In 1955, Bally experimented with their payout game formula, making an attractive and innovative game called "Crosswords".
Crosswords is an interesting game - you put in coins to light additional puzzles on the backglass (up to four), then play your game - if you spell a word (max of four letters), you win replays. You earn a multiplier-style reward if you also land a ball in one of two specially marked star holes.
It is a very attractive and interesting game, and looks like a lot of fun to play.
James Willing of the Spooky Pinball Podcast's EM Dungeon segment (http://spookypinball.com/podcast) comes on to fill in my knowledge gaps on bowling games and their special modes and features, including ball bowlers and shuffle / puck bowlers.
Jim put up some photos of the United Skippy machine's glass on the EM Dungeon Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/emdungeon), which I will reshare on my Facebook as well. https://www.facebook.com/foramusementonlypodcast
The Reflex Unit is shrouded in secrecy in bingos and horse racing games. It acts as an auto-portioning circuit. When you win on a bingo, it steps up, preventing the machine from granting you awards quickly. Conversely, when you press the button to play off credits or put in money, the machine steps down.
The connection between the hit Duran Duran song and this unit is also explained.
The super card was an additional feature on games with a single card. It allowed you to shoot for a smaller 3x3 grid of numbers instead of the normal 5x5 grid. The super card granted you 4-in-line scores instead of the normal 3-in-line for 3 in a row, so worth shooting for if it was lit.
Phil Bogema is a very good player from Colorado and Maryland.
He was able to max out credits on machines on route (900 credits) very quickly.
Phil has a very analytical mind, and it was fascinating to talk to him about his playing days and play style.
He also was active on the Old Binger forums before they went down, and has restored many bingos.
His stories on Danny's site (danny.cdyn.com) are very interesting, and recommended reading.
Terry DeZwarte, of www.pinballlife.com and dayonepinball.com fame, has recreated the 1934 Pacific Amusement Co (PAMCO) game Contact Master as Scoregasm Master.
Scoregasm Master retains the gameplay and features of the 1930s game, but adds beautiful new artwork, a great cabinet (with wooden legs!), and some minor solid state changes.
It is great to see the great gameplay of the 30s pingames return with Scoregasm Master.
Unfortunately, the first 15(ish) minutes of the audio are a little rough. Stick with it, good stuff! We discuss some of the differences between this modern game and the original, the return of the pedastal-style tilt mechanism, reliability, scoring techniques and the open source nature of the game.
If you would like to purchase a Scoregasm Master, contact firstname.lastname@example.org - these are an incredibly limited quantity, and likely no more will be made!
For those attending the Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown next week, there will be a Scoregasm Master at the show - check it out!
Taylor Reese, a local collector and one of the hosts of the One and Done Pinball Podcast comes on and I try to convince him to pick up an EM flipper game.
Taylor provides a service called Reese Rails, where he manufactures new oak playfield rails. You can find him on Facebook under Reese Rails, or message him on pinside.com at TaylorVA to get the conversation started. You can see some of his excellent work on the Oak Replacement Playfield Rails thread on pinside at https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/oak-replacement-playfield-rails-wh2o-and-taf-ready-to-ship-or-york
He also is very active on Instagram as @richmondpinball, and also is one of the members/league runners of the River City Flippers. You can see league happenings at richmondpinball.org
You can also hear his thoughts on Wizard of Oz on the latest Pinball Podcast, episode 56 - http://www.thepinballpodcast.com/2015/05/26/episode-56-ding-dongle-the-wizard-is-dead
Older games (from the 30s-40s-50s) used coin slides instead of gravity-fed coin slots. This episode explains how to manipulate them, and remove and clean them. I also discuss some of the downsides to coin slides.
How to clean and care for your score reels. Note that this is only my method, but by following these steps, I've never had an issue! Last in my series of 6 episodes on score reels.