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RGR
23rd March 2013, 02:55 PM
Finally got round to booking flights and will be leaving on the 5th of April. The first event is a PAPA style event on Monday the 8th, with events running on Tuesday and Wednesday with Pinburgh stating on the Friday. 40 rounds without getting knocked out and the chance to play with some 150+ people that I have never meet. Let the madness begin!

I will again be taking a laptop and will cover the entire trip as I did with the IFPA9 thread. The PAPA complex has wifi so I will be doing updates from there as well.

robm
23rd March 2013, 04:23 PM
Awesome, look forward to the updates - last time you kept us very well informed!

RGR
23rd March 2013, 04:38 PM
This is one thing I cant figure out:

One-way: Pittsburgh to New York 1h 30m: TOTAL AIRFARE & TAXES $308.90
One-way: New York to Los Angeles 6h 15m: TOTAL AIRFARE & TAXES $168.90

Audioenslaved
23rd March 2013, 04:41 PM
This is one thing I cant figure out:

One-way: Pittsburgh to New York 1h 30m: TOTAL AIRFARE & TAXES $308.90
One-way: New York to Los Angeles 6h 15m: TOTAL AIRFARE & TAXES $168.90

#1 (http://www.aussiearcade.com/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) doesn't have as much traffic as #2 (http://www.aussiearcade.com/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=2)

RGR
24th March 2013, 11:51 PM
How cool is this:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=D9Zn3PyOsrU#!

JoshZ
25th March 2013, 12:08 AM
It looks like this would be amazing. They have done a fantastic job putting it altogether. All those games on free play .. I wouldn't leave for a month :).
Good luck mate, I hope you go really well and bring home the big prize. Regardless, you are going to have a ball no matter what I bet.
Cheers and enjoy.

RGR
25th March 2013, 12:48 AM
And the list of games:

http://papa.org/blog/2013/01/pinburgh-2013-list-of-games/

Wotto
25th March 2013, 06:09 AM
Enjoy the trip mate - look forward to the updates - "live updates' will be great thanks.
Travelling with anyone?

GORGAR 1
25th March 2013, 07:27 AM
Good luck and have a great trip can't wait to read the day by day reports and checkout the pics. I'll be at expo in 2016 on my 50th lol

Peter

RGR
25th March 2013, 09:31 AM
Nah just me, but like thats only on the plane. 400+ pinheads sure will make for a sociable time.

JoshZ
25th March 2013, 03:25 PM
HOLY CR*P ...... it's like Pinball Nirvana.
I'd be going straight for the Wizard I think (don't laugh).
What an amazing mix of vintage and modern .. not to mention the comp which looks like it's been organised fantastically.
Can't wait for the updates or any pics you might take.
Again good luck .. may the balls be with you :)


And the list of games:

http://papa.org/blog/2013/01/pinburgh-2013-list-of-games/

RGR
25th March 2013, 03:28 PM
Said to be the best tournament structure in the world..

JoshZ
25th March 2013, 03:43 PM
I don't know much about tournaments but after watching that video you put up, you could just tell they have thought about everything and structured it so well.
It's nice too I think that they've made it accessible and interesting and interactive for anyone who wants to come along and play and learn about pinball .. and to watch people play competitively.
Full credit to the organisers, competitors and visitors ... Could be the trip of a lifetime I reckon :)

RGR
25th March 2013, 03:46 PM
"Pinburgh features guaranteed match play for two full days for each and every participating player, regardless of skill level. As a player, you will spend Friday competing in a series of four-player groups (occasionally three-player). For each session, you will be seeded based on your performance up to that point. Expect to spend approximately ten hours playing pinball competitively on Friday.

On Saturday, you will be assigned to the A, B, C, or D Division based on your play up to that point. Some players will have pre-existing restrictions which may require them to be in the A or B Division, regardless of how well they play on Friday. You will then spend another ten hours playing in another series of four-player groups, which will determine whether or not you qualify for finals play on Sunday. In the C and D Divisions, your record from Friday will be discarded, but for A and B Divisions, your record is cumulative over both days.

On Sunday, there is a double-elimination consolation tournament for players who didn't make it into the finals. The Pinburgh finals are similar to the finals of the PAPA World Pinball Championships.

$150 gets you into the tournament and guarantees you 20 or more hours of pinball! Tokens are sold in rolls of $10, and token proceeds go towards charity. Each roll of tokens will include an ultra-rare token only available at Pinburgh, and you should expect to spend a minimum of $20 (two rolls) while competing.

Yes, the facility will be open to spectators, with no admission fee! There will be over 200 pinball machines available for token play. Come on out! Bring your friends! "

rod71
25th March 2013, 03:52 PM
Said to be the best tournament structure in the world..

Do you have a preferred bank of 4 games that you know you'd do well on?.

WOKA
25th March 2013, 03:55 PM
When you say 20 hours of game play. Is that RGR hours or normal man hours..?


Enjoy your trip. ;)

RGR
25th March 2013, 04:11 PM
Do you have a preferred bank of 4 games that you know you'd do well on?.

Let you know after the event in case I have some competitors railing this thread :)

JoshZ
25th March 2013, 05:25 PM
20 hours of play - awesome feat of endurance. Out-does the Drinking Man's Triathlon I do with my mates ... Pool, Ping Pong and Darts. Quadruple-a-Thon now with Pinnnie introduced :). By the 10th hour there is staggering, un-coordinated attempts at grandeur and even sometimes tears :). I hope it's much more sophisticated and controlled for you.

RGR
25th March 2013, 05:35 PM
IFPA was 13 hours. It wont be straight playing since they will wait for all groups to finish.

RGR
30th March 2013, 10:57 PM
http://papa.org/pinburgh2012/live/

A link based on the structure of last years event. This year due to the 400 runners will have A,B,C and D divisions.

RGR
4th April 2013, 06:55 AM
http://www.geekgamer.tv/ggtv/ggtvpapalive/

RGR
6th April 2013, 12:26 PM
Ok folks the trip has begun. Right now I am at LAX chilling out prior to taking a plane to pittsburgh. I cant recommend the a380 enough and in fact it is the first time that I have flown Qantas internationally ever. The plane was not entirely full which was good as it gave me the option of stretching out. Some people slept across 4 seats. For me I didnt sleep the entire way, I just waited till I goto the hotel. The entertainment system on the plane is fantastic. All the very latest films. Ended up watching:
Zero Dark Thirty: Slow start great finish
Jack Reacher: Great film really enjoyed it and the ironic part was that it was about a sniper in Pittsburgh that gunned down 5 innocent people.:o
Silverlinings playbook: Great romantic comedy
Rocky: been about the 10th time that I have seen this
Django: Started watching it, but that lead character just wouldnt stfu and stop posing...

There was a 5th film but I just cant remember it at this point. *** the film was Flight *** not bad either.
Got some cool vids of the plane landing and taking off since the a380s have cameras outside the plane. Will post them shortly

RGR
6th April 2013, 01:03 PM
Annnnd the dam SD card reader on the PC I borrowed does not work.... WTF. It does not sense that the card has been inserted. Any trouble shooting ideas??

MrMaloo
6th April 2013, 01:05 PM
Check the little lock tab on the side of it Rich ... that and make sure the contacts are clean .


Best of luck over there too mate !!

