ARCADIA: HUNGARIAN PINBALL OPEN 2016

Arcadia 2016

Last year we reported from the Hungarian Pinball Open which was held at the Hungarian Pinball Museum in Budapest. That event was such a success that the number of players increased and the HPO outgrew the Museum’s confines.

So for 2016 the organisers moved to the larger Dürer Conference Centre in the north-west of the city, a short walk from Heroes’ Square.

The entrance to the Dürer Conference Centre
The entrance to the Dürer Conference Centre

With the move to a larger space, the opportunity was taken to expand the event beyond just the pinball tournaments, to make it appeal to gamers of different types. Thus the Arcadia show was created, combining pinballs, video games and assorted coin-op amusements, as well as retro console gaming.

The Arcadia show banner
The Arcadia show banner
Not forgetting the Hungarian Pinball Open
Not forgetting the Hungarian Pinball Open

The Dürer Conference Centre is a single-storey complex comprised of several rooms of various sizes. We arrived on Friday evening when it was dark outside and the building was nicely illuminated.

The Dürer Conference Centre at night
The Dürer Conference Centre at night
The Dürer Conference Centre
The Dürer Conference Centre

Once through the entry doors and past the registration/payment desk, we come to the lobby where all the cool kids hang out and the warm coats hang up.

Chilling in the lobby
Chilling in the lobby
Coat storage cost 200HUF ($0.70/?0.64/£0.55) a day
Coat storage cost 200HUF ($0.70/?0.64/£0.55) a day

Gaming furniture company Altar had a nice display in the lobby featuring two themed coffee table pinballs – Data East’s Star Wars and Phantom of the Opera games – alongside several less-playable but equally stylish pieces of gaming furniture.

The Altar area
The Altar area
Altar's two coffee-table pinballs
Altar’s two coffee-table pinballs
The Star Wars table
The Star Wars table
The Phantom of the Opera table
The Phantom of the Opera table

Also in the lobby was a stand selling Hungarian Pinball Museum T-shirts and other merchandise. We picked up a couple in orange and purple to give away as prizes.

Hungarian Pinball Museum merchandise
Hungarian Pinball Museum merchandise

The largest of the three rooms in the Dürer was the free-play area which contained a nice mix of pinballs, video games, skill games and retro computers. It also contained the larger of the two bars.

Inside the free-play hall
Inside the free-play hall
Inside the free-play hall
Inside the free-play hall
Inside the free-play hall
Inside the free-play hall
Inside the free-play hall
Inside the free-play hall
Inside the free-play hall
Inside the free-play hall
Inside the free-play hall
Inside the free-play hall
Inside the free-play hall
Inside the free-play hall
Inside the free-play hall
Inside the free-play hall
Hercules - big as ever
Hercules – big as ever
Head-to-head pinball
Head-to-head pinball
Collaborative pinball on Granny & the Gators
Collaborative pinball on Granny & the Gators
The retro computing section
The retro computing section
The retro computing section
The retro computing section
The retro computing section
The retro computing section
Retro consoles and handhelds
Retro consoles and handhelds
Kids these days wouldn't understand
Kids these days wouldn’t understand
Video games and video/pinball combos in the free-play hall
Video games and video/pinball combos in the free-play hall
Video games in the free-play hall
Video games in the free-play hall
Video games in the free-play hall
Video games in the free-play hall
Video games and other skill games in the free-play hall
Video games and other skill games in the free-play hall
The hockey games were popular
The hockey games were popular
Some older mechanical games
Some older mechanical games
A four-player racing game
A four-player racing game

Here’s a list of all the free-play pinballs:

  • Lord of the Rings, The
  • Bride of Pinbot, The Machine
  • Fish Tales
  • Whitewater
  • Judge Dredd
  • Dr. Dude*
  • Twilight Zone
  • Roadshow, Red & Ted’s
  • Elvira & the Party Monsters
  • Demolition Man
  • Godzilla
  • Addams Family, The
  • Cirqus Voltaire
  • Roadshow, Red & Ted’s
  • Indianapolis 500
  • Teed Off
  • Super Mario Bros
  • Safecracker
  • Dracula, Bram Stoker’s
  • Congo
  • Champion Pub, The
  • Scared Stiff
  • No Fear
  • Shadow, The*
  • Corvette
  • World Cup Soccer
  • Streetfighter II
  • Freddy – A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Mario Andretti
  • Jolly Park
  • Flipper Football
  • Pinball Magic
  • Breakshot
  • Striker Xtreme
  • Shrek
  • Lord of the Rings, The
  • South Park
  • Apollo 13
  • Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s*
  • Guns N’ Roses
  • Last Action Hero
  • Batman (DE)
  • Baby Pac-Man
  • Granny & the Gators
  • Star Wars (DE)
  • Star Wars Episode 1
  • Happy Clown
  • World Fair
  • Mayfair
  • Power Play, Bobby Orr
  • Space Shuttle (Zac)
  • Locomotion
  • Caveman
  • Haunted House
  • Genesis
  • Road Kings
  • F-14 Tomcat
  • Heavy Metal Meltdown
  • Robocop
  • Orbito 1
  • Attila the Hun
  • Banzai Run
  • Funhouse
  • Bride of Pinbot, The Machine
  • Whirlwind
  • Taxi
  • Diner
  • Earthshaker!
  • Indiana Jones
  • Terminator 2
  • Alien
  • Full Throttle
  • Terminator 2
  • Hercules
  • A G Soccer Ball
  • Hearts & Spades

Inside the free-play hall there were several vendors with demonstrator games for visitors to play or gaming-related goods to buy.

