Fall League at Eighteen Twenty Lounge

The 2018 Fall League schedule is locked down!  We’ll be doing a short “mini” season this time around with four weeks of qualifying plus finals. You must attend at least two weeks to qualify for finals, and we’ll use your three best weeks (i.e., one drop week) . This is (probably) only a temporary change. We weren’t able to get the season scheduled earlier, and there isn’t enough time to do another long season without bleeding into the holidays.

We’ll do another mini season in early 2019 as well. After that we’ll probably return to our 8 week seasons.

Chris Palis will be taking over as Tournament Director while former director Erich Stinson raises a child.

Dates:
22 October
29 October
5 Nov
12 Nov
19 Nov (playoff)

The competition begins at 7pm.

Space City Open at the 2018 Houston Arcade Expo

The SCPL will be hosting the Space City Open on October 19-20, 2018 at the Houston Arcade Expo! The tournament will be a two-day, matchplay tournament. Players will be placed in groups of four, and compete on both modern and classic machines. The full rules and format can be found here.

The League Welcomes New Board Members!

Space City Pinball League is excited to welcome new leadership! These board members will work together to promote the growth and expansion of the league in Houston and the surrounding area.

 

  • 1820 Director: Erich Stinson will organize the seasonal weekly league meetings.
  • The Game Preserve Monthly Director: Marc Gammons will oversee the monthly matchplay events.
  • The Game Preserve Weekly Director: David Pollock will run the Three Strikes Tuesday tournaments.
  • EinStein’s Monthly Director: Matt Quanz will supervise EinStein’s Drainiacs.
  • Belles & Chimes Houston Director: Elizabeth Dronet will lead the Belles of Space City women’s tournaments and socials.
  • Chief Financial Officer: Chris Palis
  • Marketing and Communications Director: Phil Grimaldi

 

For more information about the league visit the Events and Calendar section of the website, join our Facebook group, or follow us on Instagram. Additionally, scheduled tournaments are published on the IFPA calendar.

Space City Pinball Gives Harvey Relief!

Hurricane Harvey brought unprecedented floods and destruction to the city of Houston. Nearly 200,000 homes are estimated to have been damaged or destroyed, including those of members in the Houston arcade and pinball community.

For this reason, the 2017 Houston Arcade Expo pinball tournament was held as a charity fundraising event where tournament entry fees were waived for any family whose home was flooded during the storm. Additionally, the Space City Pinball League donated tournament entry fees to the Greater Houston Community Foundation and to support Allen Robertson and his family, who suffered a catastrophic loss of their home. The league offers their gratitude for all those who participated in the event and to the Bat City Pinball Club in Austin for their sizable contribution.

Space City Pinball League/ Disaster Restoration team!

 

The Fall 2017 Season Starts September 11!

The best beer league in Houston will be returning for its 6th season at the Eighteen Twenty Lounge on September 11, 2017. There will be an 8 week season, followed by finals.

The Space City Pinball League offers friendly competition for players across a wide range of skill levels, from complete newbie to seasoned star. Our host, the Eighteen Twenty Lounge, provides a fresh array of new games each week. The league is a great opportunity to meet new friends, learn the rules to the latest games, and pick up some sweet flipper skills.

If you are interested in learning more about the league, please email phil@spacecitypinball.com or visit us on facebook!  The full schedule can be found on our Calendar page. 

An Empirical Evaluation of the IFPA Endorsement Fee

The purpose of this analysis is to provide a data driven perspective on the impact of the IFPA’s recent announcement to charge $1.00/per player for every tournament submission. My approach was to examine the 2016 calendar year as a proxy for determining the impact in future years. The data for this analysis was obtained directly from the IFPA via their API. Analysis code and data files are available at my github repository. Readers are encouraged to report errors by contacting me directly or by submitting a pull request in github.

The full report can be viewed here.

The Space City Pinball League returns for 5th Season!

The best beer league in Houston will be returning for its 5th season at the Eighteen Twenty Lounge on March 6. There will be a 7 week season, followed by finals.

The Space City Pinball League offers friendly competition for players across a wide range of skill levels, from complete newbie to seasoned star. Our host, the Eighteen Twenty Lounge, provides a fresh array of new games each week. The league is a great opportunity to meet new friends, learn the rules to the latest games, and pick up some sweet flipper skills.

If you are interested in learning more about the league, please email phil@spacecitypinball.com or visit us on facebook!  The full schedule can be found on our Calendar page. 

Critical Hit Houston: Charity Pinball Tournament! December 3.

The Space City Pinball League will be hosting a “Critical Hit” charity pinball tournament on Saturday December 3 at The Game Preserve!

This tournament will follow a standard “three-strikes” group match-play format. Players are placed in groups of 3-4 and play on a random machine. The bottom two players of each game receive a “strike”. Players who recieve three strikes are eliminated. Importantly, the format has a special twist: it incorporates card-based “role playing game” elements. Players can earn and buy “spell cards” that grant them special powers, which they can use to their benefit in the tournament. Some example spell cards are:

  • Confusion. Change you group’s selected game to one of your choosing
  • Darkness. Play entire game with score displays covered.
  • Forbiddance. Swap a specific player from your group with a random player from a different group.

There are 20 different cards in total. All players with a world ranking between 1-250 will receive one random card at the beginning. All other players will receive two random cards.

It costs $10 to enter the tournament. Additional donations are encouraged.

Phase 1: Match Play / Earn Spell Cards – 3pm-5pm
Players placed into random groups of 4 (sometimes 3). The top two players after each game will earn a random spell card. Upon the conclusion of Phase 1, any remaining spell cards will be auctioned off with 100% of the proceeds going to the charity pool. Games and positions will be randomly assigned during this phase. New players can join any time during this phase.

Phase 2: 3-Strikes – 6pm. 
Players placed into random groups of 4 (sometimes 3). The bottom two players after each game will receive a strike. In the case of a 3 player group, only the 3rd place player will receive a strike. Players are eliminated from the tournament once they receive 3 strikes.

All money collected during the tournament will be donated to one of the following local charities, which will be chosen by the champion:

Can’t make it to the tournament but still want to contribute? Contact Phil at phil@spacecitypinball.com.

Special Thanks to Karl DeAngelo, who created the “Critical Hit” concept, format, and playing cards.

Facebook Event 

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November 26 Tournament at The Game Preserve

Join the Space City Pinball League on November 26 for an afternoon of friendly pinball competition! Players of all ages and skills are welcome. It costs $5.00 to enter, and entry fees are paid out in cash prizes. Registration at 3:30 PM. Up to 8 rounds of group match play from 4pm-7pm. Top 16 players qualify for finals at 8pm.

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October 22 Tournament at The Game Preserve

Join the Space City Pinball League on October 22 for an afternoon of friendly pinball competition! Players of all ages and skills are welcome. It costs $5.00 to enter, and entry fees are paid out in cash prizes. Registration at 3:30 PM. Up to 8 rounds of group match play from 4pm-7pm. Top 16 players qualify for finals at 8pm.

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