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TWIP – The TWIPY Awards – VOTE NOW, Batman ’66 Code – A First for Pinball, List of Thunderbirds Changes, More

TWIP – The TWIPY Awards – VOTE NOW, Batman ’66 Code – A First for Pinball, List of Thunderbirds Changes, More

The Scoop

 

**1ST ANNUAL PINBALL TWIPY AWARDS!**

VOTE for your favorites in 2017!

LIVE AWARDS CEREMONY!

***CLICK HERE TO VOTE!!***

(should take less than two minutes and you can skip questions)

Note: You must have a Google account to vote – it is free and easy, click here if you would like to set up an account.  


And the categories are…

Best Theme

Best Theme Integration

Best Sound/Callouts

Best Artwork

Best Rules/Code

Best Lightshow

Best Toys/Gimmicks

Best Playfield Layout and Gameplay

Best Display/Animations

Favorite Pinball Podcast

Favorite Pinball Twitch Streamer

Favorite Pinball YouTube Channel

Favorite New Mod

GAME OF THE YEAR

 

FAQs about the TWIPYs?  Click here.


 

Batman ’66 Channel Changing – A First for Pinball

Stern Pinball released a code update last week for Batman ’66 – for full details of code v0.84, click here.  One of the notes in the update included the following: “Added CHANNEL CHANGING for the main TV when small TVs are displayed.  Press and hold the GADGET BUTTON for ~1/4 second to change the video, music, and lights that are associated with the main TV.”  What does this mean?

 

You know how sometimes you have multiple modes stacked (stacked basically means multiple modes running at the same time) that you’re trying to finish?  But the machine is just showing one mode, and you have to remember which shots are you need in the other mode that is running “behind the scenes”?  Channel Changing fixes that problem – it allows you to change which mode the machine is showing – the lights, video, and music will change to associate with the mode that you choose.  Other modes will still be running in the background.  This is believed to be a first in pinball, very cool feature!  Check it out below:

 

List of Thunderbirds Playfield Changes, Shipping Update

A couple weeks ago, Homepin announced on their Facebook page that they were listening to feedback and making some changes to their upcoming game, Thunderbirds.  Pinball Magazine shared in their November Monthly Recap that there are over a dozen changes.  Pinball Magazine also shared that the most notable changes are:

  • Opening up the area to the right of the pop bumpers under the flyover ramp. This has resulted in a lot more popbumper action and the ball seeing a lot more side to side action on the playfield. The engineering drawing above has several small arrows in it as a reference for the playfield artist to reposition some elements of the artwork.
  • The variable push target under The Mole has been replaced with a captive ball, which seems to work a lot better during game play.
  • Two in/outlane posts have been added to prevent the all too easy loss of balls down the outlane. This has extended ball times and makes the game much more enjoyable.
  • The size of various toys on the playfield has been adjusted. TB2 will be smaller, see the prototype model above next to the original sized TB2, while The Mole will be about 20% bigger due to the use of a more reliable, steel shafted motor.

 

Mike from Homepin also shared on Pinside that “there are no machines headed outside Australia and New Zealand for at least the next 12 months”.  For more info and some exclusive pictures of the changes mentioned above, visit Pinball Magazine’s November Recap here.


Stern of the Union – Code Updates, Stern in China, More

The Stern of the Union was released on Tuesday.  To read it in full, click here.  In the coding update section were the following highlights:

  • Guardians of the Galaxy – We have several updates coming before the holidays, with 1.0 slated for January.  We’re still working hard on balancing and polishing sound assets; it’s an ongoing process and clearly we are aware of some of the issues.  We have every intention to make the audio package and game experience spectacular.
    • **TWIP NOTES: v0.73 was released last week – click here for details.  There are unconfirmed rumors that v0.90 may be available by December 15th in time for GOTG Launch Parties.  More unconfirmed rumors are saying that the custom call outs from Rocket will be included with that update.
  • Star Wars – The team is hard at work and we’re still looking at releasing 1.0 code in early December.  In case you missed it from last month the updates will include bug fixes, score balancing and additional speech.  Some of the content will be:
    • Escape from Hoth, Escape from Tatooine, Battle Above Endor will get polish and rule enhancements with some cool added effects
    • Depending on which character you select, the heroes will receive additional perks with Leia’s bonus increasing all scoring in the 4th missions, Han increasing the timer to last longer during the Escape from Boba Fett mode and Luke’s bonus adding a higher scoring opportunity in the Light Saber Duel mode.
  • Batman ’66 – The dedicated programming team is still working on another release around the New Year.  This will include additional minor villain modes into the mix.
  • Ghostbusters – With Star Wars coming to completion soon, we will be focusing on a final update for Ghostbusters.
  • Aerosmith – Aerosmith will be getting a little more polish.
  • KISS – KISS code will have a final update in the near future as well.
  • Just because a game isn’t listed on here doesn’t mean there can’t be surprises from time to time either! (i.e. The Walking Dead v1.60)

 

Stern also mentioned that the Star Wars accessories would not be released until after the holidays.  In addition, Stern announced their expansion into China and that their exclusive importer and distributor for China would Guangzhou Stern Electronic Technology Company – for the full announcement regarding Stern in China, click here.


The Impact of the Project Pinball Charity

Project Pinball is an organization that “places pinball machines in children’s hospitals to provide recreational relief to patients, family members, and hospital staff”.  A video was released last week on the Stitch Facebook page that highlights their efforts – view it here.

 

You can help by entering their raffle for a chance to win a FREE new Stern pinball machine – right now the raffle is for a Guardians of the Galaxy Premium or a Stern Pro machine.  You can also donate a pinball machine or a give a monetary donation – click here for info.  Check out how this organization is impacting kids and their families with this note on Facebook from last week:

 


**Poem about PinballBulbs.com and December SALE!**

 

There your machines with incandescents sit

Waiting for you to buy an LED lighting kit

Now is the best time to visit Pinball Bulbs

…Trivia – did you know nothing really rhymes with bulbs?

  • 15% off Pinball Bulbs:  Visit Pinball Bulbs and enter promo code “ThisWeek15off” to save 15% off everything on the site!  It’s the perfect time to get an LED light kit for your game, check them out here!

 


**Poem about Pin Stadium Lighting and GIVEAWAY!**

 

If its hard to see your ball on the playfield

Fear not, a new mod has been revealed

You need to check out Pin Stadium Lights

Even if their marketing causes forum fights



What’s Happening with PAPA 21?

The PAPA World Championship, which is one of the four tournaments considered to be a Major Championship in the sport (yep) of pinball, has not been scheduled for 2018 yet.  There has been a lot of speculation as to if and when the tournament would be held.  Last year, PAPA 20 was won by Escher Lefkoff and was held April 5-9, 2017.  PAPA is currently in the midst of selling their current building and searching for a new building, and have yet to schedule PAPA 21.

