MIHIDERKA PINBALL & FOOD FESTIVAL 2

Printimus Pinball in Bytom, Poland

After last year’s inaugural Mihiderka Pinball & Food Festival – the world’s only combined pinball and vegan food event – we are back at Printimus Pinball in the southern Polish town of Bytom to enjoy the burgers and the flippers for a second time.

The home of Printimus Pinball in Bytom, Poland
The home of Printimus Pinball in Bytom, Poland

Printimus is a full-service printing company based on a light industrial park on the outskirts of Bytom in the Silesia region of the country. While printing is the main business, the building also houses a nice collection of pinballs ranging from 1977 Gottlieb four-players such as Bronco and Jungle Queen, through to Jersey Jack Pinball’s The Hobbit Smaug Edition.

The Printimus Pinball collection
The Printimus Pinball collection

Printimus is owned by Marcin Krysiński while the Printimus Pinball section is run by joint Polish IFPA Director, Łukasz Dziatkiewicz who is also president of Polish Pinball Association (PSF). Together they would host a main pinball tournament, a classic tournament, a JJP tournament, a magic-themed tournament and a Dig-Dug video game tournament.

Łukasz shows off his pinball socks
Łukasz shows off his pinball socks

Mihiderka is a Marcin’s family-run vegan restaurant which began as a single operation in Gliwice near Bytom but has since expanded to three locations with a fourth opening soon and further expansion on the cards.

The Mihiderka logo

So, the three-day event gives a unique opportunity to combine competitive pinball with the best in plant-based cuisine.

But before we get to any of that, we left the Printimus building for a ride to another unique business based in the nearby city of Katowice. On the way there we drove through the city of Chorzów. The city was a sponsor of the Mihiderka Pinball and Food Festival, providing prizes to the winners, and even included pinball in its promotional video (something which is very unusual in Poland) to businesses looking to invest in the region.

The pinball-themed promotional video for Chorzów

So it was that our car dropped us off down a narrow alleyway.

What's down this unexceptional-looking alleyway?
What’s down this unexceptional-looking passage?

Our destination was a pinball-themed hotel offering an immersive pinball experience for those staying in one of the dedicated pinball rooms.

Welcome to the Pinball Rooms
Welcome to the Pinball Rooms

As soon as you enter the building you come face-to-face with a familiar character at reception.

Welcome to the Funhouse
Welcome to the Funhouse

Rudy greets guests and offers them brochures
Rudy’s all grown up and now greets guests and offers them brochures

Every corridor and room in the hotel features pinball games, pinball artwork, pinball photographs.

Rudy is also inside the coffee table in the lobby area
Rudy is also inside the coffee table in the lobby area

Funhouse cabinet artwork adorns the walls
Funhouse cabinet artwork adorns the walls

Leaving reception to visit the bedrooms we pass a Mustang machine and various backglasses.

This way to the rooms
This way to the rooms

The rooms are split up by theme. Some are music-themed, others circus-themed.

Guns 'N Roses join with AC/DC in one room, while Williams titles occupy another
Guns ‘N Roses join with AC/DC in one room, while Williams titles occupy another

What lies behind this door?
What lies behind this door?

Can you sleep in a Cyclone?
Can you sleep in a Cyclone?

Perhaps you'd prefer spending the night with Indiana Jones?
Perhaps you’d prefer spending the night with Indiana Jones?

No monkey brains for breakfast though
No monkey brains for breakfast though

The pinball hotel is the brainchild of Eugeniusz Wiecha who is a legendary figure in the Polish amusement business, establishing the Rabkoland amusement park, being one of the founders of Interplay magazine and also a prolific operator of amusement machines.

Eugeniusz Wiecha
Eugeniusz Wiecha

The Mihiderka Pinball & Food Festival tour group with Eugeniusz
The Mihiderka Pinball & Food Festival tour group with Eugeniusz

Then it was back to Printimus Pinball for practice, lunch, and the start of the tournaments.

Heading back to Bytom
Heading back to Bytom

Back to the pinballs
Back to the pinballs

Entrance to the Mihiderka Pinball & Food Festival cost €40 per person if paid before February 14th, increasing by €5 for entries up until March 7th and rising to €50 thereafter.

Apart from entry to the tournaments, players had use of the kitchen facilities, soft drinks, tea, coffee as well as breakfast and a late lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Beer could be purchased at 5PLN ($1.25/€1.18/£1.01) per 500ml bottle, although in contrast to previous tournaments there was no fully-stocked snacks machine.

The kitchen facilities
The kitchen facilities

The two most popular machines all weekend
The two most popular machines all weekend

Some of the vegan food available for breakfast
Some of the vegan food available for breakfast

One criticism of last year’s festival was that although the vegan food was tasty and plentiful, some players objected to the lack of any meaty dishes. This year there were several meat dishes (cold meats and sausages) available for breakfast both days.

Breakfast food items remained available throughout the morning while qualifying for all the tournaments continued.

The main tournament used an unusual qualifying format. There were 24 pinballs used in qualifying and players could play any of them as many times as they wanted before qualifying closed around 9pm on Saturday evening.

Whenever a player achieved a score they deemed good enough, they would get it recorded on their score sheet and that score would then be ‘locked-in’ for that machine and couldn’t be changed. They could then move on to their next machine and play until they decided to record a score on that one.

The machines used were:

Main Tournament Qualifying Machines
1 – Cirqus Voltaire
2 – Theatre of Magic
3 – Pinball Magic
4 – World Cup Soccer
5 – Star Trek: The Next Generation
6 – Twilight Zone
7 – No Good Gofers
8 – Attack from Mars
9 – The Addams Family
10 – The Machine: Bride of Pinbot
11 – The Shadow
12 – The Flintstones
13 – Revenge from Mars
14 – Spider-Man
15 – Whitewater
16 – Demolition Man
17 – Evel Knievel
18 – Cactus Canyon
19 – Monster Bash
20 – High Speed 2: The Getaway
21 – Monster Bash
22 – Tales of the Arabian Nights
23 – Funhouse
24 – Indiana Jones (Williams)

Players were free to move around between machines as they wished, so if they found they couldn’t get into a particular title they could come back to it later. However, with 24 machines on which to record scores, time could be tight if players were too picky about getting a great score to record.

All scores on the twenty-four machines were ranked and ranking points awarded. When qualification ended, the twelve players with the highest total ranking points would continue to A division play-offs the next day. The remainder would move into the B division for their own set of play-offs for places thirteenth and up.

In addition to the main tournament there was the classic tournament held on six electromechanical or solid state machines.

The six classics tournament machines
The six classic tournament machines

Main Tournament Qualifying Machines
1 – Haunted House
2 – Sinbad
3 – Mata Hari
4 – Jungle Queen
5 – Bronco
6 – Spirit of 76

Qualifying in this tournament was more like classic PAPA style, in that a player could choose three of the six machines and play one game on each for their entry. The skill was in putting together a run of three good scores and not having a bad game which ruined your entry.

You could decide at any time to void your entry, or if you thought it was better than any previous attempts, submit it. One entry was included with MPFF registration, but more could be bought for 5PLN each.

The same pricing scheme applied to the remaining two tournaments.

One entry to the Magic of Pinball competition allowed one game on each of the three magic-themed games – Pinball Magic, Theatre of Magic and Cirqus Voltaire. OK, so Cirqus Voltaire is more a circus-themed game but what circus doesn’t have a magical feel to any youngster lucky enough to be in the audience?

