Quoted from Bryan_Kelly:
I do also and have decided to let Ed keep the money. Lord knows he and the team deserve it after what they've gone through lately.
I'll certainly miss seeing friends I only see at shows, but the thrill of a pinball show is gone for me. Maybe I've been to too many or maybe my interest in pinball is lessening.
If it were less than a couple hour drive, I'd go for a day for sure. Best show, hands down!
I mean...it's been out of my hands for 2 years at this point. It's absolutely not about the money and if I don't go, I'm not going to ask for a refund. Honestly....90% of my time at prior TPFs has been spent in the tournament area or fixing my own games I brought...so I'm not even entirely sure what the heck I would be doing there unless I ended up taking a game...plans 2 years ago was to spend as little time in the tournament as possible, and then be able to enjoy things without having to worry about unloading and setting up a game, fixing the game during the show, and moving it back home...it's a lot, and even if I wanted to spend the money on the hotel (I don't. I really really don't want to spend 400-600 bucks just to have easy access to alcohol...) I wasn't able to get a room when the block opened anyways. I live about 25 miles away... driving is easy, and cheap.
But I hear ya on the "thrill is gone" part. Ultraman and Godzilla are the only games I currently have any personal interest in, I'm down to 1 game of my own at home, and have no plans to really get more other than Ultraman. Tired of working on games. I'll still play competitive pinball just because it's fun to learn from other people, but....I'm basically done with pinball at the point that Ultraman shows up. *cue cheering from 95% of Pinside* I've really rediscovered just how much I like PC and console gaming, and the price point of such versus pinball just really cannot be argued in any sane way.