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    #1151 3 months ago

    This whole crying about a dollar per tournament entry going to a national organization that helps promote pinball is absurd. A dollar?! How much is that spread across all of the games that one plays in a tournament? Ten cents per play? Good grief.

    Pinball is a whole lot more fun because the IFPA has rankings and sanctions events. I don't play much competitive pinball due to time constraints, but if I did I'd be very glad that someone was keeping track of my ranking compared to other players across the entire world. I'm super into watching competitive pinball streams on Twitch now and the IFPA rankings and increased prize pools make it more interesting to watch than ever.

    To imply that the Sharpes are skimming dollars off of people so that they can line their own pockets with what a few hundred dollars is absolutely absurd and douchey. They have careers in the arcade and pinball industries. They aren't stupid enough to torpedo their own careers to make a few pennies. They win tournaments because they're good. If you don't like it, beat them.

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    #1152 3 months ago
    Quoted from Knapp_Arcade:

    To imply that the Sharpes are skimming dollars off of people so that they can line their own pockets with what a few hundred dollars is absolutely absurd and douchey. They have careers in the arcade and pinball industries. They aren't stupid enough to torpedo their own careers to make a few pennies. They win tournaments because they're good. If you don't like it, beat them.

    We did take $.05 of every dollar to cover Paypal/Stripe fees along with any currency translation fees from our Canadian friends up North.

    Unfortunately the 5% didn't cover those fees so I ended up writing a personal check to IFPA for $1,280.89 to cover the shortfall of the funds we promised to payout via the 75/20 split between Nationals and State's.

    Turns out I am stupid enough to actually PAY money to do all this

    #1153 3 months ago

    Fees are a bitch (processing fees). There are so many that apply and I always feel like I’m missing some hidden one that’s going to screw me after I agree to the terms.

    #1154 3 months ago
    Quoted from ifpapinball:

    We did take $.05 of every dollar to cover Paypal/Stripe fees along with any currency translation fees from our Canadian friends up North.
    Unfortunately the 5% didn't cover those fees so I ended up writing a personal check to IFPA for $1,280.89 to cover the shortfall of the funds we promised to payout via the 75/20 split between Nationals and State's.
    Turns out I am stupid enough to actually PAY money to do all this

    Thanks for all you do Josh!

    #1155 3 months ago
    Quoted from Whysnow:

    Nah but thanks. I largely stopped playing competitively. More fun to play casually. I spent plenty of time helping build competitive pinball in WI over the past 5+ years only to have the rules rapidly change for the benefit of ultra competitive folks that I care little about catering to at the detriment to the masses. There is little doubt that the changes are what directly slowed the growth of ifpa sanctioned events despite the continued huge boom in pinball as a whole.
    Happy for you and your family that those “just a buck” entry fees are adding up.
    I look forward to your eventual reality show and full sponsorship.

    Weren’t we a superstate though? Things didn’t even slow in WI.

    #1156 3 months ago
    Quoted from TomGWI:

    Weren’t we a superstate though? Things didn’t even slow in WI.

    Actually they did. I have the spreadsheet but on old cpu. WI did see a bump to offset the overall decrease due largely to titletown. That is a great venue where many are going to play and happy for any fee just to experience those games. This year will see even more numbers with the return of MGC to ifpa and the sheer volume of titletown. I surmise that nobody will even qualify for state without at least one trip to green bay. Without the creation of titletown then wi numbers would have been way down

    Eric is doing tons for competitive pinball in WI and I hear his location is likely one of the best anywhere.

    Heck, I even plan to make it up sometime just to play the games ( I don’t care about ifpa points anymore)

    #1157 3 months ago
    Quoted from Whysnow:

    I don’t care about ifpa points anymore

    Just say the word . . .

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    #1158 3 months ago
    Quoted from ifpapinball:

    Just say the word . . . [quoted image]

    Weird flex, but cool.

    Thanks but I still have some friends whom care for them and for the ocassional sanctioned event I play in, I know they like the base points from me playing to be included rather than supressed. If you have to pay the buck, then might as well let those guys get the benefit.

    Also, gotta hold on to that top 1000 through the year so I can buy a beatles on close out with IFPA deal

    Bonus points that there is this one local loser whom I still rank higher than despite not playing competitively. It grinds his gears so worth it.