 

We received an update on Tilt Forums last week that PAPA 21 would NOT happen in early 2018 (the past several years it has been held early in the year).  PAPA also declined the invitation to be part of the Stern Pro Circuit since they do not yet have a firm date or facility.  TWIP will keep you updated as more details are released.


The Queensland Pinball Championships

Congrats to Luke French who beat out Brett Goodwin to win the Queensland Pinball Championship in Australia.  The championship was streamed by Jack Danger of Dead Flip and got quite a bit of news coverage, including the video in this tweet, this article, and this video where Jack Danger is referred to as an “international pinball sensation”!

 

**Previous tweet from Jack Danger:

My manager to all these rock-stars and managers “This is my client, Jack Danger! He’s a pinball celebrity!”

Them:


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MATCH! – Next game…what is Coming Up on This Week in Pinball

  • We’ve recently learned more about the “5 Days of Deeproot” and will releasing that info soon
  • A deep dive into American Pinball’s Houdini will soon be released with Likes, Dislikes, Rules, What We Know, and more
  • We’ll soon be releasing an interview with a top pinball designer – stay tuned!


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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

  • Iron Maiden?
  • Jurassic World?
  • Deadpool?
  • 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?
  • Big Bang Bar Remake?
  • Cactus Canyon Remake?


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?

 

 

**TWIP dreams of the day Harry Potter Pinball will be added to these rumors. Ms. Rowling, I’d be willing to give Dobby ALL my socks if you approve this!


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TWIP – Statement from deeproot, New Info on Spooky’s Alice Cooper, First Annual TWIPY awards

TWIP – Statement from deeproot, New Info on Spooky’s Alice Cooper, First Annual TWIPY awards

The Scoop

Statement from deeproot Pinball

Although we try to be 95% drama free here on This Week in Pinball, in order to bring you the highest quality pinball news we will sometimes need to wade into those waters.  Last week, we posted an exclusive interview with deeproot pinball called deeproot pinball: The Next Misadventure or a Pinball Revolution?  Reactions were strong, some positive and many negative.  After seeing some of the comments and reactions, deeproot wanted to share the following with the pinball community:

 

  • “We thank everyone for the public comments; whether positive or negative.  We also thank those who reached out in private.”
  • “Prior to opening up the claims, we plan to do an open webinar for Zidware customers as they are a top priority.  During the webinar we will explain our offers and take questions.”
  • “There were at least two comments tying the $5,000 lower threshold for the RAZA/AIW payments to anticipated retail prices.  Several FAQ entries talk about why we set the thresholds at those dollar amounts.  They are not based on our internal costs or anticipated retail prices.  We briefly addressed our thoughts on retail pricing in the TWIP interview.”
  • “We continue to work with American Pinball, the Plaintiffs, Jeremy, and other Zidware vendors behind the scenes. We intend to open the claims process once these outstanding issues are resolved.”

 

This Week in Pinball will keep you updated on the developments at deeproot Pinball as they continue their effort to become a pinball manufacturer.

 

 


**1ST ANNUAL PINBALL TWIPY AWARDS!**

Have you heard of the pinball TWIPY Awards?  These historic and very prestigious pinball awards were invented Saturday night on the This Week in Pinball Facebook page.  Special thanks to Steve Bowden of funwithbonus.com for the help in naming of these, TWIPY has such a nice ring to it!  Here’s how it works: we’re going to do poll **starting next week due to some issues with the current poll – stay tuned for the poll next week.**  (link below) that runs through December – vote for the best artwork of the year, best theme, best toys, best lightshow, best display/animations, best sound/speech, and best pinball machine of the year.  The winners will be announced and TWIPY awards will be given out in January.  Vote below!

 

**Vote here for which pinball machines should win the 2017 TWIPYs!**

(10 questions, should take less than two minutes)


 

Alice Cooper’s Nightmare Castle New Info

We heard some new teasers regarding Spooky Pinball’s upcoming game, Alice Cooper’s Nightmare Castle.  On The Spooky Pinball Podcast, hosts Bug and Charlie Emery had the following exchange:


Bug:
I was flipping Alice, that was fun.


Charlie:
Alice Cooper is fun…So now that you’ve played Alice Cooper and spent a little time trying to load the – anyway, I can’t even talk about what you were trying to load – you got one ball started for a two ball multiball…


Bug:
Woah, that is a lot of information you’re giving out!


Charlie:
It is!  And it was really hard to get that other one going wasn’t it?


Bug:
The first one – and this is going to sound so vague, people are going to be like “just tell us!” – the first shot I was like that is going to be an easy multiball…make the first shot, lock it, and then he explained the second shot to me and I thought “well that went from zero to 100 real fast”…


Charlie:
It’s only three shots – you hit two things and knock down one other thing and its a lock!…You couldn’t lock that second ball to save your life, and couldn’t backhand that other thing.  And it is a smooth game…It definitely has more ramps than anything else we’ve ever done, I’ll tell you that.

 

Yes that is vague, but it does give some clues on the upcoming game.  They also mentioned on the podcast that Total Nuclear Annihilation is now Spooky’s second best selling game and sale numbers are rapidly approaching their top selling game.


Stern Updates – Code, Callouts, and Stern of the Union

The Stern of the Union is released the first Tuesday of each month, so keep an eye out for it tomorrow.  There were some code releases this last week:

 

  • Guardians of the Galaxy v0.72
    • Includes callouts
      • **There are more callouts in the works for future code updates**
    • It is listed as “Initial release”, which may mean that v0.65 and 0.66 were beta code

 

 


**December Deals and Giveaways**

We’ve got two great deals and one FREE set of Pin Stadium Lights we’re giving away this month!  Here are the details:

 



New Gameplay Videos – GOTG, Alien, Houdini

We saw some new gameplay videos this week of some new machines:

 

 

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Waspinat0r from Pinball Undesirables shot the first Twitch video with the new GOTG callouts – click here to watch
    • Gameplay starts at 8:40, go to 9:10 to see 5 super smooth ramp shots in a row

 

  • Alien:  Pinsider Join_The_Cirqus posted four gameplay videos of Alien pinball – you can see deeper into the game than ever before and the game appears to be working 100%

 

