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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    Kiss Pro Pirates of the Caribbean Across from the pinball tournaments were the two seminar rooms The SFGE seminars cover a wide range of topics with an emphasis on video gaming so we ll pick out the pinball related ones and bring them to you here Friday 5 30pm From The Mixed Up Files of Paul and Al The first of these featured Paul Kiefert and Al Warner talking about their Pins and Vids video series and their upcoming fifth edition with Patrick Wall asking the questions Paul Kiefert and Al Warner Paul and Al spoke about how they met and came to produce the very first podcasts about pinballs and video games In 2005 they made the first Pins Vids followed soon after by the second but then took a break of a couple of years before returning for the third which focused on the making of Big Bang Bar from Gene Cunningham It was a further five years before Pins and Vids 4 was released Paul and Al then showed some clips from those first four videos followed by some snippets from their soon to be released fifth edition Click here to play the MP3 of these talks 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 Friday 8 30pm Seeing Ghosts Ben Heck America s Most Haunted Pinball Ben was interviewed by Nate Shivers Nate Shivers and Ben Heck Ben began by explaining how from being a video game guy he became interested in pinball after seeing how it told a story in such an abstract way From there he decided to make a game of his own His first was the Bill Paxton game a theme he chose he said so people would think he was insane That was followed by his Lost game which has since been parted out Ben said he has learned a lot from game designers John Popaduik and Dennis Norman along with the advice he received from Steve Ritchie on how to make his games better He then spoke about how he teamed up with Charlie at Spooky Pinball and how his Ghost Squad game developed into America s Most Haunted and became Spooky Pinball s first title Ben said they had a hard time selling the game initially but the best marketing tool was to start shipping games and let people see and play them Ben also brough along his miniature Space Shuttle pinball game which he built in one episode of The Ben Heck Show Ben with his Space Shuttle game Due to a technical malfunction OK we forgot to press the record button twice to actually start recording we join Ben s seminar a little way in where he is talking about his design for America s Most Haunted Click here to play the MP3 of these talks or right click to download the file You can also

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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    console gamers One of the rooms for retro console gamers A second console room The first of the show s PinChat seminars was held in a small conference room near the main show hall Aaron from CraftMech com talked about and demonstrated how to diagnose and repair video game display problems Aaron hosts the first PinChat The first of Saturday s PinChats began at midday and featured Dennis Nordman and Greg Freres talking about their individual and joint pinball careers Greg Freres and Dennis Nordman Greg began by talking about the Bally and Williams games on which he worked either individually or in collaboration with Dennis from Harlem Globetrotters and Fathom to Revenge from Mars Dennis spoke about how he got into the pinball business through his cabinet designs and ended up at Bally alongside Greg After Williams closed they lost touch but met up again at a pinball art exhibition and then again at the NW Pinball Arcade Show in 2009 where they discussed ideas for a collaboration Dennis suggested re theming an existing Continental Cafe EM game he had in his garage and this ultimately led to the creation of Whoa Nellie Big Juicy Melons Greg showed pictures from the Stern factory of the game in production saying he couldn t be happier with the way it turned out Click here to play the MP3 of these talks 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 At 2pm the second Saturday PinChat brought Jack Guarnieri and Butch Peel to the stage to talk about their upcoming The Hobbit title Jack Guarnieri and Butch Peel Butch began by talking about the changes made to The Hobbit s playfield and artwork since the first draft right up to the version show at Pinball Expo in 2014 Butch explained the modification made since that show while Jack said they just had to make those changes even though it meant delaying the game Some of the original ideas about Smaug interacting with the ball were rejected by the licensor as not being consistent with Smaug s character in the movies Jack and Butch had brought their latest prototype to the show which included flashers beneath the pop up trolls playfield flashers and a Ring Button on the lock bar Click here to play the MP3 of these talks 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 The third PinChat was a live recording of The Pinball Podcast Don and Jeff from The Pinball Podcast After a word from Nate from NiftyLEDs about his company s range of LEDs Don and Jeff spoke about their favourite games at the show such as Kiss Scoregasm Master and Whoa Nellie The duo then did a quiz asking members of the audience to guess

