The heavy hitters of North American pinball will be descending upon Denver soon. Why? The North American Championship Series (NACS), Women’s World Championship (WWC) and IFPA Pin-Masters are all going down March 5-8 at Game Exchange of Colorado.
In order to keep the traveling players entertained there are several side tournaments being held throughout the Denver-metro area. Thanks to all those who stepped up to TD these events.
Wednesday March 4
1up Welcomes the State Champs! Location: 1up – Greenwood Start time: 6:30pm Entry: $10 entry Player Limit: 72 Format: 3 Strike Knockout, heads up matches Reserve your spot TD: Donavan Stepp
Join us for our live Twitch broadcast of the 2020 NACS, WWC and IFPA Pin-Masters – March 5-8. We’ve put together an A-Team of volunteers to pull off this effort and have some very cool things in store.
We, Paul Preston and Snow Galvin, have put a lot of effort and resources into beefing up our gear, production value and tournament coverage.
For NACS and WWC we’ll have an in-the-field reporter who will be monitoring matches for noteworthy events as well as fetching information on viewer requested updates. In addition, Paul’s been working on a Challonge (bracket) widget that will display player records and match updates on screen in real-time.
On top of all that we’ll have a team of viewers watching remotely to help tell us where to move the cameras in order to catch upcoming meaningful matches – a deciding game that sends someone home or a match involving a player requested by our chat.
In an effort to help viewers understand the strategy of all 20+ games being used in the tournaments and avoid over-explanation of rules during the match, Snow’s created mini PinPals to help you get up to speed. We want to bring you coverage that focuses on the players and action that’s happening; not glossing over their victories and follies with more chatter about how to start a mode…again. So make sure you RTFM.
All of this couldn’t happen without our fantastic team of volunteers. We’d like to give the warmest of thanks to Dave Johnson (aka Pez), Ryan Wanger, Jordan Dechaine, Howard Dobson, David Barber and Neil Oney.
If you’re new to Twitch, we suggest creating an account and following our channel by going here and clicking the heart at the top righthand corner. This allows you to be notified when we go live and more importantly interact with other viewers as well as our broadcast team during the event.
While watching you may be curious about the status of a specific player, game strategy or tournament format. Ask us in chat and we will get that info to you by chat message, live commentator response, player interview or through our in-the-field reporter. How’s that for on demand?
With a Twitch account you’ll also be able to use chat commands. Type one into the chat while we’re live to see what they do. (Yes, you must put the exclamation point before the word)
Thursday March 5 starting at 11am be sure to cheer on Colorado’s State Champion Donavan Stepp who is entering the NACS tournament as seed 13. Up for grabs is the title of North American Champion but also an invitation to the IFPA17 World Championship being held at The Pinball Asylum in Fort Myers, Florida May 29-31, 2020. I got a good feeling about his chances of grabbing that Florida spot. Go DNO go!
But there’s more cheering to be done on Thursday because Colorado has two players competing in the Women’s World Championship: Snow Galvin and Women’s World Champ 2017 Helena Walter Higgins!
With an expanded field of 144 players and a full 18 hole course this year’s IFPA Pin-Masters won’t disappoint. Qualifying is spread over two days and players are broken into two tee times – 10am and 3pm.
Friday and Saturday will feature qualifying for IFPA Pin-Masters and we’ve got a lot of Colorado players in the mix. For broadcast purposes we will be following one group from each tee time on each day. That’s 4 different groups total. Though your favorite player may not be featured during the qualifying broadcast, we will do our best to keep the live audience updated with stats and ‘in the field reporting’ of notable events.
Playoffs will begin Saturday night at 8pm and continue Sunday morning at 9am. The top 24 players will be taken into the playoff rounds.
Colorado Players by Tee Time
Friday and Saturday – Group 1 – 10am Aaron Johnson Adam Lefkoff Bridge Morgan Dave Andersen Donavan Stepp Escher Lefkoff Jason VonLembke Mat Brundage Mateo Leyba Robert Slyker Ryan Altermatt Shawn Savageau
Friday and Saturday – Group 2 – 3pm Adam Higgins Adam Jordan Dean Grover Elliott Layne George Fisher Helena Walter Higgins Jason Thomas Jordan Dechaine Justin Rausch Kevin McCarthy Nathan Hart Nick Brown Ryan Wanger Snow Galvin Zach McCarthy Zen (yea he’s a NYC guy now, but we still claim him)
Help spread the word! Every so often I meet a pinball fan from Colorado Springs and they feel like they’re all alone. I’ve always responded that it’s not true and now I have a post to prove it!
North Side Social – First Sundays Monthly Tournament Starting Sunday March 1st @ 2pm $5 to enter plus cost of games Format: 3 strikes
The format will be 3-strikes for the first tournament and subject to change for future months based on player feedback. $5 to enter and your IFPA fee is sponsored so cheers to Russell and the crew at North Side!
There is a good chance that Colorado Springs could also see its first pinball league as their player base starts to grow so if that’s something of interest to you, make sure you attend this Sunday and let Russell know you want to play!
Thank you to all the players who came out for our Women’s Match Play Tournament at Game Exchange on February 15th. We had 24 players compete for 8 rounds of group match play qualifying (7/5/3/1 scoring) with a one game final to determine places first through fourth.
Congratulations to the winners! First – Laura McCarthy Second – Shannon Stein Third – Summer Puente Fourth – Hannah Martinez (first time competing!) Rookie move…I forgot to take a photo. Trust me, they were all smiling.
The tournament was broadcasted on our Twitch Channel and I’ve also archived the video on You Tube. The You Tube video has handy links in the description that helps you navigate to the start of each game and find the player you’d like to watch. Click ‘See More’ in the video’s description to see those timestamped links.
If you enjoyed watching, be sure to tune into our live coverage of the Women’s World Championship, North American Championship and Pin-Masters events all going down at Game Exchange March 5-8, 2020. So make sure you follow our Twitch Channel to be notified when we go live!
The final standings have been submitted (though not approved as of yet) to the IFPA and all players will receive Women’s WPPRs for their participation which will contribute to their rank in the Colorado Women’s State Championship standings.
And if you’re out of the loop – Yes! Colorado Women’s State Championship is now a thing. I will make a separate post with all the details you need to know for how to qualify and how to ensure your women’s leagues and tournaments contribute to the state standings.