Texas Pinball Festival: Preview and Rumors

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The Texas Pinball Festival starts tomorrow! It will have nearly 500 pinball machines (!!), a huge Vendor Hall, lots of seminars, good food, the TWIPY Pinball Awards, and on and on. This week we’ve seen some new cool teasers of what we will be seeing!

Cosmic Carnival from Suncoast Pinball

Dirty Donny shared a bunch of teasers of the new artwork for Cosmic Carnival!

Also check out the video he shared on Facebook here:

Monster Bash Alternative Backglass

Brian Allen, the talented artist that previously did work on the Alien Pinball, shared a new project that will be available at the Texas Pinball Festival – an alternative backglass for Monster Bash!

Brian shared the following on Pinside:

“This is our first alternative backglass design. Reverse-printed on a 1/8″ thick translucent acrylic backglass (not a thin translite). We used double-layered ink, and double-layered white backing to make the colors really pop. Measures 27″x 18 7/8”. Looks beautiful when backlit!

It comes with a certificate of authenticity signed and numbered by the artist – limited to only 125 ever!”

These will be at the Texas Pinball Festival this weekend, or you can buy them on Brian’s website here!

Rumors of Black Knight Unleashed, Big Lebowski, Alien, and Yellow Brick Road

Rumors of Black Knight Unleashed, Big Lebowski, Alien, and Yellow Brick Road

This week dive into some rumors of TPF reveals and Upcoming Titles, plus what we know about all the rumors that have been swirling the last several days.

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More Cool Stuff to Check out:

  • Play the updated Oktoberfest, the updated Cosmic Carnival, the Multi-Bingo machine, the head-to-head Cosmic Cart Racing, and loads of other machines
  • Check out the Jersey Jack Pinball seminar Friday – maybe we’ll see something cool there?
  • Check out Steve Ritchie’s Seminar Friday – he said in a recent Facebook post that “Secrets would be revealed” – maybe some hints or nuggets on his next game?
  • Check out the Coin-Op Carnival publication and seminar Friday – Nick Baldridge and Ryan Claytor will be joined by pinball historian, Gordon Hasse
  • Check out the Saturday seminars including Haggis, Multimorphic, Stern, Circus Maximus, American Pinball, Bowen Kerins ACNC Tutorial, and More

Check out the full schedule of events here! It will be a blast to see everybody and talk pinball – come say hello!

The TWIPY Pinball Awards – Live Saturday Night at 8:00PM Central!

Huge thanks to artist Christopher Franchi for the cool TWIPY logo!

It is time for the 2018 TWIPY Pinball Awards!

LIVE SHOW: Saturday Night, 3/23 at 8c/9e at the Texas Pinball Festival: WATCH IT LIVE HERE!

LIVE show.  Hosts Zach and Greg from Straight Down the Middle.  Red Carpet. Guests presenters.  Acceptance speeches.  Cash bar.  Streamed live on Twitch.  What could possibly go wrong? Don’t miss it!

The Categories


Best Theme – Based on THEME ONLY

Best Animations and Display

Best Lightshow

Best Toys and Gimmicks

Best Theme Integration

Best Music and Sound Effects

Best Callouts

Best Rules

Best Playfield Gameplay and Layout

Best Artwork

Game of the Year


Favorite Pinball Twitch Streamer

Favorite Pinball Podcast

Favorite Pinball YouTube Channel

Favorite Pinball Mod of 2018

Favorite Home Brew Pinball Machine

Rookie of the Year (new designers, artists, coders, players)

Favorite Pinball Website

Favorite Pinball Publication (book, magazine, article)

Favorite Pinball Location

Favorite Pinball Convention

Favorite Pinball Tournament/Competition

The Game Nominees

The TWIPYs are sponsored by Marco Specialities: a trusted distributor of pinball machine parts and EVERYTHING PINBALL and Flip N Out Pinball – Are You Flip N Out?

Tune in this Saturday at 8c/9e!

See you at the Texas Pinball Festival – come say hello!

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