Open Source Pinball in the Windy City – Expo 2012

The 28th annual Pinball Expo is off and running in Chicago.

pinball expo registration

photo by Mark Czarnowski

PBDG cast member Mark Czarnowski is hard at work behind the scenes and it looks like things are really coming together.

Setting up the show Stern Pinball booth

photo by Mark Czarnowski

Mark got to play Cactus Canyon Continued — a CC game running with P-ROC, a cool board that lets you mod pinball games via a pc over usb.  Mark reports:

“In our repair room, we have a Cactus Canyon, running custom software on a P-ROC controller and a PC. The new custom version, dubbed Cactus Canyon Continued, is programmed and overlaid on top of the original. The pic shows the CCC software creator on the left, and the P-ROC hardware guys, center and right.”

ccc pinball

Photo by Mark Czarnowski

photo by Mark Czarnowski

“The P-ROC version has many new features, including a mode called Drunk Multiball, best played by crossing your arms, since the flipper buttons are reversed.”

drunk multiball play

photo by Mark Czarnowski

Don’t forget that Pinball Donut Girl will be screening at the LTG show Friday evening at 10:00 with Mark hosting!

pinball expo 2012 program

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Lloyd the Great (LTG) Screens Pinball Donut Girl this Friday in Chicago

LTGLloyd Olson, AKA “LTG” will be including a screening of the ten minute festival cut of Pinball Donut Girl at his LTG show at Pinball Expo of Chicago this Friday, Oct. 19 at 10:00 PM in the Lake Michigan Ballroom.

I won’t be able to attend :(, but cast member Mark Czarnowski will be standing in for me, and I hear there is a good chance some PBDG posters will be part of Lloyd’s prizes.

Lloyd Olson

photo courtesy Lloyd Olson

In addition to putting on the greatest seminar at the Expo, Lloyd also runs SS Billiards, in Hopkins, Minnesota, where he has been keeping pinball fresh since 1972 with tournaments, family fun, and well maintained games.

So come out to the Expo, have a great time, and please join Mark at the LTG show to see Pinball Donut Girl! I wish I could be there with you.

Chicago Pinball Expo 2012

pbdg poster detail

Poster Detail (Download Me as Wallpaper!)

Best 5 Days of September

A few photos from the Pacific Pinball Expo, definitely my favorite five days of September!

Charlie Kuttner and I filmed the whole load in, an amazing 2 day transformation of an empty room to a pinball wonderland, and then of course I got to meet and talk to a lot of you, play pinball, see cast and crew members, eat donuts, and screen my films. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Thank you to everyone who came out to the show and to the amazing volunteers of the Pacific Pinball Museum who make the magic happen!

child plays pinball at pacific pinball expo 2012

photo by Charlie Kuttner

 pinball playfield at pacific pinball expo 2012

giant backglass mural at at pacific pinball expo 2012

volunteer repairs pinball machine at pacific pinball expo 2012

pbdg preview screening at pacific pinball expo 2012

photo courtesy Matt Walsh

Jeri Ellsworth Matt Walsh Anna Newman

photo by Charlie Kuttner

And congratulations to Jeri Ellsworth on her 2012 Maker Hero award!