I was supposed to go to this festival last year, but at the last minute I had to cancel my trip. Imagine my surprise, when a few days after the festival, our European pinball correspondent Max de Radgiuès sent me this photo from the show:
Yes, that's right. At one of the bars, in the tiny town of Angoulême, there is a Medieval Madness machine. The same pinball machine that I own and have beat a number of times. I only pray that it is still there, and still in working order while I am at the festival this year. In my mind, the scene will play out something like this:
"Oh! What is this strange machine? Huh, maybe I will play a game or two!" AND THEN I WILL DESTROY ALL OF ITS HIGH SCORES. I only get to come to Angoulême every five years or so (when I have a book come out in French) so I need to get a score SO astronomically high that my Grand Champion intials (ABL) will still be in the machine next time I roll through town. Look out, France! Here I come!
As I said, this is all assuming the machine is still there. I'm scheduled to get back from my trip in a few days, so I'll let you all know how it goes. Wish me luck!