Another amazing show from Gabe and crew! My buddy and I bought the "Super Pass" and showed up on Saturday morning to get our game on.
There were a lot of titles in the Free Play room this year that weren't represented last year, so that was definitely a treat. "Lights, Camera, Action", the woodrails and all the EMs were especially neat. There was also a gorgeous "Taxi" which I was very tempted to buy but wasn't quite ready to pull the trigger on. the96stang had some great games at very reasonable prices; the LED'ed Chicago Coin Showtime for $300 was almost too good to pass up. I can't even imagine the amount of work that goes into packing up and hauling all these games around, so a massive THANKS to everybody involved in contributing to the free play area. Just about everybody was courteous in taking their turns on the games, though people walking away from incomplete games could get annoying. I think a lot of it are kids who walk up to the games, press Start over and over and aren't really sure what's happening. I observed one poor soul forced to plunge through an incomplete newly started 6-Player Batman Forever game...
Seminars were great, as always. I attended the tech tips seminar, John Trudeau, Steve Richie and Jersey Jack seminars also. During the Jersey Jack seminar there was an impromptu free pizza party which was a great way to end the night. Earlier in the day Steve randomly stopped me outside the Men's room to talk pinball, it was equally surprising and hilarious.
Vendor hall was awesome. Getting to play Big Lebowski and BOP 2.0 was really cool and they both played great! Allan Davidson's Defender looked like it just came out of the factory; beautiful. I tried finding playfield glass and a Space Shuttle manual/schematics but had no luck.
The auction room was a great idea to get more games at the show and make for an exciting event. There were a few poorly done Multicades and some of the games either weren't on, weren't working or not on free play. Regardless, it was fun to see the auction and how much each item went for. I'm surprised how little demand there is for Megatouches now. They're still great for home game rooms...
To echo everybody else's sentiments; BT Smokehouse is fantastic. I didn't realize the 2-meat platter would be so filling. Definitely check it out if you're in the area.
I didn't meet many pinsiders because it's very difficult to put a face to a user name. The only reason I knew who certain people were was through deduction. I think it would be great to have an organized Pinside meetup next year to make it easier for those who are new to the site and pinball hobby to get involved in the Pinside community.
Again, a huge THANK YOU to everybody involved in planning and executing Pintastic 2016. It was an amazing experience and I can't wait to do it again next year!