IFPA Announces the Power 100 Championship

Earlier this year the International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA) announced a new metric to help determine the best pinball players in the world.  It is called the “Power 100” and focuses on the top 250 ranked players and their records against each other.  Last week, the IFPA announced the Power 100 Championship which will take place in conjunction with Pinball Expo in Chicago on October 19th, 2018 (see the announcement here).  “This high stakes match play invitational will be restricted to any players that finish in the “POWER 100” at the end of the calendar year.”  More details will be coming soon on the IFPA website.  To view the current Power 100, click here.  (TWIP just needs to move up about 15,000 spots to be eligible.  #goals)


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  • Multimorphic sent out an update on P3 production, a new hire, and two locations where you can now play the P3 pinball platform – check out the full update here!
  • Stern released two Service Bulletins that regarding node boards for Ghostbusters, Aerosmith, Batman, and Star Wars – check out the first one here and second one here
  • Circus Maximus, the company that may or may not be working on a Kingpin remake, has prototype Kingpin backglasses for sale on their website – though we don’t know if this artwork would be part of a possible remake…check it out here!
  • The Slam Tilt Podcast announced on their most recent podcast that they would be taking a Hiatus until January – we’ll miss them and look forward to the January return!
  • This Flippin Podcast interviewed Zach Sharpe on their most recent episode, and Zach (ranked #1 in the world in the IFPA rankings) was asked what advice he would give to a lesser skilled player and he gave three tips (listen to it here, go to the 22 minute mark):
    • Don’t be afraid to nudge
    • Dead bounce/Dead flip
    • Don’t freak out in competition (don’t let your nerves get to you)
  • Keep an eye out for upcoming episodes of The Pinball Profile as they have a very special guest lined up that is well known outside of pinball – the podcast with the special guest should drop in the next week or two!


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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

  • Iron Maiden?
  • Jurassic World?
  • Deadpool?
  • 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?
  • Big Bang Bar Remake?
  • Cactus Canyon Remake?


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?

 

 

**TWIP dreams of the day Harry Potter Pinball will be added to these rumors. Ms. Rowling, I’d be willing to listen to the life history of all of Mrs. Figg’s cats if you approve this!


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TWIP – EXCLUSIVE: deeproot – the Next Misadventure or a Pinball Revolution?, Guardians Stream, Cyber Monday Deals, More

TWIP – EXCLUSIVE: deeproot – the Next Misadventure or a Pinball Revolution?, Guardians Stream, Cyber Monday Deals, More

The Scoop

Guardians of the Galaxy Stream Highlights

Last week, Dead Flip (TwitchFacebookTwitter) streamed the newest pinball machine from Stern Pinball, Guardians of the Galaxy.  The stream was very well done with direct video from the display: watch the full stream here.


General Notes

  • There were no callouts.
    • Hate to start with a negative, but it was pretty glaring that the callouts were missing.  Stern plans to have custom callouts from licensor-approved voice actors, but ran into some unexpected hold ups with approvals before the stream.  When the stream was originally scheduled, they had planned to have the callouts included but some things out of their control changed that.  We’re hearing rumors that the callouts will include Rocket the Raccoon, and that they are hilarious.  Hopefully we’ll see an update with the callouts soon as it sounds like they are going to be very entertaining!
  • The two licensed songs from the movie (Hooked on a Feeling and Cherry Bomb) start when you’re not in a mode.
  • The game is shipping with 0.65 code.


A Few Rules


Some Clips from the Display


Game Features Shown on Stream


Bonus Material


A Few Non-Stream Links for GOTG

 


**EXCLUSIVE:  deeproot – the Next Misadventure or a Pinball Revolution?

deeproot Pinball has been quietly making progress on their path and plan to become a major pinball manufacturing company.  They have been in licensing talks for several major pinball titles.  They are currently looking to hire a Pinball Game Designer and a Game Writer (click here for the openings and descriptions including salary).  They are hoping to have their manufacturing facility finalized in the next 2-3 weeks.

 

This Week in Pinball will be sharing an **EXCLUSIVE** interview with deeproot on Thursday.  Some of the topics covered include:

 

  • Why they hired John Popadiuk
  • Updates on deeproot’s efforts to make Zidware customers/vendors whole
  • Information on their upcoming public announcement
  • Why deeproot Tech decided to pursue pinball as a new venture
  • What type of build quality to expect from deeproot (hint: using a car comparison, they want to build a Ferrari and sell it at KIA prices)
  • What is deeproot Pinball’s target market (hint: its you)
  • The possibility of mass producing Magic Girl, Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland, and Alice in Wonderland

 

deeproot is extremely confident that they will be a very successful pinball manufacturer.  The interview will make some in the pinball community angry, some won’t believe anything deeproot says, and some will be skeptical but quietly hopeful/excited.  Stay tuned!



Cyber Monday Deals – Last Chance to Enter to Win a Free Shooter Rod

This Week in Pinball compiled a list of Black Friday and Cyber Monday pinball deals – check out the list here.  We’re also giving away a FREE custom shooter rod courtesy of Wizard Amusement!

 

Easy To Enter

Either Like our Facebook page (go here, click like), follow us on Twitter (go here, click follow), or sign up to receive email alerts for new posts from This Week in Pinball (below), and email us at thisweekinpinball@gmail.com to let us know!  Do more than one for multiple entries.  (If you’ve already done one or more of these items, just email us and let us know and you’ll be entered into the drawing.)

 

 

Details: Entries will be closed at the end of Cyber Monday, and drawing will be held on Tuesday.  Winner will choose shooter rod based on Wizard Amusements inventory, which varies week to week.


Statement from Heighway Pinball

Last week, This Week in Pinball shared that there is some frustration in the pinball community regarding the prospect of new titles being worked on at Heighway Pinball when there are people that are still owed refunds from Heighway, and that there has also been frustration over the lack of communication from Heighway.  We reached out to Heighway Pinball concerning these frustrations and received the following response:

 

“We are not uninterested and we are not ignoring, but I admit we have a hard time coping with everything. The task of turning this business around is huge to say the least. We are on course to do it though and are committed to succeed. Which we will, even it takes longer than most people including ourselves would have wanted. We understand that people are upset and we do get that it is hard to understand why we are doing what we are doing. In time it will all be understood though and, even more importantly, everybody will get what they have paid for. Once that has been achieved we will continue making great pinball machines for years to come. New exciting titles are in the making, even though they obviously are a non-priority for the time being and will so be until the old legacy has been managed properly.”

 

Heighway also sent a letter out to customers – read the full letter here.  It addressed reasons behind the lack of communication.  One insightful part of the letter addressed the timeline of refunds and production, and went on to discuss some updates on the Limited Edition model:

 

“In order to maximise production of machines for our Distributors and for you, we have adopted a clear strategy and cashflow plan that prioritises production of machines over all aspects of the business. In this regard, we have a production/ cashflow schedule that deliberately spreads the shipping of pre-ordered machines and remaining refunds from the previous CEO’s time over a number of months. Similarly on the fixes for the machines shipped in the first months of this year. You will get your machines but we will not ship them all together. We have to do it this way if we are to continue to turn this business around, having decided to save it in June. We have your orders and plan to ship to you all. Some of your orders date back to 2014!

