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It drains often in southern California

Coverage of the It Never Drains in Southern California circuit event. Featuring antagonistic commentary and TILTCAM! HURRAY!

Pinball leagues are a thing.

Michelle McCleester appears in a feature by The List TV and shows how much of a big thing pinball leagues actually are.

pAPa tV LivEPlaY: What could possibly go wrong?

Join PAPAtv as they take you through three games that are not tournament worthy. What makes a make unworthy for tournament play?

Vermont Pinball Championship Preview Special

An ABC affiliate in Vermont covered the preparations for the State Championship.

SEGA FLIPPER

Join Mark from Classic Game Room as he flips off SEGA Flipper for the SEGA SG-1000 console.

Lorien Green on Polygamer

Filmmaker and documentarian Lorien Green (@loriengreen) visits the Polygamer podcast.

The virtual and the real [Medieval]

It’s a double combo of Medieval Madness!

Banning Record Breakers

On Saturday, January 17th, over 330 people set a record for “Most People Playing Pinball Simultaneously” at Arcade Expo in Banning, California.

Cléo – Pinball Machine (Lyric Video)

A new nominee to replace Tommy’s Pinball Wizard as the designated music that everyone uses to represent pinball?

Redcurrent and Greenpoint [Articles]

Coverage of pinball places by Redcurrent blog and Greenpoint Gazette.

More Wrestlemania

Pinball Magazine posted a ten-minute video of Stern’s Wrestlemania. There sure is a lot of time spent in that ring area.

PAPAtv LIVEplay: Terms and Conditions Apply

It’s LIVE play of: Lethal Weapon 3, Snow Derby and JunkYard

Pinball’s Glorious Revivial

Top gaming site Gamespot is at CES 2015 to talk about pinball’s resurgence.

Fantasic [sic] Pinball

If a shmup with cute, parody elements thrown in it (Like Parodius) is called a cute-em-up, than what would a cute-em-up pinball game be classified as?

Pinball leagues are a thing.

Michelle McCleester appears in a feature by The List TV and shows how much of a big thing pinball leagues actually are.

Banning Record Breakers

On Saturday, January 17th, over 330 people set a record for “Most People Playing Pinball Simultaneously” at Arcade Expo in Banning, California.

Redcurrent and Greenpoint [Articles]

Coverage of pinball places by Redcurrent blog and Greenpoint Gazette.

More Wrestlemania

Pinball Magazine posted a ten-minute video of Stern’s Wrestlemania. There sure is a lot of time spent in that ring area.

Zanzabar

Zanzabar co-owner Antz Wettig talks about the history of the establishment as they install the Walking Dead pinball machine.

FOX Business says pinball is back.

Produced LIVE to tape at Arcade Odyssey in Florida.

Telling a story

“It’s clear an abundance of love goes into getting these pinball machines out into the world…”

The world of pinball fanaticism.

It’s the Charleston City Paper with tales of pinball fandom.

Black Cat, Lucky Cat

The Washington Post has the details on another venue to add pinball machines in the D.C. area. Joining Lyman’s Tavern, Black Cat is adding more pinball machines to a separate area of the facility dubbed “Lucky Cat.” Apparently someone forgot to hip them to the fact that pinball is a game of skill for amusement only. ^_^

Stern sit-down

The Chicago Sun-Times interviews Gary Stern.

The making of America’s Most Haunted

Ben Heck on his website posted a detailed write-up of the process that made America’s Most Haunted one of the more a sought-after, unlicensed games in the hobby.

“Going Retro” at the Sanctum

Players have just finished playing 24 straight hours at The Sanctum. I marvel at their dedication, and their perseverance. Also, their insanity.

Sparking the pinball revolution… in 3D

It’s Spark (Autodesk) with a feature on how 3D printing is helping to advance pinball forward.

Spooky Exposé

The Wisconsin State Journal tells how Spooky Pinball is staking its claim and breaking new ground in the pinball world.

Fascinating Nouns: Pinball

Daniel J. Glenn interviews Seth Porges, pinball historian, technology writer, television commentator and contributor to many media sites.

New Pinball Dictionary: Drainbow / Rainbow

Occurrence when the ball arcs the whole width of the playfield on its way to a perfect swish down the outlane.

New Pinball Dictionary: Walk Off

1. Occurs when the last player of the last ball of the game comes from behind and passes all of the other players.
2. Occurs when the last player of the last ball of the game already has a higher score than the other players before starting. As a result, they can just walk off and allow the last ball to drain.

New Pinball Dictionary: Cliffy’d / Cliff-ied

Named for times when a Cliffy protector interferes in some way with your shot, or causes you to drain the ball.

