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For Amusement Only EM and Bingo Pinball Podcast

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Jul 4, 2018

The biggest news for today's episode: the announcement of the Multi Races project.  Thanks to Dennis Dodel for the name!

The plan is to make another Multi-type game that will allow you to play all 49 of the one-ball horse race games.  Very excited to get started.  I've made a thread here: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/multi-races-the-multi-one-ball-horserace-game

The Multi-Bingo still needs some animations written for a handful of Bally games and almost all of the United games.

Robo-Frenzy - I decided a while ago upon a design for the timer unit - I had previously stacked too much on that one unit.  I'm moving certain circuits to trip relays instead, which will simplify the timer unit design.  Unfortunately, I ordered the wrong part.  After York, I'll get back to the game.

Two small updates to the last podcast, I talk about repairing the Bally Ballerina and going through the underside of the Williams Rag Mop that Ryan and I discussed.

Thank you, as always, for listening!

You can reach me at foramusementonlypodcast@gmail.com or via the bingos line at 724-BINGOS-1

You can listen to the show on iTunes, Pocket Casts, Stitcher, Google Play Music, Spotify, Facebook, Twitter (bingopodcast) or follow me on Instagram (also bingopodcast).

The show's website is foramusementonly.libsyn.com

Thank you very much for listening, and I'll talk to you next time.

Jun 21, 2018

Ryan Claytor (http://www.elephanteater.com) joins me for a discussion of all things vacation:

Fixes for - 

1) Williams "Penny Pitch"

2) Gottlieb "Paul Bunyan" (https://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=1768)

3) Bally "Sheba" (https://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=2115)

4) Chicago Coin "Fox Hunt" (https://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=945)

5) United "Thunderbird"

Talk about

1) Williams "Rag Mop" (https://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=1905)

2) Bally Ballerina (https://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=140)

(After the show was recorded, I was able to go fix up Ballerina, and work through the playfield of Rag Mop. )

Discussion about Coos' backglass foils - beautiful work! http://www.coos.net/bingo_e/Backglasses.html

For the final "Year of Flipperless" game, we go over Genco's 1940 masterpiece, "Metro".  Multiple sequences, extremely challenging play, and my daughter's new favorite game.

Russ Jensen's writeup is here: http://www.pinballcollectorsresource.com/russ_files/metro.html

and is a great read on the ruleset.

We also talk about Ryan's thoughts on finishing his Williams "Swinger" (https://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=2485)

His Pinside thread is located here: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/williams-swinger-restoration-and-eventual-retheme

And the Flipperless buy/sell/trade thread: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/○some-flipperless-just-came-up-on-cl-e-bay○

 

Bingo Row is coming soon!  Ryan and I chat about the upcoming festivities.

Thank you, as always, for listening!

You can reach me at foramusementonlypodcast@gmail.com or via the bingos line at 724-BINGOS-1

You can listen to the show on iTunes, Pocket Casts, Stitcher, Google Play Music, Spotify, Facebook, Twitter (@bingopodcast) or follow me on Instagram (also @bingopodcast).  

The show's website is foramusementonly.libsyn.com

Thank you very much for listening, and I'll talk to you next time.

Jun 6, 2018

A great story from Graham TerMarsch - three donated Bally Big Times were used to teach kids at his son's school about reverse engineering and they ended up restoring one of the games - congratulations everyone!

https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1407769

https://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/news/pinball-machine-comes-back-to-life-thanks-to-nides-students/

This week I also wanted to highlight a couple of interesting notes on the Pinside forum regarding bingos:

One person has trouble with their left and right buttons in a Magic Screen game, with a simple, but easy to overlook fix:

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/move-magic-screen-right-problems

And second, another owner converts his beautiful Bally "Bikini" to have wooden rails - an interesting modification:

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/wood-side-rails

The Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown is this weekend, June 8-10 in Denver, CO.  Phil Bogema will be there this year and will be bringing two beautifully restored Bally bingos: Parade and Carnival Queen.  Phil does stunning work, and I look forward to hearing the show reports from players there.

https://www.pinballshowdown.com/index.html 

Today is the penultimate "Year of Flipperless" game: 1932's Amusement Corporation of America's "Ski-Doo 23":

http://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=2175

 

As always you can find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/foramusementonlypodcast/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/bingopodcast/

Twitter https://twitter.com/bingopodcast

Thank you for listening!

