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Nov 30, 2016

Talk about the way United games work and portion, and lots of interesting news:

  • 70 games in the Multi-Bingo!




Check it out!

Nov 16, 2016

Phil makes a special 'in-person' appearance on the podcast!

We went over the codebase for a Magic Screen game and I explained how and why each of the functions work the way that they do within the program.

Phil provided me with a good clue as to why the machines seemed too 'tight' - my mixers were able to move between 1 and 23 positions with each spin.  In reality, they only move a small subset.

Speaking of code, I've pushed up a very large amount of code, for the first 50 games to the public repository:

Nov 2, 2016

My interview today is with bingo collector/repair person/player Keith Nickalo.

Keith has a fascinating website with information about some of the machines he has repaired, as well as documentation on various oddities:


The heavily modified Lotta Fun that Keith mentions is here:


Some documentation on the Belgian games Keith converted are here:

Oct 19, 2016

There's no shortcutting the implementation of these games in the Multi-Bingo.

Duncan Brown's Expo seminar on the unproduced games of Harry Williams is an amazing story:

It's the biggest EM news in many years.  Well worth the read!


The Pacific Pinball Expo is happening on Nov 10-13 in Alameda, CA.  Attend and play some of the great woodrail and EM games (and some bingos, too!):


The featured game is 1947's Williams Torchy:



Oct 8, 2016

This year's York show wrap-up!  I discuss how the Bingo Row went, some feedback from players of the Multi, a short interview with my friend Ryan Claytor, and lots and lots of 'thank yous'.

The thread on the Multi-Bingo that Ryan mentions is here:

and Ryan and I each wrote some wrap-up posts on the 'row here:


Thank you to all the bingo folks (new and old), especially:

Chad, Len, Ed


Robert and Sal



Butch and Mike




Phil H

Phil B

...and all the players.  It was great getting to meet so many new players, and new Multi-Bingo fans.  It was absolutely fantastic!


Can't wait for next year!

Oct 5, 2016

I am running behind on the latest release - I wanted to do a York show/Bingo Row/Multi-Bingo unveiling wrap-up, but I will not be able to record and edit until Friday evening at the earliest.  It'll be worth it!

Sep 21, 2016

Sing Along is one of my favorite Gottlieb wedgeheads - beautiful theme execution and great, challenging gameplay.


CORRECTION:  I said this was a Parker art package.  Couldn't have been more wrong.  It was Art Stenholm.  My apologies.


I also speak a bit about Duncan Brown's excellent upcoming seminar at Expo 2016:

"From The Lost Playfield Drawings Of Harry Williams: A Pinball Machine
40 Years In The Making"

He is making a brand new EM whitewood from the drawings of Harry Williams.  Wonderful!!topic/



Next week is the York show - come to Bingo Row and compete for a free t-shirt, illustrated by Ryan Claytor!

Sep 8, 2016

Troubleshooting a game of your own creation can be very difficult; especially when you are marrying the worlds of electro-mechanical and solid state! Join me as I track down a misadjusted switch and a bug in my lifter logic.

Also, I discuss several of the games gracing the multi, along with today's featured game, Bally's Hole-In-One.

Only one unit is known to exist, but no paperwork is available, and the owner does not know the rules of gameplay.  Therefore, I got to try my hand at creating a bingo ruleset on a one-off oddity.

Aug 25, 2016

Getting ready for the York Show in just a few weeks!  I'm still working hard on the Multi-Bingo.  As of this recording, I have 24 games complete.  This year should be a lot of fun!

York is always fantastic - I did many episodes last year detailing some of the great games I've seen there in previous years, but just know that York is more than bingos, it's more than solid state, it's more than EM - it's a great blend of all pinball and other games and decor.

This year, the York show is on Sept. 30th and Oct. 1st.  Come out and meet me, play the multi, and learn how to play a bingo!

If you are able to make a four or five in a line (subject to availability), I will give you a free Bingo Row t-shirt illustrated by Ryan Claytor!  I'm really excited about this design, and seeing folks wearing this shirt around the show.

Last years' giveaway was very successful.  I'm looking forward to seeing friends old and new at York, and playing some new games.

See you there!

If you'd like to purchase a t-shirt (if you're not able to make it to York), check out the podcast website, to buy your own today.

Aug 11, 2016

Bingo Row T-shirt!


What's that T-Shirt? Illustrated by amazing pinball artist, Ryan Claytor, these incredibly soft, ring-spun t-shirts are the same quality as my podcast t-shirts.

These shirts will be available in extremely limited quantities at the White Rose gameroom show in York, PA Sept 30th and Oct 1st as giveaways for anyone who can make a four or five in line on any of the glorious bingos in bingo row! Or, if you cannot attend, or just want to ensure you get one of your very own, you can buy below.

Domestic (U.S.) Orders


International T-Shirts



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