It’s Time – The TWIPY Pinball AWARDS!!

It’s Time – The TWIPY Pinball AWARDS!!


TONIGHT at 7:00 PM EST

LIVE TWIPY Pinball Awards Show!

TUNE IN HERE TO WATCH THE TWIPYs TONIGHT (FRIDAY) at 7:00 PM EST!

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WITH YOUR HOSTS…

What could possibly go wrong?
Zach and Greg from Straight Down the Middle: a Pinball Show – what could possibly go wrong?


AND THE NOMINEES ARE…

Aerosmith

Alien

Batman ’66

Dialed In

Guardians of the Galaxy

Lexi Lightspeed – Escape from Earth

Star Wars

The Jetsons

Total Nuclear Annihilation

**Thanks for all the input from the pinball community to determine eligible machines**

 


AND THE CATEGORIES ARE…

Best Animations and Display

Best Lightshow

Favorite New Mod (write-in)

Best Theme

Best Toys and Gimmicks

Favorite Pinball YouTube Channel (write-in)

Best Theme Integration

Best Sound and Callouts

Favorite Pinball Twitch Streamer (write-in)

Best Code and Rules

Best Playfield Gameplay and Layout

Favorite Pinball Podcast (write-in)

Best Artwork

Game of the Year

LINK TO WATCH LIVE!

(if you miss it live, the show will be up on YouTube soon)


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Zombie League All Stars and All Star Baseball – Machines Shipping!

Zombie League All Stars and All Star Baseball – Machines Shipping!

Gizmo Game Design was founded in 2016 with the goal to “bring back vintage novelty games with a modern twist”.  They decided to create a modern day “pitch and bat” style baseball pinball machine.

 

Not sure what a “pitch and bat” style pinball machine is?  Watch this 45 second gameplay video of United Deluxe Super Slugger from 1955.

 

Gizmo partnered up with Valley Dynamo to manufacturer two brand new pitch and bat style machines:

 

  • ALL STAR BASEBALL

  • ZOMBIE LEAGUE ALL STARS

 

And guess who has started production and shipping??  Well if you didn’t guess the games we just mentioned you made a bad guess.

 

All Star Baseball began shipping in December, and Zombie League All Stars should be shipping this month!

 

Let’s take a closer look at these simple but fun and addicting games!


OVERVIEW OF ALL STAR BASEBALL and ZOMBIE LEAGUE ALL STARS

Price

The MSRP is $6,499 with a street price somewhere in the mid-$5,000 range.


Who’s Who

Dennis Nordman: “Production Visionary”

Paul Reno: Technical “Guru”

Tom Taylor: “Detail Guy”

Kerry Imming: Software

Jerry Thompson: Voices & Sound

Zombie Yeti: Artwork & Graphics


Features

(Features are from the Valley Dynamo website.)

  • One Player mode to sharpen your skills. The game randomly selects the pitch.
  • Two Player mode to encourage friendly competition. The players select the pitch.
    • In Two Player Mode, you play head-to-head against an opponent – one player pitches and the other player bats.
  • Home Run Derby mode tests your long ball ability. Only home runs score.
  • Adjustable pitch speeds and bat strength.
  • Three different pitches – fast, slow, or curve ball.
  • Three home run ramps to test your skill.
  • Animated 3D base runners that pop up and circle the bases.
  • Announcer, Umpire and Fan reaction to enhance the game experience.
  • Fireworks and flashbulbs for an exciting home run celebration.
  • A High Score display to challenge other players.
  • A convenient footprint to allow placement with other games.
  • Free play or coin operated. DBV ready.
  • Adjustable game pricing.

 


ALL STAR BASEBALL

According to the Valley Dynamo website, “ALL STAR BASEBALL offers the traditional feel of the ballpark with a perfectly manicured infield and a lush green outfield. The player’s uniforms and positions take us right to the front row of the action. The only things missing are the popcorn and hot dogs. The cabinet art reminds us that baseball is the American pastime with its red, white and blue design. Fans of all ages will flock to the turnstiles to play this game.”

 


ZOMBIE LEAGUE ALL STARS

Again according to the Valley Dynamo website, “ZOMBIE LEAGUE ALL STARS brings a new twist to a familiar game designed to capitalize on today’s fascination with Zombies. The game brings fast paced Zombie action with a sense of humor including spooky sounds and music, and thunderous Home Run celebrations. It has the same exciting game play experience as ALL STAR BASEBALL, but these players only come out at night. The highly detailed art includes everything you would expect at Graveyard Park. The more you look, the more you see.”

