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.
I can appreciate your opinion that this data supports that the dollar negatively impacted growth. There's no doubt we lost players due to protest over the dollar fee (yourself, Marvin, etc). There's no doubt we gained players through the ignorance of people having no idea about the fee. Overall as long as the fee didn't absolutely destroy the competitive pinball scene I was going to be fine with it. I'll take a "slower growth rate" as a win in our books.
Most important to me is my thanks for continuing to serve as one of the IFPA Wisconsin State Representatives. It's nice that you can set your personal opinions aside to still help our organization out.