Howdy Pardner is a weekly co-op pinball event that we bill as an anti-tournament of sorts. Each and every Thursday we build different teams of 3-4 players, each team will then play 5 machines, and team scores will be combined and then compared to all other teams that week.
HP is a wholly unique format we created that places emphasis on team building and community instead of IFPA points, and overly serious and boring pinball tournaments.
If you’re too intimidated to play in other pinball tournaments, or dislike the length and overall structure of traditional pinball tournaments, then come out to Howdy Pardner, it’ll be the event to change your mind on organized pinball. Each and every week we have players of all skill levels who show up to learn, play, and bond over pinball in this truly one-of-a-kind pinball league.
Got more questions? Keep reading below for more info on how to sign up, the format, and what we call “The Howdy Pardner Difference”
HP is a casual weekly pinball night, open to all players of any skill level. It is co-op, and team based. They happen every Thursday night at Wedgehead. To enter, all you have to do is register by 7pm. We will start at approximately 7:30pm.
You will be placed into a team and compete together. There’s no buy-in required, your wristband is sufficient to be entered and get to play all night. There will be prizes for the winning team each week, and each week the groups will change. It’s a very fun and social pinball event.
Important note: Since HP is a team event, that means that we need to have a certain number of players of players to register so that we can split y’all into even teams of 3 or 4 players apiece.
This means that depending upon on how many other people show up, we might need to cut a player or two from the sign up sheet to get to a properly divisible number.
To ensure fairness, the last people to register will be the first ones cut to make teams even, in the event that we need to do so. Cuts happen about 20% of the time.
We also have a hard limit of 32 players due to capacity and run time. Full capacity isn’t common, but it does happen (about 10% of the time).
Either way, the best way to guarantee your spot is to sign up early! But in the event that you show up a little late and just miss the cut, don’t be bummed, you’ll still have the opportunity to play pinball. Only 5 of the 21 machines are in use for HP, leaving you with plenty of other games to play that evening. Try again the next week (and be early!)