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    up again with some friends who I met during the day and grab some dinner and a few beers Friday We arrive back at the Convention Center on Friday morning for the Division play of Pinburgh Friday s schedule This consisted of rounds 6 to 10 but now they were played in a Division of your own making Every round you met three new friends and the better you played the better your opposition became as you moved up the Division table Of course if you do badly then your opponents in subsequent rounds should get easier to beat Practice before the next round begins Right it s time for a snack to replace some of those burned off calories I think I ll go for the pork but without the dog Today s menu Time now to burn off that lunch Let s try these There were many rides for the kids and me to keep everyone happy Don t misbehave though as Big Brother s watching you Some more of the free play pinballs Free play arcade video games Late on Friday afternoon I managed to escape and find my way to the building s roof The view from the roof The view in the other direction While up on the roof I bumped to a few pinheads who had the same idea as me escaping to some fresh air up on the rooftop Enjoying some fresh air More great views the walkway to the Convention Center Meanwhile by playing in the pinball tournament we were missing the Kong Off World Championships The Donkey Kong World Championships A world record is Kong quered Hooray Walter Day welcomes me inside his arena of machines for his Reply World Championships Meanwhile the Replay World Championships were underway with some entries on the scoreboard I could recognise Sean Grant and Steve Bowden just two I could mention Walter Day s Replay World Championship Here I found Billy Mitchell himself putting up a whopping score and getting the first kill screen After he finished his game he came over for a chat He was a top notch friendly guy and not what I was expecting so don t believe everything you see on TV Nearly endless official Donkey Kong machines Back to the Pinburgh Division play which was ending for the evening The top 40 in each Division qualified for the final rounds on Saturday and already won money Division A Division B Division C Division D 1st Place 15 000 4 000 2 000 1 000 2nd Place 7 500 2 000 1 250 750 3rd Place 4 000 1 250 1 000 600 4th Place 2 500 1 000 700 400 5th 8th 1 200 700 500 300 9th 16th 700 500 350 250 17th 28th 500 350 250 200 29th 40th 350 250 200 200 Top Qualifier 500 250 150 100 Bounties 1250 Winnable by All Divisions Prize allocation pay out Saturday Today all the qualifiers from each division

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    The DNQs on Full Throttle in the play off match In a close game The DNQs not only qualified but came first with 20 8M to Exotic Aruba s 18 7M with the French Froggs not far behind on 12 9M The final scores The winners of the UK Pinball Team Tournament The DNQs Second place Exotic Aruba Third place French Froggs Fourth place Swedish Meat Once the Team Tournament was over play continued on all the machines free play and tournament until the show closed at midnight The show opened again at 9am on Saturday The first events of the day were the first qualifying group in the UK Pinball Open the start of qualifying in the UK Pinball Classic and Saturday s UK Pinball Kids Tournament all of which began at 10am In the UK Pinball Open 88 players were registered with a number of reserves waiting to take the places of any who couldn t make it The location of the show was always going to mean fewer visitors and so rather than the 100 players who usually take part the original plan was for 80 players However the number of players who missed out called for an increase to 88 Those 88 players were split into 8 groups of 11 where everybody played a single 3 ball game against all the other players in the same group Players could record their wins and losses on their score cards which also showed who played first in each game Machines were drawn at random Here is the selection of machines UK Pinball Open Machines Avatar James Cameron s Blackout Corvette Dracula Stern Fish Tales Full Throttle Getaway The High Speed 2 Goldeneye Jackbot Monster Bash Roadshow Scared Stiff Spider Man Star Trek Pro Star Trek The Next Generation Terminator 2 Judgement Day Walking Dead The Pro Whitewater World Cup Soccer World Soccer Challenge WWF Royal Rumble X Men Pro When all the matches in a group had been played the 4 players with the most wins in the group 32 players in total progressed to the play offs on Sunday The current win loss records were shown on a large LCD screen on the tournament desk so everyone could keep track of their progress Four of the groups A D played in the morning session starting at 10am the remaining four E H played in the afternoon session starting at 2pm Entry to the Open tournament cost 10 15 50 13 70 in addition to show entry and was purchased in advance through the show website Play in the UK Pinball Open qualifying round The 32 qualifiers