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For Amusement Only EM and Bingo Pinball Podcast

Detailing EM and Bingo pinball features, gameplay, and repair techniques.
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Now displaying: November, 2015
Nov 10, 2015

Replay games can all be set to free play very simply (pretty much).  Find the switch or switches that tell the game you're at max credits and jump it out of the circuit.

Nov 9, 2015

Creditdotpinball asks why Williams went to using DC bumpers in their games.

Stretching what I say in this episode out a bit - if you have a coil driven by DC, dirt and wear are masked a bit by the DC drivers.

Nov 8, 2015

New score and instruction cards are a great way to increase the attractiveness of your game.

Instructions for how to print and cut out cards, and affix them to the apron (if there are not dedicated holders).

Nov 7, 2015

Issues found and corrected in the Bounty.

1) General Cleaning

2) Skill shot not lighting in certain instances

3) Red letter game not awarding correctly in all cases

4) Magic screen unit dirty or misaligned causing extra number to spot on the backglass.

Solutions to all these problems found within!

Nov 6, 2015

Vic Camp, expert bingo pinball player, joins me to talk about the bingo row, new bingo players that are getting games, his latest acquisition, and more!

Nov 5, 2015

Bally's Spot-Lite was the third bingo game that Bally produced after the one-ball era had ended in 1950.  

Spot-Lite has the first use of Pick-a-play in a Bally bingo (although the button colors are slightly different), and has the first use of spotted numbers in a bingo.  

The internals are unique for a bingo as well - the control unit and several steppers are contained in a board inside the cabinet, similar to the one-balls rather than Coney Island (the second bingo off the line).

A beautiful single card game with extra balls and a corners feature.

Yet another I'd love to play.  Up to five numbers can be spotted independently - one of which is my favorite/least favorite number: 16, the center of the bingo card.

Nov 4, 2015

Acapulco is Bally's second (and last) Magic Numbers game.  These games have a set of 2x6 numbers on a chain that operate in a similar fashion to Magic Squares.  These are disabled before you shoot your fourth ball or via the extended time tree, before fifth or after fifth.

On top of this feature, the game allows for up to 1200 replays on a single game, and brings back the Ballyhole (though it is not marked as such on the playfield).  

Several interesting and unique or almost unique features, a beautiful playfield, cabinet and backglass round out the package.

Nov 3, 2015

Bingo legs have a hidden feature that could save your game or your life - there is an extra plate welded in towards the top of the leg to add strength and prevent collapse.

 

Inspect your metal bingo legs carefully to ensure that the extra plate is installed or the game could come crashing down!

Nov 2, 2015

I worked on a customer's Bikini today, and spent some time cleaning and troubleshooting.  The technician that worked on this game on location made a variety of interesting tweaks and apparently documented very well.  Unfortunately, the documentation did not survive.  

Listen as I go through the troubleshooting process I used to figure out what was wrong and how to correct.

Nov 1, 2015

Happy Halloween everyone!

Midway's Mystery Score is one of the few pitch and bat games that are not themed after baseball.  It has a monster theme, with artwork filled with small jokes and interesting details.  

Two sets of score reels to keep track of a single player game?  It's true, and unusual.  Red and Green score separately, each with their own threshold for free games.

 

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