Oakland Pinball Warriors is a "selfie" pinball league.
Play pinball at locations around Oakland at your convenience all month long, taking pictures with your best scores on each game.
Your scores will be assigned a point value based on how they compare to those of other players, and the total number of points you earn across your best 8 games (out of ~24 eligible machines) will be used to determine end-of-month rankings.
At the end of the month, we have playoffs at Emporium Oakland (1805 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612) for all eligible players. To qualify for playoffs, you must submit scores on at least 4 different machines. Depending on the number of players for the month (see Format Details), the top 4 players likely receive a bye into the A Division, and all other qualifiers will battle it out for the remaining spots in A Division. The remaining players will compete for the B Division title.
If you don't already have an account, sign up for a free account on MatchPlay.Events.
If you're on Facebook, join the Oakland Pinball Warriors Facebook group.
Visit any of our participating locations and play pinball!
Take a picture of yourself with your best score on each game.
The picture doesn't have to be good or even have your entire face in it, but you must be identifiable and the score on the game must be clearly visible. It's okay if we have to zoom in to read it.
Submit your scores and pictures on MatchPlay by clicking the "submit scores" button on the top right of the Scores page.
Please try to submit your scores to MatchPlay within 24 hours of the picture being taken.
We also encourage members to keep things social by sharing their pictures in our Facebook group!
Play more pinball, rinse, repeat.
We have unlimited qualifying all season, so play as much as you can and submit as many scores as you want. The 8 machines you do the best on will count towards end-of-season standings and determine who makes it to playoffs. To be eligible for playoffs, you must submit scores on at least four separate machines. You can also qualify the day of before the tournament if you'd like. Playoffs are generally the first Sunday of the month at Emporium Oakland, but not guaranteed to be then. Check the info page on MatchPlay for updated information.
There are currently 10 venues with a total of about twenty-four eligible machines across them in the tournament. You can submit scores on as many machines as you like, but only your best eight will count towards end-of-the-month rankings.
In order to be eligible for playoffs, players must submit scores on at least four separate machines.
Current venues and games for are listed below (games may change). See matchplay for which games are in for the month.
The machines at many of these locations, are provided and maintained by operator TJ Beyer. TJ keeps his games in fantastic shape and is awesome about responding quickly to service calls. If you're looking to add pinball to your business, you won't find a better operator! You can reach him at email@example.com.
A big part of the motivation behind Oakland Pinball Warriors is to drive traffic to some of these venues that don't have enough machines or space to host regular competitive events.
We want to show these venues that having pinball machines is good for business!
So please, when you go to play, make sure to be polite to the staff, support the business buy purchasing food or drink, tip appropriately, and let them know that you're there because of the pinball!
Qualifying starts at the beginning of the month and will run up until the finals for that month (although the top four qualifying spots will lock in at the end of the month). This means that if you need scores in order to qualify, then you can show up early before finals to play them.
Playoffs will be the first Sunday of the month, starting at 2:20PM at Emporium Oakland (1805, Oakland, CA 94612). Check the MatchPlay info page to confirm.
At the end of the season, all players who have submitted scores on at least four machines will be invited to playoffs.
Formats for the finals will vary depending on how many people play. See Format Details for more information.
$5 for each finals you attend, plus the cost of game play!
If you're on Facebook, join the Oakland Pinball Warriors Facebook group.
Once you've added yourself to the tournament on MatchPlay, visit the scores page and click the orange button at the top that says "Submit Scores".
From the list that appears, pick the game you want to submit a score for. Click "select photo" to upload the picture of your score, and then enter the actual score in the field below. Click "save score."
Your scores will be reflected in the standings once the photo has been verified by an administrator.
You need to submit your photos within 24 hours of playing the game.
Your pictures don't have to be good, but you do have to be in them.
If the best you can get in a selfie is a picture where the score is a little blurry, it's okay to take a supplemental picture just of the score and e-mail it for verification.
Some players may find it easier to carry around a photo of themselves, and then hold the photo (even your driver's license could work) up next to their score. This is allowed.
You may use scores you achieved during any non-IFPA pinball event (Belles & Chimes), but not scores from a WPPR event.
If you run into any problems using MatchPlay or forget to attach your photo to a score, send us the picture at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the body of the e-mail, include your full name, the name of the game you played, and the score you achieved.
Let our operator know so he can fix it! Send an e-mail describing the issue to email@example.com.
If you don't have a world ranking, you will after playing in the league! Everyone who participates will become a world ranked pinball player just by playing.