David plays in the magic tournament
David plays in the Magic of Pinball tournament

As the classic tournament, the key to success lay in putting together a string of good games so that all three games in your entry held respectable scores.

The final tournament was played out on the two Jersey Jack Pinball title The Wizard of Oz and The Hobbit: Smaug Edition.

The two JJP machines
The two JJP tournament machines

Around 3pm on Saturday lunch was served. Guests could choose from the two types of Mihiderka vegan burgers, or they could order from a delivery service menu if they preferred a meat or non-vegan meal.

Mihiderka's signature dish is their burgers, which were freshly prepared
Mihiderka’s signature dish is their burgers, which were freshly prepared

As tasty as they look
As tasty as they look

In addition to the made-to-order burgers, a rice stew with bread was served on Saturday.

A different hot dish was available each day too
A different hot dish was available each day too

Those who didn't want the vegan food could order from a delivery menu
Those who didn’t want the vegan food could order from a delivery menu

Once lunch was finished, the serious business of qualifying continued.

Players try to record a good score on every machine
Players try to record a good score on every machine

Rafał inputs the scores
Rafał inputs the scores

The standings were projected on the wall
The standings were projected on the wall

Medals would be awarded rather than trophies
Medals would be awarded rather than trophies

Later in the day, vegan mushroom pizza was served along with the remaining stew from lunch time.

Vegan pizza was both tasty and filling
Vegan pizza was both tasty and filling

When qualifying closed, all the players were ranked according to their total ranking points across all twenty-four machines, with the top half going into the A division and the remainder into the B division for the play-offs on Sunday.

Main Tournament Qualifying
Pos Name Score
A Division
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Greg Mott
Martin Ayub
Jonas Johansson
Daniel Maczurek
Mariusz Tkacz
Piotr Kochański
David Mainwaring
Cezary Głowala
Jakub Tkacz
Rafał Bytomski
Daniel Kaczmarek
Szymon Marciniszyn
1,387
1,322
1,297
1,227
1,087
1,080
1,034
1,019
972
888
831
831
B Division
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
Joel Woźniak
Jakub Józefczyk
Hubert Krysiński
Jerzy Węglarz
Ovidiu Cacina
Marek Kotkiewicz
Arkadiusz Marciniszyn
Tomasz Świerkot
Marcin Krysiński
Andrzej Olszewski
Ida Edwartz
Łukasz Dziatkiewicz
Marek Janusz
Cristina Staines
822
743
705
647
602
555
543
514
426
365
282
253
247
0

Qualifying in the classic, Magic of Pinball and JJP tournaments would continue on Sunday meaning everyone still had a chance of making to the play-offs of those tournaments.

Before the main tournament play-offs could begin, the format had to be decided based on the number of players and the time available. It was agreed that everyone in each division would play a single game against each of the other players in their division with the number of wins deciding the rankings. The top four in each division would then go into their respective finals.

Marcin explains the play-off format
Marcin explains the play-off format

As a slight twist, the number of wins for the four finalists would be carried forward and be added to the 4-2-1-0 points earned in each game of the final.

The four A division finalists were Cezary Głowala, Daniel Maczurek, David Mainwaring and Martin Ayub. Martin achieved three more wins in the play-offs than either Cezary or Daniel in the play-offs, so he took those three points into the final. Similarly, David had one more win so took one point into the final.

The final four in the main tournament
The final four in the main tournament:
Cezary Głowala, Daniel Maczurek, David Mainwaring & Martin Ayub

The format of the final allowed each player to choose a machine upon which a four-player game would be played. Points would be awarded for positions on each game, with four points going to the winner, two points to the second-placed player, one point for third place and no points for coming last. When the fourth game was over, the total of the game points and the points carried over would decide the places.

The first game was chosen by Daniel and was Twilight Zone. As with all four games, the player picking the game went first with the remaining players rotating play order from game to game.

Daniel starts the final on his choice of Twilight Zone
Daniel starts the final on his choice of Twilight Zone

Despite picking the game, Twilight Zone was not kind to Daniel and he ultimately ended up coming last on the machine.

Cezary is player two
Cezary is player two

Cezary in the player two position fared a little better but still never really got into the game, finishing third.

David plays third
David plays third

After another poor start, David pulled his game back with a strong finish on his third ball.

Martin plays last
Martin plays last

However, Martin had made a strong start on his first ball, racking up over 600M. His second ball pushed that to 1.1BN which was easily enough to win the game without needing his third ball.

Play then moved on to Cezary’s choice of Cactus Canyon, and after taking second in the previous game, David Mainwaring went one better and won this game. Martin was second, Daniel third, and the curse of playing your chosen game continued with Cezary coming fourth.

Cactus Canyon is chosen by Cezary as the second game of the final
Cactus Canyon is chosen by Cezary as the second game of the final

The curse was broken on game three though as, after a shaky start, David won on his pick of The Flintstones with a total score just shy of 1BN.

David chose The Flintstones for his game
David chose The Flintstones for his game

Martin was second again, with Cezary third and Daniel fourth.

David won on The Flintstones
David won on The Flintstones

Going into the last game off the final, David and Martin were tied on 11 points each (including the carried forward points), while Cezary had 2 points and Daniel 1. Whoever between David and Martin finished highest in the last game would be the overall winner.

The game was Martin’s choice of Funhouse, and he started as player one.

Martin chose Funhouse as the last game of the final
Martin chose Funhouse as the last game of the final

He had a good start too, getting multiball and a jackpot on his first ball and setting himself up for a reasonable 10M overall total

Daniel had a solid if unexceptional first ball, but soon got his game together and overtook Martin’s total.

Daniel played second
Daniel played second

Cezary wasn’t finding too much fun in the house, but still put up a reasonable score to sit in third place with just David left to play.

Cezary played third
Cezary played third

David needed a big last ball to overtake Martin’s score and win the final, and although it looked as though he could possibly do it, an outlane drain ended the final and left David in fourth on Funhouse.

David played last
David played last

So, the results of the A division final were:

Main Tournament A Division Results
Pos Name Score
1
2
3
4
Martin Ayub
David Mainwaring
Daniel Maczurek
Cezary Głowala
13
11
5
3

 

Winner of the Mihiderka Pinball & Food Festival main tournament, Martin Ayub
Winner of the Mihiderka Pinball & Food Festival main tournament, Martin Ayub

Second place, David Mainwaring
Second place, David Mainwaring

Third place in the main tournament, Daniel Maczurek
Third place in the main tournament, Daniel Maczurek

In addition to the medals, cash prizes were also awarded with €150 for first place in the main tournament, €75 for second, €50 for third and €25 for fourth.

The winners of each tournament also took home a goodie bag from the city of Chorzów which included a mug and a quality sketchbook.

Goodie bags for the winners from Chorzów
Goodie bags for the winners from Chorzów

The final of the B division was running alongside the A division and it was a battle between Joël Wozniak, Jakub Jozefczyk, Hubert Krysinski and Jerzy Weglarz.

In that division, it was Jakub who triumphed, with Joël second, Hubert third and Jerzy fourth. They ended up in thirteenth to sixteen places respectively.

