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Bluffs is a casually competitive league.  The main overall goal is to have fun, and play pinball in a relaxed atmosphere.  While competition is an element, it is not the primary element.  We are about being social and enjoying ourselves while we play the games.

 

The league is hosted at Bluffs Pinball, which is located south of the intersection of Brimley and Eglinton in Toronto, and is easy to get to via car and TTC.  The exact location will be given when you register by emailing the league.

 

The machines are from private collections, being made available to us to play.  As such, treat them with respect.

To Register

Please register by emailing bluffspinball @ bell . net (remove all spaces) and indicating your interest.

 

Bluffs Upcoming Seasons 

Season 9 commences January 11 and ends March 1.  We will play a total of 8 meets consisting of head to head competition in groups of 3 or 4.  Top 6 scores count.  Cost is $10 per meet. 

 

Season 10 commences March 8 and ends April 26.  We will play a total of 8 meets consisting of head to head competition in groups of 3 or 4.  Top 6 scores count.  Cost is $10 per meet. 

 

Season 11 commences May 10 and ends June 28.  We will play a total of 8 meets consisting of head to head competition in groups of 3 or 4.  Top 6 scores count.  Cost is $10 per meet. 

 

Bluffs Pinball Championships

On March 3, April 28 and June 30th we will play our End of Season Open to All Tournaments.  Cost is $25 and includes the Pinball, a Shawarma or Falaffel sandwich, snacks and drinks.  Tournament starts at 5 pm sharp, and is 2 or 4 player matchplay (depending on number of players) with no new rounds after 9:30.  We will play a Playoff 3 game elimination bracket with as close to 50% of the field as possible qualifying.  All eliminated players will play one game with score deciding final placement.  See here for an example.  Due to space limitations we can only accept the first 48 players who register for these events.

 

Bluffs After Dark

Bluffs After Dark is a 3 or 4 strike elimination tournament that will take place as an occasional side event to our League nights.  The entry fee is $10, half of which goes to the prize pool. The prize pool is divided between the winner and a randomly drawn participant.

 

 

The Rules

 

The mandate for Bluffs Pinball is to have fun, and enjoy some competitive pinball in a relaxed, friendly environment.

Each group will play 8 games per week, usually drawn from a balance on EM, SS and DMD machines, however, this may be altered depending on machines in need of repair, etc.  Scores will consist of points from all 8 machines played.  First place on each machine will get 4, second place will get 3, third place will get 2, fourth place will get 1.  A 3 player group will score 4,3,2 or 4,3,1 or 4,2,1 depending on comparisons to the mean score on the machine played.

Maximum points in any given week is 32.

Groupings are determined based on the point total from the previous week played.  League administration will do their best to group players with similar scores, although this is not always possible.  Groups will consist of 4 players whenever possible, 3 when not.

Latecomers are welcome to join their groups and catch up on machines they’ve missed, however, you must text Walt ahead of time in order to be included.  If enough late players arrive who haven’t texted to form an additional group, that group may participate in that particular meet.  If the machine happens to break before you can play it, that will be recorded as a forfeit.

Generally speaking we try to follow the PAPA rules for competitive play, however, expecting those to be memorized is unreasonable and we try to be a relaxed, friendly place at all times. If you notice that we make a call that is wrong, please feel free to enlighten us later.  

Respect for machines – all of these machines are part of private collections, being made available to the league through the goodwill of their various owners.  Please treat them better than you might your own.  Anyone hitting, kicking or excessively moving/tilting/slam-tilting a machine will be asked to leave that night.  If you’re asked to leave twice, we ask that you not come back. 

Treatment of others

No harassment or abuse of others will be tolerated.  Also, while the occasional expletive can be forgiven on drains, please remember that we sometimes have children present, and it goes against our overall mandate for relaxed, fun pinball.

Disputes

Any kind of rule question or disagreement, please speak to Kevin, Walt or Scott for a ruling.