Friday at the Texas Pinball Festival began with the set-up in the main hall and the start of the tournament qualifying sessions.

To make sure everyone knew they were going the right way, the corridor from reception to the hall and registration desk was branded with TPF banners.

The corridor to the hall
The corridor to the hall

At the end of the corridor was the registration desk where visitors collect their pre-purchased registration packs or by on-the-day entries.

The registration desk
The registration desk

Opposite the registration desk is the main entrance to the show hall.  Tournament qualification was well under way with a large crowd eager to set their best game scores for others to chase.

Tournament qualifying on Friday morning
Tournament qualifying on Friday morning
Main tournament qualifying
Main tournament qualifying
The Drains Tournament Manager system was used to record scores and manage players
The Drains Tournament Manager system was used to record scores and manage players
Main tournament qualifying
Main tournament qualifying
Classics qualifying
Classics qualifying
Some of the many plaques and trophies to be won
Some of the many plaques and trophies to be won

In the rest of the hall, the set-up of machines and stands was going well.  Machines were still being delivered and unloaded.  The show uses a staging system, where vans are unloaded into one of several staging areas so the loading dock can be freed-up as quickly as possible.  Machines are then moved from the staging areas to their final position.

Unloading one of the vans
Unloading one of the vans
The staging areas
The staging areas
Machines in one of the staging areas
Machines in one of the staging areas

So, let’s take a look around the hall during the set-up period.

Setting up some of the many free play machines
Setting up some of the many free play machines
Multimorphic have a good number of P3 machines to show
Multimorphic have a good number of P3 machines to show
Marco Specialties have twenty new-in-box Stern machines at the TPF, and another twenty over in California for Arcade Expo which is on the same weekend
Marco Specialties have twenty new-in-box Stern machines at the TPF, and another twenty over in California for Arcade Expo which is on the same weekend
A few of Marco's new Stern pinballs
A few of Marco’s new Stern pinballs along with some classic older games
CoinTaker have Houdini, Attack from Mars Remake and The Big Lebowski
CoinTaker have Houdini, Attack from Mars Remake and The Big Lebowski
The familiar sight of the DeLorean on the show floor
The familiar sight of the DeLorean on the show floor
Circus Maximus have their upcoming Kingpin game for guests to see and play
Circus Maximus have their upcoming Kingpin game for guests to see and play
Taking the wraps off
Taking the wraps off
We'll have a full look later, but this game still needed the decals applying
We’ll have a full look later, but this game still needed the decals applying
American Pinball have four Houdini games at the show
American Pinball has four Houdini games at the show
Chicago Gaming has six of their remakes - two Medieval Madness games and four Attack from Mars models
Chicago Gaming has six of their remakes – two Medieval Madness games and four Attack from Mars models
Valley Dynamo brought two of each model of their All-Star Baseball pitch-and-bat game
Valley Dynamo brought two of each model of their All-Star Baseball pitch-and-bat game
Jersey Jack Pinball have a selection of their four titles for visitors to play, including their new Pirates of the Caribbean
Jersey Jack Pinball have a selection of their four titles for visitors to play, including their new Pirates of the Caribbean
Spooky Pinball have their new Alice Cooper's Nightmare Castle game here, but won't unveil the playfield until their seminar on Saturday
Spooky Pinball have their new Alice Cooper’s Nightmare Castle game here, but won’t unveil the playfield until their seminar on Saturday
In the meantime, here's the cabinet artwork
In the meantime, here’s the cabinet artwork
From the newest to the oldest, in the History of Pinball exhibit
From the newest to the oldest, in the History of Pinball exhibit
Will this concept Kosmic Khaos game ever be made?
Will this concept Kosmic Khaos game ever be made?  Find out later
Some of the many free-play machines
Some of the many free-play machines which can be played

That concludes our first look at the Texas Pinball Festival main hall.  We will be back later with another update once the show opens to the public with full details of this and the seminars schedule which kicks-off at 6pm with Pinball News Editor Martin Ayub and Pinball Magazine Editor Jonathan Joosten running their popular So You Think You Know Pinball prize quiz in the hotel’s bar area.

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