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deeproot Pinball: Website Launches, Orders Open for Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland (RAZA)
Last week deeproot Pinball officially opened orders for RAZA – click here to check out all the details on the deeproot website!
According to the deeproot website, they will be accepting orders for RAZA “from December 8, 2020 at 10am Central US Time to 3pm Central US Time on December 30, 2020”. Orders for the Arcade Edition require a “10% Non-Refundable Deposit with Balance Due Prior to Shipment”, and orders for the Xtra Edition require a “20% Non-Refundable Deposit with Balance Due Prior to Shipment”.
deeproot Pinball also released several videos last week on their website. One included a walkthrough of some of the rules of RAZA with Steve Bowden and Quinn Johnson:
Another video showed deeproot’s Robert Mueller discussing both versions of RAZA and some of the features:
Pinball Profile: Interview with Robert Mueller, Quinn Johnson and Steven Bowden
Pinball Profile was joined last week by Robert Mueller, Quinn Johnson, and Steven Bowden from deeproot Pinball – here is just one highlight:
On Downloadable Content (DLC):
Steve Bowden: Just think about it this way. With RAZA, I have my ruleset in that is being built in. But what if I got another bite of the apple? From scratch, what would happen? Not to say I haven’t already thought about that bite of the apple already [laughs]…but given what you’re gonna see with the RAZA ruleset up to this point, and continuing with this version, lets just call it version A for giggles. What if there was a version B…which changed the entire game but used the same playfield. But changed the entire thing. Not a “director’s cut”…a completely different [game]…that is something that could be offered as downloadable content for RAZA.
They also discuss RAZA innovations, talk about RAZA coming to life, talk about letting the product speak for itself, talk about the storyboarding on RAZA and a future games, talk about the Pinbar and all the features with that and the importance of the Pinbar, the touch screens and the user interface, talk about the Pinbar being the most challenging thing with production and creating it, talk about the new ramp and the changes with that, talk about PinAccess and their future plans for that, talk about the shot log on games, talk about the glass lifting feature, discuss customization of games, talk about the games playing the same on all models, talk about the mechanized toppers that will be coming, talk about DLC, talk about going from research and development to a manufacturing company, talk about listening to constructive criticism, talk about the UL certification, talk about limiting the RAZA orders to a certain time period, talk about working with distributors, talk about Zidware customers, and much more.
Pinball Magazine / Pinball News podcast: Interview with Robert Mueller
Robert Mueller also joined the guys at the Pinball News and Pinball Magazine Podcast last week – here are just a couple highlights:
On production time:
Robert: It is going to take us 4-6 weeks as we ramp up these lines. And we really [focus on quality] and have a machine and really look it over and make sure things are where we need them to be before it hits a customers house or a location…so it is going to be very slow at first.
Pinball News: You said you wouldn’t be taking preorders and would only take payment up front when game was ready, but now you’re taking preorders and asking for deposits and/or full payments, why the change of heart?
Robert: I don’t know that it is a change of heart, I probably said that a long long time ago when things were very different and I had a very, probably more bullish idea of how things would get here. Any money that is coming in from customers right now in full payments or deposits is being held in an account. It isn’t being used to buy parts, its not being used to pay payroll…I don’t consider what we’re doing now a pre-order. A pre-order is – hey give me the money because I go out and I can’t buy the parts and I can’t do anything without that money…we haven’t called this a pre-order and it isn’t a preorder.
Robert: So we’re in San Antonio Texas and that is where the manufacturing facility is. The six guests that were here back in September saw the areas that were partially set up but not fully making any games at that point…that since has changed, so we have places…for inventory and prep work, and packages that will be given to the quads. We have a place to create the cabinet and populate it…for the assembly of the playfields…then we have the shipping and receiving…the quads themselves are very different in how we get the playfields populated. But the rest of the areas are pretty similar. We’ve decided now to show pictures…of what we’re doing…it is a trade secret…so we haven’t shown that.