RGR
6th April 2013, 01:36 PM
Ahhh l'll have to buy an external card reader when I get to Pittsburgh. Should be able to get one from Walmart..

Wotto
6th April 2013, 05:07 PM
Enjoy it all and keep us posted.
Cant wait to see you in your best Wal-Martian costume when you get your card reader.

A-380's are pretty friggin sweet huh - engines the size of a road bus !

Pash
7th April 2013, 10:22 AM
Best of luck Richard, sounds like a lot of fun thats for. Will have to try and make it to one of these events someday. Look forward to the updates.

RGR
8th April 2013, 10:40 AM
Ok got the card reader so here we go:

Getting back to the flight from Syd to LAX I took 2 videos one of the take off and one when landing:




It was also cool to see the sun come up above the clouds.. Kinds reminded me of some of the scenes in 2001:

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Still downloading the videos from the planes but in the mean time after getting out of customs which took 45 mins I went and hit the sack at Travelodge LAX:

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Hotel was only 3-4 kms away from the airport and I could not recommend more staying at a hotel after travelling 14 hours flying time along with 2 hours prior to getting on the plane and 1 hour or so after getting off. After getting on another 2 planes to get to Pittsburgh which took about 8-9 hours then a shuttle bus I would have been totally screw

Ok so got to the hotel at 1pm or so, slept till 6, got something to eat then hit the sack at 10 and woke up at 7am. Had waffles for breakfast which is something I never have.

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020391_zpsd70c53f7.jpg

Then went to the airport and got 2 flights to Pittsburgh.

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Deadset I am glad I didnt get straight on the plane from the flight from Syd cos I was shit. I am not the smallest person around but I had this unit of a woman who was so big her dam arms were over flowing into the seats beside her. Added to this she fell asleep and started falling my way. FFS. Then there was a guy who was one of those blokes with a kid that basically wanted the whole f$%^n plane to know how good his kid was and to show this by not attempting to shut his kid up for the 5 hour flight from LAX to Philly.

Get to Philly then on another plane for a 1 hour flight to Pittsburgh. Hit that airport at 930pm, wait 1 hour for a shuttle and get to the hotel around 12am.

One of the good things about the flight was that we past the Rockies (assuming that is spelt right)

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When we are transferring at Philly airport it was interesting to see all these rocking chairs around for people to sit on:

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020398_zpsf189a7f9.jpg

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Ok, hit the sack at the hotel qand woke up at 8-9 am. Checked out a few places to hire cars which I might get one for Mon Tues Weds.... Needed to buy some food since there are no resturants in the hotel or outside. Also needed to buy shoes etc etc and get something to eat so I got a 20 mins cab ride to this huge shopping complex just up the road.

http://goo.gl/maps/oDJjR

First went to this place called Quakers Steak and Lube:

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RGR
8th April 2013, 10:53 AM
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http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020404_zps53ac6331.jpg

This joint I was told had good ribs and wings and I got there when they had a buffet going for $10.00. Cant go wrong. They have like 20 sauces so being a freak of hot stuff I worked my way towards this sauce called Atomic:

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020407_zps0f6063f0.jpg

It has a scoville rating of 150,000. Tabasco is at 5000... Lol gotta love it as you have to sign a release form to have it... They also have a triple atomic sauce with a rating of 500k. Was told there was a challenge to eat a dozen wings in less than 6 mins with no water... Might give that a shot later in the week....

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/quaker-steak-lube-wings-menu_zps6b13f893.jpg

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020406_zps8c7bc495.jpg

They also had a min arcade for the kids:

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Ok so after there I went to Walmart super store and managed to get another 3 pairs of the shoes that I got in when I went to Seattle which I was happy with since I really like them and I managed to find this top:

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020424_zps92afdfce.jpg

Didnt buy it but thought this wasnt such a bad tshirt...

The stuff in Walmart always cracks me up. The guys in the states will always have something to cater for everyone:

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020425_zpsac7c1da2.jpg

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020422_zps96b862a1.jpg

Coke went up a $1 since I was last here!!

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020421_zps46a0a3a8.jpg

Jeans for less than $10..

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020418_zpsf1c7836c.jpg

Massive packs of chips:

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020420_zpsd19750a8.jpg

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ROLLERBALL
8th April 2013, 11:16 AM
Bring me back a pack of the pancakes and sausage on a stick..
I would be into those .... Lol

Cursed
8th April 2013, 12:03 PM
Bring me back a pack of the pancakes and sausage on a stick..
I would be into those .... Lol

Haha same here. As funny as it looks pancakes and sausages sound like an interesting mix!

Thanks for sharing your trip with us, feels like we are there with you. I will have to get to the states one day!

Wotto
8th April 2013, 12:09 PM
Bring me back a pack of the pancakes and sausage on a stick..
I would be into those .... Lol
They will go well with your KISS Ice Blocks !

LOVING the pics RGR - keep em coming
Steak and Lube !
Sounds like a big night at my joint.

RGR
8th April 2013, 12:24 PM
Fair few nice girls working there.. was going to ask where the lube comes into it...:confused:

surfer pinball
8th April 2013, 12:34 PM
Bring me back a pack of the pancakes and sausage on a stick..
I would be into those .... Lol


like a dildo with a soft cushion around it

RGR
8th April 2013, 04:12 PM
Any idea whats happening at the 3:50 min mark??


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B43yMB6qH5s

Pinoffski
8th April 2013, 05:52 PM
I should not be watching this LOL

@ 3.50 atmosphere temperature change .
"o well" thats wife told me .....

Wotto
8th April 2013, 07:00 PM
i should not be watching this lol


lol lol lol

blue95
9th April 2013, 12:33 AM
I've been past a few Quaker Steaks but never been in one. I will have to next time to se if they all have Ed Lynch JR's old cars hanging off the roof

RGR
9th April 2013, 04:28 AM
And the landing into LAX. Amazing how big the plane is compared to the cars on the ground at the end of this video...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9tkeIbczbQ&feature=youtu.be

GORGAR 1
9th April 2013, 09:33 AM
Cool video thanks for posting! Are those private cars near the plane or airport vehicles?

Peter

RGR
9th April 2013, 02:02 PM
The vehicles would be for airport personnel.

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Ok just got back from the 1st pre-pinburgh event.. Didnt go that well, like I didnt qual for the finals but it was a good night and got plenty of good pics. Its midnight here and been up since 7am. Got to meet Mark (MHS) which was good. He was the guy with the beard in the Pinburgh promo video that I posted earlier. Good player as well. Hitting the sack now. Will post pics and full write up of the event when I wake up.

ROLLERBALL
9th April 2013, 07:38 PM
Cmon big guy...
WAKE UP....
I want to see pics....lol

RGR
9th April 2013, 10:26 PM
Ok Rollerball you got me up :P... Posting pics in 20 mins..

Crafty
9th April 2013, 11:01 PM
Well its been longer than 20 minutes.... lol

RGR
9th April 2013, 11:03 PM
These HD pics take a while to upload... 5 mins...

Dedrok
9th April 2013, 11:12 PM
you said 5, its now 7 mins.

