Boulder Pinball League Starts November 14th

The next season of Boulder Pinball League is starting up in one week at Press Play! If you have any questions, email the league director Ryan Wanger or just show up and ask him in person!

When: Most Wednesdays at 7:30pm
Where: Press Play in Boulder, CO
Cost to join: $25
8 weeks of regular play and League Finals on week 9. Top finishers win money and there will be WPPRs for all!

Full League Schedule - all times 7:30pm

November 14 & 28
December 12 & 19
January 9, 16, 23, 30
League Finals on February 13

Colorado Pinball event listing
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Fall Flip Out November 10th & 11th in Fort Collins!

This year’s Fall Flip Out Tournament will be held at both Pinball Jones locations in Fort Collins. New Belgium Brewery is sponsoring the event and all participants will receive a free Fall Flip Out / New Belgium t-shirt with entry! Sizes first come first serve.

There will be an A, B and Novice Division – so there’s lots of opportunity to advance! There’s even a Side Tournament on Saturday to keep you occupied. So plenty of reason to spend the whole weekend in Fort Collins playing pinball!

Never Drains software will be used for both tournaments.

Qualifying - PBJ Campus West

Saturday, November 10th from 10am – 8pm
$30 entry, all games on free play
Limited Herb format: 15 attempts on a bank of 10 games. Top 5 unique scores count.
Side Tourney qualifying until 5pm with Finals starting at 6pm.

Finals - PBJ Old Town

Sunday, November 11th starting at 10am
Top 16 players play A Finals (assuming at least 32 players enter tournament). Next 8 play in B Finals. Next 4 players ranked outside the top 4000 will play in Novice Finals.

Qualifying - Full Details

Main Tournament: Qualifying at Pinball Jones Campus West on Saturday Nov 10th 10 AM – 8 PM (Volunteers will get bonus time after 8pm until 9pm to finish any tries not used yet. Anyone gracious enough to help out can sign-up here)

$30 entry free / Qualifying games on FREE PLAY
all entry fee money goes to pot for payouts
Pinball Jones is adding $300 to the event (some of this is used for trophies and medals, rest to the pot)
Limited Herb 15 Tries on a bank of 10 games
Best 5 go towards your total (1 score per machine)
Scoring 100 for first, 95 for second, then 90, 89, 88 etc.

Main Tournament Qualifying Bank (subject to change)

Metallica, Congo, Eight Ball Deluxe, Dialed In!, Iron Man, Strikes and Spares, The Walking Dead, Judge Dredd, Spider-Man and Total Nuclear Annihilation

Side Tournament (PBJ Campus West)

Saturday – Qualifying from 10am to 5pm.
Finals also on Saturday at 6pm.

$5 per entry (unlimited buy in)
all money goes to pot
Games on COIN DROP
1 entry is 1 play on each of the 3 games
Same scoring 100, 95, 90, 89, etc
Top 4 make finals
Finals Group on same 3 games. 4, 3, 2, 1

Side Tournament Qualifying Bank

Side Tournament Games (subject to change): Game of Thrones, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Terminator 2

A, B and Novice Division Finals

FINALS Sunday Nov 11th 10 AM at Pinball Jones OLD TOWN
Field must be cut at least in half. We will take 16 to finals if we have at least 32 players.

“A” restricted players – If you do no qualify for “A” you do not advance. “A” restricted players are ranked 500 or better

Groups of 4 on a bank of 4 games (banks TBD)
Scoring – 4, 3, 2, 1
Top 2 from each group of 4 Advance

8 for B finals, no byes , same rules as A
Players ranked 4000 or better are restricted to “B” and cannot play in Novice but can play in B or A

4 for Novice finals, same rules as A 
Any player that is ranked 4001 or less can play in Novice, B or A

Got Questions?

Dave Andersen has answers. Shoot him an email here.

Fort Collins Beginner’s League – Padawan Pinball 101.2 – Starts Tuesday November 6th!

Padawan Pinball 101.2 is a pinball league in Fort Collins devoted to new players looking to gain skills and gameplay strategy. Each week will feature a seasoned player who will go over technique and rules for different machines. All are welcome to play and it’s FREE to join, only quarters are required to play the machines even the featured game(s) each week is set to freeplay! (You’ll need quarters to play the other machines.) You can’t be too green for this league!

This League will run for 6 weeks at various locations around Fort Collins and the 7th week will put those new skills to the test in a friendly tournament – aka League Finals. 

League Schedule - Tuesdays at 6pm

Week #1 – November 6 – Location: Pinball Jones Campus West
Introduction, history of pinball and basic skills with Dave Andersen
Week #2 – November 13 – Location:  Pinball Jones Old Town
Brian Sanz will go over strategy for Attack From Mars and Theatre of Magic
Week #3 – November 20 – Location: Pinball Jones Campus West
Jake and Natasha Kalda will lead this week’s agenda
Week #4 – November 27 – Location: The Lyric
Featuring: TBA
Week #5 – December 4 – Location: Pinball Jones Campus West
Featuring: TBA
Week #6 – December 11 – Location: Pinball Jones Old Town
Featuring: TBA
Week #7 – December 18 – Location: Pinball Jones Campus West
League Finals! A friendly tournament to put those newly learned skills to the test!

