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I can die happy now

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:15 am
by Vengeance
Knowing for as long as PAPA exists, my name will be hanging from the rafters!

Re: I can die happy now

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:19 am
by hyann
so what's the long story? :)

Re: I can die happy now

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:24 am
by mwong168
Congrats Adam, can't wait to see some pics or game videos.

Re: I can die happy now

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:26 am
by machine.slave
And it only took a punch in the face to get there. :D Congrats!

Re: I can die happy now

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:29 am
by superJackpot
Way to go. You're in good company!

Re: I can die happy now

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:34 am
by Azatotht
Congrats man !

Re: I can die happy now

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:54 am
by cdnpinballer
That's awesome! Congrats!

Re: I can die happy now

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:08 pm
by cooke
Adam, I'll never be able to die happy because no matter how hard I try, I will never be as cool as you are.

Re: I can die happy now

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:16 pm
by Vengeance
cooke wrote:Adam, I'll never be able to die happy because no matter how hard I try, I will never be as cool as you are.
It's a high standard to try and live up to Corey, but maybe one day, if you try hard enough, you'll reach your goal!

Re: I can die happy now

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:40 pm
by TwilightZone
Fantastic! Saw it in person. Pretty impressive.

And on a side note, every pinball collector should go to PAPA at least once. I went for the first time this year and I hope to make in an annual event. The amount of games is incredible! Thanks again to WilliamsFan for convincing me to go.

Cheers,
Duane

Re: I can die happy now

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:47 pm
by the loafer
To have your name in the rafters at a place like that, for something you feel very passionate about, that certainly is quite an achievement. Congrats Adam, wow!

Re: I can die happy now

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:07 pm
by SquidVicious
TwilightZone wrote:Fantastic! Saw it in person. Pretty impressive.

And on a side note, every pinball collector should go to PAPA at least once. I went for the first time this year and I hope to make in an annual event. The amount of games is incredible! Thanks again to WilliamsFan for convincing me to go.

Cheers,
Duane

Agreed 100% Duane ... just to be in a building of that size dedicated to Pin is truly cool ... Adam's Banner sits with Keith Elwin's in a area that I guess they will put up the Pinburgh banners ... on the opposite end of the building they also have the A division winners from PAPA truly a cool sight to see.

This was my second trip to PAPA and as Duane mention everybody should at least try to get there (I know at least 3 newbies from TOPL were down there this year along with another 7 or 8 returning TOPLites)

Re: I can die happy now

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:13 pm
by FenderBender
Congrats, man... Very cool! :)

Re: I can die happy now

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:46 pm
by TwilightZone
SquidVicious wrote:Agreed 100% Duane ... just to be in a building of that size dedicated to Pin is truly cool ... Adam's Banner sits with Keith Elwin's in a area that I guess they will put up the Pinburgh banners ... on the opposite end of the building they also have the A division winners from PAPA truly a cool sight to see.

This was my second trip to PAPA and as Duane mention everybody should at least try to get there (I know at least 3 newbies from TOPL were down there this year along with another 7 or 8 returning TOPLites)
Sorry I missed you. I was totally into the games this time around.

For those considering going, I was always concerned that it was "just" for tournament players. Couldn't be more wrong. While the focus is on the tourney, there are TONS, and TONS of games ready to be played...something like 400 in total and only a handful are for the tournaments. I went intending to play in the C division. Played two times, did terrible (at the time I was 52 out 153 so not so bad for one entry, by the end was 90 something) and decided to just play for fun. Had a blast playing tons and tons of pinball.

Cheers,
Duane

Re: I can die happy now

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:12 pm
by SquidVicious
TwilightZone wrote:
SquidVicious wrote:Agreed 100% Duane ... just to be in a building of that size dedicated to Pin is truly cool ... Adam's Banner sits with Keith Elwin's in a area that I guess they will put up the Pinburgh banners ... on the opposite end of the building they also have the A division winners from PAPA truly a cool sight to see.

This was my second trip to PAPA and as Duane mention everybody should at least try to get there (I know at least 3 newbies from TOPL were down there this year along with another 7 or 8 returning TOPLites)
Sorry I missed you. I was totally into the games this time around.

For those considering going, I was always concerned that it was "just" for tournament players. Couldn't be more wrong. While the focus is on the tourney, there are TONS, and TONS of games ready to be played...something like 400 in total and only a handful are for the tournaments. I went intending to play in the C division. Played two times, did terrible (at the time I was 52 out 153 so not so bad for one entry, by the end was 90 something) and decided to just play for fun. Had a blast playing tons and tons of pinball.

