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    one location Most importantly they were kept in very good condition A small selection of the machines in the PHoF I saw many of my favourite vintage E M S S pinballs there and this brought back a lot of memories from my childhood Superman and The Amazing Spider Man They were The Amazing Spider Man Big Hit El Dorado Golden Arrow High Hand Quick Draw Jacks Open King Pin Kiss and Star Trek Hey It s not difficult to guess my age is it o King Pin Drop A Card One electro mechanical and one solid state Quick Draw and Pinball More machines Gottlieb wedgeheads Bally dot matrix machines As for the newest solid state pinballs I only tried a few such as 24 X Men and Harley Davidson In fact I love older pinballs 1970 1990 more than the newer ones post 2000 Some of the newer machines More machines The newest machines from Stern The latest arrival X Men Magnato LE I wanted to approach Tim Arnold the owner of PHoF a couple of times but I was not successful because he was fully occupied by other people Finally I reached him around 9pm when he was seriously repairing a pinball The repair area According to Tim the PHoF is non profit making and it also made regular donations to local charities I was touched by his passion for pinball and his charity although he looked quite cold and was not all that talkative I had stayed in PHoF until 10 30pm when I was pulled out from the museum by my wife I It was then I realised I had not had my dinner Finally we had hamburgers in a nearby 7 Eleven before going back to our hotel the Excalibur In addition to PHoF we

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    available for sale through their own website Here s the official press release from the company Stern Pinball Hires New Chief Revenue Officer John Buscaglia Joins the Rapidly Growing Stern Team MELROSE PARK IL December 2012 Stern Pinball Inc the world s leading maker of real pinball games today announced the hiring of former Topps Trading Cards Vice President John Buscaglia as the new Chief Revenue Officer John joins the rapidly growing Stern Pinball team as they continue to grow pinball sales and enthusiasm around the world John is a perfect addition to our company His experience with consumer sales and collectibles will help us reach our goal of creating a whole new generation of pinball players said Gary Stern Founder CEO and Chairman of Stern Pinball Inc Mr Buscaglia joins the Stern Pinball family tradition of producing quality pinball games The company traces its lineage to Philadelphia in the 1930 s when Sam Stern entered the business of operating pinball games Sam Stern subsequently partnered with Harry Williams to build the Williams Manufacturing Company and passed his lifelong enthusiasm for the game and the business of pinball to his son Gary Today pinball remains one of the world s

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    not the only ones from Willy to stage a comeback as four of their former colleagues performed a death save to get back in the game this year Joining Steve and George at Stern was Greg Freres Fresh from his collaboration with Dennis Nordman on both Whoa Nellie Big Juicy Melons and The Wizard of Oz Greg took a full time game and art designer position at Stern Pinball Meanwhile the other half of the duo Dennis Nordman having finished at Jersey Jack Pinball agreed to create an original theme and upper playfield design for Multimorphic s P 3 platform one of two to be included with the machine John Trudeau was also in the news Having worked with a team in the UK on the design for a Forbidden Planet game and rumoured to have worked with John Popadiuk as well he agreed to design a table for Heighway Pinball to be released after Full Throttle Our fourth former game designer signed up to make a computer pinball Pat Lawlor teamed up with Silverball Studios creators of the original Pro Pinball series of pinball simulations with the intention of designing a new Pro Pinball table which was grounded in reality enough that it could then be made into a real pinball machine In addition all the previous Pro Pinball computer games would be re mastered The project is unusual because it relied on crowd funding through the Kickstarter site but more on that shortly Gone but not Forgotten A number of well known and equally well regarded personalities from the pinball world left us in 2012 Steve Kordek s passing in February at the ago of 100 made newspapers around the world and his contribution to popular culture continues to feature on websites to this day Renowned as an innovative pinball designer and guiding hand to today s generation of designers Steve s achievements and inventions are well documented and anyone who had the good fortune to meet him could vouch for his undiminished passion for the game Donal Murphy s death in October following a fall from a ladder shocked many in the pinball world coming just two weeks after his regular appearance at Pinball Expo Donal owned and ran Electrical Windings which supplied solenoids magnets and transformers to all the pinball manufacturers in the Chicago area The company also made hot stamped plastic products such as bumper caps and drop targets In addition Donal had an impressive collection of electro mechanical machines and hosted tours around the factory and his games for Pinball Expo visitors Leon Borre was one of those people who loved to learn and to share his vast technical knowledge of pinball machines His website flipper pinball fan be contains masses of repair information and details of the numerous projects he created while his test ROMs have helped pinball owners around the world diagnose faults on their circuit boards Leon was also a keen collector of other coin op devices including jukeboxes amusement machines and vending machines which also feature on his website Neil Falconer who died in March following a car accident started in pinball at Bally using his musical experience designing one of the first electronic organs to create sound for games such as Heavy Metal Meltdown Special Force and Blackwater 100 He then moved to Data East to program their games writing software for Star Wars Jurassic Park Mary Shelley s Frankenstein and his last game South Park When Sega Pinball became Stern Pinball Neil moved to Reno to work on slot machine design at IGT The newly released Star Wars software is dedicated to his memory Fundraising This has certainly been the year when crowd funding of pinball projects has taken off Following the success of the IndieGoGo campaign for the movie feature Pinball Donut Girl which received its first short form airing this autumn the same financing platform was used to raise 15 000 towards the Pacific Pinball Museum s plans to move to a new home at the Palace of Fine Art in San Francisco The IndieGoGo fundraising campaign Meanwhile over at Kickstarter Silverball Studios plan to raise 400 000 in September to create a new Pat Lawlor designed table and re master the existing Pro Pinball tables proved over ambitious as their total maxed out at 174 000 The Pro Pinball fundraising campaign Unlike IndieGoGo if the Kickstarter target is not reached none of the pledged funding is made available So Silverball Studios plan to re launch their Kickstarter campaign soon with a more modest target to fund the remastering of just one of the original four tables Timeshock FarSight Studios creators of the Pinball Arcade series of real game emulations also took to Kickstarter to fund the licence to make Twilight Zone They comfortably reached their goal and have since gone on to do the same for Star Trek The Next Generation The FarSight Studios fundraising campaign Twilight Zone is now available Star Trek is coming soon and they have also signed a deal with Elvira to emulate her two big hits Elvira and the Party Monsters and Scared Stiff New Products Innovation in pinball add ons continues with the focus in 2012 being on sound and vision or more precisely headphones and displays Playing pinball and listening to the sounds through headphones is perhaps a slightly odd way to enjoy the game but it can certainly help reduce the disturbance to others in the vicinity And if a good idea is worth doing it s worth doing twice as two headphone adaptors hit the market The 150 PinPAC 1 from Pinnovators features a button to optionally allow both the headphones and speakers to function simultaneously The PinPAC 1 headphones adaptor Alternatively the Buckwerx Pinball Audio Adapter doesn t include the ability to run both the speakers and the headphones together but it is significantly cheaper at 55 65 depending on the machine model Both models mount in the bill acceptor cutout on the coin door

