The buzz on this title has been great lately. A real sleeper hit. I swapped the default rock music with more classic music from my era.
News of my LE arriving and it being the first sent me to the #1 spot on Pinside.
I’ve been living in the current rental home for 2 years, which is where we got our first pinball machine. We just bought our first home which will feature a much larger arcade. Below is a video walk through of the “before”.
Robin surprised me by inviting some people over for my birthday this year. I was ready to have a quiet birthday with my family when more guests kept showing up. Was fun to play some pinball! Represented by the guests were several parts of my life, from working in a video game store 25 years ago, my DJ years, and a new bunch of pinball friends.
Robin created a custom cake featuring a photo of my Tron machine!
A good time was had by all :-).
There was a “Pinballpalooza” today in Toronto promoting the musical Tommy. Robin and I went down to check it out.
They had 100 machines on free play, including a bunch of Metallica, the newest pin going. It was packed with people, tons of women and children playing. It was a great PR day for pinball.
Well, I’m definitely maxed out at 5 pins in my current basement. After some fast and furious acquisitions, I’m hoping I can be content and actually play them for a while. I’ve spent time on all of them, but some of the newer ones, like Simpsons, I’ve barely scratched the surface on.
I realized that the 5 pins are all by 5 different great designers, so it is a nice cross-selection:
Tron – John Borg
Theatre of Magic – John Popadiuk (Jpop)
Avengers – George Gomez
The Simpsons Pinball Party – Joe Balcer / Keith Johnson
AC/DC – Steve Ritchie / Lyman Sheats
Notable omissions would be: Dennis Nordman and Pat Lawlor…. hopefully I can add one of their machines in the future.
A few months ago I finally came out to my first Toronto Pinball League (ToPL). I had resisted up until then because the distances to the various host’s homes seemed like a big drive. For a “Toronto” league, sometimes they are more than an hour outside the city, and none are currently IN Toronto at the moment.
I haven’t missed a Monday since. It’s been a lot of fun. To come out and spend a few hours with a bunch of other pinheads is a good time. Not to mention, the collections of some of the hosts’ homes are incredible, and I’d probably never get to see them otherwise.
It is a competitive league, so each night groups of 4 players are put together, and play on 4 machines. Scores are tracked and points assigned to your placement. This is done over a 15 week season. There is a end-of-season playoffs, but I’ve yet to be part of that.
The social aspect of pinball has been an unexpected plus. I’ve met lots of good peeps.
After we made more room in the basement for 4 pins, I realized that 2 I have pre-ordered (Predator and Ben Heck’s Zombie Adventureland) I will probably not see in 2013. So I decided to get something else!
Thinking about it, I decided to get the new Avengers from Stern. There was 1 Hulk limited edition left so I pulled the trigger on it. Light shows are really important to me, and the latest modern pins with LEDs deliver that, so it made the decision to go newer than older easier.
Video of Hulk added to the lineup, the arcade is taking shape.
I found the game kind of dark in my basement so I installed an LED kit from cointaker.com. Here is the before and after results.
My second pin arrived. Theatre of Magic, considered one of the top 10 pins of all time. Designed by John Papaduik in 1995. Produced by Bally. The game features incredible art and flowing design. It also features several magic “tricks” using magnets to pull the ball around. The main toy is a magic trunk that you shoot for.