were UK Pinball Open Qualifiers Albert Nomden Andrew Foster Andrew Wilson Cayle George Daniel Janson David Dodds David Mainwaring Franck Bona Greg Mott Helmut Langenbruch Ian Craig Ivan Miles Janos Kiss Jasmijn de Jong John Gray John Higgins John Whitfield Kayla Greet Mark van der Gugten Martin Ayub Matt Vince Mike Parkins Neil Fellender Paul Jongma Paul Owen Peter Blakemore Philip Fryars Richard Mallett Romain Fontaine Thomas Evrenos Wayne Johns William Dutton Those not playing in the current Open groups could play in the Classic Tournament This was held on six machines opposite the tournament desk They were UK Pinball Classic Machines Banzai Run Caveman Firepower Harlem Globetrotters Mousin Around Nitro Groundshaker subsequently replaced on Sunday by Dracula Stern when Blackout was added This followed the same format as the Open from previous years where players could choose any five of the six machines and play a single 3 or 5 ball game depending on the machine on each of them Their scores were ranked against other players with the top score on a machine earning 100 points The total of their five ranking scores gave them their overall total Scores were recorded on Android tablets and linked back to the main tournament system which showed the current standings on a monitor Qualifying ran from 10am until 6pm after which the 32 players with the highest rankings progressed to the play offs on Sunday Entry for this cost 6 and was bought on the day Qualifying in the UK Pinball Classic The UK Pinball Kids Tournament also returned with separate tournaments on Saturday and Sunday The Kids Tournament was open to anyone under 16 years of age but was split into two divisions Juniors for those under 12 years old and Youth for players aged 12 to 15 These were straight high score tournaments run on separate machines UK Pinball Kids Tournament Junior Youth Machines Batman Flintstones The The Flintstones was for the Junior players and Batman was the Youth machine on Saturday Phoebe plays on The Flintstones in the Junior Division They were then swapped over on Sunday Play ran from 10am until 4pm each day after which the winners were announced and trophies and medals awarded by Jayne Raison Here are Saturday s results UK Pinball Kids Tournament Saturday Junior Division The Flintstones Youth Division Batman 1st Leon Fryars 1st Adam Bona 2nd Harvey Warr 2nd Lewis Fryars 3rd Phoebe Lewell 3rd Daniel Wallace Winner of Saturday s Junior Division Leon Fryars Second place Harvey Warr Third place Phoebe Lewell Winner of Saturday s Youth Division Adam Bona Second place Lewis Fryars Third place Daniel Wallace At two pre arranged times during the day one at lunchtime and another late in the afternoon Andrew led a free tour of the Heighway Pinball factory Guests assemble for the factory tour Romain and Andrew explain the manufacturing process The group then went into the print room where Romain showed how they print their own translites cabinet side art and can also print playfields Andrew in the print room In mid afternoon there was the first of several private viewings of Heighway Pinball s progress with their second game Alien These viewings were held in a private conference room where in order to make sure no unapproved licensed assets were distributed no cameras pictures were permitted Well none except for this one The guests are shown development work on Alien Among the devices shown were pop bumper toppers shaped like eggs but made of a textured translucent material lit from below by a number of RGB LEDs allowing it to pulsate and simulate movement within A cabinet with Alien artwork and translite was also shown complete with bright yellow rotating beacons on the backbox Also taking place on Saturday were the finals of the UK Pinball League The League is spread right across the UK and split into six regions covering Scotland the North the Midlands the South West London the South East and Northern Ireland Ireland Each region produces its own winner but at the end of the season the top players qualify for the A and B Division League Finals held at the UK Pinball Party Those finals are run like a regular league meeting with players playing a selection of machines with the scores ranked and points awarded The player with the most points wins the final Players in the UK Pinball League final The machines used were UK Pinball Classic Machines Dracula Bram Stoker s Iron Man Spider Man Star Trek Premium Walking Dead The Pro The winners trophies would be awarded on Sunday afternoon just before the Open and Classic finals Trophies for the UK Pinball League The show continued until 7pm when the doors closed so preparations could be made in the factory for the special awards dinner Guests assembled at 8pm and found a position on the four tables set up in a square pattern Entry to the awards dinner cost 32 50 per person or could be bought at a discounted rate as part of a show package Guests at the special awards dinner Once everyone had gathered and taken their positions the dinner s main course was served The highlight of