 

On the LEs, there are two coming pieces of news. Firstly, the 3 trims of the LE are currently being made up. Once we have them back at the factory, we will show you pictures of the production choices you have; Black, Blue and Green. In addition, we have negotiated with Roman Glass the option to supply their Roman/ PDI glass on our machines. This add on is offered at $250/ £195/ €220 once Roman’s first pallet arrives at the factory during December.”

 


Christopher Franchi Working on Two Titles to be Release at Expo 2018

On Kaneda’s Pinball Podcast, Christopher Franchi shared some interesting information regarding his current projects (check out the full episode on Sound Cloud here).  First, he is working on a new title for Stern which is supposed to be released at the Pinball Expo in Chicago in the fall of next year.  Second, he is also working on the next Ka-Pow title, which is also expected to be released at Expo next year.  Click here to listen to the portion of the interview where Franchi discusses these projects.

 

Regarding possible themes for the Ka-Pow game, Franchi says “It is something that people are extremely familiar with.  I think its also something that some people thought would never happen…it’s very big…this is something that crosses many cultures.”


Circus Maximus Second Title – Kingpin?

A little background: Circus Maximus is a company that is working on Python’s Pinball Circus and a second unnamed title (click here for updates on the Pinball Circus project).  The Kaneda Pinball Podcast also had an episode last week that shared that the second title would be Kingpin, which is one of the machines that has been rumored to be the second title.  Check out the podcast here.

 

Paul Kiefert is a driving force behind Circus Maximus – check out the pic to the right on his personal Facebook page…the caption reads “This is what happens when a friend says we can do anything we want with his pinball machine and he leaves to pick up supplies for dinner.” …and the machine they are working on is Kingpin.

 

TWIP can neither confirm nor deny this claim that Circus Maximus is working on a Kingpin, but if they were to do a Kingpin remake, the game would not be a 100% exact remake as it would have new graphics and possible tweaks from the original game designer.  🙂


Thunderbirds Playfield Changes

Homepin announced last week that they have made changes to the Thunderbirds playfield: “We are almost finished the updating of Thunderbirds playfield plastics. Many small changes, some minor, some major. Many changes because we have shifted things around on the playfield based on our feedback from Pinfest and Brisbane showings.”  They included the picture on the left of the playfield plastics.  For the Facebook post, please click here.


The Silverball Saloon – Opening Wednesday!

Our friend Bruce from the Slam Tilt Podcast (Podcast Garden, Facebook, TwitchYouTube) has been hard at work preparing for the opening of The Silverball Saloon, and it opens to the public on November 29th!  Located in Rochester, New York (upstate NY between Buffalo and Syracuse), The Silverball Saloon will feature food, drinks, pool, darts, and of course pinball.  For a sneak peak at their menu, click here.  Check out their Facebook page for updates, and most importantly stop in for a drink and food and some pinball – help support those that are helping spread pinball!


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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

  • Iron Maiden?
  • Jurassic World?
  • Deadpool?
  • 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?
  • Big Bang Bar Remake?
  • Cactus Canyon Remake?


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?

 

 

**TWIP dreams of the day Harry Potter Pinball will be added to these rumors. Ms. Rowling, I’d be willing to share a stall with Moaning Myrtle if you approve this!


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TWIP – Guardians of the Galaxy New Details, Dead Flip Stream Details, Willy Wonka?, More

TWIP – Guardians of the Galaxy New Details, Dead Flip Stream Details, Willy Wonka?, More

The Scoop

Guardians of the Galaxy New Details/Video

We learned a lot this past week about the newest pinball machine from Stern Pinball, Guardians of the Galaxy.  Here is the rundown:

 

  • MUSIC & CALLOUTS
    • The game will include two licensed songs from the movie (no additional songs after these two are planned):
    • In addition to the licensed songs, there are four orchestral scores
    • There will be custom callouts from licensor-approved voice actors
  • ACCESSORIES
    • Interactive topper (check it out here)
    • Inner art blades (check them out here and here and here and here)
    • Baby Groot shooter knob (check it out here and here)
    • Laser cut armor in black or gold (check it out here)
    • The GOTG Limited Edition will have different art blades that are unique and exclusive to the LE (and not available to be purchased individually)

 

We also got to see some gameplay footage at the IAAPA show in Orlando, Florida last week.  Most of the video was cell phone quality – think of it as a preview to the Dead Flip stream coming up today (November 20th), which will be higher quality video and better players (no offense to those that filmed, all in the pinball community thank you! 🙂 ).  Here are some of the better pieces of video footage from the show:

 

More coverage of GOTG can be found below:


Dead Flip Stream Details

The official gameplay reveal will be tonight (November 20th) at 7:00 PM EST by Dead Flip (TwitchFacebookTwitter)!  Here are a few additional details about the stream:

  • Jack Danger of Dead Flip will be joined by Zach Sharpe, and possibly Keith Elwin, Lonnie Ropp, John Borg and others
  • The stream will be on a Guardians of the Galaxy Pro Model
  • The stream will feature NEW code

 

Make sure to tune in tonight and watch – here is the link when it goes live!


Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Coming from JJP?

The rumor for the next game from Jersey Jack Pinball is Toy Story, but there has been a lot of speculation about the game after Toy Story.  Last week many trusted sources shared that the next game after Toy Story is rumored to be Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  Will it happen?  We’ll have to wait and see!


Alien Updates

Heighway Pinball announced this week that they are finishing up the first production run of Alien Standard Editions, and the second production run has started.  The second production run will include both Standard Edition and Limited Editions with the hopes of shipping LEs in December.  They also announced they had dropped the idea of fiber optic ramp lighting on the LE, but are looking into an option for non-reflective playfield glass.  For the full update, click here.

 

David Thiel, who is working on the sounds and music for the Alien pinball machine, made this post on Pinside sharing that he finally received an Alien production game.  This will allow him to add the missing assets for the final mode, All Out War.  The team will also be working on some refinements and hope to release an update in mid-December that will be “100% complete and polished”.


Heighway Pinball’s Next Games Info – and Refunds?

