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Opgs is done son

Postby MadTitan » Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:06 am

I just spoke to the venue. No power
I will be there for 8:00 to start tearing down. My sincerest apologies to everyone.


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Re: Opgs is done son

Postby Xylog » Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:14 am

Damn. So sorry Josh.
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Postby R.A.B. » Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:18 am

Josh,

Guy and I will be there by 9 to tear down and help in any way we can.

Forces of nature, not much we can do except keep going after the storm.

Anyone who had parts pre-orders to pick up, they will be available from 9 am to when tear down is complete.

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Postby Vengeance » Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:44 am

I posted this on Facebook and think it's important I post it here as well

I hope this natural disaster doesn't also destroy the show as after all the planning and expense, to not make anything on ticket sales could be devastating.

I for one want to see the show continue so as a VIP pass holder, I won't be looking for a refund and I would urge others to do the same.

Let's continue to support the show through this bump in the road.
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Re: Opgs is done son

Postby pinhead » Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:18 am

Hang in there Josh and you know I will do whatever it takes to keep you going strong!

And to add to the sadness, I was on my way to the show and I blew a break line in my truck. Denis and Wayne are picking me up, and we will be there soon.
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Postby frolic » Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:24 am

I came to Ottawa on Friday and was going to go to the show Saturday. Obviously the entire situation was a clusterfuck. With nothing open I couldn't even feed my family and we drove back to Toronto on Saturday.

I drove home with the cash in my pocket I was going to buy tickets with. I'd like for there to be a way for me to throw it into the 2018 kitty to help with the out of pocket expenses the show went through.

I didn't ask for a refund from the hotel just because they put me in a stuffy room with no ventilation and no light, this was beyond their control, and I wouldn't ask the OPGS to eat it either.

So even if you just post a paypal or something.

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Postby Dave W. » Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:02 am

Vengeance wrote:I posted this on Facebook and think it's important I post it here as well

I hope this natural disaster doesn't also destroy the show as after all the planning and expense, to not make anything on ticket sales could be devastating.

I for one want to see the show continue so as a VIP pass holder, I won't be looking for a refund and I would urge others to do the same.

Let's continue to support the show through this bump in the road.


Good call!
Also, once the dust settles, let us know how we can go about purchasing a shirt from the event. If enough people buy one, it could help offset some of your losses

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Postby Sparky » Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:03 am

Well said Adam and Frolic. Agreed on all fronts.

I will proudly wear my OPGS shirt, as my son Brian will. And I will frame my passes as a souvenir.

And I would like to contribute to the continuation of the show. Someone start a GoFundMe or something, and I will happily contribute.

I gladly paid out of pocket to help Pincon, and I will do the same for OPGS.

Many people came together to bring games and make it happen. Now, let's all contribute! We NEED the OPGS to happen. Time for the Canadian pinball community to show what we are made of.

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Re: Opgs is done son

Postby Fifty » Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:42 am

I posted on FB that I would start a GoFundMe page with Josh's permission. I didn't want to go over his head and start something without hearing from him first.

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Postby Sparky » Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:50 am

Fifty wrote:I posted on FB that I would start a GoFundMe page with Josh's permission. I didn't want to go over his head and start something without hearing from him first.


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Postby the loafer » Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:02 am

This event does not to be a financial burden, where do I sign up?

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Postby redketchup » Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:26 am

I didn’t plan to go this years, but i will be happy to donate to support josh and the community to be sure it will come back next year. Let’s start a go fund me and stay strong as a close group of pinball enthousias!
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Postby 4eyes » Sun Sep 23, 2018 12:24 pm

Vengeance wrote:I posted this on Facebook and think it's important I post it here as well

I hope this natural disaster doesn't also destroy the show as after all the planning and expense, to not make anything on ticket sales could be devastating.

I for one want to see the show continue so as a VIP pass holder, I won't be looking for a refund and I would urge others to do the same.

Let's continue to support the show through this bump in the road.


Good call Vengeance I won’t be looking for my VIP refund either. Josh , make lemonade !
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Postby shane » Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:26 pm

Yep, what they said. ;)
Mother nature was angry Friday, nothing anyone could do. :(
Glad I went. ;)
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Will contribute too. :!:
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Postby Steph » Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:34 pm

Fifty wrote:I posted on FB that I would start a GoFundMe page with Josh's permission.


Post a link on this site if you start a GoFundMe page
(... I don't have FaceBook )

I would gladly pitch-in.

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Postby Splitskull » Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:40 pm

Yeah... Please don't be a douche and ask for VIP pass refund.

I hope there will be a 2019 OPGS (with electricity and no fkin tornadoes!)