New Pinball Dictionary: Ock Block

Occurs when you shoot the Doc Ock saucer cleanly, but instead of stopping in the saucer, the ball gets rejected and it comes right back at you.

New Pinball Dictionary: Shotgun / Shotgun Seat

The player with the second best seed in a pinball playoff.

New Pinball Dictionary: Chopping Wood

Describes a player who is … grinding for points …

New Pinball Dictionary: Snowman

During Multiball play when a ball is cradled on a flipper, and another ball happens to rest vertically on top of it.

New Pinball Dictionary: Brick

Occurs when a player has a ball cradled on a flipper, takes a controlled shot and misses it. Especially if the player really needs it to claim an important feature or award.

New Pinball Dictionary: House

Don’t get housed!

New Pinball Dictionary: Pinjury

An injury sustained specifically because of pinball. This can include maladies suffered due to playing pinball or through the effort of supporting the hobby or the sport of pinball.

New Pinball Dictionary: Straight Down the Middle / SDTM

To lose a ball via the center drain because the ball was travelling so fast and/or in such a perfect line, that there is no way the player could have saved it …

New Pinball Dictionary: Drop Catch

A timing move where the player drops the flipper just as the ball touches it …

New Pinball Dictionary: Inlane Pass / Return Lane Transfer

As the ball is headed down the inlane, it may be moving fast enough such that the player can simply hold the flipper up to allow the ball to carry over to the opposite flipper.

New Pinball Dictionary: Loop Pass

This is a skillful way to bring speedy orbit shots back under control. As the ball is heading back towards the flipper from an orbit, the player drops the flipper just as the ball hits it.

New Pinball Dictionary: Sternament

A tournament that uses only games made by STERN Pinball.

Vermont Pinball Championship Preview Special

An ABC affiliate in Vermont covered the preparations for the State Championship.

How to submit to WPPR

“How-to” submit the results of your tournament without pulling your hair out, or facepalming or head-desking yourself.

Flip Off Hunger: Pinball Style

Come on by Saturday, Nov 22nd at 1:00 PM to challenge us on 10 great playing games (yes, even Stern’s Avengers) and raise money for charity.

Josh Sharpe 2: The Joshening

Josh Sharpe returns to the Coast 2 Coast Pinball podcast to talk about many interesting topics for a solid hour.

New WPPR version 2015 revealed!

Well, here it is. The mathematical combinations, permutations, recursions and calculus that WPPR enthusiasts have been waiting for have been revealed over at IFPA PINBALL.

Pinball: Getting a competitive makeover

Pinball is about to get another competitive makeover when IFPA implements WPPR version 5 in January, and the rankings shuffle once again. Still, it’s nice to see old media is noticing some of the changes that have already happened.

Slapsave and WPPRnerdery

Get your very own WPPR card at Slapsave … also get a player history that graphs your ranking performance … get iCal calendar feeds to track tournament events in your area.

Throwback Thursday: Meet Cayle George

ABC News featured an interview with the now PAPA 17 World Pinball Champion Cayle George back before the IFPA 8 World Pinball Championships.

Oakland, CA Reverses Pinball Ban – Month Long Tournament

Radio Shack in Oakland, CA is having a celebration (of the reversal of their 80 year pinball ban) in the form of a FREE pinball tournament on a Stern Iron Man Vault Edition. The winner receives gets to keep the game!

The hardest Multiball in the hobby. [VIDEO]

I just cannot comprehend how some pinballers can score 4 billion points or more on Fish Tales. It is my contention that Fish Tales is the most difficult multiball in pinball.

Fraser Valley FlipOut 2014

Flipper Freaks Pinball Club proudly present – The 3rd Annual FRASER VALLEY FLIPOUT! www.FVFlipOut.com OPEN Pinball Tournament (PAPA Circuit Event w/IFPA Ranking Points) NOW OVER $25,000 in Cool Prizes, Cash & Bragging Rights!

ReplayFX – “The Greatest Arcade in the Universe!”

Pinball fans and gamers alike have just learned the secret twist that’s better than any M. Night ShamalamaDingDong film.

Project Pinball Power Points

July is Project Pinball Month, which means there are pinball tournament events available to attend in a host of locations, all to benefit the efforts of an excellent charity, Project Pinball.

Another kind of pinball map [IFPA]

Check out what happened over at the IFPA website. It’s a new calendar/map hybrid that better organizes all of the tournaments and league competitions.

pAPa tV LivEPlaY: What could possibly go wrong?

Join PAPAtv as they take you through three games that are not tournament worthy. What makes a make unworthy for tournament play?

PAPAtv LIVEplay: Terms and Conditions Apply

It’s LIVE play of: Lethal Weapon 3, Snow Derby and JunkYard

PAPAtv LIVEplay: Winter is coming.

