2019 IFPA Manitoba Provincial Championship Series (PCS)

The top 16 in Manitoba battle it out this Saturday for the 2019 IFPA Provincial Championship. These players have been competing all year long in sanctioned Manitoba IFPA tournaments to qualify for the championship. Returning champ Jeff Jonuk will attempt to defend his title against the best in Manitoba.

This tournament is a best of 7, single elimination match play and the winner gets the opportunity to represent Manitoba at the North America Championship held in Las Vegas this spring. 

Saturday January 19th @ 1PM at Flippin’ Out At the Forks. 

**NOTE – Ryan Relleve had to withdraw from the tournament resulting in everyone below where he was in the standings moving up one position. Also it moved #17 Jason Krutish into the PCS as the #16 seed. Although the bracket doesn’t show there will be a single tie breaker game played (B) side for positions 5-16. The battle for 3rd will be a best of 3. All (A) side matches are best of 7.

New Pinball and New Place to Play

With the new year we have a new pinball machine and a new place to play.

The Munsters Pinball was revealed last week at CES. If you wanted to check out the gameplay Deadflip streamed it on his channel. I did not see The Munsters on tv so can’t comment on the theme. The lcg screen is in black and white and has clips from the show. I like how they did the skill shot on the machine. You pick a shot and have a timer if you hit the shot you get bonus points for time remaining. If you hit something else the skill shot fails. The left ramp has a target that comes up and you need to hit. Failed ramp shots normally lead to a quick drain. I think the game needs to be played to get a better understanding if it will be good.

Pro model playfield

Flipping Out at The Forks is the new place to play in Winnipeg. There is a great lineup of old and new machines. The lineup is :

The Addams Family (Bally, 1992)
Checkpoint (Data East, 1991)
Comet (Williams, 1985)
Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast (Pro) (Stern, 2018)
Mars God of War (Gottlieb, 1981)
Operation Thunder (Gottlieb, 1992)
Road Kings (Williams, 1986)
South Park (Sega, 1999)
Space Shuttle (Williams, 1984)
Star Trek (Premium) (Stern, 2013)
Sure Shot (Gottlieb, 1976)
Total Nuclear Annihilation (Spooky, 2017)
Wheel of Fortune (Stern, 2007)

Games has move slightly from photo

Check out the pinballmap app or website to get an up to date list. The Forks can be expensive to park. If you don’t mind a walk there are spots around Provencher Boulevard with 2 hour free parking. Some streets a little further away might also have all day parking. After 5:30pm you might find something closer at metered parking spots along Main Street.

Manitoba Pinball Women’s League S01S09 **Halloween Special**

Well it was one Halloween of a time at the Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club last Sunday October 28th. We had 10 women come out for the 2nd last league night before playoffs. There were some pretty awesome costumes worn by the women as well! Everyone had a great time and in the end Bonni ended up winning the costume contest winning herself a movie night out for 2 and a free round at the bar! Can anyone guess who she dressed up as?One more women’s league night before playoffs in November.

Deadpool Launch Party at Tilt Pinball Bar in Minneapolis

I was away on vacation in Minneapolis so I missed the Deadpool Launch Party here. The trip was planned in April so there was no way to change the date of the vacation. The idea was to head down in September for the Renaissance Festival when it was a little cooler than summer. The temperatures were 35 for the weekend so that did not go as planned.

Once I realized I would miss the launch party I checked the Tilt Pinball Bar website https://www.tiltpinballbar.com/ and they had a launch party on Sunday September 16. The format was you get two games best score counted then top 8 would playoff in a one strike tournament. So many people showed up so I only got one game in with a score of 11 million there was no chance to move on. Next game I played not in the tournament was 55 Million. If I had some time to practice on the machines I might have done better.

This is the trophy the winner got. I wish I could have brought it home to Manitoba.

The launch party also had some special goodies for people who registered. There was a Deadpool Launch Shirt and a Tilt Pinball Bar coin wallet. The front of the shirt and the coin walletThe back of the shirt

In addition to the stuff for entering the games were on free play for the duration of the tournament. I was able to get quite a few games in as most people were watching the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings play. It was a fun experience since half the bar was cheering for Green Bay and the other half cheering for Minnesota. Being a causal fan of both teams whenever someone would cheer I would trap the ball and watch the highlight.

Had a great time at Tilt Pinball Bar for the Deadpool Launch Party. Since I was wearing the Manitoba Pinball League shirt several people asked if I came down from Manitoba for the launch party. It was not the main reason I was done but I am glad it took place when I was down there.

Introduce Yourself

Hey everyone! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Kevin, and I am finally getting around to posting my introduction after being added as one of the Manitoba Pinball League online minions. I hope I can help out Dave, Jon and Mr. Miller with running the show around here, and keeping some content going on here. I have some ideas, but more on that later.