 

Check out this video of the machines from IAAPA 2017!


Disclaimer: All opinions are subject to change because I’m fickle with pinball machines the more I play them
🙂

 

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Name the Game – Monthly Giveaway

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December’s winner of Marco Specialties Swag is Will Oetting!

 

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November winner (Comet Pinball gift card): Craig Kroll
October winner (Titan Pinball gift card): J.M. Ratkos
September winner (Mezel Mods gift card): Steve Flake
August winner (Pinball Life gift card): Todd Baumeister
July winner (Pinball Life gift card): Dylan Bristowe

 

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Around the Playfield with Josh Sharpe

Around the Playfield with Josh Sharpe

 

 

Flyer

Josh Sharpe is the President of the International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA) and is one of the top ranked pinball players in the world.

 

The Start Button: How did you first get into pinball?

My dad and my mom decided to have a kid . . . that kid was me.


The Plunge: What was the first pinball machine you bought?

Whirlwind in 1998 while in college.


The Skill Shot: What is your best pinball achievement or favorite pinball moment?

Not quite winning Pinburgh . . . or the PAPA World Championship . . . or the IFPA World Championship (finished 2nd at all three)


Good Shots, Bad Bounces: What is your favorite and least favorite pinball machine?

Favorite = Cyclopes (Game Plan 1984). Least Favorite = Don’t have one. Like pizza all pinball is good pinball.


The Wizard Mode: What is your dream theme you’d like to see made into a pinball machine?

Can’t mention it due to NDA issues 🙂


The Tilt: What is the dumbest mistake you’ve made in pinball (mishap moving a machine, messing up trying to fix a machine, etc.)?

Bought my first townhouse when I moved out of my parent’s house. Went to move the first game down into the basement and realized once we got to the bottom of the stairs there wasn’t enough room between the bottom step and the wall for the game to fit. Some friends ended up helping me build a platform to help give the necessary space for games to make the turn at the bottom of the stairs into the game room. Probably wouldn’t have bought the townhouse if I had measured appropriately the first time.


The High Score: Describe the pinball hobby in one word.

Infectious


Match – Next Game: Where do you see the pinball hobby in 5-10 years?

Bigger and better than ever.

 

 

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TWIP – The Beatles Are Coming, The Story of Kosmic Khaos Pinball, Iron Maiden?, Jersey Jack Excerpts

TWIP – The Beatles Are Coming, The Story of Kosmic Khaos Pinball, Iron Maiden?, Jersey Jack Excerpts

THIS FRIDAY

January 19th at 7:00 PM EST

LIVE TWIPY Pinball Awards Show

 


The 2017 pinball machines…

Aerosmith

Alien

Batman ’66

Dialed In

Guardians of the Galaxy

Lexi Lightspeed – Escape from Earth

Star Wars

The Jetsons

Total Nuclear Annihilation

**Thanks for all the input from the pinball community to determine eligible machines**

 


And the categories are…

Best Animations and Display

Best Lightshow

Favorite New Mod (write-in)

Best Theme

Best Toys and Gimmicks

Favorite Pinball YouTube Channel (write-in)

Best Theme Integration

Best Sound and Callouts

Favorite Pinball Twitch Streamer (write-in)

Best Code and Rules

Best Playfield Gameplay and Layout

Favorite Pinball Podcast (write-in)

Best Artwork

Game of the Year

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The Beatles Are Coming

 

This Week in Pinball recently shared that The Beatles license has been secured by a pinball manufacturer.  On this episode of Kaneda’s Pinball Podcast, Kaneda shared the following information regarding this license:

 

  • A pin based on The Beatles IS coming out
  • The Beatles machine that is coming out is NOT based on the Yellow Submarine
  • RUMOR: It is the next Ka-Pow title
  • RUMOR: The expected release date is Expo (October) of 2018

 

We are very excited to learn more about this upcoming machine!

 


The Story and Possibility of Kosmic Khaos Pinball

 

Last week, the Texas Pinball Festival released the photo below on their Facebook page with the caption: “Exclusive first look at the not-in-production #TPF2018 theme “Kosmic Khaos” pinball backglass/translite. Game design and concept by Mark Ritchie. Art by Blake Dumesnil. A Texas Pinball Production 🙂 ”

 

So wait a minute – Game design and concept by Mark Ritchie?  “Kosmic Khaos” pinball backglass/translite?  Is this going to really become a pinball machine at some point??  Here is the story:

 

It started off with the folks from Texas Pinball Festival and pinball designer Mark Ritchie just joking around.  They were looking for a theme for the 2018 Texas Pinball Festival and Ritchie brought up the concept of Kosmic Khaos, a 50s movie retro theme he had been thinking about.  That became the TPF 2018 theme.