Brian Teyssier, Jon Replogle, and Fred Cochran brave through the Pittsburgh snowstorm to bring you some PAPA TV.

Walking Dead 1.19

PAPA has posted an updated rulesheet for Walking Dead v1.19. It like a “what we know now” rulesheet. Hey, here’s some gameplay.

PAPAtv LivePlay: Pinball Wizard?

Oh, SNAP! He was right there about to start the wizard mode and then the broadcast ended! Oh no! What could have happened? Did he make it? Did he buckle under the pressure. Will the power of the Santa hat carry him to success?

League Challenge 2: The Challenging-ing

The Pittsburgh Pinball League seeks revenge over the Free State Pinball Association in this rematch of last year’s pinball league challenge.

PAPAtv LIVEplay: Sparky’s Flash Powerdown

The job of a Flash Gordon pinball machine is to humble you, and it does that job well. If you miss a shot, recover or die. If you make a shot, recover or die.

What’s inside a pinball machine?

Design World talks with Jon Replogle as they detail the components that make up a pinball machine.

PAPA TV LIVEplay: Hello, my ragtime gal!

Introducing Michigan J. Frog as an Easter Egg. Also, featuring the best Yelp review of the Great Western Buffet ever.

PAPA TV: Nip it, Mikey!

It’s a very special episode of PAPA TV with Nip It, Robotron 2084 and Whodunnit.

EXPO 2014 – Saturday Night Crunch Time

It’s PAPA TV with more coverage of the 2014 Pinball Expo Flipout Tournament in Wheeling, Chicago.

Pinball Expo 2014: Friday Night Special

Warm up for Saturday night’s Late Night Beat Down with a Friday night Special. Featuring: Jon Replogle, Sean Grant, Fred Cochran, Mark Steinman

The Wizard of Salem, Massachusetts

It’s the newest episode of PAPA.TV! Featuring: The Wizard of Oz, Faces and The Addams Family inspired by FarSight Studios’ Kickstarter effort.

Join the ReplayFX Space Army!

Do you want to help make the greatest arcade/pinball event ever?

PAPAtv LIVEplay: Shuffle up and Deal

This week on PAPAtv LIVE, World Poker Tour gets the respect I feel it deserves via a live gameplay video. As the video continues, we begin to realize just how deep the game’s rule set is.

Vermont Pinball Championship Preview Special

An ABC affiliate in Vermont covered the preparations for the State Championship.

Modern Pinball Super League!

Our friends at Modern Pinball are starting their Winter 2015 League next week AND a new “SUPERLeague” where you can win prizes, earn World Pinball Player Ranking (WPPR) points and more!

How to submit to WPPR

“How-to” submit the results of your tournament without pulling your hair out, or facepalming or head-desking yourself.

Sunshine Bon – Double Do or Die!

The title says too much, but watch the video anyway. This is how you beat down an Iron Man pinball machine.

Flip Off Hunger – More coverage

Reporters from My Central Jersey covered last Saturday’s Flip Off Hunger NJ Charity Event at Eight on the Break Arcade.

Flashback Friday: Gizmonic at Expo

A group of videos by Ron Hallett, Jr. on his visit to Pinball Expo.

Tournament idea: “Beat That Score!”

At last week’s PAPA TV, they were discussing the possibility of having more broadcast friendly pinball tournament formats…

Pinball Expo 2014 Finals [VIDEO]

Welcome, colleagues, to Warp Theory with Dr. Jorian Engelbrektsson. Class will begin in a few moments. The professor is preparing the results of his analysis and he will present them shortly.

EXPO 2014 – Saturday Night Crunch Time

It’s PAPA TV with more coverage of the 2014 Pinball Expo Flipout Tournament in Wheeling, Chicago.

Pinball Expo 2014: Friday Night Special

Warm up for Saturday night’s Late Night Beat Down with a Friday night Special. Featuring: Jon Replogle, Sean Grant, Fred Cochran, Mark Steinman

New WPPR version 2015 revealed!

Well, here it is. The mathematical combinations, permutations, recursions and calculus that WPPR enthusiasts have been waiting for have been revealed over at IFPA PINBALL.

A day that will live in infamy.

Sunday … December 7th … 2014 … a day that will live … in infamy.

Baltimore/DC Streaming

The Baltimore / Washington DC area recently held it’s Baltimore/DC Pinball Championship recently and it was streamed on twitch TV.

PAPA 17 – The Finals

And now… six hours of the PAPA 17 World Pinball Championship final rounds.

PAPA 17 Last Chance Qualifying

Join us in the crucible as PAPA separates the wheat from the chaff. It’s the last hour of the Late Night Beat Down, and the top 24 move on.