History & Mission
The Replay Foundation’s mission is to create and promote the world’s greatest pinball tournaments, encourage friendly, casual competition, and spread enthusiasm for pinball through a variety of new and ongoing projects. Toward that end, we have created the PAPA Tournament Circuit, built two world-class annual tournaments, regularly broadcast instructional videos, and have created an all-encompassing gaming festival known as ReplayFX to help promote the game and its surrounding community. Our hope is that players will continue to use these resources and become more interested in this wonderful game.
In December 2012, the entire collection of pinball machines and other arcade games housed at PAPA Headquarters were donated to the Replay Foundation, which will continue to operate the machines and related tournaments under the brand name PAPA. The Replay Foundation also manages ReplayFX, a combined pinball and video-game festival far exceeding the scope of any previous PAPA or Replay Foundation effort. We are proud to report the current PAPA brand name and Replay Foundation organization have never had more influence, utilized more games, or offered players more pinball resources than at this moment.
The Professional & Amateur Pinball Association was founded in the mid 1980’s by Roger Sharpe and Steve Epstein at Steve’s world-famous Broadway Arcade in New York City. Steve and Roger ran six world championship tournaments, with the last one being held in Las Vegas, before retiring and passing the reins to current president, Kevin Martin.
In Steve’s own words: The beginning of what was to become PAPA began in the late 1970’s when Roger Sharpe along with a third player Lionel Martinez started keeping track of our competition together. We logged over 10,000 sets of games over a four/five year period. From that data we developed the league scoring system used in the first PAPA league play around 1985/1986. This lead to the tournaments in the early 1990’s. I guess meeting Roger at the Arcade in 1975 and starting to play together on a daily basis not only led to a great and lasting friendship, but to the world of competitive pinball.
After a six year hiatus, Kevin Martin took over the PAPA organization in 2004 and began construction of the current World Headquarters facility detailed below in Scott Township, Pennsylvania.
On September 17, 2004, shortly after the PAPA 7 World Pinball Championships, the facility was devastated by a major flood. All of the pinball machines were destroyed, along with many of the built-in improvements, bathrooms, carpeting, and more. After enduring this setback, PAPA quickly rebuilt the facility and collection of pinball machines in time for the following year’s World Championships.
The current PAPA Headquarters is a 30,000 square foot warehouse teeming with games and activity. For even more history, take a look at the Flipside Archives currently maintained by the Replay Foundation!
Features of PAPA Headquarters:
- Over 30,000 square feet dedicated to pinball
- More than 500 pinball machines for tournament play and practice
- Specialty video games such as Tattoo Assassins and Pump It Up
- Projection screens and kiosks for reviewing game coverage and standings
- A broadcast booth offering live tournament coverage
- Fifteen television screens showing live tournament coverage
- Restroom and vending facilities
- Catering on-site during tournament events
- Limited on-site parking
- Easy access to I-79, I-279, and nearby hotels
PAPA Headquarters is open to the public only for pinball tournaments and special events.
Whether you’re visiting from just down the road or five-thousand miles away, the Replay Foundation thanks you for your effort. If you ever have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!
PAPA World Headquarters is a standalone facility in Scott Township, Pennsylvania, just west of Pittsburgh. I-279 and I-79 are nearby, and adjacent exits have a number of top-notch hotels. Please keep in mind that our festival, ReplayFX, and its associated pinball tournament, Pinburgh, have outgrown our Carnegie headquarters and now take place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh.
|Hotel Name||Address||Telephone||Distance||Airport Shuttle?|
Marriott Courtyard Settler's Ridge
|5100 Campbells Run Rd, Pittsburgh PA 15205||412-788-4404||5 Miles||Yes|
|Hyatt Place Pittsburgh Airport||6011 Campbells Run Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15205||412-494-0202||6 Miles||Yes|
|Extended Stay America||520 N. Bell Ave, Carnegie PA 15106||412-278-4001||1 Mile||No|
|DoubleTree by Hilton, Green Tree||500 Mansfield Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15205||412-922-8400||2 Miles||Yes|
In 2004, Kevin revitalized the PAPA organization by purchasing the rights to the brand, its associated World Championships title, and by running the first World Championships tournament after a six year period of darkness for competitive pinball. When the decision to rebuild PAPA was made, Kevin physically carried all 450+ pinball machines on his back from Chicago to PAPA Headquarters in Scott Township, and then achieved the wizard mode on each of them using nothing but psychic powers.
