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    Prospector Goldeneye and Xenon a group called Miner Inconvenience The group of four players plays each of the four games back to back and tracks their win loss record A perfect round is 12 0 and we re giving a money bonus to anyone who pulls it off At the end of each round the entire field is reshuffled and reassigned to new groups and new machine sets No one is eliminated until after the 10th round so all players will get 40 games of competitive pinball no matter how well or poorly they do Pinburgh changed to the current matchplay format when it re launched two years ago What made you choose that format over any other Bowen The new Pinburgh was built for match play and my goal was to make a tournament that was as much fun for the champion as it was for the lowest performing players Top players pretty much always have a good time at tournaments but casual players get the short end of the stick with quick eliminations At many events casual players don t get to play against anyone else and that is an important thing overlooked meeting and learning from others is the best way to get better at pinball and if we want to grow tournaments we need new players to have a fantastic time so they will come back and bring their friends This is also a luxury we have using the PAPA site and its huge stock of games There is no way we could run this tournament with a small number of pinball machines and there is no way we could run this tournament without a large facility to keep everyone happy fed and sane Players at Pinburgh know they can put down one entry fee of 100 play all day Friday and Saturday then have a chance at winning some cash on Sunday no matter what Is the tournament only for wizards or is everyone in with a chance of winning Bowen The tournament is built for all levels of play There are A B and C Divisions but these are assigned to players at the end of the first day based on their performance Strong performers play A mid level performers play B and poor performers play C The second day has the same format but all play is within the division and the poor first day records in C Division are wiped away The top 24 of roughly 80 in each division will advance to finals on Sunday for cash prizes and all other players are eligible for a consolation double elimination tournament The finals picture PAPA Watching the final picture PAPA One of the things I really like about the format is that a player can play up into any division instead of having to pick between A B or C from the start One of last year s A finalists considered himself a C player until he started beating everyone No matter

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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    Both versions of The Wizard of Oz will come with a backbox topper and it will presumably cover the un painted front edge as well as the top surface of the backbox A series of holes in that top panel are expected to provide access for power to the topper and a means to secure the topper to the backbox You can see more of the backboxes at the factory in this video The Wizard of Oz backboxes As you might have spotted in the video above in another part of the factory we find a line of cabinets The Wizard of Oz cabinets These have been sprayed black and had their decals applied but do not yet include any of the expected hardware such as the coin door front molding earthing braid flipper buttons or side rails The second new video gives a better look at these The Wizard of Oz cabinets We can see the ventilation holes at the back of the cabinet and the power connector outlet which appears to be centrally located The final new release this time brings us another clip of music from composer Chris Granner the fifth to be revealed so far Chris

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/games/wizardofoz/index23.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    to the Witch s Castle mini playfield dropping it behind the entry door In this video you can see the magnet which grabs the ball and the track on which it moves The Flying Monkey mechanism As with all these videos this doesn t show the finished assembly but one of the test prototype fixtures Another moving part of the game which has been seen in picture form before but not animating is Dorothy s House which spins round as the ball is shot around the Munchkinland mini playfield In the second video you can see the house spinning Dorothy s House The final video shows the main cabinet production as the CNC router makes the cuts and indents in the sheet of plywood to produce all the cabinet parts Cabinet making While the cabinets are being manufactured the playfields are still awaiting approval of the artwork from Warner Bros Jack Guarnieri says they are raring to start production once the final approval is received In the meantime thousands of individual parts and whole assemblies are already in production and will come together at the New Jersey factory The latest pictures show Dorothy s house more clearly on the Munchkinland mini playfield We have already shown you the artwork for the mini playfield so it shouldn t be long before the two are combined to give a look at the composite image Naturally we ll have it here Dorothy s House Next we have the final version of the Trumper Bumpers which will sit atop the three pop bumpers on the left side of the playfield The come from Matt Riesterer of Back Alley Creations fame and they look as thought they have red LEDs in their hands The Trumper Bumpers The final picture from this update shows the mirrored

