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OK - so some of us hoard games seemingly forever, some flip them in and out almost weekly, some only sell when space demands it , or some other pesky real life stuff
We all know we would probably sell if offered insane money on a title BUT ignoring that ..... if it came down to it WHICH machine(s) would be the last to leave ? And why ?
For me ....
Tommy - my first machine, I loved it on site when it first came out and vowed one day to own one, in 2003 that finally happened .... it's in great shape and it will go to the grave with me
White Water - my 2nd WH20, I just love love love the game - the theme, the unique layout, Bigfoot !
SETTING UP AND INSPECTION
It's all @DRD's fault. I wasn't supposed to be getting another pin. There's only room for 3 in my summerhouse/office... unless... maybe... if I get rid of the desk I could put another machine in its place...?
Rewind to September 18, 2016, and I get a PM titled "Mr and mrs going cheap on pinball owners ..." Well, if that isn't click-bait to a pinhead I don't know what is? Inside the message read "Worn pf, bubbling glass ... Should be dirt cheap." I made an offer of £150 but the seller was looking for around £500. I sent some examples of recent sales of fully working machines from the same era in good condition going for £495 (FUTURE SPA), £500 (NGS) and £550 (MMPM). Stretch my absolute maximum offer to £200 as it's really all I've got and I've still got to get the machine from Devon, 300 miles away. Seller "...can't let it go for any less that £250..." I'm out. So...
This is the first year we've tried this. It would have been nice to have more people voting, but I can't twist anyone's arm. I'll hope for more voters next year
Top Pinball Machines of All Time
So all told there were 45 voters. Everyone submitted entries to 'best pinball ever', which created a list of 52 machines. I asked you to rank them in order, to which I awarded 5 points for your favourite, through to 1 point for your lowest entry. Any ties on score were split by number of votes (more votes = higher place).
My limiting you to top 5 was intended to keep this poll easy to participate in (I suspect a top 10 or top 20 would have been harder for people to make quickly), but it did have the consequence of bumping some classic games entirely off the list (Monster Bash placed suprisingly low, and many classic Bally titles didn't appear at all). I may reconsider this if we tackle it again next year.
There was an early and clear...
Dan's post of machine popularity rating got me thinking just how old and out of date some of those ratings are. So maybe we should do our own annual ratings?
Post in the thread please. Fill in bits you want. Leave blank if you're not bothered. Go into detail justifying your choices at your own discretion. Remember, it's just for fun.
I'll compile the results into pretty graphs and statistics around Xmas time, so lets say voting ends on Monday 21st December.
Top 5 games of all time (in order):
1 (best) -
Best game released in 2015. (Choose up to three from):
Game of Thrones
Medieval Madness Remake
The Walking Dead
Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons
Most anticipated (unreleased) game: (Free choice)
Best UK Pinball event of 2015 (Any UK based venue/gathering hosted in 2015)
1 best -
Latest enhancement - Reviews.
Review a Machine. A Mod. A Part....
We all know that in the world of pinball, Stuff is expensive. Like really expensive.
So - if you have spent all your cash on something, why not tell everyone what you think? You can post a review, comment on others, or comment asking the poster to explain something!!
This feature is open to Site Supporters only.
Everyone can read your reviews, however only Site supporters can post them!
It's new, so if anyone can provide any suggestions on how to improve it, or suggest additional categories then please let me know!
It can be found in the navigation bar at the top.
Try it - Please keep it serious though!
For anyone interested in what's happening at Expo in Chicago:
I got here yesterday and the place was strangely deserted. An early bit of controversy was that John Popadiuk showed up at a pre show dinner which has got many people on Pinside riled....
Today the setup starts.
So far they've been bringing in a load of Stern games for the competiion area - lots of Game of Thrones, and a Kiss machine which is very... bright. And a Whoa! Nellie BJM
And they are starting to set up the games room - although it is pretty small.
Andrew Heighway and co have turned up after missing their plane yesterday, and one Full Throttle has a smashed glass.
Just been over to Twin Peaks (basically a Hooters copy) with Martin Ayub, Andrew and Jonathan Joosten from Pinball Magazine to look at puppies and check it out as there is going to be a Full Throttle competition and party in...
Update time to a new software release, along with some new stuff...
* New Events Calendar
* Reviews Engine (Finally!!)
Will take a couple of hours to back up, add all the new stuff (Plus any outstanding updates) and then bring back.
Time?? Not 100% sure yet - suspect around 8pm BST, however watch this space
Just wanted to know what most people go for when collecting pins.
Is it the theme or the game that draws most people to it?
Then as a follow on do collectors stick to a theme like films, music or superheroes ect or just the games that they like to play?
Then what sort of percentage of games are keeper or do they keep getting changed?
A few questions but I look forward to reading your replies.
Well it's here at last, now we have official confirmation from Play.
Dates are Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October 2015.
Set up on the Friday 9th.
I am asking for pinball pledges which will be displayed in this thread.
Please contact me via pm if you can loan your pride and joy to us, depending on how many machines you can loan there is payment to help with travel arrangement.
If you can fill a van and bring a van full then please pm me as depending on numbers we will pay the van costs. Plus everyone bringing a pin/pins will get free entry for the weekend.
Also the late night lock in on the Saturday night is back.
As well as the NBA Fastbreak knock out comp , high score comps,
and for the first time in the U.K.you have the chance to win a Brand New, Jersey Jack Pinball, The Hobbit Smange edition LE pinball.
Plus all the other stuff going on , Arcade and video cabs, all the new games and consoles from all the big boys, Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft etc. And don't forget the eye...