his was the hog roast which is essentially a whole roasted pig served with assorted side dishes of potatoes bread rolls sage and onion stuffing apple sauce sausages chicken drumsticks and various salad items The hog roast Although the main meat was a little dry the overall meal was of a good quality with plenty to go round Guests were invited to help themselves to second or third servings and this was followed by a choice of desserts such as cheesecake gateau and profiteroles Once the meal had been concluded Andrew began the evening s entertainment with an impromptu auction to raise funds for Barry Oursler last year s special guest whose wife had just recently passed away Heighway Pinball Pinball News Pinside and Matt Vince all donated items to be auctioned Andrew shows one of the T shirts being auctioned The highest bid of the evening was on a one of a kind Full Throttle sample playfield which raised 200 310 275 but two Full Throttle side panels fetched 50 and 45 each with a translite reaching 51 Another bid is received In total the auction raised 414 50 638 50 567 65 for Barry Every year the UK Pinball Party inducts a number of new members into the UK Pinball Group Hall of Fame The previous inductees are UK Pinball Group Hall of Fame John Trudeau Martin Ayub Andy Netherwood Steve Ritchie Gary Flower Nick Bennett Dennis Nordman Gary Stern Rob Berk Jim Schelberg Mark Squires Jack Guarnieri Jay Stafford Will Barber Mark Ritchie Steve Kordek Andrew Heighway Mike Pacak Dave Willcox Gary Flower introduced the first new member of the Hall of Fame Matt Vince who organises the London Pinball Championship and the London Pinball League loans machines to many events operates pinball in the greater London area and has raised a considerable sum for charity Gary Flower inducts Matt Vince Pinball News Editor Martin Ayub then introduced the second inductee of the evening For all his work promoting competitive pinball and creating a system to rank players not only in the UK but across the world Josh Sharpe of the IFPA joined the Hall of Fame Josh had sent a video message which was played at the dinner UK Pinball Group Hall of Fame 2015 inductee Josh Sharpe Finally Andrew inducted the show s special guest Joe Balcer into the Hall of Fame Andrew inducts Joe Balcer One of last year s inductees was unable to be present to collect his commemorative award but he was here this year so Andrew presented a plaque and certificate to Dave Willcox 2104 inductee Dave Willcox Dave then presented the Dave Rolfe Memorial Shield to the winner of the Welsh Pinball Cup which took place the previous month That went to Matt Vince Welsh Pinball Cup winner Matt Vince receives the Dave Rolfe Memorial Shield Joe then took the microphone to give a presentation about his many years in the pinball and coin op business Joe Balcer was the guest speaker at the dinner Joe began by describing how he got into pinball in 1982 at the age of 23 at Midway Manufacturing where they were making Pac Man machines His job there was making fixtures for the production line but he soon got involved with the company s pinball line where Granny and the Gators was their next machine Joe talks about how he first got into pinball Joe then went through all the machines with which he was involved from making tooling or assemblies on games such as Spy Hunter Black Pyramid Kings of Steel and Eight Ball Champ at Bally through to full game design at Sega and Stern on Star Wars Trilogy Starship Troopers Apollo 13 and The Simpsons Pinball Party Joe talks about his time at Sega and Stern Most recently Joe designed The Wizard of Oz for Jersey Jack Pinball followed by the main design work on The Hobbit Joe describes the playfield features on The Wizard of Oz After his presentation Joe took questions from the audience which covered how he came to leave Jersey Jack Pinball and how various features in The Hobbit were originally designed to work You can hear Joe s presentation here Click here to play the MP3 of Joe or right click to download the file You can also use the player below to play it within this page Get the Flash Player to hear this audio clip After the dinner guest could play any of the machines at the show into the early hours of the morning with the doors finally closing at 3am Sunday s events began at 10am with the show s doors opening and qualifiers in the UK Pinball Open getting ready for their first play off games Play off games in the UK Pinball Open The format was head to head best of three matches against pre selected opponents The winner of the match progressed to the next round while the loser dropped into the loser bracket However unlike regular double elimination there was no way back into the final once you were in the loser bracket So the best you could then finish is third place Rounds of the Open play offs were alternated with rounds of the Classic play offs so that both tournaments concluded around the same time Classic play offs Also running was Sunday s Kids Tournament with the Junior and Youth Divisions played on the opposite machines from