A Look Back at the 2011 Southern Pinball Festival


 

The Southern Pinball Festival in Orlando, Florida, was one of the best pinball and gaming expo's the United States had to offer. This was its official website. 2013 was the last year the Southern Pinball Festival was held.
Content is from the site's 2011 archived pages providing a peek at what this festival was all about.
It was a great festival for us pinball lover. We will miss you.

 

NOTICE FROM FACEBOOK PAGE for The Southern Pinball Festival

2013 Last Year at The Southern Pinball Festival

August 4, 2014

Hey everyone, as most people will know 2013 was our last year for Southern Pinball Festival and as we now embark on a bigger venture, want to take a moment to thank everyone that has supported us, brought machines, come to the shows, played some great pinball, and become part of the community, we created something that we were very proud of and put Florida on the map for Pinball.

Thank you to everyone, we had an amazing journey and now that journey takes us to a new beginning with a new show, and with this we bring in Arcades, Consoles and so much more. You can check out our website at www.freeplayflorida.com

 

Information

What is the Southern Pinball Festival?

The first annual pinball show in the Central Florida area, November 18, 19, & 20, located in the beautiful Maitland Civic Center just north of downtown Orlando. It takes place during the same week as the attractions industry’s premier show, IAAPA.  This festival is driven by the passionate enthusiasts and collectors throughout the state of Florida.

SHOW TIMES
Friday 3 pm – 12 midnight
Saturday 10 am – 12 midnight
Sunday 10 am – 5 pm

LOCATION
Maitland Civic Center
641 South Maitland Avenue
Maitland, FL 32751

Game load-in/set up is Friday from 7 am to 3 pm
SPF Staff will be on hand to direct and assist you in unloading and setup of your games.

A basic snack bar will be setup within the venue, providing bottled water, sodas, chips, hot dogs, nachos and candy bars.
Food must be kept within the snack bar area, and is not allowed in the game areas.
NO outside food or drink will be permitted to be brought inside the venue by attendees.

Who can go? Do I have to be a professional player?

Anybody and everybody is welcome to attend!  Reacquaint yourself with a true American pastime and bring the family, grandma, and kids. The show is open to everyone who wants to play some pinball! We WILL be having a sanctioned pinball tournament as well, so professional players are welcome and expected.

Is there anything cool to see?

Of course!  There will be approximately 100 pinball machines of all styles and eras on display and set on free play included with your ticket purchase.  Come see the amazing artwork, challenging gameplay, and the vintage sounds of pinball while networking with collectors and enthusiasts from around the world.

Events

Best of Show Competition

Think you have the best restoration skills in the state?  Show your stuff here!  The show operators and ballot box voting by attendees will determine who wins the best of the best!

  • Best of Show
  • Best 80′s or Earlier restoration
  • Best 90′s or Later restoration

Tournaments

A professional tournament with trophies and cash prizes will be held.

Tournament games will only be playable by those purchasing tournament tickets.

Vendors

Pinball parts and service vendors will be in attendance.  See and buy the parts and artwork you need to repair and restore your pinball machine.  Talk to the experts!

 



Buy Tickets

General Admission


Admission may be purchased in advance through Paypal.
Tickets MUST be a separate purchase from t-shirts/posters.
Choose PICKUP as your shipping choice during Paypal checkout.
Print your receipt and bring it to the show to pick up your wristbands.

Single-Day Ticket prices
ADULTS (13-up) $15.00 per day
CHILDREN (12-under) $5.00 per day

3-Day Weekend Price
ADULTS may buy a weekend admission for $35

ONE Child 12 or under FREE with each paid Adult admission
(ONE paid adult = ONE free child admission)

Tickets for the show can be purchased at the door.

VIP PACKAGE
VIP admission package can be purchased in advance through Paypal for $60
Print your receipt and bring it to the show to pick up your VIP package and wristbands.

The SPF VIP PACKAGE consists of…

-ADMISSION for all 3 days
-ONE tourney Ticket
-VIP Lanyard Badge
-VIP Retro T-Shirt
-SPF Show Poster

-AND, for the first 50 VIP Packages purchased either In Advance or At The Door (if any remain),
a second SPF Show Poster AUTOGRAPHED by members of the Jersey Jack Pinball WIZARD OF OZ Team!

 

Get in for FREE!

