BONUS SCORE CHASING EVENT – Virtual Pinball Tribute To Pinball Designer Mark Ritchie: 14 of 16 Games

By Todd Russell Sep20,2023

Time to celebrate the pinball design wizardry of Mark Ritchie (see: Mark Ritchie Back After 25+ Years with Pulp Fiction – List of His 16 Pinball Creations To Date), with a live tribute event at our PGM Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/todd_russell live streaming from 6am – 10am PST (GMT-8).

We’re planning to spend the entire live stream today playing pinball based on Ritchie’s designs, learning more about the man and his work created to date. Twin Galaxies acknowledged his work back in 2011 on a trading card (pictured right) featuring Ritchie’s induction into the Pinball Hall of Fame in 2011.

Did you know there were Twin Galaxies “video game & pinball hall of fame trading cards”? It looks like these were distributed at various conventions and on the TG website back around 2010. If you visit the TG site (https://www.twingalaxies.com/forumdisplay.php/446-Vote-On-Performances) now, there seems to be no mention of these cards. TG went through an ownership change when current owner Jace Hall took over, so that might explain why some of the former ownership Walter Day era has been changed, but don’t really know the full history there.

Anyway, Ritchie was honored and inducted at the Pinball Expo Hall of Fame on October 22, 2011. The Pinball Expo Hall of Fame website is located here: https://pinballexpo.com/hall-of-fame/ and it appears there are still yearly Walter Day Card Inductees happening yearly being awarded. We can research this together on today’s live stream as well.

This event’s featured pins based on Mark Ritchie designs for the next two weeks (9/20/2023 – 10/3/2024):

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Firepower 2 (1983)

Sorcerer (1985)

Road Kings (pinball) (1986)

Big Guns (1987)

Taxi (1988)

Police Force (1989)

Diner (1990)

Fish Tales (1992)

Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure (1993)

Pinball Magic (1995)

Airborne (1996)

Breakshot (1996)

Big Bang Bar (1996)

Kingpin (1996)

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Here is the fun part, YOU can play, too. All you need is Virtual Pinball and sometimes Future Pinball software and the table files which are all free to download. There is a spreadsheet where we share where to acquire the necessary pinball table files linked on every page at this blog and also here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iRcwa4znh8FL-0DdME5XNcQCM-CTjeTdPnfNcTrh9-E/edit?usp=sharing. Be sure to use default settings for all tables, unless otherwise noted and make sure you’re playing the version listed in the yellow highlight at the top of our iScored leaderboard page. Then, simmply, play the game and try and beat your personal best. Once you’ve done so, share the score.

You can share on our PGM iScored here: https://www.iscored.info/?mode=public&user=Playgamesmore — this is also listed on every page here at the PGM website. Once we see some scores and activity one of our PGM members will add you to our semi-private Discord where we score chase all kinds of different games: arcade games, modern Steam games, we stream games, play co-op and more. As of this writing we’re also score chasing arcade games and recapping them on Saturday mornings.

NOTE: This Mark Ritchie Tribute event is in place of our normal Humpday Wednesday Pinball stream.

In the meantime, come to the live stream, share your virtual and/or real pinball adventures. Yes, we play real pinball, too. Go out and find real pinball machines to play at surrounding businesses and score chase. We are a friendly group, open to all adult gamers at least 18 years of age. Please stop by the live Twitch stream and say hello to us. Now, let’s flip some pinball!

Wednesday Humpday Pinball tables featured
– all Virtual Pinball unless noted otherwise

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