What time is it there?

blue95
9th April 2013, 11:20 PM
14 now :)

RGR
9th April 2013, 11:26 PM
Ok so the first venue was at Slovak Club of Parks Township 1214 Lincoln Street, North Vandergrift. It took a fair while to get out to this place. It would have been like going from Chatswood to Penrith. Trent Augenstein was kind enough to come and pick me up from the hotel and Danielle and Roy Wills were in the car as well. Lol it was good that I got to know Roy before hand cos it was a dam tight squeeze in the back of the car. It took about 1-1.5 hours to drive out there....

We get out to the venue and it was like a classic small working country town. Very quiet, nothing flash etc. I was expecting like a hall with pinballs in it but it was a bar called the Slovak Club.

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Deadset it felt like I was walking into the bar out of T2. You could smoke inside, and it had all these old school raffle machines which I thought were change machines...lol

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020439_zps789ae1ed.jpg

Anyway the comp started at 4 and qualifying went to 930pm. 6 machines, they pick your best 3 scores and you can qualify as many times as you like. The games were STTNG, AFM, Baly Strikes and Spares, LOTR, ACDC, FG.

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I didnt get enough time to play since we got there about 6-630. played about 10 games but didnt go any good. The games were again set ultra hard in terms of rubbers being taken off the post, flipper angles and software settings. Eg: STTNG you could only lock one ball from the skill shot. LOTR path of the dead was 250 souls max and you could not hit the mode start from the right flipper. ACDC had its flippers higher which made the shots harder to hit. The games were in good condition though.

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020442_zps7d75402a.jpg

They also had Gladiators and Tron pro on the side to play. For the comp it was $5 for one game or $10 for 3. I thought it was a bit steep asking for a coin drop as well. $0.50 for all games except ACDC which was $0.75.

Ok so qualifying finished at 930 and Jochen Ludwig who I met at IFPA9 was gracious enough to offer me a lift back to the hotel. He happened to be staying at the same place as me so that worked out very well as a cab from the venue would have been around $100-$150...

It was great talking to him on the way back. He was saying that in the early 2000's he bought 10 TZ's for $2k lol... Telling me about all these EMs and SS's that he bought for $150, $200 etc. However he also said that due to the EURO that they are paying over 10K for an LE... Hes an operator, player and technician.

I also met up with guys from previous comps and new players. The great thing about this comp and the main event is that I am meeting players of all skill levels. These pre pinburgh events are more relaxing and sociable just like a meet back home.

Todays event is Pingolf at a bowling alley. The Storm is staying at my place and we will get a cab to the venue around 3pm. More updates coming..

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What time is it there?

Now its 930am...

Dedrok
9th April 2013, 11:37 PM
An event back home might be relaxed for you, sure that it isn't for others. :)

Middle of nowhere much.

RGR
10th April 2013, 01:18 PM
Ok just got back from the 2nd pre pinburgh event and again it was alot of fun... Will post pics when they download. Should be about 30-45 mins...

ROLLERBALL
10th April 2013, 01:29 PM
Hurry up will you... Lol

RGR
10th April 2013, 01:46 PM
Ok well l'll metion a few things about the comp. It was at a bowling alley kinda like the AMD league comps that were held in Syd. The format of the comp was alot of fun, something that I have not done before. It was Pingolf. How this comp worked was that you had 6 machines (6 holes) and you had to get the target score in the least amount of balls. So centigrade for example was 65K. If you got that on your 1 ball then bang you got a hole in one. If you got it on your 4th ball you got 4 points and if you didnt get to 65k in 5 balls the game was over and you got 6 points. Therefore the best you can get is 6 points and the worst was 36.

The line up of the games was all Gotliebs. TX Sector, Centigrade 37, Skyline, Super Orbit, Cactus Jack, Dragon

Ok so qualifying was between 4-9pm but I got there about 5. It took so long to complete all 6 games that I was only able to get in 2 rounds. I ended up qualifying equal 2nd in A which was cool. There were about 50-60 players.

Top 8 played off in 2 groups of 4 and 3 games were played. The highest seed (qualifier) chose the 3 games to play on and I chose whether to start 1,2,3,4. I chose 1st. Top 2 out of 4 went into the final. After 3 games I was tied for 2nd place with Bob Mathews and Daniele Celestino Acciari. Lol so I had the choice of the tie breaker game and chose Skyline. None of us over 5 balls was able to hit the target of 650 points (I managed to do this in 2 balls in qualifying). So then I chose Centigrade which I bombed out on and so did Daniele. I finished somewhere between 5th and 8th.

During qualifying I had 2 holes in 1 meaning that I achieved the target score on my first ball. Skyfall I got it on my second so that was a good round.

Before I was about the play in the finals I was speaking to a guy and after finding out that I was from Australia, he goes "Are you RGR?" Lol I said yeah and he knew me from Pinside.. Lol I told him that I figured someone would eventually figure out that that was me and we had a good chat about the industry...

Over all the night went very well and again it was great to meet more pinheads. The games were generally pretty good but the right flipper on TX Sector was sticking and SkyFall had to be turned off. Will post pics shortly...

RGR
10th April 2013, 02:56 PM
Ok so the games in the comp were:

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Forgot to get the playfield pic of this

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And it was held at this venue which was only 3 miles from the hotel which was handy:

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Bowling is super popular over here:

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Lol at the advertising:

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Alot of candy vending machines out front:

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As for the comp room:

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A fan to cool the room down... There would have been like 30 guys in there at once:

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Tools on the side in case things went wrong:

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Skyline had no tilt and this was the result...

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And the final qualifying results:

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Lol while I was waiting for the pics to load I got home delivery and ordered something called a Hoagie which is kinda like a Subway. Subway aint got NOTHING on a hoagie. Have a look at the size of this monster....

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Wotto
10th April 2013, 03:05 PM
God DAMN MAn - GOTSTA Get me one of them hoagies !
Thanks for the reports - love the old style US towns U R visiting :)

RGR
10th April 2013, 03:12 PM
yeah I am loving it too. The people are great like I could be out the front having a smoke and everyone says Hi etc. Way different in terms of architecture than LA, NYC, Vegas etc. Such variety in this country.

ROLLERBALL
10th April 2013, 03:16 PM
God DAMN MAn - GOTSTA Get me one of them hoagies !
)


So it's bird seed pizza for you at my meet in May then is it??

Looks like they are into food in a big way over in the states then?

RGR
10th April 2013, 03:21 PM
Lol yeah they dont stuff around here. Like one of the things that I love the most is when you have soft drink at the bar etc, it will never go empty. The refills are for free. This will never happen back home. The service is good as well but then they are working for tips, so I am not sure how good the service would be if they were getting paid well. Things are certainly cheaper here but then the economy aint that good. I was talking to a few people about the price of pins and they were saying at Tonr Pros were going for 3500-4000. They cant believe how much we pay for pins...

Nick64
10th April 2013, 04:47 PM
Great blog RGR food looks like a winner train hard play hard .. good luck in the comps ..

RGR
11th April 2013, 10:41 PM
Just woke up.. Uploading pics of comp 3... Oh for those night owls, the live stream starts in just over one hour... This cant be missed. Best players in the world fighting it out in the PAPA circuit finals..

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This link will also show the final day of Pinburgh on Monday night AU time at 11pm..

RGR
11th April 2013, 11:22 PM
Ok so comp 3 was at a place called the double wide grill in the South Side district in Pittsburgh, kinda like Newtown or Lygon St. The restuarant was a converted petrol station with a lot of Americana. Quite a clever design:

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Cool street art on the side of the restaurant and across the road.