We need the pinball machines and support of the Florida Pinball Community and beyond to make the show the success we all know it can be!  If you are interested in being part of the show please contact us using the comments box at the bottom of any page to let us know what you’d like to bring, any year era or style. A person bringing games to the show will receive ONE weekend pass, regardless of the number of games that person brings (ONE game = ONE weekend pass, FIVE games = ONE weekend pass). The games must be in good working order, set on FREE PLAY, be free of insects, and remain turned on and playable until 5 pm Sunday afternoon.

 



Tournament

The Southern Pinball Festival is proud to announce the official details of their IFPA (International Flipper Pinball Association) sanctioned tournament. Competition in the SPF tournament will earn players points in the WPPR (World Pinball Player Rankings) standings.

Tournament games will only be playable by those purchasing tournament tickets.

Tournament Schedule

Qualifying:
Friday 7pm – 12 midnight
Saturday 10am – 12 midnight

Finals:
Sunday 11am – 5pm

Tournament entry is 1 game for $5, or 3 games for $10. There is no limit on qualification entries.

Players will compete on a bank of 5 games. There is no limit on qualification entries, but only a player’s highest game on each machine will be counted (ie. you can hold the top 3 spots on a single game, keeping other players from achieving those points, but only your highest score counts towards qualifying).

Making The Finals:

The top 87 scores on each machine are given points…
100 points for 1st
90 points for 2nd
85 points for 3rd
84 points for 4th
…decreasing to 1 point for 87th.

A maximum of 500 points is available. Top 24 players will qualify for the finals on Sunday. The top 16 players will be split into an “A” Division, and the next 8 players will be split into a “B” Divison.

*NOTE: Players currently ranked in top 250 WPPR rankings are NOT eligible to play in the B division. The SPF reserves the right to declare any player eligible or ineligible for play.

Prizes:

Total prize package is valued at over $3000!

A Division

1st – $1000 + trophy
2nd – $500 + trophy
3rd – $300 + trophy
4th – $200
5th through 8th place will receive consolation prizes

B Division

1st – $500 + trophy
2nd – $250 + trophy
3rd – $150 + trophy
4th – $100
5th through 8th place will receive consolation prizes

Finals Format:

The tournament finals will be held using PAPA’s 4-2-1-0 scoring system with four-player games, with three games played per round. The first place finisher receives 4 points, second place is worth 2 points, third is 1 point, and fourth receives 0 points.

For each game, the highest qualifier entering the round selects the machine or order of play, and subsequent choices are made in qualifying order.

If a player has qualified to compete in the finals, you must be present and prepared to play on Sunday promptly at 11:00am. B Division qualifiers will compete first. A maximum wait of 10 minutes will be given to a non-present player at the beginning of each round. If after 10 minutes the player is not prepared to play, their qualifying position will be forfeited.

A Division:

The top 4 seeds receive a bye past the first two rounds of the match-play finals, while the top 8 receive a bye past the first round. Any ties in seeding will result in a one-game playoff on a randomly-selected machine in the tournament bank.

In the quarter-finals round:

Group A – #9, #12, #13, #16
Group B – #10, #11, #14, #15

At the end of three games, the two players with the highest total in each group will advance to the next round regardless of their total points. In case of ties, a one-game playoff will be held on a randomly-selected game among the games not played by the group to that point, with the higher qualifying seed given the choice of order of play.

In the semi-finals round:

Group C – #5, #8, B1, A2 (B1 is 1st place player from Group B, A2 is 2nd place player from Group A)
Group D – #6, #7, A1, B2 (A1 is 1st place player from Group A, B2 is 2nd place player from Group B)

At the end of three games, the two players with the highest total in each group will advance to the next round regardless of their total points. In case of ties, a one-game playoff will be held on a randomly-selected game among the games not played by the group to that point, with the higher qualifying seed given the choice of order of play.

In the finals round:

Group E – #1, #4, D1, C2 (D1 is 1st place player from Group D, C2 is 2nd place player from Group C)
Group F – #2, #3, C1, D2 (C1 is 1st place player from Group C, D2 is 2nd place player from Group D)

The order of the four winners will be determined at the end of three games. Ties will be broken by a one-game playoff on a randomly-selected game among the games not played in the final.

B Division:

In the semi-finals round:

Division qualifiers will be split into two groups based on seed as follows:

Group A – #1, #3, #5, #7
Group B – #2, #4, #6, #8

At the end of three games, the two players with the highest total in each group will advance to the next round regardless of their total points. In case of ties, a one-game playoff will be held on a randomly-selected game among the games not played by the group to that point, with the higher qualifying seed given the choice of order of play.