After carrying the load at PAPA for several years, Kevin now oversees all aspects of the organization from his home in South Carolina. In recent news, Kevin has arranged for PAPA to be absorbed by the Replay Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to preserving pinball and enhancing its stature in the public eye. The transfer of PAPA’s name and resources to the Replay Foundation means PAPA will immediately become more self-sustainable and, ideally, outlast us all.
Mark is the wild-eyed, creative force pushing PAPA into places it’s never gone (and sometimes shouldn’t go). He’s held a Director of Operations role for the past several years and has been an integral part in creating several of the largest pinball tournaments in history.
Mark is the Director of ReplayFX, films and edits all of the pinball videos PAPA produces, designed the livestreaming booth and mobile system PAPA uses to broadcast Circuit tournaments, and frequently travels the United States in search of different ways to keep pushing pinball forward as a game and industry. There is little that occurs within PAPA that Mark does not have a hand in.
There’s truth in the saying: A strong woman stands behind all strong men, but the embarrassing truth in our circumstance is that all of the men at PAPA are relatively weak, and Elizabeth is the woman who keeps us from falling apart at the seams and making horrible decisions.
Beyond her work as the greatest sounding-board, confidant, and advisor in history, Elizabeth one of the Assistant Directors at ReplayFX, manages the front desk during our tournaments, manages the online PAPA store, manages the scorekeepers and volunteers, and manages to stay sane even when the rest of us create problems for her because we can’t solve our own issues. Elizabeth is the glue holding all of the eccentric pieces of PAPA together.
Doug was never really hired by PAPA. He just kind of kept showing up at the facility, and one morning we found him sleeping in the dumpster and let him inside.
Actually, no, that’s not true… Doug is a consummate professional, a Tournament Director at all PAPA tournaments, helps run several Circuit events each year, and manages all of PAPA’s route games
Doug also has been an integral piece of the local pinball scene, helping run the Pittsburgh Pinball League for a number of years alongside several other frequent PAPA volunteers. Doug also oversees a non-PAPA tournament, the Pittsburgh Pinball Open, and helps Mark & Elizabeth with a variety of different projects.
Steve is PAPA’s primary game technician. He’s a magician with the soldering iron. Legend has it on one early afternoon, Steve rode a white clydesdale directly into PAPA HQ, diagnosed three rectifier problems, found a broken diode, and cleared a token jam while eating a ham sandwich on his ten minute lunch break. He then declared victory over the land of pinball before riding off into the sunset, casting his cape to the side, and flew into the sky like a lightning bolt, never to be seen again until the next day’s 9-5 shift.
The PAPA organization relies heavily on generous contributions from pinball fans around the globe. Below is a list of several people within the community who have made noteworthy contributions. If you have an idea or are interested in helping with a project, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are always happy to explore new opportunities for the growth of the game.
A great many people have contributed to PAPA over the years, and it is inevitable we will have missed a name on this list. If you have contributed in similar ways to others listed below but aren’t mentioned, please contact us!
|Aaron Nelson||Circuit Event Director|
|Adam Lefkoff||Circuit Event Director; Major Broadcast Contributor; Industry Consultant; Rules Consultant; Ice Cream Sandwich Supplier|
|Alex Bayer||Circuit Event Director|
|Anastasia Steinman||Helped Design Broadcast System; Photographer; Media Consultant; General Consultant; PAPAtv Producer; ReplayFX Department Head|
|Bowen Kerins||Pinburgh Director; Tutorial Videos; Industry Consultant; Rules Consultant; Volunteer for Multiple Projects at HQ; Major Broadcast Contributor; Multiple Gameplay Videos|
|Brett Berkman||Volunteer for multiple projects at HQ; Tournament Technician; Multiple Gameplay Videos|
|Brian Broyles||Circuit Event Director|
|Brian Dye||Major Contributor to PAPAtv LIVE; General Consultant|
|Brian Teyssier||Major Contributor to PAPAtv Live; ReplayFX Department Head|
|Brooke Archer||Volunteer for Multiple Projects at PAPA HQ|
|Cayle George||Rules Consultant; Circuit Event Director; Major Broadcast Contributor|
|Chase Nunes||Created Inaugural Live Broadcast at HQ|
|Colin Horner||Circuit Event Director|
|Cryss Stephens||Photographer; Major Contributor to PAPAtv Live|
