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Words from Will

posted Dec 14, 2018, 6:25 AM by Aaron Williams   [ updated Dec 14, 2018, 6:25 AM ]

Many of you know that Will Krusa is moving soon. More than anyone else, Will is responsible for the growth of the pinball scene in Tennessee. He asked me to post the following.

If I could get sappy on everyone for a couple of minutes.  As 2018 and a year of pinball comes to a close, as well as my time as an official Tennessee resident, I just want to take a few minutes to reflect and look at how far we’ve come.  Pinball has been a part of my life now since I was 10 but in terms of competition, I have only been competing in pinball for a few years now. Attached are the results of the first competitive pinball tournament I ever did.  Back then the tournaments were ran by Aaron Williams and they were a monthly event. (Yes we only did 1 tournament a month in Nashville. That’s really funny to think about now. We would struggle to get 5 or 6 people to these tournaments.  Again that’s really funny to think about now.) I met Aaron through the pinball tournaments and we would travel around to the various big pinball shows together and play in the bigger tournaments. A Tennessee state championship was talked about but we couldn’t garner enough interest or create enough events to warrant one and with dwindling attendance, we stopped the monthly tournaments.  During the hiatus I grew restless as we would still do Game Galaxy launch parties when a new game came out and I’d get a taste of pinball competition but it wasn’t enough for me. I started traveling to Chattanooga for non IFPA league nights that they would do every Wednesday to get my fix.


Two things really inspired me to start doing the tournaments again.  The first was Chris Warren who called Tennessee out on pinside around the end of 2016 asking why we didn’t have a State Championship yet.  We had location pinball but it seemed like nothing was happening anymore competition wise. We had also just had our first Nashville pinball show ran by David Corrigan in 2016 with a massive pinball tournament there ran by David Yopp, (more on him later) I decided to try and get things moving again to see if we could get something started.  The second thing that happened around this time (and I forget how this invite landed in my lap but I think it was Richie Townsend who gave it to me) but I got this invitation to a split flipper competition at a place called Ravens. I scratched my head. What is Ravens? Is it a bar? How did I not know about this place? Turns out Ravens was a private business owned by two guys named Seth Steele and Scott Holdren and they were pinball enthusiasts and they had 30 pinballs in their place of business.  At this split flipper tournament these guys got 50 people out to play pinball. 50 freaking people!!!!! I realized that these guys were doing it and that there were people who generally wanted to play more pinball. I grabbed Scott and asked him have you ever wanted to try doing a league? He said he would love to start doing a league. He and Seth designed the Nashville Pinball League logo and Nashville Pinball League was born. We ran the first league March 2017 at Ravens and it was the highest turnout for anything we ever did at that time.  It combined new pinball players with the hardcore old school people who used to do our monthly tournaments. Several renditions of the league have played all over Nashville at Ravens, Headquarters, Game Galaxy, as well as Cobras.


Around the middle of 2017 David Corrigan calls me up on the phone.  


David:  “Hey Will I got a guy I think you should talk to”  

Me:  “Ok. Who is it?”

David:  “His name is David Yopp.  He’s out of Memphis. He ran the big tournament at the show.  Anyway it sounds like he’s trying to get a state championship going as well and I think you guys should connect.”


In that phone conversation David told me about the pinball arcade he was going to start up called the Retro.  He told me about the Memphis scene and all the things that Ace had been doing with Memphis Pinball and Memphis Made.  He said we should run a State Championship this year and form some sort of group for all Tennessee players all over the state to connect to and talk about competitive pinball.  The TCPA pinball group was born from this and from there the Memphis vs. Nashville rivalry was born and that is when things really blew up. We ran the first ever Tennessee State Finals at the Retro arcade in Millington on January 20th 2018.  Ben Liggett became the first ever Tennessee pinball state champ.  


