smaller than you expected, do you mean in a good way as in crowds were smaller or were you hoping for more games or vendors? Even the big shows only have around 300-400 games from what I have read or seen but love to hear how it can be improved.
    In terms of the latest and greatest, I think the only new titles missing were Abba and Texas Chainsaw. GSPF had Wick, Labyrinth, Barry O BBQ, Funhouse 2.0, Queen, The Princess Bride, Elton John, Looney Tunes and a whole ton of other modern Sterns and JJPs.

    We tried and tried to get a pair of ABBA's for the show. We are still waiting for our showroom machines. We are supposed to get two machines ahead of the regular production. If you make it up to Reno, we show some our latest games at the arcade in the Nugget Casino Resort. We plan on parking a ABBA there shortly. So not a long drive for you if you want to see a ABBA pinball. We are now also a Spooky Pinball dealer so next year we should have all the Spooky Pinball machines on display.

    2 weeks later
    #39 14 days ago

    321 days until SHOWTIME!!!!

    #40 14 days ago
    Quoted from Gexchange:

    Suggestions on what I can do different with the Game Exchange Trailer and Area? Always looking to improve.. I thought about trying to bring some games but I worry about weather

    More games, the better. GSPF is the largest pinball show in the west by pinball machine count, and likely one of the top 3 US shows by pin count. It can only be made better with more machines. With the inside machines and those crazy modded pins at Camp Silverball outside in the camping area, it was over 380 pins this year. Next year over 400 pins would be fantastic and is totally achievable.

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    #41 3 days ago

    310 days until Showtime!

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