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General Show Information / Re: 2017 Vendors - UPDATE
« Last post by Jeff Kinder on June 27, 2017, 08:48:26 pm »
Sorry yes, it is still active.  Are you still in need of information?
Seem to me that there are no one here to answer our questions.
General Show Information / Conflicting times for pre-registration entry
« Last post by battlezone on April 30, 2017, 08:14:05 am »
Three of the pages on say that pre-registering will get you in at 10:00, and two say 10:30. Which will it be? It felt misleading to click to buy tickets from a page that said 10:00, and then to be told 10:30 on the purchase confirmation page.

10:00  (This is actually the 2017 infno)

General Show Information / Re: 2017 Vendors
« Last post by sellsellsell2000 on April 14, 2017, 04:35:06 pm »
Is this site still active??
General Show Information / Re: 2017 Vendors
« Last post by sellsellsell2000 on January 25, 2017, 10:21:06 am »
How do apply for a vendor spot for the upcoming event 2017? What are the requirements? and Pricing?

General Show Information / CAX 2017 Dates Announced!!
« Last post by Jeff Kinder on January 18, 2017, 09:34:35 pm »

We are very pleased to officially announce the dates for this year's California Extreme Arcade and Pinball Show. It will be held on July 29-30, 2017 at the same fantastic location - the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, California. Please join us for our 21st show with hundreds of your favorite arcade and pinball games, both past and present, all gathered together for another fun-filled weekend of pure arcade excitement for folks of all ages!

We are working on this year’s lineup of seminars, guest speakers, and other arcade-themed events that make the show so much fun each year. On that note, we are looking to you, the arcade community, for suggestions for topics and speakers. Is there something you would like to see presented (or even to present yourself)? This is your chance to let us know what you would like to see! Send us an e-mail at and let us know. We welcome all suggestions and will consider each one carefully.

The hotel will start accepting reservations at a later date (another announcement will go out). Please do not contact the hotel until we let you know the block is open as you will not be able to get the special CAX group rate.

Start making your plans, requesting time off work, making reservations by planes, trains, automobiles, and especially trucks to come out and join us for another crazy, arcade-filled weekend!

And be sure to let us know if you're interested in bringing games and/or volunteering to help us out by contacting us at Both are most welcome (and can possibly be worth free admission and/or other goodies!).

Thanks to all of our previous exhibitors and volunteers. We hope we can count on you again, and if you've never brought games or volunteered before, why not give it a try this year? You'll have a great time!

For more information as it becomes available and pictures from previous shows, visit our website at

The Extreme Team
General Show Information / 2017 Vendors - UPDATE
« Last post by Jeff Kinder on January 18, 2017, 09:31:24 pm »
Hi Everyone!

We have quite a list of vendors for CAX 2017!  Here is what we have so far.  More will be added soon! 

Be sure to check out their booths when you are at the show!! (list subject to change)

Tanakorn Tachajongchareon - Game Cartridges
Jensen Kashi - Game Marquees
Jason Moorhouse - Disc & Cart based games
From The Land ( - Posters, etc.
Moto Glass - Etched art on glass
Marco Specialties ( - Pinball machines, Parts ( - Pinball machines, Bulbs ( - Parts and misc
Starship Fantasy - Pinball Ramps, Playfields
Digital Game Museum ( - Display
Scott Evans - T-Shirts
Jack Gordean / Josh Fuhrman - Parts
Jax Makes Things ( - Pins
Andys Arcade - Parts
This Old Game ( - T-Shirts
Arcade Expo - Museum
Krystal Lopez - Video Game jewelry, etc
Steve Ritchie - Translights, etc.
BumbleBear Games - Killer Queen Promo


General Show Information / 2017 Tournaments
« Last post by Jeff Kinder on January 18, 2017, 09:30:56 pm »
Hi Everyone,

Here is a quick list of the tournaments that we have lined up for CAX 2017. Details on each to follow soon!

