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.
PAPA has been teasing a major announcement for a while now. Taylor and I were given some hints about it when we went to Pinburgh. Here it is! Replayfx a huge pinball and gaming tournament in Pittsburgh, PA July 30 – Aug 2 next year.
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!
The speaker surround looks very cool!
Lyman’s Tavern is a new pinball location in DC. https://www.facebook.com/lymanstaverndc
Two day pingolf tournament on a Saturday and Sunday. https://www.facebook.com/events/801227093229434/
Check it out.
You can sign up for a tee time here – http://doodle.com/xcp3eamnknp7qckm.
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 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.
This past weekend was the first Southern Fried Gaming Expo in Atlanta, Ga. Based on the PAPA coverage and various posts, it was a big success. This interview of John Trudeau, who most recently designed Stern’s Mustang, was filmed there.