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Here Comes the Rush Pinball Tournament

Here Comes the Rush: 13th November at PinHaus, Sudbury

Sunday 13th November 2022, doors at 10:30, in Sudbury, Suffolk

Following the success of our last two pinball events, join us for our next Flip Frenzy event on 13th November!

Doors open from 10:30, with competition starting at 12:00 (with a break in the middle). We’ll be running a Flip Frenzy for qualifying with a length of 3.5 hours on 12 machines.

This is an official IFPA (International Flipper Pinball Association) event. But like our last events, this is a social occasion as well — you are welcome to hang around and play until late after the competition ends (many did last time!). We are looking forward to welcoming you into our home for a relaxed and fun environment!

Registration

Due to limited capacity there is a strict registration limit, capped at 22 people.

Registration will open Saturday 8th October at midday.

Tickets are £10 each. Payment will be arranged before the event or pay in cash on the day.

About the day

About the Flip Frenzy qualifying

We’ll be running a 3.5 hour Flip Frenzy for qualifying from 12:00 (with a break in the middle for lunch), but feel free to come earlier (anytime from 10:30).

It’s a format that enables many games in a set time. It almost runs itself, and after your first couple of games you’ll understand how the format works.

The object is to get as many wins in a set time as possible, and each game is 1 v 1. Time is limited, so if you’ve already won on ball three, it’s better to drain it so you can get to your next match. Generally you will play 2 games, then have a short wait in a queue before playing another 2 games.

For more info on how Flip Frenzy works click here.

The finals

After the Flip Frenzy (and the now traditional ‘raffle’ for assorted Diner themed prizes), there will be a finals for the top 8 players.

The top 2 qualifiers from Flip Frenzy get a bye to the final. Tiebreakers for qualifying will be decided by least number of losses.

For the quarter final, qualifiers 5 – 8 will play in a single 4 player game, with the top 2 players going to the semi-final.

In the semi final, they will play in a single 4 player game against qualifiers 3 and 4.

The final will then be four players in a 3 game final, scored as 4-2-1-0.

If qualifiers 3-6 include more than four players, a tie break game will be played on a randomly allocated machine. Players will be eliminated until only the required amount qualify for the semi finals.

Machines

There will be 12 machines available to play: (subject to change!)

  • Space Shuttle (Zaccaria, 1980)
  • Elektra (Bally, 1981) – with thanks to Steve of Electric Circus
  • Locomotion (Zaccaria, 1981)
  • Genesis (Gottlieb, 1986) – with thanks to James of Majestic Pinball
  • Arena (Gottlieb, 1987) – with thanks to James of Majestic Pinball
  • Diner (Williams, 1990)
  • Fish Tales (Williams, 1992)
  • Red and Ted’s Road Show (Williams, 1994)
  • Attack from Mars (Bally, 1995)
  • Congo (Williams, 1995) – with thanks to JMAC
  • Theatre of Magic (Bally, 1995)
  • Junkyard (Williams, 1995)

Getting here

PinHaus is located in Great Cornard, Sudbury, Suffolk. Full address will be given after registration (along with details of how to pay the £10 entry).

We have a driveway with space for 3 cars, available on a first come, first served basis. However, we live on a quiet road and there’s plenty of space along it with no parking restrictions.

We live only a 5 minute drive from Sudbury train station. We may be able give you a lift from the station and back – please let us know after you’ve registered. There are also taxi services available in Sudbury.

There is also a regular bus service from Colchester to Sudbury that stops by the house (Line 754).

House rules

The queue will be in the living room, and there’s a table and seating in the garden if you prefer to wait there. We may have the firepit going, depending on the weather (with marshmallows!).

The lounge has new carpet and we’d like to preserve it, so no shoes in the lounge. Feel free to bring slippers if you want comfort!

No smoking or vaping indoors.

Food and drink

There will be lunch provided, as well as snacks throughout the day (and Claire’s famous cheesecake!). We will provide soft drinks such as Coca Cola, Fanta and Sprite, and squash, as well as tea and coffee, but bring your own beer!

Please let us know of any allergies in advance. Vegan/vegetarian options will be provided for!