In the finals round:

Group C – A1, B1, A2, B2
(A1 & A2 are 1st & 2nd place players from Group A, B1 & B2 are 1st & 2nd place players from Group B)

The order of the four winners will be determined at the end of three games. Ties will be broken by a one-game playoff on a randomly-selected game among the games not played in the final.

In each division, four players advance to the final round. The final round is conducted in the same manner as the semifinal round. Total scores for this round will determine the ordering of winners in each division.

Tournament Rules:

All Tournament Officials decisions are final.

Qualifying ends at posted times. NO REFUNDS will be given on unused entries.

Bang backs and death saves are NOT allowed.

Major Malfunction Rules:

A machine malfunction is considered major if play of game cannot be completed (ex. machine shuts down, locks up, software malfunctions, etc.).

A technician will be called to try to determine the problem and fix the machine. If the malfunction can be corrected, both contestants will replay the game. In the event one of the players finished their game prior to the malfunction occurred, that player’s score would stand. The player who did not complete the game will replay the game over. If the malfunction cannot be corrected, a new machine will be designated and both players will replay the game.

Minor Malfunction Rules:

A machine malfunction in considered minor if play can continue (ex. stuck ball, stuck switch).

If a switch becomes stuck during game play, the game will be played to completion before a repair attempt is made. Once the game is complete, a technician will attempt to rectify the problem.

If it cannot be repaired, the rest of the games will be played on a machine designated by Tournament Officials.

If a ball gets stuck during play, the ball search will try to release the ball. The player must remain ready if the ball is freed. If the ball search does not free the ball, the ball will be retrieved and placed in the shooter lane, and play will continue.

SPF reserves the right to make whatever decision seems appropriate should something happen that is not specifically covered by these rules. In any case, SPF’s decision is final.

At the end of each game, it is the player’s responsibility to have their score correctly recorded by a tournament volunteer.

Any attempt to rescue a ball after it has “drained” (fallen below the flippers or gone through an outlane) will void your game’s score. Do it more than once, and you will be ejected from the tournament. A slam tilt will result in a score of zero or a game disqualification during match play. If a player slam tilts during match play with more than one opponent, players whose games are still in progress will have the choice of keeping their existing score as a final score or starting a new game.

Interfering (deliberately or not) with another player’s ball will result in a game disqualification during match play. This includes causing a tilt or tilt warning on an opponent’s ball before they touch the machine. Interfering with another player’s ball during qualifying is just plain mean, and may result in ejection from the tournament.

If the ball gets stuck, stop playing and ask for a tournament staff member to assist you. If a ball becomes stuck during multiball (a potential advantage), stop immediately and ask for assistance. If you continue to purposely play a stuck-ball multiball, your game will be voided.

If a malfunction occurs during gameplay, stop immediately and ask for a tournament staff member to assist you. We’ll try to fix the problem if we can. In cases where the game can be fixed but not immediately, we will record your score in progress then attempt to continue the game where it left off. For example, if the malfunction occurs during ball 3, we’ll write the score down, and give you one more ball on a new game. Tournament staff reserves the right to make whatever ruling seems appropriate regarding a malfunction, including termination and restart of a game in progress. No “progress” in a game feature will be awarded or adjusted in a restart or new game situation.

If a game cannot be repaired, either of these will happen:

* If the game failure occurs early enough in the qualifying, the game may be replaced or removed from the qualifying bank. Affected players will be allowed to replay the additional game on any valid game in the qualifying bank.

* If the game failure occurs late enough in the qualifying, the game will be shut down for the remainder of qualifying, and all scores posted on that game will be considered final.

The decision is partially based on time and partially based on game availability and will be made at SPF’s sole discretion if necessary.

This is a family show! Watch your language. Failure to maintain a professional attitude (including, but not limited to, swearing, kicking, biting, stealing, or spitting) may result in disqualification and ejection from The Southern Pinball Festival.

Since tournament games are coming from private collections, it is possible that the bank may be short by a game, but this will have no effect on the method or number of qualifiers. Please thank the people who brought games! Without them, there’s no tournament.

DISCLAIMER
Tournament events are always subject to change due to unforeseen problems and scheduling conflicts. All decisions by the tournament judge(s) are final. Please check back for any updates on tournament information.



 

We welcome the pinball machines and support of the Florida Pinball Community and beyond to make the show the success we all know it can be!  If you are interested in being part of the show please CLICK HERE to let us know what you’d like to bring, any year era or style.  A person bringing games to the show will receive ONE weekend pass, regardless of the number of games that person brings (ONE game = ONE weekend pass, FIVE games = ONE weekend pass). The games must be in good working order, set on FREE PLAY, be free of insects, and remain turned on and playable until 5 pm Sunday afternoon.

