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Jan 26, 2017

I've been working on graphics for the Multi cabinet, and had a coding weekend to take my mind off of artwork... 

The Hold feature allows you to return some or all of the balls during a normal game.  Pretty cool feature!  Used on only three games, Palm Springs, Surf Club and Ice Frolics.

I also describe the gameplay and some of the features of Robo-Frenzy, the new EM arcade game being made by myself and Ryan Claytor.

Speaking of Ryan, he has started working with Pinball Resource to produce new plastic sets for 1950s games.  He began with Score-Board, and his work is absolutely stunning.  If you need plastics, call PBR now!  It was an extremely limited run.

Also, I found out recently that Marco Specialties carries 'dead' rubber.  I ordered a bunch and will be outfitting all my playfields with dead rubber on the red posts (as they came from the factory).

All for now!

Jan 12, 2017

Multi Progress: 105 out of 107 games that utilize the standard 25 hole playfield (with no additional coils) are complete!

One of those two remaining games was just discovered this week!  United's Serenade appeared out of nowhere.  I assume it was a prototype game that never made it into full production.

A listener asks how to deal with a noisy coin lockout relay.

Steve Smith is putting together a list of folks interested in a reproduction Bally Bounty backglass - currently impossible to find in the US.  Please contact me or see this thread:

Another very interesting development: Ryan Claytor and I have teamed up and are designing a brand new EM arcade game!  I've already finished the schematic, and am acquiring parts.  This is being worked on in-between other hobby projects.

Dec 29, 2016

My first attempt at a courtroom audio drama.


This one involves a court case between the City of Baltimore, MD and Bally Bounty - yes, the pinball machine!


Special thanks to Ryan Claytor ( for providing some of the voices in the drama.


Just a silly, fun, educational thing to get you started in the New Year.


Happy New Year, everyone!


Dec 14, 2016

Miss America - all four of these games have been implemented.  In fact, I'm up to 83 games implemented!  I talk about some of how the games changed over the years, my favorite games, features of all the Miss America games, and how I've implemented the moving numbers within Miss America.


Hey!  You like podcasts, you like pinball - friend of the show Ryan Claytor has illustrated another podcast masterpiece.  Pre-order a poster or t-shirt here:


(Especially a poster - I want it to be produced.)

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!

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