Congrats to Mike Burgess!

Mike starts out 2018 with a big victory in the new format monthly tournament. It seemed that people enjoyed the new way to play, and we will stick with it for another month. Everyone got to play the whole time, and everyone had a shot at winning money all the way until the end. Thanks to all who came out and participated.

A reminder that next week is week 2 of our Winter League, anyone can come and play so feel free to bring some friends. Games for week 2 are below. lpl winter 2018 week 2 games

Then most importantly after a new State Champion is crowned on Saturday in Indianapolis come back to Lafayette for the 6th Anniversary Party at Main Street Amusements! The only public location in the country that will have two Total Nuclear Annihilation machines to play, on top of all the other amazing games at MSA!


Week 1 Results! Next Week is Monthly Tournament!

Thank you to everyone who came out and played last night! It was great to see everyone back, and happy to have Joe rejoin us for this season. Hope everyone really enjoyed getting to play the super rare Big Bang Bar as part of our league night, I don’t think there are too many places around the country where people can say that. Below are the standings after week 1.

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Games for week 2, 1/23/2018, are Batman ’66, Black Knight, Captain Fantastic, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and F14. That gives you two weeks to get in some practice on these games since next week is our monthly tournament!

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Next Tuesday, 1/16/2018, is our Monthly Tournament! Remember the start time has now moved up to 7:30 PM and it will remain there all year so it now matches our league start time. The format is also new, 1 hour of qualifying, playing against one person on a classic machine the whole time, new players and machines each round, as many as we can squeeze into the hour, and then 1 round of 3 games for finals against a group of 4. Each group will have prize money. As always our entry fee will remain $5. I hope you will all come out and give this new format a shot, I really think it should be fun and more inclusive than the 3-strikes format we have previously used.

See you all next week!


Tonight we have our first week of Winter League 2018! Get down to Main Street Amusements by 7:30 to play in the newest season of competitive pinball. Our week 1 group pairings will be totally random, and our game lineup is out of this world, literally. Hope to see everyone back and ready for a fresh season. If anyone has questions about whats new this season, check out last week’s post or feel free to ask me at league tonight and I’ll be happy to get you updated. See everyone tonight!

LPL Winter 2018 Week 1 games

New Year, New Season!

Happy 2018 Everyone! Our Winter Season will kick off the new year next Tuesday, January 9th at 7:30PM! We are going to start it with a bang, A BIG BANG BAR to be exact thanks to Dan and Main Street Amusements! For those of you unfamiliar with the story of Big Bang Bar, read this , as I think it provides one of the better accounts of the games unique history. Main Street Amusements becomes only the 6th public location in the country where the game can be played, and only the 4th full time location with two being specifically at museums with limited access to the game. We are incredible fortunate to get to play such a gem at MSA! Here is a great tutorial on how to approach the game as well. Sticking with the theme of out of this world we will also play Attack from Mars, Star Trek, Firepower, and Tri-Zone this week.

LPL Winter 2018 Week 1 games


So what’s new for 2018? Well based on the 14 replies I got to the survey sent out at the conclusion of last season we are making some changes.

The first as you can already tell is we have gone back to 5 pre-selected games for each week, I will do my best to always have these posted a week in advance so people can get in practice and study the rules if they want.

Secondly, how we group players will differ from past seasons. Like always week 1 will be random pairings. Week 2 you will be paired with players who have closest average weekly points as you. Week 3 will go back to random groups. Week 4 will go back to being paired with closest average weekly points. Essentially odd weeks will be random pairings, and even weeks will be paired based on averages for the duration of season.

Lastly, our finals will now be split into A & B divisions based on the survey. This means that if we have 28 players participate in at least 3 weeks of the season A division would get the top 14 players, and B division would get the next 14 players. It will be split exactly in half. If it is an odd number, say 17 the top 8 would make A, the lower 9 would be in B. At least half the players have to be removed from top group for the IFPA System. For the finals tournament if a player in the top 8 were to be absent then the highest ranked player from B division has the option to come up and play in A division for the tournament. The absent player would then finish just outside of the A division in 9th overall place in this example.


Our entry fees for the monthly tournament and the finals night will remain at $5 and $10 respectively, with $1 being removed from each players entry fee for the new IFPA results submission fee.


