Episode 9 – Louisville Pinball League [Explicit]

Louisville Pinball League

Episode 9 – Louisville Pinball League

Disclaimer: this podcast has some explicit language and you can probably hear a beer can opening in the background. You have been warned. 

In this episode, we talk with Janet Stevens, Antz Wettig, Jason Bradley, and Chris Renninger of the Louisville Pinball League. The Louisville Pinball League is an official PAPA sanctioned league that goes for 8 weeks.

Signups for the next pinball season begins April 8 (plus, there will be a tournament) and the games begin on April 15th. Games are played every Friday at 7:00 p.m. at Zanzabar

Antz: “If you mention this podcast walking in the door, introduce yourself to Antz, Jon, or Vern and I will buy you a beer.”

Highlights:

  • Introductions: Janet Stevens; Antz Wettig; Jason Bradley; Chris Renninger
  • The birth of the Louisville Pinball League in 2010
  • Bernard Cornwell’s The Last Kingdom and Pagans
  • Collecting pinball machines
  • “It’s where the fun’s at!”
  • Louisville Arcade Expo
  • The first board of Donkey Kong vs. starting at pinballs
  • Luck vs. Skill in pinball
  • The Chris vs. Janet rivalry begins
  • The Ted Nugent pinball machine
  • The social game of pinball and how it’s a great bar game
  • Tuesday night pinball tournaments and the over-30 and reasonable crowd
  • Rogue tournaments and Rogue League
  • Jason Bradley, the Pinball King of Louisville, and his mythology and trading card
  • Janet’s introduction to the league and her expansive pinball history
  • Janet’s story is interrupted with a brief explanation of how the tournaments work
  • Scheduling of the tournaments
  • Louisville Arcade Expo and how amazing that convention is
  • How handsome Antz is for his age
  • International Flipper Association
  • Billy Mitchell and the King of Kong
  • The rivalry between Janet and Chris heats up!
  • Drew, aka Booski, a member of the league and savant, the flying red tomato and the Vegas National Tournaments
  • Getting robbed in Vegas
  • Transitioning the Kentucky tournaments to Louisville from Cincinnati
  • How players are split up in a tournament
  • Janet meets Richard Shapiro and he gets her into some tournaments, she wins a bunch of them
  • The Outlook Inn’s pinball machines
  • Jason makes the point Antz couldn’t make earlier; beginners can win with some luck against better players
  • The ability to drop out of two games in the league
  • “You can know zero about pinball and still have fun.”
  • Janet invites women to come out to join the pinball league so Team “V” has more support
  • The Team “V” shirt
Antz and his brother.
If you were curious about that Team V shirt.
  • Professional naked photo shoots
  • What someone, particularly women, should do to join the league
  • Antz explains how Zanzabar rolls out the red carpet for pinball players
  • Young folks who want to play should come with a guardian and before 8 p.m.
  • Jason explains some other game types played between league seasons, like pinball golf
  • There is sometimes a 50/50 male to female ratio at tournaments
  • Jason plugs pinballmap.com – if you see a pinball machine somewhere, tell him about it
  • Chris plugs LouisvillePinball.com
  • We discuss drinking beer not drinking beer
  • Janet vouches for the safety of Zbar for women
  • Zbar listed as one of the top 10 arcade bars
  • The growth of pinball bars, the passion behind the pinball machines at Zbar and how it wasn’t the business plan
  • April 8th at 7 p.m. is League Signup; April 15th if the first week of the league
  • The Nerd Louisville bump
  • Listen to the very end to find out who is better, Janet or Chris

The Crew:

  • Mike Pfaff

Intro / Outro music is The White of Noon by STRFKR, graciously provided with permission by Polyvinyl Records.

Episode 8 – Game Camp at Cabbage Patch Settlement House

Episode 8 – Game Camp at Cabbage Patch Settlement House

In this episode, we talk with CJ & Matt who are running the upcoming Game Camp at the Cabbage Patch Settlement House. The Game Camp will run from April 4th to 9th and feature a wide variety of activities that involve learning, playing, and even designing a game.

Patch Con at the Cabbage Patch Settlement House
Children play games on a field trip to a local game store during Patch Con.

The Cabbage Patch is a local, non-profit, religious organization that focuses on helping at-risk children with extracurricular activity and educational resources. The Game Camp is in its infancy, but is growing out of a Wednesday “Patch Con” that CJ runs regularly at the Cabbage Patch. The Cabbage Patch believes games are great educational tools.