Starting in March of this year we have done at least 1 pinball tournament a week in Nashville.  At least 1. Some weeks 3 or 4. We get a solid 15 to 16 people each one of these with a healthy mix of the casual pinball players to the truly dedicated.  By the end of this year there will be more than 100 pinball tournaments that have taken place this year alone in Tennessee. As I have typed this tonight, I am running a strikes tournament at No Quarter where we have 18 players on a Thursday!  The selfie league at No Quarter is blowing up and has brought in even more players. There are selfie leagues being started at Game Galaxy and in Memphis as well. Music City Pinball has opened its doors to us every Wednesday to allow us to play their games and to provide us another place to get our fix.  There are countless people to thank for all of this and I’ll probably call you out over Facebook for all that you have done. It’s been an honor to play with you and I hope to play more pinball with you in the future.



Watch This Space!

posted Aug 10, 2017, 12:33 PM by Aaron Williams   [ updated Aug 10, 2017, 12:34 PM ]

Lots happening with the Nashville Pinball League. Probably best to check here for the latest comings and goings.


As always, feel free to email williams@midtnpinball.com for any questions. Keep flipping!

New Tournament - Game Galaxy Smyrna Grand Opening

posted Aug 14, 2016, 7:36 PM by Aaron Williams   [ updated Aug 14, 2016, 7:40 PM ]

To celebrate the opening of the new Game Galaxy location in Smyrna we will have a tournament on Saturday, September 17th at 6pm. This one will be a little different than the ones we've had in the past. This will be the 'knockout' format. It's a very casual structure. We'll play 3 player games and the two players who don't finish first get a 'strike'. 3 strikes and you're eliminated from the tournament. Last man standing wins. Number of strikes and players per game to be determined based on attendance, but likely to be 3 player games with 3 strikes.

This will be a very casual tournament, so if you have any friends who are interested in pinball please spread the word. Each game will be randomly drawn so you'll play with a lot of different players. $5 entry fee, all entries fees paid back out for prizes (1st, 2nd, 3rd). Game Galaxy admission required.

Address is 3 S Lowry St, Smyrna, TN 37167 (Old Regal Furniture Building).

Watch this space for more details!

Inaugural Selfie League!

posted Jun 28, 2016, 6:57 PM by Aaron Williams

The league has been on a bit of a break lately, but we're ramping things back up with a selfie league. The concept behind this is you can qualify any time during the month. Take a selfie with the score in the background and send it in. The top qualifiers will meet for a playoff finals. If this takes off look for it to continue.

Here are the details, courtesy of your tournament director Will Krusa.

I'm trying to get the monthly tournaments going again and I know one of the biggest issues was finding a way to get everyone together at one time. A solution to this problem is running a selfie tournament. If you're unfamiliar with what a selfie tournament is then I'll try to elaborate here. Basically for the entire month of July you are trying to qualify to get into the finals. If you go to https://matchplay.events/
then click on the I'm playing in a tournament button and then search for Middle Tennessee Selfie League, you will be able to view the tournament, the current players, and the current standings on all the games. The 5 games in the tournament are as follows:

1. Banzai Run
2. Fathom
3. Walking Dead
4. Game of Thrones
5. Star Trek

All these games are located at Game Galaxy in Antioch and where the tournament will be held. We will cycle locations from month to month but the 1st one is here. So any time you have in the month of July, roll into Game Galaxy and play one of these 5 games, take a picture of your end score(hence the name selfie), and email it to myself at wckrusa@gmail.com. I will record the score on the website and you will be able to view where you stand on each individual game vs everyone else. Top score on a game gets 100 points, second gets 90, third gets 85 etc...

The advantage to doing it this way is you can go to Game Galaxy and attempt to qualify anytime you want. You can try an unlimited number of times and play as many extra balls as you want.

At the end of the month the top 3, or top 4 if we get enough players, will go to the finals where we will play 4 of the 5 games. The finals will be done in person so I'll contact the top players personally and will work out a time for everyone to meet.

To make it interesting we will do a $5 buy in to post scores so at the door to Game Galaxy leave them $5 for the tournament and we will split 100% of the buy-ins on the finals. Just so we are clear you will only pay a max of 5$ to enter the tournament and post scores as many times as you want in the month of July.

