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Posted by sonicmario - February 15th, 2009

At the Cupids and Canines Casino Night and Pinball Tournament on February 7, 2009, over 350 people played blackjack, poker, craps, roulette and pinball at the Professional Amateur Pinball Association's (PAPA) headquarters in Scott Township (Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania. Tournament players and pinball enthusiasts could play over 400 pinball machines from all eras, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Batman (The Dark Knight), two of the newest offerings from STERN Pinball, Inc. In addition to the admission fees, all coin-drop from the pinball machines went to charity.

Video footage before the event:

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Video footage during the event:

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Every paid attendee at the event received $20,000 in "play money" to use at the casino gaming tables. Each $5,000 in "play money" earned you one ticket to use for the chance auction and raffle. You could also re-buy "play money" if you were tapped out.

Among the charities that benefitted from this event were: Bob Wow Buddies (Camp Bow Wow) and the Pittsburgh-area Humane Societies with the goals of promoting canine cancer research and animal adoptions.

Though the event officially opened at 8:00 PM, PAPA President, Kevin Martin opened the facility at 11:00 AM for the pinball tournament competitors. Multiple time World Pinball Champion Bowen Kerins organized the event.

Among the games involved in the tournament were:

Batman (The Dark Knight)
Harlem Globetrotters
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Family Guy
The Simpsons
Flip Flop
Jungle Queen
Medieval Madness
Judge Dredd

A $10 entry fee bought you a slot in a group of 8 players for a satellite tournament/preliminary round (though, your admission into Cupids and Canines came with one free entry into the tournament). Each group of 8 players was split in half. These two groups of 4 played a "best of three" series where first place in each game earned 4 points, second place earned 2 points, third place received 1 point, and fourth place got zero points. This was later changed to a "best of two" series because of the high amount of people who wanted to enter the tournament.

Finishing first or second overall in your group meant you advanced to the next round of four players with the winner of that group reaching the final round. A great feature about this system was that as soon as you lost a round, you could immediately reenter. A new preliminary round began as soon as eight more players were ready. A portion of the entry fees for the pinball tournament also went to charity. Trent Augenstein, ranked number 6 in the world as of this writing, won the tournament and took home an electromechanical pinball machine donated by PAPA.

It was a fantastic event, and I encourage all, who are looking for a slice of pinball heaven, to come out to the PAPA world headquarters when it reopens for the PAPA 12 World Pinball Championships this August.

Cupids and Canines
Pittsburgh Post Gazette Article

Cupids and Canines 2009 Casino Night and Pinball Tournament

Posted by sonicmario - July 6th, 2008

Last weekend's PIN-MAINE-IA event was one of the great pinball happenings of this year. Great fun was had by all. This event will continue to grow as long as it has the fantastic support of people like "BallyMan" John Reuter and the Boston Pinball Association. PIN-MAINE-IA, onward and upward!

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Team "Wicked Shimmy" (Trent A., Todd M., Ed Z., and myself) won the Pine-Brawl event. I was able to get enough WPPR (World Pinball Player Ranking) points to raise my world ranking up to #16.

IFPA (International Flipper Pinball Association) President Josh Sharpe won the New England Championship to claim the #3 World ranking.

Next event: The FSPA (Free State Pinball Association) pre-PAPA Flip-Off on July 26, 2008 at John's Place in Fairfax, Virginia. BE THERE!!!

EDIT: YouTube video link changed to include the Eight on the Break Tourney info.

PIN-MAINE-IA 2 video

Posted by sonicmario - May 25th, 2008

The greatest retro gaming podcast EVAR just made its 50th episode. Here's hoping that the show never ends. Hey, every day that passes means that something else becomes closer to being retro so I doubt they will ever run out of topics to talk about.

I think I will present three of the songs I uploaded to Newgrounds for a three-way retro Trance Battle...

Super Mario RPG: Happy RPG vs. Sonic & Knuckles: Don't Stop vs. Mario Powered.

RetroforceGo! Turns 50

Posted by sonicmario - November 3rd, 2007

Thanks to everyone who voted/heard/downloaded my Super Mario RPG Remix! Now it's time to upload my other tracks. I hope you like these as well. Just to prove that I don't focus only on sonic and mario, first up is a remix from a pinball game! Pinball Wizards will know the game Jack*bot which is an update of the classic Pin*bot pinball game. I really like the music you hear when you play multiball in Jack*bot, but since I play lots of pinball on route, it's hard to hear the music in a noisy arcade. Since I was able to play it on Visual PinMAME, I was able to hear the music clearly and make a remix of it.

Time to submit more mixes!

Posted by sonicmario - September 4th, 2007

I've just sent in my first Newgrounds Audio Portal submission. It's called "Happy RPG" and it's a remix of the opening theme to Super Mario RPG for the Super Nintendo. I've made a bunch of mixes but never though to submit to Newgrounds, until now. I primarily use FL Studio 7, and Magix Samplitude to make music. More tracks to follow...


Submitted my first song to the Audio Portal!