RS Pinball were representing both Heighway Pinball and PinSound
RS Pinball were representing both Heighway Pinball and PinSound
This PinSound-fitted Indiana Jones could easily be heard over the other games
This PinSound-fitted Indiana Jones could easily be heard over the other games
Alien Pinball was here together with Full Throttle
Alien Pinball was here together with Full Throttle
Alien's playfield
Alien’s playfield
Full Throttle
Full Throttle
The Krakow Pinball Museum had a stand
The Krakow Pinball Museum had a stand
A bullet-proofed T2
A bullet-proofed T2
Konzolok Szervize were selling gamer toys and clothing
Konzolok Szervize were selling gamer toys and clothing
Playseat were showing their gaming seats alongside some sit-down arcade games
Playseat were showing their gaming seats alongside some sit-down arcade games
The bar in the free-play hall
The bar in the free-play hall

We generally found the prices of food and drink to be a little higher than we would have expected. Although some of the low-end beers were 300HUF a can, the nicest dark beer was 700HUF ($2.40/€2.24/£1.90) for a can, while cans of Pepsi were 400HUF ($1.36/€1.28/£1) in a country where prices are generally found to be reasonably cheap.

If visitors wanted something a little more substantial to eat, there were two food vendors set up just outside the main entrance to the building.

Outside the main entrance
Outside the main entrance

One was selling freshly-made savoury folded flatbreads, while the other sold hot toasted and flavoured nuts and… well, we’re not quite sure what the dishes were exactly, although they did look colourful.

The flatbreads had cheese and meat fillings available
The flatbreads had cheese and meat fillings available
The hot nut stand
The hot nut stand
Although pretty, we didn't sample them
Although attractive-looking, we didn’t sample them

So that’s the setting for the competitions, and there were three main pinball tournaments held at Arcadia – the Hungarian Pinball Open (HPO), the Classics Tournament and Pingolf.

Qualification for the HPO began in a dedicated room on the opposite side of the lobby on Friday with a scheduled start time of 7pm, although there was a delay before the scoring system and the machines were ready and the games could begin. This was to prove to be a precursor to more delays across the whole weekend.

Players wait for the start of qualifying
Players wait for the start of qualifying
Organisers working furiously to be ready to start the qualifying
Organisers working furiously to be ready to start the qualifying

More on that later, but the format of the HPO divided players into nine groups (A-I)of twenty-eight, with each player playing in nine rounds of four-player games. In each round their opponents were different, so that by the end they had played against all twenty-seven (nine rounds of three opponents) other members of their group.

Belgian players check out a Roadshow prior to qualifying
Belgian players check out a Roadshow prior to qualifying

Each group was allocated an area in one of the two tournament rooms with nine machines in area. These were mostly dot-matrix machines with a mix of Williams/Bally, Stern and Data East titles, plus a smattering of alpha-numeric titles from Williams and Bally.

Here are the machines in the five areas

GROUPS A & F

  • Star Trek (Stern)
  • Flintstones, The
  • World Cup Soccer
  • Sopranos, The
  • Hurricane
  • Scared Stiff
  • Terminator 2
  • Transformers
  • Whitewater
GROUPS B & G

  • Shrek
  • Walking Dead, The
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Tales of the Arabian Nights
  • Party Zone
  • Indiana Jones (Williams)
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • Sopranos, The
  • Getaway: High Speed 2, The
GROUPS C & H

  • Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • Twilight Zone
  • Cirqus Voltaire
  • Family Guy
  • Corvette
  • Demolition Man
  • Dirty Harry
  • Ghostbusters
  • Shadow, The
GROUPS D & I

  • Mustang
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • Kiss
  • Dracula, Bram Stoker’s
  • Earthshaker!
  • Fish Tales
  • Monster Bash
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
  • Tales of the Arabian Nights
GROUP E

  • Attack from Mars
  • Diner
  • Simpsons Pinball Party, The
  • Terminator 2
  • Addams Family, The
  • Game of Thrones
  • Getaway: High Speed 2, The
  • Family Guy
  • Dracula, Bram Stoker’s
The first round of qualifying begins
The first round of qualifying begins

After each match, points were awarded for position in the game. 7 points went to the winner, 5 points to second place, 3 to third and 1 point to last place.

The first four groups (A-D) played on Friday evening and the remaining five on Saturday morning/afternoon.

Friday's qualifying for the HPO
Friday’s qualifying for the HPO

When all 9 rounds had been completed, the top 9 players in each group (a total of 81 players) moved on to the next round. The top four women players from the HPO also qualified for a separate Women’s Tournament final held on Saturday evening regardless of whether they qualified for the main tournament or not.

For those not currently competing in the HPO, the lure of the Classics Tournament awaited in a smaller room next to the free-play hall.

Qualifying for the Classics Tournament
Qualifying for the Classics Tournament

There were twenty classics machines available, from which competitors could choose six to play. Having chosen a machine, players would put their magnetic name badge next to the machine name on one of two boards. If nobody else was playing the machine they could start straight away, otherwise they had to wait for their badge to reach the top of the waiting list.

