Pinburgh 2012: Coming This Friday

In a change from last year, Pinburgh 2012 groups will consist of 4 games instead of 3.  There will be 45 groups: 180 unique games to play!

All 46 groups are listed below… oh wait, one is fake.  The groups include ones selected by the reigning PAPA champion, Andrei Massenkoff, and the reigning Pinburgh champion, Keith Elwin. Let us know your ideas for naming the other groups.  Each game is linked to a video on the Pinball Archive.

If you haven’t signed up for Pinburgh, join in!  Almost 250 players have pre-registered.  Every player who registers adds $100 to the prize pool, over $25,000.  There is no limit to the number of players or prize pool. Pinburgh is fun for casual and highly competitive players, and there are over 75 cash prizes to be won.

See you there!

1. KME’s Boat Anchors: The ShadowGrand PrixCheckpointSkateball
2. Wild Rides: Monopoly, Gator, Radical, Mata Hari
3. 2012 Mayan Apocalypse: Ripley’s Believe it or NotAztecIndiana JonesLost World
4. Shake Your Booty: Pirates of the CaribbeanArgosyHookFathom
5. Lord of the RingsKing of DiamondsSwords of FuryParagon
6. They’re Playing Silverball: NBATriple ActionHoopsHarlem Globetrotters
7. What Would Beavis Do?: No FearFireballFire!Solar Fire
8. CorvetteSnow DerbyTaxiNitro Groundshaker
9. Miner Inconvenience: Iron ManProspectorGoldeneyeXenon
10. Monster Bash, Swinger, Elvis, Flash Gordon
11. F This Game: Family Guy, Freedom, Frankenstein, Flight 2000
12. The Sopranos, Lady Luck, Wheel of FortuneHigh Speed
13. 4-Way Combo: Austin Powers, Satin Doll, Dr. Dude, Cleopatra
14. Fun Rides: Baywatch, Monaco, Cyclone, Coney Island
15. The Simpsons Pinball Party, Big Indian, Cirqus Voltaire, Robot
16. Eat, Prey, Dove: Big Buck Hunter, Safari, Fish Tales, Big Game
17. 88 Miles of Wire: Demolition Man, 2001, Time Machine, Future Spa
18. Spider-Man, Butterfly, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Buck Rogers
19. Andrei’s Flight Insurance: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Surfer, F-14 Tomcat, Genie
20. Dialed!: CSI, Yukon, Whirlwind, Black Pyramid
21. Rocky and Bullwinkle, Band Wagon, Last Action Hero, Split Second
22. Creature From The Black Lagoon, 4 Million B.C., Jurassic Park, Grand Lizard
23. Who, When, What, Why?: Doctor Who, Aquarius, Genesis, Time Fantasy
24. Medieval Madness, El Toro, Transporter: The Rescue, Andromeda
25. Batman Dark Knight, Faces, Funhouse, Barracora
26. Godzilla, Scuba, Whitewater, Scorpion
27. Transformers, Strato-Flite, Earthshaker, Space Shuttle
28. Congo, Jungle Queen, Surf N Safari, Jungle Lord
29. The Addams Family, Poker Plus, Tales From The Crypt, Gorgar
30. Twilight Zone, High Hand, Elvira and the Party Monsters, Black Hole
31. Indianapolis 500, Nip-It, Diner, Evel Knievel
32. Theatre of Magic, Wizard!, Sorcerer, Magic Castle
33. Roller Coaster Tycoon, Super Straight, Rollergames, Space Invaders
34. Judge Dredd, Liberty Bell, Big Guns, Centaur
35. Terminator 2, Mars Trek, Pinbot, Stellar Wars
36. Kiss From A. Rose: Guns and Roses, Captain Fantastic, Scared Stiff, Kiss
37. Dirty Harry, Fast Draw, Starship Troopers, Sharpshooter
38. The Who’s Tommy, Target Pool, World Cup Soccer, Power Play
39. Scary Rides: Avatar, Hot Tip, Banzai Run, Cyclopes
40. Terminator 3, Cosmos, Revenge From Mars, Stars
41. AC/DC, Paradise, Devil’s Dare, Farfalla
42. Andy’s Nightmare: Shaq Attaq, Fighting Irish, Bad Cats, Deadly Weapon
43. Jorian’s Day Job: Jackbot, Card Whiz, Jokerz, Alien Poker
44. Attack From Mars, Space Race, Star Wars Episode 1, Cosmic Gunfight
45. Rolling Stones, Dragon, Freddy: A Nightmare On Elm Street, Medusa
46. Tron, Hot Line, TX-Sector, Flash


