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Detailing EM and Bingo pinball features, gameplay, and repair techniques.
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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!

Dec 27, 2017

The 1940 Chicago Coin Fox Hunt is just about finished.

Two shorted 'coils in a can' are taken apart and rewound.  I have a trip relay coil to replace, as well as two springs that are not doing their job, and a shorted lamp socket.  Otherwise, things are working pretty darn well.

Serenade was picked up by Bingo Butch and his son, Mike, and Mike already has it up and running.  Great finish to the year in bingos the pinball community just learned of its existence at the beginning of the year!

Today's Year of Flipperless game is Genco's 1939 Airport.  A beautiful machine with an interesting ruleset that requires the player to traverse the entire playfield across 5 balls, with a ball return feature.

http://ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=36&picno=19261&zoom=1

Dec 14, 2017

A friend of mine asked me to pick any meter I wanted to, to replace my really poor DMM that I've been fighting forever (thanks Ryan!).

A Sanwa SP-21 is what I chose: https://au.rs-online.com/web/p/analogue-multimeters/3534304/

Good balance of price and features.  Has a continuity test, despite being an analog meter, as well as a diode test.  Both are basically resistance tests, but nice to have.  Uses two double-A batteries, which is convenient.

I talk a bit about my first service call using the meter, as well as some challenges specific to the game.

Next, a listener writes to discuss an alternative method of demagnetizing.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p01225sBSJI

Today's Year of Flipperless is Rockola's Screamo from October of 1935.

Another proto-bingo, this time with a literal card layout, but a more fun playfield than most of the other early bingo concepts.

http://ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=2071&picno=66169

Nov 30, 2017

I hope all my American listeners had a great Thanksgiving.  I am very thankful for all of you.

Today is a cautionary tale.  Managed to set the game I was working on on fire... sleep is necessary, but so is remembering to remove a jumper before stopping for the night.

Today's Year of Flipperless - Exhibit's 1934 Lightning '36.

http://ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=1440&picno=46488&zoom=1

Compared to PAMCO's Contact:

http://ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=3029&picno=23059&zoom=1

Nov 16, 2017

Some discussion of a pre-war game I'm working on currently, and the Year of Flipperless game, Chicago Coin's 1934 Show Boat.

 

http://ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=2136&picno=16947

Nov 1, 2017

Scott Gullicks is part of Riot Pinball, LLC, who are best known for their creation "Wrath of Olympus", a full-size DMD-style pinball machine.

This year at Expo, Scott unveiled a new project, focused on portability and competition: "Dead Man's Hand", which is based heavily on the layout of the card-themed bingos.

Scott joins me to discuss his experience with bingos and the motivation behind the creation of "Dead Man's Hand".

Shortly after our interview, Riot Pinball announced a partnership with VPCabs to produce the game.  It is available now at https://virtualpinball.com/products/dead-mans-hand

 

Oct 18, 2017

Bingo Butch Glauda is an operator and serious bingo collector.

He owns one of each Bally bingo pinball machine and needs only three more United games to complete his collection.

Butch tells many great stories about operating, which games made the most money, and his fascinating history with these great machines.

He was extremely generous with his time, and I am pleased to have spent time with him after York this year.

Oct 4, 2017

I recap the details from the York show!  I had a lot of fun talking to everyone and watching them play the Multi-Bingo over three days!

Thank you for coming out and giving the games a shot in the Bingo Row!

The Multi had over 8000 Red/Yellow button presses over the weekend.  That equates to roughly 400+ games.  I'm thrilled with that number.

Thank you to everyone that brought games and shared with the public.

Today's 'Year of Flipperless' game is Baker's "Twinkle".  Backglass animation, multiple ways to win, and a unique playfield mechanism make this game extremely fun and challenging to play.

I was lucky to see it and play it at the York show!

http://ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=2691

Sep 21, 2017

The Multi-Bingo will be available for you to play on September 29th and 30th, 2017!  Come play it, say hello, and compete on any of the bingo pinball machines in the 3rd annual Bingo Row. 

Win a 4 or 5 in a row, come show me, and you'll receive this year's prize: beautifully illustrated key fobs by Ryan Claytor of Elephant Eater Comics.

See if you can name all the bingo card styles represented!

 

Today's game is the beautiful Bally Skyscraper - one of the first games with illumination.  A skill score is added to your eventual total, to award a maximum of 45 replays!

... just remember the show title.

 

http://ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=2205&picno=51161

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