www.pintasticnewengland.com Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel
181 Boston Post Road West
Marlborough, MA 01752
$30 and up
Games, Shopping, Shows, Tech
Celebrate the art and sport of pinball at the new location for Pintastic New England, the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough, MA. The 8th edition of this family-friendly expo will be held September 7-10. Enjoy pinball and arcade games, a vendor hall, live music performances, tournaments, and seminars. A perfect end to summer!
Several game rooms gather over 200 pinball machines and arcade games on free play mode. Pay the admission for 16 hours of flipper fun, or buy a package for around-the-clock play. Step stools allow even the youngest player to reach the controls if they want to play. All games are on loan from owner-operators in attendance at the expo. One room will be devoted to games that were hand-built by local pinball fans!
This year, Pintastic has two live bands to boast about. Magnificent Danger, an 18-piece brass band from Boston, will play on Friday. And in honor of the release of the Foo Fighters pinball game, The Best of Foo, New England's premier Foo Fighters tribute band, will play on Saturday. Each concert is included with any admission, badge or wristband, for the respective day when that band performs. No extra charge!
Pintastic partners with local pinball clubs to provide buy-in tournaments for men, women, and kids. Put your flipper skills to the test for a chance to win big prizes and move up in the World Pinball Player Rankings. There are different tournaments on each of the four show days.
Seminars discuss games with creators and industry favorites. Whether you own a pinball machine or just play pinball at some of the many public game rooms that are springing up across the Northeast, the seminar program has sessions for you. Learn more about how games are created, why and where pinball is available to the public, how you can modify your game, and techniques for good playing. There will be discussions of pinball's (alleged) dark past and its bright future. Get the full perspective on this all-American game!
The Vendor Hall is a maze of games, parts, and decorative items for your game room. Shop a variety of booths, or chat with representatives from Project Pinball charity and Aleppo Shriners. See the clowns perform tricks! Bag a balloon animal! Of course, there will be yummy food and drink on-site.