Missing competitive pinball?

Although many entertainment venues have reopened, it may be some time before the Manitoba Pinball League is able to host events and tournaments. For people missing the social aspect of the league activities, we came up with a safe and socially distanced alternative. Pingolf!

The objective of Pingolf is to reach a target score in the fewest number of balls. For example: if a machine has a target score of 1 million and you can reach that target in one ball, your score is a one for that hole/machine. If you are unable to reach the target score your score will be based on how far away you are from the target score. As with golf, the lower the score the better.

To maintain social distancing, a maximum of 4 participants would be playing at the same time. Advance registration would be required to participate in this event.

We would like gauge the interest in this event before we proceed.

Would you be interested in pingolf? Ended

  • Yes
    75% 9 / 12
  • No
    25% 3 / 12

Arcades can open on March 5

Good news due to the new regulations from the government of Manitoba arcades can open on March 5. The capacity is only 25 percent at this time. Until the capacity limit changes leagues and tournaments will still be on hold. The Manitoba Pinball League might be looking into other ways to have events while social distancing. If anything occurs news will be posted on the website.

For people that do not have machines at home, it will be good to get out to play some pinball. I could not get into virtual pinball, it did not feel the same. I tried pinball machines hooked up to the internet but there was too much lag. Hope to see people out playing pinball at a safe social distance.

Avengers: Infinity Quest First Impressions

Stern released a trailer for the new game designed by Keith Elwin Avengers: Infinity Quest. If you have not seen the trailer you can check it out at Stern’s YouTube. 

Photo of Doctor Strange spinner from sternpinball.com

The game is based on the comic books and not the movies, so if you want The Avengers theme from the movies you will need to supply it yourself. The right ramp is huge allowing it to be hit from any flipper. On the left is a Doctor Strange spinner that reminds me of Safecracker.  The spinner can determine direction and speed which might require trying to keep hitting it one way.  With the premium and limited edition it opens up allowing a ball to go                                                                                             under the playfield.

Captain Marvel inverse gravity ramp. From strenpinball.com

On the premium and limited edition there is a vertical loop. Not sure how hard it will be to send a ball up it.

It’s hard to judge machines without seeing them played. Gameplay reveal of the premium is September 9 at 5pm CDT on Deadflip’s twitch channel https://www.twitch.tv/deadflip. The pro model will be on revealed September 11 at 3pm CDT on the Marvel’s twitch channel https://www.twitch.tv/marvel. After the streams will share my thoughts on the game.

Phantom Amusement Is Open

If you have missed going out to play pinball for the last couple of months some good news. Phantom Amusement will be open on June 21 at noon. They will be under reduced hours stay tuned for more information.

There is a hand sanitizer at the entrance and a marked walkway through the arcade. Due to social distance rules only one player per game. Unless you live in the same household. If a game is in use the games next to the machine will not be allowed to be played. The current limit is 15 people inside Phantom Amusement.

IFPA has not opened sanctioning of events so league and tournaments will still be unavailable at this time.

Special announcement video from Phantom Amusement.  If you are on Facebook Phantom Amusement has a group page.

Manitoba Pinball League On Hold

The Manitoba Pinball League and events have been put on hold until further notice. Manitoba Government has put a limit on gatherings to 10 people. Also, the venues that we play at are closed.

The Manitoba Pinball League brings great people together over their love of pinball. We look forward to bringing events to you when we can.

March Events Postponed

The decision has been made to postpone all events in March. The Manitoba Pinball League feels getting together for events would not be practicing social distancing guidelines presented by public health officials. The current plan is to reassess at the beginning of April.

 

March League Nights Postponed

In light of recent events with the coronavirus pandemic, the MPL staff had a discussion & came to the difficult decision to postpone the next 3 events, at public locations. With ALL the facts, it was clear this was the best thing to do. The following will be postponed: Friday March 13 – casual league Saturday March 14 – open league Monday March 16 – women’s league We have come to this conclusion for a few reasons:

• The public nature of the 2 locations where these events will be held.

• David Morris’ situation – Dave has a cold but was ordered to leave work today & get tested for the coronavirus – he is now in isolation until test results come back in 1-3 days.

• Dave will not be around to add another machine, fix machines, or give change, which may be problematic at a facility with just 6 machines

We will poll league members & reassess the situation closer to the date of the next tournament. These 3 league nights are NOT canceled, & will be rescheduled, to be announced later.