Quoted from mrgregb123:
That was my first show. I was wearing the bright blue Captain America shirt on Friday and while I got to talk with a lot of great people about the games, I have no idea if any of you were pinsiders. But everyone was so friendly, and everyone in the free play area was courteous - always allowing people waiting to have a turn.
For a first run, it was very impressive. If you wanted to meet Jersey Jack, Dennis Nordman, or Greg Freres, you could easily do so - they were all within 10 feet of each other just hanging out in the vendor area. I got to tell Greg that I was a huge fan of Dr. Dude and felt like an @ss that I didn't bring my translite to get signed - he asked if I could go back home to grab it (live too far away tho)! Played Whoa Nellie. While it wasn't quite as awesome as some say, it was fun and watching Dennis and Greg play it themselves was cool.
Vendor offerings were impressive for this first go-round. Having Heighway there with Full Throttle was a great touch. The Heighway folks and the P3 dude were great to talk to and they really are totally committed to their projects. Full Throttle is the real-deal. I think the revving sounds are done a little too much but take that way and the game is ace.
My other key takeaways -
The vendor area rivaled the Free Play area early Friday with Automated putting all the new Stern titles and MMR on free play. Made an awesome first impression of the show. Then all of a sudden they weren't on free play. That was really strange. I saw a lot of disappointed people try to play MMR only to get the INSERT COIN slap. Not sure what the deal was but it made Automated look bad. If I was interested in buying one of these, I'm sure not going to buy it if I can't play it. And IMO it looks snobby when you have all these games here turned on, but don't let anyone play them. Just my opinion.
The Hobbit was probably the busiest game in the place. A constant line and looked cool. I didn't get to play it but those playing seemed impressed. My first time playing WOZ. I like deep games but I was lost on this one.
That modded CFTBL was amazing. Very nice work.
Blue LEDs for GI seemed to be a running theme. I was blown away by how many games in Free Play had them. IMO they really don't look good in a lot of games. But to each their own.
Very impressed with the large number of games that went down that were brought back online so quickly.
Awesome array of EM games. I'm not a big EM guy but for those that are it was a nice treat.
Whoever brought the AC/DC Premium/LE in the free play area, thanks! Never played it before - now I think I want to buy one!
I'll be back next year for sure. To the show runners, awesome job.
That was my ACDC Premium! Actually I had 10 of my beautiful games at the show. That whole front line up including the 4 color DMD'S were all my games from my personal collection I hope you all enjoyed them. Mike from Automated Services was not there Friday morning and for some reason all there NIB games got taken off FREE PLAY. I spoke with Mike at the after party (I can be persuasive) and he decided to put all his brand new games in his booth on FREE PLAY all day Saturday for everyone to enjoy. Thank you Mike what a great line up of pins. Even the 2 WOZ 75 Aniv. were NIB he opened for everyone.