Qualifying for the Classics Tournament
Qualifying for the Classics Tournament
The Classics Tournament machine boards
The Classics Tournament machine boards
The Classics Tournament machine boards
The Classics Tournament machine boards

Once a competitor got to their chosen machine, tournament officials started a 3-player game using a key fob to prevent players starting or restarting games themselves. The entrant played all three player’s games simultaneously, and when they were over the scores were recorded, added together and then ranked alongside all other competitors’ total scores. This system helped temper the impact of any unduly low or any runaway scores.

Qualifying for the Classics Tournament
Qualifying for the Classics Tournament
Qualifying for the Classics Tournament
Qualifying for the Classics Tournament
Qualifying for the Classics Tournament
Qualifying for the Classics Tournament

The machines used in the Classic Tournament were:

  • 1 – Kiss
  • 2 – Space Invaders
  • 3 – Circus
  • 4 – Spider-Man, The Amazing
  • 5 – Firepower
  • 6 – Gorgar
  • 7 – Fathom
  • 8 – Medusa
  • 9 – Sexy Girl
  • 10 – Iron Maiden
  • 11 – Rocky
  • 12 – Fireball
  • 13 – Pink Panther
  • 14 – Capt. Fantastic
  • 15 – Centaur
  • 16 – Airborne Avenger
  • 17 – Criterium 75
  • 18 – Wizard!
  • 19 – Space Time
  • 20 – Rolling Stones, The

Score recording here was a little odd. Rather than enter the scores directly into the tournament system with a tablet, phone or laptop, they were hand-written on carbon copy paper, with the top sheet being given to the player as their record. It was a little quaint seeing carbon copy paper being used again. This added an extra stage into the score entry process and hence another opportunity for a mistake to be made, but it seemed to work, more-or-less.

The bigger problem was how it introduced a significant delay between the scores being recorded and them appearing in the computer system. That made it difficult for players to know where they stood at any given time and resulted in the timetable for the latter stages slipping.

Not that the schedule was adhered to any more accurately in the main HPO. The timings looked reasonable on paper but once again delays crept in, with the main HPO qualification round on Saturday not starting until after 10am – an hour late.

The planned timetable
The planned timetable
Players wait to start their qualifying round on Saturday
Players wait to start their qualifying round on Saturday

The time taken to complete each of the nine rounds closely matched the anticipated thirty minutes, giving a total of four-and-a-half hours for the whole session. But it took some time to produce the full list of 81 qualifiers and to gather them together to begin the first of the play-off rounds.

In addition, with the clock ticking for the qualification round in the Classics Tournament which was running alongside the HPO, some qualifiers were trying to squeeze in their final few classics games as well.

The first play-off round of the HPO divided the qualifiers into nine groups of nine, and set them to play one game against every other member of their group – eight games in total.

The play-offs in the HPO begin
The play-offs in the HPO begin
The play-offs in the HPO begin
The play-offs in the HPO begin

When all the games had been played, the four players from each group with the most wins progressed to the second round. In the case of ties, the results of the games between the tied players were taken into consideration with the player(s) who beat the other tied players the most progressing. If that still didn’t resolve the tie, a tie-breaker game was played.

The remaining thirty-six then played the same format for the second round of play-offs, only this time there were just four groups of nine taking part.

Those sixteen played in four groups of four, playing three machines and using the same 7-5-3-1 points system to determine which two from each group moved into the final eight.

The Classics Tournament’s play-offs then followed, with the scores on the qualifying machines ranked and the top 32 progressing to the first round of play-offs.

The classics tournament play-offs begin
The Classics Tournament play-offs begin

The format here was a little simpler, with the thirty-two split into pairs and playing best-of-three matches to decide who moved on and who was out.

The same method was used to reduce the remaining sixteen down to eight and then to a final four. They were: Lieven Engelbeen, Sághy Kálmán, Santiago Elices and Taco Wouters.

The final was held in the free-play hall in an area at the end of the room where the single machine to be used was set up alongside the trophies for this and the HPO. As well as playing in the final, Sághy Kálmán was running the tournament final and introduced the four finalists.

The Fathom machine used in the classics tournament final
The Fathom machine used in the Classics Tournament final
The trophies for the classic and HPO tournaments
The trophies for the classic and HPO tournaments

Despite the time now being 2am, there was a good-sized and good-natured audience for the final.

The audience for the classic tournament final
The audience for the classic tournament final

Taco began the final, with Lieven playing second, Santiago third and Sághy fourth.

Taco begins the final
Taco begins the final

After the first ball it was Santiago who had a slender lead with his score of 275K ahead of Taco on 226K, Sághy in third on 152K and Lieven, who had bad luck on his first ball, in fourth on 23K.

On the second ball it was Taco’s turn for bad luck, as he added almost nothing to his score. Lieven’s bad luck hadn’t left him yet either, and he only added 5K, while Santiago didn’t fare much better.

But Sághy had a great ball, raising his score up to 1.018M, putting him a long way in the lead with just one ball left to play.

Sághy puts up a big score on his second ball
Sághy puts up a big score on his second ball

Taco had a better third ball but could only reach a total on 481K. Lieven finally got to play a ball but his total of 145K was still fourth.

Lieven gets to play a little, at last
Lieven gets to play a little, at last

Only Santiago could now stop Sághy, but his third ball ended with only 301K on the scoreboard, putting him in third place.

Sághy is congratulated on his classics tournament win
Sághy is congratulated on his Classics Tournament win

The trophies and prizes were then presented.