Some games may only be present as part of the Tournament.
Tournament games will only be playable by those purchasing Tournament tickets.

This lineup is subject to change.

Modern Games

SOPRANOS
STERN PLAYBOY
SIMPSONS PINBALL PARTY
IRON MAN
STERN SPIDER-MAN
TRON
STERN BATMAN DARK KNIGHT
STERN INDIANA JONES
BIG BUCK HUNTER
TRON #
WORLD POKER TOUR
FAMILY GUY

 

The 90′s

CIRQUS VOLTAIRE
GUNS N ROSES
SOUTH PARK
ATTACK FROM MARS
REVENGE FROM MARS
DOCTOR WHO
BAD CATS
ROLLERGAMES
FLIPPER FOOTBALL
FISH TALES
STAR TREK – THE NEXT GENERATION
TALES OF THE ARABIAN NIGHTS
THE MACHINE – BRIDE OF PINBOT
ROAD SHOW
STREET FIGHTER 2
MONSTER BASH
APOLLO 13
PINBALL MAGIC
LORD OF THE RINGS
THE GETAWAY – HIGH SPEED II
MEDIEVAL MADNESS
THEATRE OF MAGIC
THE ADDAMS FAMILY GOLD
WILLIAMS INDIANA JONES
TWILIGHT ZONE
CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON 

The 80′s

VEGAS
F-14 TOMCAT
SPACE INVADERS
MARS GOD OF WAR
BLACK HOLE
SPACE SHUTTLE
ORBITOR 1
VECTOR
NINE BALL
JOKERZ!
STRANGE SCIENCE
SWORDS OF FURY
SORCERER
XENON
LASER CUE

The 70′s

SOLAR CITY
CHARLIE’S ANGELS
HERCULES – THE WORLDS LARGEST PINBALL
FLASH
SPACE RIDERS
LASER BALL
GORGAR
SPACE ODYSSEY
BLACK JACK
JUNGLE QUEEN
EIGHT BALL
OLD CHICAGO
TOP CARD
CRESCENDO

Vintage Pinballs

WORLD’S FAIR JIGSAW

 



NEWS

 

Pinball and tattoos to birding and horror flicks

OCTOBER 14, 2011 | www.bostonglobe.com



SPENCER CAREY
More than 90 pinball machines will be in play at the Southern Pinball Festival at the Maitland Civic Center near Orlando.

NOV. 18-20

ORLANDO

Southern Pinball Festival: Have you ever played Gorgar? It’s a game from the 1970s that was marketed as the first pinball machine that could speak. What did it say? Well, one of its phrases was “Me got you,’’ and another was “You hurt Gorgar.’’ You can see Gorgar - and other vintage games - here in the Orlando area. Festivities include a pinball tournament, and just in case you were wondering, the contest rules state that “Bang backs and death saves are NOT allowed.’’ Yeah, we don’t know what that means either. $15 a day, $5 for children age 12 and under. Maitland Civic Center, 641 South Maitland Ave. www.southernpinballfestival.com

 

 

‘JERSEY JACK’ GUARNIERI follows the Yellow Brick Road to The Southern Pinball Festival

Jack Guarnieri of JERSEY JACK PINBALL will be speaking and doing a Q & A at The Southern Pinball Festival on Saturday November 19th at 4pm. His company PINBALLSALES.COM has sold over 10,000 pinball machines to customers around the world, and now JJP is making their own pinball machine based on the classic film THE WIZARD OF OZ. The game will be the first commercial pin to have an LCD for a backglass, while still keeping the steel ball, ramps and mechanical toys on the playfield. Jack will give updates on that game and what the future holds for Jersey Jack Pinball.

 

 

TRANSFORMERS Invading Southern Pinball Festival !!!

We are EXCITED to announce that Stern Pinball’s brand new TRANSFORMERS pinball machine will be at The Southern Pinball Festival! Players can expect the classic battle between the heroic OPTIMUS PRIME and the villainous MEGATRON as well as other beloved AUTOBOT and DECEPTICON characters. “The story behind the TRANSFORMERS brand makes for a perfect translation into pinball,” said Gary Stern, founder, CEO and chairman of Stern Pinball. “We’re confident that the long anticipated machine will please the eyes, ears and the hands of even the most diehard TRANSFORMERS fans.”

 

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