  1. Todd Williams
    February 25, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Couple questions…

    1st If my math is correct, 200 players would require at least 50 groups of machines. Or would you be putting more that one group of players on the same bank, just playing different games at the same time?

    2nd…4 game banks is very exciting, does that mean there will be a possible 12-0 record session? That’s very exciting news, more games of pinball is always better in my opinion, and I did think there was slightly too much time between sessions last year, what better way to fix that then play one more game. I love it, if that is indeed the case.

  2. bowen
    February 25, 2012 at 11:50 am

    You are correct on both counts. The second group on the same set of machines will play them in 3-4-1-2 order, with the goal being that neither group has to wait for any game. This covers us unless there are over 360 players at Pinburgh, which won’t happen… not this year, anyway.

    4 games makes this separation possible, and will also give a maximum 12-0 record per round. We’ll have a special announcement soon, but expect some sort of reward to anyone who goes 12-0. Three-player groups, if there are any, will play 6 games to give the same potential of reaching 12-0 in a round.

    I am hopeful that we will be able to keep the same two-hour schedule. We are starting a half-hour early to give some additional buffer time just in case. Our testing and timing suggests we should be alright, but we’ll find out in 5 weeks…

    Thanks Todd!

  3. Todd Williams
    February 25, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Hey thanks Bowen. That’s really exciting. I like the 6 games for three player groups too. As if I need one more reason to be counting down the days. Should be a hell of a tournament.

  4. Rossz
    February 26, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Naming suggestion for groups:
    Group 3: Gold diggers
    Group 4: High seas
    Group 6: Basket case
    Group 7: FFFF

  5. Kme
    February 26, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Group 4- mahaffey’s biscuits

    Group 6- dialed!

    Group 8- wheels and heels

  6. soren
    February 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Pirates of the Caribbean, Argosy, Hook, Fathom: Wooden Legs

    Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Aztec, Indiana Jones, Lost World: Stonehenge

    Lord of the Rings, King of Diamonds, Swords of Fury, Paragon: Swords’n’Sandals

    NBA, Triple Action, Hoops, Harlem Globetrotters: Bouncing’n’passing

    No Fear, Fireball, Fire!, Solar Fire: Danger! Danger!

    Flintstones, Gator, Radical, Mata Hari: No Relation

    PS. Wheels and Heels is a winner

  7. Todd Williams
    February 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    #2: “We’ll have a gay old time”
    #3: “Indiana Jones: Players of the shiny silver ball”
    #4: “All grown-ups are pirates” or “yo ho ho and a bottle of rum”
    #5: “shards of narsil” or something else about aragorn sword that made him king of gondor
    #6: “nothing but net” or “swish”
    #7: “Don’t fear the flames”
    #8: “Checkered flag”
    #9: “Miner inconvenience” or “Ore else what?!?”

  8. Todd Williams
    February 28, 2012 at 3:19 pm


    #3: Indiana Jones and the cult of the silver ball or Indiana Jones and the quest for the Pinburgh Cup

    I agree I like Wheels and Heels

    You know, my performance completely aside, I will consider Pinburgh 2012 a success if even one of my group names sticks.