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Railways
11th April 2013, 11:48 PM
Richo, thanks for all the pics and the trip so far, Enjoying this thread.
Good luck in the majors, time to stop sandbagging;)

RGR
11th April 2013, 11:50 PM
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Clever way of using an old oil can:

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Hub caps on the roof:

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Lounge to sit down:

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They had a good deal going that night with $0.50 buffalo wings which I took advantage of along with an interesting drinks menu. Wasnt sure what this one tasted like so I gave it a miss :blink:

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The heavens opened up and it rained quite hard:

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So what else to do but play pinball:

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They had a bank of games on the side that were not in the comp:

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And behind that were the main comp machines. 7 to chose from and best 3 scores count. It had to be all 3 games, so you bought an entry for $10 and played 3 games of your choice. If you bombed on one game then the other 2 games would be affected. You couldnt pick one good game then throw the others away, you had to be consistent for all 3.

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Kio Morris watching Steve Bowden:

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And the final results:

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I had like 1 round of 3 games for a couple of reasons. Firstly I was not a fan of the waiting time to get on a game ... standing around for like 30 mins to get on a game. Theres nothing that could have been done there given that there were so many people there to play. I mainly played jackbot and AFM on the side which were in really good condition.

From the games that I did play there were issues with the games. ACDC, I had a ball drain and it started the next ball, Super Orbit both flippers were weak, IM had the left flipper stop working on me. I am not directing my frustrations at the guys running the event as I know they went to alot of effort but the games were not upto scratch imo. Tron was fine, AFM was fine but I didnt get a chance to play all of them. Corvette had issues with weak flippers as well.

The line up for the comp was, 24, Corvette, ACDC, Super Orbit, Tron, IM, AFM. I bascially finished almost last but it was a good night. Got to speak a bit with Molly from Pins and Needles and shes real down to earth. Was good meeting her.

Today is pingolf at PAPA along with the circuit finals. Basically a day off. Will be good to go down to the venue for the first time and play some games.

slevbro
12th April 2013, 12:05 AM
sweet, thanks for the updates
might have to steal the pin golf idea, that sounds good

RGR
12th April 2013, 12:40 AM
Yeah its a great format, gives everyone a chance and is a change from the reg high scores comps..You could do anything, like first to get multiball, 2x, seance in TAF,, the options are endless.

hamo54
12th April 2013, 10:00 AM
If you look at the crowd picture it could be any local meet. Same demographics and hair or lack of it etc. :)
Except check out the gloves on Pittsburgh Edy and his mate.... these guys are serious.
Love the motor themed places you have been to Richard. Keep them coming.

Wotto
12th April 2013, 10:19 AM
If you look at the crowd picture it could be any local meet. Same demographics and hair or lack of it etc. :)
Except check out the gloves on Pittsburgh Edy and his mate.... these guys are serious.
Love the motor themed places you have been to Richard. Keep them coming.

Yes , again thanks for the updates RGR.

The gloves - when we visited PPE in2011 and entered the comp room there were guys in there with gloves and they also put thir earphones on/in with thier favourite music running - like our footballers do pre-match - insane !

RGR
12th April 2013, 01:03 PM
Ok I went to the PAPA HQ today for the first time. Took a heap of pics and one walk thru video. Uploading as I am typing this. What can I say this joint is set up for pinball. Nicely air conditioned and thats important given that its quite humid here. The first thing I noticed was how good the condition of the EMs and SS's are. I had a great time playing those. There was also a pingolf comp over 9 holes. I got 3 holes in one (1 pointers) but I had to wait so long for the last game I did not bother finishing it. I would not have made the cut anyway.

So tomorrow is the 1st day of Pinburgh. 5 rounds of 4 games and this will decide whether I play in A,B,C or D grades on Saturday. Then from there you attempt to qualify for the finals on Sunday. Met up with Bobby from Seattle and Josh Hendersons dad along with the Sharpes and Bowen Kierens. Uploading pics now and will get the video in the thread by tomorrow. Deadset for a 8 min HD video it takes like 12 hours to upload.

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Friday, April 12 - Match Play

9 am
Doors Open, Player Check-In Available
9 am - 11 am
Warm-up Tournament (checked-in players only)
10:45 am
Cutoff for Player Check-In
11:10 am
Player Roll Call
11:30 am
Session 1 Match Play
1:30 pm
Session 2 Match Play
3:30 pm
Session 3 Match Play
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Break for Dinner
7:30 pm
Session 4 Match Play
9:30 pm
Session 5 Match Play
11:30 pm
Tiebreakers
12 midnight
Doors Close

NMD
12th April 2013, 01:35 PM
Great thread RGR. Really enjoy reading your updates and good luck at PAPA.

RGR
12th April 2013, 02:37 PM
Arrived at the venue for the first time:

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12th April 2013, 02:40 PM
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illawarra_steelers
12th April 2013, 03:44 PM
excellent richard..thanks so much for taking the time to report and post all those photos..good luck in the comp!

Cursed
12th April 2013, 03:50 PM
Loving the posts! And i can't wait to watch your walkthrough vid!!

Must be like Pinball heaven in there!

blue95
12th April 2013, 07:11 PM
If you look at the crowd picture it could be any local meet. Same demographics and hair or lack of it etc. :)
Except check out the gloves on Pittsburgh Edy and his mate.... these guys are serious.
Love the motor themed places you have been to Richard. Keep them coming.

Pittsburgh Edy, :lol :lol

RGR
12th April 2013, 10:39 PM
Ok its Pinburgh day!!! Round 1 starts in 2.5 hours approx. Will be doing updates after every round time permitting. The last update will be around 14 hours from now given that I am still awake. Will be interesting playing each round consisting of DMD, SS and EM. Same structure as IFPA9. Go well, move up and play harder players, go bad move down and play easier players. Ultimately I want to play against the best.

Due to the walkthru vid taking so long to upload I will not have time to get this on the forum. Its been uploading all night and its still got 4 hours to go. 400 players today wow. I am looking forward to playing games that I have never played before and hope to put up some monster scores..

pinball god
12th April 2013, 10:45 PM
great thread, really enjoyed the pix and could even feel the tension of game play. But cannot help but notice the middle bumper cap on the speak easy. I've been looking for this for my embryon.....damn

RGR
12th April 2013, 10:50 PM
All the SS games play so well. I could play them forever. In fact thats what I going to be doing on Sunday night. The after party will go all night. Feels like the barn meet but 6 times bigger and 6 times more people. I think if you have the money for pins. Le's etc this trip is one that has to be made. All up flights and accom etc about 3K.

Audioenslaved
12th April 2013, 11:49 PM
Is there a woz there?

RGR
13th April 2013, 02:58 AM
Nup no WOZ.....

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020574_zpsd02e85a9.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020574_zpsd02e85a9.jpg.html)

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RGR
13th April 2013, 05:19 AM
http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020577_zps9baf4e24.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020577_zps9baf4e24.jpg.html)

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robm
13th April 2013, 06:09 AM
Top work - doing great by the looks of it!

RGR
13th April 2013, 07:54 AM
Ok well I cant complain about my form. At the moment I am seeded 3 out of 397. 3 rounds gone 2 more to go. Bowen just announced it over the PA so feels good putting Australia on the map. Dinner time now..

