NORTHERST PINBALL & ARCADE SHOW 2018: SET-UP

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      NORTHERST PINBALL & ARCADE SHOW 2018: SET-UP

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      We got to the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center around 2pm on Thursday to check on the set-up, and sure enough everything was being done to get ready for Friday’s opening.

      The Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center
      The Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center

      The lobby was looking a little sparse, but most of the action there doesn’t take place until later in the day and early on Friday morning.  The machines for the kids area were arriving, and the seminar area was fully-built and ready to go.

      The lobby where registration takes place
      The lobby where registration takes place
      Some of the machines for the kids play area
      Some of the machines for the kids play area
      The seminars area
      The seminars area

      Mike Lorrain had an impressive set-up with three cameras, a new mixing desk and a multi-mic radio system.  The seminars will all be streamed live and available to playback online, so we won’t be recording them here.  We will be photographing them all and summarising the talks though.

      Mike's seminar control station
      Mike’s seminar control station

      Let’s go through the main doors and see what was happening in the main show hall.

      Into the main hall
      Into the main hall

      The main show desk is directly in front of the entrance.  It is here that raffle tickets are sold and the show announcements made.  They already had the Houdini machine which will be the grand prize which will be drawn on Sunday afternoon.

      Setting up the show desk
      Setting up the show desk

      Turning left, we came to the Nitro Pinball stand.  Nitro usually has the latest machines and this year is no different, with the big draw being two new Thunderbirds machines from Homepin.

      The two Thunderbirds machines on the Nitro Pinball stand
      The two Thunderbirds machines on the Nitro Pinball stand

      This is the first time these machines have been shown in North American, so there is bound to be much attention on them once the show opens.  We took a bunch of pictures, but rather than spend too long on the game here you’ll find them at the end of today’s report.

      Elsewhere, things were coming together.

      The view from the front left corner of the hall
      The view from the front left corner of the hall
      Trucks were turning up at the loading dock and being unloaded
      Trucks were turning up at the loading dock and being unloaded
      Unloaded machines waiting to go into the hall
      Unloaded machines waiting to go into the hall
      Pinballs to go into the hall
      Pinballs to go into the hall
      Video games, carefully -wrapped
      Video games, carefully -wrapped

      The hall was filling up, with vendors also setting up their stands.

      There's no mistaking the Hercules machine
      There’s no mistaking the Hercules machine
      It's certainly not all pinball, with loads of video games too
      It’s certainly not all pinball, with loads of video games too
      But there are plenty of pinballs
      But don’t worry, there are plenty of pinballs
      Tournament machines
      Tournament machines
      More tournament machines
      More tournament machines
      Free play machines in the central area
      Free play machines in the central area
      More pinballs
      More pinballs
      The show always has an impressive EM section
      The show always has an impressive EM section
      But there are the latest titles too, with Butch Peel and Charlie Martin setting up the JJP machines
      But there are the latest titles too, with Butch Peel and Charlie Martin setting up the JJP machines
      Houdini, Total Nuclear Annihilation and the two remakes are here on the Nitro stand
      Houdini, Total Nuclear Annihilation and the two remakes are here on the Nitro stand

      OK, so that’s what was happening in the main hall.  Now we’ll take a close-up look at Homepin’s Thunderbirds game.  Note that the original title of Thunderbirds Are Go seems to have been changed to just Thunderbirds.

      The Thunderbirds playfield
      The Thunderbirds playfield
      The Thunderbirds backglass which is all one piece
      The Thunderbirds backglass which is all one piece
      Thunderbirds cabinet side art
      Thunderbirds cabinet side art
      Backbox side art which is backlit
      Backbox side art which is backlit
      The Thunderbirds cabinet front
      The Thunderbirds cabinet front
      The left ramp area
      The left ramp area
      The centre movable ramp shot
      The centre movable-ramp shot
      The top left area
      The top left playfield area
      The mid-left area
      The mid-left area
      The left orbit shot
      The left orbit shot
      The top rollover lanes
      The top rollover lanes
      The mid-right area
      The mid-right area
      The bottom right area
      The bottom right area
      The bottom left area
      The bottom left area
      The feature grid
      The feature grid
      The whole playfield
      The whole playfield
      The instruction card
      The instruction card

      That concludes our look at Thursday’s set-up at the Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show.  We’ll be back tomorrow reporting live from the show and will be adding and updating our reports right through the weekend, so check out all our reports at the main NWPAS page.

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