Vermont’s Own Pinball Wizard Heads To Nationals

Steve Daniels is Vermont's first State Pinball Champion and is competing in the U.S. National Pinball Championship.

VPR has covered Steve Daniels, one of the members of South Burlington’s Pinball Co-op, who has recently advanced to the National Championship at the Pinball Hall of Fame!

When Daniels first started playing pinball in college it wasn’t such a passion, but more of a distraction. After taking a long break from the game, he got back into pinball around 10 years ago.

“I like the real physics of it,” he says. “Interaction with a steel ball and flippers … It includes a lot of the same strategy as video games, but on top of that there’s a ball that bounces and spins and jumps over the flipper occasionally, doing things that can’t possibly be programmed.”

He says becoming Vermont State Champion took a little bit of luck, a good amount of skill and some strategy. And “maybe a little more luck than I’m acknowledging,” he says, laughing.

Listen to the entire story here.

Pinball Co-Op League

The Pinball Co-Op of South Burlington is starting up a league starting on March 4th, and will run for eight weeks.

Here’s what you need to know:
Each team will have 4 players.
Each team will play 6 games each session, with 4 of the games being played as a 4-player game and 2 of the games being played by two players splitting left and right flipper duty on a single player game. Therefore, each player will play 4 games of pinball with his/her team and 1 half of a split flipper game.
We’ll have prizes, but no cash payout (and therefore no extra cash buy in to fund a prize pool). This is for fun, camaraderie, and of course some competition and pinball skill thrown in.
This is a bring-your-own team league, so you’re encouraged to use the final two remaining New England Pinball League sessions to organize your team (and team name!).
If you’re a sole player, pair, or trio looking to join a team or have a player join you, we’ll help with that — either on or via email. TBD.
Please let me know if you have any questions. More details are coming soon. When you have your team organized, please email Steve at vermontpinball[at]gmail[dot]com to register.

With places like Tilt Classic Arcade and Ale House and the upcoming Archives, it seems as though Pinball enthusiasm is about to get popular in Vermont. It’s a fun hobby, and this looks like a great way to meet fellow enthusiasts.