- California Extreme's Bayburch 2017 (Pinball Tournament)
- GackAttack's NintenDon't Tournament
- Street Fighter II Tournament
- Panic Park Tournament
- Cyberball Tournament

Monterey Flipper Pinball presents
California Extreme's Bayburgh 2017
(Pinball Tournament)

The World's Most Moderately Sized Group Match Play Tournament!


Sign Up from 12p-3p

Qualifier Rounds: 4p-9p
Qualifying will be 8 Rounds of Group Match Play
IFPA Seeding to Start the Tournament
Swiss Paired Between Rounds
Top 8 go to Semifinals


Check In at Noon-1p

Semifinals: 1p-3p
3 Rounds of Group Match Play
Tournament Standings as Seeding
Swiss Paired Between Rounds
Top 4 go to Finals

Finals: 3p-5p
4 rounds Group Match Play
Tournament Standings as Seeding for Each Round
Most Points Wins

Participation is limited to 64 Players - First Come First Served!
Located on the 2nd Level at the Cypress Room
Pinburgh Scoring - 3,2,1,0
Ties are decided by a 1 Game Playoff
Top 3 contestants Win Trophies
Cash Prizes for the Top 8
IFPA WPPRs for All Participants
Entry is $20



GackAttack's NintenDon't Tournament 

Think you know all things classic Nintendo?  Are you sure?

Yes or no, you are invited to join the official "GackAttack's NintenDon't" tournament!

Games will include the following titles (all either classic Nintendo-based or running on classic Nintendo game boards):

Convert-A-Nintendo Challenge:
1. Hunchback
2. Hero in the Castle of Doom
3. Super Bike
4. Special Forces - Kung Fu Commando

Some detail/rules of tourney (more TBA):

Tournament details/rules:

1. Free to enter - Contest will run all weekend and end promptly at 5PM Sunday.
2. Instructions will be posted at tournament area.
3. Contestants must sign up with correct e-mail & name/handle BEFORE entering scores in system.
4. Top 3 places will receive award certificates (and maybe small prizes TBD) in mail.
5. Contact info:


Street Fighter II' Turbo Tournament:

Do you enjoy competing in Street Fighter?

California Extreme is hosting a classic Street Fighter II tournament!

No consoles. No LED-d out dual mod sticks. No crazy ass headphones. No players decal'd out in sponsor logos! It's a straight old school fighting game throw down being run on the same gigantic wooden coffins OG players had to compete on back in the 90's!


Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting (CPS-1)

Sign ups
1PM, Saturday, inside the show floor at SF2 heavy area (there's always a lone SF2:CE that refuses to be a part of our don't mistake it for the place. It's the cove with a ton of SF2's running and stools specifically marked for the SF2 area...there will be a table with a big bearded man taking registrations).

General Info
Tournament starts at 2PM, Saturday

Entry fee is $5

32 player cap (first come, first served)

Double Elimination

Top 3 get a percentage of the pot

Matches are best 2 out of 3 games. Loser may choose character. Winner must stick with character.

Rock, Paper, Scissor for player side choice

We're playing on several different set ups, with two different board types (some CPS-1 boards are slightly quicker than others). Until the brackets have eliminated enough players to make it convenient for contestants to choose a preferred machine, you have to suck it up and play on the machine that you're assigned.

Have fun!

How long is this gonna take?
As long as it takes. I *try* to get this tournament done as quickly as possible for a few reasons. Primarily, no one wants to spend all CAX in a tournament (it's why I avoid the pinball tournament). Also, there are people who paid to come to CAX who want to play SF2. I don't want us hogging the machines the entire show. Wham, bam, a few hours later, thank you ma’am!

Why only 32 players?
See above. It helps keep the tournament quick. Also, although I get a lot of help from the KLOV community when it comes to equipment, I rarely have enough set ups to make increasing the bracket feasible.