 

Then Ritchie started drawing up a playfield sketch.  He is still working on the design in his spare time.  Then Blake Dumesnil (mentioned above), started working on the artwork for TPF…and the backglass/translite above.  Blake is currently working on cabinet art.  The Kosmic Khaos cabinet might even be at TPF in March (without a playfield).

 

So will this be built and turned into a pinball machine?  Maybe.  They would need a programmer and would need a manufacturer.  No timeline or expectations, but it is a possibility!

 


Is Iron Maiden the Next Stern?

 

Iron Maiden is heavily rumored to be “in the pipeline” for Stern Pinball.  There have been a lot of rumors surrounding Iron Maiden – who is the designer, who is the artist, and what is the release date?   On the episode mentioned above of Kaneda’s Pinball Podcast, Kaneda stated that:

 

  • Iron Maiden will be the next game released by Stern Pinball
  • Zombie Yeti is doing the art
  • Keith Elwin is designing the playfield (not John Trudeau, as has been rumored)
  • The game will “probably” be released before the Texas Pinball Festival (which takes place in March)

 

Are these true or just more rumors?  We will soon find out!

 


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Pirates of the Caribbean Updates

Jersey Jack Interviewed

 

 

Recently we’ve seen several small updates on Jersey Jack Pinball’s upcoming machine, Pirates of the Caribbean.  First, Keith Johnson (software) shared a couple tweets that seem to show some new graphics that have been added – check out the tweets here and here.  We also saw a video from a UK distributor sample game, which you can view here.  Finally, Pinball Star had a Pirates of the Caribbean Launch Party in Malvern, Pennsylvania.  You can watch the full stream on Twitch at this link.

 

Jersey Jack Guarnieri himself also attended and was interviewed by the folks at RageTiltPinball.com, you can view the complete interview on the Twitch stream at the 1:55:46 mark or here on YouTube.  Here are some interesting excerpts from the interview:

 

Jack: “Pirates of the Caribbean, this is a theme I wanted to do for a long time.  I was Stern’s biggest distributor with Pinballsales.com for years.  I sold 600-700 Pirates games, it was probably my easiest game to ever sell…one thing I said was that I never wanted to do what’s been done before.  Well, in a lot of ways, obviously looking at this game – it’s never been done before.  Taking a license like that and bringing it into the 21st Century with all the technology, all the mechanical action of the game is really cool to do…”

 

Does Pirates and the licensing with Disney open up the door for more Disney themes?

Jack: “There are a lot of rumors out there.  I don’t really want to comment on the rumors, but if you saw us do another Disney license, don’t be surprised.  I like to stay with what works, so you saw us do two properties with Warner Brothers with Wizard of Oz and Hobbit.  They own other properties that are interesting to me as well.  Disney has a lot of rich content…”

What are your thoughts on video game modes?

Jack: “We have some people in the company that like them and some people in the company that don’t like them.  I think there is a place for them in certain games.  People thought that when I decided to put this 27” HD LCD monitor in a game, that we were going to play video games on it.  And maybe in the future on one of our games we will.  I’m not against it.  I think it is fun in the right game and the right theme.”

 

You’ve got that big screen…have you ever considered throwing in a tutorial where you come on screen and talk about the basics…a built-in tutorial?

Jack: “Yes.  We have thought about it, and we’ve actually started doing more than thinking about it…we’re going to do more of that as we go along.  On location, it will be difficult to hear…Some people want to design things to be really good for…expert pinball players.  On a location, the casual player goes up to the game and puts money in it, and they don’t want to be frustrated.  They don’t want to be denied some fun for 2-3 minutes to play the game.  They want to feel challenged.  They don’t want to feel silly about playing pinball, they don’t want to be rejected.  So you need to build games and have settings in games where – you don’t want [an expert player] in your location playing a game for 15 minutes for $0.75 or $1.  But you don’t want to make the game so difficult that the casual player walks up and gets knocked off the game.  And there is a way we can do that.  We have a formula to do that.  And I’m not going to discuss it until we do it.  But we think about this all the time.”

