PINBALL OWNERSHIP AT WARP FACTOR 7 - THE ELECTRIC CIRCUS LIVES

steve brum

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Having gone WELL past pinball ownership stage 6 , this year stage 7 became inevitable

“7. Rent a local industrial unit and fill then struggle to find space for even more machines... ” Moonraker

So this year I have bitten the bullet and took on commercial space. Looking at tomb stoned and de-capitated games everyday and only getting to play one set up at home or when machines were at events was not an ideal situation.

Arcade games are meant to be played after all.

Having commercial space fulfils several objectives
1. To allow work on surplus games (many having been stored for over a decade) and then to decide to keep or sell on. I have already released over a ton of video games although pins are much harder to let go of!
2. Provide storage for surplus games
3. Provide workshop space for these and maybe other peoples games (inpatients)
4. Allow me to set up and actually play my own machines
5. Have easy access for loading for events also makes smaller events more viable
6. To allow others to play these machines
7. Provide a space to immerse ourselves in our favourite pastime.

The sixth point is the tricky one as this aspect means having the correct insurance and basic needs such as toilets and somewhere to chill out etc

These points now addressed enables us to now open to the public. As a lot a games are still a work in progress I have opted for a soft opening (the fanfare of trumpets and parade of circus elephants is on hold). Due to my day job commitments we intend to open initially on Sunday afternoons from 1-7pm . This has been the time we have been spending there working (well playing) already. As a lot of games are a work in progress we are making games available on coin play rather than a flat fee although in the future this may change. All games will be 50p play maximum. To avoid the new £1 coin kafuffle, machines will take 50p coins only and plenty of change will be available. There will be an “A” line of games on coin play and reserve machines available to play on request. As time goes on more reserve machines will be available. I don’t intend to open whilst national events such as PLAY EXPO are on as not only do I attend these events but many of the machines won’t be on the floor. As even some of the newer games need software updates and tweeking I have not yet lent much thought to tourneys and league meets etc but I am sure these will just be a matter of time. As I have 24 hour access to the unit I am not adverse to hiring the space at the evening etc for private events.

Location
Unit 11 Leviss Industrial Estate
Station Rd
Birmingham
B33 3AE

Estate is off the main outer ring road A4040 , entrance is directly opposite McDonalds on Stechford Retail Park. Unit 11 is behind Action Van hire.
Transport
We have ONE dedicated parking space HOWEVER we are opposite Stechford retail park which has amble parking until late evening.
Stechford National Rail is 200 metres away. Buses from Birmingham City Centre (14) and the outer circle (11A 11C) are 20 metres away on the main road.

Catering
A coffee and snack machine are in the pipeline but the unit is literally opposite a McDonalds – in fact it’s the best way to find it. The unit loading bay area doubles as a chill out area with a few sofas chairs and tables.

Our public liability insurance means children under 16 are welcome but must be accompanied at all times. We have a unisex toilet that may not be suitable for all plus we do not have any baby changing facilities. However McDonalds not only serve burgers! The workshop area will be closed off during public opening for health and safety reasons. As with any event , running repairs will be done on games .

Pins on coin play

ACDC PRO
AUSTIN POWERS
DR WHO
FAMILY GUY
GAME OF THRONES PRO
GOLDENYE 007
LORD OF THE RINGS
SIMPSONS PINBALL PARTY
SPIDERMAN
THE ADDAMS FAMILY
THEATRE OF MAGIC
TRON PRO

Reserve pins

BARRACORA
BLACK KNIGHT 2000
CENTAUR
FRANKENSTEIN
JOHNNY MNEMONIC
RADICAL
ROLLER GAMES
STRANGE SCIENCE
WHIRLWIND

Pins under minor repair

BACK TO THE FUTURE
FUNHOUSE
HIGH SPEED
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
SPACE SHUTTLE
TOMMY
WIZARD

Pins under project status
FAR TOO MANY!



PLUS videos
SIMPSONS 4 PLAYER
TURTLES 4 PLAYER
SPACE INVADERS ANNIVERSARY /QIX
DEFENDER
MULTI CAB
TOOTY FRUITY 2p

Machines subject to availability and change.

Best place for updates and information is the FB page

https://www.facebook.com/electriccircusarcade/



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cooldan

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good luck with this, it's just what we need so i hope all the local pinheads support it.
i'll come by and drop some coins in next time i'm in the area
 

PBrookfield

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You open this Sunday? lol

Was not happy that I walked away without the grand champion spot on Tron at Play Expo, and I want to learn GOT better!
 
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steve brum

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Sunday between 1 and 7 ish

Setting up games today. Will post some pictures tomorrow

Lethal Weapon taking coins at 50p 2 plays . Just like 1992!

Captain Fantastic and Fireball just in but haven't got to plug them in yet!

