The rules of the Ice Cream Challenge are simple: Adam Lefkoff challenges his son, Escher, to a goal. If Escher meets it, Adam buys him an ice cream cone.
Over the past couple of weeks, the arrangement has gotten a lot more complicated.
“In the car on the way to the facility he said, ‘If you win PAPA (The Professional & Amateur Pinball Association), I will buy you an entire ice cream truck.’ That’s how realistic it was at that point,” Escher said of his father. “Now everyone’s wondering when he’s going to get me the ice cream truck.”
That’s because Escher, a home-schooled 13-year-old from Longmont, won the A division of PAPA’s world championships in Carnegie, Pa., on April 9, making him the best pinball player in the world.
He has good company in Colorado. With multiple world-ranked players and a thriving, ever-expanding culture that includes the upcoming Lyons Spring Classic (May 26) and Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown (June 9-11), pinball is a way of life for many along the Front Range.