Third place, Santiago Elices
Third place, Santiago Elices
Second place, Taco Wouters
Winner of the classics tournament, Sághy Kálmán
Winner of the Classics Tournament, Sághy Kálmán
Winner of the classics tournament, Sághy Kálmán
Winner of the Classics Tournament, Sághy Kálmán, with his prize

Here are the full results:

Classics Tournament Results
1 Sághy Kálmán 
2 Taco Wouters
3 Santiago Elices
4 Lieven Engelbeen
5 Markus Stix
6 Sandor Varga
7 Ollivier Francq
8 Peter Blakemore
9 Julio Vicario Soriano
10 Rich Mallett
11 Mathias Leurs
12 Levente Tregova
13 Gábor Fekécs
14 Tamas Odler
15 Rafael Masedo Rodríguez
16 Kim G. Hansen
17 Daniele Celestino Acciari
18 György Kovács
19 Piller Zsolt
20 Greg Mott
21 Jim Lindsay
22 Rafal Bytomski
23 Andrej Rižner
24 Andrzej Cieslik
25 Jürgen Gärtner
26 Ernö Rotter
27 Andras Horvath
28 Fabio Squadrani
29 Olivier Renders
30 Lene Andersen
31 Joël Wozniak
32 Juan Antonio Martín Amaya
33 Boldizsár Botka
34 Dominique Decock
34 Vargha Ákos
36 Peter Andersen
37 Gergely Csonka
37 Andrej Demsar
39 Stefan Karlhuber
39 András Kató
41 Philippe Bocquet
42 Péter András Simon
43 Zoltán Polgár
43 Ales Rebec
45 Cesare Datri
46 Aaron Gale
48 Berndt Ion Teodorescu
48 Roland Schwarz
48 Zoltán Dósa
50 Zsolt Szabo
51 Berecz Istvan
52 Bart Vyvey
54 Pierangelo Villa
54 Csapó dr Imre
54 Robby Henkelmann
56 Laszlo Horn
57 Markus Ramsner
58 Jasmin Ibric
58 Andreas Frank Meyer
60 Pawel Nowak
62 Kyoo Barbaix
62 Kornél Kosdi
62 Marcin Moszczynski
64 Maciej Olesiak
65 Vincent Chardome
67 Dirk Meckes
67 Miklós Szebenyi
67 Kovács Gábor
69 Arno Nöbl
70 Peter Varga
71 András Lugosi
72 Florian Horvath
72 Matteo Filippin
75 Fred Van Den Bosch
75 Cinthya Messiaen
75 Vid Kuklec
77 Mario Vercauteren
78 Ojvind Strömsholm
78 Cezary Glowala
80 Armin Kress
81 Daniele Baldan
81 Tamas Benke
83 Jochen Schuhmacher
83 Stefan Riedler
85 Didier Dujardin
85 László Kadala
87 Wolfgang Wetl
88 Béla Gyenes
89 Konrad Maslowski
90 Peter Van den Bergh
90 János Dakos
93 Gabi Molotov Gavrilita
93 Evelyne Desot
93 Gemma Tejedor Jiménez
93 Szabó Tibor
96 Martin Ayub
96 ieronim pogorilovschi
98 Péter Szamosi
99 Daniel Nowak
100 Michael Heiler
101 Artur Natorski
102 Jürgen Wünschmann
103 Péter Busa
103 Bartosz Radomyski
105 Evert Brochez
106 Olivier Leurs
107 Markus Schrodt
108 Bernhard Binder
109 Laszlo Hornyik
109 Zoltán Harangozó
111 Dávid Laár
112 Paul Jongma
112 Devis Pierantozzi
114 Jaroslaw Rupiewicz
115 János Sándor
115 Glenn Verhoosele
118 John van der Wulp
118 Gabriel Ortiz
118 Zsolt Csiszka
120 Martin Janczyk
120 Zoltán Szemes
122 Rob Breyne
123 Ernestine Lachnit
123 Zoltán Kiss
125 Zsolt Mészáros
126 Radoslaw Slotwilski
127 David Schrittwieser
128 Sebastian Gwizdala
130 Giuseppe Violante
130 Reiner Pfeiffer
130 Michael Kerylidis
132 Peter Boncza
133 Frank Goeltl
134 David Mainwaring
135 Timm Dollinger
135 Fekete Tibor
137 Attila Abonyi
138 Željko Vasic
139 Tom Geneyn
139 Flavio Baddaria
141 Marko Ritosa
142 Angel Martínez Navajas
143 Anthony Struelens
144 Jakub Cieplinski
145 Ari Sovijärvi
146 Karin Ruhmannseder
146 Laszlo Tari
148 Wolfgang Haid
149 Benjamin Ruso
150 Dennis Verleyen
151 Joonas Haverinen
152 Zöllei S. Márk
153 Bencsik László
153 Somogyi Nándor
155 Dina Fukson
156 Antti Peltonen
156 Thomas Kunstfeld
159 Valter Odler
159 Andrej Bukovšek
159 Shachar Liberman
161 Mirko Bogic
162 Begoña Motilla Mulas
164 Harald Czernoch
164 Thomas Binder
164 Lukasz Dziewulski
166 Pascal Leroy
167 Erno Lahdenperä
167 Ovidiu Cacina
169 Peter Molnar
170 Daniel Kaczmarek
171 Steven Demets
171 Laszlo Tempfli
173 Mihaly Makray
174 Albert Pavlovsky
175 Milan Caranovic
176 Robert Glashuettner
177 Zsolt Somogyvari
178 Felix Radinger
179 Mario Kaufmann
180 Tamás Kerék
180 Peter Kurti
182 Maarten Lemey
183 Antti Pitkamaki
184 Attila Tóth-Szeles
184 Ferencz Jozsef Norbert
187 Daniel Gorecki
187 Rafal Jodelko
187 Daniela Ickler
189 Bogdan Constantin Ghiga
189 Uwe Ramsner
192 Dimitri Verhoosele
192 Szabo Istvan
192 Andra Raicu
195 Balint Olah
196 Julia Scriba
197 Sara Martínez Bueno
198 Sabine Ramsner
199 Gabriella Medgyesi
200 Marta Scibisz
201 Alejandro Yepes Piedra
202 Flora Karap
204 Gergely Gergelyfi