According to Pinball Magazine’s Who’s Working on What?, during Barry Oursler’s seminar at Dutch Pinball Expo, Barry revealed the following about his work with Heighway Pinball:

  • So far he has designed three playfield layouts for new games
  • The game that is planned to be announced at the Texas Pinball Festival in March is a licensed theme and a widebody
  • The second design is for a licensed theme
  • The third design is for an original unlicensed theme

 

It sounds like Heighway is planning for the future which is obviously necessary for running a business, however, there is some frustration in the pinball community with prospect of new games being announced when there are people that are still owed refunds from Heighway.  There has also been frustration over the lack of communication from Heighway.  It is great to see Alien machines getting to owners and it is exciting to think about possible new games, but we hope to see better communication from Heighway, and necessary refunds coming soon.  (Note: This Week in Pinball have reached out to Heighway Pinball for more information on refunds and their communication multiple times but have not received any responses.)


Is Stern Doing an Unlicensed Theme?  Yes!  Wait, No!  Maybe?

As previously reported on This Week in Pinball, Stern Pinball designer Steve Ritchie recently commented on Facebook: “I’m sick of licenses right now.  I’m having REAL FUN doing what I’m doing on my next!” – check out the comment in the pic to the left.  Then, Steve Ritchie confirmed his next theme would be unlicensed during his presentation at Expo (listen to the audio here (sorry for the poor quality)!).  THEN, at IAAPA, Gary Stern did an interview with Jeff Teolis from the Pinball Profile (Facebook, TwitterPodcast Garden) and seem to indicate he is against an unlicensed theme (listen to the  audio here (sorry for the poor quality!).  So where do we land…leaning towards maybe?


New York City Pinball Championships

Last week it was announced that New York City would finally once again be home to a major pinball tournament, the New York City Pinball Championships!  Why is it a big deal that a major tournament is coming back to NYC?  Here are a few reasons:

  • Tradition:  The Professional and Amateur Pinball Association (PAPA), one of the largest and most prestigious pinball tournaments in the world and one of the most difficult to win, started in New York City and was held there from 1991-1995.  New York City has not been home to a major pinball tournament since the 90s – until now.
  • Location:  It is New York City!  It is the largest city in the United States by far, with twice the population of Los Angeles, and is a major tourist destination.  The pinball tournament will be located in historic Hell’s Kitchen, with Times Square, Central Park and many other NYC landmarks just blocks away.
  • Exposure:  Holding a major pinball tournament in New York City is a great way to grow pinball.  Back in the 90s when the PAPA tournament was held in NYC, top pinball players were featured on TV shows and the tournament was highlighted on many news organizations.  Here are just a few examples of many:

 

For more details on the tournament which takes place May 18th-20th, please visit the tournament website here or read TWIPs overview of the tournament here.  Looking forward to this tournament!


The Big Lebowski – Production Starting Soon?

Dutch Pinball’s The Big Lebowski pinball machine was at the Dutch Pinball Open last week.  They had an older machine and a new engineering sample from their new contract manufacturer XYTECH.  They reported that most people couldn’t tell the difference between the two builds which is great news.  They released their newsletter recently (read the full newsletter update here), which included the following:

 

“The past weekend was an endurance test for the game and the results and notes will be communicated with Xytech as soon as possible so Xytech has time to build three new engineering samples which will be inspected personally by Barry early December when he visits the factory again with Cor Hagens (project leader of Xytech). If the new engineering samples are up to spec Barry will assist Xytech to prepare for production.

 

As soon as Barry, Cor and the Xytech production engineers are satisfied with the quality of the engineering samples and determined how the line will be set up for production, the production engineers will instruct the production team (about 10 employees) to assemble the machines. The first weeks the production engineers will accompany the production team.”

 

Star Wars Accessories Coming Soon

Stern mentioned in a Facebook comment that they are trying to get the topper and accessories ready in time for the holidays.  That timeline might get pushed into the new year based on the timing of approvals.  Star Wars owners are excited to see these upcoming accessories, and surely Stern would love to release them in time for the holidays just as much as owners would like to see them!


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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

  • Iron Maiden?
  • Jurassic World?
  • Deadpool?
  • 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?  <–NEW!!
  • The Muppets?


Chicago Gaming/Planetary Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Medieval Madness Remake
  • Attack From Mars Remake

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Monster Bash Remake?
  • Big Bang Bar Remake?
  • Cactus Canyon Remake?


Heighway Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Full Throttle
  • Alien (shipping)

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Queen?
  • Barry Oursler Licensed Theme  <NEW!!
  • Barry Oursler UnLicensed Theme  <NEW!!


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?

 

 

**TWIP dreams of the day Harry Potter Pinball will be added to these rumors. Ms. Rowling, I’d be willing to let Professor Lockhart fix my broken arm if you approve this!


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TWIP – Guardians Gameplay Coming, Houdini Updates, Major NYC Pinball Announcement Teaser, More

TWIP – Guardians Gameplay Coming, Houdini Updates, Major NYC Pinball Announcement Teaser, More

The Scoop

Guardians of the Galaxy – Gameplay Coming This Week

Ready to play the newest pinball machine from Stern Pinball, Guardians of the Galaxy??  The game will be at the IAAPA show in Orlando, Florida on November 14th-17th at the Stern booth (#2013).  So we should hopefully have some gameplay video in the next few days!

 

The official gameplay reveal will be next Monday, November 20th at 6:00 PM CST by Dead Flip (TwitchFacebookTwitter).  Jack Danger will be joined by Zach Sharpe, and possibly Keith Elwin, Lonnie Ropp, John Borg and others.

 

Some of the unanswered questions we’ll be looking for are:

  • Will there be any songs from the movies included in the machine?
    • Rumors are that there will be two songs from the movie, possibly in a later code update?
    • In the Stern of the Union address (see below), Stern says the “music package will include pop songs” – what does that mean?
  • Who will do the callouts?
    • Will there be callouts from the movie?
  • How will the display be integrated?
    • Will there be clips from the movie?
  • How far along is the code?

 

 

More coverage of GOTG can be found below:


Houdini Updates from American Pinball

In this post on Pinside, we received a few updates on American Pinball’s upcoming machine, Houdini.  First – they will ship first to North America, then to Australia and Europe.  Second, a quote straight from the post – “I will still not say production has started, since machines are not yet rolling off the end of the line (still waiting on a few parts), but they have started down it.”  Check out the picture for the production line (pic on right)!

 

For those unfamiliar with Houdini – a couple months ago, we got some quality Houdini gameplay footage from Zach and Greg on Straight Down the Middle: a pinball show (check out their YouTube page, Twitch page, and Facebook page).  Check out the four part series with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and a fly-by of the game here.  NOTE – this was a prototype game so some things have changed on the machine since the video.  Here are some of the highlights:


Major Pinball Announcement Coming from NYC

Something big is brewing in New York City.  Levi Nayman, Tim Sexton, and Paul Caras have teamed up to form Never Beef Productions and hope to restore pinball to its former glory in The Big Apple.  Keep the dates May 18th-20th of next year open on your calendar, and stay tuned for an announcement today that will shake the pinball community to its core!