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http://papa.org/pinburgh2013/live/standings-3.html

To keep track of all the players goto the following link:

http://papa.org/pinburgh2013/live/

Wotto
13th April 2013, 08:07 AM
FARKIN killing it mate - congrats so far and good wishes for the rest of it.

Hey Pinball God - maybe RGR can ( cough ) get a ball stuck on the Speak Easy and 'take the glass off' that machine for a few minutes ;)

riverinapinball
13th April 2013, 08:07 AM
Doing great Richard...Number 3, Keep up the good work. Also great reporting. Good luck.

RGR
13th April 2013, 10:55 AM
Tough game and tough opponents. Grand Prix and Nitro Ground Shaker killed me. House balls and weak flippers.

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020595_zps716a446f.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020595_zps716a446f.jpg.html)

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1 round left for the night then everyone will be placed in grades..

slevbro
13th April 2013, 01:59 PM
Great work Richard.

Get yourself some double pepperoni and anchovie pizza,you always play good after one of those.:D

RGR
13th April 2013, 02:29 PM
Great work Richard.

Get yourself some double pepperoni and anchovie pizza,you always play good after one of those.:D

Lol yeah without thinking about it I had one last night.

Ok well the final round was over and hell this is one to remember. The seeds I was playing with was 5,6,7 and me 8. Dam this was like one of the funniest rounds ever. I was ranked last I as a poor choice I decided to go first. We hoped on Independance Day first. I had no idea of the strategy for this one. Once I finished my ball Jorian (IFPA rank like 7 or so) proceeds to shoot the left loop like 50 times, build his hurry up and then makes 2-3 shots collecting over 1 billion. Zac sharpe did the same thing along with the 4th player. Deadset this game took about 1 hour. Then we played 1812 which I have never played and I chose to go last so I could see how they played it. After figuring out the skill shot and multiball start lol I beat them all on ball 1.. rofl.... Then came Space Shuttle. Again this was a game that I didnt know and due to me finishing first I was last to choose where I wanted to play, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th. Therefore I was left with playing 1st. I did not know about building the spinner to 7k a spin and this game as you can see by the scores went for 1 hour as well. The place was closing at 12 and we were still playing after 2.5 hours over 4 games on tournament play. Just sick. Due to the guys I was playing with and no knowledge of the 4 games I was playing I got 4 points for this round. To make it even funnier they announced that the tie breakers were to be played on Space Shuttle!!! I think they are playing those now. God what a last round.

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Everyone watching this monster game on Space Shuttle:

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Koi was loving it too...

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RGR
13th April 2013, 03:30 PM
http://papa.org/pinburgh2013/live/seeds-6A.html

Ok finished 26th and safely in A grade. 100 A graders play off to the top 24 finalists... This will be hard but this is what I came for. Would be nice if I knew how to play all the games... Just hope that I get on some banks that I know how to play.

Guy with a Pinball
13th April 2013, 03:32 PM
Congrats on making A grade, all the best for the finals.

Mar
13th April 2013, 03:58 PM
Nice work Richard, well played. Here's hoping we get to see you play in the live stream on Sunday night. I'm taking a day off work on Monday just so I can stay up all night to watch!

The live Circuit final was incredible and I ended up going to bed at 4am, getting to work at 9 and watching the rest of the games. Can't believe Daniele survived 12 hours of elimination games...

ROLLERBALL
13th April 2013, 03:58 PM
26th....????

Cmon big fella...
Time to pick your game up....
We expect more from you than 26th....lolol...

Nah...not going too bad mate...keep it up...

Railways
13th April 2013, 03:59 PM
Nice work Richo, keep on bringing it up to them, Good story and pics mate:)

RGR
13th April 2013, 10:36 PM
Yeah well I think if I keep getting 2's then l'll be fine but yeah TV time would be cool. Aside from the tournament I was out the front having a smoke and some guy after finding out where I was from asked if I knew about Pizza and Pinball hehe. He heard it on the spooky podcast. The people here are great. Its like I can approach someone and ask them about anything and they wont be a smartarse etc. Very helpful. The organizers of the tournaments are fantastic along with all the people helping out including techs etc. Hell of a job running something like this.

Pash
13th April 2013, 11:08 PM
Well done so far Richard, keep up the good work and have some fun.

MrMaloo
13th April 2013, 11:44 PM
Great work so far Richard . Here's hoping you save your best till last and bring home the goods .

slevbro
14th April 2013, 12:01 AM
Yeah well I think if I keep getting 2's then l'll be fine but yeah TV time would be cool. Aside from the tournament I was out the front having a smoke and some guy after finding out where I was from asked if I knew about Pizza and Pinball hehe. He heard it on the spooky podcast. The people here are great. Its like I can approach someone and ask them about anything and they wont be a smartarse etc. Very helpful. The organizers of the tournaments are fantastic along with all the people helping out including techs etc. Hell of a job running something like this.

wernt you wearing your shirt?

is there a live web cam? if so can someone add a link please

RGR
14th April 2013, 12:18 AM
Wearing it today. Was wearing the IFPA top yesterday.. Lol I only have one and cant wear it 2 days in a row. if I qualify for the finals then lol l'll wear it tomorrow for sure.

MrMaloo
14th April 2013, 12:22 AM
Wearing it today. Was wearing the IFPA top yesterday.. Lol I only have one and cant wear it 2 days in a row. if I qualify for the finals then lol l'll wear it tomorrow for sure.

Wearing a PnP shirt in the Pinburgh Finals .... that would have to be worth free pizza for a year wouldn't it Richard ... :lol

RGR
14th April 2013, 03:37 AM
Ok didnt go so well in the 1st round. 1 won 1 2nd and 4 last places. Had 240 mill on LAH and still came last. Will post pics once round 2 is over..

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RGR
14th April 2013, 05:32 AM
Well things are going kinda bad. Won my first game again, 2 3rds and 1 last. Just aint happening. Havent got on a bank yet where I like the games. 5 points means that I am falling behind. Need to pull something out...

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Mar
14th April 2013, 11:42 AM
wernt you wearing your shirt?

is there a live web cam? if so can someone add a link please

The finals will be shown live at 11pm Sydney time tonight on geekgamer.tv: http://www.geekgamer.tv/calendar/

Reading the live results on the PAPA site I get the feeling Richard has been knocked out as his name does not come up in the round 8 groups. I hope I'm mistaken :(

http://papa.org/pinburgh2013/live/

EDIT: I was mistaken, he's still in there seeded 77th with round 9 to go.

swine hoont
14th April 2013, 11:42 AM
at least you are up there with the best of them, good luck, getting into A division is a massive achievement

millsy56
14th April 2013, 12:10 PM
Well done Richard.
Your in the elite group - Good luck :038:

RGR
14th April 2013, 02:43 PM
Yeah bugger missed out qualifying by 5 points. Rounds were 5,5,4,3,9. yesterday was 11,10,8,5,4. Just couldnt get it together. The games that I knew like Gorgar, DM, Simpsons and NBA Jam I won but other games that I had no idea on I either played well and did not know the strategy or I had house balls. Not disappointed but I was surprised how close I was to getting in... Just needed 6 better placings..

Have to say though its been a great time and I have met alot of great people including the software programmer for Heighway Pinball.. Will post more pics later.

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Just relized that Josh Sharpe and Daniele Celestino Acciari didnt make it either...

grifter
14th April 2013, 03:27 PM
Well done mate.

