BRING A GAME AND YOU'LL RECEIVE
- A game that is up and running earns an admission credit for each day it is available.
- Entrance into the exclusive Special When Lit party.
- Entries into our thank-you drawing
- Selling opportunity: see below….
One of the incentives for bringing games is that they can be offered for sale without the expense and hassle of taking a vendor booth or flea market space. While being showcased in this way, the game is subject to early-removal fees, where “early” is before 8:00 PM Friday or Saturday. If a game is sold and the buyer does not wish to keep the game available, the seller and buyer should negotiate how the early-removal fee will be covered. On the back of the game card, there is space for the buyer and seller to “sign off” so that our staff will know who is authorized to remove the game.
For every pinball machine and arcade game put into the FREE PLAY area, you get one ticket entered into the thank-you drawing. If the game stays on-site until Saturday night, the bringer can win prizes in the drawing.
Beyond the above rewards, you can also win Bonus Points if your game meets one or more of these criteria:
- Pinball games manufactured by Heighway, Dutch, Spooky, American, Homepin, Deeproot, Phoenix, Silver Castle, Exhibit, Genco, Keeney, United
- Pitch-and-bat baseball games manufactured by Bally, Midway, Exhibit, Genco, Keeney, United, Evans, Western, Scientific
- Electromechanical arcade games manufactured between 1946 and 1965
- Pinball games with low production quantity, per IPDB
- Pinball games with art by Paul Faris
- Game-designer bonus to be announced later
- Pinball games on the Pinside Most Wished list as of January 1, 2018 (often called “A-list games”)
- Limited Edition models of recent pinball games
- You also get one extra point for each game registered before June 1, 2018.
Excess admission credits can be converted to bonus points. On Saturday, June 30, we will tote up the bonus points earned by each game-bringer. These points can be spent on Pintastic swag, food rewards, extra tickets for the thank-you drawing, or other rewards we are still thinking up, based on which prize plateau you achieve.
WHERE DO I LOAD IN?
Thursday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM is not open to the public, so you can use the front entrance for loading and unloading. Anytime through about 9:00PM will be available, but be aware that the public will be in the room after 6:00 PM.
WHAT IF I NEED TO SUBSTITUTE A DIFFERENT GAME?
We understand that not everything goes as originally planned. If you know about the substitution before July 4th, submit a new form and state in the Comments section the name of the game that will NOT be coming. If it’s June 25th or later, just bring it.
WHAT IS THE CHECK-IN PROCEDURE?
Free-Play room staff will take your name and name(s) of the games and direct you about where they are placed. Games are placed at our discretion and may include special clusters of related games. We reserve the right to verify that the game is in good working order. All games that have a grounding plug must actually be grounded. Each game will be given an identifier card, where you can mark whether the game is for sale or not. We will qualify you for other perks (such as the Friday night after-party), establish how to contact you if the game needs repairs or other attention, and have you sign off that you have read the rules.
MY GAME DOES NOT SUPPORT FREE PLAY. WHAT DO I DO?
For the games that cannot set free play in the play pricing, either set a replay score that is very low and easily achieved, and load the game with credits at the start of each day, or install a button that simulates inserting a coin or adds a credit. On electromechanical games having a credit unit and replay button, find the switch that opens when the credits are at zero and modify that switch so that it is always closed.
HOW ABOUT REMOVING THE GAME?
You can remove the game after 8:00 PM Friday and Saturday without incurring an early-removal charge. But we strongly request that all games stay in free play for the entire event. Free-Play room staff may refer to the identifier card on the game and take necessary steps to verify ownership. Removal can go through the front doors of the free play registration area. At that time you will be checked out by a Pintastic volunteer. We have secured the whole facility for Sunday breakdown. So kick back and enjoy yourself Saturday night! Hang out with the special guests ’til late in the evening. Get some rest and pack up in the morning.
HOW DOES EARLY REMOVAL WORK?
If the game needs to be removed early on Friday or Saturday due to being sold (and the new owner does not elect to leave it in the room on free play), un- repairable breakdown, travel constraints, etc. then a $35.00 early-removal fee applies. Games that are set up on Thursday should not be removed unless special circumstances arise, fee for Thursday removal is $60. Gabe will need to sign off on the back of the game card for any game that leave early that would require a fee being paid. Free-Play room staff may refer to the identifier card on the game and take necessary steps to verify ownership. Keep in mind if your game is removed you will no longer be able to win any of the cash prizes in the thank-you giveaway.
WHEN CAN I BRING MY MACHINE?
The best time to bring it is on Thursday morning 9AM to 4pm. Thursday is a setup day and is not open to the public until 6:00 PM. On Thursday, use the free play entrance in the front middle of the building to make it easier for loading and unloading games. If you bring a game Thursday it also gives you a chance to see and meet others who have done the same thing in the evening. We are prepared to have some games come in while the public is playing, but designated setup times are best for everyone. Friday through Sunday, the back doors will be closed and locked.
Friday starting at 7:00 AM will also be available for setting up games before the show opens to the public. The front entrance will have to be used. During the show, you will want to pull up to the front and notify the Pintastic registration staff that you have games to unload. If you need help please don’t hesitate to ask and our volunteer staff will assist you.