Games need tweaking before competitive play tbh so at the moment games set aimed for general players
 
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steve brum

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will post regular game status updates. Its not fair on folks to turn up to play a particular old favourite that is still a basket case! Obviously pins that decide to throw a wobbly on the day will be dealt with if at all possible

ELECRIC CIRCUS
GAME STATUS UPDATE 24TH JULY 2017

PINBALL MACHINES
ACDC PRO working fine on coins
AUSTIN POWERS working fine - credit manually
BACK TO THE FUTURE on legs major repair in progress
BARRACORA working fine - credit manually
BLACK KNIGHT 2000 working fine - credit manually
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC on legs awaiitng EM expert!
CENTAUR working fine - credit manually
DR WHO working fine - credit manually
FAMILY GUY working fine on coins
FIREBALL on legs awaiitng EM expert!
FRANKENSTEIN working fine - credit manually
FUNHOUSE working fine but display fault
GAME OF THRONES PRO working fine - credit manually
GOLDENYE 007 working fine on coins FOR SALE
HIGH SPEED on legs awaiting repair
JOHNNY MNEMONIC working fine - credit manually
LORD OF THE RINGS working fine on coins
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA offsite repair
RADICAL working fine - credit manually
ROLLER GAMES working fine - credit manually
SIMPSONS PINBALL PARTY working fine - credit manually
SPACE SHUTTLE on legs awaitng repair
SPIDERMAN working fine on coins
STRANGE SCIENCE working fine - credit manually
THE ADDAMS FAMILY working fine - credit manually
THEATRE OF MAGIC on legs awaitng repair
TOMMY working fine - credit manually
TRON PRO working fine on coins
WHIRLWIND working fine - credit manually
WIZARD on legs awaiitng EM expert!

VIDEO GAMES
DEFENDER working fine - credit manually
MULTI CAB working fine on coins
OUTRUN 2 SPECIAL TOURS TWIN under repair awaiting part
SIMPSONS 4 PLAYER working fine on coins
SPACE INVADERS ANNIVERSARY /QIX working fine on coins
TOOTY FRUITY 2p working fine on coins
TURTLES 4 PLAYER working fine on coins

and a few pictures

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steve brum

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The games are just too easy for the hard core LOL. I would appreciate software updates. game options can obviously be tweaked before and after events to competition settings if necessary
 
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PBrookfield

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The games are just too easy for the hard core LOL. I would appreciate software updates. game options can obviously be tweaked before and after events to competition settings if necessary
Nothing an 'extra hard' defaults or a couple of temporary rubber replacements can't solve!
 
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steve brum

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I will be open tomorrow from 2pm to 6pm and

Sunday from 2pm to 7pm.

Need to stress that parking on the estate is VERY limited especially on Saturdays so the large retail park car park opposite is recommended!
 
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steve brum

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Consensus is folks would like to pay a flat fee and play what they like so from this afternoon it's £7 all in per person.

The following games will be press start and go!
PINBALL MACHINES
ACDC PRO
AUSTIN POWERS
BLACK KNIGHT 2000 working fine - credit manually
DR WHO
FAMILY GUY
GAME OF THRONES PRO
GOLDENYE 007 game sold so last chance to play
LORD OF THE RINGS
ROLLER GAMES
SIMPSONS PINBALL PARTY
SPIDERMAN
THE ADDAMS FAMILY
TOMMY
TRON PRO

VIDEO GAMES
DEFENDER
MULTI CAB
SIMPSONS 4 PLAYER
SPACE INVADERS ANNIVERSARY /QIX
TOOTY FRUITY 2p working fine on coins
TURTLES 4 PLAYER

These machines I will clock up credits if required
BARACORRA
CENTAUR
FRANKENSTEIN
RADICAL
WHIRLWIND
 
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steve brum

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Next open Saturday 5th August 2pm to 7pm and Sunday 6th August 2pm to 7pm

Aston expressway is closed at weekends causing delay so avoid

I am waiting on a coffee and snack machine but have a working drinks cooler so will be offering reasonable priced bottled and canned drinks.

McDonalds is over the road for snacks.

There is no (and can never be) a bar , but feel free to bring your own drinks which can be kept chilled.




ELECRIC CIRCUS
GAME STATUS UPDATE 30TH JULY 2017

PINBALL MACHINES

ACDC PRO working fine
AUSTIN POWERS working fine
BACK TO THE FUTURE on legs major repair in progress
BARRACORA working fine
BLACK KNIGHT 2000 working fine
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC on legs awaiitng EM expert!
CENTAUR working fine - credit manually
DR WHO working fine
FAMILY GUY working fine
FIREBALL on legs awaiitng EM expert!
FRANKENSTEIN working fine
FUNHOUSE working fine but display one side only
GAME OF THRONES PRO working fine
HIGH SPEED on legs awaiting repair
JOHNNY MNEMONIC working fine
LORD OF THE RINGS working fine
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA offsite repair
RADICAL working fine
ROLLER GAMES working fine
SIMPSONS PINBALL PARTY working fine
SPACE SHUTTLE on legs awaitng repair
SPIDERMAN working fine
STRANGE SCIENCE working fine
THE ADDAMS FAMILY working fine
THEATRE OF MAGIC on legs awaiting flipper repair. Will be working Saturday
TOMMY working fine
TRON PRO working fine
TWILGHT ZONE working fine but magnets issue to be resolved NEW IN
WHIRLWIND working fine
WIZARD on legs awaiitng EM expert!

VIDEO GAMES
DEFENDER working fine - credit manually
MULTI CAB working fine
OUTRUN 2 SPECIAL TOURS TWIN under repair awaiting part. Hopefully working one player Sunday
SIMPSONS 4 PLAYER working fine
SPACE INVADERS ANNIVERSARY /QIX working fine
TOOTY FRUITY 2p working fine on coins
TURTLES 4 PLAYER working fine
 
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