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— This Week’s Top 5 Stories —

1. American Pinball Confirms Oktoberfest
Photo courtesy Pinball Magazine
At the Vancouver Flipout Pinball Expo, American Pinball confirmed that the heavily rumored Oktoberfest would be the theme of their second pinball machine!  A huge thanks to Pinball Magazine for allowing TWIP to use these pictures from the Vancouver Flipout.  Jonathan Joosten from Pinball Magazine was on site in Vancouver at the seminar, and wrote up an article that didn’t just cover the seminar but the entire show.  Check out the article here, which also shares more details about Oktoberfest!
They shared a black and white sneak peek of the playfield:
Photo courtesy Pinball Magazine
They also shared a pic of one of the characters from Oktoberfest:
Photo courtesy Pinball Magazine
As for what we know currently about this machine, lets take a quick look back at some interviews and coverage over the past several months:

February 5th, 2018
(From TWIP)
This past week, we learned that American Pinball has “Houdini” trademarked for pinball machines (more on that below).  In looking at what OTHER trademarks American Pinball has, we found one other – OKTOBERFEST.  See the link here that shows both trademarks.

What is Oktoberfest?  
It is basically the world’s largest beer festival.  According to Wikipedia, “Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, it is a 16- to 18-day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year… The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since the year 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations that are modeled after the original Munich event.” According to TIME