Vote Now For The Best Of 2018

The 2nd annual TWIPYS will be held live this March at the Texas Pinball Festival. The TWIPYS are awards given out to games released in 2018 in specific categories and to people in the industry, voted on by you, the pinball community. Voting was held over the past month and the winners will be announced live at the festival later next month.

There were so many fantastic machines released this past year and it looks like 2019 is off to a great start with Stern’s release of The Munsters.

I thought it would be interesting to see what MPLers thought, so I put together a Best of 2018 poll for you to have your say.

Voting is anonymous and will be open for a few weeks. Enjoy.

*****VOTE NOW*****

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.

MPL Season 2 Finals

The MPL Season 2 finals were held at Phantom Amusements this past weekend and seen the top 16 square off in a best of 3 single elimination match play tournament for the title. 

Congratulations to Trevor Whatman on winning the Manitoba Pinball League Championship – Season 2. Trevor entered the tournament as the top seed and battled David Morris for the league title.

Trevor Whatman [THW] – MPL Season 2 Winner

Congratulations also goes out to David Morris for placing 2nd and Grant Zeilstra for placing 3rd.

Thanks to Mark and Diane for welcoming us into their home and being such great hosts. The food was excellent and it was so awesome playing for the title on machines that well maintained – the MPL thanks you!

Season 3 starts in January with some new changes for 2019  – Hope to see you out at the next event. 

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”.