Yes! Play your entire game, including any extra balls you earn.
Yes! During qualifying (the selfie portion of the league), coaching is not just allowed, it's encouraged! Playing with someone else and talking about what's going on in the game is a great way to get better. So go ahead and let your friends know when they've got a jackpot lit, how many shots they need to start multiball, or what they're supposed to shoot for in the mode they just started.
Yes! Other than being allowed to play extra balls and give/receive advice from other players, you should play your games as though you were in a normal tournament. This means:
Because we're adults and it's only pinball and seriously if someone is cheating at this WTF is wrong with them?
Oakland Pinball Warriors runs on an honor system. We trust our players to abide by the rules of competition.
If a player is caught cheating or breaking the rules, they will be suspended from the league. They will be eligible to participate again after a full season has passed.
If a player is caught cheating again after returning from suspension, they will be permanently banned from the league.
The top 8 scores count for each player. Scoring is 100-97-95-94-93-... Players need to submit at least 4 scores in order to be eligible to play in the finals. The top 4 seeds will lock in at the end of the month (scores must be submitted by an hour after the end of the month), but players can still submit scores in order to be eligible for the finals up until the time that finals starts. The finals venue will always have enough machines available to qualify for that month before finals start. Please note that you cannot submit the same score for two months if a machine is active in both at the same time.
The finals will consist of a preliminary round followed by a PAPA-style group elimination. Cost for participants is $5. After paying for IFPA fees, all money will be given out in prizes.
In the preliminary round, players will play groups of three or four. Scoring will be 7-5-3-1 (7-4-1 for groups of three). Pairings, player order, and games will be ‘balanced’ as chosen by the matchplay software. The number of games played and number of players advancing to the group elimination stage will vary based on the number of players qualified (see below). Tiebreakers for who advances to the group elimination stage will be played on a randomly chosen 'fast' playing game. Order choice on this game will be based on qualifying (highest qualifier gets first order choice, etc.)
Players who do not advance to the group elimination stage are eligible to play in the B division. Format will be chosen on the day of based on the number of players participating.
Players will be placed into groups of four (sometimes three) based on their seed from the qualifying. Groups will play three games and the scoring is 4-2-1-0 (4-2-1 in three player groups). After three games, the top two players from each group will advance to the next round. If players are tied for one of the advancing positions, then a tie-breaking game will be played.
Tournament officials may declare a player as a winner of a game in progress; that player will get the maximum number of points for that game. This will generally occur only if the pace of the tournament is at risk due to exceptionally good play. The affected player must stop play immediately. Any other player reaching the same score in that game will also receive the maximum number of points for that game.
Assuming that enough games are available for play, then four banks of three games will be randomly chosen the day of the competition (note: long playing games may be separated into different banks). Games may appear in multiple banks. The highest seed in a group will get to choose which bank to play on in that round (or has the option to defer to the next highest seed). No more than one group can select the same bank in a round. A player may not pick the same bank in consecutive rounds. For example, if a player picked Bank 1 in the first round, then she could not pick Bank 1 in second round, but could pick it again in third round.
Order selection on the first game will go in order of qualifying position (top seed gets first selection, then next highest seed, and so on). In subsequent games, order selection will go in reverse order of the results of the previous game (last place gets first order selection).
If a tie-breaking game necessary, the player with the highest seed will get to pick a game (or defer if they choose) that they did not play that round (and is not currently being played).
In order to meet IFPA rules for games counting towards the TGP value of the tournament, the finals format will vary slightly based on how many people play the minimum number of required games during qualifying.
If 32 or more people play in qualifying, the preliminary round will be three games (4 players receive byes out of this round) and the group elimination stage starts with 16 people (12 people advance out of the preliminary round and join the 4 players with byes).
Expected TGP: 90%
If 24 to 31 people play in qualifying, the preliminary round will be three games (4 players receive byes out of this round) and the group elimination stage starts with 12 people (8 people advance out of the preliminary round and join the 4 players with byes). The first round of the group elimination stage will be played in 3-player groups.
Expected TGP: 82%
If 16 to 23 people play in qualifying, the preliminary round will be five games (no players will receive byes) and the group elimination stage starts with 8 people.
In the preliminary round, each of the top four seeds will be allowed to pick their group’s game one time during the preliminary round. The groups will be drawn without any games being assigned. The top four seeds will then be given an opportunity to choose a game for their group. Priority will be given to the top seed. For example, if two of the top seeds are in a group and the top seed selects a game, then the other will not be able to select a game in that round.
Expected TGP: 88%
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