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06-08-2018 02:00 AM
We got to the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center around 2pm on Thursday to check on the set-up, and sure enough everything was being done to get ready for Friday’s opening.

The Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade CenterThe lobby was looking a little sparse, but most of the action there doesn’t take place until later in the day and early on Friday morning.  The machines for the kids area were arriving, and the seminar area was fully-built and ready to go.

The lobby where registration takes placeSome of the machines for the kids play areaThe seminars areaMike Lorrain had an impressive set-up with three cameras, a new mixing desk and a multi-mic radio system.  The seminars will all be streamed live and available to playback online, so we won’t be recording them here.  We will be photographing them all and summarising the talks though.

Mike’s seminar control stationLet’s go through the main doors and see what was happening in the main show hall.

Into the main hallThe main show desk is directly in front of the entrance.  It is here that raffle tickets are sold and the show announcements made.  They already had the Houdini machine which will be the grand prize which will be drawn on Sunday afternoon.

Setting up the show deskTurning left, we came to the Nitro Pinball stand.  Nitro usually has the latest machines and this year is no different, with the big draw being two new Thunderbirds machines from Homepin.

The two Thunderbirds machines on the Nitro Pinball standThis is the first time these machines have been shown in North American, so there is bound to be much attention on them once the show opens.  We took a bunch of pictures, but rather than spend too long on the game here you’ll find them at the end of today’s report.

Elsewhere, things were coming together.

The view from the front left corner of the hallTrucks were turning up at the loading dock and being unloadedUnloaded machines waiting to go into the hallPinballs to go into the hallVideo games, carefully -wrappedThe hall was filling up, with vendors also setting up their stands.

There’s no mistaking the Hercules machineIt’s certainly not all pinball, with loads of video games tooBut don’t worry, there are plenty of pinballsTournament machinesMore tournament machinesFree play machines in the central areaMore pinballsThe show always has an impressive EM sectionBut there are the latest titles too, with Butch Peel and Charlie Martin setting up the JJP machinesHoudini, Total Nuclear Annihilation and the two remakes are here on the Nitro standOK, so that’s what was happening in the main hall.  Now we’ll take a close-up look at Homepin’s Thunderbirds game.  Note that the original title of Thunderbirds Are Go seems to have been changed to just Thunderbirds.

The Thunderbirds playfieldThe Thunderbirds backglass which is all one pieceThunderbirds cabinet side artBackbox side art which is backlitThe Thunderbirds cabinet frontThe left ramp areaThe centre movable-ramp shotThe top left playfield areaThe mid-left areaThe left orbit shotThe top rollover lanesThe mid-right areaThe bottom right areaThe bottom left areaThe feature gridThe whole playfieldThe instruction cardThat concludes our look at Thursday’s set-up at the Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show.  We’ll be back tomorrow reporting live from the show and will be adding and updating our reports right through the weekend, so check out all our reports at the main NWPAS page.

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