  9. Koi
    February 28, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Group Names:

    G4: Behold Thee High Seas
    G6: Bouncin’ Around
    G7: No Pain, No Gain!
    G8: Step On It!
    G9: Nothing In Common

  10. Jason
    February 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    #2: Pork Chop Sandwiches!
    #3: Lost and Found
    #4: Arrrr ye’ Ready?
    #5: Chivalry Never Dies
    #6: Full Court Press
    #7: F-Troop
    #8: Need for Speed
    #9: Elementary Pinball

  11. Todd Williams
    March 1, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    #10: “Swinging Ming the Monster King”
    #11: “F This” or “I hate this F’in machine”
    #12: “A little less conversation, a little more action”
    #13: “Bros and Babes” or “What’s your sign?”
    #14: “Carnegie Shore” or “Along the boardwalk”
    #15: “D’oh, Wooh, Pop, Beep”
    #16: “Mount It Over Your Mantle”
    #17: “Wish it had worked out that way” or “All the way…to the year 2000”
    #18: “Wings aren’t the only way to fly”

  12. Chris
    March 2, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Group 6: Lin’s Pins
    Group 7: Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love
    Group 12: Bada Bing!

  13. Jason
    March 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Some of these are getting hard….

    #10 €“ MB, Swinger, Elvis, Flash Gordon: Dance Dance Revolution
    #11 €“ FG, Freedom, Frankenstein, Flight 2k: Frak You, You Frakking Frak
    #12 €“ The Sopranos, Lady Luck, HS, Vegas:
    Loaded Dice
    #13 €“ Austin Powers, Satin Doll, Dr. Dude, Cleopatra: Free Love, Baby
    #14 €“ Baywatch, Monaco, Cyclone, Coney Island: Boardwalk Empire
    #15 €“ TSPP, Big Indian, CV, Robot: The Village Pin-People
    #16 €“ BBH, Safari, FT, Big Game: Eat, Prey, Dove
    #17 €“ DM, 2001, Time Machine, Future Spa: The Future’s So Bright
    #18 €“ SM, Butterfly, BSD, Buck Rogers: Fish out of Water

  14. bowen
    March 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Due to the presence of a “catch up” feature, Vegas in Group 12 was replaced by Wheel of Fortune.

  15. Jason
    March 9, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    This is so much more fun than work:

    #20 – CSI, Yukon, Whirlwind, Black Pyramid: Horatio Horseblower vs. The Mummy
    #21 – Rocky and Bullwinkle, Band Wagon, LAH, Split Second: Let Me Entertain You
    #22 – CFBL, 4 Million B.C., Jurassic Park, Grand Lizard: The Monster Mash
    #23 – Dr. Who, Aquarius, Genesis, Time Fantasy: Who, What, When, Why?
    #24 – MM, El Toro, Transporter: The Rescue, Andromeda: Go Away, or I Shall Taunt You a Second Time
    #25 – BDK, Faces, Funhouse, Barracora: The Joke’s On You
    #26 – Godzilla, Scuba, Whitewater, Atlantis: Wet ‘N Wild
    #27 – Transformers, Strato-Flite, Earthshaker, Space Shuttle: Shake, Rattle, and Roll Out

  16. mhs
    March 9, 2012 at 5:16 pm


    Who what when why is hilarious.

  17. Matt Hess
    March 9, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    #16- How ’bout you fauna? D’wanna?

  18. March 11, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    +1 for all of jason’s suggestions, esp #23!

  19. March 11, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    #6 The end of March Madness
    #11 “F this group”, I like the games, just thought it was funny.
    #24 The castle of the bull will be saved by a battle in space.