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/games/wizardofoz/index22.html (2016-04-27)
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    hope that I can count on their loyalty but what s more important for me is the fact that I know I m going to stick to the agreement Jack is also working on an intranet environment for distributors I think this will also benefit the loyalty between distributors In the UK there s only one authorized dealer and two re sellers Bertjan A structure like that could work for us too Anyone interested should contact me You started out working from home but recently moved to your new showroom Bertjan Correct I ve been looking at office space in and around The Hague and I ve found this perfect showroom in Rijswijk It s so close to home I can ride over there on my Vespa in the summer Bertjan in his office How is this showroom working for you so far Bertjan For the time being it s just the perfect man cave with a lot of square metres for my private pinball collection When the JJP games are here it will be the perfect argument to persuade operators to invest in the JJP games and it will be even more the perfect man cave Are you concerned about continuity After WoZ it could take JJP a while before the next machine is out Having a big showroom without much to put in it sounds expensive Bertjan That is why the Ministry of Pinball is about more than just JJP pinballs and parts MoP should be the place to go for all things passionately pinball Such as Bertjan I went to the Chicago Pinball Expo and I met some other pinball people Greg Freres and Dennis Nordman for example started their company Whizbang Pinball alongside their regular jobs at JJP It s an amazing project They were taken by surprise by the enthusiastic reaction to their Whoa Nellie Big Juicy Melons project They built four machines and ordered one hundred extra backglasses and thirty more playfields which all were sold in no time at all They ll be making a second production run of the playfields which will be marked as a second run That way the buyers of the first 30 playfields won t be let down because all 60 playfields will keep their value I will also be distributing the Whizbang products and merchandise Of course I have one of those wonderful Whoa Nellie backglasses hanging on the wall only the special limited edition wooden frame is still missing By the way these frames are hand made by Dennis Nordman himself in his garage So I ve asked him to go back into the garage to make me one too Bertjan at Pinball Expo At Pinball Expo I also talked to the guys from ColorDMD They ve transformed monochrome dot matrix animations from Attack from Mars and Medieval Madness into colour animations and are offering them in special kits including all necessary hardware I will also be selling these kits and my expectations are high At Expo there was an Attack from Mars with this colour display and it was being played all the time People were very enthusiastic about it So how about being a Planetary Pinball Supply stockist with JJP using their parts Bertjan I spoke with Rick about this when I was at Expo in Chicago last year He already was very enthusiastic about the idea of me being a Planetary Pinball Supply stockist I m not there yet I still need to make some decisions I m not really sure if I want to sell their full catalogue or just focus on JJP specific parts About the Pinball Expo Jack got you onto the stage during his fireside chat and asked you among other things why you d become the authorized dealer Your answer was more about your discontent with Stern s quality control Bertjan Right I was very disappointed with Stern I mean how can it be that after unpacking my new Limited Edition Tron it took my technician ninety minutes to make it work The optos in the ball trough had been soldered on so skewed that they could never have worked Some of the switches were broken and it had more problems than just these That s just not right All that should have been noticed during testing and it should have been fixed before the machine left the factory So I was very annoyed and I told everyone But it wasn t just me During the whole fireside chat there were a few jokes about Stern Jack put the somewhat negative reactions at the chat aside with the words let the game speak for itself Bertjan don t worry However this chat by Jack and his team was brilliant If you haven t heard it yet please go and listen to it for the widebody anecdote by Keith Johnson if for nothing else Bertjan with the JJP team at Pinball Expo You talked to Jack and all of the people in the WoZ design team at Expo Bertjan Yes that was great All those guys became boys again There s so much knowledge passion and experience there and the spirit is so very different from Stern Sega or Bally Williams Now if someone posts a wild idea they don t get shot down immediately but all of them try and figure out a way to make it work I m also very happy with the quality of the work JJP is going to deliver They will be using Bally Williams parts They have a reputation to uphold I asked programmer Keith Johnson if we could be expecting a kind of rule sheet like on the Lord of the Rings or perhaps The Simpsons Pinball Party and he said Bertjan you will be flabbergasted Excellent At the same time they all realise the game must appeal to the less experienced player as well so they have all bases covered Any scoops Bertjan For JJP s pinball machines a complete

