Episode 61 - The First Bingo - United's ABC
United was the first on the scene with a bingo machine - one month before Bally. Featuring a unique design only seen once more in this history of bingos, United's ABC was more random chance than something that allowed for real bingo gameplay.
The two most interesting designs in the Bally bingo universe - Big Wheel and Magic Ring! A circular 'card' layout on the backglass that I think might have to be played to fully understand.
Full gameplay details on Double-Up - 20 hole bingo.
Gameplay and details on Bally's early 60's magic screen game Roller Derby.
Later EMs from all the major manufacturers used DC power to drive certain coils.
Did you know that Genco games from the late 30s also did the same? And earlier games can be modified to use DC power, after transforming what comes from the wall.
This episode is all about the technology that allows this to happen.
You've bought the stinky filthy game of your dreams. Now what? Follow the advice of episode 51, and then do this. Your olfactory sense will thank you.
My process for repainting cabinets, stolen shamelessly from Steve Smith. Stencil and the right amount of webbing, spatter and overspray are key!
Interview with Jeffrey Lawton, the pre-eminent bingo technician, and has been working on bingos for many many years. He is also the man that wrote the books - Bally Bingo Pinball Machines, and The Bingo Pinball War (Bally vs. United). Purchase online at Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=bingo+pinball&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Abingo+pinball
or catch Jeffrey at the York show and pick up a copy. A very handy reference to the games and their features, in order of their release, along with great photos and Jeffrey's stories about the machines.
Steve Smith and I sat down and talked about bingos and working on games, and did a bit of storytelling.
How to fix some basic problems with cabinets and another thing which could be dangerous if not corrected.
Also: an interesting bingo at Allentown!