News: Montage of ZapCon Day One

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With load-out completed on Monday, ZapCon 3.0 is officially over! Congratulations to everyone who helped make it happen, from organizers to volunteers, contributors, vendors and attendees.

Here’s our overview of Saturday.

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Things got started early at the Mesa Convention Center. Doors opened to the general public at 10 a.m.

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There was someone on every game within an hour, but the venue was so spacious that it never felt too crowded.

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People said they especially appreciated the great job the organizers did with the layout of the machines.

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Look, there’s the Firebird Pinball booth!

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Leslie staffing the booth.

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It was great to catch up with old friends, like Stuart and Sherrie. They were checking out our mini Galaga cabinet.

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Overhead shot of our games for sale.

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Tucson’s D&D Pinball brought¬†up a truckload of games for the convention. Thanks, Robert and Constance!

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When do kids stop being camera-shy? Bob and Angela took a break from tournament competition to smile for us.

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Rachel got to sit down for a minute, but only if she soldered boards while she rested.

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Here are some of the other great competitors in this year’s tournaments.

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This was the kids’ tournament champion. She played all day, and came back for more on Sunday.

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We had a great time watching everyone fill up the ballot box. Make sure to check out the winners of Firebird Pinball’s Best of ZapCon. There were some great machines here this year!

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There also were some grassroots campaigns by enthusiastic owners. Tim made posters to share the reviews/warnings about Zarzon! We’ll put up more about our Honorable Mention games asap.