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/games/wizardofoz/index21.html (2016-04-27)
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  • Pinball News - First and Free
    from the backing All the scores on each machine were ranked with 100 points for the top score The 32 competitors with the highest ranking points across their five games went through to the play off rounds Early players compete in the qualifying round After a quiet start competitors soon began to play their qualifying games and the area filled up both with players and with those looking for clues about how the machines played and where to shoot for maximum points The tournament area The tournament area The tournament area Scores were recorded on PDAs with the projector screen alternating between individual machine scores and overall rankings Nicolas Linque records another score on his PDA Despite having one hundred players everyone had completed their five qualifying games about 30 minutes before the scheduled close of qualifying at 4 30pm At that time the 32 qualifiers were Sophie Adam Lene Andersen Martin Ayub Nathalie Bergs Philippe Bergs Peter Blakemore Laurent Blin Florimont Boete Franck Bona Tim Hulin Bouard Alain Boulieu Laurence Boulieu Ludovic Cardon Phil Dixon Rudy Flament Gérald Fleuriet Vincent Fourcault Julien Geneslay Nicolas Gohier David Grémillet Archibald Lefevre Philippe Lejoseph Nicolas Linque Rémy Luquet Victor Machart Nick Marshall Stéphane Pinck Jérémy Reynaud Eric Rousseau Timothée Sourdille Michel Souris James Watson The first play off round consisted of 16 2 player matches which were best of three single elimination Qualifiers 1 16 were matched up with qualifiers 17 32 such that the top qualifier played the 17th qualifier The higher qualifier had choice of playposition throughout and could choose the first and if needed third machines to play The lower qualifier just got to choose the second machine The 16 winners from the first round then played another similar round to reduce the number of players from 16 to 8 The final eight in Saturday s tournament Another elimination round produced the final four who were Peter Blakemore Franck Bona Alain Boulieu and David Grémillet The finalists L R Peter Blakemore David Grémillet Alain Boulieu and Franck Bona The machine drawn for the final was Scared Stiff and it was Peter who played first followed by Alain then came Franck and David was player four A video camera was mounted over the playfield so the audience could see the proceedings on the projector screen Peter starts the final After the end of everyone s first ball David had a handsome lead with a score of 10 458 250 more than double Alain s second place score of 5 095 900 Franck was in third with 4 451 060 with Peter fourth on 1 505 930 The second ball saw Peter recover to go into the last ball with score of 9 4M compared to Alain s 6 8M and Franck s 6 1M But David didn t boost his score by much ending his ball two on 10 6M It was still anyone s game as the third and final balls were played Peter improved his score slightly to 11 747 220 giving him a slender lead Alain soon took over that lead with his score doubling third ball ending on 13 545 280 Franck s attempts to stage one of his classic comebacks was frustrated with an early drain to end on 7 031 580 Which left David who just needed to score a further 2 million points to take first place David ponders his strategy With Crate Multiball ready to go David started Boogie Man Boogie mode before shooting the crate ensuring each crate jackpot also boosted each switch s score by 5K It s Boogie Man Boogie It wasn t long before David surpassed Alain s score and had won the final Franck congratulates David Shortly afterwards the awards ceremony took place The tournament had run to the very end of the show so much so that the lights had been turned off by the time the final awards were handed out The best young player Potential Champion award went to Florimont Boete Best young player Florimont Boete The top women player in the tournament was Laurence Boulieu Best female player Laurence Boulieu In fourth place was Franck Bona Franck won a Jersey Jack Pinball T shirt and a framed trophy Fourth place Franck Bona Third was Peter Blakemore who took back to the UK a T shirt from the LNJF a framed trophy and a Stern Pinball Wheel of Fortune translite Third place Peter Blakemore The runner up was Alain Boulieu who won a framed trophy a Stern Pinball Transformers Pro translite and a certificate for 100 of pinball parts Second place Alain Boulieu And the winner was David Grémillet Winner of Saturday s tournament David Grémillet David won an AC DC Pro translite a framed L N J F trophy and a certificate valid for a sheet of anti glare glass worth 160 Here are the full results for Saturday s tournament Pos Name 1 David Grémillet 2 Alain Boulieu 3 Peter Blakemore 4 Franck Bona 5 Laurence Boulieu 6 Archibald Lefevre 7 Jérémy Reynaud 8 Victor Machart 9 Tim Hulin Bouard 10 Eric Rousseau 11 Suppressed Player 12 Gérald Fleuriet 13 Nicolas Gohier 14 Rémy Luquet 15 Timothée Sourdille 16 Stéphane Pinck 17 Martin Ayub 18 Julien Geneslay 19 Michel Souris 20 Philippe Bergs 21 Ludovic Cardon 22 Rudy Flament 23 Vincent Fourcault 24 Nathalie Bergs 25 Nicolas Linque 26 James Watson 27 Laurent Blin 28 Florimont Boete 29 Sophie Adam 30 Phil Dixon 31 Lene Andersen 32 Philippe Lejoseph 33 Benoit Bloquet 34 Loïc Grébonval 35 Cyril Bertat 36 Philippe Diouron 37 Alfred Adamsky 38 Christophe Magniez 39 Yann Baratte 40 Laurent Detrez 41 Dylan Luquet 42 Kevin Dorothé 43 Clément Carré 44 Pierre Thomas Colin 45 Will Barber 46 Clara Boulieu 47 Stan Simpson 48 Fabrice Lefévre 49 Cédric Messier 50 Tom Hare 51 Ludovic Houttemane 52 Eric Andries 53 Vincent Chardome 54 Ad Jonker 55 Jonathan Adams 56 Baptiste Serais 57 Greg Mott 58 Djo Wozniak 59 Julien Niceron 60