Main Tournament Results
Pos Name
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
Martin Ayub
David Mainwaring
Daniel Maczurek
Cezary Głowala
Jonas Johansson
Jakub Tkacz
Szymon Marciniszyn
Piotr Kochanski
Mariusz Tkacz
Greg Mott
Daniel Kaczmarek
Rafal Bytomski
Jakub Jozefczyk
Joël Wozniak
Hubert Krysinski
Jerzy Weglarz
Marcin Krysinski
Lukasz Dziatkiewicz
Andrzej Olszewski
Ovidiu Cacina
Tomasz Swierkot
Marek Janusz
Marek Kotkiewicz
Arkadiusz Marciniszyn
Ida Edwartz

Attention then turned to the remaining four tournaments. After the main tournament’s play-offs here was another period of qualifying for these, but as soon as the main final was over, the play-offs for the classic tournament began.

The Classic tournament along with the side tournaments allowed unlimited entries during the qualifying period. One entry was included with MPFF registration, but others could be bought for 5PLN each.

In the Classics, the top eight were split into two groups of four with each group playing a single four-player game on Sinbad, Bronco and Jungle Queen. It was original intended to play all six machines, but the lateness of the hour and the time it would take to play all six meant it was cut-down to the three fastest-playing games.

The first semi-final grouping in the classics tournament
The first semi-final grouping in the classic tournament

The second classics semi-final
The second classic semi-final

After the play-offs there was a tie for second place in one group. Initially it was decided to give the place in the final to the highest qualifier, but after much discussion that decision was reversed and a single game on Mata Hari was used to decide who should go into the final.

The play-off for the last place in the final
The play-off for the last place in the final

The four classic tournament finalist were David Mainwaring, Martin Ayub, Joël Wozniak and Greg Mott.

With the clock ticking, it was decided against playing all the same games again but to play the as-yet-unused Evel Knievel. A single game was deemed too random, so the final would consist of two games on the machine with the scores from each game added together to give an overall score.

Greg started the final of the classics tournament
Greg started the final of the classic tournament

Greg began and got off to a very nice start

Martin plays second
Martin plays second

Martin played second but had a fairly tortuous first ball.

David in the classics final
David in the classic final

David had a similarly disappointing start, while Joël did a little better.

Joel is player four in the first game of the classics tournament
Joël is player four in the first game of the classic tournament

On the third ball, Martin drained after only adding 8K to his total, but the player two light then lit. It turned out he had played an extra ball earned by Greg. This happened because the player one light didn’t work and nobody noticed the ‘same player shoots again’ light briefly illuminate during the game, so there was no indication it was still player one’s turn.

Marcin points out what he thinks happened
Marcin points out what he thinks happened

There was much discussion about what had happened and the best way to resolve it.

A discussion takes place on the best way forward
A discussion takes place on the best way forward

In the end, Greg received an extra ball at the end of the game, the score from which would be added to his five-ball game total. Martin ‘s ball would be drained and the 8,000 points he scored with Greg’s extra ball transferred to Martin’s total.

Greg plays his extra ball
Greg plays his extra ball

After all the excitement had died down, Greg won the first game with his 222K total, Joël was second on 102K, Martin third on 91K and David fourth on 47K.

Ovidiu and Łukasz look back on a long weekend
Ovidiu and Łukasz look back on a long weekend

In the second game David began, needing a good game to catch up with Greg’s first game total. His first ball of 55K was a good start and the 80K which followed looked promising, but these turned out to be his best balls of the game and he ended on 150K.

Greg was looking to cement his lead with a reasonable second game, but his 103K total left the door partially open.

Joel had a nice final ball, nearly doubling his 79K score to end on 150K.

Martin needed around 220K to win, but could only manage 178K before a drain ended his game and the final.

The final scores were:

Classic Tournament A Division Results
Pos Name Score
1
2
3
4
Greg Mott
Martin Ayub
Joël Wozniak
David Mainwaring
222K + 103K = 325K
92K + 178K = 270K
102K + 149K = 251K
47K + 150K = 197K

and the full results were:

Classic Tournament Results
Pos Name
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
Greg Mott
Martin Ayub
Joël Wozniak
David Mainwaring
Andrzej Olszewski
Jakub Tkacz
Mariusz Tkacz
Rafal Bytomski
Cezary Glowala
Daniel Maczurek
Szymon Marciniszyn
Piotr Kochanski
Marek Kotkiewicz
Jonas Johansson
Tomasz Swierkot
Hubert Krysinski
Daniel Kaczmarek
Marek Janusz
Ovidiu Cacina

Winner of the classic tournament, Greg Mott
Winner of the classic tournament, Greg Mott

Second place, Martin Ayub
Second place, Martin Ayub

Fourth place in the classic tournament, David Mainwaring
Fourth place in the classic tournament, David Mainwaring

Cash prizes of €50/€25/€15/€5 were also awarded for first to fourth places.

All cash prizes had to be signed for
All cash prizes had to be signed for

The next tournament was Magic of Pinball and again, the late hour meant the final was played on a single game of Cirqus Voltaire rather than across all three tournament machines. The four finalists were Piotr Kochanski, Greg Mott, Jakub Tkacz and Rafal Bytomski competing for the champion title.

The final of the magic tournament
The final of the Magic of Pinball tournament

This time it was Rafel who triumphed over the others, with Piotr in second place, Jakub third and Greg fourth.

Magic of Pinball Results
Pos Name
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
Rafał Bytomski
Piotr Kochanski
Jakub Tkacz
Greg Mott
Daniel Maczurek
Mariusz Tkacz
Jerzy Weglarz
Jakub Jozefczyk
Martin Ayub
Joël Wozniak
Daniel Kaczmarek
Cezary Glowala
Andrzej Olszewski
Jonas Johansson
Tomasz Swierkot
Marek Kotkiewicz
Arkadiusz Marciniszyn
Szymon Marciniszyn
Hubert Krysinski
Marcin Krysinski
Ovidiu Cacina
Marek Janusz
David Mainwaring

 

Winner of the magic tournament, Rafał Bytomski
Winner of the Magic of Pinball tournament, Rafał Bytomski

Second place, Piotr Kochański
Second place, Piotr Kochański

Third in the magic tournament, Jakub Tkacz
Third in the Magic of Pinball tournament, Jakub Tkacz

Fourth in the magic tournament, Greg Mott
Fourth in the Magic of Pinball tournament, Greg Mott

The penultimate final was the JJP tournament. This was played on The Wizard of Oz and The Hobbit, with the familiar 4-2-1-0 points system used in each game. The four finalists were Mariusz Tkacz, Greg Mott, Piotr Kochanski and Rafał Bytomski.

Greg began well, taking first place and four points from The Wizard of Oz. Mariusz earned two points from his second place, Rafal got one point for third place, while Piotr failed to score with his fourth-place finish.

Rafel playing the first game of the JJP tournament
Rafel playing the first game of the JJP tournament

There had been a failure of the main processor fan on The Hobbit, so The Wizard of Oz was played first and then the fan was swapped to The Hobbit so that game could be played.

Mariusz plays in the final
Mariusz plays in the final

Mariusz began on game two but was unable to improve on his previous second place and actually ended up third with one more point for a total of three.

Rafal played second and had a much better game on The Hobbit than The Wizard of Oz, winning the game and ending up on five points.

The final wasn’t going well for Piotr. After failing to score any points in the first game, he had a similarly tough time in the second.

