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Buffalo Pinball Fall Brawl!

Come throw down at GameOn in a group match play pinball tournament for players of all skill levels! Here’s the details:

When: Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 at noon

Where: GameOn LAN, 3660 Delaware Ave., Tonawanda, NY

GameON is Western New York’s best spot for gaming of all kinds, and features a full kitchen as well as a wide selection of beer, snacks and energy drinks.

 

Cost: $15 for A Division (for players IFPA ranked in the top 5,000)
$10 for B Division (all other players)

Thanks to an anonymous donor and in honor of Veterans Day, any veteran who plays in the Fall Brawl will receive a $10 discount on their entry fee. If you’re a vet and already preregistered, let us know and we’ll refund $10 to you at the event.

Separate prize pool for B division players!

Please note:  tournament cost does not include cost to coin-up the games.

**Preregistration is HIGHLY encouraged as these tournaments typically sell out**

Win Prizes! Every registered player will be entered into a random drawing to win one of the following prizes (max 1 per player):

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  • One set of Pin Stadium lights or Orion’s Belt (winner’s choice) courtesy of Pin Stadium – A $300 value!

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  • 100 frosted sunlight LED bulbs, three t-shirts and one illuminated flipper button kit, courtesy of Comet Pinball. Total prize value: $135!

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  • A 100 ring kit (you pick the color) and a set of nut drivers courtesy of Titan Pinball. Total prize value: $112.45!

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  • Two (2) one-hour VR sessions for two people, and two (2) five-hour packs of gaming time and a 1/2lb burger, fries and drink, courtesy of GameOn LAN. Total prize value: $103!

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Register: Send payment via PayPal to buffalopinball@gmail.com (please send as “friends and family” or payment will be returned)

Tournament Format: Group match play, limited to 32 players. 4.5 hours of regular play time, with finals following.

Finals: Top 10 will advance to playoffs, with the top 2 getting byes straight to the finals. Playoffs/finals are 3 games each round with 4, 2, 1, 0 scoring.

This is an official IFPA tournament for WPPR points.

Game Lineup (subject to change):

  • Iron Maiden pro
  • Deadpool pro
  • Guardians of the Galaxy pro
  • Metallica pro
  • Pirates of the Caribbean (Stern)
  • Game of Thrones pro
  • Who Dunnit
  • Genie
  • Count-Down

GameOn Monthly Tournaments – Fall 2018

gameonfall18Note: first timers receive 5 free PayRange credits. If you bring a friend that’s new, both you and your friend receive this.

Monthly three strikes tournament the last Monday of every month at GameOn.

All skill levels welcome!

When: 7 p.m. on Sept. 24, Oct. 29, Nov. 26 (The monthly is cancelled for November)

Starts at 7 p.m and should be done no later than 10:30 p.m. (that’s for the final players remaining).

Where: GameOn LAN, 3660 Delaware Ave., Kenmore

Format: Format will be a 3 strikes tournament.

We will do either:

1) Groups of 4 will be assigned a random game each round, with the players finishing in 3rd and 4th place each receiving a strike. Once a player receives 3 strikes, they are eliminated from the tournament.

or

2) games will be one vs one instead of groups of four. This will be decided on the day of the event.

Limited to 32 players. Sign up in person the day of the event.

Top 3 players will be paid out if the field is 30 or less players. If it’s 30+ players, top 5 will be paid out.

Payouts for less than 30 players will be as follows:

1st = 50%
2nd = 30%
The highest finisher that is IFPA ranked between 5,000-99,999 (or unranked) = 20%

**Note: A fee of $1 per player will be deducted from the prize pool in order to pay the IFPA’s new fee structure for official tournaments**

Note: If a player that is ranked between 5,000-99,999 (or unranked) finishes 1st or 2nd, they will receive only 50% or 30%, depending on finish. They will not receive the 20% as well. The 20% prize will go to the next highest finisher in that ranking bracket that’s not in 1st or 2nd overall.

For 30 – 32 players:

1st = 40%
2nd = 30%
3rd = 20%
The highest finisher that is ranked between 5,000 – 99,999 (or unranked) = 10%

Note: If a player that is ranked between 5,000-99,999 (or unranked) finishes 1st, 2nd or 3rd, they will receive only 40%. 30% or 20%, depending on finish. They will not receive the 10% as well. The 10% prize will go to the next highest finisher in that ranking bracket that’s not in 1st, 2nd or 3rd overall.