  20. Greg Dunlap
    March 12, 2012 at 12:03 am

    #16: PETA PITA

  21. Roy Wils
    March 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    #20 The Murder ‘o’ Mystery of the Wind
    #21 It Rocks When Fantasy Meets Reality in a Split Second
    #22 The Story of the Beauty and the mainly old beasts
    #23 The Doctor’s Quest for Waterloo
    #24 Save to drive, Fight And Destroy
    #25 The Good, The Bat and The Ugly
    #26 Niagara Falls Does Matter to dive into
    #27 Space shake And Roll Out
    #28 Jack of the Jungle
    #29 Where Horror meets its Family
    #30 Elvira’s Power Ball Madness
    #31 Dare 2 eat while driving
    #32 Met evil Magic
    #33 Space , Roll and Riders
    #34 Attorney’s Big Bell and Guns
    #35 Arnie Wars and Bots
    #36 Symphony and Balls

  22. Jason
    March 15, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    #28 – Congo, Jungle Queen, Surf N Safari, Jungle Lord: Malaria? Yes, Please!
    #29 – Addams Family, Poker Plus, TFTC, Gorgar: Abra Cadaver – Itt Talks!
    #30 – TZ, High Hand, EATPM, Scorpion: Knockers Open This Door
    #31 – Indy 500, Nip-It, Diner, EK: I’ll Have the Gator-Tots and a Milk To Go
    #32 – ToM, Wizard!, Sorceror, Magic Castle: Nothing Up My Sleeve
    #33 – RCT, Super Straight, Rollergames, Space Invaders: Intergalactic High-Rollers Club
    #34 – Judge Dredd, Liberty Bell, Big Guns, Centaur: Judge Harshly and Carry a Big Gun
    #35 – T2, Mars Trek, Pinbot, Stellar Wars: Hasta La Vista, Milky Way
    #36 – GnR, Captain Fantastic, Tommy, Kiss: iPod Shuffle

    I love Roy’s suggestion for #25.

  23. Todd Williams
    March 15, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Also like Roys #25

    @Jason Love #30 – #34 especially #30

    That Said

    #20 CSI, Yukon, Whirlwind, Black Pyramid: “Why is that playfield moving?”
    #21 Rocky and Bulwinkle, Band Wagon, Last Action Hero, Split Second “My score is higher than the box office gross!”
    #22 CFBL, 4 Million BC, Jurassic Park, Grand Lizard: “Don’t move, it’s eyesight is based on movement.”

    BTW seems to me like CFBL from #22 and Godzilla #26 should be switched…anyway…

    #23 I can’t beat “who what when why,” love it
    #24 MM, El Toro, Transporter, Andromeda: “The aliens are taking our cows”
    #25 BTDK, Faces, Funhouse, Barracora: “Sock the Joker in the Mouth”
    #26 Godzilla, Scuba, Whitewater, Atlantis: “That’s deep”
    #27 I like “Shake, Rattle, and Roll Out”
    #28 Congo, Jungle Queen, Surf n Safari, Jungle Lord: “…We got your fun and games…”
    #29 TAF, Poker Plus, Tales from the Crypt, Gorgar: “Best Hand Wins”
    #30 Love knockers open this door, haha too funny
    #31 I again differ to Jason, nice work man
    #32 ToM, Wizard, Sorceror, Magic Castle: “I got the magic in me”
    #33 RCT, Super Straight, Rollergames, Space Invaders: “I waited 3 hours for that?”
    #34 Judge Dredd, Liberty Bell, Big Guns, Centaur: “I want you…to hunt horse men with Sylvester Stallone”
    #35 T2, Mars Trek, Pinbot, Stellar Wars: “Robots v. Aliens: Winner Take Earth”
    #36 GnR Captain Fantastic, Tommy, Kiss: “Pinball wizards get kissed by a rose”

  24. Jason
    March 16, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Wow – we’re getting some good ones…

    @Todd – kudos on #21, #32, #33, and particularly #24 and #35.

    One more batch to go!

  25. bowen
    March 16, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Todd: nice discovery of the theme for #20. As for the Creature / Godzilla swap, theme-wise it is a good idea but game-wise we felt it was better with 1 Wms and 1 DE/Sega/Stern DMD game. Switching it puts Creature and Whitewater together and we wanted games to be somewhat different from one another.