After winning game one, Greg needed second place or higher to avoid either a tie-break or coming second.

Greg plays the second game of the JJP tournament final
Greg plays the second game of the JJP tournament final

As it was, he took second place and the two points for a winning total of six.

So, the final totals were:

JJP Tournament Final Results
Pos Name Score
1
2
3
4
Greg Mott
Rafał Bytomski
Mariusz Tkacz
Piotr Kochanski
4 + 2 = 6
1 + 4 = 5
2 + 1 = 3
0 + 0 = 0

and the final standings were:

JJP Tournament Results
Pos Name
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
Greg Mott
Rafal Bytomski
Mariusz Tkacz
Piotr Kochanski
Jonas Johansson
Andrzej Olszewski
Hubert Krysinski
Ovidiu Cacina
Martin Ayub
Daniel Kaczmarek
Daniel Maczurek
Jakub Jozefczyk
Joël Wozniak
Jerzy Weglarz
Jakub Tkacz
Marek Janusz
Christina Staines
Tomasz Swierkot
Marcin Krysinski
Cezary Glowala
Marek Kotkiewicz

 

Winner of the JJP tournament, Greg Mott
Winner of the JJP tournament, Greg Mott

Second place, Rafał Bytomski
Second place, Rafał Bytomski

Third place, Mariusz Tkacz, collected by his son Jakub
Third place, Mariusz Tkacz, collected by his son Jakub

Fourth place in the JJP tournament, Piotr Kochanski
Fourth place in the JJP tournament, Piotr Kochanski

The very last tournament to conclude was the Dig Dug video game competition which took place last thing on Sunday evening.

The Dig Dug tournament is last to end
The Dig Dug tournament is last to end

We rushed out before the Dig Dug final was completed to try to get some dinner before everywhere in Bytom closed for the night (we failed), but the tournament was won by Łukasz Dziatkiewicz who not only won a medal but a suitable prize for his first place.

Łukasz Dziatkiewicz is the winner of the Dig Dug medal and a special prize
Łukasz Dziatkiewicz is the winner of the Dig Dug medal and a special prize

There was one further award for the Most Stylish Player which was awarded by the organisers to Christina Staines, with Łukasz making the presentation.

Winner of the most stylish player award, Christina Staines
Winner of the most stylish player award, Christina Staines

By the end of the competitions, only a few players remained as the Mihiderka Pinball & Food Festival 2017 drew to a close.

The last players standing
The last players standing

The pinball and food festival is over for the weekend
The pinball and food festival is over for the weekend

Marcin and Łukasz were kind enough to collect those guests who flew in to nearby Katowice Airport and bring them to the event, as well as take them back on Monday morning for their flights home. There was also the opportunity for a final few games on the Printimus Pinball machines as well as a farewell chance to savour the tasty Mihiderka vegan pizza for lunch.

In addition, a prize package arrived on Monday from Jersey Jack Pinball containing flyers, T-shirts and hats. Greg Mott, as winner of the JJP tournament, was able to choose some prizes from the gifts, with the remainder used for future tournaments.

The Mihiderka Pinball and Food Festival is certainly a unique event in the pinball world and one which in our opinion is well worth supporting.

The first MPFF in 2016 proved rather restrictive in the way almost the entire weekend was spent in the Printimus building, with only vegan food served and little opportunity to venture outside for alternatives. Thankfully the organisers listened to the suggestions and made the MPFF more relaxed in 2017, with more time to play games, earlier finishes and non-vegan meals available.

Thanks to Marcin, Łukasz and the Mihiderka team for organising another MPFF, and to resident technician Mirek for making sure the ball kept rolling smoothly all weekend.

EUROPEAN PINBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2016

The venue for the European Pinball Championship 2016

The European Pinball Championship (or EPC) is the continents biggest competitive event and it is held in a different country each year. Last year we were in Belgium and the year before that in Italy, but for 2016 we headed to the Polish city of Łódź and the Port Łódź shopping centre.

Port Łódź shopping centre
Port Łódź shopping centre

Port Łódź is an out-of-town shopping centre a few miles south-west of the centre of Łódź. It is a large complex with DIY stores, a supermarket, computer and electrical outlets, plenty of ice cream and coffee shops, and a food court.

The shopping centre
The shopping centre

Unfortunately there are no good-quality hotels in the immediate neighbourhood of Port Łódź. We stayed at a pleasant guest house which was around a 20-minute walk away which proved to be no problem given the lovely weather. We also spent one night at the nearest hotel which is the Willa Marina, located just across the street from the shopping centre. We could say it has seen better days, but in truth it probably hasn’t.

In the middle of the shopping centre is a circular courtyard with more food and drink stalls, and some outside seating. It was in a former Marks & Spencer unit that the Polish organisers had set up the tournament and free play machines for this year’s EPC.

The venue for the EPC 2016
The venue for the EPC 2016
The venue for the EPC 2016
The venue for the EPC 2016

Being a former clothing and housewares store the interior was brightly lit, with a large open-plan layout which made the whole unit feel very spacious.

Inside the shopping centre retail unit used for the EPC
Inside the shopping centre retail unit used for the EPC

As players entered through the main set of doors, the registration desk was on the right. It was here that the 149 registered entrants signed-in and collected their commemorative bags containing promotional fliers, their player badge, a pair of lanyards and a guide to the city of Łódź.

Goodie bags for the players
Goodie bags for the players

The rest of the unit was split into five areas.

The first of these was the free-play machine zone. This is where the twenty practice machines were set up for people to play before and after their qualifying round.

Free-play practice machines
Free-play practice machines
Free-play practice machines
Free-play practice machines
Free-play practice machines
Free-play practice machines
Free-play practice machines
Free-play practice machines

The free-play machines were:

Bad Cats
Batman Forever
Batman Forever
Big Guns
Doctor Who*
Elvira & the Party Monsters*
F-14 Tomcat
F-14 Tomcat*
Funhouse
Hot Tip*
Indiana Jones (WMS)
Jurassic Park: The Lost World*
NBA Fastbreak
Secret Service*
Shadow, The
Shaq Attaq
Space Shuttle (Zac)
Spirit of ’76
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Time Machine (DE)
*machine was turned off or otherwise not playable

 

Sadly, with one or two notable exceptions, the condition of these free-play machines was not great. Some never seemed to work all weekend, while others had problems such as missing parts, weak flippers, reset issues or simply had no credits for much of the time.

Secret Service - a fun game, when it has credits
Secret Service – a fun game, when it has credits

There were also two more free-play games. One was an Indiana Jones which was demonstrating the PinSound customisable sound board and was part of the PinSound stand. The other was a Bride of Pinbot 2.0 which was only available to play at certain times.

The PinSound Indiana Jones and the Bride of Pinbot 2.0
The PinSound Indiana Jones and the Bride of Pinbot 2.0

Behind the PinSound stand was the area used for the ’80s Tournament which was the ‘classics’ tournament at this year’s EPC.

The machine numbers board for the '80s Tournament
The machine numbers board for the ’80s Tournament

Eight machines were used for the ’80s Tournament, although one of them was actually a ’90s machine. The machines were:

Earthshaker!
Comet
Funhouse
Fire!
Black Knight 2000
Pinbot
Road Kings
Swords of Fury

 

Players in the '80s Tournament
Players in the ’80s Tournament

Competitors could play one game on any four of the eight machines. Those scores were ranked alongside all the other scores on those machines and points awarded. The top 16 scorers would qualify for the play-offs on Saturday night.

