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.

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.

Phantom Amusement comes up BIG!

Get your cell phones ready. Dialed In is coming to Forth at 171 McDermot Ave. for a LAUNCH PARTY and tournament on Saturday March 17th. We will be taking the game out of the box at 11am. The tournament will start at 1pm and go until 11pm! It will be a top score based tournament. No fee to enter just pay per play. The more you play the better your chances of winning a prize. We will have a Dialed In poster as well as some Jersey Jack Pinball T-Shirts and even some Manitoba Pinball League T-Shirts to give away! The top 5 scores get a prize at 11pm. You don’t have to be there the whole time to claim your prize either. We will contact you if you are not present at the end of the Launch Night. The other games will of course be on as well to keep you occupied between turns on Dialed In as well Forth has a great food and drink menu for one and all. Come on out and lets make this a day to remember for pinball in Manitoba!

 

Lightning Arcade Weeknight Knockout!

We had a great turnout last night at Lighting Arcade. There were 22 people in the tournament and Dave had 13 of his machines in play.

The top 3 winners of the night were:

1st – Garth Babisky

2nd – Dan Feriolo

3rd – Trevor Whatman

A full listing of the players and placing are on Matchplay.Events

A big thank you to Dave for allowing us to play on his personal machines at his home! And here is a message from Dave on how the night went.

Well we had a great time at Lightning Arcade on Thursday night. It took a little longer then normal on a weeknight then I thought it would but we finished up between 11pm – 12am. After the battle was done Garth Babisky came in 1st, and Dan Feriolo came in 2nd (And  this was only his 3rd tournament played and first since July last year at the beach) and Trevor Whatman finished 3rd! He has consistently been in the top 3 for the past number of tournaments. I know his eyes are set on 1st but I know it will come soon. We had 4 games go down (one came back Split Second and was used as the second last game in the tournament) and a couple games have things break but still playable and I learned that a couple of my games Star Trek and Medieval Madness the flippers get weak after extended use. So this is going to be addressed by not only rebuilding the flippers but doing a complete rebuild including BRAND NEW flipper coils as well. Space Shuttle was a hit (I don’t know how many times I had to go back to it and add more credits). We will try again in May at Lightning Arcade and the games will be working better than ever I promise!

Provincial Championship Series Winner (PCS)

Who was crowned Manitoba’s first CHAMPION?

Our man Jeff Jonuk placed 1st.

David Morris came in 2nd, and Tervor Whatman, poking out in the back of the shot placed 3rd.

We would have had David popping out in the shot as well, but he is the one taking the photo. If you look close you can see him in the reflection on the trophy.

Thanks to Jason and Angela for allowing us to host the event on their wonderful collection of machines.