Allentown Pinfest was last weekend and it was a lot of fun. Thank you to friends new and old that made it a huge success for the Multi and for me.
The Multi played well at Allentown, despite a pretty bone-headed mistake I made in coding before the show... lots of compliments and lots of help forthcoming or received at the show.
I did sneak away and play the beautiful custom "Nightmare Before Christmas" machine (https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/the-nightmare-before-christmas) - and the creator also learned about bingos in turn.
I'm looking forward to York now, and how I will implement the improvements planned (and maybe a couple of surprises)!
Today's Year of Flipperless game is United's 1946 "Sea Breeze" - a beautiful fun-looking game with multiple sequences.
Allentown is coming next week - 5/3-5/5/18. I will be there with the Multi on Saturday only 5/5! Come say hello and try the game. I look forward to seeing everyone there.
I talk about some of the development challenges in getting the game ready to show the new animations, including the small touches like flashing the insert lamps on coin flash.
Today's Year of Flipperless is 1938's Bally "Arcade".
Discussion of some of the difficulties with animating the coin flash for each game. Some discussion of outstanding bugs.
Today's Year of Flipperless game is 1938's Chicago Coin "Swing".
I love games with mechanical diverters as well as the captive ball feature.
Robo-Frenzy is coming along, awaiting some new parts. I discuss a bit about how difficult it is for me to wire up a stepper from scratch.
The Multi is progressing on several fronts, and I'm working on adding coin flash for every game.
Our Year of Flipperless game is 1939's Exhibit Avalon.
A very beautiful and interesting looking game, with uniquely shaped bumpers.
Sing Along tear down started - and that playfield is really rough. I located a different used playfield that should clean up ok. Very excited to rebuild this game.
Robo-Frenzy wiring continues, albeit slowly.
I speak about some repairs, including Shoot-A-Line and a Dixieland that just would not stay fixed, ending it with a Williams Skylab.
Finally, the Year of Flipperless has a new entry: 1946's Bally Double Barrel.
As usual, lots going on - I've begun work in depth in wiring Robo-Frenzy. All coils have power, but switches and steppers between still need to be wired. I also need to install a light board and wire lamps. Much of the game is driven by illuminated elements, so testing will not be much fun until I can see what I'm doing!
I've also taken the first step to making a Multi Horse Race game. These predecessors to the bingo pinballs are fascinating in their own right.
I also picked up a game that's been on my want list for many years: Gottlieb's Sing Along. Beautiful game with compelling gameplay.
Lastly, thanks to a user on the woodrail Facebook group, some of the interesting gameplay elements of 1941's Bally Fairmont are explained as the Year of Flipperless continues.
Jeff is an avid collector of pre-war pinball (games produced prior to WWII), coordinates the History of Pinball booth at the Texas Pinball Festival, and helps reproduce rare and unique parts for games where reproductions do not already exist.
The History of Pinball booth typically includes 15 playable machines from many pre-war collectors. This year's booth will be set up on March 16th-18th, 2018, at the Texas Pinball Festival in Frisco, Texas. (http://texaspinball.com for details).
You can see some of these beautiful games and the reproduction parts, as well as contact Jeff at www.facebook.com/prewarpinball
I finished working on a '72 Williams "Line Drive". Well, enough to play, but the crowd doesn't go wild!
Next, I talk a little bit about what I've been working on on Robo-Frenzy. Lots more to come.
Finally, I go over 1935's Pamco "Roto Lite". This is an excellent example of how forward-thinking Don Hooker was, and how he was already making his mark on the industry in the 1930s!
Thank you to Dennis for the suggestion!
Fox Hunt is done! Ryan came down and picked it up on a whirlwind trip. I filmed a short video of gameplay/features: https://youtu.be/TimlRylVL_Y
Also, I wrote up a Pinside thread with lots of photos!
Aside from this, I've been doing some repairs around town again, and had the pleasure to work on an original Shoot-A-Line. This particular one had some operator changes that contributed to its downfall, but will hopefully be scoring again soon.
Thank you, as always, for listening!
The 1940 Chicago Coin Fox Hunt is just about finished.
Two shorted 'coils in a can' are taken apart and rewound. I have a trip relay coil to replace, as well as two springs that are not doing their job, and a shorted lamp socket. Otherwise, things are working pretty darn well.
Serenade was picked up by Bingo Butch and his son, Mike, and Mike already has it up and running. Great finish to the year in bingos the pinball community just learned of its existence at the beginning of the year!
Today's Year of Flipperless game is Genco's 1939 Airport. A beautiful machine with an interesting ruleset that requires the player to traverse the entire playfield across 5 balls, with a ball return feature.