Players in the '80s Tournament
Players in the ’80s Tournament

To the right of the PinSound stand was the organisers’ desk which is where the trophies and the current standings were on display.

Trophies and cash prizes for the tournaments
Trophies and cash prizes for the tournaments
The trophies for the main EPC tournament
The trophies for the main EPC tournament
The trophy for the winner of the main EPC tournament
The trophy for the winner of the main EPC tournament
The Fair Play trophy given to the player who shows the best sportsmanship
The Fair Play trophy given to the player who shows the best sportsmanship
The Team Tournament awards
The Team Tournament awards

The scores and standings were shown on projector screens at the organisers’ desk.

'80s Tournament scores and standings
’80s Tournament scores and standings
The groupings for the EPC
The groupings for the EPC
The rather ad-hoc projector mounting
The rather ad-hoc projector mounting

Guests could buy commemorative EPC mugs or T-shirts. The mugs were 25 Zloty ($6.48/€5.80/£5.00) and the T-shirts twice that price.

EPC 2016 mug
EPC 2016 mug
EPC 2016 T-shirt
EPC 2016 T-shirt

In addition to the main EPC, Team Tournament and ’80s Tournament, there were three single-machine side tournaments taking place.

The Lorneta Challenge and Crossroads Show were held on a High Speed 2 and a Roadshow respectively.

The Lorneta Challenge tournament award
The Lorneta Challenge tournament award
The Crossroads Show Tournament award
The Crossroads Show Tournament award

Those two machines were positioned to the right of the organisers’ desk.

The Lorneta Challenge and Crossroads Show machines
The Lorneta Challenge and Crossroads Show machines

A High Speed 2: The Getaway machine was used for the Lorneta Challenge but players had to wear distorting goggles while playing.

The Lorneta Challenge goggles
The Lorneta Challenge goggles

The left and right flipper buttons were swapped on the Crossroads Show Roadshow game, with players forbidden from crossing their arms while playing it. EPC competitors could have one entry in both tournaments, and the highest scorers on each machine would win the trophies.

There was another high score tournament. This one was the Whoa Nellie! Challenge. No prizes for guessing which machine was used for this one.

The Whoa Nellie! Challenge machine
The Whoa Nellie! Challenge machine

The game cost 2 Polish Zloty ($0.50/€0.46/£0.40) to play, with unlimited attempts allowed during show hours. At the end of the EPC the player with the highest score would win.

The Whoa Nellie! Challenge
The Whoa Nellie! Challenge

The right side of the main room was where the EPC tournament machines were set up. The 27 games were divided into three pools of nine, with each pool containing eight tournament machines and one reserve.

The pools were:

POOL A POOL B POOL C
Metallica Pro
Scared Stiff
Kiss Pro
Corvette
Tales of the Arabian Nights
Batman: Dark Knight
Whitewater
Demolition Man
Reserve: Dirty Harry
World Cup Soccer
Game of Thrones Pro
The Addams Family
Star Trek Pro
AC/DC Pro
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Dirty Harry
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Reserve: The Flintstones
The Walking Dead Pro
Terminator 2
World Cup Soccer
Scared Stiff
AC/DC Pro
Metallica Pro
Lethal Weapon 3
The Lord of the Rings
Reserve: Twilight Zone

 

Each player was put into a group of 12 and played a single game against each of the other players in the group.

Players were allocated to one of the pools – A, B or C – and played all their matches in that zone. The list of matches and the machines to be played were shown on the reverse of each player’s badge and also on a board next to the entrance to the pool.

Pool C
Pool C

Some groups played their matches on the Friday, but the majority played during the three time slots on Saturday.

The matches for the first round on Friday evening
The matches for the first round on Friday evening
Players in Pool B await the start of their matches
Players in Pool B await the start of their matches
Pool B machines, one with live stream cameras
Pool B machines, one with live stream cameras
Pool A machines
Pool A machines

A win in a match earned a player 1 point while a loss earned them a zero. Once all eleven rounds had been played the four players with the most wins progressed to the play-off rounds on Sunday.

Players in Pool C check their final scores
Players in Pool C check their final scores

If there were ties for any of the qualifying positions, the number of wins each tied player had over the other tied players was used to determine who qualified. If that still failed to break the tie, a single play-off match was played.

The number of wins between tied players is worked out
The number of wins between tied players is worked out

Beyond the EPC zones was a ‘chill-out’ area – a darkened room with soft seating and two table football (foosball) games. There was also a Demolition Man game set up in there, but this never seemed to be powered-up.

The chill-out zone (with the lights turned on)
The chill-out zone (with the lights turned on)
The chill-out zone (with the lights turned on)
The chill-out zone (with the lights turned on)

The final zone was behind one of the banks of free-play practice machines, and it contained the four machines used for the Team Tournament: Mustang Pro, Roadshow, Johnny Mnemonic and WWE Wrestlemania Pro.

The Team Tournament area
The Team Tournament area

These machines were also used on Sunday for the main EPC play-offs as a ‘Zone D’ area.

Here’s a chance to look around the EPC venue during qualifying on Saturday afternoon in our exclusive Six Minute Tour.

 

In the main EPC tournament, each round was given 3.5 hours to complete their eleven matches before the following round began. Although that didn’t leave much time for machine maintenance or adjustments, this seemed to generally work well with only around a 15-20 minute delay in some areas by the time the last round began at 4pm on Saturday.

When the final round was completed, the 52 qualifiers who would play in Sunday’s play-offs were known along with the 12 players with the most wins who would get a bye through the first round. They were all listed on the projector screen.

The list of EPC qualifiers
The list of EPC qualifiers

Because the type is rather small and indistinct on the screen, here’s the list.

EPC 2016 Qualifiers
Name Wins
Erwin Deutschländer 11
Sandor Varga 10
Konrad Masłowski 10
Jorian Engelbrektsson 10
Franck Bona 10
Daniele Acciari 10
Marcus Hugosson 9
Roberto Pedroni 9
Jan Anders Nilsson 9
Stefan Karlhuber 9
Kim Günther Hansen 9
Philipp Unger 9
up Bye through first round up
Benjamin Gräbeldinger 9
Gabriel Gavrilita 9
Daniel Nowak 8
Paweł Nowak 8
Marcin Jaśkiewicz 8
Tamas Odler 8
Johan Genberg 8
Linus Persson 8
Linus Jorenbo 8
Daniele Baldan 8
John van der Wulp 8
Fabio Francescato 8
Jörgen Holm 8
Anders Carlsson 8
Cayle George 8
Helena Walter 8
Mariusz Tkacz 8
Rafael Masedo 8
Peter Andersen 8
Cesare d’Atri 8
David Dahl-Hansson 8
Reiner Pfeiffer 7
Kevin Kuhn 7
Martin Janczyk 7
Ari Sovijärvi 7
Antti Peltonen 7
Daniel Kaczmarek 7
Jakub Ciepliński 7
Lukasz Wawryka 7
Kirsten Adam 7
Marcin Kisiel 7
Carlos Javier Parra 7
Hartmut Besigk 7
Lukasz Romanowski 7
Stefan Schichtl 7
Philippe Bocquet 7
Stefan Herold 7
Karyn Kiser 7
Marco Suvanto 7
Pontus Qvarfordh 6

 

In cases where players were tied for a bye position, their IFPA ranking was used as the deciding factor rather than having any kind of play-off.

