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Offline MRK

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This is a tremendous Community!!!!!!!
« on: June 05, 2019, 10:21:30 AM »
This is a tremendous Community!!!!!!!


I would like to thank everyone that has participated in building such a strong Florida Pinball Community.

Nearly 6 years ago I was searching for a place to play pinball, the machine we grew up with had died a few years back and was sold as part of a package with a couple of other arcades to clear the way for a much needed bedroom. What I found was villagebbs.com. Within a couple weeks was Nick and I’s first time seeing another collector's house, completely full of Pinballs and Arcades, including one in the kitchen. Nick was only 12 at the time, and this was obviously an adult event for the tournament, but when things started to slow down, I asked if I could bring my son over to see their place, he was welcomed without hesitation.

Villagebbs showed the different areas, POPS, 904, TBPL, and FLIPS. Kinda looked like separate organizations that competed against each other but that feeling immediately disappeared when we went out from Orlando up to an event in 904 territory. Since then we have played from north of Jacksonville to just outside Miami. We may have cussed at the traffic on the routes, but never regretted an event.

There is a lot of growing up that has happened in these years. We went through a period where Nick hitting the Tilt Bob was how the next player knew it was their turn and the machine would still be shaking from a stranglers grip. He has matured quite a bit. That childhood disregard for an object has matured to a respect for the limits of a game, and more importantly, the respect for the possessions of others. The patience of this community cannot be understated. Thank you for letting him grow, instead of being turned away.

Nick is in Italy right now getting ready for IFPA16. He has certainly become a player that can hang with the best, but this is the result of a Community. So many individuals opening their homes for events, and all of the businesses and charities that have been developed around this Community.

Without you, I would have bought a machine and we would have played at my place, maybe found a restaurant that had a couple games and had a place to hang out. Nothing like this could have matured.

Thank you for providing the experience of a lifetime!!!!


There are way too many people to individually thank and the regret of not stating someone would be unbearable. A special thank you to those that have directly assisted him prepare for the Nationals in Las Vegas and now IFPA16, as well as all who have helped with funding his travel to these venues.

Mark Mueller



If someone that is going to the Asylum this weekend could please print the PDF attachment and bring it there, it would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: This is a tremendous Community!!!!!!!
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2019, 10:33:43 AM »
That was very kind of you to say.

We all have watched Nick as he has grown up and progressed over the years.  I along with many others are thrilled that he is able to go to Italy to compete and represent Florida and the United States. He has earned it and we are all proud of him and will be cheering him on!

Jeff Palmer
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Re: This is a tremendous Community!!!!!!!
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2019, 10:42:55 AM »
nice words !!! printed
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Re: This is a tremendous Community!!!!!!!
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2019, 12:08:04 PM »
Well said.  Best wishws to Nick on success in Italy and going forward.  He has become a strong player and representative of Florida pinball.


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Re: This is a tremendous Community!!!!!!!
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2019, 07:45:30 PM »
It's been fun watching Nick grow and mature into a young adult. I always thought it was great that you found something you both could bond over and have something to do on any given weekend. It didn't take long before Nick was hooked and was starting to understand the depth and deeper rule sets of newer titles, ST stern comes to mind along with GOT. Pretty amazing to be watching him on stream this weekend playing in Italy! I'm sure you have a lot of good memories with all the road trips throughout the years. I've always tried to relay to my son it's not about the destination but to enjoy the journey. Ryan never really took to competitive pinball like Nick did. It was really great to see that you were able to spend so much quality time with Nick through the years and he has found a passion he really enjoys doing. I'll be at the Asylum is weekend but you could always put your post in there sub category.

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Re: This is a tremendous Community!!!!!!!
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2019, 08:31:31 PM »
Great testimonial, Mark. We are going to try to include some Nick updates in the Asylum stream this weekend. Nick is a really special talent, and we are all rooting for him!

It does take a community. Without you folks I would probably spend my days and nights playing Pinball Arcade on the phone. Everyone wants everyone to PLAY BETTER in Florida so we can keep showing the world who we are! See you this weekend. (PS: Will you do an interview??)

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Re: This is a tremendous Community!!!!!!!
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2019, 05:34:09 PM »
I'm going to be at home tracking both tournaments this weekend. Comfort food and a 4 day weekend. IFPA4 starts at 4am our time. Ugh!!
Interview, we can talk, but this is Nick's time and would like him to be there too at the time. Good luck this weekend.
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Re: This is a tremendous Community!!!!!!!
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2019, 07:47:01 AM »
Caught some of the stream, and spotted Nick wearing a FLiPS shirt and a Pinball Lounge shirt :)

Also caught the 3 way tie breaker on Addams Family where Nick won. That was awesome!
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