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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    based drinks The coffee menu Besides the speciality coffees there is an extensive selection of bakery products including the cronut a croissant based donut We visited on their very first day when samples of their cakes and pastries were available to try Tasty carrot cake samples If you re not a fan of the bean they also sell chilled soft drinks bottled water sandwiches and baguettes Non coffee drinks and snacks So onto the pinball We have been following the progress of Chief Coffee for several months and first visited the premises back in March At that time Chief s owner Sam McCourt envisioned having one or two pinballs in the main coffee shop area but it quickly became clear that the hard wall and floor surfaces reflected the pinball sounds throughout the room So it was coffee upstairs and pinball downstairs This way to the pinball On our earlier visit the pinball room was still being used as a storeroom during the refurbishment of the building Before In the intervening time the room has been cleared out cleaned up and filled with pinballs and after There are six pinballs in total at the moment all top titles and all in excellent condition Monster Bash Medieval Madness Cactus Canyon and Cirqus Voltaire Star Trek Pro The Wizard of Oz The classic Williams Bally titles are prices at 0 50 0 77 0 68 per game while the two newest games Star Trek and The Wizard of Oz are priced at 1 per game or 3 games for 2 A change machine is available to turn notes into coins Your friend with the right change The machines that we tested all played well with fair playfield angles and tilt sensitivity settings There is some seating available in the pinball room but

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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    is a motorised pachinko style feature which rotates while a miniature ball bounces off the pins and scores points The Magic Girl playfield We ll add more detail about each area later but here is a selection of pictures showing key areas of the game The display is mounted on the back panel The lower part of the playfield The left slingshot The left orbit and left ramp entrance The

