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    artwork is Smaug the dragon Whether he has been deliberately omitted so far because his appearance has been a closely guarded secret until the release of the second movie The Desolation of Smaug we will have to wait to see Hopefully he will be prominently featured in due course The sides of the backbox feature the first two characters from the backglass The backbox side art click to enlarge The imagery shows Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf on the right backbox side and Martin Freeman as Bilbo on the left both gripping their respective swords Both images are standard promotional artwork provided by the movie studio Gandalf is here and Bilbo is here Like the backglass though the three piece set of cabinet montage appears to be custom made for the The Hobbit pinball The left cabinet side Even here though parts of the image come from poster art for the first movie As with The Wizard of Oz the left side of The Hobbit is the happier of the two with the right side showing the battles our heroes face along their journey The right cabinet side The cutout shape around the lefts suggest this artwork may be destined for decals rather than direct to cabinet printing something which has been mooted for the standard edition machines at least The coin door surround continues the split between good and evil featuring Gandalf with the sun on the left and Gollum by moonlight on the right The coin door surround The three cabinet panels don t make the same continuous image in the way they did on The Wizard of Oz The three cabinet sides click to enlarge The only artwork piece not yet revealed other than the playfield is the game title shown on the LCD monitor This may

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    before making it easier to follow the rows across the gutter Prices are given for three grades each representing a different condition of machine from rough class 3 to excellent class 1 A more detailed explanation of each class is provided in the guide giving examples of the kind of damage you might expect on the cabinet backglass and playfield The condition grading guide The prices shown come from a number of sources completed auctions private sales machines sold at pinball shows dealers sales lists and by conferring with specialist collectors However the data only comes from US sources While access to the internet has evened out the prices in many areas there are still variations around the world So non US buyers would need to be aware of how their local prices compare to those in the US and adjust the guide s figures accordingly Prices in the Guide There have been a number of new machines added since the previous edition but the bulk of the book s extra pages come from the detailed background articles written by four well known authorities on pinball history The first of these articles sees Brian Saunders reprise his exploration of the most collectable electromechanical machines from the 1960s and 1970s Then Gordon A Hasse Jr comprehensively examines the definition attraction collectibility and pricing of woodrail games manufactured from the late 1940s and throughout the 50s Gordon A Hasse Jr s article on woodrail games The third article is by Rob Hawkins in which he travels further back in pinball s history to the time before the flipper when the player controlled the mechanical marvels through skilful plunging and delicate nudging Finally Dennis Dodel turns the spotlight on a different type of flipperless game the bingo machine Dennis details the most collectable titles and how their prices are arrived at Background articles included in The Pinball Price Guide Each author also includes a list of their favourite machines in their respective areas of expertise The book begins however with some more basic information for anyone new to the pinball collecting hobby including details of how to buy repair restore store and sell machines It then nudges those new collectors towards attending pinball shows and taking part in the many tournaments and leagues available Three years ago when we reviewed this books predecessor we asked who the book would appeal to Since then a lot has changed both in pinball pricing and the ubiquitous nature of on line pinball information Given the availability of internet resources you could be forgiven for thinking the need for a book such as The Pinball Price Guide has diminished or even been eliminated altogether However having a resource where prices and basic details for just about all pinballs can be quickly and easily found is invaluable When bargain pinball machines can be listed on line and snapped up in just a matter of minutes every second spent researching previous sale prices and the condition of those machines