 

While the Classics Tournament was progressing, machines from the HPO room were removed so the remaining machines could be set up for Sunday’s Pingolf which would use the same room.

Machines are removed in preparation for Sunday's pingolf tournament
Machines are removed in preparation for Sunday’s Pingolf Tournament

With the classics decided it was back to the HPO, and the same four-player group format used for the last sixteen was used in the semi-finals to find the four players who would contest the final.

The last eight players in the two semi-finals were:

Semi-Final 1 Semi-Final 2
Sandor Varga
Julio Vicario Soriano
Andrej Demsar
Flavio Baddaria
Krisztián Szalai
Gabor Solymosi
Ernö Rotter
Daniele Celestino Acciari

 

It was clear this was going to be running very late indeed. The semi-finals began at 2:30am.

Semi-final 1 was played on World Cup Soccer, Kiss and Dracula, while semi-final 2 used Mustang, Ghostbusters and also used World Cup Soccer.

The semi-finals of the main HPO tournament
The semi-finals of the main HPO tournament
The semi-finals of the main HPO tournament
The semi-finals of the main HPO tournament

It took until 03:30 before the final four were decided. They were: Daniele Celestino Acciari, Flavio Baddaria, Gabor Solymosi and Julio Vicario Soriano.

As with the Classics Tournament, the final was held on a single machine in the free-play hall. In this case it was a Stern Star Trek. On the other side of the room was the Road Kings machine which was the grand prize for the winner.

The finals machine - Star Trek - along with the trophies
The finals machine – Star Trek – along with the trophies
The Star Trek had various cameras fitted so the final could be projected on the screen
The Star Trek had various cameras fitted so video of the final could be projected on the screen behind
The grand prize - a refurbished Road Kings
The grand prize – a fully refurbished Road Kings

A smaller crowd remained for the HPO final, but despite the late hour Sághy Kálmán entertained them with an Elvis impersonation before the last game began.

Sághy does his Elvis impresonation
Sághy does his Elvis impersonation

Gabor began the final with the player one position, but he didn’t have a great start.

Gabor starts the final
Gabor starts the final

His 2.586M first ball score looked low, but none of the other players got much on their first balls either. Daniele did the best with 8.308M ahead of Julio on 5.567M and Flavio who just scored least with his 2.282M.

Daniele did best on ball one
Daniele did best on ball one

None of the players took a grip on the game on their second ball either. Gabor only managed a total of 3.941M, Daniele added little to stand on 9.103M, Julio did similar with his 6.855M score, but Flavio did rather better to edge into the lead with his 10.499M.

Flavio leads after the second ball
Flavio leads after the second ball

However, the third ball changed everything.

Gabor had a nice ball, getting his main multiballs going and ending with a much better score of 49.520M.

Daniele did likewise but not quite as well, finishing his game on 37.192M.

Then it was Julio’s turn. Could he match the nice third balls of Gabor and Daniele?

Julio plays his third and final ball
Julio plays his third and final ball

He didn’t just match the other two, he easily surpassed them, getting to Kobayashi Maru mode and racking up an impressive total of 86.710M

Could Flavio catch him with the last ball of the final?

The audience watches as the final reaches a conclusion
The audience watches as the final reaches a conclusion

Sadly not everyone had a nice third ball, as Flavio only nudged his score up to 11.938M, dropping from first to last.

The scores in the final of the HPO 2016
The scores in the final of the HPO 2016

So Julio was the winner, with Gabor second, Daniele third and Flavio fourth.

Fourth place, Flavio Baddaria
Fourth place, Flavio Baddaria
Third place, Daniele Celestino Acciari
Third place, Daniele Celestino Acciari
Second place, Gabor Solymosi
Second place, Gabor Solymosi
Winner of the Hungarian Pinball Open 2016, Julio Vicario Soriano
Winner of the Hungarian Pinball Open 2016, Julio Vicario Soriano
The top four
The top four

Here are the full results:

Hungarian Pinball Open Results
1 Julio Vicario Soriano
2 Gabor Solymosi
3 Daniele Celestino Acciari
4 Flavio Baddaria
5 Ernö Rotter
6 Andrej Demsar
7 Krisztián Szalai
7 Sandor Varga
10 János Sándor
10 David Mainwaring
10 Cesare Datri
12 Paul Jongma
13 Piller Zsolt
14 Didier Dujardin
14 Jakub Cieplinski
16 Benjamin Gräbeldinger
18 Santiago Elices
18 Konrad Maslowski
18 Ollivier Francq
18 Roberto Pedroni
21 Peter Varga
24 Roland Schwarz
24 Philippe Bocquet
24 Jürgen Wünschmann
24 Valter Odler
24 Joël Wozniak
24 György Kovács
29 Joonas Haverinen
29 Péter Grafl
29 Andrej Bukovšek
31 Laszlo Horn
32 Daniele Baldan
33 Berecz Istvan
33 Florian Horvath
35 Olivier Leurs
36 Reiner Pfeiffer
39 Levente Tregova
39 Giuseppe Violante
39 Frank Goeltl
39 Tamas Odler
39 Wolfgang Haid
44 Gabriel Ortiz
44 John van der Wulp
44 Evert Brochez
44 Gábor Fekécs
44 Peter Andersen
47 Cezary Glowala
47 Erno Lahdenperä
52 Markus Stix
52 Mark van der Gugten
52 Taco Wouters
52 Jaroslaw Rupiewicz
52 Peter Van den Bergh
52 Greg Mott
52 Artur Natorski
52 Kim G. Hansen
57 Daniel Kaczmarek
59 Andreas Frank Meyer
59 Angel Martínez Navajas
59 Pascal Leroy
59 Sághy Kálmán
63 Thomas Kunstfeld
63 Szabo Istvan
63 Rich Mallett
63 Török Antal
70 Rob Breyne
70 Kay Kuster
70 Vincent Chardome
70 Peter Blakemore
70 Michael Kerylidis
70 Cinthya Messiaen
70 Tamás Marjai
70 Andrej Rižner
70 Zoltán Kiss
77 Ovidiu Cacina
77 Tom Geneyn
77 Maciej Olesiak
77 Rafal Jodelko
77 Armin Kress
80 Antti Peltonen
81 Robert Pomazi
82 Odler Axel
86 Gabi Molotov Gavrilita
86 Pawel Nowak
86 Dirk Meckes
86 Zoltán Dósa
86 Attila Abonyi
86 Gemma Tejedor Jiménez
86 Andras Horvath
91 Jochen Schuhmacher
91 Maarten Lemey
91 Thomas Binder
91 Jürgen Gärtner
95 Berndt Ion Teodorescu
95 Laszlo Imre
95 Péter András Simon
98 Timm Dollinger
98 Daniel Nowak POL
98 Dominique Decock
98 Jim Lindsay
101 Stefan Holzäpfel
106 Lieven Engelbeen
106 Mario Kaufmann
106 Milan Caranovic
106 Mathias Leurs
106 Jasmin Ibric
106 Csapó dr Imre
106 Anthony Struelens
106 Zöllei S. Márk
106 Wolfgang Wetl
113 Andrzej Cieslik
113 Ari Sovijärvi
113 Bernhard Binder
113 Peter Boncza
113 Peter Molnar
117 Ojvind Strömsholm
117 Bart Vyvey
117 Kornél Kosdi
122 Bogdan Constantin Ghiga
122 Markus Schrodt
122 Juan Antonio Martín Amaya
122 Michael Heiler
122 Lene Andersen
122 Zoltán Polgár
122 Zsolt Csiszka
126 Laszlo Tempfli
127 Vargha Ákos
129 Martin Ayub
129 Matteo Filippin
129 Marcin Moszczynski
132 Stefan Karlhuber
132 Boldizsár Botka
132 Kovács Gábor
132 Akos Tottos
135 Tamas Benke
140 Robby Henkelmann
140 Gergely Csonka
140 David Schrittwieser
140 Rafael Masedo Rodríguez
140 Zsolt Mészáros
140 Zoltán Harangozó
140 Sara Martínez Bueno
140 Radoslaw Slotwilski
140 Marta Scibisz
140 Fekete Tibor
146 Miklos Csaba
150 Alexander Muer
150 Fabio Squadrani
150 Olivier Renders
150 János Dakos
150 Verebi András
150 Szabó Tibor
150 Mihaly Makray
154 Arno Nöbl
154 Ferencz Jozsef Norbert
159 Rafal Bytomski
159 Miklós Szebenyi
159 Evelyne Desot
159 Csaba Fodor
159 Béla Gyenes
159 Rudi Haferl
159 Željko Vasic
163 Harald Czernoch
163 Zsolt Szabo
167 Dennis Verleyen
167 Alex Butnaru
167 Benjamin Ruso
167 Tamás Kerék
167 Antti Pitkamaki
171 Dimitri Verhoosele
171 Ales Rebec
171 Steven Demets
176 Julia Scriba
176 András Lugosi
176 Zoltan Farle
176 Liv Decay
176 Somogyi Nándor
176 Mirko Bogic
176 Gergo Csetneki
180 András Kató
180 Fred Van Den Bosch
182 Kyoo Barbaix
184 Jenna Muer
184 Bencsik László
184 Balazs Novak
189 Glenn Verhoosele
189 Devis Pierantozzi
189 Mario Vercauteren
189 Dina Fukson
189 ieronim pogorilovschi
189 Felix Radinger
189 Evelien Crevits
189 Shachar Liberman
194 Albert Pavlovsky
196 Pierangelo Villa
196 Katona Tamás
196 Gergely Gergelyfi
200 Daniel Gorecki
200 Zsolt Somogyvari
200 Agnes Budai
200 Markus Ramsner
200 Aaron Gale
203 Reinhard Hager
203 Flora Karap
205 Balint Olah
205 Grau Beatrix
208 Péter Busa
208 Zoltán Szemes
208 Peter Kurti
210 Alejandro Yepes Piedra
211 Dávid Laár
213 Martin Janczyk
213 Lukasz Dziewulski
213 Karin Ruhmannseder
213 Vid Kuklec
217 Stefan Riedler
217 Mercedesz Gyimothy
217 Attila Tóth-Szeles
219 Guttmann Zsolt
221 Bartosz Radomyski
221 Sebastian Gwizdala
221 Uwe Ramsner
221 Miron Vasilescu
225 Andra Raicu
225 Ernestine Lachnit
225 Marjaine Brasso Adrien
227 Robert Glashuettner
227 László Kadala
229 Péter Szamosi
230 Eszter Hoppán
230 Daniela Ickler
232 Mihaly Vandor
233 Benedek Novak
234 Begoña Motilla Mulas
234 Sabine Ramsner
236 Marko Ritosa