    #1159 3 months ago
    Quoted from Whysnow:

    Thanks but I still have some friends whom care for them and for the ocassional sanctioned event I play in, I know they like the base points from me playing to be included rather than supressed.

    Suppressed players get included in the base value of the event. The name of suppressed players are simply not displayed in the results under the player's real name. All other calculations are the same.

    We're ready when you are with Beatles on the rewards program

    #1160 3 months ago
    Quoted from ifpapinball:

    Suppressed players get included in the base value of the event. The name of suppressed players are simply not displayed in the results under the player's real name. All other calculations are the same.
    We're ready when you are with Beatles on the rewards program

    Quoted from ifpapinball:

    Suppressed players get included in the base value of the event. The name of suppressed players are simply not displayed in the results under the player's real name. All other calculations are the same.
    We're ready when you are with Beatles on the rewards program

    Is beatles on IFPA deal now? If so, pls message me deets.

    Thx

    #1161 3 months ago

    And this Ladies and Gentlemen is why This week in Pinball has no comment section!

    #1163 3 months ago

    Gladly pay a Buck for a tourny plus any entrance fee, and buy a t-shirt and a beer.
    It's pinball gang, relax.

    #1164 3 months ago

    I was a fairly vocal critic of the $1 fee (see posts here to rehash old history - https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/ifpa-charging-fees-for-tournaments-in-2018), but in my area, it had pretty much zero effect on tournaments. The same tournaments are being held, new tournaments are being added regularly and new players are continuously joining the scene. While I still am not a big fan of the dollar fee, it has been a non-issue and I can't see IFPA going away from it at this point.

    #1165 3 months ago
    Quoted from Eric_S:

    I was a fairly vocal critic of the $1 fee (see posts here to rehash old history - https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/ifpa-charging-fees-for-tournaments-in-2018), but in my area, it had pretty much zero effect on tournaments. The same tournaments are being held, new tournaments are being added regularly and new players are continuously joining the scene. While I still am not a big fan of the dollar fee, it has been a non-issue and I can't see IFPA going away from it at this point.

    yeah I see no reason for them to go away from it. TBT it seems like such a success, I am not sure why they would not change it to $2? It is only another buck after all.

    #1166 3 months ago

    THIS WEEK IN PINBALL

    Happy Monday Pinheads!!

    https://www.thisweekinpinball.com/this-week-in-pinball-april-22nd-2019/

    - Josh Kugler Interview
    - Wonka Streams/Coverage
    - Pat Lawlor on Designing
    - What is Brian Eddy Working On
    - Stern and Zen Studios
    - PinSound Giveaway Contest
    - deeproot Insider Info

    #1168 86 days ago

    Thank you for these updates!

    #1169 83 days ago

    THIS WEEK IN PINBALL

    Happy Monday Pinheads!!

    https://www.thisweekinpinball.com/this-week-in-pinball-april-29th-2019/

    - Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland Teaser
    - deeproot Studios
    - Eric Meunier Interview
    - Matt Hardy Pinball
    - New Podcast Alert
    - PinSound Giveaway

    #1170 82 days ago

    Last Day to Enter the April Pinball Giveaways – Enter Now!

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    #1171 81 days ago

    When you giving away 4 (5?) deeproot pins - one each designer? Daddy needs a new pair of shoes.

    #1173 76 days ago

    THIS WEEK IN PINBALL

    Happy Monday Pinheads!!

    https://www.thisweekinpinball.com/this-week-in-pinball-may-6th-2019/

    - Cosmic Carnival Pinball Changes
    - Black Knight Launch Parties
    - ACNC Streams
    - Jack Guarnieri Interview
    - Franchi and Stern
    - Rumors on Keith Elwin Next Game, Catwoman, deeproot Display

    #1174 75 days ago

    I hope the ramps in those Cosmic Carnival photos are not production quality...the wire ramp looks a bit janky with rough forms, and the plastic ramp looks pretty cloudy and rough.

    #1175 75 days ago

    It's funny how they say the ramps aren't symmetrical anymore. Sure, they take a different path in the air, but the entry & exit points haven't changed.

    #1176 75 days ago
    Quoted from yancy:

    It's funny how they say the ramps aren't symmetrical anymore.

    That's because 'they' get the meaning of symmetry.