Sounds like it was a great trip too.

Mar
14th April 2013, 03:32 PM
Yeah bugger missed out qualifying by 5 points. Rounds were 5,5,4,3,9. yesterday was 11,10,8,5,4. Just couldnt get it together. The games that I knew like Gorgar, DM, Simpsons and NBA Jam I won but other games that I had no idea on I either played well and did not know the strategy or I had house balls. Not disappointed but I was surprised how close I was to getting in... Just needed 6 better placings..

Have to say though its been a great time and I have met alot of great people including the software programmer for Heighway Pinball.. Will post more pics later.

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Just relized that Josh Sharpe and Daniele Celestino Acciari didnt make it either...

Well done Richard, it was a tough competition (perhaps the toughest, being the largest pinball tournament ever held) and you managed to finish 62nd out of 396 players. That's certainly nothing to sneeze at!

MrMaloo
14th April 2013, 04:06 PM
Congrats on getting as far as you did mate . You've done Australia proud yet again .

One question -- what's "house balls" ?? :017:

Pash
14th April 2013, 04:19 PM
Well done Richard, you've done well to finish where you did. All these never before played games can only make you stronger for the next tournament.

I'll second that, whats "house balls", some insight into this please.

ROLLERBALL
14th April 2013, 05:27 PM
Everyone is giving you congrats and well done...
lol...not me...you suck mate...what the hell...didnt even qualify...???..wtf...(all jokes of course)

Will need to hook up with Wotto at my place on the 25th...
Im sure he will give you some tips on how to play for next year..LOL...

Looks like it has been a cracker of a trip...
playing a few pinballs is just a bonus...

Dont forget to bring me back some pancake and sausages on a stick...

Railways
14th April 2013, 05:45 PM
Congrats on getting as far as you did mate . You've done Australia proud yet again .

One question -- what's "house balls" ?? :017:Aren't they the little balls with numbers on that they draw out when playing "Housie" aka bingo:D

RMacauley
14th April 2013, 08:29 PM
Congrats on getting as far as you did mate . You've done Australia proud yet again .

One question -- what's "house balls" ?? :017:

Straight down the middle in no time flat

RGR
14th April 2013, 11:40 PM
Posting alot more pics now. Then off to see the finals.

slevbro
14th April 2013, 11:49 PM
Well done Richard.:)
Time to relax and enjoy the rest of your trip.

DivMon
14th April 2013, 11:55 PM
Nice Work Richard - Now as the Slevbros said - Enjoy the rest of your trip!

RGR
14th April 2013, 11:55 PM
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DivMon
15th April 2013, 12:04 AM
We so do need a tilt bob camera!

You guys are watching this - I hope!

http://www.geekgamer.tv/live/

RGR
15th April 2013, 12:36 AM
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Bowen videoing the crowd

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The benefit of playing in Pinburgh is meeting all sorts of people. Brian second down the left side is doing the programming for Heighway Pinball.

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Mark was in shock as to how many people came along for this event. He needed to stand on the ladder to take the group photo.

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Cursed
15th April 2013, 12:57 AM
Watching the finals now....will see how long i last.

Awesome you got to meet Brian from Heighway! I am really looking forward to seeing more on Full Throttle. Did he give you any insight to the game?

Dedrok
15th April 2013, 01:32 AM
Good, somethin to watch for the next few hrs.

Freely94
15th April 2013, 03:52 AM
Hey Richard,
Thanks for all the updates and pics. Its been very interesting following you through the tournment, well done.

Crazy being able to watch it live, very different feel watching sport live, for once happy kids wake us up at 4am.

Keith Elwin is looking very strong and sounds like finals will be on the AC/DC bank of machine if he wins semi.

As a side note.
We had our IFPA meet on Saturday night was cool to sit there talking about your amazing early form (we were at Mikes playing fours on Johns Swords of Fury for 3 plus hours after Yee cleaned up on the tournment that was all over by 7:30pm) and looking forward to watching final day live.

Regards
David

RGR
15th April 2013, 05:56 AM
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No they were not playing WOZ:

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Watching the finals now....will see how long i last.

Awesome you got to meet Brian from Heighway! I am really looking forward to seeing more on Full Throttle. Did he give you any insight to the game?

No not really. All he said was that it would be the price of a Pro and released for sure this year

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Hey Richard,
Thanks for all the updates and pics. Its been very interesting following you through the tournment, well done.

Crazy being able to watch it live, very different feel watching sport live, for once happy kids wake us up at 4am.

Keith Elwin is looking very strong and sounds like finals will be on the AC/DC bank of machine if he wins semi.

As a side note.
We had our IFPA meet on Saturday night was cool to sit there talking about your amazing early form (we were at Mikes playing fours on Johns Swords of Fury for 3 plus hours after Yee cleaned up on the tournment that was all over by 7:30pm) and looking forward to watching final day live.

Regards
David

Hey David thanks for the compliment but at the start of the day I was playing against everyone from all divisions... It was not like I was playing against A grade players so it may seem that I went better than I did.

Weird feeling going in a comp and not going well but knowing that I was playing on games that I never played before. Sure it was the same for alot of people however for the experienced players that have played here before and knew the games (lol Keith Elwin said there was only 1 game out of 200 that he didnt know), I was at a disadvantage as well. This was due to players knowing like 10 others and asking them about the game prior to playing it.

I did have a bad run on some games and only won on one EM. I think I would have qualified if I knew the strategies for games that I had not played on before. All of this aside I am 100% happy that I made this trip and it is a must for anyone that is enthusiastic about this hobby/sport.

RGR
15th April 2013, 06:17 AM
Ok well heading down to the venue for the last time. Going to play all the SS's I can, take alot of pics and say my goodbyes for this year. Not sure whether I will come back for PAPA or Pinburgh next year but it would be great to come back with a group from AU and NZ..

Railways
15th April 2013, 08:48 AM
Enjoy Richo, you've earned it. Thanks again for the pics and the blow by blow tutorial.

Dedrok
15th April 2013, 02:52 PM
Who won the A Grade finals, crashed out during the B Grade

Chris the local boy was playing well

Mar
15th April 2013, 04:18 PM
Who won the A Grade finals, crashed out during the B Grade

Chris the local boy was playing well

Heh, me too. I watched from 11pm to 6:30am, and just couldn't last through the B and C divisions. I was hoping to see the end of the As but just couldn't make it.

Results are here: http://papa.org/pinburgh2013/live/results.php

RGR
15th April 2013, 05:30 PM
Well just got back... Man what a great place. After the event finished they turned all the lights off. It was like the barn meet all over again. Will post pics shortly.

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Did another walk thru video and managed to get 3 vids of Koi Morris playing... dam legend he is.. Will have them all uploaded in the next day or 2.

rotordave
15th April 2013, 05:41 PM
Well just got back... Man what a great place. After the event finished they turned all the lights off. It was like the barn meet all over again. Will post pics shortly.


How else would they get rid of all you pinheads? You'd never leave!! LOL

Thanks for the updates Richard.

The live stream this morning was awesome. Congrats to Bowen and his mates for making it all happen.

rd

RGR
15th April 2013, 05:49 PM
Koi the legend:

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Molly from Pins and Needles:

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RGR
15th April 2013, 06:32 PM
How else would they get rid of all you pinheads? You'd never leave!! LOL

Thanks for the updates Richard.

