We had a quick knockout tournament where only the 1st place player for each game avoided a strike. And in just over 2 hours, Lance W earned his 1st IFPA Manitoba win in 2 years & $50. Jay W earned 2nd place & $20, his 6th IFPA podium finish of 2019. And Ed Z earned 3rd place & $5, his 1st IFPA podium finish in just over a year. Congrats to all!
Next up is league night in 2 weeks on June 20th, & then the Red River Cup qualification tournament on June 22nd. And the women are up on the 23rd for league & tournament night, all at The Forks. Cya then!
We held our first ladder tournament at the Forks on Friday May 31 which ended at 2 AM after an over 6 hour marathon. Congratulations to Drew on winning his first IFPA tournament! 2019 has seen a lot of first time winners including Rick E, Samara M, Dan F, & Jeff J who won his first open tournament in May.
Congratulations to the 6 money winners:
Drew S – $200
Trevor W – $75
Jay W – $50
Rick E – $30
Marcel T – $25
Ian G – $20
Thanks to all for making this tournament a success! We’ll see you at Half Pints on Thursday June 6.
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.