Founded out of the belief that individuals need more exposure to retro pinball machines, Bluff City Pinball achieves their goal by hosting tournaments and events. Now the organization is founding a league for pinball fans.
The Bluff City Pinball League is an 8-week season. Starting April 2, 2018, the league will meet every Monday night at 7 p.m. at Memphis Made Brewing. The league will cost $35 for the entire season, and it is an IFPA event.
The first seven weeks of the program are considered qualifying rounds and the eighth week is the League Finals. Each Monday night session will officially start around 7:15 p.m. and will end at 9:30, spending on game lengths and skill levels.
During the qualifying rounds, players will be separated into groups of 4. On the initial meeting, players will be randomly assorted. However, in the following weeks they will be sorted by skill level. Groups will play on four different machines each week in order to increase exposure to these retro machines.
Score-wise, points will be awarded based on an individuals placing in each game. First place will receive 4 points, second play 3 points and so on. Altogether, the highest a player can score each night is 16 points and the least is 4. Players will keep their highest 6 scores from the 7 league nights.
Approximately the top 50 percent of scored players will be entered into the League Final once the qualifying rounds have finished. Players must attend a minimum of 3 nights (out of 7 total qualifying rounds) in order to qualify for finals.