About Mr.Miller

Entertainment reporter for manitobapinball.com

New T-shirts arriving soon

Manitoba Pinball is designing new T-shirts. More details to come when we have the final design. Right now we are gauging interest in how many to order. If you would like one email Dave@manitobapinball.com with shirt size and what colour you would like plus with any suggestions you have for the shirts.

For reference here are the old shirts. Logo will be similar but shirts will be different to make it a new shirt.

Pinball League Is Back For Season 3

Season 3 of the Pinball League is right around the corner. Season 2 of the Women’s League has already started. With the recent news coverage from CityNews and a few rules changes we wanted to go over what is Pinball League and give some advice to new players.

What is Pinball League?

Come out to league nights and play pinball in groups of 4 or 3 gain points towards league standings.

The cost?

$2 entry fee plus money needed to play the machines

The Rules

Groups are randomly selected and a machine is selected. Earn points based on the scores of the game. First place gets 5 points, Second place get 3 points, Third place gets 2 points and Forth place gets 1 point. After the game is done you will be put in a new group of 4 with a new machine. This will continue for 8 rounds with a different group and machine for each round. At places with only 4 machines each game will be played twice. When a group only has 3 players points are First gets 5 points, second will get 3 points and third will get 1 point. In your group agree to a play order and play pinball. If you play out of turn you might get automatic 4th place for the game. Any extra balls are to be plunged and you walk away from the machine. Playing an extra ball may result in automatic 4th place for a game.

The points you get will go toward league standings after 10 events top 16 go to the playoffs. The two worst event scores will not be counted in the final standings.

Advice for new players

I asked everyone who writes for manitobapinball.com What advice would you give to new players? Below are the responses I got.

Jon Feschuk:

I would just say if you love to play pinball, come down and check us out. You are not  obligated to be there every league game, play when you can, and just enjoy the people and the machines.

Dave Morris:

I think the new League Night formula is a great way for new players to come out and meet a bunch of new people and play pinball with a bunch of new people and really find out if pinball is for them.

As a note for new players Season 1 had a point structure of first got 4 points, Second got 3 points, Third got 1 point and forth got zero. Season 2 went to first got 5 points, second got 3 points third got 2 points and forth got 1 point. The groups also did not switch after each game for season 1 and season 2.

Kevin Peden:

Bring lots of Loonies and quarters. 🙂
Don’t hover while waiting your turn. Most people get a little anxious if you are hanging over their shoulder or the play-field while you wait your turn.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions, especially if you aren’t familiar with a machine. Most people will give you a quick idea of what to do on a machine if you ask.
If you come early to practice, don’t monopolize a machine, especially if others want to take a swing at it.
Remember… don’t play extra balls. If in doubt, ask before you plunge.
A good game is a fast game. Try to keep smoke breaks to a minimum while in play, so we don’t get bogged down
And HAVE FUN. IT’s pinball, dammit! 🙂

Mr Miller:

Don’t be afraid of the name Pinball League. This is closer to a casual bowling league and not The National Hockey League. Try not to focus on other players, put up a score in practice or before the event and just try to beat that. Pinball should be fun and league nights are a great time to socialize and play pinball.

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.

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.

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.

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.