— This Week’s Top 5 Stories —
1. Texas Pinball Festival Preview
The Texas Pinball Festival is finally here! It will have over 400 pinball machines, a huge Vendor Hall, lots of seminars, good food, the TWIPY Pinball Awards, and on and on. Here are just a few things you’ll want 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!
2. The TWIPY Pinball Awards – Live Saturday Night at 8:00PM Central!
It is time for the 2018 TWIPY Pinball Awards!
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!
Best Theme – Based on THEME ONLY
Best Animations and Display
Best Toys and Gimmicks
Best Theme Integration
Best Music and Sound Effects
Best Playfield Gameplay and Layout
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?
3. Munsters Topper and New Code
The Stern Insiders saw their first glimpse of the Munsters topper last week! It is an Interactive Cuckoo Clock, and Stern also shared a video of a prototype. The video features a spinning clock, a raven that emerges out of the clock, and lots of flashing lights. You can check out a picture of the topper here.
And with the announcement of the Munsters topper, it completes TWIP going 5 for 5 on the Munsters rumors back in January before release! (Hey, podcasts always say you heard it here first, we might as well join in on that fun right??)
4. Multimorphic Announces 4-Way Network Connected Pinball
Multimorphic announced last week that they will have 4 player head-to-head style races on Cosmic Cart Racing at the Texas Pinball Festival!! Check out the announcement on Facebook here:
There are a lot of possibilities with this platform – looking forward to checking this out at the Texas Pinball Festival!
5. Alice in Wonderland and Magic Girl not coming in 2019 from deeproot
Kaneda’s Pinball Podcast broke the news last week that Alice in Wonderland and Magic Girl would NOT be released by deeproot in 2019. Listen to the full episode here!
This week we show some pictures and share some details of Punny Factory Pinball which is planned to be manufactured in 2019, and also dive into some recent rumors and updates about deeproot Pinball.
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— What Else You Need to Know Today —
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This Week’s Mod of the Week is the Twilight Zone Pinball Color Changing Door Illumination from Mezel Mods and Rock Custom Pinball!
Light up your game with the Twilight Zone Pinball Color Changing Door Illumination. This simple addition brings color to the door featured on the games back glass. Includes color changing LEDs with a remote. Simple to install with no permanent modifications.
Team Pinball: The Mafia
Circus Maximus: Kingpin, Python’s Pinball Circus
Suncoast Pinball: Cosmic Carnival
Great Lakes Pinball: Exposé
Haggis Pinball: Wraith
Pinball Brothers: Queen?, Barry Oursler’s Original Theme?, Playboy?
Dutch Pinball: Bride of Pinbot 2.0, Bride of Pinbot 3.0 (on hold), The Big Lebowski (production/legal issues)
Silver Castle Pinball: Timeshock
Phénix Pinball: Goblin Contest
Pinball Adventures: Punny Factory, Sushi-Mania, First Class