PAPA 14 Classics 1 semifinals

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In the following video, Keith Elwin, Trent Augenstein, and Steve Bowden compete on Harlem Globetrotters in game one of the Classics 1 semifinals at PAPA 14.


  1. December 3, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Nice. Now I kind of know how to play Harlem Globetrotters (too late for me though).

    My knowledge of rule sets and flipper skills on older titles are very low. So, here is what I was actually thinking about during that short game:

    0. Read the instruction card, if available.

    1. Survival.

    2. That gap between the left flippers (more anxiety, and flashbacks to fumbling on Paragon).

    3. Hitting the targets for multipliers because that’s the only thing I knew about this game. (“Hey, what does that right target do? It looks dangerous… Forget it. I need to keep surviving.”)

    4. Getting the left spinner so I can have time to breathe (more survival).

    THEN, if I was fortunate enough:

    5. Trapping.

    6. Shot making.

    7. Trying to figure out what scores what, where, when, why and how.

    By that time, it was over and I was already looking forward to the next game.

  2. Mhs
    December 3, 2011 at 11:07 am


    Crazy how a game you don’t know can look so complicated before a competition. Harlem shots in order… Right gate, right drops, repeat left spinner.

    First time i played 2001 in classics i panicked until someone broke it down for me… Just shoot the colors. Simplest game ever. Definitely didnt feel that way beforehand.

  3. December 4, 2011 at 9:13 am


    Totally agree with you. Another example: Space Invaders. When I first saw that game in classics, I tried to go for everything. Red Invaders, Blue Invaders, that annoying 50,000 target that makes the siren noise… Failure ensued.

    Then I saw it later at NW Pinball Championships and learned that it was basically a one shot game (Center Horseshoe over and over) and the fog lifted.

  4. Kevin Ryan
    December 6, 2011 at 6:09 pm


    Breaking a game down to its’ essentials and working it!

    Can’t wait for the next installment.


  5. Lu Kai
    December 9, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Bowen you are a terrific pinball commentator. Keep the videos coming. You are educating a new generation of pinball lovers and making great efforts to keep this sport alive. Regards from Asia.

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