In the interest of keeping things moving along, I will try to keep this bio short and sweet…

Name: Kevin Peden
Also known as: Peden, Mr. P, The Badger King, SUPrUNown and Matrix (I used to hang out on BBSes and Internet Message boards a lot)
Pinball initials: KEV
Location: O’Hanly, MB (half an hour north of Pine Falls); previously, Rorketon, MB (3 and a half hours northwest of Winnipeg); originally from Winnipeg
Occupation: High School ELA, ICT and Social Sciences teacher

How did you get into pinball? One of my earliest memories is when I was about 4. My parents bowled in a league at Roxy Lanes on Henderson, and used to take me along sometimes. One night, between games, my dad’s friend put a chair in front of the pinball machine, lifted me onto the chair, and let me play a game. I was hooked. Been playing on and off ever since.
Favorite machine(s): I really like the new Iron Maiden and Star Wars machines from Stern. My all-time fave is probably Addams Family or Twilight Zone. There are too many other favorites to list (Gorgar, Centaur, Diner, Taxi, Space Shuttle, Fire!, Fish Tales, Earthshaker, Whirlwind…)
Least favorite machine: The Walking Dead. Ugh.
Favorite arcade: Village Inn Bowl and Cue (now known as Academy West Lanes)
Favorite pinball moment: Running the table with a perfect record to win my first tournament…. or surviving the blowout in Dave’s van coming home from getting blown out at the Red River Cup in Fargo 🙂
Favorite drink(s)? Pure Leaf Unsweetened Ice Tea, Diet Coke, Kraken dark rum, Guinness, Kilchommen single malt scotch
Favorite burger place: The Burger Place at Portage and Rutland
Favorite pizza joint: the Pizza Place in Swan River… their monster pizza is PHENOMENAL!

Other interests? gaming (video games, role-playing games like D&D, board games, card games like Magic the Gathering, and Texas Hold’em), music (piano/guitar/singing), reading, drinking stouts, following the Philadelphia Flyers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Dolphins, Arsenal Gunners and Winnipeg Jets

Anything else? Yes, I routinely drive two hours each way JUST to play pinball. I used to drive 3 and half each way, but not as frequently. I have no kids, but I have (counts on fingers and toes) like…. 11? 12? kids who are my “godchildren”.

Iron Maiden Launch Party a Success!

We ended up having 18 people attend the Iron Maiden launch party. It was a good time with some good pinball being played. In the end the Highest score was just under 300 Million. The top 4 players who qualified for the playoffs were:

1. Marcel
2. Ryan
3. Chris
4. Kevin

**** And the winner of the whole tournament ended up being Ryan! It was his first EVER 1st place finish! Thank you to all who came out to support the event. And thanks to Mark at Phantom Amusement for bringing the game to Half Pints to make this happen.

Deadpool is coming to pinball

Stern announced a new pinball machine, Deadpool is becoming a pinball machine. It will be based on the comic book due to Ryan Reynolds being really expensive to get for voice work. Going with the comic book also allows for more things that have not been in the movies.

Very little has been revealed about the game so I am going to go over what I think will be included. Expect Deadpool to make fun of you if the ball drains quickly. Most likely with colourful language not suitable for everyone unless you turn it off. Deadpool is known for being self-aware meaning there will be mentions about playing a pinball machine and maybe bad mouthing other Stern machines. I would like to see Deadpool start playing automatically if you do not launch the ball fast enough. You might hear “Hey I already beat your score” if you score is low. There would have to be a setting to turn autoplay off or having to make a shot in order to keep the points. Maybe it will make one shot than traps the ball for a bit before draining it. Another idea could be a video mode where Deadpool plays a pinball machine so you would be playing a video game pinball while playing pinball.

Deadpool

Leaked image of Deadpool table

To check out how close I am to the actual gameplay check out the reveal stream on August 15 at 4:30pm central time on Dead Flip’s Twitch channel https://www.twitch.tv/dead_flip. Create an account if you don’t already have one and follow Dead Flip is you want to be notified when he is streaming. Also, follow us at https://www.twitch.tv/manitobapinball we might be streaming in the future.

Big Updates coming!

Hello everyone, Jon and I wanted to publicly welcome Kevin Peden and David Miller (Mr.Miller) to our website team. It is our goal that with more people able to add things to the website that it will be a much more meaningful and busier website. Also still to come is classifieds and YouTube videos and Twitch streams. Up next Mr.Miller and Kevin Peden will be coming over to do a review of one of my machines of their choice and put it up on the website. Just wanted to welcome them and give everyone that update. Also there is a TON of new events posted today to the events tab and more to come in the coming week. So stay tuned!

 

Updates to Manitoba Pinball website

If you frequent this site you may notice that the front page does not get updated much. I have been asked by Dave to help with updating the site. Going forward you will see blog posts some news and first impressions of pinball machines coming out.

Let me introduce myself you might have seen me around at league or tournaments but might not know much about me. I go by Mr.Miller at pinball events since the creator of the Manitoba Pinball League is named David as well.

Mr. Miller and Dave Morris

I got started into pinball really young around age 6. My grandpa had a machine in is basement bar. I can’t remember the name of the machine but whenever I would go over I wanted to play the machine. My grandpa sold the machine as it was breaking down and he did not want to fix it. If he wanted until I was older I would have bought it and tried to repair it. When arcades were still around I would look for pinball machines. I could play the arcade games at home and did not want to waste my money on a game with cranked up difficulty. I messaged Dave about the league while watching an event called Pinball Done Quick. It was at an event called Games Done Quick which is for speedrunners. Pinball Done Quick was seeing how fast you could get a mode started or multi-ball. I did a google search while no one was playing on the stream and found the Manitoba Pinball League Facebook page. I have been hooked on the pinball league since then. Manitoba Pinball League has reignited my interest in pinball. I was not sure of where to play before the league, Dave told me about the pinballmap app now when on vacation I look for the nearest place to play.

What makes pinball so appealing? For me, it is the sights and sounds of a machine. Pinball Arcade or virtual machines do not cut it for me. The sounds of the flippers and ball are missing in virtual machines. You can have fun on a machine without knowing the rules. Once you start to learn the rules a machine it becomes even more enjoyable. I like the fact that pinball does not have an ending unless you count the wizard mode as beating the game. These are some of the reasons I find pinball appealing.