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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    with flash lamps and solenoids before Dave Okert joined Bill Witzel to examine Williams System 11 electronics mods Sadly our involvement in the tournaments prevented us attending any of the repair seminars but we did pop in to the seminars room just in time to catch the end of a seminar by Aaron Davis and Dave Beecher of Fast Pinball and Gabe Knuth of Mission Pinball who were talking about their respective hardware and software systems which allow you to build and program your own machine Dave Beecher Aaron Davis and Gabe Knuth On Saturday the show opened to the public at 10am but before that we took the opportunity to grab a couple of pictures The show hall just before it opened to the public click to enlarge The NWPAS 2015 organisers and guests click to enlarge While Saturday was certainly busier than Friday it was still not crowded and always possible to find a game to play without searching too hard The show hall on Saturday Visitors enjoying the machines on Saturday In total we counted 214 pinball machines at the show Here s our list Main Show Floor 2001 4 Square Addams Family The Addams Family The Addams Family The Aladdin s Castle Arena Atlantis Attack from Mars Aztec Bad Cats Bad Cats Batman The Dark Knight Big Ben Big Guns Big Guns Big Shot Black Belt Black Hole Black Knight Black Knight 2000 Breakshot Bride of Pinbot The Machine Bride of Pinbot The Machine Bride of Pinbot The Machine Buccaneer Buck Rogers Buck Rogers Buckaroo Centaur II Champion Pub The Cirqus Voltaire Class of 1812 Congo Corvette Count Down Creature from the Black Lagoon Crescendo Crollergames Cross Town Ding Dong Doctor Who Domino Dr Dude Dracula Bram Stoker s Dragon Eight Ball Elvira and the Party Monsters Elvira and the Party Monsters Elvira and the Party Monsters Escape from the Lost World F 14 Tomcat Faces Fireball Firepower Fish Tales Flash Flintstones The Flintstones The Flip a Card Flip Flop Flipper Football Flying Carpet Friendship 7 Frontier Funhouse Funhouse Galactic Girl Genesis Gorgar Grand Prix Grand Slam Harlem Globetrotters Haunted House Hercules High Speed Hobbit The Hook Hook Icarus Ice Show Indiana Jones Jack in the Box Jacks Open Johnny Mnemonic Journey Judge Dredd Jumping Jack Jurassic Park Jurassic Park The Lost World King Pin King Rock Kiss Pro Kiss Pro Klondike Klondike Lightning Lights Camera Action Lord of the Rings The Lucky Hand Lucky Strike Mars God of War Mars Trek Maverick Medieval Madness Monopoly Monster Bash Mustang Pro NASCAR NBA Fastbreak paired NBA Fastbreak paired Nip It No Fear No Good Gofers Paragon Pinbot Pirates of the Caribbean Pirates of the Caribbean Pit Stop Police Force Police Force Popeye Saves the Earth Quick Draw Riverboat Gambler Roadshow Red Ted s Rocky Bullwinkle Friends Rocky Bullwinkle Friends Rollercoaster Tycoon Rolling Stones The Stern Scared Stiff Scuba Seawitch Secret Service Shadow The Silverball Mania Simpsons The Simpsons The Skateball Sky Line Skylab Slick Chick Solids N Stripes South Park Space Invaders Space Jam Space Odyssey Space Station Special Force Spin A Card Star Trek The Next Generation Star Trek Pro Super Straight Super Flite Superman Surf N Safari Tattoo Mystique Taxi Team One Terminator 2 Theatre of Magic Top Card Top Score Totem Trident Tron Pro Truck Stop Twilight Zone Twilight Zone Walking Dead Pro The Whirlwind Whirlwind Whitewater Whitewater Whitewater Whitewater Whoa Nellie Big Juicy Melons Wizard of Oz LE The World Cup Soccer WWF Royal Rumble Xenon Xenon X Files X Files X Men Magneto LE X Men Pro Kids Zone Flintstones The Funhouse Punchy the Clown Super Mario Bros Mushroom Word Tournaments Area AC DC Let There Be Rock LE Breakshot Eight Ball Deluxe Funhouse Iron Man Judge Dredd Mustang Premium NBA Fastbreak Nine Ball Paragon Raven Space Station Superman Wizard of Oz LE The 300 Count Down Counterforce Hot Tip Laser Cue Strikes and Spares The Games Time Fantasy World Fair Lobby Magic Girl Proto X Men Whitewood The machine was either not working or had been depowered at the time the list was made on Saturday afternoon One new arrival on Saturday could be found out in the lobby Magic Girl arrives at the show Of course Pinball News readers had already taken a good look at the Magic Girl prototype but for others this was their first look at what John Popadiuk has been working on for the past few years From the show hall on the fifth floor we move down two floors to the seminars room where Greg Freres and Dennis Nordman were getting ready for the first of their two seminars Dennis Nordman and Greg Freres Their first hour long seminar at 12 30pm concentrated on the games on which they had worked together including the Party series and the Elvira machines Then at 2pm James Loflin of Pinball Inc and the Circus Maximus was interviewed by Gary Flower about the history development and building of the Python s Pinball Circus machine Gary with James James Loflin He said he hopes to have a hardware complete version of the game ready for the Southern Fried Gameroom Expo in two weeks although the software will still have a long way to go The 3 30 seminar featured Paul Faris who spoke about his career creating pinball artwork Paul Faris Paul spoke about and showed examples of the many games he worked on over his 27 years in the industry from Night Rider through to Vacation America The Dennis and Greg returned at 5pm for their second seminar of the day This one concentrated on the creation of the Whoa Nellie Big Juicy Melons game for their own Whizbang Pinball company manufactured by Stern Pinball The game was the grand prize in the show long raffle which would be drawn on Sunday The final seminar began at 8pm and featured the Jersey Jack Pinball team of Jack Guarnieri David Thiel and Butch Peel Jack Guarnieri David Thiel and Butch