Why Hyper Fighting and not (Super Turbo/Third Strike) Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, next to Super Turbo, is considered one of the best releases of SF2. It's also much cheaper and easier to obtain boards for, as well as being much more accessible to the average person (Super Turbo is where the game starts to get complicated). I respect Third Strike, but it also suffers from being more complicated. This is an arcade show, not EVO.

Why not Mortal Kombat/(Fill in blank with some other non-SF game)?
 If you walk up to me this year and say this, you owe me a beer. Put bluntly, I'm not a MK guy. So I'm not going to organizing a MK event. If you want to step up and carry that torch, by all means, I'll do my best to help you out. Maybe CAX 2018 we can join forces and run both SF2:HF and MK as one fighting game event. Otherwise, I'm going to assume you have no idea how much stress this tournament adds to my CAX experience (or you do and you're jabbing me).

Will Capcom sponsor prizes this year?
 We'll see. I hope so, but don't count on it.

Who else helps to make this happen?
 I don't do this alone. I get a lot of support from other members of the community. Such as:
 My Wife
 The CAX staff


Cyberball Tournament:

Come try your skills at this very cool late 1980s Atari football-style game that pits

futuristic robot players against each other in a very chess-like matchup!

The tournament is being hosted by the Flipperspiel Underground Arcade Club from Las Vegas.

This will be a blind draw, double elimination

Cyberball tournament.
 Singles on Saturday
 Doubles on Sunday

Register at the Cyberball machines anytime before tournament start

Play begins promptly at 3pm on Satuday and

2PM on Sunday.

Exclusive award for the winners of both tournaments! 


Panic Park Tournament:

A special Panic Park contest is also in the works.  This will be a crazy event with some twists beyond the usual wackyness of Panic Park. There are some rounds    that just call for extra interaction with the player, and your hosts Dan Amrich and Brad Martinson mean to apply it!  You'll have to wait to get the details, but there will be Easter Egg prizes n addition to the cash and of course a cheezy crown for the overall champ chosen from the two bracket winners.  The plan is to run two 16 player single elimination brackets with a $3 entry, all cash awarded to the top 3 places in each of the two brackets.  And other wacky stuff.  You'll love it, but will need to sign a waiver! 

Planned times for the two brackets 4 PM Sunday. 

Signup will be before the tournaments. 

General Show Information / 2017 Speaker Schedule - UPDATE!!
« Last post by Jeff Kinder on January 18, 2017, 09:30:31 pm »
Hi Everyone!

We have a full lineup of speakers this year. Below is a summary of the talks as well as the speaker schedule (subject to change).
11:00 AM
Air Hockey 
Joe Cain

Air Hockey is a professional sport. Yes, you read that right! It may sound like a joke, but it's not - Air Hockey has been played competitively almost as long as the first Air Hockey table forced air up into the 4048 holes each table top is pockmarked with at birth, and the evolution of both offense and defense over that time has been distilled and crystalized into today's "modern" game. Come learn about this transition and follow its development over the last 40+ years! From the original "Wild Man Attack" to puck control and the invention of the Diamond Drift, you'll learn every major shot and how to set up your opponent to break down their defense with a focused, purposed attack: unders, overs, forehands, backhands, cuts, cross-straights, off-speeds, blade shots, double-banks, "razzle dazzle" and so much more, including the mental side of the game and the psychological battles that can only take place at the highest echelon of the sport. Joe will also cover the principals needed to develop a professional-caliber defense, including the Triangle and the concepts of interfering defense that have taken hold over the last 20 years and are critical to developing into a complete Air Hockey athlete.

Introducing Throwmotion 
Aditya Dayal

Aditya will be introducing the company's web-connected cricket table game.

Midway in the 1990's 
John Tobias, Sal DiVita, Josh Tsui, moderated by Dan Amrich

Midway's development team set the pace for coin-op development in the 1990s. With a string of games including NARC, Smash TV, Terminator 2, Mortal Kombat, NBA Jam, and WWF Wrestlemania, Midway was the house of hits. Midway alumni John Tobias, Sal DaVita, and Josh Tsui will be on hand for a roundtable discussion about their time in Chicago, and CAX attendees will get a special preview of Insert Coin, Josh's upcoming documentary about the studio and its innovators during this exceptional period of gaming history. 

