Special guest host Fake Nick Baldridge joins us for a walkthrough of the 1973 Jubilee that he owns.
FNB does an excellent job describing the features and gameplay on his game.
Hopefully FNB comes back for an episode in the future - thanks FNB!
Charles Rowland is a local (to the Richmond, VA area) operator who has been in the industry since the 1960s.
Charles has fascinating stories about running bingos and EMs on location during their heyday.
He currently runs Games People Play, a shop that sells to home game enthusiasts and runs games on location.
Games People Play is on Dabney Rd is in the near West End in Richmond, VA.
Flip Flags are a unique feature found on only 3 Bally machines, beginning with Wizard! in 1975.
The EM Dungeon did a treatise on this topic all the way back in episode 6 of the Spooky Pinball Podcast.
A fun feature that was obliterated with the rise of solid state.
Bally reintroduced the world to multiball through Balls-a-Poppin in 1956.
They continued to produce multiball machines throughout the remainder of the EM era.
Bally's innovations continue with the Chicane Lane, a feature that slows the ball down and wiggles it back and forth to draw the player's attention. Amazingly simple in execution, two stacked plastics!
Another Bally invention, the mushroom bumper is a really fancy target that feels very satisfying to hit.
How they work and common problems.
Originally known as 'Flipper Zippers', this feature allows the flippers mounted on the playfield to 'zip' together, closing off the outhole.
The feature is pretty simple under the hood.
One of Bally's innovations during the EM era, pioneered by Ted Zale.
How to take apart a flipper and change them.
The same basic rules apply to any EM pinball machine with flippers.
Flippers have undergone a bit of change since the beginning of the flipper era (1947).
Different designers had different techniques for using the flippers, and they certainly changed the face of pinball.
I also discuss the basic pieces of the flipper mechanism.