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Postby cait001 » Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:53 pm

It was such a beautiful setup. I was just so impressed how hard everyone worked to make that kind of ultimate gameroom come together. Truly beautiful.
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Postby tinyrodent » Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:15 pm

For those who did not get to see it, here is a 3-minute walkthrough of the show floor just before teardown:

I didn't ask for a refund, and bought an extra shirt! 8-)
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Postby chumpchange » Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:19 pm

I have to say that I was there for set up in anticipation of another great show and then nature threw us all a curve ball. Like everyone I hoped and prayed we could salvage this weekend with wishful thinking condensed Sunday, but as you all know it was not to be unfortunately. If I got anything from this experience it was truly refreshing to meet all individuals that were affected and involved in the contribution of this show to see everyone standing tall and moving on with a positive attitude while tearing down. The show was not a total loss to me as I had the opportunity to talk with some very enthusiastic classy people under such circumstances. Keep your head up Josh , were all in it together and we will be back next year!

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Postby Fifty » Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:43 pm

Steph wrote:
Post a link on this site if you start a GoFundMe page
(... I don't have FaceBook )

I would gladly pitch-in.

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Once I get approval from Josh I will post the link.

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Postby Chris Silver » Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:59 pm

I'll help do what it takes.
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Postby Dave W. » Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:36 pm

tinyrodent wrote:For those who did not get to see it, here is a 3-minute walkthrough of the show floor just before teardown:

I didn't ask for a refund, and bought an extra shirt! 8-)


Thanks for posting the walkthrough... what a great lineup of games... would have been an amazing show

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Postby R.A.B. » Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:42 pm

Josh and Geoff are god damn troopers.

I personally have nothing close to the energy these guys harbour and seem to maintain through thick and thin, and this weekend was indeed thick with challenges. But we must all ask the Gods (if they are still around these days) to lay off Josh's case for a while and send him some good shit instead of the crap he has endured in this foul year. Let's put our heads together as a community and send good vibes his way, he is an asset to the hobby and business and not at all stuck up - and his name isn't even Bruce. :?

The sequence of events for the 2018 OPGS went something like this.

Friday set up must have gone as planned because when I arrived Saturday morning at 6 AM with my big boss man's van loaded with parts and two pinballs (a GTB Atlantis for the free play area, and my GTB 1952 Queen of Hearts for the historical booth) everything looked very much like a show was going to happen until Josh greeted me at the door with the news. So, I reckon that the loss of power must have taken place in the night. Someone can correct me for the permanent record since I do not know for sure when the tornado doomed the light on the show this year.

Saturday morning we all maintained the attitude that "the show must go on" and I as well acted accordingly by unloading in hopes that all would be a "go" and have power restored before 11. I set up the two machines and my parts booth laying out the flea market goodies and pre-orders that I diligently packed and chose in anticipation of this yearly event. The Church of the Silverball had also brought more stuff than I had ever seen them bring to a show hitherto. Mike Hanley, Doug Baird, Don Paul, Shane and Kim had a huge selection of parts, goodies and machines/project for sale. It was epic, and we trudged on and set up the tables in the indoor morning darkness. We had heard from the city that there was a possibility that power would be restored by 10. But, 10 came and went and we continued to hope. My ex-wife who lives in Ottawa and was planning to attend the show, texted me telling me not to hold my breath, they were saying that the outages would be for several days, but we kept trudging on regardless. We weren't going to give up. But Linda wasn't lying this time, even though I still refused to believe her. You can put all the effort you can muster into an event, a relationship or anything else for that matter, but when the bigger energies say no, you got to accept that the deal is down. I wasn't there yet, and have often refused to believe anything I hear until I see it happen for myself. I am a fool occasionally, like most men, and then again most women act plain crazy when there is an apparently looming crisis, yet in the aftermath of a crisis the latter sex seems to be more "hooked up & connected" to something intangible & more vital than what most men can normally comprehend. OK, enough already, women are becoming more like men and men are becoming more like women. Is that a good thing ? Don't know. We are all in this together and should take heed of eachother's behaviour and reactions regardless in any exceptional occurrence. Our collective fate may depend on this understanding.

So the show sort of over spilled into the parking lot when the city officials came in and gave us a bullshit excuse that we all had to leave the indoor premises because there was no hot water available and this was a third world hazard of sorts. I think they were actually afraid of the liabilities of someone tripping over an extension cord due to the lack of normal lighting. I thought that this hot water thing was a weird sort of way of getting rid of us who were trying to gather indoors and try to make the show happen regardless of power limitations. There were emergency lights indoors provided by an outdoor generator, so even though we couldn't run any pinballs except some of the ones in the historical booth (pre-war stuff) "the man" wanted us out. The last to leave was Michel Bergeron from Player One Montreal who was evidently closing a deal regardless of power limitations by the looks of it, and he did, he manged to sell a new Stern regardless of the lack of hot water. I know this man as a real trooper and long time industry friend. No corp can take that away from us.