The final tournament event on Saturday evening was the final of the EPC Team Tournament.

Twenty-nine teams of three took part and they were mostly – but not entirely – groups of players with the same nationality. Each team played one game on the four Team Tournament machines, with every player playing one ball of the game. Games could be played at any time from 3pm on Friday until 6pm on Saturday. The scores were ranked with the top eight teams qualifying for the play-offs.

The EPC Team Tournament
The EPC Team Tournament

In the play-offs the teams were paired-up and played the machines again. The first team to get two wins moved on to the semi-finals.

The Team Tournament also gave the Polish repair team a chance to work on the games which would be used for the main EPC play-offs the next day, fixing any faults and cleaning them up.

Cleaning and maintenance on Saturday evening
Cleaning and maintenance on Saturday evening

The two teams who then contested the final were Hungary 2 (Sandor Varga, Tamas Odler & Balázs Pálfi) and Sweden (Jorian Engelbrektsson, Jörgen Holm & Marcus Hugosson). The final was played as a single two-player match on Bride of Pinbot 2.0.

Team Sweden discuss tactics for the final
Team Sweden discuss tactics for the final
Team Hungary 2 start the final
Team Hungary 2 start the final
Despite being held on Saturday evening, a good crowd watched the final
Despite being held on Saturday evening, a good crowd watched the final

In the end it was a victory for the Swedes, leaving Hungary 2 in second place and Team France (Franck Bona, Willy Sachet & Philippe Bocquet) in third.

The top three in the EPC Team Tournament: Hungary 2 (2nd), Sweden (1st) and Team France (3rd)
The top three in the EPC Team Tournament::Hungary 2 (2nd), Sweden (1st) and Team France (3rd)

Here are the results for all 29 teams taking part:

EPC Team Tournament Results
1 Team Sweden
2 Team Hungary 2
3 Team France
4 Team Sweden 2
5 Team Hungary
6 Team Spain 2
7 Team Austria
8 Team Finland
9 Team Denmark
10 Team Poland
11 Team Finland
12 Team Poland 5
13 Team Italy
14 Team Netherlands
15 Team UK/Sweden
16 Team Slovenia 2
17 Team Poland 3
18 Team Spain
19 Team Germany 2
20 Team Finland
21 Team Sweden 3
22 Team Poland 2
23 Team Slovenia
24 Team Germany
25 Team Germany 3
26 Team Finland 3
27 Team Romania
28 Team Poland 6
29 Team Poland 4

 

The fun wasn’t over though, because the EPC organisers had arranged an evening at a music club in the centre of Łódź. A bus was also booked to ferry everyone from Port Łódź to the New York Music Club.

The bus to the night club in Łódź
The bus to the night club in Łódź

The twenty minute ride took us to Piotrkowska in the centre of Łódź.

Piotrkowska in Łódź
Piotrkowska in Łódź

Entry to New York Music Club was 10 PLN (or roughly $/€/£ 2). A raised seating area had been reserved for EPC guests with a great view of the stage where an excellent covers band was performing AC/DC, Tom Petty and Neil Young songs along with many other classic tracks.

Live music at the New York Music Club
Live music at the New York Music Club
The lively and appreciative guests
The lively and appreciative guests
Team Sweden celebrate their Team Tournament win
Team Sweden celebrate their Team Tournament win
More of the EPC crowd enjoying themselves
More of the EPC crowd enjoying themselves

Not surprisingly we weren’t out of bed too early on Sunday morning and so missed the first rounds of the ’80s Tournament play-offs which began at 8:30am.

EPC ’80s Tournament Qualifiers
1 Ernö Rotter
2 Tobias Wagemann
3 Sandor Varga
4 Fabio Francescato
5 Cezary Głowala
6 Roberto Pedroni
7 Julio Vicario Soriano
8 Johan Genberg
9 Jorian Engelbrektsson
10 Rafael Masedo
11 Daniel Nowak
12 Daniele Baldan
13 Javier Núñez Pérez
14 Giuseppe Violante
15 Patrik Jönsson
16 Karyn Kiser

 

The format saw the sixteen qualifiers split into four groups of four players. It was a harsh cut with the four in each group playing a single match on one machine where only the top scorer continued to the final. The remaining players were ranked according to their qualifying position.

The four who made it to the final were Julio Vicario Soriano, Jorian Engelbrektsson, Daniele Baldan and Giuseppe Violante. They played on three machines: Fire!, Cyclone and Earthshaker! using a 7-5-3-0 scoring system.

Julio won on Fire!, with Daniele second, Jorian third, and Giuseppe fourth.

The order of the top two were swapped on game two, Cyclone, with Daniele winning and Julio second.

With Jorian on six points and Giuseppe yet to score, only Daniele or Julio could win. If Jorian won game three on Earthshaker! he could take second if either Daniele or Julio failed to score a point.

Julio in the last game of the final of the '80s Tournament
Julio in the last game of the final of the ’80s Tournament
The last game of the final of the '80s Tournament
The last game of the final of the ’80s Tournament
The last game of the final of the '80s Tournament
The last game of the final of the ’80s Tournament

It was an incredibly tight final game, with all the scores between 1.47M and 2.94M, but it was Giuseppe who won it to give himself a total of 7 points. Jorian’s game was interrupted by a tournament official standing too close, and with no possibility of winning the tournament he walked away from his third ball mid-game to end on 6 points.

Between the two contenders to be the overall winner, Daniele took second place on Earthshaker! with his 2.347M narrowly beating Julio’s 2.161M, thus earning him first place in the tournament. Julio was second, Giuseppe third and Jorian fourth.

The top three in the '80s Tournament: Julio Vicario Soriano (2nd), Daniele Baldan (1st) and Giuseppe Violante (3rd)
The top three in the ’80s Tournament: Julio Vicario Soriano (2nd), Daniele Baldan (1st) and Giuseppe Violante (3rd)
Winner of the '80s Tournament, Daniele Baldan
Winner of the ’80s Tournament, Daniele Baldan

Here’s the full result of the ’80s Tournament:

EPC ’80s Tournament Results
1  Daniele Baldan
2  Julio Vicario Soriano
3  Giuseppe Violante
4  Jorian Engelbrektsson
5  Ernö Rotter
6  Tobias Wagemann
7  Sandor Varga
8  Fabio Francescato
9  Cezary Głowala
10  Roberto Pedroni
11  Johan Genberg
12  Rafael Masedo
13  Daniel Nowak
14  Javier Núñez pérez
15  Patrik Jönsson
16  Karyn Kiser
17  Joel Wozniak
18  Antti Peltonen
19  Jörgen Holm
20  Sebastian Gwizdała
21  Andrej Bukovšek
22  Stefan Karlhuber
23  Olli-mikko Ojamies
24  Reiner Pfeiffer
25  Stefan Herold
26  Radosław Słotwiński
27  László Horn
28  Andrzej Cieślik
29  David Dahl-hansson
30  Roland Schwarz
31  Gabriel Ortiz
32  Janek Nietrzebka
33  Martin Ayub
34  Peter Blakemore
35  Marcin Kisiel
36  Dirk Elzholz
37  Michał Mazurkiewicz
38  Konrad Maslowski
39  Benjamin Gräbeldinger
40  Daniel Bengtsson
41  Anders Karlsson
42  Andrej Demsar
43  Tamás Odler
44  Juan antonio Martin
45  Kevin Kuhn
46  Devis Pierantozzi
47  Rich Mallett
48  Mattias Jeppsson
49  Mika Arvela
50  Perttu Pesä
51  Artur Natorski
52  Fredrik Mellberg
53  Carlos javier Parra
54  Hartmut Besigk
55  Juha Lijalainen
56  Flavio Baddaria
57  Ari Sovijärvi
58  David Mainwaring
59  John Van der wulp
60  Nikodem Kaczmarek
61  Jerzy Węglarz
62  Juha Viitanen
63  Pontus Qvarfordh
64  Balázs Pálfi
65  Philippe Bocquet
66  Marcus Hugosson
67  Milan Caranovic
68  Joonas Haverinen
69  Boldizsar Botka
70  Andrzej Olszewski
71  Pablo Crespo García
72  Jakub Tkacz
73  Linus Persson
74  Cayle George
75  Marco Suvanto
76  Julian Klotz
77  Tommi Koski
78  Vid Kuklec
79  Peter Andersen
80  Teemu Vinnikka
81  Rafal Bytomski
82  Rafał Jodełko
83  Lukasz Romanowski
84  Mirko Lundén
85  Piotr Czubkowski
86  Willy Sachet
87  Jani Saari
88  Anja Nielsen
89  Petri Taurio
90  Jakub Ciepliński
91  Morten Petersen
92  Erwin Deutschländer
93  Kirsten Adam
94  Olle Strandh
95  Lukasz Wawryka
96  Philipp Unger
97  Erno Lahdenperä
98  Marcin Jaśkiewicz
99  Wolfgang Haid
100  Andreas Nirven
101  Jakub Józefczyk
102  Helena Walter
103  Marcin Dylewski
104  Lukasz Dziewulski
105  Ovidiu Cacina
106  Kim günther Hansen
107  Daniel Kaczmarek
108  Lars Ovinder
109  Kornél Kosdi
110  Jasmijn De jong
111  Vesa Sovijärvi
112  Daniele Acciari
113  Simo Rimmi
114  Stefan Schichtl
115  Pilvi Salonen
116  Jarosław Rupiewicz
117  Mathias Jäger
118  Piotr Andrzejewski
119  Jaroslaw Nietrzebka
120  Linus Jorenbo
121  Olli Paloheimo
122  Bartosz Nowak
123  Zeljko Vasic
124  Tobias Löfstedt
125  Roni Valkonen
126  Aleš Rebec
127  Mariusz Tkacz
128  Patrik Gräntz
129  Mats sahlberg Mats
130  Marcin Brodziak
131  Mateusz Leja
132  Enrico giorgio De stefani
133  Mateusz Gwizdala
134  Piotr Kochański
135  Sandra Katic
136  Sebastian Sołtys
137  Marek Szymborski
138  Franck Bona
139  Admir Peco
140  Dariusz Mazurkiewicz
141  Jan Anders Nilsson
142  Martin Janczyk
143  Cesare D’atri
144  Gabriel Gavrilita

 

All eyes were then on the final rounds of the main EPC tournament.

The 52 qualifiers included 12 who skipped the first round of play-offs, leaving 40 players to play head-to-head best-of-three pairs matches.

The play-off rounds of the EPC
The play-off rounds of the EPC

The 20 winners from the first round were joined the 12 players with a bye for round two which was played in the same way.

The 20 losers from round one entered the loser bracket where they played head-to-head single games to determine who continued in the loser bracket and who went out of the tournament.

Tales of the Arabian Nights burned up a flipper coil mid-game
Tales of the Arabian Nights burned up a flipper coil mid-game
The Team Tournament machines formed the new Zone D for the play-offs
The Team Tournament machines formed the new Zone D for the play-offs

This system continued as the thirty-two players in the main winners’ bracket were reduced to sixteen, then eight, then four, and then two.

In the loser bracket the single game matches eventually reduced the number of players remaining to two. These two joined the two from the winners’ bracket to make a four-player final.

The four finalists were Jorian Engelbrektsson and Konrad Masłowski from the winners’ bracket, and Daniele Acciari and Cesare d’Atri from the losers’.

The final would be played on four machines. These were brought into the open so everyone could crowd around and watch.

The machines for the final are set up
The machines for the final are set up

The machines would be played from left to right, starting with The Walking Dead. This was followed by World Cup Soccer, Terminator 2, and finishing with the newest game, a Ghostbusters Limited Edition.

Points would be awarded for position on each game, with nine points for a win, five points for second and two points for third. The player with the most points after Ghostbusters would be the overall winner.

The crowd watches as the final begins
The crowd watches as the final begins

The Walking Dead worked out well for Daniele as he took first place and nine points on game one. Jorian was second to score five points, while Konrad was third.

Daniele wins on The Walking Dead
Daniele wins on The Walking Dead

So the scores after the first game were:

TWD WCS T2 GB Total
Jorian Engelbrektsson 5 5
Konrad Masłowski 2 2
Daniele Acciari 9 9
Cesare d’Atri 0 0

 

Game two on World Cup Soccer mixed things up a bit as Jorian put up a huge 2 billion score early on which sealed the win. The remaining three were all close together around the 500 million mark, with Cesare leading the pack ahead of Daniele, with Konrad in fourth.

Cesare gets his first points with second place on World Cup Soccer
Cesare gets his first points with second place on World Cup Soccer

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TWD WCS T2 GB Total
Jorian Engelbrektsson 5 9 14
Konrad Masłowski 2 0 2
Daniele Acciari 9 2 11
Cesare d’Atri 0 5 5

 

The third game was Terminator 2 and Cesare built on his previous second place to win this game.

A stuck ball on Terminator 2 briefly interrupts the final
A stuck ball on Terminator 2 briefly interrupts the final
Cesare wins on Terminator 2
Cesare wins on Terminator 2

Jorian continued his record of always being in the top two by coming second, while Konrad gathered the remaining two points in third place.

Konrad takes third place on Terminator 2
Konrad takes third place on Terminator 2

Going into the last game of the final, Jorian was five points ahead of Cesare who in turn was three points up on Daniele. The best Konrad could hope for now was third, and that relied on him winning game four and Daniele getting no points.

TWD WCS T2 GB Total
Jorian Engelbrektsson 5 9 5 19
Konrad Masłowski 2 0 2 4
Daniele Acciari 9 2 0 11
Cesare d’Atri 0 5 9 14

 

The last machine played in the EPC 2016 final
The last machine played in the EPC 2016 final

The current leader, Jorian, played first.

The last game of the EPC 2016 final begins
The last game of the EPC 2016 final begins

Although none of the scores were exceptional, Jorian’s 69.1 million was more than double his nearest rival and gave him the win on Ghostbusters.

Daniele is often a master of the last-minute comeback, but it eluded him this time as Konrad’s 25.9 million was enough for second place ahead of Daniele’s 20.9 million.

The ball was saved but the game wasn't
The ball was saved but the game wasn’t

Cesare meanwhile had an unhappy time and only scored 5.8 million on the last game and no points.

