Dates: July 2nd & 3rd, 2011
Report by Ad Jonker
Federico Ravagnati, owner of a pinball shop in Cesano Maderno about twelve miles north of Milan(o), organised the third edition of this small competition in his home town.
This was the third edition and my second visit.
The venue had changed to a gym of a school closed for the holidays. Lots of space, but unfortunately slightly fewer games (thirteen) and competitors than in the previous edition.
Compared to the show held in Rovigo, games from three decades are used for the competition.
Actually it should be five decades, since the sixties and nilties (not mentioned on the poster) were also present.
On Saturday there was no competition, but in the afternoon the venue is open for free play and also for some repairs to be carried out.
I spent all Saturday in there for just two reasons; the Italian made EM-games and the US games built for Italy.
There were five in total, three Gottlieb and two Italian-built games. Three of them could use a good cleaning, but two others were in nice shape. I was able to take a number of pictures and have a number of games on them.
The tournament is held on the Sunday afternoon. Thirty-four players registered and they were grouped to play nine games in total.
The ranks of players on each game were added together and the total result of all games was the final result of the tournament. No additional rounds here.
Games used for the tournament were:
And another four games for free play:
As much as the older games helped me to finish third last year, I could not succeed this year and ended twentieth out of thirty-four.
The final results were:
So is it worth a visit next year?
So with these points, you can decide if it will be worth the trip for you.
If it is held next year, the venue may change but it will most probably be on the first weekend of July again. Check www.giocoflipper.it or the Pinball News Diary page for more information.
Finally, if you win this tournament you get to a very high standard according to the trophy. Namely, 'God of Pinball'.
© Pinball News 2011