Space City Open Shirts

The excitement builds as we come closer to November’s Houston Arcade and Pinball Expo!

Only a few days remain to pre-order a custom Space City Open Tshirt! The deadline to order is October 27. Shirts are $18.96 and can be picked up at the show. We will not have extras, so get your shirt now! Order here. 

A more readable player list is now posted here. A link can also be found on the tournament website.

Interplanetary Knockout Women’s Pinball Tournament

The Belles of Space City will host a three strike women’s pinball tournament at the Houston Arcade Expo.

Women of all ages are invited to a cosmic battle of skill that will test their mastery of gravitational fields over metal spheres. Battle-ready earthlings will target jackpots and nudge their way around the unknown terrors of outer space to avoid the deep black hole straight down the middle. If you have what it takes to be a space cadet, register today for the Interplanetary Knockout!

This three strike tournament will take place during the Houston Arcade Expo on Saturday, November 16. Check in will begin at 7:30 pm at the tournament desk. $10 Entry. Read all the details here.

Pinball Profile World Tour

PINBALL PROFILE is coming to Space City! If you’re looking for something to do before the Houston Arcade & Pinball Expo…we’ve got just the thing!

Venue: EinStein’s Pub in nearby Katy, Texas. (Must be 21 or older)

Join us for an IFPA sanctioned, 3 hour Flip Frenzy, Thurs., Nov. 14th at 7pm. There’s a 10-15 minute break at halfway mark. Top 4 make playoffs (play either 3 or 4 games, to maximize TGP, mulit-match play playoffs). PAPA playoff format (4-2-1-0 scoring). Top seed picks bank of games. *rules subject to change prior to start of event.

Tons of random prizes from sponsors including Comet Pinball, deeproot pinball, Jersey Jack Pinball, Mezel Mods, Stern Pinball, and even a set of Pin Stadium Lights! ALL prizes are random, so no skill set needed! Winner trophy from ULEK Store.

Cost $25. Every player gets an exclusive Pinball Profile World Tour shirt if you pre-register by Nov. 4

Max 40 players. Only way to secure spot is pay in advance. Waiting list will be taken.

Email/PayPal $25: pinballprofile@gmail.com by Nov. 4

Please include:
– your Full Name
– Shirt Size (unisex)
– Shirt Style: Baseball 3/4 (red or black) sleeves, or white t-shirt.

Belles & Chimes Fall League

The Belles of Space City will host fall league nights on Thursdays beginning September 26th. These competitions will take place on games in private collections. The season will include four qualifying dates plus finals. The top three weeks will count towards qualification. Ladies must attend at least two weeks to be eligible for finals.

Practice begins at 6pm followed by competition at 7pm. Entry costs $10 for the season. Contact bellesandchimeshouston at gmail for more information.

Texas Pinball League

Join Space City Pinball League at the Houston Qualifier on October 6th! The Texas Pinball League unites the leagues in Austin, Dallas and Houston, to create a massive, Texas-sized pinball showdown and party at Finals.

General League Overview: Each major region of Texas hosts a qualifying event, each following the same format with the top 5 players from each event advancing to the finals. The finalists converge in a single city to represent their region. Finals coordinates with the three major Texas events (Texas Pinball Festival, Houston Arcade Expo, Bat City Open) to reduce travel burdens. The winner are immortalized on the TPL cup and possess the cup until the next TPL season.

Full rules at: texaspinballleague.wordpress.com

Space City Open

Once again, Space City Pinball League will host the Space City Open pinball tournament at the Houston Arcade Expo on November 15th and 16th. Online registration will begin on September 22nd at noon.

The Space City Open is a matchplay pinball tournament. There will be four distinct qualifying sessions (A, B, C, and D), during which players will play six randomly selected machines against groups of randomly selected opponents on each game. The top six players from each session will move on to the finals. Each player is permitted to play in up to two qualifying sessions. Please see the tournament website for the full rules. 

The Belles of Space City will also host a women’s knockout tournament at the Houston Arcade Expo on Saturday, November 16th. Online registration will begin Sunday, October 20th. Details may be found on the tournament website.

Strike Out Cancer: Benefit Pinball Tournament

Space City Pinball will be running a tournament at the Game Preserve North on September 28, 2019 at 4PM.

All proceeds will be donated to a local member of the Houston arcade/pinball community who is currently battling cancer.

Entry fee for the tournament is $10 for adults, $5 for youth 17 and under. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.

SCPL Raises $900 For Project Pinball

Wow! What an awesome tournament! Space City Pinball League in conjunction with Project Pinball’s Love Across America Tour 2019, changed our July monthly match play tournament at The Game Preserve to a Project Pinball Charity Tournament! Thank you to everyone who came out to make our fundraiser an overwhelming success! On the pinball side, Phil Grimaldi took home The Grimaldi in a close playoff against Craig Squires, Lee Balusek and Rob Torres, while Preston Moncla triumphed in the B division.

The real story for Space City though was how our community came together to raise $760.00 for Project Pinball plus another $125 online for a total of almost 900 dollars! Thanks to all of the players, especially those of you who bought tickets to the raffle and who bought our silent auction items. A huge thank you to Rebecca Cook, who rallied everyone into donating items for the auction, organized the silent auction, and was the force behind the fundraising! She really made this happen; thank you Rebecca. Thanks also to the folks who donated items: The Rodon’s, the Nebeker’s, the Cooks, Raleigh Palis, Hair by Sarah Rollings, Over the Top Cupcakes, Trixie’s Coffee, Emergent VR Encounter, Killer Kaiju Comics, to Michael Cook, who gathered donations. A special thanks goes to The Game Preserve for paying our IFPA fees and for donating a 3 month family membership for our gift basket, won by Russ Kalinowski. Our efforts truly make a difference in our community. Over the last year Project Pinball has donated two machines to Houston-area children’s hospitals. Incredible job Space City Pinball League!

New League Dates Announced for Hurricane Season

Attention Space Cadets: Get over your tropical depression by attending this Category 5 event. The 1820 League mini season will start next month on Monday, August 5. Beware, the fierce winds of competition will force you to hunker down and hope the only drains you witness are the storm tides flowing in the bayou.

The wonderful Charlie Kalas will again host us at Eighteen Twenty Lounge. The force majeure begins at 7 PM and it will only cost $10 for the whole season.

Planning to win it all? Look over the list of past league champions to check out the competition.

Below are the dates:

August 5
August 12
August 26
September 2
September 16 (finals)

Summer League Results

And that’s a wrap! The 2019 Summer season is officially over. We had a record this season with a total of 51 players who qualified by showing up to at least 2 of the 4 weeks! Y’all make this group amazing! Our finalists are as follows.

A Finals
1st place: Phil Grimaldi 
2nd place: Jim Mueller
3rd place: Erich Stinson
4th place: Chris Palis

A Division

B Finals
1st place: Tim Hood
2nd place: Gina Low
3rd place: Tandy Lofland
4th place: Christopher Heskett.

B Division

Thanks again to the wonderful Charles Kalas for hosting the league! You make this happen and we couldn’t thank you enough! Thank you to all the players! See y’all in a month.