With two wins and two second places in the final, Jorian was the clear winner of the EPC 2016.

TWD WCS T2 GB Total
Jorian Engelbrektsson 5 9 5 9 28
Konrad Masłowski 2 0 2 5 9
Daniele Acciari 9 2 0 2 13
Cesare d’Atri 0 5 9 0 14

 

Daniele’s third place on Ghostbusters meant Cesare kept second overall, while Konrad couldn’t quite get the first place he would have needed to take third and ended up fourth.

The scores are totalled to confirm Jorian as the winner
The scores are totalled to confirm Jorian as the winner

Then it was time for the presentations of trophies and cash prizes.

European Pinball Champion 2016, Jorian Engelbrektsson
European Pinball Champion 2016, Jorian Engelbrektsson
Second place, Cesare d'Atri
Second place, Cesare d’Atri
Third place, Daniele Acciari
Third place, Daniele Acciari
The top three in the EPC 2016::Cesare d'Atri (2nd), Jorian Engelbrektsson (1st) & Daniele Acciari (3rd)
The top three in the EPC 2016::Cesare d’Atri (2nd), Jorian Engelbrektsson (1st) & Daniele Acciari (3rd)

Here are the full results of the main EPC tournament.

EPC 2016 Final Results
1 Jorian Engelbrektsson
2 Cesare d’Atri
3 Daniele Acciari
4 Konrad Masłowski
5 Daniel Nowak
5 Cayle George
7 Ari Sovijärvi
7 Daniel Kaczmarek
10 Franck Bona
10 Linus Persson
10 Sandor Varga
10 Stefan Karlhuber
14 Benjamin Gräbeldinger
14 Helena Walter
14 Johan Genberg
14 Marco Suvanto
20 Daniele Baldan
20 Erwin Deutschländer
20 Hartmut Besigk
20 Jan Anders Nilsson
20 Jörgen Holm
20 Marcin Kisiel
20 Philipp Unger
20 Roberto Pedroni
28 Jakub Ciepliński
28 Fabio Francescato
28 Kim Günther Hansen
28 Kirsten Adam
28 Marcin Jaśkiewicz
28 Marcus Hugosson
28 Peter Andersen
28 Reiner Pfeiffer
40 Anders Carlsson
40 Carlos Javier Parra
40 David Dahl-Hansson
40 Gabriel Gavrilita
40 John van der Wulp
40 Linus Jorenbo
40 Lukasz Romanowski
40 Lukasz Wawryka
40 Mariusz Tkacz
40 Martin Janczyk
40 Paweł Nowak
40 Philippe Bocquet
40 Rafael Masedo
40 Stefan Herold
40 Stefan Schichtl
40 Tamas Odler
50 Antti Peltonen
50 Karyn Kiser
50 Kevin Kuhn
50 Pontus Qvarfordh
57 Sebastian Sołtys
57 Cezary Głowala
57 Jakub Józefczyk
57 MortenPetersen
57 Piotr Andrzejewski
57 Peter Blakemore
57 Tobias Wagemann
57 Erno Lahdenperä
57 Joonas Haverinen
72 Balázs Pálfi
72 Willy Sachet
72 Joel Wozniak
72 Lars Ovinder
72 Andrej Demsar
72 Roland Schwarz
72 Jani Saari
72 Enrico Giorgio De Stefani
72 Marcin Dylewski
72 Daniel Bengtsson
72 Zeljko Vasic
72 Patrik Gräntz
72 Juha Iijalainen
72 Flavio Baddaria
72 Jasmijn de Jong
72 Devis Pierantozzi
72 Fredrik Mellberg
72 Juan Antonio Martin
72 Mats Sahlberg Mats
72 Rich Mallet
72 Olli-Mikko Ojamies
91 Olli Paloheimo
91 Mathias Jäger
91 Marta Ścibisz
91 Mateusz Leja
91 Jacek Wenda
91 Jarosław Rupiewicz
91 Armand Maculewicz
91 Jarosław Nietrzebka
91 Giuseppe Violante
91 Boldizsar Botka
91 Horn László
91 David Mainwaring
91 Mattias Jeppsson
91 Roni Valkonen
91 Andrej Bukovšek
91 Martin Ayub
91 Andreas Nirven
111 Rafał Bytomski
111 Admir Peco
111 Simo Rimmi
111 Marek Szymborski
111 Mirko Lundén
111 Juha Viitanen
111 Teemu Vinnika
111 Marcin Brodziak
111 Ernö Rotter
111 Tobias Löfstedt
111 Andrzej Cieślik
111 Wolfgang Haid
111 Olle Strandh
111 Javier Núñez Pérez
111 Kornél Kosdi
111 Nikodem Kaczmarek
111 Janek Nietrzebka
111 Piotr Czubkowki
111 Piotr Kochański
111 Vid Kuklec
111 Jerzy Węglarz
111 Tommi Koski
111 Aleš Rebec
130 Sebastian Gwizdała
130 Mika Arvela
130 Andrzej Olszewski
130 Daniel Górecki
130 Pilvi Salonen
130 Patrik Jönsson
130 Bartosz Radomyski
130 Michał Mazurkiewicz
130 Artur Natorski
130 Ovidu Cacina
130 Pablo Crespo Garcia
130 Petri Taurio
130 Dirk Elzholz
130 Jakub Tkacz
130 Milan Caranovic
130 Gabriel Ortiz
142 Julian Klotz
142 Radosław Słotwiński
142 Dariusz Mazurkiewicz
142 Rafał Jodełko
142 Perrtu Pesä
142 Łukasz Dziewulski
142 Anja Nielsen
142 Bartosz Nowak
147 Sandra Katic
147 Vesa Sovijärvi
149 Mateusz Gwizdała

 

Jorian also won €500 ($560/£430) for taking first place, while Cesare took home €300 for second. Daniele collected €200 for his third place. Daniele also won the Fair Play award and topped the table of scores on Whoa Nellie! to win that tournament too.

Winner of the Fair Play award, Daniele Acciari
Winner of the Fair Play award, Daniele Acciari

The Lorneta Challenge side tournament played using distorting goggles on the Getaway machine was won by Morten Petersen.

Winner of the Lorneta Challenge, Morten Petersen
Winner of the Lorneta Challenge, Morten Petersen

The other side tournament, the Crossroads Show using a reverse-flipper Roadshow machine was won by Marcin Jaśkiewicz who wasn’t present to collect his trophy.

Thanks to all the organisers and players who made this year’s EPC a very special time.

Organisers and players in the EPC
Organisers and players in the EPC

We rounded-off this trip with a return visit to the centre of Łódź to get some late Sunday night dinner.

We headed to an area called Manufaktura – a renovated industrial area which as been turned into large open plaza fronted by a large glass shopping mall and surrounded by long brick building housing shops, restaurants, art galleries, clubs and bars.

The shopping mall at the top of Manufaktura
The shopping mall at the top of Manufaktura

Although the plaza was largely deserted late on Sunday night, you can easily imagine this being a lively and vibrant place on Friday and Saturday evenings.

One of the long brick building housing restaurants, bars and shops
One of the long brick building housing restaurants, bars and shops
Fountains in front of the shops and bars
One of the long brick building housing restaurants, bars and shops

We returned home the next day after an enjoyable, entertaining and enlightening visit to Łódź.