When: Regular meets on July 19, August 2, 9, 16,23; September 6; playoffs on September 13. Start time 7:30 pm. Dues: $20+$0.88 fee due on third week, payable via PayPal, Venmo, or Zelle only. (Credit cards okay via PayPal/Venmo.) Format: Six games per meet, Max Matchplay/roundless robin format (two player games). Best 5 of 6 weeks determines standings for playoffs. One point for each win.) Location:Poison Girl, 1641 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX. On-street parking in the area. Bus routes: 82 Westheimer (short walk from the Dunlavy Street stop), 56 Airline/Montrose and 27 Shepherd (0.6 mile walk from the Westheimer Road stop).
Players are highly encouraged to bring enough change (quarters) to cover all games they intend to play. Coin drop ranges from 50¢ to $1 depending on game.
Expect a new weekly league to start in July, and twice-monthly tournaments to follow, both at locations to be determined. The league will be a completely different format to other leagues that have been held in the Houston area in the past. A corresponding updated rulebook will also be posted soon.
Work on the logo continues, but I cannot promise a date for it to be fully complete.
We’re having a couple of socials at Einstein’s Pub out in Katy (873 South Mason Road, corner of Cimarron Parkway, approx. 1 mile south of I-10) in preparation for possible future events (there and elsewhere). Wednesdays 5/17 and 5/24, possibly skipping 5/31 and continuing through June, 7:30pm.
As this may be a considerable drive for some of you, carpooling is encouraged if feasible.
The socials (and future league) at Poison Girl are temporarily on hold until/unless someone else is willing to host, but I do plan to resume them in July. There are other events in the process of being organized, though some are not going to be until the fall or winter.
[Edit: On hold, new schedule to be announced in the first week of June.]
Following is a current list of Bayou City Pinball League events:
New logo reveal (online/social media): TBD on or before April 14 Manifesto/league goals reveal: TBD shortly after new logo reveal, on or before April 21 Socials/meetings: Monday nights, Poison Girl, 1641 Westheimer Road #B, Houston, Texas, starting at approximately 7:30 pm. Goal is to find a sufficient number of interested players for a weekly league to start in late May, June, or early July. Tuesday nights, TBD downtown/inside I-610 Houston. Goal will be to find a sufficient number of interested players for a recurring twice-monthly three strikes tournament. (will be updated with location name when known)
Future tournament directors, graphic designers, and others who would like to help run the league and its events are encouraged to email commish at this website’s domain (without the “www”). Please include what part of the greater Houston area you currently reside in, any past experience, any current commitments with other tournament/league events in the greater Houston area, and whether or not you consider yourself a down-to-earth person.
Please update Pinball Map with any new pinball machine venues or new/removed pinball machines.
Bad news: due to low attendance and falling too far behind the original schedule, I am cancelling the current league season as such.
Good news: The remaining events will become non-competitive social gatherings in hopes of finding enough players to hold a new league season starting in May or June with tournaments at other venues to follow and accompany that league season. I have not updated the images on the events yet but that is the status. With the transition the starting time won’t be as strictly enforced; I plan to be at Poison Girl before 7:30pm and until at least 9:00pm. Same location, same approximate times, just a non-competitive setting with nothing reported to the IFPA for the time being.
In the same vein of good news, I would like to emphasize that I am not giving up on the league. The new logo is almost done, I will be making some final revisions over the weekend based on feedback I have received.
I am still looking for new pinball venues and people willing to step up and be tournament directors/league officials. At some point I will also be looking for a graphic designer, possibly even two or three people to share the responsibility of doing the graphic design. I’m capable but I will need to place most of my energy into other things.
Looking forward to next Monday night. I hope to see you there!
Shawn K. Quinn, Commissioner, Bayou City Pinball League