Important Dory Hill Updates

We’re two weeks away from Dory Hill X! In preparation Russell Linsky posted tips and reminders on Facebook which I am sharing here.

For full Dory Hill X event details go here.

Hello Everyone,

Dory Hill X is fast approaching. Remember, this is September 6-8, only 2 weeks away.

Particularly for those of you who have never attended before, I thought I’d send out a general information message so you can know what to expect. Sorry this is so long, but please read through this.

Base Camp at Golden Gate is a camping setup with some amenities. The cabins have power outlets, and all but one has a space heater. The RV sites have power outlets and hookups (I know nothing about RVs, but I think it’s a standard setup). There are (newly renovated) bathrooms with shower facilities. There is a convenience store at Base Camp with basic snack food, drinks. They also have a liquor store. They will have wood for sale if it turns out it is safe to have campfires.

Here are some things you might think about bringing for the trip:

1. Extension cords
2. Tarpaulins
3. Clamps as indicated below
4. Bungee cords
5. Pinball tools, especially for installing legs, leveling games, game maintenance
6. Dollies for moving games around, setup
7. Packing/moving blankets 
8. Flashlights and/or headlamps (it gets DARK)
9. Water Coolers
10. Camp Chairs
11. Cold weather gear (it has snowed occasionally)
12. Rain gear (it has rained occasionally)
13. Toiletries
14. Bath towel
15. Flip-flops to get to and from the shower
16. Food & drink
17. Trash bags for cleanup (please try to keep your site spotless this year)
18. Cash (for any fees you haven’t yet paid)
19. Ashtrays (this one is very important if you smoke, no cigarette butts this year)

For check-in on Friday, whoever is the official renter of each site much check-in at the front desk of Base Camp. They will have a list of the official renters. You will have to leave a credit card for a security deposit, and cabin folks with receive a key. If there is no damage, the site is clean etc. you should not be charged anything.

If you are bringing a game, please have it setup and operational by 6:30pm on Friday at the latest. Modern games should be set to 3 balls, and set to tournament mode. (this will need to be changed to 5 balls for Saturday/Sunday) We will have a “drivers’ meeting” at 7:00pm where we will go over any additional details. The Friday side tournament should begin promptly at 7:30pm. I anticipate this will run until 9:30, followed by finals.

We are trying to remove any bottlenecks to the check-in process. Nobody will be allowed to play in any events if they have not paid their tournament entry fees. It’s $50. You will be able to pay upon your arrival. But, please pay your tournament fees in advance. If you haven’t yet confirmed your attendance with me and paid your tournament entry fees, please do so at your earliest convenience. We are also trying to get a feel for how many people will be attending, so PLEASE, confirm and pay if you’re coming.

Finally, Base Camp is asking for a detailed list of who is staying where. This is due to problems with certain sites in the past. So, if you’re staying on site, I must know where. There is no random “crashing” or popping a tent allowed. So, please help us clarify who is staying on which site.

I think this is going to be a great year for Dory Hill. We will likely have more games and more players than ever before. This even has the potential to be the largest pinball tournament in Colorado history!

Thanks so much to Ryan Wanger, Zach Smith, Snow Galvin, Bill Reeves, Kevin Ryan, JJ Babich, Steve Trujillo and everyone else who has already pitched in so much to make this event happen.

Let me know if I can help in any way, and I’ll SEE YOU THERE!

Russell Linsky

2nd Annual 24-Hour Pinball Marathon

It’s happening again – the 24-Hour “Winter is Coming” Pinball Tournament at Blizzard Mountain Pinball, now featuring a new format!

When, Where and How Much?

Saturday, September 28th at 10am – Sunday, September 29th at 10am
$65 to enter plus $30 flat fee for all the games you could possibly play.
Hosted at Blizzard Mountain Pinball in Conifer, CO

Limited to 52 spots. Get the full details and register for the event here.

Pre-Marathon, 3-Strike Charity Tourney

There will also be a 3-Strike Knockout event the night before at Blizzard Mountain on Friday, September 27th at 6pm. $5 to enter with all entry fees given to Project Pinball.

This Sunday, 1pm – Willy Wonka Match Play Launch Party

Blizzard Mountain is hosting a Match Play Launch Party this Sunday, August 11th at 1pm. Cost to enter is $10.

Qualifying will consist of 4-player groups, 3-2-1-0 scoring with the top half advancing to Finals. The goal is to reach 19 points (that’s how many letters are in SCRUMDIDDLYUMPTIOUS). Earn 19 points before the other half of the players do in order to advance. Get the full format details here.

Dory Hill X – Updates

The 10th annual Dory Hill is approaching fast! Get all the details here.

Noteworthy Updates

If you need a spot you can be squeezed in but email ASAP!

Pre-order to make sure you snag one! Complimentary super sweet patches with each order too!

Format and details have been posted!

Best Themed Cabin Award
Hear Snow’s thoughts on this very important item

Get all your Dory Hill X info here!

Team League Season 4 Starts Tuesday, August 6th

Ryan Wanger announced Season 4 on Facebook. Matches will be every Tuesday at 7:30pm from August 6th through September 24th.

If you haven’t participated before, here’s how it works:


A team is comprised of 6 players and each team has a home venue (public bar or arcade). Half of your team’s games will be played on your home turf, half traveling to another team’s venue. It is up to each individual player to form or join a team.

There are 5 rounds each match with all players playing each round. 3 of the rounds are doubles matches and 2 of the rounds are singles. Win points for your team by winning your match. More info on team scoring here.

There are “salary caps” for each team so as to avoid having 1-2 overpowered teams. Teams will enroll in either the A-Division ($40 per player to join) or B-Division ($10 per player to join). If you need help forming or joining a team – email Ryan Wanger and he’ll help you out.

Salary Caps & Restrictions

The salary cap will use IPR, a metric developed for the Seattle Team League. Each player is rated on a scale of 1 to 6. You can find the rating of any player here:

For A Division – the combined IPR of a six person roster may not exceed 19. Add up the IPR of each of the 6 players, and that’s your total. If you’ve got more than 19, you’ll need a different mix of players. 

For B Division – Only players with an IPR of 3 or lower are allowed to participate in B Division matches. Additionally, a team may have a maximum of one 3 rated player. This is in effect for all roster players and subs. There are no other restrictions.

About Fluctuating IPR – Each time an event gets entered into the IFPA database, the the IPR of all players in the event get recalculated and thus the percentages will move up or down. Because of that, the IPR for each player in the league will be locked in at the time their name is submitted for a roster.

Full Format Description & Rules

To see full rules for Team League – go here.