The Big Lebowski – Good News, Bad News

Dutch Pinball’s The Big Lebowski pinball machine was at the Dutch Pinball Open last week.  It was the second engineering sample from their new contract manufacturer XYTECH.

  • GOOD NEWS: It was quite remarkable that XYTECH and Dutch Pinball were able to get the machine ready for the Dutch Pinball Open on such short time, and the game got constant play with no major problems.
  • BAD NEWS: According to this Pinside post, it sounds like the game will not be shipped in 2017 as originally planned.  Hopefully production will start at the end of 2017 with games shipping in early 2018.

 

For a previous review of this machine from This Week in Pinball, click here.


Stern of the Union and Star Wars Topper Update

Stern Pinball released their Stern of the Union address last week.  This is a monthly update on what is going on at Stern Pinball, with updates on the status of code updates, Stern in the news, upcoming tournaments and shows, and more.  Check out the full Stern of the Union here.  A few code update highlights include:

  • The team has outlined a path to 1.0 final code with the hopes of release early December.  Sneak peaks include:
    • “Escape from Hoth, Escape from Tatooine, Battle above Endor will get polish and rule enhancements with some cool added effects”
    • “Depending on which character you select, the heroes will receive additional perks with Leia’s bonus increasing all scoring in the 4th missions, Han’s bonus increasing the timer to last longer during the Escape from Boba Fett mode and Luke’s bonus adding a higher scoring opportunity in the Light Saber Duel mode.”
  • Batman ’66 – The dedicated programming team also has outlined a plan for code updates with releases scheduled around Thanksgiving and an additional update around the New Year.  Be on the lookout for a teaser pic soon showing some things in the works involving the minor villain mode implementation; some very unique and innovative rules!
  • Ghostbusters – With Star Wars coming to completion soon, we will be focusing on a final update for Ghostbusters.
  • Aerosmith – Aerosmith will be getting a little more polish.
  • KISS – KISS code will have a final update in the future as well.

 

Another interesting part of the Stern of the Union address was in a comment on their Facebook page.  There are rumors that an R2D2 Topper is supposed to be released soon.  Although specifics are not known about the topper, previous code included an option to “Disable R2D2 Projector”.  Check out the message here.  On Facebook, Stern mentioned that the they are hoping the topper will be available “by the holidays”.


Another Batman ’66 Code Update!

There wasn’t much hoopla over the Batman ’66 update last week since it went from 0.80 to 0.81, but the machine has gone through some very substantial changes in the last few weeks with the code updates.  Owners of Batman ’66 seem to be very excited with the recent changes.  For a list of all changes in v0.81, click here for the Premium, here for the Limited Edition, and here for the Super Limited Edition.  From the Stern of the Union above as well, “The dedicated programming team also has outlined a plan for code updates with releases scheduled around Thanksgiving and an additional update around the New Year.  Be on the lookout for a teaser pic soon showing some things in the works involving the minor villain mode implementation; some very unique and innovative rules!”

 

In other Batman ’66 news, Christopher Franchi is offering some beautiful Bat-Gadget art blade prototypes.  Check out the Facebook post here.  Only four available so contact him now if interested!


Dutch Pinball Open

The 25th anniversary of the Dutch Pinball Open took place over the weekend, and wow, this show is massive!  How big?  Check out the clip from this video.  There were over 400 pinball machines on free play.  The location of the show is in a huge building that is shaped like a pop bumper or possibly a space ship (see a pic of the building here).  For more information on the show, visit this website.


Total Nuclear Annihilation Speaker Grills, Meltdown Mirrors

Total Nuclear Annihilation is shipping and arriving in the homes of pinheads!  A couple updates with TnA – Pinball Life now has Meltdown Mirrors available for sale on their website – click here to buy and click here for a picture of the Meltdown Mirrors installed.  Spooky Pinball is also working on stainless speaker grills with interactive lighting – check on the picture to the left.


Pinball Publications

There are three pinball publications that have either been released or are in the works:

  • Pinball Wizards: Jackpots, Drains, and the Cult of the Silver Ball:  This is the latest book from writer and comedian, Adam Ruben, and was published November 1st.  From the Amazon page: “Pinball’s history is America’s history, from gambling and war-themed machines to the arcade revolution and, ultimately, the decline of the need to leave your house. The strangest thing about pinball is that it persists, and not just as nostalgia. Pinball didn’t just stick around—it grew and continues to evolve with the times. Somehow, in today’s iPhone world, a three-hundred-pound monstrosity of wood and cables has survived to enjoy yet another renaissance.”  Check out an interview with Adam about the book here, and click here to buy from Amazon!
  • Pinball Road Trip:  As mentioned last week, The Pinball Magazine and Jonathan Joosten started a Kickstarter campaign for a coffee table photo book by Joosten and Argentinean photographer Santiago Ciuffo.  It will feature pinball machine locations in Las Vegas and California along with sights and cities encountered during the trip.  For more information and to donate to the Kickstarter campaign, please click here!
  • Drop Target Omnibus:  This is also a Kickstarter campaign, started by Jon Chad and Alec Longstreth.  Jon and Alec have self-published seven Drop Target magazines, and are bringing them all together into a book.  The book will contain the seven Drop Target zines, as well as over 100 pages of bonus material.  For more info and to check out the Kickstarter campaign, click here!


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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

  • Iron Maiden?
  • Jurassic World?
  • Deadpool?
  • 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?
  • The Muppets?


Chicago Gaming/Planetary Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Medieval Madness Remake
  • Attack From Mars Remake

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Monster Bash Remake?
  • Big Bang Bar Remake?
  • Cactus Canyon Remake?


Heighway Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Full Throttle
  • Alien (shipping)

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Queen?


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?

 

 

**TWIP dreams of the day Harry Potter Pinball will be added to these rumors. Ms. Rowling, if you approve this I’d be willing to teach Defense against the Dark Arts even though that position is cursed!


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TWIP – Guardians of the Galaxy Reveal, Heighway Pinball Next Game Timeline, John Trudeau Update

TWIP – Guardians of the Galaxy Reveal, Heighway Pinball Next Game Timeline, John Trudeau Update

The Scoop

Guardians of the Galaxy Reveal!

Last week Stern Pinball announced their next game – Guardians of the Galaxy!  It features incredible artwork by Christopher Franchi, layout by John Borg, and game code by Lonnie Ropp.  It also includes the following:

 

Since the initial release, a few new updates have happened.  Zach and Greg from Straight Down the Middle: a pinball show (YouTube, Facebook, Twitch) revealed some easter eggs in the artwork on their in-depth video of initial impressions of Guardians of the Galaxy.  Along with those easter eggs, here is some of the other new information since the initial announcement:

 

For more coverage and links, check out the following:

Dead Flip (TwitchFacebookTwitter) will be streaming the reveal stream this month, and we’re already looking forward to seeing this machine in action!


