The Stern of the Union – April 2021

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Little Shop of Games – April 2021 update

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Stern Heads-Up Pinball Invitational – Casting Call!

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Stern Pinball is calling all pinheads, flippers and pinball enthusiasts of all ages and genders!

As Stern moves forward with future Stern Heads-Up Pinball Invitationals (SHUPI), they are looking for the best and the brightest to come and compete on their show and they have extended this opportunity to the IFPA player base.

If you are ready to share why you should be a contestant on a future SHUPI, upload a video HERE.

Submission Guidelines:

Please submit a tape 3-5 minutes in length. No need to edit or add music, we are just looking for your amazing personality to come through on raw footage.

IMPORTANT: At the beginning of the tape, please hold up a piece of paper that can be easily read through the camera with the following information: your name, your age, your city, your email address and your phone number. We recommend printing out a piece of paper with this information typed in large font. Please also start off your tape by saying these items aloud. If we don’t know how to contact you, we can’t cast you!

Show us your life! Show us your machines! What does pinball mean to you? How is it a part of your life? How has it affected your life? What does your family, loved ones, friends and coworkers think about your flipper lifestyle? Why do you think you should be on this show?

Captain’s Auction Warehouse – Spring Fling Auction!

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IFPA Challenge Rankings – ICR Championship for Season #2 is underway!

284 players participated in 5,525 matches in Season #2 of the IFPA Challenge Rankings (ICR) system from 1/1/21 through 3/31/21, with 64 qualifiers now advancing to the ICR Championship.

Bill Mason from Huntersville, NC enters the Championship as the top seed, battling for his share of $284 in prizes.

The first round of the playoffs will be held between now and April 9th. Follow along the progress by checking out the playoff bracket HERE.

For full details on the ICR, please click HERE.

To join our IFPA ICR Discord click HERE and connect with other players to organize IFPA Challenge Matches.

IFPAburgh – Coming 2022!

The IFPA is excited to announce that plans are underway for a new matchplay tournament to help fill the void that Pinburgh has left behind. Through the help of IFPA volunteers across the country, plans for IFPAburgh include the ability to accommodate up to 1500 players, with a prize package of over $400,000.

The IFPA is creating 5 separate Regional Qualifiers across the country. Registration for these 5 qualifiers will open on the same day, with no player able to participate in more than one qualifying event. Players can however participate in any one of the regionals. The maximum number of participants in each Regional Qualifier will be 300 players.

WEST Regional –> Museum of Pinball, 700 S Hathaway St, Banning, CA 92220
MIDWEST Regional –> District 82 Pinball Arcade, 800 O Keefe Rd suite f, De Pere, WI 54115
SOUTHWEST Regional –> Starfighters Arcade, 4840 E Jasmine St #102, Mesa, AZ 85205
SOUTHEAST Regional –> Pinball Asylum, 13831 Jetport Commerce Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL 33913
NORTHEAST Regional –> The Sanctum, 290 Pratt St, Meriden, CT 06450

Some details for each Regional Qualifier:

  • Entry fee will be $250 per player. No prize money will be awarded at the Regional Qualifier, however prize money will be paid out to ALL finalists.
  • Stern Pinball is sponsoring the Regional Qualifiers by contributing a NIB Pro pinball machine for the top qualifier of each Region.
  • The top 10% of the finalists from each of these Regional Qualifiers will advance to the IFPAburgh Championship (maximum of 150 finalists in total).
  • Each Regional Qualifier will use the same qualifying format as Pinburgh – 2 day event – 5 sessions per day, 4 games per session.
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to participate in any of the IFPAburgh Regional Qualifiers.
  • Masks will be mandatory at all IFPAburgh Regional Qualifiers.

Working with our partners over at PAPA, the finals will be held at the Pittsburgh Pinball Dojo, 2 N Balph Ave, Bellevue, PA 15202.

More details to come later this year!
April 2nd update . . .

This was an April’s Fools joke! We want to get through this pandemic and begin sanctioning events again before we embark on any new IFPA campaigns. However, the idea of working with organizers around the globe to organize satellite events to feed an ultimate championship, all featuring the Pinburgh Match-Play format we love is definitely something we plan on exploring. This would be far more likely to include events all over the World (not just the US). We will keep everyone posted as things develop.

American Pinball machine owners – IFPA looking for some help

For any American Pinball owners of Houdini, Oktoberfest or Hot Wheels that have a moment, we’re looking to help API analyze the gameplay audits from the collective players base out there to see the frequency of how often various features are started. If you’re interested in helping, please shoot an email of the audits from your game to “”

If you happen to be an IFPA ranked player, please send your player ID number as well in the email.

Tilt Amusements announces Troy Smith as new Director of Sales and Marketing

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We here at Tilt Amusements love selling pinball machines (Stern in particular!) and we have exciting news – Troy Smith, long known for excellence in the pinball and amusement business, is coming on board as our new Director of Sales and Marketing!  A successful coin-op industry entrepreneur in his own right, Troy’s industriousness, integrity, and endless commitment to hard work have made him a successful purveyor of pinballs and arcades for over 20 years, during which time he has built a reputation for taking exceptional care of his customers.  His experience and expertise will be a great compliment to everything we strive to do right here at Tilt Amusements.  Having known and worked with Troy for over 10 years, I couldn’t be more excited to have him with us.
Troy will be spearheading many aspects of the business going forward, including increasing Stern pinball machine and parts sales, improving service, and boosting Tilt Amusements’ social media presence.  With Troy on board we also plan on ramping up our visibility at shows and putting more energy and focus into the burgeoning arcade bar scene, as we continue supporting the growth of pinball.  I will be working side by side with Troy as he learns the ropes and gets to know Tilt’s customer base.
Come see us at a show this year; we kick off the season with a booth at Pinbrew Fest! (Girard, OH, April 8-10  Drop by the booth and say hello to Troy, and you can usually find me in the tournament area.  Looking forward to seeing everyone again!

Little Shop of Games – March 2021 update

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IFPA Challenge Rankings – February 2021 update!

The second month of qualifying for Season #2 of the IFPA Challenge Rankings (ICR) is in the books!

So far Season #2 of ICR play saw 217 players participate in 3275 matches!

Bill Mason from Huntersville, NC currently sites in the #1 qualifying spot.

A reminder that the top 64 ranked players as of 4/1/21 will qualify for the ICR Championship playoffs.

For full details on the ICR, please click HERE.

To join the IFPA ICR Group on Facebook click HERE.

To join our IFPA ICR Discord click HERE and connect with other players to organize IFPA Challenge Matches.