    You may see one or two additional switch-outs as a result of this, but game variety was a major goal of the groupings.

    Thanks for everyone’s comments and excitement! We are definitely using many of these ideas. In general, short titles (4 words or less) are much more likely to be used than longer titles. As much fun as “I want you to hunt horsemen with Sly Stallone” we are more likely to go with something shorter 😉

  26. Todd Williams
    March 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Thanks Jason and Bowen,

    Bowen that’s what I figured that it was a gameplay issue not a theme issue.

    And honestly…I like judge harshly and carry a big gun,

    For the last group I will attempt to contain my wit to 4 words 🙂

  27. Todd Williams
    March 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    I am excited to see the last group as well…there are a few games I was expecting to see but haven’t yet. Anxious to see if they make the cut.

  28. bowen
    March 18, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    In Group 36, The Who’s Tommy was replaced by Scared Stiff in order to balance the games better. (The group had two dot-matrix Data East games.) The final titles of Groups 23 and 36 have been added.

  29. Todd
    March 19, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Group #37: do you feel lucky?

  30. Jason
    March 19, 2012 at 9:00 am

    @Todd +1

    I hadn’t even noticed that they snuck in a new group with the update…

    another possibility:

    #37 – DH, Fast Draw, ST, Sharpshooter: Make My Day

    Also, an update to one of my earlier suggestions:

    #16 – BBH, Safari, FT, Big Game: Eat, Prey, Dove Multiball (ties a little clearer to BBH)

  31. jody jodon
    March 19, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    #32 Harry Potters Nervous Breakdown

  32. Chris
    March 19, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I sure hope you can sneak Tommy back into one of the remaining groups. What a great competition pin!

  33. Koi
    March 20, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    G10: Boogie Time!
    G14: Fun at the Beach
    G18: Heroes and Villians
    G22: The Green Monster Surfaces Again
    G27: Apes Away!
    G31: Eat ‘N Run
    G32: Magic Be With You
    G37: Get Your Guns Ready!


  34. bowen
    March 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    @Chris: We’ll see what we can do.

  35. Jason
    March 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    #38 – He Shoots, He Scores!

  36. Chris
    March 21, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Yay! Tommy’s back in!

    #38 The Who’s Tommy, Target Pool, World Cup Soccer, Power Play

    How about Broadway Orr Sports?

  37. Todd
    March 21, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Jason I swear I was going to say the exact same thing for #38

  38. Jason
    March 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    @Todd – LOL. Great minds think alike!

  39. bowen
    March 22, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Several minor changes were made to groups, and one more group is posted.

    #2: Monopoly replaced Flintstones
    #26: Scorpion replaced Atlantis
    #30: Black Hole replaced Scorpion

  40. Rob Wintler-Cox
    March 22, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Not Black Hole! No one can escape the Black Hole.

  41. kme
    March 22, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Monopoly BLOWS! We want Flintstones!!! haha

  42. March 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Flintstones blows! We want Monopoly! Besides, one game of you on Flintstones and we’ll blow the 2-hour round window. I saw that video!

  43. March 22, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Actually, the change was made because PAPA’s Flintstones may be mechanically unreliable for a full tournament, and we didn’t want to take chances.

    One other change to report:
    #1: Atlantis replaced Checkpoint

  44. Jason
    March 22, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Some alternate options for eariler suggestions (boy, I have WAY too much time on my hands…)

    #12 – Sopranos, Lady Luck, High Speed, WoF: A Game of Chance or Try Your Luck
    #24 – MM, El Toro, Transporter: The Rescue, Andromeda: Here I Come to Save the Day!
    #33 – RCT, Super Straight, Rollergames, Space Invaders: That’s How I Roll, Baby
    #34 – JD, Liberty Bell, Big Guns, Centaur: Double-Barreled Justice
    #35 – T2, Mars Trek, Pinbot, Stellar Wars: Armegeddon Outta Here (this might also work for #39)

  45. MKGort
    March 22, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Aw…and I just got my Flintstones put back together 🙁

  46. Todd Williams
    March 22, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    At last it has come to me….

    Group #39 Avatar, Hot Tip, Banzai Run, Cyclops…”Time for you to grow a pair!”