Robert also talks about supply chain issues, talks about limiting the order time, talks about the different models of RAZA, talks about prices, talks about the Houston show, talks about the Pinbar, talks about BOM, talks about the launch of the website, talks about Bally Williams games, talks about working with distributors, talks about trouble shooting and trying to make the games more consumer oriented, talks about Octo manufacturing being a joke, talks about UL certification, talks about deeproot Studios, talks about future titles, talks about Goonies and the features of Goonies, and that Barry Oursler is the designer of the designer of Goonies, talks about announcing upcoming titles, talks about the playfield clear coat, talks about codes in the game, talks about DLC, talks about internet connectivity, talks about possible next titles, shared that Food Truck is next, talks about the deeproot GI lighting definition and what that entails, talks about what he Pinbar screen protector is, talks about the speakers and the audio experience, talks about digital/virtual pinball, talks about licenses, talks about pinball being hard, and much more.
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Stern Pinball Teases Led Zeppelin
Last week Led Zeppelin and Stern Pinball teased their newest creation, Led Zeppelin pinball! Led Zeppelin’s Facebook Page shared the teaser with their 13 million followers:
You can also check out the teaser on Stern’s YouTube page:
More info will be coming out very soon regarding this game, so stay tuned!!
Pinball Brothers Interview This Week
The Pinball Brothers continued with their Alien teasers last week:
Ready to get parts installed! pic.twitter.com/LZg6bXOnDL— Pinball Brothers (@PinballBros) December 13, 2020
The Super Awesome Pinball Show will be releasing an interview with the Pinball Brothers later this week:
Just a week away! pic.twitter.com/5ebDW88Y5y— Pinball Brothers (@PinballBros) December 11, 2020
Looking forward to hearing what the Pinball Brothers have been up to!
New Mini-Game Available for P3: Shoot ‘n Scoot
Last week Multimorphic announced a new mini-game for the P3 Platform – check it out!!
Rick and Morty Code Update
Last week Spooky Pinball released a large update for Rick and Morty that includes four new dimensions and Scary Terry – check it out!!
Jersey Jack Pinball Updates
Last week Jersey Jack Pinball shared some updates, including that some games are randomly including autographed Slash posters:
They also shared a shipment was heading to Australia – check it out!
There was also an interview with Slash released last week on Consequence of Sound – check it out here: Slash: New Guns N’ Roses Pinball Machines Are “Way Beyond My Expectations”.
Project Pinball Continues Their 6th Annual Love Across America Tour
In by far the best story of the week, Project Pinball has continued their Love Across America Tour putting pinball machines in children’s hospitals – check it out!!
A couple dedications took place in St. Louis, and included the guys from Slap Save Pinball Podcast.
Also last week, Jeff Teolis with Pinball Profile interviewed Daniel Spolar from Project Pinball –check out that interview here!!
Slam Tilt: Interview with Marc Silk
The guys at Slam Tilt were joined by Voice Actor Marc Silk last week!! Marc talks about how he got into pinball, about getting asked to do voices, working with George Lucas, talks about the tariff for the EU, talks about his voice work on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, talks about pooooossibly working on a new title, how he got into voice acting, and much more.
It’s Lit Pinball: 8 Person Tournament with DJ Roueche
It’s Lit Pinball will be hosting a tournament later this week while DJ Roueche (the official DJ of the LA Lakers) spins live – tune in on Saturday evening at 7pm!
— Cool and Crazy Stuff —
Buffalo Pinball: Chat Crashes the Party
This is a a crazy example of the Twitch-Connect feature on Heist. What happens in the video is that Kevin Manne from Buffalo Pinball is playing Heist, and viewers and people in the chat donated enough bits to activate a Twitch-Connect feature – in this case, the viewers inverted the flippers. Crazy!!
When you’re crushing it but then chat gives you the business. pic.twitter.com/RjIq61c4QX— Buffalo Pinball (@buffalopinball) December 10, 2020
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TWIP TV: November Recap
If you missed our November Recap – check it out!!
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