Pinball Magazine – George Gomez Interview

Pinball Magazine is a glossy magazine that is the size of a book and has in depth interviews and articles.  While we with for the third issue to be released, Pinball Magazine has released an interview with George Gomez, Stern’s head of pinball.  While there aren’t surprises or revelations in the interview, it is a good read and a good insight into the fact that Stern needs to run like a business in order to keep making the machines we love.  


Flippers Fall Tournament – Nov 8

Flippers Arcade is a three hour drive from Richmond.  It has one of the best collections on pinball machines on the east coast.  The machines are incredibly well maintained and play fast.

i haven’t been able to make a tournament, but I know that they are well run and that Flippers gives out big trophies!

i hope I will be at the state high school football championships on Nov 8, but if not, I will be at imageFlippers.

Circus Maximus!

A fantastic pinball designer named Python Anghelo passed away recently.  Phython designed many fantastic machines and was full of energy and enthusiasm for life and pinball.  Prior to his death, Python had been saying for a while that the follow up to his Pinball Circus was going to be produced.  The only Pinball Circus machines that exist are prototypes as it never went into production.  
One of the prototypes can be played at the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. 

The machine has the player work up through a series of tiered playfields.  Based on the step by step progress, the game is linear and it is said that it lacks replay value.  Python defended this accusation by saying that the prototypes did not contain all that he had intended to include in the machine.

A group called Circus Maximus Games has announced that they intend to release a version of Pinball Circus.  Their blog includes interesting photos of the process used in creating vacuum formed ramps.  

Vonnie D Pinball Kickstarter

Vonnie D has announced a kickstarter seeking funding for a widebody pinball machine called Pinball Gremlins.  Vonnie D is looking to incorporate video game-like modes and bosses that they player will fight against for score and to complete modes.  The gremlins will also interact with the game to disable parts and affect play.  Based on the announcement, they are pretty far along with a white wood and their own led design.  If the kickstarter is funded, Barry Oursler has agreed to design modes for the game.  

WOZ Rule Flowchart


When I play WOZ, I often have the feeling that I barely know what is going on and I am only scratching the surface of the rules.  This flow chart proves that I was right on both points.  The depth of WOZ is amazing.  How long would it take to play all the way through?