 

By the time the final was over it was getting close to 5am, and we didn’t get back to our hotel until 5:15am. The streets of Budapest are surprisingly busy at that time of the morning.

Maybe it's time for bed
Maybe it’s time for bed

With the Pingolf Tournament due to begin in just under five hours’ time, we grabbed a quick nap, had a speedy breakfast, checked out of the hotel and headed back to the Arcadia show to report on Sunday’s action.

Instructions for the pingolf tournament
Instructions for the Pingolf Tournament

Sunday’s Pingolf Tournament began at 10am and competitors could choose one of two ‘courses’. One was in the area used for the Classics Tournament where them machines moved the previous night were set up alongside some remaining classics machines. The second was in the main HPO room where the HPO play-offs had taken place a few hours earlier and which now featured several machines from the Classics Tournament. Both areas contained around twenty machines from which competitors chose eighteen to play.

The pingolf tournament is underway
The Pingolf Tournament is underway
The pingolf tournament is underway
The Pingolf Tournament is underway

Rather than use game feature objectives, each game has a score threshold which needed to be reached in as few balls as possible. If it was achieved within the normal three balls then the number of balls used set the number of ‘strokes’ for that ‘hole’. If the target wasn’t reached with the three balls, the number of strokes recorded increased depending on how close the final score was.

Scoring in the pingolf tournament
Scoring in the Pingolf Tournament
Pingolf in the former HPO room
Pingolf in the former HPO room

The carbon copy paper was brought out again to record scores, and this appeared to lead to some confusion later on when scores were entered into the computer system. We were told that some scorers had written down the player number, machine number and number of strokes, but not necessarily indicated which number was which.

The tournament team entering the scores
The tournament team entering the scores

Inevitably this led to delays and not a little confusion. One player knew he hadn’t played at all well and went off for dinner. He was surprised to receive a text message telling him he had been given a score which qualified him for the play-offs (which he thus missed).

Pingolf players wait to discover who had made the play-offs
Pingolf players wait to discover who had made the play-offs

The Pingolf Tournament was due to finish by 7pm. Unfortunately we had to leave the venue for our flight home at 7:15pm, by which time the first round of play-offs had only just started.

The format for the play-offs
The format for the play-offs

The top twelve players from each area qualified for the play-offs for a total of twenty-four. The top eight received a bye through the first round, leaving the remaining sixteen qualifiers to be split into four groups of four and set to play on their first of the three games in this round.

The pingolf play-offs
The pingolf play-offs

The top two from each group progressed and joined those with the byes to play the same best-of-three four-player group format. This continued all the way through until an eventual winner was found.

That winner was Paul Jongma, with Daniele Celestino Acciari in second place, Taco Wouters in third and Mario Kaufmann fourth.