Cheers,
Duane

I did the same (and brought along a buddy who was there for the first time) .. a note to Canadians going down if you pre-registar and you are only going to be there for a day or two you can always use for entries (we get a bonus entry being foreigners) to play in the Classic division rather than A,B or C (it is also cheaper if you are playing C and classics to use the entries for classics and then just pay the $10/entry for C rather than the $15/entry for Classics) .. I did the same as you played two classic tickets and one round C .. I actually did okay in the classics finishing 11th on a couple of the machines but the other two games on the ticket didn't score high enough to get me qualfied .. in C I just played the one ticket and had decent scores on MB and DrWho but only managed a single pt on SM (even tho I own one :roll: ) and nothing on the other two games so I think I finished somewhere around 50th. But as you said the true gem of the place is all the games that encircle the tournament area (a ton of Gottlieb system 1 stuff that I had never seen until last year ... and this year they added a 1812 which was new to me)

Venegence suggested I go a few years back and I had hesitated because I'm not that much of a tourney player (I mostly go to shows to play games I haven't seen .. attend some interesting seminars buy parts ...) but this is a great and different event that really needs to be experienced .. so a delayed thanks to Venegence for putting the bug in my ear a few years back

Re: I can die happy now

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:28 pm
by Vengeance
PAPA is the greatest place on the planet for Pinball IMO, which is why for me it's such an honor to have my name hanging from the rafters.

There isn't a single show, collection, or consortium that rivals what Kevin Martin has been able to create. Kevin, IMO, is one of the single greatest contributors to pinball and considering that the entire collection and financial burden of running the events, maintaining the collection and paying for all the machines that we all get to enjoy is shouldered by him is something we should all be appreciative of. If you haven't experienced PAPA once, you really should, because I guarantee that if there ever comes a time with Kevin decides to move on from PAPA, I doubt we will ever see anything like it ever again.

Also Mark Steinman who is a recent addition to the PAPA Staff has really done an amazing job, he creates and maintains and edits all the video you see at http://pinball.org/index.php and also maintains the entire facility. Since he has taken over the overall quality of PAPA has grown by leaps and bounds.

I can't say enough good things about everyone that is involved in the entire event, just that go out and support it because there is really nothing else like it on the planet.

Re: I can die happy now

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:20 pm
by machine.slave
... so what's your next life-long goal to be now Adam? Time to make some little Adams!

Re: I can die happy now

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:30 pm
by Vengeance
machine.slave wrote:... so what's your next life-long goal to be now Adam? Time to make some little Adams!
Do you really think the world could tolerate more then one of me? :P

Re: I can die happy now

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:30 pm
by TwilightZone
Agree with Adam 100%. My only regret is not having gone sooner.

Squid, thanks for the tip. I didn't register early. Next year I will do that. I think I could do much better in the tourney if I focused more. I hate, hate, hate waiting around and the que is C was quite large. This was made worse by all the great games around. I kept thinking, "Why am I waiting to play this tourney game when I can play anyone of the hundreds literally beside me." B didn't seem as busy, so I'll likely try that next year. Classics might be interesting as well, but seemed to be popular as well.

Cheers,
Duane

edit
I wrote the above before Adam replied to Brock. He is right on that, too. The world does not need another Adam. :lol: :lol: :D

Re: I can die happy now

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:33 pm
by Mike
That's awesome man, to be able to see your name hanging up in the rafters. I've been dying to go to PAPA, and hopefully next year will be the one for me!

Re: I can die happy now

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:46 pm
by machine.slave
Vengeance wrote: Do you really think the world could tolerate more then one of me? :P
True enough! :D

Re: I can die happy now

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:31 pm
by Pinball Junkie
That was quite an achievement Adam! Along with the warehouse size candy store of pins and around a dozen arcade machines including "Varkon", I have to say the place was extremely clean and run very professionally. Any time a machine broke down and you were out a couple of tokens, a staff member would refund and/or an easy fix the machine, thank you for your patience, and supply you with even more tokens. Even the washroom had like 14 stalls that were being washed down what seemed to be on the hour. I had a blast!

Re: I can die happy now

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:08 pm
by Honey Badger
Adam, It is so nice to see a Canadian Champion up there...kudos.

Re: I can die happy now

Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:08 am
by Ricker
Just saw this posting after being away for a bit and have to say that your banner looks fantastic. Congrats Adam!

Re: I can die happy now

Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:45 am
by necro_nemesis
Vengeance wrote:
machine.slave wrote:... so what's your next life-long goal to be now Adam? Time to make some little Adams!
Do you really think the world could tolerate more then one of me? :P
Yeah, with a world full of little Adam's there may be a few of us hanging from those rafters.

Congrats man!