Eric Meunier Shares More Info about Pirates of the Caribbean

On the monthly Spooky Pinball Podcast which came out on November 1st, Charlie and Bug interviewed Jersey Jack Pinball (JJP) Designer Eric Meunier.  Eric designed the recently released Pirates of the Caribbean from JJP.  During the interview he shared some interesting tidbits about the machine and working with Disney:

  • Since the 5th Pirates of the Caribbean movie had not been released yet, to help with the design Disney gave Eric a self destructing digital file of the script of the 5th movie.
  • Eric worked with 14 people at Disney during the process to get approval from all the actors and actresses to use their likeness.  They sent the playfield with artwork in May, and got final signed approvals just three weeks before Expo where the machine was revealed.
  • During the design of Pirates, Eric was going for more of a risk/reward type layout rather than lots of flow.
  • The wizard modes are not coded yet into the machine, but they have been discussing several ideas.  One of the ideas for a wizard mode includes getting a ball up onto the upper playfield (the tilting ship), and when you hit a target on the left the ship it tilts left, when you hit a target on the right it tilts right.  It is believe to be based on this scene from the movies.

 

For more on the JJP Pirates of the Caribbean visit the Jersey Jack Pinball website here or check out This Week in Pinball’s deep dive of the machine here.


John Trudeau Pleads Not Guilty

John Trudeau has pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of of child pornography.  The disturbing back story on this – pinball designer John Trudeau was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of child pornography.  You can read more info from the Glendale Heights Police Department here.  Here is the Pinball News article regarding the arrest.  Following his arrest, Trudeau was released on bail from the DuPage County Jail.  For more in-depth analysis of this ugly situation, listen to this podcast from Nate Shivers from the Coast2Coast Pinball Podcast.   The cryptic anonymous thread comment that Nate references can be found here.  The next court date is November 20th.  TWIP will update this story as necessary.


Heighway Pinball Next Game Timeline

Jeff Teolis with the Pinball Profile (Facebook, Twitter, Podcast Garden) interviewed famous pinball designer Barry Oursler on a recent episode.  Oursler has designed games such as Gorgar, Pin*Bot, Cyclone, Dirty Harry and Junkyard, and is currently working on Heighway Pinball’s next game.  During the interview, Oursler mentioned Heighway is hoping to show the new game at the Texas Pinball Festival in March.  It is rumored to be a licensed title.


Happy Birthday Pinball Profile!

Speaking of the Pinball Profile, they just celebrated their one year anniversary!  Congratulations to Jeff Teolis and all his work on the Pinball Profile podcast.  Jeff continues to put out very interesting episodes that profile some of the top names in the pinball community.  You can listen to the Pinball Profile on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play.  Also check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Podcast Garden.  Congrats Jeff and we look forward to your continued great work!


Dutch Pinball Open

The 25th anniversary of the Dutch Pinball Open takes place this week on November 11th and 12th!  This show is massive with nearly 400 pinball machines on free play.  They’ll have vendors, speakers, food, and of course lots of pinball.  Also, the location of the show is in a huge building that is shaped like a pop bumper (see a pic of the building here).  How cool is that!?  For more information on the show, visit this website.


The Big Lebowski Update

Dutch Pinball sent out their most recent newsletter a few days ago.  They are currently inspecting the second engineering sample that was created by their new contract manufacturer, XYTECH.  They hope to have the game at the upcoming Dutch Pinball Open. In the update they also answered some questions:

Q: Who will supply the playfields?

A: The playfield will still be supplied by Mirco Playfields, Germany.

Q: What about your previous contract manufacturer?

A: Our attorney advised us not to comment on questions about them anymore. So we won’t.

Q: Will there be future code updates and will the software be compatible with both TBL versions?

A: Yes. We are working on a smaller update which will be released very soon and when the new games ship they will include complete code version 1.0 (including Wizard Mode).

Q: When will I get my TBL?

A: At this point we don’t know yet. We understand how difficult it is for Early Achievers to wait and wait. We and Xytech will do anything we can to start production of new games as soon as possible. We will also make sure you Early Achievers will have your advantages for waiting a long time. Thank you again for your patience and trust.


Kickstarter Campaign for New Pinball Book

Jonathan Joosten, the man behind The Pinball Magazine, started a Kickstarter campaign for a new book called Pinball Road Trip.  It will be a coffee table photo book by Joosten and Argentinean photographer Santiago Ciuffo, and will show pinball machine locations in Las Vegas and California along with sights and cities encountered during the trip.  For more information and to donate to the Kickstarter campaign, please click here.  We look forward to seeing more about this project in the future!


Dead Man’s Hand Pinball

Nick Baldridge from the For Amusement Only: EM and Bingo Pinball Podcast recently interviewed Scott Gullicks of Riot Pinball to discuss Riot’s all mechanical bingo style pinball table, Dead Man’s Hand. Check out the full podcast here to learn more about this project.  Riot Pinball has recently partnered with VP Cabs to produce Dead Man’s Hand.  The first 50 produced will cost $800.  Guaranteed Christmas delivery!  To purchase and get more information, click here.


October Giveaway Winner!

Congrats to J.M. Ratkos who won a gift card to Titan Pinball for This Week in Pinball’s October giveaway!  To enter for the November giveaway, correctly answer the Name the Game which comes out on Wednesdays.  Each additional correct answer each week is an additional entry.  Congrats J.M.!  (Wonder how the drawing is done?  Click here.)


COMET PINBALL – November Giveaway Sponsor

Huge thanks to COMET PINBALL for sponsoring the November gift card giveaway on This Week in Pinball! Visit Comet Pinball for a huge selection of LED products, including full LED game conversion kits!  Please support them and visit their website!


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Upcoming Games and Rumors

Stern Pinball

Most Recent Titles

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

Announced/Confirmed

  • Elvira 3

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Iron Maiden?
  • Jurassic World?
  • Deadpool?
  • 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?  <<New!!


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?
  • The Muppets?


Chicago Gaming/Planetary Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Medieval Madness Remake
  • Attack From Mars Remake

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Monster Bash Remake?
  • Big Bang Bar Remake?
  • Cactus Canyon Remake?


Heighway Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Full Throttle
  • Alien (shipping)

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Queen?


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?

 

 

**TWIP dreams of the day Harry Potter Pinball will be added to these rumors. Ms. Rowling, I’d be willing to battle a case of spattergroit if you approve this!


