Featured Stages of pinball ownership

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  1. DRD

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    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.

    THE RATIONAL
    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

    THE IRRATIONAL
    4. Crossing the rubicon. Getting more games than you have sensibly allocated space for. I am potentially crossing this rubicon soon, so am wondering whether I sell one, or squeeze one in my currently pinball free garage. Or clear out my garden shed. Or whether I run the risk of a row by putting it in my lounge.
    5. Becoming a hoarder. Having so many games that you have now filled your kitchen, 10m garden shed, garage, workshop so you have to start housing them off site, in storage containers, at friends etc
     
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    Was briefly at 4, now back at 3 :)
     
  3. Pin Muncher

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    6 Sell a game because you think its pants then buy another sell it again and then look for another

    Anyone selling a Mario Bros :)
     
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    I am definitely at 5 :wave: 3 games in the kitchen, 1 in the lounge, 2 upstairs in the spare room and 5 in my Dad's garage :D
     
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    erm...

    7. Rent a local industrial unit and fill then struggle to find space for even more machines... :eek:
     
  6. lukewells

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    I started at 5 on day one :rofl:

    Literally telling my Mrs I have to build a new shed urgently as I have to pick up 10 machines in 3 days time :rofl:
     
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  7. Paul

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    Lol - i loved the tactic you used tho @lukewells " You're not using the garden.... can i build a shed..." :D
     
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    Hanging at #2 for the moment.

    Keep getting tempted to buy another Pin but being held back by the prospect of buying a bigger place. That and the fact i've got a honeymoon to pay for and the wife would take the garden shears to my nuts if I spent the honeymoon fund. To be fair she's more reasonable than all my ex's as they'd have never allowed a Pin even in the house.
     
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    Stage 3 myself, I can nicely fit 3 machines at the back of my semi-converted gamesroom garage in a line and have space towards the front for a multicade, work area and some storage although a freezer/tumble dryer live in there as well. I occasionally cross into stage 4 when @I TiltAlot offers up a game for loan which is too good to pass up on...:D
     
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    level 4 with level 3 no where in sight.

    I must try harder I guess
     
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    3 but thinking more and more in a pre-4 fashion. Thoughts such as "If I cut my home office desk in half could I squeeze one more in the pin shack?"
     
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    Back to 4. Though a trip to 5 is never that far away again....
     
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    3 bordering on 4 but determined to stick at 3:cool:
     
  14. cooldan

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    Stage 5 here. House full at 1 pin (actually 3 now as wife away), garage full, rented lockup filling fast, 3 games out on loan. And I want more. I'm thinking of when I move to my retirement mansion with space for loads.
     
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  15. lukewells

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    lol, well the last shed didn't go to plan.

    The Mrs came home from work and said "That's not a f**king shed, it's a barn"

    Taking up the entire garden with a cabin has now cost me alot of money! :rofl:
     
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    I like your style! I do that when she's not here. Bring a playfield in and put it on the dining table to work on without little comments like "That's not staying there all evening, is it?" Next time she's away for a week I'm going to drag a whole ruddy pin in just for the hell of it!
     
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    She still not letting you have more than one pin in the house then?
     
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    I'm at 3, was briefly at 4 and had two tomb-stoned (© @Arv) so I could get another in.
     
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    > 4

    2 at home (because that's all we really have room for right now).
    3 at work, 140miles away, but playable when i'm in that office and they're being well looked after.
    2 in a safe storage location nearby, but not playable.

    Oh ****.
     
  20. Arv

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    4 going on 5 I think.. always room for one more ;)
     
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    Been at Stage 5 for too long :rolleyes:

    Always seem to have 1 too many in the Shack, folded up :rolleyes: 2 out on loan/storage with south coast pinheads. Poor old TZ hasnt been home for 4 years :tut: Space Station in permanent orbit at Mamma GrizZs.

    I seem to be forever on the verge of the 'big cull' ...ie get down to single figures again.....but never quite seem to be able to follow thru. Sgt GrizZ has been thru a lot with some of these boys, I can't just turn them loose :cool:
     
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    I don't understand how you guys get yourself in so much trouble. I am at stage 3 and don't see 4 happening. I just bought a house and took the biggest room hostage and that has quickly turned into agreement that I need a pinball cabin in the garden.
     
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  23. I TiltAlot

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    Went into stage 5 18 months ago with 14 games (5 set up and 9 stored in my garage) :eek: Had a big cull last year and got down to a sensible 4 games by last Winter.

    Now at a more or less sensible stage 4 now with 4 games set up and one game normally out on loan (thanks @Archyta5 ) :thumbs:
     
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    Hoarder stage, I lean on a backbox while taking a pi55 in the morning.
     
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    Remind me not to buy anything off you with "Water damage" ;)
     
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    Stage 5 for me, I recently used pinside and realized i had forgotten one in my mates basement flat!
     
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    I'm careful not to spray anything on the Bally Williams :):rolleyes:
     
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    Strictly speaking stage 2, though my JD looks kinda out of place wedged next to the telly in my flat (and as previously mentioned, I had to take the front door off to get it in...).

    There's also a special stage of madness for restoring a pin in an unlit/unpowered garage :(
     
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    Stage 5.

    22. I can't remember where they all are aswell.
     
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    Have separate bank account / hidden cash to hide purchases :( Local bank think you have a coke habit!
     
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