Thank you everyone that came to join our events, as well as all the people and partners supporting it!
We appreciate everyone bearing with the last minute change of location. An unfortunate set back less than 3 weeks before the event forced us to find a last minute alternative. Lynnwood Bowl and Skate received overwhelming amount of positive feedback and the management/staff were amazing on making this work! While adapting our event and format to the new space layout did provide some challenge (conflicting events on Sunday in the 2 different rooms made for challenges) the transition worked out very well.
We had 91 players in the OPEN, including 15 Women and 91 players in CLASSIC as well. This beat our previous attendance record of 90 people back in 2011 and a huge boost from the 67 players last year! Special thanks for all the people that had to travel to Seattle to attend. People from Oregon, British Columbia but also Idaho, Colorado, Ohio, Illinois and New York were represented this year!
Over 532 card entries were played in the OPEN tournament, Walking Dead and Tron both with 216 cards entered, people like their modern Stern!
We paid out over $10,500 in cash prizes this year, on top of the trophies and plaques. All of the finalists received cash prizes, 24 in OPEN, 16 in CLASSIC, 4 in WOMEN and 4 in SPLIT-FLIPPER. Top 4 prizes in OPEN was $2,300 for 1st, $1,300 for 2nd, $900 for 3rd and $600 for 4th.
Our charity run this year, which inlcudes all the coin drops from our side tournaments came to a whooping 764 quarters! Our charity of choice is our good friends in Portland POP - Pinball Outreach Project, using Microsoft charity donation matching we will donate $382 this year.
With the move to a new facility, we have noticed issues in our current format and schedule that we are looking to address for next year. We welcome any feedback and comments to make this event better every year (firstname.lastname@example.org). We strive to do our best with our limited resource and volunteers dedicating them precious free time to others, with that said we hope everyone has fun!
Of course, this could not have happened without all our INCREDIBLE volunteers, sponsors and partners. I am worried to call people by name as there has been SO MANY people helping the core NWPC organizing team. Our incredible pinball moving team, Danger Dan and Jordan, Jeff Sawyer with his clutch tech and scorekeeping support, Michelle and the Tibbetts family for running the registration desk and much more all week, Karl for his tournament software and support during the whole weekend, ALL the scorekeeper volunteer, including last minute clutch appearance during final hours like @Raymond's dad!
We rely on generous local collector to loan us game for our events, this could not happen without them either, thank you!
BIGGEST THANKS to Lynnwood Bowl and Skate to accommodate us this year. As our first year there was a lot of unknown but they were AMAZING in working with us to make this a SUCCESS!
And also our sponsors, which make this event possible in the first place by supporting our event and pinball at large. Our local sponsors, 8-bit Arcade / The Triple Knock and Shorty's as our special sponsors this year as well as our key partners in NITRO PINBALL, Flip Flip, Ding Ding, Olaf's, Grand Champion Games and The Goat on Greenwood. Special thanks to Tiltcycleycle for proving the grand raffle prize, Comet Pinball for sponsoring our event and The Pinball Arcade for providing raffle prizes. Pinball Tim, our best local EM tech provided us support and a game this year (the beautiful 2001 machine).
We will see you next year!