Meet Sunshine Bon, North Carolina’s Pinball Wizard

sunshine_at_magfestWFAE 90.7FM in Charlotte recently interviewed Sunshine Bon, the current leader in the North Carolina SCS as well as the runner up at last year’s IFPA Womens World Pinball Championship. Click HERE to read the article and listen to the interview.

IFPA and POP Team Up For Charity Tournaments!

poplogo2We are pleased to announce that September will be POP month at the International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA)! Tournament directors around the country will be holding events to benefit POP and its mission to improve the lives of children by sharing the history and excitement of the game of pinball. The funds raised in September will go towards our high priority projects including purchasing a van to transport games for charity events, ongoing outreach projects, and day to day operations at POP HQ where pinball is offered for free to kids everyday.

All IFPA rules regarding ranking and points will remain the same for these tournaments as any other tournament. The 30 day rule is in effect for this campaign.
“For the last two years, the IFPA has helped us raised funds for outreach programs, games, and our Portland HQ.” said Nicole Anne Reik, POP’s Executive Director. “The opportunity to once again partner with the IFPA for a month enables us to continue to generate funding that makes a significant impact.”
“Being able to continue to support POP however we can has been a great experience. After teaming up with them on the GoFundMe to help raise additional funds, dedicating September to furthering their cause is something we didn’t hesitate to support.” said Josh Sharpe, President of the IFPA.

If you would like to run a tournament in your area, you can submit the details to the IFPA HERE. If you have never run a tournament before, or are interested in assistance promoting your event, we are happy to help in whatever ways possible. We understand that these events can be somewhat intimidating, but we have run a very large number of tournaments and we’ll do everything we can to make yours a success. We are also happy to answer any questions about our organization, our mission, and how we are going to use the money we raise. Feel free to contact Greg Dunlap at greg@pinballoutreach.org with any questions you have.
About Pinball Outreach Project (POP)
Pinball Outreach Project is a 501(c)3 charity that was created to improve the lives of children by sharing the history and excitement of the game of pinball.
We do this by:
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.
Providing a free space for nonprofits to host events benefitting children in need.
Tax ID # 45-5291072.  We are a volunteer run organization.
To learn more visit http://www.pinballoutreach.org, find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PinballOutreachProject, or call us at (415) 857-1POP.

$tern Rewards Program – 2015 rewards extended through December 31st

rewardThe IFPA and Stern are excited to announce that the deadline of August 15th, 2016 for any 2015 reward earned has been extended through the end of the calendar year. Stern has also added KISS Premium to the list of available games starting today, and hope to add more titles later in the year before the deadline approaches.

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

IFPA/POP GoFundMe hits the $800 goal!

gofundmeWe made it! The original goal of $800 was reached in just 10 days!

Figured it was worth keeping this thing going for a while longer. Next goal is $1200, which would up the Women’s World Champion prize to $1000!

A big thanks to everyone that helped us crush this thing in such a short amount of time.

At $800 and the 50/50 split for the campaign, this puts the top prize for the Women’s World Champion at $800 and counting, with $400 going to POP!

Visit the GoFundMe campaign here and spread the word!

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