Saturday The Flintstones was the Youth s machine Batman the Junior s The Kids Tournament concluded at 4pm when trophies and medals were awarded to the top three in each division by UK Pinball League head Greg Mott They were UK Pinball Kids Tournament Sunday Junior Division The Flintstones Youth Division Batman 1st Leon Fryars 1st Lewis Fryars 2nd Rebecca Whitfield 2nd Adam Bona 3rd Daniel Davies 3rd Daniel Wallace Winner of Sunday s Junior Division Leon Fryars Third place Daniel Davies Winner of Sunday s Youth Division Lewis Fryars Second place Adam Bona Third place Daniel Wallace The UK Pinball Classic was the next to conclude In an exciting best of three final between Paul Jongma from the Netherlands and Will Dutton from the UK the first game went to Paul after a close game where either player could have won going into the last ball Will pulled it back to 1 1 on the second game and went on to take the third and deciding game to win the final In the loser bracket final on Firepower Franck Bona beat Ivan Miles Franck wins on Firepower to take third place Will Dutton Winner of the UK Pinball Classic 2015 Second place Paul Jongma Third place Franck Bona Fourth place Ivan Miles Here are the full results UK Pinball Classic 2015 1 Will Dutton 2 Paul Jongma 3 Frank Bona 4 Ivan Miles 5 Daniel Janson Kate Morris 7 Helmut Langenbruch Andrew Wilson 10 Cayle George Nick Baxter Andrew Foster Albert Norden 14 Richard Mallett Wayne Johns Keith Boreland Timothy Raison 20 Peter Blakemore David Tucker John Gray Jonathon Joosten Ian Craig David Dodds Vin Jauhal David Mainwaring 28 Mike Parkins Nick Hamill Paul Garner Mark van der Gugten Kevin Donovan Thomas Evrenos Dina Fukson Lukasz Dziewulski Non Qualifiers 33 Mike Parkins 34 Vin Jahual 35 Tim Thornton 36 Lewis Fryars 37 Kayla Greet Martin Ayub 39 Matt Vince 40 Jasmijn de Jong Jayne Raison 42 Lynda Williams 43 Jono Sandilands 44 Tony Smith 45 Adam Bona 46 Shaun harvey 47 Neil Fellender 48 Robin Kemp 49 Leo Galway 51 Dan Bradford John Whitfield Oscar Evrenos 53 Mike Kindler Terry Sulivan 55 Jim Lindsay 56 Philip Fryars 57 Stefan Riedler 58 James Gadbury 59 Gary Hardy 60 Daniel Wallace Thomas Florian 62 Akroyd Steve 63 Julie Chambers 64 Francesca Yeeles Richard Rothwell Jackson 66 Dave Prowse 67 Steven Demets 68 Mark Roberts 69 Ian Wallace 70 Dave Langley 71 Graham Rowley 72 Victor Machaart 73 Thomas Doepelheuer 74 Paul Rubens 75 Jakub Gandecki 76 Greg Mott 77 Pete Lloss 78 Dave Willcox 79 Daniela Oymann 80 John Higgins 81 Mel Smith Which just left the UK Pinball Open final and 3rd 4th play off Mark van der Gugten and Cayle George were the final two in the Loser Bracket so they played their single game final on The Walking Dead to decide 3rd and 4th places Mark checks to see how Cayle is doing In the end it was Cayle who triumphed to take third place And so to the final between Albert Nomden from the Netherlands and Franck Bona from France Albert and Franck in the UK Pinball Open 2015 final Their best of three match began with a random pick by Albert which was Corvette Franck began but didn t have a very good first ball scoring just over 8M Albert did much better with his first ball but Franck recovered well with his second and third balls and went on to win the game 1 0 to Franck Albert plays Corvette but loses to Franck The next random pick was Jackbot The loser of each game got to pick position on the next one so Albert made Franck play first Franck on game 2 Jackbot The audience watching Albert play Going into the third and final ball Franck was behind with 289M to Albert s 850M but unlike on Corvette there was no comeback and Albert won to level the scores at 1 1 The deciding game would be played on Spider Man Franck made Albert play first and he had a good ball one racking up over 60M Albert begins on Spider Man Once again Franck was playing catch up after scoring 38M on his first ball a situation not made any easier by Albert s consistent scoring earning another 60M on his second ball Franck needed a good second ball but he didn t get it only adding 10M to his total The third ball begins Once again Albert was relentless getting Battle Royale and adding another 60M on his third ball Franck had quite a challenge even for someone renowned for making a comeback

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    a tournament in just one place It is a series of open houses and two full tournaments to go with it This year it started on a Wednesday in Wellington and you had to go to the Moon to play Well not just the Moon it was at the Intergalactic Headquarters It didn t take long to reach the Moon Twelve pintables were installed in this bar On Wednesday they were for everyone to enjoy and on Thursday for the first stage of the tournament Apart from the pintables they serve good pizza and some great local beers All in all a very enjoyable place A great beer selection at the Moon and not lacking in atmosphere While on this trip I joined a pair of fellow Europeans who were also visiting Australia and New Zealand and playing in Pincade Franck Bona and his