PAPA 16 World Pinball Championships Update

PAPA Pinball TrophyPAPA 16 is quickly approaching. We’ve been preparing the facility all summer and are prepared make good on our kickstarter promise of livestreaming the World Championships. Be sure to tune into our PAPA Blog Saturday evening from 9:30 to Midnight for the final rush of qualifying, and on Sunday from 10:45 until we have crowned a champion.

Scorekeeping Changes:

This year, PAPA is moving to an electronic scorekeeping system. While this is mostly a big deal for our tireless scorekeeper and front desk staff, it does involve some changes for our players, as well.

All entries will continue to be sold at the front desk only, but will now be electronic. There will be no paper for you to carry over to your division. After purchasing your entry, head over to your division and line up behind the machine you want to play. Big change here : You no longer have to tell the scorekeepers in advance which 4 (in Classics) or 5 (A, B, C) games you ultimately want to play.

If you are the first person at the machine, wait for a staff member – they will get your number and queue you in to play. This allows us to verify that you have an open entry in that division. Then play like you normally would, stay at your machine when done, and we’ll come get your score. Visually verify your score, and we’ll hit OK. It is very important that the scorekeeper enters your player number BEFORE you play your game.

Then the next person in line steps up, and we put in that person’s number. And so it goes. You go choose your next machine, and we go take the next score. At any time, we can check to see how many machines you’ve played on an entry, and how many entries you have in a division.

Once you have played all your games, you’ll look at your scores and press the button to either COMPLETE/ENTER your entry, or VOID your entry.


  1. Greg Dunlap
    August 5, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Will this be the same software that was in use at CAX? Or is it something new?

  2. mhs
    August 5, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    A modified version of what was used at Calx. The software will handle PAPA’s five games per ticket, and we will not be using the queue system. Players will line up as they always have.

  3. O_R_D
    August 5, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Best trophy EVER.

  4. August 5, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Fantastic that you don’t have to lock yourself in to your game choices before you start; players can adjust if a line is shorter or if they have a change of heart after playing a game.

  5. kme
    August 5, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    I assume unlike CAEX you can have an entry going in open as well as classics?

  6. Ed Z
    August 5, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    I didn’t make it to CAEX, can anyone elaborate on how the system works and what hardware is being utilized?

  7. mhs
    August 6, 2013 at 2:52 am

    KME… yes, you can have both open at once.

  8. dols
    August 6, 2013 at 3:00 am

    will the software be released to the masses at some point?

    1. MHS
      August 6, 2013 at 3:07 am

      There are plans to release tournament and league-related software at some point in the future, but it is not on the immediate agenda. It will likely be included in a mobile app when we reach that point. The way the software must be setup on a server prohibits this example from being used easily by the public. Also, there is the fact this specific software is not our own. Karl DeAngelo was kind enough to do some programming work for us so that we could make this upgrade at our own facility.

      So, short answer, no. Long answer, yes, we would like to accommodate in some way but there are still challenges.

  9. Brian S
    August 6, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Great news, can’t wait to see it in action.

  10. August 6, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    @Ed Z – Karl DeAngelo has been developing this crazy sweet software. Queue is managed and scores are entered via mobile device (typically tablet). The interface prompts the score-keeper with the next player in line, and after a player’s score is entered, the interface prompts for the player’s next desired game so the re-queue is extremely fast and painless. Queues were projected on the wall so everyone knows their position, and can quickly decide which game they want next. No more “count the stack of entries on the clipboard” to help a player decide.

    Particularly since much of the queuing task is offloaded to software, the scorekeepers are freed up to be more accurate with score entry, dealing with malfunctions and of course, watching for shenanigans.

    Interface so far has a nice design for tablet-sized screen. Nice, big granny-size number buttons and fonts to avoid accidental fat-fingering.

    I did the final 4-hour shift, typically a stressful time for scorekeepers and players, and it was almost bizarre how easy it was.

  11. Chris
    August 9, 2013 at 8:47 am

    The new software is awesome! From the standpoint of someone who was unable to attend this year, it is a great interface for checking scores and players. Works great on my PC and Android phone. Thanks for implementing this!

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