The live stream this morning was awesome. Congrats to Bowen and his mates for making it all happen.

rd

Lol what I meant was they turned the lights off and put music on. All the machines in the dark was cool. The place was open all night...

Dedrok
15th April 2013, 06:57 PM
Heh, me too. I watched from 11pm to 6:30am, and just couldn't last through the B and C divisions. I was hoping to see the end of the As but just couldn't make it.

Results are here: http://papa.org/pinburgh2013/live/results.php

Exact times I watch til. :)

The local boy came in 2nd, would loved to have watch it. They should be up on the PAPA videos soon enough.

RGR
15th April 2013, 07:01 PM
Yeah Cryss, didnt know about him prior to coming here and he played well all week. Keith though in the finals he was in a world of his own. Dominated Dr Dude and Wizard. Just amazing how good he is.

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So Edy are we in for next year??

Mar
15th April 2013, 07:05 PM
Exact times I watch til. :)

The local boy came in 2nd, would loved to have watch it. They should be up on the PAPA videos soon enough.

You can watch the last 9 hours of it (which is pretty much all of it anyway) here: http://www.twitch.tv/geekgamertv/b/390849777

I know what I'm doing tonight...

I'd love to go to the next one, or maybe California Extreme. Who knows, maybe next year I might get around to organising an overseas trip which has been on the cards since... Forever.

RGR
15th April 2013, 07:44 PM
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Annnnd these are all the games I played after the finals.. Good to know that I can put some good scores up on comp games:

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Dedrok
15th April 2013, 11:50 PM
You can watch the last 9 hours of it (which is pretty much all of it anyway) here: http://www.twitch.tv/geekgamertv/b/390849777

Ha, Richard get's his mug on there talking to Bowen just as they're wrapping up. :cool:

RGR
16th April 2013, 01:28 AM
Lol yeah think I was asking what time they close...

RGR
16th April 2013, 02:15 AM
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RGR
16th April 2013, 05:26 PM
Change to 720p if it aint that already


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KpBcUZZ7b0&feature=youtu.be


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjVSdGBJJOM&feature=youtu.be


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Replay
16th April 2013, 06:09 PM
Thanks for the write up, pics and vids. What a great experience.

RGR
17th April 2013, 02:13 PM
Ok so to wrap up the trip. This was the hotel that I was staying at:

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Not a bad place, closet to the venue but there was nothing around in terms of shopping so had to either go and buy stuff or get home delivery.

Bus to downtown was just down the road:

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Then get off the bus at the cable car which goes to the top of he hill:

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http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020742_zps6a9a5853.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020742_zps6a9a5853.jpg.html)

And what a great view:

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020743_zpsf0c4afa0.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020743_zpsf0c4afa0.jpg.html)

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http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020745_zps422fac70.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020745_zps422fac70.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020746_zps2d680a09.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020746_zps2d680a09.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020747_zps13ef3561.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020747_zps13ef3561.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020748_zps10cdd055.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020748_zps10cdd055.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020749_zps36aa947a.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020749_zps36aa947a.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020752_zps85e6b68f.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020752_zps85e6b68f.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020753_zps73293acd.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020753_zps73293acd.jpg.html)

And plenty of nice houses at the top:

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020765_zpsc98e11b2.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020765_zpsc98e11b2.jpg.html)

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Then it was time to eat:

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http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020768_zps26eef7d0.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020768_zps26eef7d0.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020774_zps71cf125a.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020774_zps71cf125a.jpg.html)

They even had a drink for the owners of WOZ:P

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After this, back to the view:

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http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020779_zpsd0b79c7b.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020779_zpsd0b79c7b.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020778_zps64d7c3ff.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020778_zps64d7c3ff.jpg.html)

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More pics to come when I get home...

Railways
17th April 2013, 05:30 PM
That was pretty interesting about the steps before the incline thingy was built. Betcha the locals had some strong legs in those days;)

slevbro
17th April 2013, 11:51 PM
home?
we have seen sydney before, let the adventure continue, i say!!!!
off to the next show/comp/gamesroom, dont stop now big fella, take the show on the road
Dom

RGR
18th April 2013, 09:18 AM
Nah back home now. Pittsburgh-->Charlotte-->LA-->Syd. Wasnt that bad as I slept on the plane from LA due it being better than domestic... Ok so where I left off in Pittsburgh:

Had the BEST macaroni and cheese with lobster and crab:

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020786_zpsf5f77b1d.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020786_zpsf5f77b1d.jpg.html)

Whilst eating I noticed that you dont need to wear helmets in this part of town:

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020784_zps8d3d5baa.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020784_zps8d3d5baa.jpg.html)

Then back down the other cable car which was about 2-3 miles away from the 1st one I took:

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020782_zps41bf7695.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020782_zps41bf7695.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020787_zps73faa914.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020787_zps73faa914.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020788_zps52b2a1da.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020788_zps52b2a1da.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020790_zpsf5fd0e8c.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020790_zpsf5fd0e8c.jpg.html)

Then across the first bridge into town:

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020793_zpsf320e8e2.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020793_zpsf320e8e2.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020791_zps74e28d1b.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020791_zps74e28d1b.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020792_zpsde2501fa.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020792_zpsde2501fa.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020794_zps62dce7fd.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020794_zps62dce7fd.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020795_zps4779aad7.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020795_zps4779aad7.jpg.html)

And managed to find one of the arcades that the Pittsburgh leagues play at:

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020798_zpsf6d7753a.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020798_zpsf6d7753a.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020796_zps5f19d8e6.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020796_zps5f19d8e6.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020797_zps0a10227b.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020797_zps0a10227b.jpg.html)

Then more walking to my first baseball game to watch the pirates:

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020800_zpsfa1f333b.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020800_zpsfa1f333b.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020801_zps4baae990.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020801_zps4baae990.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020803_zps0d9f5c05.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020803_zps0d9f5c05.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020804_zps63a5ee99.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020804_zps63a5ee99.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020805_zps3e3ce457.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020805_zps3e3ce457.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020808_zpsb5143884.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020808_zpsb5143884.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020809_zpsb5e8d9c3.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020809_zpsb5e8d9c3.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020815_zps18f7ca18.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020815_zps18f7ca18.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020813_zpse56a77b5.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020813_zpse56a77b5.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020816_zps97e40923.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020816_zps97e40923.jpg.html)

I often wondered what happened when the balls went in the crowd:

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020817_zps8d672462.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020817_zps8d672462.jpg.html)

She would have got hit at like 80kmh.... Poor girl.

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020824_zps64a5a908.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020824_zps64a5a908.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020825_zps0259a3de.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020825_zps0259a3de.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020823_zpsd6b2fc98.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020823_zpsd6b2fc98.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020826_zps560411aa.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020826_zps560411aa.jpg.html)

The game was awesome. The Pirates didnt play too well but it went for about 3 hours and the stadium is said to be up there with the best in the states. I would def go again if I went back to Pittsburgh.