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    Our software has been fine tuned and the ruleset for Full Throttle is at an advanced stage We have also signed up the band that is providing us with the music score for Full Throttle but more about that later And amazingly work is already taking place on Heighway Pinball s second and subsequent games We are at an advanced stage with the design of game 2 which is scheduled for a Summer 2013 release and work is already underway for some of our future games too Andrew told us With all this development taking place several new members have joined the team John Trudeau s involvement was announced at Pinball Expo and he will be designing one of the upcoming titles referred to above A number of others have also joined and will be announced shortly while the company will be recruiting for additional staff as the start of production nears Andrew talked above about the playfield backglass and cabinet artwork but until now the creator hadn t been publicly announced Pinball News can reveal that Ian Richardson a well known artist who has undertaken commissions for Marvel comics will be providing the full art package for Full Throttle and future Heighway Pinball titles too Now would be a good time to take a look at some of that artwork We ll be bringing you the backglass artwork and the final playfield design in our next update but this time we can reveal the playfield artwork sketch which form the basis of the final imagery This will be fully coloured before production and will be combined with the artwork on the plastic to give the total playfield package The playfield artwork sketch Heighway Pinball have previously announced their intention to produce two models of their titles the Standard version with the LCD in the playfield as shown above and a Deluxe version with the LCD integrated into the playfield glass Andrew said they haven t changed their desire to produce both versions although the Deluxe model may not appear until their second title He told us We are fully committed to producing the Deluxe model but at this stage we are making sure that we get our Standard model right first If the Deluxe model is not ready in time for our first release then it will almost certainly be available for our second release in the summer In any case our Standard hardware units have been designed to be upgradeable to Deluxe units in the future so purchasers of our Standard system don t need to lose out by investing in the Standard system initially Other than the embedded LCD both version will feature the same set of playfield features which include some unusual mechanisms In the centre forming the wheels of the two bikes are four pop up spinning bumpers which like the Boom Balloon in Cirqus Voltaire can be raised to introduce more randomness to the ball s movement and block some of the shots The

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    you get a good feel for the ideas contained within the game and how to start some of the features such as Loki Multiball Lock balls to start Loki Multiball Complete the Avenger s shots to light their insert You can watch the videos on the Stern Pinball website or Click here for the Pro model video Click here for the Limited Edition video Avenger LE models have already begin

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    After dinner we walked to another pinball location Union Square Sports Bar Union Square Sports Bar on Mason Street There were many guests inside the bar and therefore it was very noisy The bar has one pinball a Terminator 2 and one video game in a dark corner deep inside the bar The Terminator 2 inside Union Square Sports Bar The working condition of the T2 pinball was acceptable but

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    to aid the construction of the playfields and cabinets The sample machine in Antonio s office In addition orders for parts for the 30 games being built and the wood for the playfields will also be placed this week with a lead time of three to four weeks In the intervening time Antonio says he and one of the game s two graphic designers Gustavo Díaz will continue their work on developing the ruleset further In addition to the information about the hardware parts on order Antonio also shared some of the animations for the 9 7 inch LCD panel embedded in the playfield Completing part of the the Nautilus Collecting another part of the vessel An animation from the volcano mini game One of the tunnel mini game s animations Finally in this update we get a better look at the QPC Quetzal Pinball Controller the custom computer board which contains the CPU the power supply and the driver circuits for the lamps solenoids switches and monitor The Quetzal Pinball Controller Since our previous update a flyer for the game has been produced It lists many of the games key features such as the LCD monitor the open source

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    the famous San Francisco cable cars Tickets for the cable car to Fisherman s Wharf After reaching Fisherman s Wharf it took us another 10 minutes to get to the Musée Méc anique The Musée Mécanique When we entered the museum soon after they opened at 10am there were only few guests there It had total of six pinballs with the most interesting ones being Olympics Sing Along and Hyperball The former two were vintage pinballs I had never seen before Olympics by Gottlieb Olympics playfield Surprisingly they were still playable especially the Sing Along which looked in very good condition It was difficult to believe that it was already 45 years old Gottlieb s Sing Along Sing Along s playfield The Hyperball was very special it seemed to be a combination of pinball and Japanese Pachinko Williams Hyperball Bally s The Addams Family Apart from pinballs there were many amazing vintage mechanical games and some were beyond our imaginations Here is a selection of them I was excited and exchanged as many coins as I could We had stayed in the museum for more than two hours until I was pulled out from the museum by my lovely wife

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