Pinball fans: Leave your quarters at home.
Bring $25 to get into the Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show that opens Friday (June 5) at the Tacoma Convention Center, where 400 pinball and arcade games will be on free play.
The machines range from the 1950s to the present and include some rare and one-of-a-kinds, according to organizers.
But there’s a lot more planned for the three-day event (entry price varies by day): Pinball and Magic: The Gathering tournaments, rooms set aside for board and card games, role-playing games, speakers, game designers, artists and vendors.
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A Professional and Amateur Pinball Association circuit pinball tournament for International Flipper Pinball Association world pinball player ranking points will offer cash prizes. There will also be rookie, women, kids and classic pinball tournaments.
Tech-oriented enthusiasts might want to attend seminars that will teach the inner workings of pinball and arcade games, as well as how to collect and repair them.
Featured speakers include pinball artist Greg Freres, pinball designer Dennis Nordman, illustrator Paul Faris and Pinball Inc. founder James Loflin. There also will be a panel on the making of The Hobbit pinball game featuring “Jersey Jack” Guarnieri, sound designer David Thiel and technical expert Butch Peel.
Players will attempt to set world-record high scores.
Raffles and prizes will be given out, including at least one full-sized pinball or arcade game to be awarded to one randomly drawn attendee each day of the show.
A kids zone will feature family-friendly and kid-oriented games that will provide fun, history and teaching opportunities.
The nonprofit event uses some of the ticket sales proceeds to fund college scholarships for students planning on majoring in fields related to game design.