California Extreme 2015

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As far as tournaments and shows go, CAX is the real deal! This year was no exception, and what a blast we had. This year’s tournament was not split into main and classics, but 12 machines from 3 different eras made up the tournament. Personally, I think it was a really enjoyable and very well organized event. Thanks to Greg , Karl and the rest of the gang for working so hard to make it happen.

In a high quality field, Jim Belsito from SoCal managed to win yet another CAX tournament. The final game was played on Scuba, a rarity in tournament playoffs. Jim had put up 6,331 pts, and Joshua Henderson had the chance to win it all with the last ball of the tournament. But he didn’t. He came up a measly 279 pts short, and the title went down south again.

The SFPD had plenty of success this year. 5 member qualified for the playoffs and their final positions were:

5th – Eric W

8th – Andreas

12th – Andrei

16th – Per

22nd – Zac

Our reigning rookie of the season, Mike M, took top honors in the casual division. Congrats Mike! Allison also qualified for the playoffs and finished 8th.

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Echa is having a moment. Note pinball legend Rick Stetta in the blue shirt behind her.

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Andreas beat Bowen in a tiebreaker on Trio to advance to the elite 8.

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The Champ

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GC baby! Spinner? Mostly multipliers. Yeah Meteor, take that!

The Summer Series is a hit!

The Summer Series: 3: MatchPlay - Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA

51 players partook in the 1st Summer Series. It was extremely rewarding to see how much fun it was to try out a new format, and it’ll probably happen again within the near future.

Leg 3 was played in groups of 4 and 3 players with 7/5/3/1 scoring. After 5 rounds of qualifying, the top 12 players advanced to the playoffs, with the top 4 getting a bye round. Playoffs were head to head, best of 1 matches. After all was said and done, Per took top honors after beating Jeremy in the finals on Demolition Man.

However, Jeremy put everyone else behind him in a very convincing way thereby claiming the Summer Series Trophy and the glory to go with it.

Congrats to Mr Williams for playing so well and for being such a class act!

Thank you to all the players who came and made this a fun event. Special thanks to the score keepers, officials and software makers!

My precioussss
My precioussss

 

The Summer Series: 3: MatchPlay - Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
Louise & Ryan high 5-ing.
Nice Brian!
Nice Brian!
The Summer Series: 3: MatchPlay - Free Gold Watch, SF, CA, USA
Welcome to the pinball family Hailee.
Alex had the AFM game of the night.
Alex had the AFM game of the night.
Rob loves TAF. Really, he does. Just ask.
Rob loves TAF. Really, he does. Just ask.

 

And this guy. Again? Great job Jeremy.
And this guy. Again? Great job Jeremy.
Derek made the playoffs!
Derek made the playoffs!
Pinball rules.
Pinball rules.
Jared showed that he's got game.
Jared showed that he’s got game.
Check out Echa's pinball site  at http://hellaheartpinball.com/
Check out Echa’s pinball site here!

 

 

The Summer Series, leg 3 results

Place Name Points
1 Per Schwarzenberger,12220 100
2 Jeremy Williams,14560 95
3 James Squires,10751 92
4 Brian ONeill,19301 90
5 Louise Wagensonner,19305 89
6 Alex Pierson,17659 88
7 Rob Coli,19300 87
8 Forrest McDonald ,27246 86
9 Jared Garvey ,35784 85
10 Kendra Zien ,29914 84
11 Derek Lipkin ,33048 83
12 Robin Lassonde ,25696 82
13 Nate Robinson,25465 81
14 Zac Wollons,21965 80
15 Matt Willmarth,10662 79
16 Jay Goldlist,22195 78
17 Brian VanHorn,30905 77
18 Allison ONeill,19302 76
18 Dominic DiPalantino ,30898 76
18 Russ Sweetser,19312 76
21 Gene X Hwang,13052 75
22 Andreas Haugstrup Pedersen,15925 74
23 Eric Raymond,25457 73
23 Maura Devereux,25487 72
25 Ron Richards,19309 71
26 Lisa Ramon ,26698 70
27 Echa Schneider,13275 69
28 Ryan Wooley,25460 68
28 James Frost-Winn 68
30 Hailee VanHorn 67