Gunbarrel League starting Monday November 5th

If you’re free Monday nights, live in or around Boulder and can commit to 7 weeks of pinball playing with some pretty neat people then this post is for you!

When: Mondays at 7pm 
November 5 – December 17, 2018
Cost: $15 to join

The regular season will last 6 weeks and Finals will take place on the December 17th.

If you’ve never played in a pinball league – never fear! Ryan Wanger who runs both the Gunbarrel and Press Play Leagues is always eager to welcome new people into the mix. Feel free to shoot him an email if you have any questions.

Stay in the loop with all Boulder pinball discussion on their Facebook group: Boulder Pinball Enthusiasts.

Lyons Winter League Starts This Thursday, November 1st!

The 27th Season of Mile High Pinball League is starting up this week! 

When: Thursdays at 7:30pm from November 1st – February 7th
Where: Lyons Classic Pinball
Cost: $40 +quarters for games

See full league schedule here.

All the pinball regulars know that Lyons is the place to play in Colorado but due to the fantastic influx of new players we’ve been seeing at monthly tournaments, I thought I’d go into a bit more detail than I do for my usual upcoming league announcements. Actually, a lot more detail. Here’s what you should know about LCP and why you should join.

About Lyons Classic Pinball

Lyons Classic Pinball (LCP) is ground zero for Colorado’s modern pinball renaissance. Kevin and Carole Carroll opened LCP in 2003, filling it with exceptionally maintained machines from the 1960s to the present. And not just any games – rare ones, LEs, the kind with great rule sets,  the kind with good tunes and the kind that are just fun to flip. Iron Maiden LE, Centigrade 37, Blackwater 100, Swords of Fury, Joust..even a Hercules.

This is one cool couple and LCP definitely reflects their vibe – pinball & rock n roll memorabilia clad the walls and solid tunes are always playing (but quiet enough that you can still enjoy the machine callouts and actually have a conversation with your friends). They don’t sell food or alcohol. Just snacks, soda and water – but Oscar Blues is right next door with food, beer and more pinball machines to play. So that means LCP is all ages and a respite for those who don’t dig the bar scene.

Read more about the Carrolls and how LCP got started in GameRoom Magazine (April 2006). Pinball News also did a thorough write-up you should check out.

Meet the Mile High Pinball League Players

The Mile High Pinball League (MHPL) is the official name of this league. It’s run by Chicago Expo 2018’s champion Adam Lefkoff (way to go ABL!) – father to PAPA 20 World Champion and IFPA Power 100’s champ Escher Lefkoff. Needless to say, if you’re looking to learn from the best – this league’s got it.

BUT NEW PLAYERS! – Don’t let that scare you off!

It’s also filled with some of the most laid back, fun-loving people you could ever want to spend your Thursday nights with. There are total newbies, players that just like to destroy castles on Medieval Madness for that satisfying rattle,  those who could give a damn about some esoteric rarely seen situational strategy and those who actually want to fill their head with all that nonsense.

Check out some of the players from the 2018 Summer League below.

Summer League 2018 - A Division Winners

1st – Ryan Wanger (left, $360)
Ryan runs the Boulder & Gunbarrel Pinball Leagues as well as the one stop shop for all your pinball LEDs – Comet Pinball (checkout their adorable commercial)

2nd – Escher Lefkoff (right, $180) 
Dude, what happened? 😉

3rd – Zach McCarthy (right, $90)
aka Z-Mac, is 1 of 4 phenomenal players that makeup the McCarthy family, owners/operators of Blizzard Mountain Pinball

4th – Adam Lefkoff (left, $45)
League Director and our current IFPA representative

Summer League 2018 - B Division Winners

1st – Smith Patrick (left, $240)
Authentic & charming mountain man, seen here in a rare moment without his brown leather vest. Best to avoid him on Bally’s 1978 Playboy

2nd – Greg Nelson (right, $120)
Relative newcomer and Ryan Wangers’s right hand man at Comet Pinball (nicely done!)

3rd – David Schaal (right, $60)
Lead Multimedia Instructor at CU’s ATLAS Institute (pretty cool!), pinball enthusiast and total genuine guy.

4th – Carole Carroll (left, $30)
The woman ultimately responsible for LCP. Had she not bought Kevin a Bally KISS all those years ago, that guy would still be a plumber. Don’t be fooled, the pinball obsession is a his & hers thing. She’s just sagely quiet so you’ll never suspect her. My kind of lady.

Winter League Schedule 2018-2019

Nov 1: Week 1
Nov 8: Week 2
>> Nov 15: LCP Monthly
>> Nov 22: Thanksgiving
Nov 29: Week 3
Dec 6: Week 4
Dec 13: Week 5
>> Dec 20: LCP Monthly
Dec 27: Week 6
Jan 3: Week 7
Jan 10: Week 8
>> Jan 17: LCP Monthly
Jan 24: Week 9
Jan 31: Week 10
Feb 7 : League Finals