RAZA Art revealed at Expo

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John Popadiuk has been working the Magic Girl and Retro Atomic Zombie Adventure pinball for a few years now.  Those who have pre-orders have signed non-disclosure agreements which prevent them from sharing what is shared on the Zidware owners only blogs.

Today at Expo, JPOP revealed impressive hand-drawn art and his original cabinets which are higher than normal in order to incorporate an LCD screen in the cabinet.

Photos of the art and updates as Expo continues, check out the excellent site http://www.pinballnews.com/shows/expo2014/index.html.

Stern to Make Big Juicy Melons

We had a post earlier about a limited run game called Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons.

As Pinball Expo 2014 goes on in Chicago, we can expect pinball news to come our way.

One of the first announcements is that Stern will produce the machine

Whoa Nellie! Stern and Whizbang Pinball Bring Melon Season Early This Year!

World’s Leading Maker of Arcade-Quality Pinball Games Announces New Partnership to Bring Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy MelonsTM Pinball
Machine to The Market

MELROSE PARK, IL – October 16, 2014 – Stern Pinball, Inc., the world’s oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball games, announced today its new partnership with Whizbang Pinball LLC to build and distribute Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy MelonsTM pinball in the spring of 2015.

Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy MelonsTM pinball takes players on a journey through the Mellon Family farm renowned for abundant produce. Players shoot for and score points on the farm operated by the lovely Melony Mellon and her twin sisters while avoiding the wrath of their over-protective shotgun-wielding father. The colorful easy-to-learn game features a fun classically-styled pinball playfield tuned for a balance of randomness and skilled shooting challenges that rewards players of all skill levels.

“We wanted to create a game that everyone can enjoy, so we started with a more accessible layout from a classic era of pinball,” said Dennis Nordman, co-founder of Whizbang Pinball and famed pinball industry design veteran. “This is the first new electro-mechanical style game in over 35 years.”

Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy MelonsTM pinball delivers the most tactile pinball experience since the advent of electronic pinball with real bells, mechanical score reels, a solid state control system, and a digital soundtrack. This unique blend of classic and modern technologies creates a new breed of pinball machine that presents pinball as an art form while maintaining the reliability and serviceability of modern commercial pinball machines. The playfield, backglass, and cabinet art and styling, central to the game’s unique visual quality, feature detailed original characters and fresh hand-drawn artwork that blend elements of mid-century pin-up art and classic pinball themes.

“Stylistically, this is a mash-up of fruit crate labels, classic pinball and retro pin-up art,” said Greg Freres, co-founder of Whizbang Pinball. “We’re very excited to be working with the professional team at Stern Pinball on this project.”

Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy MelonsTM offers many unique features including:

● Original throwback-style playfield designed by Dennis Nordman
● Original hand-drawn graphics by Greg Freres featuring fresh fruit, a cool truck
and the robust Mellon family
● A unique, durable, weathered fruit crate cabinet design
● Illuminated mechanical score reels
● Retro-style bumper caps and flipper bats
● Dual-action bullseye melon targets
● Two old-time pinball bells and a real cow bell
● The return of “The Knocker”
● Crushed beer cans included for the perfect playfield angle

“This game is an entertaining unique blend of vibrant art, classic pinball, and modern technology that’s sure to stand out in any collection” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball. “If you want something different in your line-up, this is it!”
Pricing and Availability:
Pricing will be announced later this year.
Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy MelonsTM pinball games will be produced by Stern Pinball in the spring of 2015. For more information and to reserve your game, please contact any authorized Stern distributor or dealer, or send an email to: info@sternpinball.com
Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy MelonsTM merchandise and accessories will be available at the Stern Shop in the spring of 2015.

League Night Number 2

League night no. 2 is in the books. Some good scoring and good competitive games.
We had a couple of technical issues last night. On WOZ, the slingshot was registering which prevented people from scoring the skill shot. The problem was discovered after a few people had played their first ball. We decided to fix the issue and re-start the games for that group.
There was a second issue with Monopoly that was not discovered until everyone in the group had finished playing their games. The upper saucer was not registering or possibly registering intermittently. Since that problem was discovered after the games were complete, we decided to give the players in that group the choice of keeping their current score or replaying the game.
We try to make the rulings fair to everyone and I think we got it right this time.
Any suggestions on how to handle these issues in the future are welcome.