The Summer Series 2015 results

Place Name Leg 1 Leg 2 Leg 3 Total
1 Jeremy 88 100 95 283
2 Per 81 88 100 269
3 Forrest 79 95 85 259
4 Rob C 89 81 87 257
4 Brian O 81 86 90 257
6 Louise W 86 76 89 251
7 Nate R 83 87 80 250
8 Matt W 90 80 78 248
9 Andreas 82 92 71 245
10 Allison 85 84 75 244
11 Dominic 100 69 74 243
12 Gene X 85 85 72 242
13 Echa 92 83 66 241
14 Zac 84 68 79 231
15 Eric R 80 74 70 224
15 Kendra 78 63 83 224
17 Maura 84 68 69 221
18 Eric W 87 77 0 164
19 Robin 0 79 81 160
20 Derek L 0 72 82 154
21 Mike M 86 65 0 151
21 Andy S 84 67 0 151
23 Russ 0 75 73 148
24 Ron R 0 71 68 139
25 Ryan 95 0 0 95
26 James S 0 0 92 92
27 Josh L 0 90 0 90
28 Alex S 0 89 0 89
29 Alex P 0 0 88 88
30 Jared 0 0 84 84
31 Azlyn 0 82 0 82
32 Darren 81 0 0 81
33 Tony 0 78 0 78
34 Anish 77 0 0 77
34 Jay 0 0 77 77
36 Aaron N 0 76 0 76
36 Matt H 0 76 0 76
36 Brian VH 0 0 76 76
39 John C “Woo” 0 73 0 73
40 Walter H 0 70 0 70
41 Leann 0 67 0 67
41 Lisa 0 0 67 67
43 Walter G 0 66 0 66
44 Brian H 0 65 0 65
44 Stephanie 0 65 0 65
44 Ryan W 0 0 65 65
47 Brendan W 0 64 0 64
47 James F 0 0 64 64
49 Hailee VH 0 0 63 63
50 Shon 0 62 0 62
51 Hal dq 0 0 0

Last leg of the Summer Series on Thursday 6/25, 7 PM start! And you (yes YOU!) are invited.

Come on down to FreeGoldWatch on 1767 Waller Street in the Haight to play in a fun tournament. It’s only $5 to enter, and the format will be 5 rounds of group play. Groups will consist of 4 or 3 players, and the scoring will be 7/5/3/1. At the end of the 5th round, scores will be tallied up and the top 12 players will move on to the playoffs.

The hardware that is up for grabs!
The hardware that is up for grabs!

The Summer Series #2 Pictures

38 players came for the 2nd leg of the Summer Series. The format for the evening was Hurry Hurry Curry Curry, in celebration of the Warriors’ NBA Championship!

Jeremy emerged victorious after barely squeezing into the playoffs. He’s also on top of the aggregate standings.

Leg 3 will be played on Thursday, 6/25 at 7 PM at FGW.

Walter has a determined look on his face. Didn't help him this time around though...
Walter has a determined look on his face. Didn’t help him this time around though…

 

The board.
The board.

 

The crowd.
The crowd.

 

Azlyn vs Paragon
Azlyn vs. Paragon

 

Woo in action.
Woo in action.

 

Stephanie left the Freezer to play!
Stephanie left the Freezer to play!

 

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Echa and Brian duking it out.

 

 

Well done kiddo!
Well done kiddo!

 

The Summer Series #2 Results

Place Name Points
1 Jeremy 100
2 Forrest 95
3 Andreas 92
4 Josh L 90
5 Alex S 89
6 Per 88
7 Nate R 87
8 Brian O 86
9 Gene X 85
10 Allison 84
11 Echa 83
12 Azlyn 82
13 Rob C 81
14 Matt W 80
15 Robin 79
16 Tony 78
17 Eric W 77
18 Loiuse 76
18 Aaron N 76
18 Matt H 76
21 Russ 75
22 Eric R 74
23 John C “Woo” 73
23 Derek 72
25 Ron 71
26 Walter H 70
27 Dominic D 69
28 Maura 68
28 Zac 68
30 Leann 67
30 Andy 67
32 Walter G 66
33 Brian H 65
33 Stephanie 65
33 Mike M 65
36 Brendan W 64
37 Kendra 63
38 Shon 62

 

Aggregate standings:

Place Name Leg 1 Leg 2 Leg 3 Total
1 Jeremy 88 100 188
2 Echa 92 83 175
3 Andreas 82 92 174
3 Forrest 79 95 174
5 Matt W 90 80 170
5 Rob C 89 81 170
5 Gene X 85 85 170
5 Nate R 83 87 170
9 Dominic 100 69 169
9 Allison 85 84 169
9 Per 81 88 169
12 Brian O 81 86 167
13 Eric W 87 77 164
14 Louise W 86 76 162
15 Eric R 80 74 154
16 Zac 84 68 152
16 Maura 84 68 152
18 Mike M 86 65 151
18 Andy S 84 67 151
20 Kendra 78 63 141
21 Ryan 95 0 95
22 Josh L 0 90 90
23 Alex S 0 89 89
24 Azlyn 0 82 82
25 Darren 81 0 81
26 Robin 0 79 79
27 Tony 0 78 78
28 Anish 77 0 77
29 Aaron N 0 76 76
29 Matt H 0 76 76
31 Russ 0 75 75
32 John C “Woo” 0 73 73
33 Derek L 0 72 72
34 Ron R 0 71 71
35 Walter H 0 70 70
36 Leann 0 67 67
37 Walter G 0 66 66
38 Brian H 0 65 65
38 Stephanie 0 65 65
40 Brendan W 0 64 64
41 Shon 0 62 62
42 Hal 0 0 0

The Summer Series, 1st round

Gold diggers! Ryan & Dominic flaunting their wealth.
Gold diggers! Ryan & Dominic flaunting their wealth.