Pingolf Tournament Results
1 Paul Jongma
2 Daniele Celestino Acciari
3 Taco Wouters
4 Mario Kaufmann
5 Julio Vicario Soriano
6 Roberto Pedroni
7 Tamas Odler
7 Robby Henkelmann
9 Cesare Datri
9 Joonas Haverinen
11 Lieven Engelbeen
12 Dominique Decock
13 Zsolt Mészáros
14 Rafal Bytomski
15 Tom Geneyn
16 John van der Wulp
17 Markus Stix
18 Daniel Nowak POL
19 Jasmin Ibric
19 Evert Brochez
21 György Kovács
21 Rob Breyne
23 Zoltán Dósa
24 Rich Mallett
25 Stefan Karlhuber
26 Bogdan Constantin Ghiga
27 Kim G. Hansen
27 Levente Tregova
30 Gabriel Ortiz
30 Philippe Bocquet
30 Dina Fukson
33 Roland Schwarz
33 Maciej Olesiak
33 Jürgen Wünschmann
35 Santiago Elices
35 Mario Vercauteren
37 Ovidiu Cacina
40 Ferencz Jozsef Norbert
40 Mathias Leurs
40 Anthony Struelens
40 Didier Dujardin
40 Zsolt Szabo
43 Rafael Masedo Rodríguez
43 Peter Blakemore
45 Vincent Chardome
45 Jakub Cieplinski
47 János Sándor
47 Željko Vasic
50 Devis Pierantozzi
50 Piller Zsolt
50 Andrej Demsar
52 Ales Rebec
52 András Lugosi
56 Andrzej Cieslik
56 Fabio Squadrani
56 Antti Peltonen
56 Ollivier Francq
56 Thomas Kunstfeld
56 Peter Boncza
61 Michael Kerylidis
61 Olivier Renders
61 Sághy Kálmán
63 Vid Kuklec
63 Kyoo Barbaix
66 Mirko Bogic
66 Arno Nöbl
66 Frank Goeltl
69 Giuseppe Violante
69 Mark van der Gugten
69 Zoltán Polgár
69 Dirk Meckes
72 David Mainwaring
72 Peter Andersen
75 Antti Pitkamaki
75 Jürgen Gärtner
75 Andrej Rižner
75 Peter Molnar
79 Markus Ramsner
79 Daniele Baldan
79 Olivier Leurs
79 Martin Janczyk
83 Gergely Csonka
83 Daniel Gorecki
83 Jim Lindsay UK
86 Peter Van den Bergh
86 Ernö Rotter
86 Jochen Schuhmacher
86 Boldizsár Botka
89 János Dakos
89 Vargha Ákos
91 Laszlo Imre
91 Sandor Varga
94 Steven Demets
94 Andreas Frank Meyer
94 Zoltán Szemes
97 Matteo Filippin
97 Martin Ayub
97 Ojvind Strömsholm
100 Stefan Holzäpfel
100 Stefan Riedler
100 ieronim pogorilovschi
102 Felix Radinger
102 Evelyne Desot
104 Glenn Verhoosele
104 Péter András Simon
106 Fred Van Den Bosch
107 Berecz Istvan
108 Laszlo Tari
108 Joël Wozniak
111 Erno Lahdenperä
111 Wolfgang Haid
111 Marko Ritosa
113 Timm Dollinger
114 Michael Heiler
114 Pierangelo Villa
117 Armin Kress
117 Reiner Pfeiffer
117 Dennis Verleyen
120 Greg Mott
120 Thomas Binder
120 Cinthya Messiaen
122 Karin Ruhmannseder
123 Artur Natorski
123 Pawel Nowak
125 Markus Schrodt
126 Agnes Budai
126 Marjaine Brasso Adrien
128 Daniel Kaczmarek
131 Daniela Ickler
131 Balint Olah
131 Gabi Molotov Gavrilita
131 Rafal Jodelko
131 Benjamin Gräbeldinger
134 Uwe Ramsner
135 Ernestine Lachnit
136 Dávid Laár
137 Attila Abonyi
137 Béla Gyenes
139 Sabine Ramsner
140 Tamás Marjai
141 Gabriella Medgyesi
141 Maarten Lemey
143 Bart Vyvey
145 Reinhard Hager
145 Pascal Leroy
145 Rudi Haferl
147 Harald Czernoch
148 Miklos Csaba
149 Wolfgang Wetl
150 Angel Martínez Navajas
151 Gábor Varga

 

The conclusion of the Pingolf Tournament ended the competitive events and brought the Arcadia show to a close.

Last year’s Hungarian Pinball Open at the Hungarian Pinball Museum was a big success, with a lot of goodwill generated along with plenty of positive recommendations for the Museum. Everyone went home from last year’s HPO with a warm feeling which wasn’t simply from the free Goulash.

However, the space at the Museum was clearly limited and so in order to expand the HPO an alternative or additional location was needed. The Dürer Conference Centre provided that extra space and allowed expansion of the scope of the event to encompass video games and retro gaming.

That expansion brought in an audience beyond the HPO players and, perhaps most importantly, became attractive to families and youngsters. It’s hard to recall an event where so many young kids and teenagers were enjoying the games, which was an encouraging sign for the future.

It did, though, take away much of the intimacy and homely feel of the event, which was something unique to the Museum setting. When we were playing in the darkened caves and exhibit rooms of the Museum’s basement home it felt as though we were supporting the Museum and helping to promote the good work they are doing. In the Dürer Conference Centre, not so much.

The schedule last year also allowed for a tour of the city and a visit to a late night rooftop club which helped make the whole trip special. This year there was no time for such excursions which was a pity.

Running an event such as a major pinball tournament requires far more than just machines. People with multiple skillsets are needed, with a large amount of planning to ensure everything goes smoothly.

While there were lots of scorers and organisers who did a sterling job and worked incredibly hard throughout the three days, some of the processes didn’t work so well; in particular the results systems and machine preparation/maintenance.

As anyone who has ever moved a pinball machine from one location to another knows, things break for no apparent reason. Several of the games in the free-play hall were faulty from the start and while some were fixed, not all were. That may in part have been because there was no readily-identifiable way to report a machine fault other than switching the game off and hoping someone notices.

Some of the tournament machines were also sub-optimal in their set-up, with inconsistent flipper alignment and tilt sensitivity being common complaints we heard.

Using carbon copy paper to record scores in the classics and Pingolf Tournaments was also far from ideal. Most events now use tablets to enter results directly into the tournament system, and while that isn’t entirely without its problems it does eliminate a lot of paper score entry, produces instant updates and speeds up progress through the tournament.

On that final point, we won’t dwell on the delays and late-running of the tournaments. Suffice to say nobody really wanted to be playing (or watching) the final of a major international tournament at 4:30am, and we are sure the organisers will be looking to ensure that doesn’t happen again.

While we have been critical of certain aspects, as a whole the Arcadia show was certainly a success.

Budapest is an amazing city to visit with incredibly friendly people, and the location of the Dürer Conference Centre, while not as attractive as the Museum, was pretty convenient. We stayed at a quality hotel fifteen minutes away on foot opposite Heroes’ Square, with a nice walk through the park opposite the venue always an option.

We would certainly come back again, and try for a longer stay next time to enjoy more that the city has to offer.

Finally, you can take a look at the whole Arcadia show for yourself, including all the tournaments, free-play machines, vendors and food sellers in our exclusive Twenty Minute Tour video walkaround.