So, Whilst some of you are off living it up playing pinball In NERG land, Some of us (well.... me!) have been very busy beavering away whilst it rains!
In the next day or two, i'll be looking to open up the new Review engine on the site....
This will allow all registered users to post a review of either a machine, or a Machine Mod...
Others can review the same item too, and also add their comments (just like amazon, however better!)
Currently I have only created Review categories for Machines and Mods - If you can think of any other categories that might be useful for pin related stuff (and I don't want to create tens of them as it would be pointless!) then stick a comment below and tell me what you think would be a worthwhile category, and why
Having been on the forum for a few months, and having read quite a few posts from a variety of folk...... I wonder whether there are some clearly identifiable stages of ownership which can be grouped under two headings - the rational and the irrational.
1. Thinking about it. This can be for many years before you jump in. In my case from childhood until my mid 20s
2. Getting the first game, this lived in my lounge/spare room as I moved around the country
3. Getting more games, for which you have a sensibly allocated space. Storing the spares and tools in neat plastic boxes below the games. I have 4 berths in my home office, so my house is calm. No one sees any games or parts of games lying around when they visit. My shed, garage etc are all quite normal and storing what you would expect in there
4. Crossing the rubicon. Getting more games than you have sensibly allocated space for. I am potentially crossing this rubicon soon, so am...
Just a quick apology for the downtime this morning. Seems as tho we had run out of disk space overnight, and this started to play silly buggers with the back end database...
Currently the events database is down, so have taken it offline temporarily, and the downtime has also meant I could remove one of the legacy add-ons (backend again, so you guys wont notice). However should be back now...
If anyone wants to post a new event, if you could hold off for a couple of days, that would be great, and hopefully it will be back up and running.
Many thanks, and again, apologies
Was just thinking about this - a decade ago I just had my first 2 machines ...Tommy and Earthshaker. I was probably looking forward to the Margate Pinball Extravaganza (April 2005) , which would be my first proper pinball show. I can remember meeting Nick Pins Anon there for the first time, and also Martin Ayub.
The UK Pinball Show started up later that year iirc. I took Tommy along for its first show outing and I think it was post that show that things started to get out of hand and ' more machines than space ' reared its ugly head for the first time
Of course I won't still be into pinball in another 10 years. Please god no . Make it stop.
Finally i think i have got to grips with the inbuilt account "upgrades" on here, making the management of this much easier.
So - here starts the new and ongoing donation drive (sorry if i sound a little off - I hate the begging for money part of the site). I have tried to make things as easy and straightforward as possible
I have tried to make things fairer, so rather than things being based on a calendar year, a donation is now valid for 12 months from the date of donation. This way people who donate in May don't get penalized...
As suggested previously, I have extended those who have donated since 1 July to expire a year after their donation date
The only other change is that i have made the minimum donation £10. Previously it was £5. The reason for this is because MOST donations were £10 or above, and personally I don't think £10 per year is excessive (less than £1 per month).
People who sell things on here are encouraged to donate - only because if you were...
Though this may be a good time to get it off yer chest or open up some healed wounds
Mine was to Peterborough to pick up a collector quality IJ from Pinball Treasures who was listing crap straight from a bar in France on ebay many years ago, machine was a totally faded steaming turd complete with cigarette melted button, biplane repaired with a plaster and a host of other nasty stuff, I couldn't even make an offer as it was that bad, to make it worse the van was hired and the sat nav took us right round every back road through Birmingham trying to avoid the toll going home, it was a long argumentative return journey and I think it's the closest I have felt to what women term premenstrual (felt sorry for the co-pilot)
There are few worse feelings than trekking back after a long journey with an empty van
Total mileage circa 500
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After a few wacky posts in the eBay thread recently I've been thinking about whether or not pinball's really do go up in value. Some people say it's a myth, others say a well kept machine will creep up, and some people just say they stay at the approximate same price.
I guess most people on here have bought/sold/traded more than 1 game in the past, but lets just generalise a bit as I think talking about specific amounts of money could be a bit sensitive in some cases. You can only vote for 1 option above.
Having said that, I'll start off with 2 examples which took me by surprise:
In 2010 I bought a Blackwater 100 for £300 (delivered), it was supposedly completely broken but only needed 2 fuses replacing. Naturally I was very happy. I sold it 2013 for £1295 within only a few days of listing it on eBay. I doubt that kind of luck would ever come round again.
Another one was a Centaur II which I'd originally bought as a spare parts machine but only...
Has anyone here got any experience of these speaker kits? Particularly with Data East. I want to know whether it's worth it or not. Does it make a noticeable improvement? I'm considering getting some for Guns N Roses as the soundtrack is frickin awesome but the sound quality is not!
Any feedback on either product would be appreciated.
So it seems Stern have upped the ante and introduced a totally new boardset:
Stern Pinball Debuts New SPIKETM Pinball System World’s Leading Maker of Arcade-Quality Pinball Games
Announces Next-Generation Pinball System
MELROSE PARK, IL – January 5, 2015 – Stern Pinball, Inc., the world's oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball machines, announced today that it will debut its newest pinball electronics system, SPIKETM, at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. SPIKETM is a modern, scalable and modular electronics hardware system engineered for the rigors and complexities of pinball applications.
“The modular nature of the system will allow game designers to embrace new technologies to evolve the game of pinball while also improving earnings, reliability, serviceability and efficiency,” said George Gomez, Executive Vice President of Product Development at Stern Pinball....
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