THIS WEEK IN PINBALL – 5/3/21: Fathom Revisited Video, Three Interviews, and Pinball Comics

Fathom Revisited Teaser and Song | John Rotharmel Interview | Results: What is your favorite Gottlieb System 1 pinball machine? | Poll: What is your favorite pinball playfield level layout?| Mike Kalinowski Interview | Steve Ritchie Interview | Happy Retirement Fernando Hurtado | Pinball Undesirables Supporting St. Jude | Pinball Comics | Zedd Plays Pinball | Pinball Music Video | Upcoming Pinball Events
The Scoop

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Fathom Revisited Teaser Videos

Haggis Pinball released a cool video that shows off some of the features of the Fathom Revisited including the under cabinet ambient lighting – check it out!

The song featured in the teaser video is also one of the new songs in the 2.0 code. They also showed a teaser of the Reflectocab, check it out!


The Pinball Show Interviews: John Rotharmel Interview

John Rotharmel, the Director Of Mechanical Engineering from Stern Pinball, joined the The Pinball Show last week! Here are just a few highlights:

On if the Bill of Materials has gone up in recent years:

John Rotharmel: Yes.  That is kind of an ongoing thing.  It is hard to hit the [BOM] targets and make a fun game.  If we were to do everything the game designers want we’d never sell a game [that made a profit].  So we do have to compromise…we try to keep it fun but yet make it manufacturable and economically manufacturable.

On the craziest mech one of the designers brought to him that he knew would be costly:

John Rotharmel: For Star Trek, the Vengeance was originally going to be something much much more complicated and probably cooler to watch as well, but the cost got completely out of hand…you know how the field camera works in an NFL game, that air camera that spans the field?  [Steve Ritchie] wanted to do something like that.  And that turned out to be extremely costly.  We almost got there, but finally we pulled the plug on it…but that is originally what Steve [Ritchie] wanted, a ship that would span the game.

On if any mechs coming up are going to blow everything else out of the water that we’ve seen to date?

John Rotharmel: Yes.  There is one that is about to come out.  I’m not going to say more about it, but there is something new that is coming out soon, done by younger engineers.  You’ll see it soon…it is blowing everyone’s mind.

He also discusses:

  • his position at Stern Pinball
  • how he got into pinball
  • working with Steve Ritchie on Terminator 3
  • working on Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Elvis
  • working at Stern during the 2008 financial crisis
  • “shelving” mechs to possibly use in future games
  • designing Sparky on Metallica
  • working with 3-D printers
  • why he prefers plastic ramps over wire forms
  • his work on Game of Thrones
  • the hyper loop on Star Wars
  • his work on Black Knight: Sword of Rage and designing the Black Knight toy
  • his work on Led Zeppelin

Check out the full episode here!!


What is your favorite pinball playfield level layout?

Last Week’s Poll Results


Pinball News & Pinball Magazine Podcast: Mike Kalinowski Interview

Mike Kalinowski of Homepin joined The Pinball News & Pinball Magazine Podcast last week! Among other things, Mike discusses:

  • Joe Balcer and Jeff Busch are now working with Homepin
  • that their new license does not have a finished layout yet
  • the license is “strong” in America, not big in Asia
  • the license lends itself to “fun and happy and light”
  • their plan to release the game before the end of the year
  • Homepin’s move to Taiwan
  • that they are about six weeks away from the Thunderbirds topper
  • talks about Chinese Zombies and that it is on the back burner right now
  • LCD vs DMD

Check out the full episode here!!


LoserKid Pinball Podcast: Steve Ritchie Interview

The one and only Steve Ritchie from Stern Pinball joined the LoserKid Pinball Podcast last week! Among other things, Steve discusses:

  • the Black Knight topper
  • working with Tim Sexton
  • why he wanted to do Black Knight vs. working with a “real” licensor
  • Led Zeppelin and working on music pins
  • LZ being a dream theme for him
  • doing voices for games
  • his design process and his favorite parts of designing machines
  • jets vs pop bumpers
  • expression lighting
  • working on Roller Games, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Spiderman
  • that Star Trek was his favorite Stern game he’s worked on
  • the time that Ed Robertson introduced him at a Barenaked Ladies concert

Check out the full episode here!!


Pinball News: PINWIKI – 10 Years On

Pinball News shared a very interesting article last week featuring the amazing pinball resource, PinWiki! They write about the development of the site and talk with the site’s creator, Casey Gardner.

Check out the article here!!


Happy Retirement Fernando Hurtado!


Pinball Undesirables Supporting St. Jude

Through the month of May, Pinball Undesirables is supporting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital on his Twitch channel!



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High quality pinball apparel!

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— Cool and Crazy Stuff —

Zedd Plays Pinball

Wondering who it was playing pinball in that Katy Perry/Carrie Underwood/Celine Dion teaser vid? It was Zedd, one of the world’s most famous DJs/Musicians!


Pinball Music Video

This is a few years old but if you haven’t seen it, check it out!


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Upcoming Pinball Events

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Nov 18

Pintastic New England

November 18 @ 6:00 pm - November 21 @ 6:00 pm EST

  • Led Zeppelin
  • Star Wars Comic Edition Pin
  • Avengers Infinity Quest
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Heavy Metal (contract game)
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Jersey Jack Pinball
  • Guns N’ Roses
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Dialed In!
  • Hobbit
  • Wizard of Oz
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Chicago Gaming Company
  • Monster Bash Remake
  • Attack From Mars Remake
  • Medieval Madness Remake
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Spooky Pinball
  • Rick and Morty
  • Alice Cooper’s Nightmare Castle
  • Total Nuclear Annihilation
  • Jetsons (contract game)
  • Dominos (contract game)
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American Pinball
  • Hot Wheels
  • Oktoberfest
  • Houdini
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  • Ranger in the Ruins (uses Cosmic Cart Racing module)
  • Heist (P3 Game Kit)
  • Cosmic Cart Racing (P3 Game Kit)
  • Lexy Lightspeed (P3 Game Kit)
  • Cannon Lagoon (P3 Game Kit)
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  • Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland
  • Fire & Brimstone
  • Food Truck
  • Merlin’s Arcade
  • The Who
  • Gladiator
  • Yukon Yeti
  • Machine Age
  • Barry Oursler Black Hole Revision

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Haggis Pinball
  • Fathom Revisted
  • Celts

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  • Alien

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Team Pinball: The Mafia

Circus Maximus: Kingpin, Python’s Pinball Circus

Homepin: Thunderbirds, Chinese Zombies

Suncoast Pinball: Cosmic Carnival

Great Lakes Pinball: Exposé

Dutch Pinball: Bride of Pinbot 2.0, Bride of Pinbot 3.0 (on hold), The Big Lebowski (production/legal issues)

Silver Castle Pinball: Timeshock

Phénix Pinball: Goblin Contest

Pinball Adventures: Punny Factory, Sushi-Mania, Ninja Mania, First Class, Canada Eh!

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