This payoff structure is to encourage newer players and guarantee that at least one new player will be “in the money”.

Cost is $10 for players ranked better than 5,000 in the IFPA standings or $5 for all other players.

New pinball league at Misuta Chow’s!

Misuta Chow's League PosterWe’re stoked to kick off a brand new, casual pinball league at one of the hottest spots in Buffalo, Misuta Chow’s! Here’s the info:

Where: Misuta Chow’s, 521 Main St., Buffalo

When: 6-10 p.m. on Sept 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11 (show up at any time to play the three games for the month)

How it works: Intended to be a casual league, just show up any time between 6-10 p.m. to play the three games selected for that month.

Each player will have two attempts per machine with their highest score counting towards that month’s standings. Scores will be ranked using linear scoring (100, 99, 98, 97, 96…and so on)

Overall standings will be tabulated after each meetup and used to determine final playoff seedings (best three months out of four).

Cost is $5 to enter each month (+ coindrop) and the top three players of each month will be paid out accordingly (percentage of overall entry fees):

  • 3-7 players: 50/40/10
  • 8-12 players: 40/30/20/10
  • 13-16 players: 30/25/15/15/10 + 5 paid to a random winner
  • 17+ players 25/22/18/15/10/5 + 5 paid to a random winner

Note: $5 each month + $1 collected only ONCE per season for IFPA submission

To encourage new players to come out and give pinball a try, there will be a random award (Miusta Chow’s ‘swag’/bar tab) given away.

All rules and other pertinent information (standings, rules, etc.) about the league are available on the new Misuta Chow’s League page.

Pin Golf at GameOn – July 21!

pingolf2018Grab your polo shirts and plaid pants, it’s time for pin-golf!

When: 1 p.m. on July 21, 2018

Where: GameOn LAN, 3660 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY

Cost: Entry cost is $10, pay at the door. Games will still need to be coined up. 100% of entry will go to prizes.

Details: In this format, all players will play the same 9 pinball machines, trying to achieve a target score on each machine. The fewer balls it takes for you to achieve that target score, the better.

Top half of the players after 9 holes will go to a single elimination playoff. Seeding for playoffs will be determined by player position after the 9 hole qualifying portion.

There will be a “B” division for new players and players ranked 5,000+ (or unranked) in the IFPA. “B” players will compete against everyone else, but will have slightly easier target scores to hit on each machine.

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One free sticker with every paid entry!

This is an IFPA tournament. Anyone who plays in it will receive World Ranking Pinball Points (WPPR). Mom and dad will be proud.

If you come out to this event, and it’s your first ever Buffalo Pinball event, you’ll get $5 in free PayRange credits. If you’re a regular and you bring a friend that’s new, you’ll both get $5 in free PayRange credits.

PLUS: Every registered player will get a FREE Buffalo Pinball skull sticker, just for playing!

GameOn Monthly Three Strikes – Now FREE Entry for New Players!

threestrikes-mayWant to give competitive pinball a try? Check out one of our monthly three strikes tournaments — entry is now FREE for new players! All skill levels welcome!

When: Play begins at 7 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, May 29
  • Monday, June 25
  • Monday, July 30 CANCELLED
  • Monday, Aug. 27

Where:GameOn LAN, 3660 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY

Cost: In addition to the cost to play the games for the night (usually $1/game), tournament entry is $10 for players in the top 5,000 in the IFPA standings or $5 for all other players. NEW: No entry fee for new players!

Details:

Starts at 7 p.m. and should be done no later than 10 p.m. (that’s for the final players remaining).

Format will be a 3 strikes tournament. Groups of 4 will be assigned a random game each round, with the players finishing in 3rd and 4th place each receiving a strike. Once a player receives 3 strikes, they are eliminated from the tournament.

If there’s less than 14 – 16 players, it’s possible games will be one vs one instead of groups of four.

Limited to 32 players. Sign up in person the day of the event.

Top 3 players will be paid out if the field is 30 or less players. If it’s 30+ players, top 5 will be paid out.

