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.
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.
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.
**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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to Manitoba Pinball’s JON FESCHUK for winning the Novice division of the Vancouver Flip-Out Jurassic Classics tournament this weekend. WAY TO GO, JON!