 


Alien Code Update

 

Heighway Pinball released a huge update to their Alien pinball machine last week!  Click here for the list of all the changes and updates in version 1.1.

 

Thanks to a pinhead, we already have some video of the new code, which shows off some new sounds and new lighting effects and much more:

 

 

Heighway also recently released two documents/bulletins – one regarding amplifier settings (click here to view) and one CPU connectors (click here to view).

 


Stern Growth

 

The Director of Marketing for Stern Pinball, Zach Sharpe, did an interview at CES 2018 last week which can be seen here.  An interesting quote that is getting some discussion is when Zach shares that “sales are up over 40% from last year to this year, which is up 40% from the year prior”.  You can speculate on what that means exactly – was it a down year two years ago or have pinball sales just increased substantially?  Either way, those numbers are extraordinary.

 


IFPA State Championship Series

The State Championship Series is ON!  43 states plus Washington DC will hold their finals simultaneously on Saturday, January 20th.  Check out the announcement on IFPA’s website here.  To check out the finalists by state, click here.  Good luck everybody!

 


It Never Drains in Southern California Winner!

Congrats to Robert Gagno who won INDISC (It Never Drains in Southern California) over the weekend!  And congrats to Danielle Peck, winner of the Women’s Division and Raymond Davidson, winner of the Classics Tournament!  It was the first Stern Pro Circuit (SPC) event in 2018 and took place at the Museum of Pinball in Banning, California.  For the full results of the Main A Finals tournament, click here.

 


New Pinball Event in the UK

 

There used to be a UK Pinball Event called the UKPinballParty which was organized by Andrew Heighway.  Unfortunately there hasn’t been a dedicated pinball event in the UK for three years.

 

Enter Phil Murphy – the organizer of UKPinfest – a new pinball event in the UK and the only dedicated pinball event for the UK!

 

The event will be held in Daventry, a central location for the whole of the UK, on August 25th and 26th.  Check out their website here, and follow them on Facebook here and Twitter here.

 

Thanks for your work on this Phil and we look forward to a great event!


Victory Laps – End of Post Bonus

 


MATCH! – Next Game…What is Coming Up on This Week in Pinball

 

  • First, we’ve got THE TWIPYs coming this Friday!
  • Second, we’ve got Around the Playfield with JOSH SHARPE coming tomorrow 🙂
  • Third, we will be disclosing the TWIPY awards results for all of the pinball machine categories
  • FINALLY, we’ll likely have a big update from deeproot Pinball a week from Thursday on 1/25


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Upcoming Games and Rumors

Stern Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Aerosmith
  • AC/DC Vault Edition
  • Star Wars
  • Guardians of the Galaxy

Announced/Confirmed

  • Elvira 3

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Deadpool?
  • _______ VE?
  • The Munsters?
  • Iron Maiden?
  • The Beatles?
  • Jurassic World?
  • Pulp Fiction?
  • New Ka-Pow Title?
  • Steve Ritchie Unlicensed?
  • Keith Elwin Game?


Spooky Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Rob Zombie’s Spookshow International
  • Dominos (*contract game)
  • Jetsons (*contract game)
  • Total Nuclear Annihilation (*contract/house game)

Announced/Confirmed

  • Alice Cooper’s Nightmare Castle
  • Ben Heck’s game


American Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Houdini


Dutch Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Bride of Pinbot 2.0
  • Bride of Pinbot 3.0 (on hold)
  • The Big Lebowski (production issues)


Circus Maximus

  • The Pinball Circus Remake
  • Kingpin?


Silver Castle Pinball

  • Timeshock (coming soon)

Jersey Jack Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Wizard of Oz
  • The Hobbit
  • Dialed In
  • Pirates of the Caribbean

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Toy Story?
  • Willy Wonka?
  • The Muppets?


Chicago Gaming/Planetary Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Medieval Madness Remake
  • Attack From Mars Remake

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Monster Bash Remake?
  • Cactus Canyon Remake?
  • Big Bang Bar Remake?
  • Theatre of Magic?


Heighway Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Full Throttle
  • Alien (shipping)

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Queen?
  • Barry Oursler Licensed Theme
  • Barry Oursler UnLicensed Theme


P3 (Multimorphic)

  • Lexy Lightspeed
  • Cannon Lagoon
  • Cosmic Cart Racing


Homepin

  • Thunderbirds (coming soon)


Phénix Pinball

  • Olympic Goblin


Deeproot Pinball

  • Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland?
  • Alice in Wonderland?
  • Magic Girl?
  • Houdini?