Payouts for less than 30 players will be as follows:

1st = 50%
2nd = 30%
The highest finisher that is IFPA ranked between 5,000-99,999 (or unranked) = 20%

**Note: A fee of $1 per player will be deducted from the prize pool in order to pay the IFPA’s new fee structure for official tournaments**

Note: If a player that is ranked between 5,000-99,999 (or unranked) finishes 1st or 2nd, they will receive only 50% or 30%, depending on finish. They will not receive the 20% as well. The 20% prize will go to the next highest finisher in that ranking bracket that’s not in 1st or 2nd overall.

For 30 – 32 players:

1st = 40%
2nd = 30%
3rd = 20%
The highest finisher that is ranked between 5,000 – 99,999 (or unranked) = 10%

Note: If a player that is ranked between 5,000-99,999 (or unranked) finishes 1st, 2nd or 3rd, they will receive only 40%. 30% or 20%, depending on finish. They will not receive the 10% as well. The 10% prize will go to the next highest finisher in that ranking bracket that’s not in 1st, 2nd or 3rd overall.

This payoff structure is to encourage newer players and guarantee that at least one new player will be “in the money”.

Split Flipper Charity Pinball Tournament April 28

splitflipperTeam pinball, charity, and beer. Need I say more?

My attorney would say yes, yes I do.

We’re doing our first ever split flipper tournament! And best of all, it’s to support the Path of Play charity: www.pathofplay.com

Here’s the scoop: You and a partner form a team. That team will battle other teams (12 total), in a winner take all split flipper battle royale. Format will be five strikes and we’ll play in groups of four teams per machine.

When: Sat. April 28, 2 p.m.

Where: Flying Bison Brewing Co., 840 Seneca St., Buffalo

Register: The cost is $20 per team. To register, please send that via PayPal to: buffalopinball@gmail.com Make sure to include your team name and team members. If it’s not sent via “family and friends”, it will be returned and you won’t be registered until you do so.

Games will be on coin-drop per usual.

This is limited to only 12 teams, so sign up before it sells out.

Prizes! 50 percent of the registration will go to Path of Play, while the other 50 percent will be paid out to the winning team.

In addition, every registered player will have a chance to win an Aerosmith pinball translite (it’s the awesome Dirty Donny back box artwork panel from a real pinball machine) from Stern Pinball, as well as Buffalo Pinball stickers and lapel pins!

 

Community Beer Works Pinball Weekend March 8-11

We’re stoked to partner up with Community Beer Works for the return of the Pinball Weekend to benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northtowns!

March 8-11
Community Beer Works, 15 Lafayette Ave., Buffalo, NY

All the info is over on the CBW Facebook Event listing, but here’s a rundown. Stop down and join us for a fun event to benefit a great cause!

We have a thing for beer. We have a thing for pinball. We have a thing for being charitable. We have a thing for doing something more than once.

PINBALL

We’re brining back CBW Pinball Weekend for a second year! All weekend we’ll have several machines here for your pinball enjoyment, courtesy of Buffalo Pinball & Arcade Company.

BEER

On Friday 3/9, we’re brining back Rage Tilt APA, an easy drinking 5.5% ABV American pale ale made with Amarillo, Galaxy, and Azacca hops with lots of tropical fruits and citrus meant for knockin’ the chrome balls around.

CHARITY

Half of all the coins pumped into our pinball games will be donated to The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northtowns. Additionally, $1 of each pint you purchase over the weekend will go toward the charity (so drink up).

TOURNAMENT

Fancy yourself good at pinball? Tournament good? We’ll be holding another pinball tournament…but first, practice:

On Saturday 3/10, Buffalo Pinball will hold 30 minute training sessions from 2-6pm to help you get ready for the tournament. Sessions are included with a $5 donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns. Each 30-minute session will include three people. Simply come to the brewery if you don’t mind having a pint while you wait for the next open session, or message us here if you’d like to sign up for a specific session ahead of time.

On Sunday 3/11 we’ll have our Second Annual Charity Pinball Tournament. Qualifying rounds will be held from 11am-4pm. A $1 donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns gets you one registration into the tournament—you can try more than once! For each attempt, you’ll receive a raffle ticket to win prizes. There will be three machines to qualify on. You need to play each machine at least once, but can keep playing them to try to improve your score.

Playoffs start promptly at 4pm for the top six qualifiers, with the top two getting byes straight to the finals. Playoffs will be two rounds, one game each round.

We’ll post here about the specific games and prizes, as well as other goodies being featured that weekend (like tasty new beer releases). Until then, practice up on your pinball skills and get ready to join us every day for Pinball Weekend 2 at CBW!