Introducing Star Wars 
Steve Ritchie

Steve will give a talk about the making of the new Stern Star Wars pinball as well as the "Chevalier Noir" distributor show in Paris, 1989.  After the talk and a short slideshow, he'll hold a Q&A session and autograph session.  Steve will be signing translites and backglasses or whatever pinball parts you bring to him.  He'll have factory fresh translites to autograph for sale as well!

Early Times at Atari 
Al Alcorn

Al will present a history of Atari from the PDP_1 to the sale to Jack Tramiel.  He will discuss the early inspirations for the video games that inspired Nolan Bushnell, their time at Ampex, and the creation of Pong, Home Pong, the 2600, and the rise and fall under Warner.

Re-Playing the Cardboard Arcade 
Nathan Altice

As you spend the weekend celebrating the play and preservation of videogames’ arcade past, carve out an hour to learn about an overlooked part of videogames’ history—arcade board games. 

Licensed board games had been a staple of the industry since TV emerged in the 1950s, but videogames’ ascendance to the pinnacle of leisure entertainment posed new challenges for game designers. How might one adapt not only the visual or story elements of an arcade game, but also its interactive qualities? 

Join UCSC professor Nathan Altice, author of I AM ERROR, for a deep dive into the cardboard world of Pitfall!, Defender, Turbo, Berzerk, Q*bert, Frogger, and…Dragon’s Lair?  Find out how designers from Milton Bradley, Parker Brothers, and beyond tried to convert circuits to cardboard, and learn about some rare adaptations that few have seen or played in decades!

Dave Furrer and Shane Gutbrod

Development of the NEW Indie Arcade Game: Cosmotrons:  This game originally started out as a for-fun project among two friends and has now escalated to potentially becoming the next big multiplayer arcade game!  Join this talk with the developers, Shane and Dave, to hear about their story and to ask questions.  Cosmotrons is a vector style four player space battle game with gravity where players choose a ship setup of THEIR choice! And yes, there will be a real Cosmotrons game at the show so you can give this amazing new game a try!

Thaddeus Cooper and Kevin Kreitman

Thaddeus Cooper and Kevin Kreitman present the short history of Skee-Ball: Who really invented the game, and how it’s survived at least three near death experiences and multiple incarnations to become the oldest and best loved alley game ever created. Little known Skee-Ball secrets revealed, names named and never before seen photographs and documents tell the fascinating story of “the game that lived.” 

SKYCURSER: what we've learned by launching an arcade game 
Christopher Cruz - Art Director, Phil Golobish - Producer

How did three guys from Indiana take their dream of developing a new arcade game to a global stage? What does it take to design, test and sell a new piece of arcade hardware? Why would anyone do something so heroic? Get the answers straight from the source! Join the SKYCURSER team for a candid discussion of the ups and downs of launching an arcade game in 2017.
7:00 (Lobby)
How to Play Pinball
Rick Stetta

A Pinball Professor will be there to teach you how. How do you think they do it? I don't know - what makes them so good?  Learn from a master of pinball as he teaches his art and techniques.  Basic to advanced methods, strategy development - learn how to play your best!  Located in the hallway outside the show.

1:00 (Lobby)
So you want to buy a pinball machine: Acquisition, Feeding, and Basic Maintenance
Tim Showalter

In this Q&A session, we offer advice on how to find a pinball machine, what to look for in a used game, a little bit about how much to pay, some parts and maintenance advice, and the single most important maintenance tip.
General Show Information / Re: 2016 Cax Tshirts!!!
« Last post by Xerbert on December 15, 2016, 08:13:51 am »
Where can we see this on an actual shirt?
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