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    and said it was unlikely that I d have to play MM again with that score It s just as well there were double doors in and out as my head wouldn t have fit through otherwise So as midnight came and went my scores had me placed 8th overnight With the top 16 qualifying for the A division finals and a big juicy cheque and the next 8 qualifying for the B division I was in a very optimistic mood heading into the second day Overnight in 8th place It was going to be a long day Qualifying was from 9am through til midnight 15 hours solid of playing and queuing I headed down to the hall at about 10 30 As I entered the room the main thing that was apparent was that it was significantly busier than the previous night with many more children and women present playing the non tournament games but also that the queues for the competition games contained the same faces as the night before More visitors to the SPF on Saturday In fact across the whole weekend I rarely saw any of the tournament players playing non tournament games prior to them getting knocked out Although I did see a very well known player walk up to a machine play a single ball then just walk away leaving ball 2 ready to shoot while he went and started another game on another machine This is a big personal gripe of mine at the shows when someone usually a child loses interest and walks away mid game It was not something I expected to see from a regular player let alone a top competitive player The other major gripe I have at shows is starting a second game straight after draining without looking around to see if anyone is waiting or playing multi player games by yourself I witnessed both of these from tournament players on the Sunday after they had been knocked out of or didn t qualify for the heads up games These things are somewhat excusable from someone who doesn t play pinball a lot or doesn t understand what s going on but not from seasoned players Or is it just arrogance Anyway I digress rant over As the day wore on I had only occasionally looked at the tournament games preferring instead to explore the rest of the games on free play as well as look at the vendor stands and head towards the lecture theatre where Brian Dominy and Gary Stern were speaking Poster advertising the seminars Brian Dominy presenting his seminar Gary Stern talks to the audience All of the seminars can be found on PAPA s website at papa org videos seminars Back in the main hall there was Steve from Pinball Refinery who had brought a modded Metallica Pro with him which looked simply fantastic Metallica with artwork and lighting mods Steve from Pinball Refinery This was actually only there on the Saturday being replaced with another ruby red The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Limited Edition on the Sunday making three in total There was Art from Comet Pinball who I never got to talk to but was selling various LEDs The Comet Pinball stand But that was it Two stalls one of which sold only LEDs and the other was mainly about modding various games This was a shame as I was specifically looking at picking up a few small items from some of the bigger US suppliers for friends which would normally be prohibitive due to postage costs but they weren t there After a meal I returned to the tournament area about 8pm to find I had dropped down to 16th so I decided to purchase some more tickets Star Trek was having very long ball times with many players simply trapping the ball and letting features time out before starting the next and doing exactly the same again I understand the idea behind this as the multiball earned by completing all six modes scores so significantly but it hardly makes for interesting watching or a test of skill Personally until the code on Star Trek is amended to take this into account I don t think it should be used in competition I discussed this with a number of people and it was suggested it was there because it was new not really a reason to have it in the competition in my opinion So after a game of Star Trek were I didn t post a particularly high score I decided that the two games of the seven I would be dropping were Star Trek and Metallica I would concentrate on improving my scores on the other tables and try and save some money I played a few games on the older machines without really improving much and saw my position fall down the rankings as people constantly played a game and then got back in line to play it again My best score on Joker Poker actually came after I walked away from the machine after my last ball only to be told that I had got an extra ball and it could be played I got a further 2 extra balls and set my top score Something which would not be allowed in UK competitions I have played in I was not having much luck improving my scores on AC DC or the older machines so despite my previous good and only score on Medieval Madness I decided to have another go for a change As it turned out it proved to be one of two pivotal games I played in the final hour of the qualifying I was having a good game when I found myself on 50m with two balls locked ready for multiball the castle gate raised and ready to destroy the fourth castle for 10m and the ball trapped on my right flipper Destroying the castle for 10m would give me 3rd

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    Leading Maker of Arcade Quality Pinball Celebrates 50 Years of Ford Mustang with Newest Machine MELROSE PARK IL Stern Pinball Inc the world s leading maker of real pinball games proudly announced today the merging of two American icons Get ready to start your engines and celebrate 50 years of Mustang The Mustang pinball machine exclusive to Ford drops players into the driver s seat of one of the hottest cars on the street Narrated by professional racing driver Tanner Foust this machine sets the tone for a fast paced white knuckle game The game comes equipped with top of the line features including artwork painted by famed Ford GT designer Camilo Pardo and the ultimate soundtrack from Sony Music featuring five decades of hits The Mustang is one of the most iconic American cars ever made said Gary Stern Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball Inc What better way to celebrate 50 years of Mustang than with the launch of the Ford Mustang pinball game Everyone at Stern is buzzing with excitement about this launch From the artwork and game features to the stellar soundtrack we have created a tribute that will make Mustang and pinball fans worldwide proud Mark Bentley Ford Global Brand Licensing says Ford Motor Company is extremely excited to partner with Stern Pinball on this state of the art Mustang pinball machine Both Stern and Ford are proud American companies with industry leading iconic brands Pinball aficionados from around the globe will appreciate the unique blend of Mustang heritage and Stern craftsmanship in this fantastic machine The Ford Mustang game continues the Stern Pinball tradition of producing quality pinball machines for young and old The company traces its lineage to the 1930 s in Philadelphia when Sam Stern entered the business of operating pinball games

