Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Pinball for the People with Disabilities - Fundraiser

Hi Everyone,

Many of you know about my love for pinball.  Many of you also know that my fiancĂ©e, Angie, who is the president of the Spinal Cord Injury Association of Iowa and  who loves helping others.  We have the unique opportunity to combine both of these passions.  We hope to purchase a wheelchair accessible pinball machine for the Spinal Cord Injury Association of Iowa.  We plan to take the machine to various locations and organizations allowing people with disabilities the chance to access life and enjoy pinball.  Some places we plan on working with - local chapters of Easter Seals and Paralyzed Veterans of America, local hospitals and rehab units, nursing homes and in-patient facilities.

This is a rare machine - only 15 machines were converted for use by people with limb impairments and other disabilities...and that was over 20 years ago, it is not known how many still exist (my guess would be very few).  This machine allows rooms for wheelchairs to fit underneath, is on wheels so that it can be brought to a person's bed, has large buttons on the front of the cabinet for easier pushing, has a remote set of buttons so that the person can sit them on their lap, table or whatever works best, and has a straw-style sip/puff adaptor for those with severe limb impairment.

But we aren't buying this machine for ourselves, we hope to take to many locations and functions across the state so that all people can enjoy pinball.  You can learn more and donate through our indiegogo fundraiser page.  A plaque will be made and attached to the machine with all donors’ names.  We need to raise $2500 for the machine and shipping.


Any extra money will be donated to the Spinal Cord Injury Association to help others through different projects.

Thank you for any help that you can offer, also if you could please share this with others, it would be appreciated.

Sincerely,
Michael 


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Spring League...starting March 3rd

The Spring season of Des Moines Pinball League is less than a week away.

Please join us on March 3rd, 7:15pm at the Jordan Creek theater arcade!  

  • We will play every Monday for 12 weeks (March 3rd - May 19th), 10 weeks regular league play, a make up week, then have a trophy/prize/fun night
  • No cost besides the games you play (3-4 per week)
  • Field trip league nights to Up/Down and Barcadium DM are planned
  • All Skill Levels welcome - beginner to wizard
  • Fun for the whole family - if they don't want to play pinball, there are video games or they can check out a movie (except for field trip nights - sorry no kids at the bars)
  • Meet other fellow pinheads in the area
  • League play usually lasts 1-1.5 hours each week
  • Current line up at JC: Star Trek, Metallica, X-men
  • Even if you can't make every week, stop in when you can - you are welcome anytime!


Please forward/invite anyone else you think might be interested.  The more the better.

Please drop me a line if you are interested in playing (or for more info) so that we know to expect you.

Thanks everyone.  I hope to see you there. 

Michael
Des Moines Pinball League
michael.hulsebus@gmail.com


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

2014 Spring Season

The 2014 Spring Season of Des Moines Pinball League begins on March 3rd.  Please contact me for more information or to join.

Hope to see everyone there.

Thanks,
Michael

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Congratulations Everyone!

Thanks for a great season!  It was a heck of a lot of fun and great to meet and hang out with everyone.



Final Standings (and it was CLOSE):


  1. Nick
  2. Don
  3. Victoria
  4. Shawn
  5. Stacy
  6. Becky
Congratulations!

I look forward to seeing you all again soon.  More info on next season in a few weeks.



Thanks for coming out and playing pinball with me.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Tonight is the Night

Fall 2013 League play ended last week.  Tonight a winner shall be crowned!

The trophies - in process of manufacture


It was a tight race with the lead changing between players 4 or more times throughout the season. Only 18 points separating First and Fifth places...thats 1.5 points per week.  A good game here, a bonus point there and nearly everyone could have been the winner.

It was a good season with a great group of people.  I hope everyone had fun because that is what it was really all about.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Sign-Up Issues

It seems that we are having some issues with our sign-up form not working as it should (I blame Obamacare...not really but everything else gets blamed on it, so I am using it).

If you have had issues or have not been contacted, I apologize.  Please send an email to one of the addresses below:



If you are interested in joining the DM Pinball Leauge, want more info, have questions,  want to host our league  - Please email

DMPinball@gmail.com
or me directly michael.hulsebus@gmail.com.

You can also find us on Facebook    www.facebook.com/dmpinball


Thank You.
Michael

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Half Way

We are half way through the Fall 2013 season and it has been great.  Returning players and new friends, we have a great group of people.

We had our first field trip night to Up Down Barcade in downtown Des Moines a couple weeks ago and it was a blast.  Nice change of pace and getting to play all new machines.  Several people that might not do great on a regular league night (probably mostly due to not understanding a machines rules as much as other player; really stepped up and did well on machines that no one was real familiar with.  It was interesting to see.

My favorite thing about pinball league has been meeting all the people with similar interests.  That has just been wonderful.  My second favorite thing has been an appreciation for all pinball machines.  Several that I didn't like when I first played them, I have learned to enjoy quite a bit...but even machines that I haven't previously had much interest in (think most pre-DMD machines), I have a new found respect for their layouts, design, and function.  I didn't think it would happen, but Just the regular playtime has changed the way that I think about all machines and piqued my interest into other areas.

If you are not a member, why not join now?  Just email DMpinball@gmail.com


Thanks,
Michael