|Donny White||Circuit Event Director|
|Eden Stamm||Circuit Event Director; Major Broadcast Contributor|
|Emmanuel Marchand||Created Multiple Language Subtitles for Several Youtube Tutorials|
|Fred Cochran||Volunteer for multiple projects at HQ; Road Technician for Numerous Circuit Events; Multiple Gameplay Videos; Assistant Director for ReplayFX|
|Greg Dunlap||Major Broadcast Contributor; PAPA Circuit Tournament Director|
|Inspired Bronze||Created PAPA World Championships Trophy|
|Jim Belsito||Circuit Event Director|
|Joe & Julie Schober||Major Broadcast Contributor; Rules Consultant; Web Project Consultant; Industry Consultant; Major Contributor to ReplayFX Alternate Reality Game; Created ReplayFX Badge System|
|Joe Said||Industry Consultant; Multiple Gameplay Videos|
|Joe Scaletta||Volunteer for Multiple Projects at HQ; Multiple Gameplay Videos|
|Jon Ehrlich||Circuit Event Director|
|Jon Replogle||Helped Install PAPA Broadcast System; Built PAPA Broadcast Booth; Volunteer for countless projects at HQ; PAPAtv Consultant & Producer; Major Broadcast Contributor; Industry Consultant; Multiple Gameplay Videos|
|Jorian Engelbrektsson||Significant Game Notes Contributor|
|Josh & Zach Sharpe||Industry Consultant; Rules Consultant; Major Broadcast Contributor; Circuit Event Director|
|Josh Gockel||ReplayFX Department Head|
|Justin Brooks||Volunteer for multiple projects at HQ; Tournament Technician; Route Technician; Multiple Gameplay Videos|
|Karl DeAngelo||Created PAPA Tournament Software; Circuit Event Director|
|Keith & Randy Elwin||Created Pinball 101 & 102; Industry Consultant; Technical Advice; Rules Consultant; Video Consultant; Created Tournament Camera Rig; Multiple Tutorial Videos|
|Keith Johnson||Major Broadcast Contributor; Industry Consultant|
|Kevin Carroll||Circuit Event Director|
|Kevin Stone||PAPA Circuit Tournament Director; Website Contributor;|
|Kickstarter Backers||Helped Fund PAPAtv and Years of Future Event Broadcasts|
|Lyman Sheats||Industry Consultant; Rules Consultant|
|Mark Bussler||Industry Consultant; Produces Classic Gameroom PAPA series of videos|
|Mark Salas||Multiple Gameplay Videos|
|Molly Atkinson||Tournament Technician; Industry Consultant|
|Nick Jaquay||Volunteer for Multiple Projects at HQ; Multiple Gameplay Videos|
|Noah Davis||Significant Game Notes Contributor|
|Paul McGlone||Circuit Event Director|
|Per Schwarzenberger||Circuit Event Director; Website Contributor; Rules Consultant|
|Pete Hendricks||Volunteer for Multiple Projects at HQ; Supplies outstanding hats for critical ongoing hat efforts|
|Rich Vario||Tournament Technician|
|Roger Sharpe||Founder of PAPA|
|Ron Hallett||Multiple Gameplay Videos|
|Steve Baumgarten||Early steward of the PAPA organization|
|Steve Bowden||Major Broadcast Contributor;|
|Steve Epstein||Founder of PAPA|
|Steve Zumoff||Integral in Rebuilding the PAPA Brand; Helped Revitalize Pinball in Pittsburgh; Former PAPA Tournament Director; General Consultant|
|Ted Garner||Technician; Industry Consultant|
|Todd MacCulloch||Major Broadcast Contributor|
|Trent Augenstein||PAPA Circuit Tournament Director; Offers Technical Advice; Sales Consultant; Played in Gameplay Videos|
|Virginia Hendricks||Volunteer for Multiple Projects at HQ; Department Assistant at ReplayFX|
Help Support Replay!
In 2012, we established Replay Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Replay Foundation promotes the preservation, restoration, and enjoyment of pinball technology, with an emphasis on the player experience. In 2012, the collection of 450+ pinball machines used to operate tournaments at PAPA World Headquarters were donated to Replay Foundation. In 2013, the building itself was donated, as well as all assets and operations of PAPA. Replay Foundation now operates all of PAPA’s activities, including the tournaments and outreach efforts such as the PAPA Circuit and PAPA TV.
Replay Foundation was created in order to become independent of the support of any one person. If you enjoy anything that we do, whether it’s our massive tournaments, the tutorials and gameplay videos, the PAPA Circuit, or PAPA TV’s live event coverage, please consider donating to Replay Foundation. Your support means a lot to us.
All donations from the public are welcome, whether cash, pinball machines, collectibles, or parts. If you are interested in donating any of these items in lieu of cash, we may be able to help with shipping costs. Although we raise money primarily through private donations and operating public events, we are working to build up revenue, and we always welcome further support.
As Replay Foundation is a registered non-profit, your donations may qualify for a tax deduction. Please consult a tax attorney.
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