So here we were, maybe 50 or so lost pinball souls in the parking lot, making deals, talking looking out for the scout we sent in the mayhem of unlit traffic lights in quest for a gallon of Tim Horton's coffee. He eventually came back after three hours, but without coffee saying that traffic lights were out all over the place and that people we stuck in long line ups doing four way stops at major intersections. The look in his eyes was not reassuring. No one really wanted to head "out there" and leave the calm and social aspect of the parking lot. It was comforting and safe in a way. Jon Greatwich sold stuff out of his vehicle, more deals were made and the atmosphere was good even though cell phone service was down on the Rogers network and Bell was acting erratically goofy. So it was weird in a way to not be able to get info about what was happening on the roads and which places had power and which did not. So we sent out more "scouts", some never came back and some did with news of traffic jams and no coffee. Doug Baird was having caffeine withdrawals and so was I.

My only hope at this point was that Geester who managed to text me and say that he was on his way to meet me and guide us back to his hideout & home in the Gatineau woods, where there would be a fresh keg of Rickard's Red, smoked salmon and pinball machines with power was looking like the way out of this standstill. Meanwhile Doug had fallen asleep in Mike Hanley's van for the lack of coffee from another poor doomed scout we had sent out two hours prior. Well, Geester as well never made it to the Sportsplex parking lot. He turned back when he saw the long lines of traffic blocking the Champlain bridge, the parkway and other arteries. We managed to get his address in the woods by cell phone communication, and Julien punched it into some GPS type thing that seemed to be indicating the way to a safe port through the sea of troubles that lay between us and Guy & June's safe harbour. We loaded crazy Robi into his green pick up and I took the shag wagon and we formed a small convoy towards the woods and solace saying goodbye to our friends who were low on gas and coffee as they continued to wait for the scouts to return with news as to how to get replenished on those two fronts and move on to less desolate locations than the Sportsplex parking lot which was gradually losing its vibe of a happening place.

After lots of detours and trying to figure out what our Sherpa Julien was doing by making off the beaten track detours and wild maneuvers, I finally started recognizing the general area of where our kind host Geester of the past five years dwells. It is off the beaten track, and Julien stopped the convoy at one point and let me lead us into the woods of Gatineau through gravel roads. As I steered the O'Reilly mobile through, guided by my instincts alone, I saw gentle smoke lazyingly coming out of a man cave garage I knew had lit pinballs and a beer tap. Kapla !! We were safe and sound and I was drunk by 4 PM and took a nap in my usual room until about 7 after playing pinball on Robi's insistence. I really don't like playing pinball, but this gang was allright. Guy's neighbours also dropped in for tools and talk. I was feeling really good but couldn't help but think of Josh and what he was going through. I called the Warlock and he expressed similar concerns and hopes for power the next day for Josh and the community. And this is what I am trying to say in this lengthy post (if you folks are still with me) - we need to be a solid community, and stop this dumb ass me first competitive attitude in thinking that we are more important or better than the next person. We are all subject to the bigger forces making us realize that we can be brought down to our knees in an instant for no apparent reason if mother nature apparently decides that we need a reminder that we shouldn't be behaving like short sighted reactionary idiots who believe in their fabricated self importance. And this natural occurrence of late was just that, a reminder of how cocky we are, and it is a kind of adjustment which we need to recognize before the larger ones inevitably looming come around.

Sunday morning Guy made breakfast at 7 as we read Josh's post on MAACA about the show not having power and that we would have to tear down that morning. A kick in the pants indeed, and the majority of us got down to the venue around 8:30 and began the painful task. It was a weird ambiance, but everyone held there heads up and did what they could to help get the trucks and vans and trailers loaded with the huge amounts of machines and parts and stuff that would have made this the most heavily populated show since it all began in Canada. By around noon, the hall was mostly empty as many of us bid farewell until next year when we would all try again to contribute to the biggest Canadian pinball and gameroom show that a single man with a vision had the balls to start back in 2011 against all the stupid and jealous nay sayers if memory serves. Josh deserves our admiration and support beyond a shadow of a fucking doubt especially during this daylight darkness of 2018.

The show must go on, and it will.

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Re: Opgs is done son

Postby semicolin » Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:42 pm

Well said.

With the tornado that took out the substation touching down less than half a mile from the venue, we all know it could have been even worse.

Scary thoughts indeed.

I look forward to the next time!

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Re: Opgs is done son

Postby Guard » Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:00 pm

Home now. One nice thing is without pinball or power I got to be more social then I'm used too and talked to lots of good people.
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