Wide World of Pinball – Episode 3

WWOP LOGO 3Episode 3 is available for download HERE.

The Wide World of Pinball homepage can be found HERE.

In episode 3 we discuss:

-Pinburgh preview
-Sandbagging
-Ball savers?
-More!

IFPA/POP GoFundMe hits 50% of goal in first 3 days!

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Just a quick thanks for those that have already helped us to cross the 50% mark towards our goal of raising $800 for both the IFPA Women’s World Pinball Championship and Pinball Outreach Project!

At $403 and the 50/50 split for the campaign, this puts the top prize for the Women’s World Champion at $601.50 and counting, with $201.50 going to POP!

Visit the GoFundMe campaign here and spread the word!

Help raise money for IFPA and POP!

gofundmeThe International Flipper Pinball Association and Pinball Outreach Project are teaming up on a GoFundMe campaign to try and raise some funds for both the POP charity and the Women’s World Pinball Championship.

In 2016 the International Flipper Pinball Associated crowned the world’s first Women’s World Pinball Champion. Featuring the top 16 ranked women from around the world, we’re excited to announce that the 2nd annual championship has been scheduled for March 2017.

We’re reaching out to the community to try and help increase the prize money for the eventual Women’s World Pinball Champion. Currently the prize pool is made up solely of entry fees from the competitors resulting in a $400 prize to the winner. Our goal is to try and at least double that prize through this fundraiser.

We are teaming up with the Pinball Outreach Project who’s mission has been to improve the lives of children by sharing the history and excitement of the game of pinball.

POP has done this through:
– Bringing the game of pinball directly to children in hospitals, schools and community centers
– Making pinball accessible to children by offering a family friendly venue to play free pinball.
– Spreading awareness of our mission by hosting fundraisers and tournaments.

The money generated by this fundraiser will go a long way towards helping both organizations.

Our plan is a simple 50/50 fundraiser, so every dollar donated will go 50% to POP and 50% to the Women’s World Champion prize.

Let’s raise a bunch of money for POP and give our next Women’s World Champion a prize to be excited about!

Click HERE to visit the GoFundMe page.

2017 IFPA Nationals/Women’s/Pin-Masters Championships head to Dallas!

2017nationalsThe IFPA is proud to announce that the details are set for the 2017 IFPA US National Pinball Championship, IFPA Women’s World Pinball Championship and the IFPA Pin-Masters. These events will be in conjunction with the Amusement Expo from March 16th-19th, 2017.

The Amusement Expo will be at the Dallas Convention Center, with the IFPA events being hosted by FUN! Billiards & Gameroom Superstore in Mesquite, TX.

Both the IFPA US National Pinball Championship and IFPA Women’s World Pinball Championship will be held Thursday, March 16th, while the IFPA Pin-Masters will be held Friday, March 17th through Sunday, March 19th.

We’re also excited to announce that courtesy of Stern Pinball, the 2017 National Pinball Champion will receive a brand new Stern pinball machine as top prize!

 

Top 9 Weirdest Pinball Machine Designs

20160623-Top-9-Weirdest-Pinball-Machine-DesignsCOVERblog post courtesy of Pinball Sales Australia

What’s the clever way to spice up a classic pinball game? Through tweaking the design of pinball machine!

Decades have witnessed the amazing evolution of pinball machine–from simply adding the number of flippers to attaching vibrant digital displays, creative machine manufacturers were consistent in releasing fresh and unique designs to entice the pinball lovers. Some pinball machines highlight the intricate artwork on its facade, and some pinball machines were even inspired by famous celebrities and TV series to cater various fandoms. Truly, sky’s the limit when designing pinball machines!

Aside from the greatness of this arcade game, the diversity in pinball machine designs has also inspired many people to collect pinball machines in different designs. Pinball enthusiasts are willing to shell out bucks just to get the rarest and most peculiar pinball machines among the rest.

Perhaps you have already tried playing the common pinball machines, but do you know how the oddest pinball machines look like? This must-see infographic by Pinball Sales, the Sole Importer and Distributor of Jersey Jack Pinball Machines for sale in Australia, presents you the top 9 weirdest pinball machines you’ll never want to miss out!

Click HERE to check it out.

Wide World of Pinball – Episode 2

WWOP LOGO 3Episode 2 is available for download HERE.

The Wide World of Pinball homepage can be found HERE.

