|What is ZapCon?|
|It's a weekend-long classic arcade and pinball party, with all of the games set to free play!|
April 8, 2012
We made it! ZapCon was a great success, and a good time was had by lots of folks.
Check out pictures here.
March 28, 2013
If you're planning on bringing games to Zapcon, please go through Wes (on the CONTACT page). If you just show up at the door with a truckload of pinball machines, while good intentioned, it will cause us no end of grief and you will likely be turned away (because we're about full!!).
March 26, 2013
Not one, but two more films: Pinball Donut Girl and Wade Krause: Pinball Artist. Thanks to Anna Newman for the hook-up!
March 18, 2013
Just confirmed the Minibosses for the show!! Of course that means now you HAVE to come to ZapCon.
March 13, 2013
Hey gang! If you pre-register, not only do you get a cheaper rate, but you also get a cool Zapcon badge on a lanyard that only the popular kids will be wearing. I mention this because the printer deadline for getting the badges ordered is creeping up, so don't dilly-dally.
March 06, 2013
Another film for the lineup: Pinball Passion! Thanks to local boys, Bracken Batson & Beau Bellgraph for permission.
March 01, 2013
Film maker Jeremy Mack just informed me that High Score is good to go for the ZapCon film line-up!
February 25, 2013
Just confirmed for the film line-up is Tilt: The Battle to Save Pinball! Thanks to director/producer Greg Maletic for the contribution.
February 22, 2013
We've expanded the ZapCon experience to include films and hopefully talks, demos, and/or panels. Thanks to film maker Jeff Von Ward for reaching out to us regarding his documentary, The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time and getting the ball rolling!
February 19, 2013
Hey pinball fans… like serious competition? We're going to have an IFPA tournament!
Do you prefer casual/fun competition? Well, we're going to have Danger Dann's Pinball Rodeo!
More detail coming soon.
January 31, 2013
Want to get in for free? In order to succeed ZapCon needs YOUR games!
We Guarantee your games will be returned in the condition in which they were supplied. If you are unable to transport your own games, a complimentary pick-up and drop-off service is available. All games supplied MUST remain on the floor and playable until the end of the event.
ATTENTION VENDORS: Supply us with 10+ games and receive free vendor space! (subject to availability)
January 30, 2013
ZapCon's website is here! It is (as is probably self-evident) a work in progress.
Some of the fondest memories from my childhood were when I or one of my friends could talk a parent into dropping us off at the nearest arcade for a few hours. We'd do our best to stretch $5 worth of tokens as far as possible. Sometimes that meant playing a game that wasn't that great, but you were really good at. Sometimes it meant spending your in between game time taking long, slow strolls up and down the aisles soaking in the lights and sounds, watching the attract modes of games you were curious about, or watching other people play in hopes of picking up a new killer technique or of seeing a level or mode you haven't been able to get to. Sometimes it meant spending a ridiculous amount of time waiting in line to play the arcade's hot new game.
All of it was pure bliss, and none of it exists today as it did back then. The modern arcade has shifted focus to redemption games (ticket spitters), as they can no longer compete with the home console market. All but one of the old guard pinball manufacturers have disappeared. There are precious few places to play the classics and even fewer where one can get the "classic arcade" experience.
That is why we have created Zapcon. We want to relive the joy of going to the arcade, and to share that joy with younger generations who couldn't experience it first hand. We want to give collectors and restorationists a chance to show off their wares and to buy, sell, or trade with other like minded enthusiasts. Most of all we want Zapcon to become an annual event that will promote and preserve classic arcade and pinball culture for years to come.