  47. Todd Williams
    March 22, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    #40 Terminator 3, Revenge From Mars, Cosmos, Stars: “Blast those Aliens”

  48. Jason
    March 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    @Todd – #39, love it! It could even be shortened by omitting the “for you” part… hint, hint @Bowen

    They’re getting sneaky with those new groups constantly trickling in

  49. John
    March 22, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    #7 Burn Baby Burn

  50. Rob Wintler-Cox
    March 22, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Nice game play video for AC/DC…

  51. Rob Wintler-Cox
    March 22, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Can we get some commentary from Cayle and Adam on AC/DC? “I’d really like to see more ball control.”

  52. Jason
    March 23, 2012 at 8:58 am

    #40 – T3, Revenge from Mars, Cosmos, Stars: Big Bang Theory

    #41 – AC/DC, Paradise, Devil’s Dare, Farfalla: Angels and Demons

  53. bowen
    March 23, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Hi Rob! See this video instead for a gameplay tour de force on AC/DC.

  54. Todd Williams
    March 23, 2012 at 9:25 am

    As usually well done Jason…I would also suggest for #41…”The Rainbow Highway to Hell” (one word too many I know)

  55. Rob Wintler-Cox
    March 23, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Thanks for that, Bowen, but I’ve suffered worse indignities than having a three year old triple my best score. -_-*

  56. Todd Williams
    March 23, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Yes!!! F this game and Miner inconvenience! Success…I don’t even need to play next week now…my Pinburgh has been a success!

  57. Todd Williams
    March 23, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Even if you guys already had those ideas I’m still taking credit… 😛

  58. Chris
    March 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    39. Avatar, Hot Tip, Banzai Run, Cyclopes

    “Ampsuit Eyeball” or “Quit shakin’ my eye”.

    41. AC/DC, Paradise, Devil’s Dare, Farfalla

    “Highway to Hello There”

  59. Jason
    March 25, 2012 at 11:50 am

    #42 €“ Shaq Attaq, Fighting Irish, Bad Cats, Deadly Weapon: Ministry of Offense
    #43 €“ Jackbot, Card Whiz, Jokerz, Alien Poker: Pick a Card, Any Card
    #44 €“ AFM, Space Race, SWEp1, Cosmic Gunfight: It Came From Above or Annie Get your Laser Guns
    #45 €“ Rolling Stones, Dragon, Freddy, Medusa: Old, Weak, Tired, and Ugly

  60. Jason
    March 25, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    #45 – Rolling Stones, Dragon, Freddy, Medusa: Old, Weak, Tired and Lonely

  61. Rob Wintler-Cox
    March 26, 2012 at 9:40 am

    #14: Funland at the Beach
    #32: Bowen Kerins’ World of Magic!
    #39: The Blue Man Group
    #45: Hideous Creatures

  62. KME
    March 26, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    #42 Rosa’s worst nightmare!

  63. bowen
    March 26, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    #42: Good idea!

  64. Rob Wintler-Cox
    March 26, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    #46 can only be: The End of Line Club

  65. Jason
    March 27, 2012 at 8:52 am

    I think Rob nailed #46, but just in case…

    #46 – Tron, Hot Line, TX-Sector, Flash: From A to Zuse or Get a Clu

  66. Chris
    March 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    38. The Who’s Tommy, Target Pool, World Cup Soccer, Power Play
    “Yellow card, yellow cabinet”

  67. John
    March 29, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    28. Congo, Jungle Queen, Surf N Safari, Jungle Lord

    “Bogie and Kate: The African Queen

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