As Anish aptly stated it in the wee hours following last night’s tournament, “we needed our pinball fix“. Yes, it’s summer and league is on hold, so the Summer Series was for many a welcome return to fun, competitive pinball.

The format for this 1st leg of the series was Double Fun Run, (and had Ron showed up, we would have called it Double Fun Ron…), and basically 2 players played a 4-player game with one playing positions 1 & 4, and the other playing the 2 and 3 spots.

We started out with 24 players (thanx for showing up Forrest!), and then the top 8 players moved on to the playoffs. Thanks to everybody who participated, and I hope to see you for leg # 2 on Wednesday, June 17th.

Here are the results and standings.

Place Name Points
1 Dominic 100
2 Ryan 95
3 Echa 92
4 Matt W 90
5 Rob 89
6 Jeremy 88
7 Eric W 87
8 Mike M 86
8 Louise W 86
10 Allison 85
10 Gene X 85
12 Zac 84
12 Maura 84
12 Andy S 84
15 Nate R 83
16 Andreas 82
17 Per 81
17 Brian O 81
17 Darren 81
20 Eric R 80
21 Forrest 79
22 Kendra 78
23 Anish 77
24 Hal DQ

 

Echa came with a hair cut and made the playoff cut as well.
Echa came with a hair cut and made the playoff cut as well.
The best t-shirt award went to Mike.
The best t-shirt award went to Mike.
E-Wag was all dressed up for some pintastic fun.
E-Wag was all dressed up for some pintastic fun.

 

Forrest is rocking AC/DC.
Forrest is rocking AC/DC.

 

Beware of the uprising!
Beware of the uprising!

2015 Spring Playoffs!

The lasting impression from our 5th season’s playoffs was one of amazement of how much fun coming together to play pinball can be. The camaraderie we have in the SFPD is simply unbelievable. To have so many people stay late to watch the final matches really made for an awesome atmosphere.

 

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James vs. Tony

 

 

The A-division finals were some of the most exciting we have ever had. We’ve gotten used to have James in the finals, but Tony was the surprise of the day. James took a 2-0 lead by winning Medieval Madness & Tron very convincingly. Tony then picked his bread and butter game, Attack from Mars. This was the moment when the finals really heated up and got the crowd into it. After an excellent game of 10.1 billion points, Tony had to wait and see what James would put up. James had himself a great game but came up about 70 million points short! The lead was now 2-1 and they moved on to Paragon.

 

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Paragon can chew you up and spit you out like few games can. But we keep coming back for more, ain’t that right James? Squires put up a respectable 67 000, only to see his score narrowly get beat by Tony’s 71 000 points! The series was now tied at 2-2.

 

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James last pick of the season was AC/DC, one of Steve Ritchie’s best designs. He never got things rolling like he is capable of, and meanwhile, Tony was hitting on all cylinders. The game was over without Tony having to play his third ball (he had 83 million after 2 balls).  We had a new SFPD champion, Tony Urso!

 

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Tony hoisting the Ball & Chain trophy. Take good care of her!

 

 

In the B-finals, FGW owner showed his chops and took home 1st prize in the finals against Chris L.

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Matt has worked hard for his success, both professionally and pinballeristicly speaking.

 

 

 

The C-finals were played between Jessica R & Tim, and in the end Jessica was victorious!

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J-Ro bringing home the win on Cactus Canyon

 

 

Talk about dedication, Eric showed up after work and manned the scoring station.
Talk about dedication, Eric showed up after work and manned the scoring station.

 

 

Some players use the stats available on the website to their advantage.
Some players use the stats available on the website to their advantage.

 

 

Plaque winners of the C-divsion. _Nate, Jessica, & Tim. Congrats!
Plaque winners of the C-division. Nate, Jessica, & Tim. Congrats!

 

Dominic was the Runner up in the Rookie of the Season race. Mike M took top honors.
Dominic was the Runner up in the Rookie of the Season race. Mike M took top honors.

 

Hardware
Hardware

 

Top 3 of the SFPD! Andreas, James, & Tony.
Top 3 of the SFPD! Andreas, James, & Tony.

 

Last game of the season.
Last game of the season.

 

AFM action!
AFM action!

 

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Tony’s new favorite game – Paragon!

 

 

Yup, you got it.
Yup, you got it.

 

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Top 8 bracket

 

Kickin' James
Kickin’ James

 

How sweet it is
How sweet it is

 

Thanks to all members and guests who made this a fantastic season in the SFPD. See you again on August 12th!

 

Until the, keep on flippin'
Until the, keep on flippin’