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    World s Only Maker of Real Arcade Quality Pinball Announces Availability of Three New Versions of ACDC Machine for Enthusiasts MELROSE PARK IL Stern Pinball Inc the world s only maker of real pinball games announced today the availability of three new versions of the popular AC DC pinball machine In honor of one of the most legendary rock and roll bands the world has ever seen Stern is releasing two exemplary Limited Edition machines titled Back in Black and Let There Be Rock along with an electrifying Premium model designed for players seeking the game play of a Limited Edition model at a competitive price With an incredible new sound system the AC DC machine is the best sounding pinball game to date Players will be able to rock to 12 classic AC DC hits including Hells Bells Thunderstruck and You Shook Me All Night Long A groundbreaking rule set from the creative mind of Lyman Sheats enables players to choose any full song they want to hear while playing the game The AC DC machine is also engineered to allow players to stack and overlap three multi ball modes The fans and pinball enthusiasts wanted more AC DC and we listened said Gary Stern founder CEO and chairman of Stern Pinball Our design team led by the King of Pinball Steve Ritchie and with programming provided by the legendary Lyman Sheats worked tirelessly to create a pinball experience worthy of the AC DC and Stern Pinball monikers The AC DC game continues both the Stern Pinball and the Stern family tradition of producing quality pinball machines for young and old The company traces its lineage to Philadelphia in the 1930s when Sam Stern entered the business of operating pinball games Stern passed his lifelong enthusiasm for the game

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    picture of the top side we brought you earlier you can see that the two doors each have individual motors to control them while the entry door has a third motor Here are the two side by side with the bottom side flipped The Witch s Castle mini playfield What is inside the metal box in front of the large arrow insert we don t yet know though it could be a proximity sensor to detect hits on the doors As the mini playfield makes its way down the production line to have the various mechanism attached it will sit on one of these beds The holder for the Witch s Castle mini playfield JJP also released a picture of a prototype playfield in one of their cabinets The playfield in the cabinet There are two large playfield slide rails to help slide the playfield out of the cabinet but this picture also gives us a new look at the bottom of the main playfield This is a prototype playfield but it does show the game having four magnets The bottom of a prototype playfield One magnet is at the very top for the Flying Monkey mechanism two are positioned in front of the Wicked Witch while there is a fourth next to the upper right flipper to possibly give a Rollergames like effect of lining up the ball for the flipper We can also see how the State Fair balloon bumper has caused the main left flipper mechanism to be moved to the centre of the playfield above the drain This playfield is missing any feature lamps or general illumination so the amount of wiring will increase significantly The final image shows JJP s new Invisiglass anti glare glass which will be included with all Emerald City Limited Edition

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/games/wizardofoz/index20.html (2016-04-27)
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    house the mini playfield s artwork and some of the surrounding moldings Munchkinland The faces next to the four mode inserts Welcome to Munchkinland Ding Dong The Witch is Dead Follow The Yellow Brick Road and Munchkin Multiball have been deliberately blurred in the released picture leading to suggestions they might feature members of the design team The yellow brick floor of the Munchkinland mini playfield contrasts with the grey stonework on the Witch s Castle floor but the style is consistent Meanwhile the fold down Wicked Witch s legs which appear when the house stops spinning are looking far more finished than before although the house is shown with bare black metal without the decals expected on the final version The large RAINBOW molding sits over the seven coloured standup targets and could possibly light each letter when the corresponding target is hit We can also get a glimpse of the main playfield s artwork and the style used in this part of the game As usual Peter Schotvanger has taken this latest view and added it to the previously released playfield images to create this composite Peter s playfield composite The second picture shows the game s wooden cabinet and the packing used to ship it across the country The sample cabinet for The Wizard of Oz JJP have been using the same style of expanded foam used by Stern to protect the corners of their games during shipping Jersey Jack Pinball have also made some changes to their cabinet and playfield construction Although the base of this sample cabinet looks like it is made of MDF JJP have decided to eliminate any MDF Medium Density Fibreboard in their cabinets and make the whole unit out of plywood instead The cabinet picture shows the power switch in a

    Original URL path: http://www.pinballnews.com/games/wizardofoz/index19.html (2016-04-27)
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