A Pinball Competition That’s Out of This World

A Pinball Competition That’s Out of This World

In addition to the much larger Pinburgh Match-Play Pinball Championship, Replay FX includes a second WPPR-eligible pinball tournament open to all players. This tournament has been structured in a way to give anyone who desires more competitive pinball during the Replay FX weekend a chance to continue playing, and also as a way to solicit donations for a group of charities hand-picked by the Replay Foundation staff.

The tournament format will be Limited Best Game.

In exchange for a non-refundable $20 donation that will be split amongst the charities posted at the event, each player will receive 10 tickets, with each ticket representing one game on a qualifying machine. Players may not purchase additional tickets, which makes this tournament “limited” when compared to other Best Game or “Herb”-style pinball tournaments. The available qualifying bank will consist of 16 pinball machines drawn from all eras.

Qualifying scoring will follow standard PAPA World Championship procedures:

1st place on a qualifying machine will equal 100 points, 2nd will equal 90 points, 3rd will equal 85 points, 4th will equal 84 points, and so on. The sum of points from the player’s best scores on 4 games will be used to rank players throughout the qualifying portion of the tournament. Only a player’s best score on each machine will be counted.

This is an IFPA endorsed tournament; anyone is eligible to play.

The cost to enter the tournament is a $20 donation that will be split amongst the following charities: Replay Foundation, Path of Play, and Aubrey’s Angels. All prizes consist of Replay FX store credit. All credit won must be redeemed before the end of the show Sunday at 5pm.

  • 1st: $150 +medal
  • 2nd: $100 +medal
  • 3rd: $70 +medal
  • 4th: $50 +medal
  • 5th-10th: $30
  • 11th-20th: $25
  • 21st-30th: $20

Any ties in final standings will be decided by initial qualifying seed.

At the end of qualifying on Saturday, the top 40 players will qualify for finals on Sunday. In the event that more than 400 players register, we will advance additional players in multiples of 4 to ensure at least 10% of the field advances to finals.

Finals will be conducted as a 3 strike knockout tournament. Players will be grouped in 3 or 4 player groups and play one randomly assigned game. Players will record the results and return the scoresheet to the registration desk. The players who finish 3rd and 4th (or 2nd and 3rd in 3 player groups) will receive strikes.

After all results are recorded groups will be drawn again. Players will be grouped with other players with a similar number of strikes. Once a player has received 3 strikes they are eliminated from the event.

Play continues until there is only 1 player remaining. That player will be crowned the Intergalactic Pinball Champion.


3pm-6pm: Open qualifying and registration
6pm-8pm: Open qualifying and registration for volunteers and scorekeepers not playing in Pinburgh
10pm-Midnight: Qualifying open


10am-Midnight: Open qualifying and registration


9am-9:30am: Check-In for Finals
9:30am: Finals Begin