son Adam Franck tells the story of his and Adam s journey to play in Pincade After a very long air plane trip from France to Sydney it was the time for my son to discover Australia just as I had last year After visiting the Sea Life Aquarium and Darling Harbour we went to the mountains to visit the Three Sisters Franck and Adam at the Three Sisters It was impossible to visit Sydney without going to the famous Courthouse where the crab races take place on Wednesday evenings Crab racing of course But there were also some very nice pinballs to play there including AC DC Metallica and The Walking Dead Limited Edition Adam enjoying the pinballs at The Courthouse Then like Ad we went to visit the most particular sleeping animal in the world the Koala When you take a group picture someone s always got their eyes closed After visiting the Koalas it was the time to eat some good pizza at Pizza N Pinball in Newcastle with Marco Rossignoli who honoured us with a visit to his gameroom and his telling of many great pinball stories At Pizza N Pinball in Newcastle Then it was the time to play a lot of pinball at a pinball marathon held at Pinball H Q at Coogee Diggers where as you have seen they have a lot of pinballs to play Adam won the junior division Junior division winner After visiting Australia it was the time to fly to New Zealand for a week there including a Lord of the Rings tour organised by Dave Peck and of course to discover what Pincade is all about Bona Airways welcomes you on board this flight There is this place where pinball collectors open their gamerooms to friends from all over the world people from the Netherlands USA and France came for this special event Two tournaments are also held during Pincade week the first in Wellington and the second tournament in Auckland The places we were to visit during Pincade were Moon in Newtown famed for pizza and craft beer Clive s place in Dannemora famed for early solid state games Pauloz s place famed for his wife s roasted pork in sauce Willie s place where movies heroes and pinball combined Yee s place famed for B Y O BBQ and a raffle Dave Peck s place with the famous singers playing live there Mike s place in Grey Lynn famed for his consoles and games collection Nick s place famed for his fresh beers and figurines Dave Sell s place famed for his BBQ and swimming pool It is a heavy schedule for a long weekend running from Thursday to Sunday Only the strong will survive But before all that was the Lord of the Rings tour organised by the Peck family including visits to Hobbiton the city of Rotorua and Weta cave studios Adam and Franck at Bilbo s home in Hobbiton At Weta Studios Meeting an old friend Danni Peck Adam and David Peck at the Skyline Luge We spent the evening in the Moon literally at the first tournament The tournament was a simple double elimination format so if you lost twice you were out There were 62 players including eleven Australians two French two Americans and this one Dutch player As it was in a public bar they had to close at 11pm by which time the final games were just finished Third place was taken by the Kiwi Willie Crayton Second place went to Kiwi 1 David Peck who had earlier taken the French and American players on tour through the North Island and to places related to The Lord of the Rings Franck Bona was already very happy but he wanted to take home more memories and souvenirs which he did by winning this tournament First place Franck Bona Franck recalls how he won The final game was on Swords of Fury and despite the fact that my opponent Rob Mc Auley took the jackpot on his 3rd ball I slowly recovered to beat his score on the last ball It was a very long ball and I did it with two multiballs and the lionman score at one million Maybe it was because of the Caorunn gin I had that evening Dave Peck in second place The top three in the first tournament Dave Peck 2nd Franck Bona 1st and Willie Crayton 3rd Friday consisted of a number of open houses the first in Wellington and the others in the Greater Auckland area What makes this all a bit different is that those two cities are 850 kilometres 530 miles apart so the early afternoon was spent taking the one hour flight between the two cities On Friday morning we began by visiting Steve s place in Wellington where we were welcomed with a full cooked breakfast and ten pintables to play Breakfast time Followed by pinball These were not just the usual suspects and it is clear that some rarities made it to the Kiwi shores Amongst the machines were the one player Bank A

