The Calm Before The Storm

So….I’m back. A lot has happened since my last post. I’ve gotten a new job, moved to a new state, and finally acquired my very own pinball machine. I’ve also transitioned from playing occasional pinball to playing several times a week. In light of this, and with the additional incentive of participating in NaNoWriMo this […]? →Read more

How to Lose at Pinball

Step 1 – Don’t play well…   →Read more

My Body Wasn’t Ready: Observations from 24 Continuous Hours of Pinball

(note: I apologize for the lack of photos in this post. I’m bad at remembering to take photos. If you’d like to see photos from the event, check out Gene X. Hwang’s site.) Before I get into too much detail, I need to say one thing: GET YOURSELF TO THE SANCTUM!!!! If you have the […]? →Read more

My History with Pinball: Playing, Competing, Obsessing

Things have been a bit hectic in my life recently, so I’ve decided to reminisce, taking a look back at how I got into pinball. Although my story isn’t particularly exciting in any way, I believe that everyone’s personal experience is unique, and I hope that you enjoy the long journey I’ve taken to eventually […]? →Read more

Shooting Under Par: Pin-Golf and Playing for Something Besides Score

When I first started playing pinball, I couldn’t have cared less about score (unless I was playing a multiplayer game). The most interesting part of pinball to me was shooting difficult shots and making progress in the game. I didn’t know a ton about rules or modes, but I knew that progress could be made […]? →Read more

Practice, Practice, Practice?

The goal of any competitive pinball player, to some extent, is to better their game. While pinball may have roots in games of chance, the addition of flippers turned the game into one of skill. There are many elements that contribute to the success of top pinball players, ranging from flipper skills to rules knowledge […]? →Read more

Why match play? What makes Pin Maine-ia and Pinburgh so great?

Last Saturday, I had the good fortune to compete in Pin Maine-ia 12, a.k.a. the New England Pinball Championship. Pin Maine-ia is an annual event that this year took place in Gorham, Maine. I’d like to give my thanks again to John Reuter for opening up his home and his collection for this great event. […]? →Read more


Greetings, fellow pinheads, and welcome to Collect Bonus, a new pinball blog from the perspective of a competitive player working their way through the ranks. My name is Tyler, and I’ve been playing pinball for at least 15 years on and off but only 2 years competitively. I have yet to acquire a machine of […]? →Read more