In episode 2 we discuss:

-Steve wins Pinvasion
-Last Entry?
-Validating Playfields
-Gorgar

IFPA State Championship Series – June 2016 Update!

ifpa state championship series v2We’re nearly halfway through the 2016-17 IFPA State Championship Series season, and we couldn’t be more excited about the continued growth of interest in the SCS.

The inaugural SCS season saw 5235 players participate, the 2014-15 season saw that number grow to 6690 players, while the 2015-16 season grew to 9900 players. The 2016-17 season has currently pulled in 6857 participants so far this season, and we’re excited about crossing that 10,000 player threshold for the year.

We currently have 37 states included in the SCS, which will all culminate in the IFPA State Championship finals. These finals will all be held simultaneously on February 11th, 2017, with 592 finalists competing for not only a State Championship title, but also a spot in the IFPA US National Pinball Championship.

View the current SCS standings HERE.

For those players north of the US border, the IFPA Canada Provincial Championship Series is also currently in progress. Current standings for the Canada PCS are available HERE. A reminder that the Provincial Champions also qualify to participate in the US National Championship.

A reminder that the official satellite spots for the IFPA14 World Pinball Championship will come from the 2016-17 IFPA US National Pinball Championship, and the 2016-17 IFPA European Pinball Championship. The highest finisher in each final that has not yet qualified for IFPA14 will win a free spot into the World Championship.

 

$tern Rewards Program – May 2016 Update

rewardThe IFPA is excited to announce that the following players have been now qualified for the $tern Rewards Program based on their May 2016 IFPA endorsed tournament performance! These players have until August 15th, 2017 to exercise their reward option.

PLAYER OF THE MONTH – Albert Nomden
BIGGEST MOVER AWARD – Torsten Eid
BIGGEST MOVER AWARD – Mark Uncapher
BIGGEST MOVER AWARD – Michael Feineman

Detailed rules for the $tern Rewards Program, including an updated list of qualifiers, and updated list of rewards available can be found HERE.

World Pinball Player Rankings – Biggest Movers of May 2016!

may2016moversThe IFPA is pleased to announce that the following players saw the biggest jump in their world ranking based on their May 2016 tournament performance.

The biggest movers for May 2016 included Torsten Eid from Germany, who moved up 23,240 spots from the following results:

German Pinball Open Classics 8th 29-May-16 28.39
German Pinball Open Main Tournament 81st 29-May-16 2.08

Torsten moved up to a rank of 1659th in the world, and 198th in the ECS.

Mark Uncapher from De Motte, IN moved up 14,189 spots from the following results:

Tyler’s Tender Jason Werdrick Classics Tournament Classics 8th 22-May-16 0.3
Tyler’s Tender Pinball Tournament Main Tournament 10th 22-May-16 0.24
Tylers monthly tournament Main Tournament 2nd 5-May-16 1.9

Mark moved up to a rank of 6623rd in the world, and 12th in the Indiana SCS.

Michael Feineman from Longmont, CO moved up 13,236 spots from the following results:

Lyons Spring Classic Main Event Main Tournament 46th 29-May-16 1.23
Press Play Monthly Tournament Main Tournament 4th 4-May-16 0.21

Michael moved up to a rank of 49411st in the world, and currently sits in 56th place in the Colorado SCS.

Congratulations to Torsten, Mark and Michael, as well as the other players that saw a jump in their ranking from their May tournament performance!

Albert Nomden – IFPA’s Player of the Month for May 2016!

16The IFPA is pleased to announce that our Player of the Month for May 2016 is Albert Nomden from the Netherlands. Albert earned a total of 121.64 WPPR points in May. This included the following results:

German Pinball Open Main Tournament 1st 29-May-16 55.59
Dutch Pinball Masters Main Tournament 12th 22-May-16 28.99
Dutch Pinball Masters Classics 6th 21-May-16 33.67
German Pinball Open Classics 80th 29-May-16 3.39

Albert is currently ranked 33rd in the world and is in the top qualifying position for the 2016-17 ECS.

The rest of the top 5 for the month of May included Trent Augenstein from Delaware, OH with 113.26 WPPR points, Steven Bowden from Franklin Township, NJ with 96.02 WPPR points, Jorian Engelbrektsson from Stockholm, Sweden with 90.74 WPPR points, and Germain Mariolle from Redmond, WA with 87.84 WPPR points.

Congratulations to Albert and the other top WPPR point earners of the month!