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    had to say about their new Luci model Stern Pinball Releases AC DC Luci Premium Game World s Leading Maker of Arcade Quality Pinball Games Adds New Luci Edition to the AC DC Pinball Lineup MELROSE PARK IL DECEMBER 3 2013 Stern Pinball Inc the world s leading maker of real pinball games and the American Amusement Machine Association AAMA Manufacturer of the Year today announced the availability of the AC DC Luci Premium pinball machine Based on Steve Ritchie s hit design the latest addition to the AC DC pinball lineup features an entirely new original artwork package that captures the titillating rock and roll spirit of AC DC and AC DC pinball Players will rock with Luci to twelve classic AC DC hits including Back in Black Highway to Hell and You Shook Me All Night Long Other exciting game features include a lower playfield ball shooting cannon drop targets a mechanized Hell s Bell and animations of the band This decidedly edgy tribute to one of rock and roll s most memorable bands pushes the visual and auditory limits with its style sound and infectious riffs Simply put Luci rocks The AC DC Luci Premium game continues both the Stern Pinball and the Stern family tradition of producing quality pinball machines for young and old Stern Pinball traces its lineage to Philadelphia in the 1930s when Sam Stern entered the business of operating pinball games Sam subsequently became part owner and President of Williams Manufacturing a pioneer of the pinball industry and passed his lifelong enthusiasm for the game and the business of pinball to his son Gary who founded Stern Pinball Today pinball remains one of the world s favorite pastimes AC DC more than three decades into a career that shows no signs of slowing

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    test chart under the glass and lit it from above so the light had to pass through the glass twice This was compared to the directly lit chart and any differences noted This test was carried out with natural overhead ambient light and the results standardised so the pure white of the test chart measured 230 our of 255 for all three colour channels to allow some headroom in case of reflections The samples selected were representative of all the pixels in the indicated area The intensity of any reflections were also noted but not directly measured In all cases the glass covers the bottom half of the picture We began with our reference the plain glass Plain glass colour test the glass covers the bottom half of the chart The test showed a light loss of around 2 5 or 1 25 in each direction which can be observed in the picture above The glass also introduced a slight blue green tint although neither of these were considered significant More of a problem was the strong reflection on the bottom left corner indicating the type of effect the anti reflective glass sets out to reduce or eliminate Next we tested the Invisiglass Invisiglass colour test the glass covers the bottom half of the chart The reflection was still present with the Invisiglass although the intensity was diminished The colour was much improved with the scattering of the ambient light providing a slight lift with a marginal tendency towards a warmer red yellow colour Finally we tested Roman s PDI glass Roman s PDI colour test the glass covers the bottom half of the chart Colour wise the PDI glass has a very slight green blue tint which was again not considered significant More significant was way it handled the reflections considerably reducing their intensity when compared to both the plain glass and Invisiglass Comparing all three glasses Click to enlarge TEST TWO Our second test and final test looked at how all three glasses coped with direct light source reflections something the anti reflective glasses are specifically designed to counter We took our trusty multi LED torch and bounced its light off the surface of the glass to maximise the intensity of the reflection We then normalised the images so the illumination of the test chart was consistent and compared the reflections Again we begin with the reference plain glass Plain glass direct reflection the glass covers the bottom half The reflection is bright enough to burn out the image such that you cannot see the individual LEDs in the torch Next we have the Invisiglass Invisiglass direct reflection the glass covers the bottom half Some of the structure of the LEDs can be seen but the reflection is still quite intense and burns out the image sensor It s interesting how the reflection is stronger above the LEDs than below suggesting the anti reflection effect is more effective at some angles than others Finally here s Roman s