 

 

**TWIP dreams of the day Harry Potter Pinball will be added to these rumors. Ms. Rowling, I’d be willing to steal an egg from a Hungarian Horntail if you approve this!


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Around the Playfield with Gary Stern

Around the Playfield with Gary Stern

 

Flyer

Gary Stern is the head of Stern Pinball.  You can find out more about Stern Pinball at the Stern website, Facebook page, and Twitter account.

 

The Start Button: How did you first get into pinball?

My father (Sam Stern) bought half of Williams from Harry Williams in 1947.  In 1947 my father was 35 years old, a young man.  He had been an operator and then was a game distributor in Philadelphia.  He came to Chicago to see his supplier, Harry Williams, also a young man at the time.  Kidding around, he sat behind Harry’s desk, put his feet on the desk, and said “Why don’t you sell me the company?” and Harry said he’d have to think about that.  He went up in his airplane, flew around Chicago for three hours and sold Sam half of Williams.  I was two at the time, so I’ve been in pinball since I was two.


The Plunge: What was the first pinball machine you bought?

I’ve never bought a pinball machine.  (laughs)  I’ve bought some pinball companies, but I’ve never bought a pinball machine – true answer!


The Skill Shot: What is your best pinball achievement or favorite pinball moment?

This is not quite the answer you’re going to expect.  My best pinball achievement is manufacturing pinball machines through the ups and downs for 70 years, since I was two.


Good Shots, Bad Bounces: What is your favorite and least favorite pinball machine?

My least favorite is probably nothing I’ve ever made, because I wouldn’t make a game if I didn’t like it.  My favorite pinball machine – I was just out on the production line, and I saw we were making Guardians of the Galaxy – that’s my favorite machine.  If you had asked me a few months ago I would’ve gone out on the assembly line and saw we were making Star Wars, which would’ve been favorite machine.  I like what we make.  And if I didn’t like it, we wouldn’t make it.  If you go back in the day – which is probably more of what you’d like to hear – some of the old Stern games.  I love Flight 2000, Harry William’s games like that.  I love some of Steve Kirk’s games like Meteor and Stars and Nine Ball, a lot of our old games back in the day.  But today, my favorite games are the games we’re making.


The Wizard Mode: What is your dream theme you’d like to see made into a pinball machine?

Oh, I couldn’t tell you that!


The Tilt: What is the dumbest mistake you’ve made in pinball (mishap moving a machine, messing up trying to fix a machine, etc.)?

They don’t let me fix machines.  (laughs)

 

[Zach Sharpe who is with Gary says “That’s not true, you fixed a game at the Heads-Up Championship!]

 

Oh I did, I fixed a game there – what was wrong?  The left flipper – oh yeah, the switch was misadjusted and the switch was closed.  Probably the worst mishap…I must’ve broken a playfield glass at one time.


The High Score: Describe the pinball hobby in one word.

Fun.


Match – Next Game: Where do you see the pinball hobby in 5-10 years?

Bigger and better.  We’re making more machines, more titles, more variations on those games.  There are some technological improvements that will help both game operation and games in the home.  So I see a lot of growth and a lot of changes.  We do everything pinball – games, accessories, digital, tournaments, tours.  Everything pinball.

 

 

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Name the Game – Monthly Giveaway

Name the Game – Monthly Giveaway

Sponsored by PINBALL BULBS

Our BIGGEST giveaway yet – win a Free Ultimate LED kit (up to a $300 value) – check them out here!

Save 15% off Pinball Bulbs in January and February:  Visit Pinball Bulbs and enter promo code “ThisWeek15off” to save 15% off everything on the site!  It also helps support This Week in Pinball.  It’s the perfect time to get an LED light kit for your game, check them out here!

 

Identify the pinball machine pictured below for a chance to win a Free Ultimate LED kit (up to a $300 value)!

Photo courtesy of High End Pins

Last Week’s answer: Jurassic Park

 

Email guesses to thisweekinpinball@gmail.com, correct answers in January and February are entered into the drawing for a Free Ultimate LED kit (up to a $300 value)!

 

December’s winner of Marco Specialties Swag is Will Oetting!

 

Past Winners:

November winner (Comet Pinball gift card): Craig Kroll
October winner (Titan Pinball gift card): J.M. Ratkos
September winner (Mezel Mods gift card): Steve Flake
August winner (Pinball Life gift card): Todd Baumeister
July winner (Pinball Life gift card): Dylan Bristowe

 

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