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    find eight modern titles AC DC Premium Iron Man Metallica Master of Puppets LE Pirates of the Caribbean Shrek Star Trek Pro The Walking Dead Pro and The Wizard of Oz But there s more The arcade The TonTon Club opened just one year ago It s located in the Red Light district so a very famous area and it has been an instant success story Of course it has popular arcade and racing games but the most important traffic builders are the 5 pinballs in the line up Currently these are Attack from Mars Metallica Pro The Lord of the Rings The Party Zone and WWE Wrestlemania Pro At the beginning of August TonTon opened a new pop up outdoor event in the Westerpark a well known park in Amsterdam This event runs for eight weeks only It s called TonTon in de zon which means something like TonTon in the sun referring to the Dutch summer TonTon in de Zon in the Westerpark The Westerpark is close to the Central Station and Station Sloterdijk so it s easy to get there by public transport The park is a popular place for everybody while it also has many spacious lawns and lots of pubs and restaurants The machines themselves at this venue are stored in containers at the address Polonceaukade 27 close to the bridge You ll notice them immediately when you see the many colourful sunshades Arcade games in one of the containers Apart from the pinball machines there are air hockey tables and latest arcade games Every week the catering company serving guests is changed to a different caterer Lots of different beers are available including delicious local offerings from the Amsterdam beer brewery Oedipus Mama Manneliefde both priced at 4 50 Drinks at TonTon in de

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    lights when you have completed all the required shots for the current song To the left of the scoop is the entrance to the pop bumper area and the left orbit entrance The pop bumpers and left orbit entrance The bumper cap design comes straight from the Bally game and gives a suitably retro feel to this area of the game On the Pro as well as the LE and Premium they have RGB LEDS inside Each band member together with their associated instrument and nickname is colour coded with the colour appearing around inserts and instrument artwork on the playfield Paul Stanley plays rhythm guitar and is known as The Starchild His colour is purple Tommy Thayer on lead guitar is known as The Spaceman and is given the colour blue Gene Simmons on bass is called The Demon and is allocated a brownish red Eric Singer on Drums is called The Catman and gets the colour green The band character and instrument inserts in the progress grid In the cases of Tommy and Eric the character and face paint was originally associated with other band members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss respectively but the characters have survived the numerous line up changes The pop bumpers represent the drums in the band and so make appropriate drum sounds as they are hit with their instrument insert and picture surrounded in green The pop bumpers represent the drums Of course having four custom pop bumper caps means you are somewhat more restricted when it comes to getting replacements Passing between the flippers is the left entrance to the orbit lane one of the song mode shots featuring a triangular insert which advances through the song mode when it is lit The orbit lane s left entrance The orbit lane is pretty unexciting There are no one way gates or up posts to control the ball as it travels around the back of the playfield In fact the only point of note is that the switch to register a successful shot is not especially far up the lane meaning an unsuccessful shot or even an over zealous kick by a pop bumper can trigger the switch and award you the shot Which is nice The left orbit switch Just a little to the right of the Backstage Scoop is an enclosed area of the playfield which is a bit like a mini playfield but without being higher or lower than the main playfield It s similar to the Cairo Swordsman from Stern s Indiana Jones but without the captive ball mechanism at the entrance This area is rather awkwardly called the Starchild Mini Play Area The Starchild Area The area consists of four S T A R standup targets and a kickout saucer along the back ball while the left and right walls of the area are actually slingshots to provide some action and give you a better chance at completing all four targets and getting the ball in the saucer The S T A R targets and the kickout saucer Completing all four targets enough times and getting in in the saucer starts Love Gun Multiball It can also be started once qualified on the right ramp Overseeing the Starchild Area is the Starchild himself Paul Stanley is the Starchild On the LE and Premium models his figure is animated although from reports it seems that equates to a slight rocking not unlike the Green Goblin in Spider Man The top two versions also feature a controllable drop target at the entrance to the area and a toy amplifier although it s not clear if it goes up to 11 or not On the right of the Starchild area is the first of the game s two ramps The left ramp entrance This begins as a plastic ramp which disappears behind the back board emerging in the back left corner where it turns into a wireform as it continues its twisty path down the left side of the playfield to the outermost left inlane The left ramp disappears behind the back panel The end of the left ramp Unlike the left orbit lane there is no chance of a partially successful