For those that missed the announcement, IFPA will resume endorsing events in August.
There are events in the planning process. Expect a weekly league (5-week mini-season) on Wednesday or Thursday night starting in late August or possibly early September, and possibly a couple of tournaments (which may become regular events) in September. Stay tuned…
UPDATE: League has been postponed. The original announcement prior to postponement is left intact below for historical interest only.
It’s official! Our first weekly league will be at Speedy’s Fast Track (11440 Hempstead Road, between Antoine Drive and West 34th Street) on June 7, 14, 21, and 28, with the playoffs on a date yet to be decided (July 5, 7, or 12). There will be no dues for this league, in part because the IFPA is still not endorsing leagues or tournaments at this time.
There will be only four games per week; this differs from (what will eventually be) the usual number of five games stated in the rulebook. Scoring will still be IFPA 7-5-3-1/7-4-1, and the lowest of the four weeks will be dropped to determine ranking for playoffs.
This league will be capped at a maximum of 24 players per meet, with players having played in previous weeks getting priority.
Edit: dates updated to reflect cancellation of original May 24 meeting due to low attendance.
It is official! We will be having our first tournament on Sunday, 2021-01-24, at Speedy’s Fast Track, 11440 Hempstead Road, Houston, Texas (see map below). Check-in/warmups start at 1:00 pm, tournament will begin promptly at 1:30 pm.
Entries will be limited to 16 players. Format will be a five-round group match play with a three game playoff for the top 4 finishers. No entry fee as such, $8 toward a group use game card for tournament games plus one warm-up game per player. No prizes or physical awards will be issued for the results of this tournament; however, this is something we will be offering in later tournaments and leagues. Since the IFPA is still not endorsing and ranking tournaments, this will not be a WPPR ranked tournament; however, this too is something we will offer when the IFPA resumes.
Machine lineup: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Iron Maiden, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Deadpool, Batman, The Munsters.
The league rulebook as will be used for this tournament will be published on or before 2020-12-18 (Friday).
It’s now July, and not a whole lot has changed. Arcades have re-opened at reduced capacity, bars were open for a while but have since been ordered to close again. Perhaps most importantly, the IFPA has not reinstated endorsement of tournament and league play, and has started up something else called the IFPA Challenge Rankings to fill in the void. That we have been without IFPA-endorsed tournaments for this long and that the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be nowhere near over both suggest we could be in for a rather long wait for competitive pinball in general to return to normality, let alone for BCPL to finally officially launch.
At minimum, I’m waiting for arcades and bars to return to operating at 100% capacity. Meanwhile, with the downtime, I have been working on the league’s rulebook, which I will finalize and put online at least a couple of weeks before our first tournaments and/or league nights.
But for now, we wait. Hopefully, not for terribly long.
Shawn K. Quinn Founding Commissioner, Bayou City Pinball League