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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    Museum s Michael Schiess has created several pieces for the Exploratorium including the Visible Pinball a clear Surf Champ electromechanical pinball showing how all the mechanisms interact with the ball to demonstrate a number of scientific principles Two of these will form the centrepiece of the exhibition one electromechanical and one early solid state demonstrating the how the game changed with the introduction of electronics Junge then visited Michael at the Pacific Pinball Museum PPM in Alameda and initial talks began about creating a suitable exhibition for the Phaeno The fruits of those discussions can be enjoyed in Germany later this month The Galton Pinball The Galton Pinball demonstrates Sir Francis Galton s central limit theorem Some of the most popular and highly visible exhibits at the PPM are the large murals depicting classic electromechanical backglasses Ten of these created by artists Dan Fontes Ed Cassel Eric Kos and d Arci Bruno have made the journey across the Atlantic They are joined by twenty electromechanical pinball machines from the PPM s extensive stock and several more from the personal collections of Larry Zartarian and Melissa Harmon EM machines from the PPE s collection The mix of pinballs is further bolstered by machines from a local private collector which include modern classics The Addams Family Terminator 2 and Indiana Jones Other exhibits include the Pinbowl Chaos Generator an electromechanical music box and more bespoke kinetic sculptures The electromechanical music box The Bumper Box Finally Galactic Dimension a super sized six foot tall pinball machine has been created by artist Niklas Roy Development of Galactic Dimension picture Niklas Roy You can see more about the development of Galactic Dimension on Niklas s Google page The Ausgeflippt exhibition runs from May 14th until 2nd September The Phaeno is open Tuesday to Sunday inclusive

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    thing was clearly the decor and interior a nice carpeted floor army camouflage cloth covering the walls to evoke the feeling of being in a big arcade instead of a dry factory building some wooden benches and a bar You could really see the effort that went into shaping this place The EM machines were located in the Free Play Zone No wonder then that players were in a really good mood during the tournament Despite the fact that almost everyone in the room was competing this first pinball tournament in Badendorf really had a special laid back vibe to it You could play your game then walk around between the pins or sit down and have a chat or a drink Alternatively you could choose to go outside for a walk or a smoke or go upstairs for a brief visit to the brand new machines there also during regular tournament play you sometimes had to play upstairs The machines were in a very good condition If a pin caused any trouble there was always a staff member and or a technician nearby to take care of it Almost all of the active members of the Austrian pinball scene were present including world top 100 players Markus Stix and Roland Schwarz Stix also served as a staff member to help with tech and rule troubleshooting With Bernd Prucher from Flippnic serving as the main organizer Stefan Riedler of Flippersportverein Austria Flipper Sports Club Austria took care of book keeping and communications Stefan Riedler middle taking care of the scores Lunch break Players gazing at the score table Who is leading the pack How many more wins will it take to advance to the group stage The second half of the first day determined who qualified for the second day where the players were put in four groups of eight players each At about 6 30pm day one of Auf die Kugel n fertig los was finished and players were able to get some rest On day two every player had to face each of the other seven players in their group The four players with the most wins in each group would then advanced to the single elimination stage of the tournament which would start with 16 players The group stage changed the character of the tournament a little bit Some players who hadn t qualified weren t present for day two Most of the qualified 32 players knew each other and their skill sets so the competition naturally intensified A lot of close and suspense packed games were played In the end every player who had at least four wins out of seven games in their respective group advanced to the top 16 Probably the best dressed athlete of the day János Sándor from Hungary Staff member and pro player Austria s highest ranked player Markus Stix Now it was time for some quality pinball performances The single elimination tournament games were all played as best of three

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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    in Brisbane Timezone is located in the middle of the Albert Street Timezone arcade Timezone had four pinballs They were Big Hurt Gottlieb 1995 AC DC Stern 2012 The Lord of the Rings Stern 2003 The Simpsons Pinball Party Stern 2003 Timezone s four pinballs This was the first time I had played the game Big Hurt It is one of the most amazing games I have seen Frank Thomas s Big Hurt Big Hurt s playfield It seems that the Brisbane Pinball Club holds a regular pinball tournament at Timezone on the last Sunday and Tuesday of each month If I were living in Brisbane I would certainly like to join it Brisbane Pinball Club meetings As usual Timezone has other fun games The ones my wife and I loved the most were Pac Man Smash and Horse Play Pac Man Smash and Horse Play After playing the Pac Man Smash with my wife for around 5 minutes I was the eventual winner the right player o The winning score on Pac Man Smash However I sweated a lot and was totally exhausted I needed to take a rest of a few minutes before finally departing Additional information about

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