shot to the left ramp registering since the ramp made switch is just after the ramp returns from behind the back panel The ramp made switch Both the left ramp and the adjacent Starchild area feature character and instrument inserts along with a song mode triangular insert Starchild is the rhythm guitar of Paul Stanley and so is coloured purple The left ramp is Tommy Thayer s shot as The Spaceman and so features his lead guitar denoted in blue The Starchild and Spaceman shots That leaves only one member of the band unaccounted for but last certainly doesn t mean least as the huge moulded head of Gene Simmons as The Demon attests The Demon shot The Demon mechanism is made up from five parts First we have the two upright standup targets flanking the entrance lane like the lock targets in Whitewater The two lock targets Shooting either one lights its corresponding insert while hitting them both lights the big green LOCK insert Lock is lit If you try to shoot the lane before lock is lit you will come up against the third part of the Demon mech the spinning disc This sits directly under The Demon s head and is therefore hidden from the player who only gets to see the effect it produces This varies from machine to machine and from ball to ball but at its worse can fling the ball back at you with some severe spin causing it to swerve as it moves down the playfield The spinning disc is below the head making it difficult to photograph Once lock is lit the spinning disc is disabled and a shot to the lane passes over it into the upkicker mechanism at the end of the lane This makes a virtual lock

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    in President and CEO of JJP Jack Guarnieri Jack told Pinball News that the three investors are all pinball people and customers of the company However he denied that Scott s involvement with Playboy Enterprises meant another Playboy pinball is on the way from JJP Here s the company s press release JERSEY JACK PINBALL ANNOUNCES MATERIAL INVESTMENT LAKEWOOD NJ August 7 2015 PRNewswire Jersey Jack Pinball LLC the New Jersey based award winning pinball manufacturer and innovator is pleased to announce a significant investment led by ThinkLAB Ventures the family office of Time 100 honoree and Reader s Digest s America s Best Boss Leonard Abess and joined by Tudor Investment Corp Managing Director Andrew Paul and Playboy CEO Scott Flanders Jersey Jack Pinball Founder and CEO Jack Guarnieri commented With this capital infusion we can now take our company to the next level Our goal is to consistently deliver the finest games in the industry and the best game experience for our players Jack continued This vote of confidence in me in our Team and in our products leaves no doubt that Jersey Jack Pinball will have the resources to develop and manufacture many more great games for our expanding worldwide player base for many years to come Lead investor Leonard Abess says I have been a pinball fan my entire life In Jersey Jack Pinball I saw company that has both the creative vision and technical abilities to renew and reinvigorate this industry I have known Jack Guarnieri for many years and delighted in watching him develop the ultimate pinball game to date The Wizard of Oz Co investor Andrew Paul added I am pleased to be associated with Jersey Jack Pinball I have been a pinball fan since my teens and with Wizard of Oz Jersey

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    entitled Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball 1973 the first time these two novels have been published in the UK These two together with A Wild Sheep Chase form the so called Trilogy of the Rat named after the protagonist s friend in the stories This special edition referred to simply as Wind Pinball is printed as a reversible hardback with the Pinball side featuring a die cut front cover The special edition of the two novels To celebrate the launch Penguin Random House arranged for electromechanical pinball machines to be placed in the London Piccadilly Circus and Glasgow Sauchiehall Street branches of Waterstones for the day and invited members of the public to play them The display next to the main entrance Both machines had custom cabinet and backbox artwork designed to match the book s cover artwork The artwork was created by Rosie who is playing the machine The London machine was a Williams Lady Luck which had been modified so it was only a single player and didn t reset giving a single game with an unlimited number of balls In the Glasgow branch they had a Paddock machine also by Williams Members of the UK Pinball

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    was set to a low value 7 900 000 which meant it was not difficult for me to get replays again and again The low replay score on Transformers Meanwhile for the same score AC DC only awards an extra ball No replay Luckily I got the grand champion score on this game My top score Hero City games is quite big and it has many video games for both

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