2019 Washington Pinball Super Week
January 14-19, 2019
featuring IFPA sanctioned daily events,
plaques for winners, tournament machine setups
25-Cent Pinball all week long, and culminating with the

2018-19 IFPA WA State Pinball Championship
8-Bit Arcade, 916 S 3rd St, Renton, WA 98057

Tuesday Jan 15, 8:30pm-12:30am
8-Bit Monthly Match Play, Special Edition

Come join us for a special edition of the 8-Bit Monthly MATCH PLAY event.

• $10 Entry per person.
• Registration at 8:00pm, tournament starts at 8:30pm.
• Happy Hour Prices!
• 25-cent pinball games!
• 21+ Only
• IFPA WPPR

As with every month, this will be submitted for IFPA WPPR points with IFPA fee paid by taking the fee from top 4 prize pool (25% from each players). This fee goes towards the prize pool of the 2020 IFPA WA State Pinball Championship.

In this special edition, we'll add a Plaque for the winner, and both the Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show (NWPAS) and the Northwest Pinball Championships (NWPC) are providing T-shirts to give-away during the evening.

Qualifying will be 5 rounds of match play, with 7-5-3-1 scoring (or 7-4-1 in 3-player games). At the end of 5 rounds, the 8 players with the highest amount of point will move on to the top 8 round.

Ties will be broken only for differentiating qualifying in top 8 or not qualifying. First tie-breaker is number of 1st place, number of 2nd place, etc. If still a tie, then next tie breaker is rank in Round 5, then rank in Round 4, and so on. If still a tie after that a one-game tie breaker among those still tied.

Semi-Finals will use a Match Multi-Play format, with groups of four players playing four games simultaneously. Top two from each of two semi-final matches move on to finals.

The final four will play another Match Multi-Play round, with final results of the round representing final result for the tournament. In case of a tie for any of the top 4, a one-game tie-breaker will be played on a machine selected by the tournament director.

Prizes

Winner earns a Plaque.
Top 8 are paid cash prizes.
Additional Raffle Prizes including added ones from NWPAS and NWPC

Malfunctions and Rulings

Note: These rulings are general for all Super Week events. Some rules might not be in effect in some events as noted or if not applicable.

Anytime an abnormal circumstance occurs, a tournament official should be notified. To ensure consistency throughout the tournament, PLAYERS SHOULD NOT RESOLVE ISSUES ON THEIR OWN. Except for customized rules explicitly covered on this website, PAPA/IFPA Tournament Rules will be used to address malfunctions and as the basis for rulings. Note also that any rule posted at the event, such as on the backglass of a machine, will override any rule described herein. The rules listed here are generalized for all Super Week events, and might not apply to some specific formats.

Runaway Score Rule: (Will be in effect in all Super Week events except the State Championships). Pinball is not a timed game, and occasionally a player has a dominating game that could take a half hour to an hour or more. While these can be impressive games to watch, they wreak havoc on a tournament schedule. This Runaway Score rule is to address such long games to ensure sufficient time to play every game within constraints imposed by the schedule. If a player has an extremely strong game in which it is highly unlikely that any opponent catches them, the tournament official may invoke this rule and ask the player to end their ball and game, in favor of saving time. The tournament official may consider factors such as reachability of the score by opponents, prior demonstrated strength of opponents, whether the round is ahead or behind schedule, or other factors that can affect successfully running a full round. Should this occur in a match play, the player automatically receives 7 points for the win (or 3 points in multi-play scoring), regardless of the ensuing performance of any other player. During the course of the game, if any other player catches this runaway score, that player will also receive 7 points (or 3 points in multi-play scoring), and be asked to end their ball and game. Points earned by other players who do not exceed this runaway score will be per the position they finish in. If only one player reaches runaway score, then bonus points will be computed normally, except that the player with a runaway score will always win the bonus point. If more than one player reaches a runaway score, then players who finished 3rd or 4th will not receive any bonus points in that game. If this occurs in a knockout tournament, anyone who catches the player who stopped play with a runaway score will get no strikes.

Delay of Game: Due to the tight show schedule, delays due to players not being ready to play are problematic. When a new game is announced, players are expected to immediately proceed to their assigned machine. If a player has not shown up within one minute, please notify a tournament official, who will start a 2-minute timer. Players who have not arrived within 3 minutes of the start of a round may be given an official warning and have their balls plunged by a tournament official. Between balls, players are generally allowed 1 minute to get to the machine and start their ball. Exceptions could be granted (e.g. player needed restroom; tournament official is involved in game and needed to make a ruling, technician at neighboring machine needs space, etc.), but these are generally expected to be occasional and the player would have informed the other competitors ahead of time of the need. No additional time is provided if previous player tilts, due to use of fast-settling tilt bob. If a player regular does this, opponents should notify a tournament official. Upon first observation from a tournament official, a warning and ensuring player is familiar with this rule. Repeated offences within a round may lead to disqualification from the game or round. A tournament official may plunge the ball of a player on first offense if they take more than 2 minutes and haven't informed opponents of the need for extra time. A player who is a no-show for an entire game forfeit's their opportunity to continue playing in the tournament.

Machine Setup Changes: Tournament officials reserve the right to modify any machine between games or between rounds, including changing of settings, tilt sensitivity, machine level, or any other adjustment that is deemed desirable to make the tournament run more smoothly and be more fair and fun. Since a player is only competing against the other players in the same game, all players will encounter such changes at the same time, and it is part of pinball to be able to quickly adjust to changing conditions of a machine. Tournament officials also have the option to remove any machine from play even if machine playing well, due to long average ball times. Machines chosen at random each round may be chosen from a subset of machines available, with playability and average ball times of each machine taken into consideration to form that subset.

Extra Balls: Extra balls will be disabled whenever possible. If an extra ball is not disabled and earned, then refer to a note on the backglass on whether to play or plunge it. If no note, check with Tournament Director first. If an extra ball is to be plunged, then player may touch flipper buttons to setup skill shot, then plunge ball in attempt to get the skill shot. The player may also choose to tilt the machine prior to plunging in lieu of skill shot and end-of-ball bonus, but a tilt anytime after a first plunge attempt will result in disqualification. Once ball is in motion the player must step back and cannot touch the machine, unless the ball returns back to plunger lane and is not auto-plunged, at which time they can re-attempt a skill shot. In the case that a player has a compensation ball awarded due to a major malfunction, and they earn an extra ball, they may choose to play the extra ball in lieu of the compensation ball in a new game.

Bonus Balls: A bonus ball is differentiated from an Extra Ball in that it is timed, and ends when the timer runs out. Space Shuttle and Medusa are examples of two machines with Bonus Balls. Bonus balls CAN be played.

Fast-Settling Tilt Bobs: Machines will be equipped with Fast-Settling Tilt Bobs when possible, using the ear-plug tilt hack, so that even sensitive machines tend to give only one danger warning after a strong nudge or save. With this mechanism, the tilt bob usually settles to a full stop within 15 to 20 seconds, and thus no need to wait longer between players when the prior player ended their ball by tilting. As a result, the delay-of-game rules don't allow for extended waits after a player tilts, as described next. This does not apply to satellite tournaments that are held on location, with most machines as-is.

Additional Information

Tournament Director: Germain Mariolle
For questions and inquiries regarding this tournament, please contact wapinball@gmail.com.