If you are interested in participating or you have questions pm me or email me at wckrusa@gmail.com

Ghostbusters Launch Party - April 30th at 7:00pm

posted Mar 28, 2016, 6:12 PM by Aaron Williams   [ updated Apr 15, 2016, 6:58 AM ]

Game Galaxy Antioch is having a Ghostbusters launch party on April 30th at 7:00 pm. The format will be similar to previous launch parties (2 qualifying attempts, top 4 make a 1 game finals). $10 entry fee, plus your normal Game Galaxy entry fee that also gets you all-day play. All skill levels welcome - come on out!

Win a Pinball Machine - December 12th at Game Galaxy

posted Oct 31, 2015, 6:55 PM by Aaron Williams

Game Galaxy is running another tournament where the grand prize is a project pinball machine. This will occur at the Antioch location on Saturday, December 12th at 2:00 pm. The cost is $20 plus an additional $10 that goes to entry at Game Galaxy. The tournament is being run by Game Galaxy and will take the place of our normal monthly tournament. This tournament will be on the IFPA calendar.

The format is slightly different.

- Two qualifying games on 3 machines (Kiss, Game of Thrones, Iron Man, Stern Star Trek as an alternate). Best score on each kept. Scores ranked 100-90-85-84, etc. No extra balls.
- The top four qualifiers will play a one game final on a mystery machine to be unveiled at the final.

The project machine is a Gottlieb Totem described as a "technically complete almost working project". The prize is located at the Game Galaxy Rivergate location about 30 minutes away but will be available to be picked up after the tournament.



Game of Thrones Launch Party - October 24th

posted Oct 11, 2015, 6:48 AM by Aaron Williams   [ updated Oct 11, 2015, 7:17 AM ]

Please help spread the word about the launch party for the new Game of Thrones Pinball. Game Galaxy will be one of the first around to get the latest from Stern Pinball and we'll be having a casual tournament to check it out! Pinball fan? Game of Thrones fan? Come out and give it a play!

The tournament will start at 2pm. $5 gets you two games. The top 6-8 scores will enter a single elimination tournament to determine the winner. Finals will start promptly at 4pm or when all qualifying attempts are completed. All tournament entry fees go to the prize pool, plus extra prizes from Stern Pinball.

The tournament will be at Game Galaxy Antioch at 5346 Hickory Hollow Parkway. The regular entry to Game Galaxy is required to play in the tournament ($10 for all day play for over 80 pinballs and videos).

These are great casual events - no need to be a pinball expert. Hope to see you there!

October Tournament Results

posted Oct 11, 2015, 6:41 AM by Aaron Williams

A nice turnout for the October tournament. Several new faces, and we hope to see you again. Congrats to Will Krusa for finishing 1st. Joe Farnsworth finished 2nd, and Brandon Brocius finished 3rd.

Next events are the Game of Thrones launch party on October 24, and the next tournament will be on November 14th. Watch this space for more info!

League Housekeeping - News and Notes

posted Aug 11, 2015, 8:43 PM by Aaron Williams

A few updates from recent league events.

Congratulations to Curtis Baker and Joe Farnsworth for their showings at Pinburgh. All reports are that is was a good time and not to be missed.

Also, congrats to David Daluga (from Wisconsin) for winning our August tournament. Will Krusa (from Smyrna) took second and Richard Rickman (from Memphis) took third. Nashville and Murfreesboro had poor showings...

Our upcoming tournament schedule will be on September 5th and October 3rd. Both tournaments will be at 2pm at Game Galaxy Antioch. September's tournament will not qualify for IFPA points.

In other news, a new location to play pinball has opened recently in Murfreesboro. Flashback Arcade opened a few weeks ago and has around 20-30 well maintained machines. Check them out! https://www.facebook.com/flashbackarcades

There's a larger tournament that will take place in Atlanta on September 26th. Bryan Broyles, who runs the tournament at the Southern Fried Expo, is running this one as well. The format should be similar to Pinburgh. Should be a good one if you need a tournament fix. https://www.facebook.com/events/880338828716665/

Our league numbers have been up the last few months, but we can always use more people. Hope to see you at one of the upcoming events!

Slight tournament change

posted Jun 23, 2015, 7:24 AM by Aaron Williams

Just a quick note - qualifying for the Kiss launch party will now run from 6-8pm with the finals starting immediately after. Finals format TBD. See you there!

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