    #1177 75 days ago

    Shot layout still symmetrical, aka boring. I can’t shoot a habitrail in midair.

    #1178 74 days ago

    Happy TWIP Tuesday Pinheads!! (Yeah, we're a little late sharing this today)

    https://www.thisweekinpinball.com/twip-tuesday-may-7th-2019/

    - Pinball Hall of Fame Files Plans
    - Dead Flip Orbit Lock
    - Pinfest
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    - Last Man Standing
    - TNA Owners Manual

    #1179 74 days ago

    May Giveaway Extravaganza!! Enter now to win loads of awesome pinball giveaways!

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    #1180 73 days ago

    Check out the crazy story behind Matt Hardy’s Expedition of Gold Pinball Machine - one of the best and most complex rethemes ever!!

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    - The Players
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    - Interview with Reby Hardy and Brian Soares

    #1182 69 days ago

    THIS WEEK IN PINBALL

    Happy Monday Pinheads!!

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    - Cosmic Carnival Gameplay and Rules
    - Black Knight Updates
    - Making of the Munsters
    - Space Mission X
    - Pinball Profile Mega Episode
    - Rumors on Upcoming Stern Titles
    - Dirty Donny Book Giveaway

    #1183 67 days ago

    Happy TWIP Tuesday Pinheads!!

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    - Catwoman BM66 Coming?
    - deeproot Pinball Announcement
    - Oktoberfest Details
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    #1184 66 days ago

    PINQUEST Pinball App Preview – Launching May 25th

    Interested in feedback on this - would you use an application like this?

    https://www.thisweekinpinball.com/pinquest-pinball-app-preview-launching-may-25th/

    #1185 62 days ago

    THIS WEEK IN PINBALL

    Happy Monday Pinheads!!

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    - Batman ’66 Catwoman
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    #1186 61 days ago

    Happy TWIP Tuesday Pinheads!!

    https://www.thisweekinpinball.com/twip-tuesday-may-21th-2019/

    - Kingpin and Python’s Pinball Circus Updates
    - Dead Flip Mock Ups
    - Cosmic Carnival Gameplay
    - Buffalo Black Knight Review
    - Mrs. Pin P4D
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    #1188 27 days ago

    THIS WEEK IN PINBALL

    Happy Monday Pinheads!!

    https://www.thisweekinpinball.com/this-week-in-pinball-june-24th-2019/

    - Gary Stern Interview
    - Black Knight Physical Game Enhancement
    - Chuck Ernst Interview
    - Wonka
    - Rumors: Danesi Game #2
    - Pinball for Mortals

    2 weeks later
    #1189 12 days ago

    THIS WEEK IN PINBALL

    Happy Monday Pinheads!!

    https://www.thisweekinpinball.com/this-week-in-pinball-july-8th-2019/

    - Wonkas are Shipping
    - Jersey Jack Interview
    - Keith Elwin Interview
    - Cosmic Carnival Shipping
    - Spooky Pinball Podcast Nuggets
    - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    - Open Letter to TWIP Readers

    #1190 12 days ago
    Quoted from pin2d:

    THIS WEEK IN PINBALL
    Happy Monday Pinheads!!
    https://www.thisweekinpinball.com/this-week-in-pinball-july-8th-2019/
    - Wonkas are Shipping
    - Jersey Jack Interview
    - Keith Elwin Interview
    - Cosmic Carnival Shipping
    - Spooky Pinball Podcast Nuggets
    - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    - Open Letter to TWIP Readers

    Great issue Jeff.....and I wholeheartedly support the reasoning behind your decision in canceling your Wonka order! No matter how great a product is, if someone had done to me what Jack did to you, I would have left a sour taste in my mouth as well...

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    #1191 12 days ago
    Quoted from pin2d:

    Open Letter to TWIP Readers

    I gotta say that this is all really strange to get all hurt over (to the point of cancelling a game you presumably wanted and frankly is the best thing to be built by JJP to this point).

    There are many inaccuracies and publicly berating JJP for not telling you games were on the line for 2 weeks is silly and honestly well below your typical quality product. Once you became a paid insiders service, things are going to change with how some in the industry treat you. That is just the reality.

    You were told a white lie than really made no difference besides you were no the first to be able to report on it.'