Our monthly tournaments will also be restructured, we will no longer use 3 strikes. Starting January 16th, at 7:30 PM, we will have 1 hour of matchplay qualifying. You will get paired with a random person on a classic machine (EM or Solid State), winner gets a point, loser does not. We will squeeze in as many games as we can during that 1 hour. Ties will be broken by strength of opponents faced, basically the computer does it. At 8:30 we stop qualifying play and we separate into groups of 4 to play the finals which will be a 3 game papa style finals, at this point all games are now eligible to be picked. Ideally the whole thing should take about 2 hours which was what the overwhelming majority of players wanted based on the survey. The advantage here is now everyone plays the whole time and players are no longer eliminated. At the same time it also increases the difficulty and value of the tournament, and in having the qualifying take place only on the classic machines it eliminates the advantages that some players feel others have on the modern machines as the classics have a bit more randomness to them. Worst case scenario is everyone hates it and we scrap it and try something else but I have a good feeling about it.


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Congrats to Travis Hockemeyer and to Wizard’s World!

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Huge congrats to Travis Hockemeyer last night for annihilating the field and staying perfect with a 10-0 record on his way to victory at Wizard’s World first IFPA Tournament! Travis bulldozed over everyone leaving Greg Fetting in 2nd, Dan St. John in 3rd, and Mike Burgess, Tim Hovey, and Aaron Miller in a tie for 4th. FULL RESULTS

A big thank you to Mike Burgess for opening the arcade and helping to bring more competitive pinball to  Indiana. Larry Schmitt did an amazing job as tournament director running his first tournament. Also can’t leave out Matt Ogden for making sure the games were all fine-tuned and ready for tournament players. The tournament, I believe, will be the 3rd largest in Indiana for 2017 as 36 players showed up to compete at Wizard’s World inaugural event. They will continue to host monthly tournaments on the third Monday of every month as we head into 2018 and I strongly encourage anyone who can make it there to do so. Check out their awesome lineup of machines and have an amazing time.

It was really great to see another arcade in Indiana that offers an experience close to what we are so fortunate to have in Lafayette with Main Street Amusements. It was also great to see some of the players who have been traveling with Mike to Lafayette over the past year to play in our leagues and tournaments now have a place to call their own. Travis played amazingly all night, and I also got to chat with Moses who has come to Lafayette on several occasions. The coolest thing to me was how much pride they both had in helping get Wizard’s World ready for this over the last several months. Everyone involved was asking what people thought, how the games were playing, did they need anything. It is clear that Mike has surrounded himself with a great group of people who share his passion for pinball and have made another great location in Indiana. Thank you to everyone who worked to get Wizard’s World ready for last night, for all the hospitality, and for spreading pinball to more people. I’m sure myself, and many other of the Lafayette crew will be back over the months to come.

Check out Wizard’s World on Facebook to stay up to date on their information, hours, and events!

Also, don’t forget that tonight in Lafayette at Main Street Amusements we host our final tournament of the year, it will also be our last 3-strikes tournament before we try our new format in January. The tournament will start at 7:30 PM tonight and we have lots of prizes from Lafayette Brewing Company! $5 entry fee with all money paid back out to the top 4 finishers. Hope to see a lot of you from last night get on down to Lafayette for tonight’s fun!

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!


By that I mean it is one of those rare occasions when there is a jam-packed week of competitive pinball!

Tonight, 12/18/17, in Ft. Wayne, we have the first IFPA tournament at Wizard’s World, located at 14613 Lima Rd. The tournament will start at 8PM. The format will be 3-strikes and it will be run using

Tomorrow, 12/19/17, in Lafayette, at Main Street Amusements we have our last monthly tournament of the year and it will also be 3-strikes format. The tournament will start at 7:30 PM and have a $5 entry fee with all money going back out as prizes. We also have lots of prizes donated by Lafayette Brewing Company to be given out throughout the event.

Thursday, 12/21/17, in Lafayette, at Jerilee’s Pub we have the finals for the novice league. Finals will start shortly after 8PM, and to be eligible to play in the finals you need to have attended at least a week of the season, and be a novice player. The tournament will be head to head, best of 3 matches, and double elimination. Play until a champion has been crowned.

Then after all of that its Christmas weekend, everyone have a safe and happy holiday season.

  • Keep your eyes out for invites to the IFPA State Championship Series in the next couple weeks as that tournament will be in Indianapolis on January 20th!
  • The next season, Winter League, starts up at Main Street Amusements on January 9th.
  • The next season at Jerilee’s Pub will be a Team League, click the link for more details, it starts January 18th.

Lafayette Pinball League Winter Season 2018 Starts January 9th @ 7:30 PM

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to take the survey I sent out earlier this week. If you haven’t completed it please click the link above and take a few minutes to complete it. I took some time today to make up some posters/flyers for the coming season so feel free to share them through your social media accounts or with friends. As always our league is open to absolutely anyone who wants to play some pinball. ChristmasStoryUS1home alone league posternbx flyer