Pinburgh Coverage

Pinburgh was a huge success. If you couldn’t make it, here are a few photos and some video coverage by Classic Gameroom to tide you until the World Pinball Championship in August.

We’ve locked Bowen in a room and are forcing him to edit the actual game footage, so keep an eye out for those videos coming soon!

To download a high-resolution version of the group photo, click here.


  1. David
    March 25, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Good stuff. The CGR coverage was fun.

    Very happy to hear Bowen is working on new vids!

  2. tomdotcom
    March 25, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Super excited to see some more videos!! Wish it wasn’t so far away from Western Canada 🙁

  3. Greg
    March 26, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Very much looking forward to the coverage, too. I was going to add a request for Bowen to get crackin’ on a tutorial for CFTBL (which I guess I just did?), but I realized I could just watch the video from last year’s finals. Why does it always LOOK so easy? Oh, one question about tilt warnings: do you get one good one (meaning you can just about flip the machine) before a tilt? I noticed (was it you, Bowen?) getting quite aggressive. Is the point to make good use of that one warning? And are tilt warnings cumulative during a ball (unlike the old timey games where you just had to wait for the tilt sensor to stop a-rockin’)?

  4. MHS
    March 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm


    There was a test cftbl tutorial done on the discs we handed out for Pinburgh, but it very likely won’t be the final one presented. I’m pretty sure Bowen wanted to dig into that game and produce a better one.

    In regards to tilts, you can “usually” get one good nudge, but it’s very game-specific. All of your dangers on DMD games are reset at the beginning of each ball, but in some games, the bonus isn’t worth very much, so trying to keep the ball in play is more important than collecting the bonus at times. In CFTBL, the bonus is generally very small. In a game like Shadow, all of the modes accumulate and add to the bonus, so it could easily double your score. Generally, it’s best to keep the ball in play, but in a tournament, you have to sometimes make a decision as to whether the bonus is worth risking a tilt based off of what the other players have done and what you estimate it will take to win.

  5. TH
    March 26, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    the overhead camera and screen is just about the coolest thing.

  6. bowen
    March 27, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    @TH There are plenty more videos to come from the tournament using that camera. You’ll like them.

    @Greg There will be a Creature tutorial eventually, but we thought we would wait on that because of the PAPA 13 master class. It is NOT that easy.

    You get two warnings before a tilt, and those can be used in any way — all at once on the way to a tilt, a two-warning save, or two one-warning saves. My ball 3 on the PAPA 13 Creature game had two one-warning saves, then finally a tilt as I attempted a third save. Warnings usually make an obvious noise, too, so you can tell when they’ve happened and adjust accordingly.

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