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    and to become the focus of the community in each city The Carnegie Library on Santa Clara Avenue in Alameda was completed in 1902 and opened in 1903 as one of the first three Carnegie Libraries in California but it closed to the public in 1998 when the library facilities were transferred to a new home It has remained vacant since then Earlier this week the Pacific Pinball Museum signed a Letter of Intent with the City of Alameda which marks the run up of a two year period during which the Museum needs to raise 4 million to complete the restoration started by the City including re wiring and installing new plumbing and sewers to bring the building up to modern standards of accessibility and safety and turn it into their new home With the funding for the work secured the Museum would be able to sign a 30 year lease on the building at a nominal rent of 1 a year The Library would provide approximately three times the space of the current Museum location on Webster Street where around 100 machines are presently set up Not surprisingly the Museum staff are excited by the prospect of moving into the Carnegie Library a building they feel will be a fitting home The Chairman of the Museum s board Larry Zartarian said It is extremely important to our mission that we occupy a building of historical significance The 1902 Carnegie Library is a testament to American education and an ideal location for the PPM to educate visitors about art science and history as related to pinball and its uniquely American heritage The City of Alameda is also backing their plans The PPM has been bringing people to Alameda for over 10 years and has established itself as a stable

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    the hassles of an on line auction or strangers at your house This is a great chance to get a new game for your collection People bringing in games get one free entry and 20 for each machine brought in Please let me know what you are bringing so I m sure there is room And I can work with you on having the game here earlier or later to help you with your transportation needs Tables are provided too for people bringing in pieces and parts they want to sell or trade Plan to attend now and enjoy the Circus Stop in soon we ll leave the pinball machines on for you LTG http www ssbilliards com 9 20 13 41st Anniversary Once the doors opened at noon visitors found host Lloyd Olson s regular collection of machines had been supplemented by several guest machines brought in to play and in some instances to sell This way to the Pinball Circus THE MACHINES The extra machines were slotted in between the covered pool tables and around the walls The Simpsons Pinball Party and Junkyard Space Shuttle with Spy Hunter Hi Score Pool and The Getaway Spy Hunter Hi Score Pool High Speed 2 The Getaway and Maverick Argosy and Jurassic Park with Little Pro and Demolition Man the Jurassic Park was one of two brought in over the weekend Stars went back to back with Checkpoint Guests in need of a sit down could still play this Night Moves cocktail pinball These machines mixed with Lloyd s regular machine line up Creature from the Black Lagoon Medieval Madness and Corvette The Addams Family Taxi and Big Bang Bar Video games were also available Since our last Pinball Circus report Lloyd has become the first port of call for anyone ringing the Jersey Jack Pinball technical advice line You ve got questions He advises The Wizard of Oz owners who have problems with or questions about their machines So not surprisingly he has a The Wizard of Oz of his own The Wizard of Oz flanked by Pirates of the Caribbean and Pinball Pool Not only that but Lloyd has numerous mechanisms and assemblies for the game at the front desk The Witch s Castle mini playfield The Munchkinland mini playfield The ball lock winged monkey and upkicker assemblies Also at the front desk was this mutoscope Along with the machines for sale there was also a vendor Pinballs Past who presented examples of their re purposed pinball backboxes A Fireball clock A mirrored backbox display cabinet Special Pinball Circus key fobs THE NOTICES Another change since our last report is the opening of the Casa Deli two doors down Although food from Pizza Lucé was provided on Saturday the menu for Casa Deli was one of the notices posted for anyone wanting to order The menu with other notices More notices about the Circus THE TOURNAMENTS Single ball ToPS were run across the weekend on selected Stern Pinball machines

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