- - - Updated - - -

Ok then a walk around town at night. The incline rides lit up after dark:

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020827_zpsc5a6e764.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020827_zpsc5a6e764.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020828_zps4b49c4a0.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020828_zps4b49c4a0.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020831_zps7be9a06f.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020831_zps7be9a06f.jpg.html)

You can see the other incline further down in blue:

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020829_zps42386639.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020829_zps42386639.jpg.html)

RGR
18th April 2013, 10:06 AM
And then it was on the plane back to LAX. Perfect flying conditions:

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020837_zpsd12cfe9c.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020837_zpsd12cfe9c.jpg.html)

Wind farms:

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020836_zps62f20fd3.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020836_zps62f20fd3.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020835_zpsc5df0a77.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020835_zpsc5df0a77.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020838_zpsf5b545a0.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020838_zpsf5b545a0.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020839_zpsa53d1a1f.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020839_zpsa53d1a1f.jpg.html)

Not sure what this line was.... Could it be a state border of some sort?

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020844_zps813a3e2f.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020844_zps813a3e2f.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020845_zpsa69b4d7f.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020845_zpsa69b4d7f.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020846_zpsc77a101c.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020846_zpsc77a101c.jpg.html)

Then into LA:

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020847_zps4a42230c.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020847_zps4a42230c.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020850_zpsee50b2ff.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020850_zpsee50b2ff.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020849_zpse804cb1a.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020849_zpse804cb1a.jpg.html)

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/P1020848_zps4fe12354.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/P1020848_zps4fe12354.jpg.html)

rotordave
18th April 2013, 10:32 AM
Cool pics Richard. Cheers for posting.

I was in Pittsburgh a few years back on my roller coaster Oddessy.

There was quite a cool new "downtown" area over by the football stadium where the Hard Rock Cafe etc was.

KennyWood in Pittsburgh is one of the oldest amusement parks in the USA but it would have been closed for winter when you were there. Think it opens again in May. Well worth checking out if someone goes to PAPA later in the year.

rd.

RGR
18th April 2013, 10:39 AM
Yeah I like it alot and somehow I think l'll be going back. Will detail the expenses later. Nice to be home.

Railways
18th April 2013, 03:38 PM
Well done Richo and thanks for taking us all along on the journey:) Enjoyed it heaps.

Audioenslaved
18th April 2013, 04:07 PM
Yeah PNC Park is probably my favorite so far :)

illawarra_steelers
18th April 2013, 04:50 PM
glad you got to a mlb game mate..it is such an awesome sport and a great experience..look forward to catching up at a meet (rollerballs?) soon

RGR
19th April 2013, 05:38 AM
First walkthru...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tvse7Wgu-2o&feature=youtu.be

Wotto
19th April 2013, 05:59 AM
Hi mate

Just had a chance to look through your thread properly since we left Oz last weekend.
AWESOME pics around town - loved the shot of Heinz Field , a MUST visit ( somehow ) for me one day :D
Glad you are home safe and well and thanks for the thread as well.

I find it amazing that there are so many people in this country , yet, when you fly across it there is SO MUCH space unpopulated still

RGR
19th April 2013, 06:35 AM
And the after party:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-m4nT8b1nc&feature=youtu.be

RGR
19th April 2013, 02:22 PM
a MUST visit ( somehow ) for me one day :D

How about next year with half a dozen other guys???

Hashman
19th April 2013, 02:40 PM
First walkthru...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tvse7Wgu-2o&feature=youtu.be

Heaven!

RGR
19th April 2013, 02:53 PM
It is the Holy Grail of pinball. There is nothing close to this well apart from expos... I didnt think that I would have to pay for games however, including in the comp but its all good. Goes to a good cause and the amount of effort that they went to to run it. All the people involved did a great job and I am 99% chance of going again.

- - - Updated - - -

Ok so the run down for the trip:

A380 to LAX return: $1550
1 nights accom at Travelodge LAX: $92
Shuttle bus to Travelodge LAX: Free + $2 tip. 5 min trip
Flights via US airways return to Pittsburgh $700. 8 hour trip
Shuttle bus from Pittsburgh aiport to Extended Stay: $20 + tip
Cab from Extended Stay to airport: $30 + tip
10 nights in Extended Stay Hotel: $865 including tax
Distance from hotel to PAPA venue with shuttle 5 mins, walking about 20-30.
Tournament fee for Pinburgh $150
cost per game: $0.50
Cab to city from hotel: $15 + tip
Pirates game sitting behind 3rd base $35.00

All up this trip can be done for $3000...

So whos in for next year???

WOKA
19th April 2013, 03:03 PM
You must be hanging out for a smoke, very hungry and extremely thirsty by now..! ;)

RGR
19th April 2013, 03:10 PM
You must be hanging out for a smoke, very hungry and extremely thirsty by now..! ;)

All taken care of..

Highlights of this trip:

Playing with Koi Morris
Having a guy headbutt and break the glass on Checkpoint... No idea whats going on but every tournament I have played in someone has smashed the glass
Playing in the biggest pinball tournament in the world
Meeting some great people
Playing games like Future Spa and others which I have never played before
Going to Pittsburgh and watching a baseball game. Yet another city in the states which is different to the next
Paying alot less for food, drinks etc.

RGR
20th April 2013, 07:08 AM
Fantastic sound system.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhSWSV3Ju-I&feature=youtu.be

RGR
21st April 2013, 08:41 PM
Sorry make that $3500- $4000....

Corones
29th April 2013, 09:47 PM
Just found this thread, absolutely magnificent and fascinating story. Love that Nunnery Hill incline, need some decent flippers to conquer that ramp!

RGR
29th April 2013, 11:33 PM
Yeah glad you enjoyed it. Be interesting to know if anyone would like to come back next year... Going there or Denver for the IFPA...

RGR
2nd May 2013, 11:34 PM
Group photo:

http://papa.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/pinburgh2013-lofi.jpg

http://i1172.photobucket.com/albums/r566/jaabbaass/pinburgh2013-lofi_zpsb4fa57be.jpg (http://s1172.photobucket.com/user/jaabbaass/media/pinburgh2013-lofi_zpsb4fa57be.jpg.html)

MrMaloo
3rd May 2013, 07:33 PM
Is that you on the very end at the right Richard ?? Looks like one of the light blue Pizza n Pinball shirts .

RGR
3rd May 2013, 09:04 PM
Yep made sure I stood out..

rotordave
3rd May 2013, 09:12 PM
Yeah glad you enjoyed it. Be interesting to know if anyone would like to come back next year... Going there or Denver for the IFPA...


Is IFPA11 in Denver?

How'd you find that out ... Inside tip? ;)

rd.

RGR
3rd May 2013, 09:40 PM
Yeah and London after that.. If no one wants to do Pinburgh next year then most likely I will do Denver

blue95
3rd May 2013, 09:43 PM
Is that you on the very end at the right Richard ?? Looks like one of the light blue Pizza n Pinball shirts .

Anyone mention/notice the PNP logo design?

rotordave
3rd May 2013, 09:58 PM
Yeah and London after that.. If no one wants to do Pinburgh next year then most likely I will do Denver

Both places I'd like to go to ... So I better keep practicing :)

Haven't been to Denver before. Slap bang in the middle of the states!

MORK lived in Denver .... MORK from ORK!

rd.

RGR
3rd May 2013, 10:02 PM
Anyone mention/notice the PNP logo design?

I was asked about pnp when I wasnt wearing the tshirt. They know about it for sure and they knew that Wotto was heading over to Steves place as well. Quite a tight knit community. Pinburgh was a blast. The ultimate pinball experience.