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TWIP – Guardians of the Galaxy Rumor Round-Up, JJP Pirates New Info, More

TWIP – Guardians of the Galaxy Rumor Round-Up, JJP Pirates New Info, More

The Scoop

Guardians of the Galaxy Rumor Round-Up

The next Stern Pinball machine is right around the corner, and it is time to get hyped!  This Week in Pinball reached out to Stern to get a hint on the timeframe of the release – and their response was a friendly smiley face like this: 🙂 … so does that mean the new theme is based on the Emoji Movie?  Um, no, you’re looking into that way too much.  So we’re going on rumors here, and this is what we’re hearing:

 

  • Pictures of the machine are likely to appear online very soon, possibly within days
  • The theme is heavily rumored to be Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The game is rumored to be shipping in November
  • It is rumored the game will be at IAAPA in Orlando which takes place November 13-17th
  • There are rumors that John Borg is designing it and Christopher Franchi is the artist

 

Rumored features and details of the game:

 

  • Rumored to have three two flippers **edited
  • Rumored to have three two ramps **edited
  • Rumored to have a large Groot head that is possibly like Rudy on Funhouse and possibly eats pinballs
  • Rumored that an upper flipper is used to hit the Groot head **edited
  • Rumored to have one of the best toppers ever

 

Yes we have used the word “rumored” way too many times now, so this article needs to end.  Can’t wait to see the machine – look for This Week in Pinball to release initial thoughts soon after the reveal!


Pirates of the Caribbean New Info

As mentioned previously, Jersey Jack Pinball announced their newest game Pirates of the Caribbean at Expo.  The game is packed with features and the response from the pinball community has been overwhelmingly positive.  (Check out TWIP’s Deep Dive into the game here.)  We reached out to Jersey Jack Pinball to find out some additional details:

 

  • The game will ship with the code at “Rules Complete” with all features included in the game (it was at around 20-30% at Expo)
  • Kevin McNally, who does the callouts in the game, re-recorded lines from the films and did many many unique recordings for the game
  • The clips from the movies in the game provide as much footage as the Licensor would allow

 

David Thiel, who did the sound for the game, also made an insightful post on Pinside regarding the music for the machine.  One of the interesting parts of the post reads “I write custom music for pinball. Pinball music is a subset of all music. A lot of music cues from movies are evocative but would either be lost in pinball play or are just not right. So there is something to be said for music written expressly for this application.”  Check out the full post here.


Python’s Pinball Circus Updates

Last week, This Week in Pinball wrote an article detailing updates on the Pinball Circus “remake” by Circus Maximus, along with some of the history of the machine.  Check it out here.  For the tl;dr crowd, here is the short version:

 

  • The first whitewood is finished (a whitewood is an early prototype without artwork)
  • The second whitewood has started and will implement several changes over the first whitewood (see article for list of changes)
  • After completing the whitewoods, they will then build 12 sample games and if there is enough interest/demand, the game will go into production

 

Circus Maximus also spoke to This Week in Pinball about a second machine they are building alongside Python’s Pinball Circus…see below.


Circus Maximus Building New Machine

As part of the updates to the Pinball Circus “remake”, it was revealed that Circus Maximus has also been building a second machine along with Python’s Pinball Circus.  Some of the reasons for the second game are:

 

  • The unusual shape of Pinball Circus makes manufacturing a challenge and expensive
  • Python’s Pinball Circus is a passion project in memory of Python Anghelo, and is a much more expensive machine to build than their second project
  • The new machine will be a more popular title, and would be in much higher demand than Python’s Pinball Circus, which would help fund the rest of the Circus project

 

There are several rumors regarding what the new title may be, and the top rumor is currently Kingpin, which would be a remake from 1996.  This would be an interesting remake for several reasons, including that there were only nine games originally produced, and it was the last machine Mark Ritchie designed the last physical pinball machine Mark Ritchie designed (he designed virtual playfields since then).  More info will be coming in 2018 so stay tuned!


Batman ’66 Code Update

Stern announced code updates for Batman ’66 models (to v0.80), along with a timeline going forward.  According to their Facebook post, “This code update adds depth to the major villain story lines (Catwoman, Joker, Penguin, and the Riddler).  The code also features more Adam West and Burt Ward custom speech.  The dedicated programming team working on Batman plans to release another Batman code update around Thanksgiving, and an additional code update around Christmas.”  For a list of all changes, click here for the Premium, here for the Limited Edition, and here for the Super Limited Edition.


Aliens Being Unboxed and More on the Way?

This past week we’ve seen many Alien owners receiving their machines.  There have been a few issues which seem to be relatively minor for now, keeping in mind in many cases the machines have travelled long distances.  Cointaker in the US is also apparently expecting another container of games to arrive in 3-4 weeks.  Our friends at Straight Down the Middle: a pinball show (YouTube, Facebook, Twitch) shared a very well done unboxing video which can be seen here.  Check it out!


First Heads-Up Pinball Championship Winner

Congrats to Raymond Davidson who won the IFPA’s first Heads-Up Pinball Championship!  It was held Saturday, October 28th at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The format of the tournament was exciting and new: the matches consisted of head-to-head challenges being played out simultaneously on two different machines of the same title, and whichever player completes the challenge first is declared the winner for that game.  The final round came down to Karl DeAngelo and Raymond Davidson, with Raymond having to beat Karl twice to win.  Raymond won a challenge on Ghostbusters, then the last challenge was to score a super jackpot on Ghostbusters.  It was very close but Raymond hit a clutch ramp shot to win it.  See the full stream on Twitch here, and go to the 5 hour and 44 minute mark to watch the last match.  The winner got a brand new Stern Aerosmith Pro pinball machine!  (Second place got $300.)


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Upcoming Games and Rumors

Stern Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Aerosmith
  • AC/DC Vault Edition
  • Star Wars

Announced/Confirmed

  • Elvira 3

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Guardians of the Galaxy?
  • Iron Maiden?
  • Jurassic World?
  • Deadpool?
  • Pulp Fiction?
  • New Ka-Pow Title?
  • Steve Ritchie Unlicensed?
  • Keith Elwin Game?  <<New!!


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?  <<New!!


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?
  • The Muppets?


Chicago Gaming/Planetary Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Medieval Madness Remake
  • Attack From Mars Remake

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Monster Bash Remake?
  • Big Bang Bar Remake?
  • Cactus Canyon Remake?


Heighway Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Full Throttle
  • Alien (shipping)

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Queen?


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?

 

 

**TWIP dreams of the day Harry Potter Pinball will be added to these rumors. Ms. Rowling, I’d do a stint in Azkaban if you approve this!

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