    All your reaction does is erode reader base faith in your lack of bias on games/manufacturers/etc... and if anything it could cause others to also pull back formt eh things they may tell you.

    not that you asked for it, but just my advice.

    Forget about it and move on. you are better than it.

    #1192 12 days ago

    I... agree with Hilton? Wow.

    #1193 12 days ago
    Quoted from yancy:

    I... agree with Hilton? Wow.

    Hahaha. When you're right, you're right.

    Deciding when to release information to the "media" is a choice by the company and it's representatives. I feel like "X isn't happening" right before X happens is a pretty common thing among all companies, not just pinball. As Jack mentioned further up in the TWIP today, sometimes things like that are competitive secrets.

    Also, is "pinball media" really a thing?

    #1194 12 days ago
    Quoted from Whysnow:

    I gotta say that this is all really strange to get all hurt over (to the point of cancelling a game you presumably wanted and frankly is the best thing to be built by JJP to this point).
    There are many inaccuracies and publicly berating JJP for not telling you games were on the line for 2 weeks is silly and honestly well below your typical quality product. Once you became a paid insiders service, things are going to change with how some in the industry treat you. That is just the reality.
    You were told a white lie than really made no difference besides you were no the first to be able to report on it.'
    All your reaction does is erode reader base faith in your lack of bias on games/manufacturers/etc... and if anything it could cause others to also pull back formt eh things they may tell you.
    not that you asked for it, but just my advice.
    Forget about it and move on. you are better than it.

    Yeah, it's kind of like a kid saying 'I'm not going to be your friend anymore'!

    #1195 12 days ago

    Jeff...you are coming off as kinda childish here. Jack didn't tell you the truth because he probably didn't want that information out there yet, and couldn't trust you to not spread the truth it if he asked you not to. Maybe he isn't into "paid rumors"? The whole thing just sounds really petty.

    #1196 12 days ago

    Hey all, I get how it comes across. I've got an email list for TWIP, and a lot of those people are not on social media or on Pinside, and I've been getting several questions from those folks about the Wonka reporting, so felt I had to address it on the TWIP website, which I hadn't done yet. Guessing the horse is all the way dead now, hopefully this is the last you'll hear of it.

    #1197 12 days ago

    People talking about how good a TMNT game could be, doesn't make it a potential rumor game that is likely to be built.

    #1198 12 days ago
    Quoted from PinballManiac40:

    People talking about how good a TMNT game could be, doesn't make it a potential rumor game that is likely to be built.

    Totally agree!

    #1199 12 days ago
    Quoted from pin2d:

    Hey all, I get how it comes across. I've got an email list for TWIP, and a lot of those people are not on social media or on Pinside, and I've been getting several questions from those folks about the Wonka reporting, so felt I had to address it on the TWIP website, which I hadn't done yet.

    It's standard protocol for corrections to be provided in the publication where the error was listed. Since you reported his statement as fact, it only made sense to issue why the statement was false in the publication as well, like any newspaper would. Obviously, last week off delayed things, but I respect that you took the trouble to clarify why TWIP countered against the rumors so strongly based on the direct statements TWIP was receiving from the company.

    Outside of indicating you cancelled your order, the rest of the statement fits with how any media entity I've seen has dealt with a person/entity caught lying to them (denoting it publicly when it impacts the reporting, because there is a tie to credibility).

    Quoted from Wolfmarsh:

    Also, is "pinball media" really a thing?

    No idea, but TWIP seems to try and apply journalistic standards to how information is reported (denoting rumors as such and placing, until now at least, a higher denotation on official statements from the organization versus less vetted intel). Whether that's a pinball media or not I don't know, but I respect what TWIP is trying to do. The phrase "no comment" exists for a reason; I was very disappointed in the decision to lie to TWIP and I'm glad it was publicly indicated. A lot of people in this hobby, especially if they were in this position, I think would have been too scared to say something and upset the apple cart. One of the first signs of a media is when it is willing to report the facts, regardless of potential fallout. I can't imagine Jeff was comfortable doing this, but I think his decision was the "media" decision. My two cents anyway.

    #1200 12 days ago

    Is Bill and Ted not a rumor?

    I have been hearing that every few months for about a year so I figured it would be on the list?

    Am I the only one hearing that. 3 different sources that have all had some lucky insights in the past, so I have started to will it into existence also

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