May 23, 2018

I just came across an announcement that the Canada Pincon is going to have a history of pinball booth with:

1932 Bally Goofy

1935 Bally Bumper

1932 Bally Ballyhoo

1939 Keeney Thriller

and a 1954 Bally Surf Club!

If you're in the area, check out the show at http://canadapincon.com - and let me know how you enjoy the history of pinball games!

Getting back to my roots a bit, thought I would talk a little about how to narrow down a backbox illumination problem in a Gottlieb woodrail, as a question came up on Pinside recently.

Lastly, we're headed towards the end of the Year of Flipperss - today's entry is 1935's Rockola "TNT": http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=2576

As always, if you'd like to get in touch, you can email me at foramusementonlypodcast@gmail.com or call me on the bingos line at (724) BINGOS-1 - (724-246-4671) - thank you for listening and I'll talk to you next time.

May 10, 2018

Allentown Pinfest was last weekend and it was a lot of fun.  Thank you to friends new and old that made it a huge success for the Multi and for me.

The Multi played well at Allentown, despite a pretty bone-headed mistake I made in coding before the show... lots of compliments and lots of help forthcoming or received at the show.

I did sneak away and play the beautiful custom "Nightmare Before Christmas" machine (https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/the-nightmare-before-christmas) - and the creator also learned about bingos in turn.

I'm looking forward to York now, and how I will implement the improvements planned (and maybe a couple of surprises)!

Today's Year of Flipperless game is United's 1946 "Sea Breeze" - a beautiful fun-looking game with multiple sequences.

http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=2079

Apr 25, 2018

Allentown is coming next week - 5/3-5/5/18.  I will be there with the Multi on Saturday only 5/5!  Come say hello and try the game.  I look forward to seeing everyone there.

I talk about some of the development challenges in getting the game ready to show the new animations, including the small touches like flashing the insert lamps on coin flash.

 

Today's Year of Flipperless is 1938's Bally "Arcade".

http://ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=3650

Apr 11, 2018

Discussion of some of the difficulties with animating the coin flash for each game.  Some discussion of outstanding bugs.

Today's Year of Flipperless game is 1938's Chicago Coin "Swing".

I love games with mechanical diverters as well as the captive ball feature.

 

http://ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=2481

Mar 29, 2018

Robo-Frenzy is coming along, awaiting some new parts.  I discuss a bit about how difficult it is for me to wire up a stepper from scratch.

The Multi is progressing on several fronts, and I'm working on adding coin flash for every game.

Our Year of Flipperless game is 1939's Exhibit Avalon.

A very beautiful and interesting looking game, with uniquely shaped bumpers.

http://ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=117&picno=5616

Mar 14, 2018

Sing Along tear down started - and that playfield is really rough.  I located a different used playfield that should clean up ok.  Very excited to rebuild this game.

Robo-Frenzy wiring continues, albeit slowly.

I speak about some repairs, including Shoot-A-Line and a Dixieland that just would not stay fixed, ending it with a Williams Skylab.

Finally, the Year of Flipperless has a new entry: 1946's Bally Double Barrel.

http://ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=708

Feb 22, 2018

As usual, lots going on - I've begun work in depth in wiring Robo-Frenzy.  All coils have power, but switches and steppers between still need to be wired.  I also need to install a light board and wire lamps.  Much of the game is driven by illuminated elements, so testing will not be much fun until I can see what I'm doing!

I've also taken the first step to making a Multi Horse Race game.  These predecessors to the bingo pinballs are fascinating in their own right.  

I also picked up a game that's been on my want list for many years: Gottlieb's Sing Along.  Beautiful game with compelling gameplay.

Lastly, thanks to a user on the woodrail Facebook group, some of the interesting gameplay elements of 1941's Bally Fairmont are explained as the Year of Flipperless continues.

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