Highlights:

  • CJ Duffet, education specialist
  • Matt Spalding, youth & recreation development coordinator
  • Overview of the Cabbage Patch in Louisville KY
  • In 100 year history of Cabbage Patch, first Game Camp
  • Discussion of “Patch Con”, the precursor to Game Camp, where kids have learned to play games
  • Games like Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, etc. being excellent educational tools
  • THAC0
  • The age range of kids at the Cabbage Patch
  • CJ & Matt’s background in tabletop gaming, roleplaying games, and collectible card games
  • The Firefly system and playing in that game as a captain (not Malcom Reynolds)
  • Matt begins roleplaying when he’s four years old, 1st Edition AD&D, Gygax, vampire mind control
  • The genesis of Game Camp, bamboo bo staffs
  • Parental interaction with the cost of games and donations from local game stores
  • Jack Chick, the evil of games, demons, magic, and leading kids astray within a religious-based non-profit
  • Local game designers and industry professionals who are coming to Game Camp, including Jeff Dehut of Pocket Dungeon Quest fame
  • Designing and developing a game with the kids
  • Foe Hunters and Slur Your Role
  • Mouse Guard, Burning Wheel, Redwall, Grimm RPG
  • Dave Mattingly, Muppets, and volunteers who may want to participate in the game camp
  • Field trip to game stores (Heroes Comics & Gaming or Through the Decades)
  • Inspiration from a literary camp run at Cabbage Patch
  • More on volunteering and aiding in the Game Camp, especially game designers
  • A trip to ConGlomeration with the kids and open gaming
  • Fluxx card game (“A game that you just follow the rules,” said Matt)
  • More on games as educational tools, gamification, brushing teeth
  • CJ reflects on getting destroyed in a Yu-gi-oh tournament by a six year old at Something 2 Do
  • Plans for an expanded Summer Camp
  • Find Cabbage Patch at www.cabbagepatch.org and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cabbagepatchsettlementhouse/

The Crew:

  • Mike Pfaff
  • Matt McCloud

Intro / Outro music is The White of Noon by STRFKR, graciously provided with permission by Polyvinyl Records.

Episode 7 – Louisville Arcade Expo & Cosplay

Louisville Arcade Expo 2016

Episode 7 – Louisville Arcade Expo & Cosplay

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In Episode 7 – Louisville Arcade Expo & Cosplay of the Nerd Louisville podcast, we visit the Louisville Arcade Expo 2016, talk with attendee, David Buschermohle, who regularly attends the convention with his pinball group, Rogue League (soon to be Louisville Pinball League). We plan to have a proper Louisville Pinball episode on the Nerd Louisville podcast soon. If you’re interested in the next league, check out the Louisville Pinball website. They play at Zanzabar on Preston on Friday nights when the league is happening.

We also talk with Jenna Rae (aka Goldberry Cosplay) of Louisville Costumed Performers about cos-play and how her group and others are working with local charities.

Finally, we speak with Cindy Thomas of ConGlomeration and discuss the cos-play track that will be at ConGlomeration, including contests, a ball, and more.

The crew:

  • Mike Pfaff
  • Matt McCloud

We recorded this episode in the hallway of the Ramada Hotel Plaza.

Intro / Outro music is The White of Noon by STRFKR, graciously provided with permission by Polyvinyl Records.

Highlights:

  • David Buschermohle discusses his local Pinball league
  • Arcade Expo’s old school atmosphere, the lights and sounds
  • Circuit play arcade tournaments
  • David’s childhood visiting Bashford Manor Mall and playing at Alladin’s Castle
  • David’s work at Ft. Knox and discovering Attack of Mars pinball at the local mini-mall
  • Rogue League becoming Louisville Pinball League next season
  • Cosplay with local player Goldberry
  • Making your own costumes, where to find base pieces and materials
  • Louisville Ghost Busters, Kentucky Heroes, and cosplaying to raise money for charities like Kosair Children’s Hospital
  • Cosplaying at conventions, deep fandoms and detail in cosplay
  • Staged photoshoots, play acting, and theatrical rivalry
  • Sharing costumes and props, growing the cosplay community
  • 411 on the ConGlomeration cosplay contest and masquerade with Cindy Thomas
  • Sourcing materials, costuming panels like “Money-saving costuming tips”
  • Programming and competition vs. attending the con in costume
  • Nerd Louisville staff panels at ConGlomeration