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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.

Feb 8, 2018

Jeff is an avid collector of pre-war pinball (games produced prior to WWII), coordinates the History of Pinball booth at the Texas Pinball Festival, and helps reproduce rare and unique parts for games where reproductions do not already exist.

The History of Pinball booth typically includes 15 playable machines from many pre-war collectors.  This year's booth will be set up on March 16th-18th, 2018, at the Texas Pinball Festival in Frisco, Texas. (http://texaspinball.com for details).

You can see some of these beautiful games and the reproduction parts, as well as contact Jeff at www.facebook.com/prewarpinball

Jan 24, 2018

I finished working on a '72 Williams "Line Drive".  Well, enough to play, but the crowd doesn't go wild!

Next, I talk a little bit about what I've been working on on Robo-Frenzy.  Lots more to come.

Finally, I go over 1935's Pamco "Roto Lite".  This is an excellent example of how forward-thinking Don Hooker was, and how he was already making his mark on the industry in the 1930s!

Thank you to Dennis for the suggestion!

Jan 10, 2018

Fox Hunt is done!  Ryan came down and picked it up on a whirlwind trip.  I filmed a short video of gameplay/features: https://youtu.be/TimlRylVL_Y

Also, I wrote up a Pinside thread with lots of photos!

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/1940-chicago-coin-fox-hunt

Aside from this, I've been doing some repairs around town again, and had the pleasure to work on an original Shoot-A-Line.  This particular one had some operator changes that contributed to its downfall, but will hopefully be scoring again soon.

Thank you, as always, for listening!

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