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Buffalo Pinball Summer Open ’17 – A PAPA Circuit Event

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A PAPA Circuit Major!

AUGUST 18-20, 2017

We’re bringing the PAPA Circuit back to Buffalo! At the Buffalo Pinball Summer Open ’17, players will compete for cash prizes, trophies, points toward the annual PAPA Circuit standings and World Pinball Player Ranking points in this IFPA-endorsed event.

This year’s event has been designated as a major, offering additional circuit points to players. The tournaments are open to all people of all skill levels.

The event will consist of three tournaments: A single, main tournament (qualifying Friday and Saturday, finals Sunday) and two classics tournaments (one Friday, one Saturday).

For more information, including registration, schedule, hotel and travel information and more, visit http://www.buffalopinball.com/papacircuit

GameOn Inaugural Pinball Tournament

gameonWe’re hosting a Herb-style, best game tournament at GameOn!

All skill levels are welcome as we’ll specifically have a prize pool for beginner players (players that are unraked or ranked 5,000+).

Format: Players will compete on four machines throughout the day, with unlimied entries. Your score on each machine will be compared to everyone else’s score on that particular machine. You can play as many times as you want during the qualifying period (Noon – 4pm). You can submitt entries at any time during that qualifying period.

The top 6 players will head to the playoffs which start at 4:30pm. Top 2 qualifiers get byes to the finals. Playoffs and finals will be played on 3 machines each, with 4, 2, 1, 0 scoring. Top qualifier picks all 3 machines in each group and starting order of play (after the first game, last place player gets to choose player order, and so on).

When: Sunday, Aug. 13 at Noon

Where: GameOn LAN, 3660 Delaware Ave., Buffalo

Cost: $10 to register plus the cost to coin-up each machine.

**Limited to 24 players**

Registration: To secure your spot, send $10 via PayPal to: buffalopinball@gmail.com

All money will be paid out in cash prizes minus the cost of trophies.

“Critical Hit” Pinball Tournament, July 15

chBoxBuffalo Pinball presents our first Critical Hit format pinball tournament! Designed by Karl DeAngelo, Critical Hit is a card-based, match play pinball tournament where players earn “spell cards” that grant them special powers. Some examples:

  • Confusion – Change you group’s selected game to one of your choosing.
  • Darkness – Play entire game with score displays covered.
  • Forbiddance – Swap a specific player from your group with a random player from a different group.

When: July 15, 2017
Doors open at noon, tournament begins at 1 p.m.

Where: Corfu, NY (address will be sent to registered players)

To register: Send $20 via PayPal to buffalopinball@gmail.com. Send as “friends and family” and note that it is for registration for the Critical Hit tournament. If registering for more than one person, please send names of all registrants with payment. No refunds will be given after July 1. Registration is limited to 16 players.

Ten percent of registration fees will go to the house for game maintenance/repair, the rest will go to tournament prizes and trophies.

Tournament Format: Placed into random groups of 4 (sometimes 3) the bottom two players after each game will receive a strike. In the case of a 3 player group, only the 3rd place player will receive a strike. Games and positions will be selected via D20 roll with a Critical Hit earning both game and position selections. Only open games can be chosen, no waiting for games. Players are eliminated from the tournament once they receive 3 strikes.

Note: The standard “phase one” of a Critical Hit tournament will be skipped. Instead, cards will be dealt at random at the outset of the tournament. Players ranked in the top 3,000 in IFPA rank will receive three cards, players outside the top 3,000 will receive four.

The Buffalo Pinball League rules will be used for any necessary rulings.

Tentative Game List

  • Ghostbusters pro
  • Tron Legacy pro
  • Swords of Fury
  • Doctor Who
  • The Addams Family
  • Space Shuttle
  • Vector
  • Revenge from Mars
  • Jack-Bot
  • Viking

The SilverBall Cycl-O-Rama Tournament: May 20

SilverBall-Cycl-o-ramaThe Buffalo Pinball SilverBall Cycl-o-rama is a 10 mile bike tour and pinball tournament. The route stops at several local breweries/bars/restaurants with on location pinball machines.

While biking is not required, it is encouraged.

Qualifying begins at noon and runs until 5:30. Playoffs start at 6:30 at Community Beer Works (CBW). There will be two skill-level divisions–a competitive “A” division and a casual “B” division.

Top 5 finishers in each division will receive a growler fill on behalf of Buffalo Pinball and our partner CBW.

To register: Registration is limited to 30 people and is accomplished by sending $10 via PayPal to silverballcyclorama@gmail.com. Please send as “friends and family.” If registering for more than one person, please send names of all registrants with payment.

Event score sheet: Download here

Support the Buffalo Pinball Patreon


Buffalo Pinball has been sharing live pinball gameplay, tutorials, and knowledge since February 2015.  We’re streaming pinball live on Twitch five days of week.  We also have a successful pinball podcast, “Bro, do you even talk pinball?”, that we create each month.  And if that’s not enough, we run all the pinball tournaments and leagues in Buffalo.  Sometimes, we even sleep.

Several of our fans asked that we create a Patreon page and we’re happy to oblige.  Creating all this content is meaningful for us, but it can also be expensive and exhausting.

That’s why we’d like to ask you to consider supporting us by donating monthly to the cause.  Donations are a way of thanking us.  It shows that you value what we do and want us to continue.

When we reach a minimum of 200 patrons a month, we’ll fly out to the 2017 Pinball Expo and will do a panel discussion (provided we’re given the opportunity).


Buffalo Pinball Open 2017

The 5th annual Buffalo Pinball Open will take place on Saturday, April 29. Doors at Noon and starts at 1 p.m. Four hours of match play. Limited to 26 people. Private residence in Tonawanda (address will be sent when you sign up). Top six make the playoffs.

To register, send $20 to: buffalopinball@gmail.com       SOLD OUT!

20% of registration goes to the house. No refunds will be given after April 15.

Important: When sending via PayPal, please state what this is for and send as FRIENDS AND FAMILY

Save the Date: Buffalo Pinball Summer Open, Aug. 18-20, 2017

A PAPA Circuit Major – Save the Date!

AUGUST 18-20, 2017

PAPA-CircuitEvent1We’re bringing the PAPA Circuit to Buffalo! At the Buffalo Pinball Summer Open 2017, players will compete for cash prizes, trophies, points toward the annual PAPA Circuit standings and World Pinball Player Ranking points in this IFPA-endorsed event.

Event Information – COMING SOON!

About the PAPA Circuit

From PAPA, the Professional and Amateur Pinball Association: The purpose of the PAPA Circuit is to raise the awareness of competitive pinball by showcasing high-level tournaments and associated events. PAPA believes by supporting the highest caliber of events and helping share information between them, we will create a positive working environment wherein all events improve and newcomers will feel safe in spending the time and money necessary to attend. Where one succeeds, others can learn from those successes and improve.