You might have already noticed but wanted to share that Flipping Out @ The Forks has been renamed to Phantom Amusement. It is still the same great place to play pinball and arcade games. Phantom Amusement has name recognition from people who remember the arcade in Kildonan Place Mall. Event location has already been changed in the pinballmap.
Do you like to travel and look for machines in the area you are in? The Pinball Map app shows you where the nearest machines are. Recently it went through an update to make it easier to use. Before when you if wanted to check a city you had to manual change the region and select the city you wanted to lookup. Now you just have to type in a city and it will show places to play on a map. You can then tap on a location to see what machines they have or click on the list to see the list of places to play in the area. locations are updated based on user feedback you can add machines to a location or comment on the quality of a machine.
Want to see a demo of the new design check out //www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfbIhYt_DTE
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.
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.
$2 entry fee plus money needed to play the machines
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.
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.
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.
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! 🙂
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.
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.
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)
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.
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 //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.
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.
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 //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 //www.twitch.tv/manitobapinball we might be streaming in the future.