Museum of Pinball Closing
In some sad news, we’re hearing that the Museum of Pinball in Banning, California is closing its doors and the pinball machines will be auctioned off.
The Museum of Pinball reached out This Week in Pinball a couple weeks ago, as they had shared with TWIP there were “rumors” being spread and that they wanted to do an interview to clear things up. We sent them questions and followed up but did not hear back.
At this point, it appears they are going up in smoke and the building will now be leased out to a company that will be growing cannabis.
A huge thank you to John Weeks and Chuck Casey on making the collection available to the pinball public over the last several years!!
Note: The folks that help run INDISC, a huge event that used to be held at the Museum of Pinball, made an announcement that they are trying to secure a new location for 2022.
Kaneda’s Pinball Podcast: Interview with Spooky Pinball
The Spooky Pinball crew joined Kaneda’s Pinball Podcast last week! Here are just a few highlights:
On the Halloween/Ultraman layout originally being designed for a John Wick theme:
Spooky (Luke): It was supposed to be John Wick…I was a John Wick fan to start with, Chuck watched it afterwards. And Corwin watched John Wick for the first time a while back…
On switching the John Wick design to Halloween/Ultraman:
Spooky (Corwin): …the reason – even though we were designing the game based around John Wick, the reason it works and how we could make it into Halloween and Ultraman is that we weren’t afraid to take out half of it, if that is what it took to make the theme work…there’s nobody who was so stuck on one thing being in the game no matter what that we were able to implement what we thought was the most important things into the game, regardless of what we had already placed.
On what they changed from the John Wick design:
Spooky: Basically the two upper playfields would have been the Intercontinental hotel, for sure. As far as the Michael’s popping out from the hedges…that would all be him in the shooting scenes and body guards popping up or whatever.
On the first stream:
Spooky: I’ve been talking to Jack Danger…first stream we’re looking towards the end of the month, the end of July. But I’m hoping to get gameplay footage to people out before that.
They also discuss:
- the Ultraman license
- the website issues on launch day
- doing two games on the same design
- on how they came up with the number of games, that they wanted to over reach a bit
- that they feel really confident they can get them all built in the timeframe (“under promise, over deliver”)
- listening to feedback on podcast and forums
- the Halloween theme and the horror community
- dealing with false information on podcasts and forums
- playfield quality issues they had with Total Nuclear Annihilation and correcting that
- their interaction with the community on Pinside
- the future of Spooky Pinball
- a few hints on the new TNA 2.0
- Stern getting Godzilla
- pinball prices
Also worth mentioning that at the end of the podcast, Kaneda (bizarrely) said he’s still going to “spoil your releases and leak stuff”, which Charlie then addressed.
Last Week’s Poll Results
Brian Allen: Williams Pinball Mashup Volume 2 Artwork
Check out this new artwork by Brian Allen!!
Williams Pinball Mashup Volume 2 artwork for Translites, Art Prints, and Vinyl Banners created by Brian Allen.
Featuring hand-drawn characters from 14 different classic Williams Pinball games, including: Firepower, Black Rose, Road Show, Cyclone, Pharaoh, Dr. Dude, Earthshaker, Swords of Fury, Algar, Laser Cue, Time Fantasy, Barracora, Flash, and Sorcerer.
This artwork is officially licensed from Williams!
Available in Translites, Art Prints, and giant Vinyl Banners.
26.5″X18.375″ Tall. Measures to fit in a lightbox (90’s WMS/Bally sizing) and most Williams pinball machines of that era. Looks beautiful when backlit!
- Signed by the artist, Brian Allen
- Reverse-Printed on High-quality flexible translite material.
- White silk-screened backing produces very high illumination
- Extra-thick, rigid Translite (thicker than most factory Translites, including Stern)
- Designed to work great with LIT Frames LED Translite Frames
Also available as signed Art Prints and large Vinyl Banners.
You can learn more or get one here: https://www.flyland-arcade.com
deeproot Pinball: No Update Last Week
deeproot Pinball was expected to give a status update last week, but no update was released. TWIP has reached out to deeproot and we are trying to learn more about what is going on there, and will update you when we find out more.
Follow the Deadpool 3M’s to get that score
You start each ball with a battle qualified. Just get it in the scoop to select which character you want to fight. Select Sabertooth first to get an easy win by hitting the orbits to get it into the pops. Make sure to get it back in the scoop to finish the battle and get those Final Shot points. You can qualify another battle by hitting all of the “Dead” targets on the left.
The quick multiball is at the Lil’ Deadpool. Knock down enough drops in front of Lil’ Deadpool to be able to hit the standup target behind them. You have to hit the standup twice for the ball to get locked. When the second ball is launched you just need to hit the Lil’ Deadpool drops to unleash 2 ball multiball. Hit jackpots at Lil’ Deadpool then at red lit shots. This is a great multiball to help defeat Juggernaut so try to start a battle first.
Lock three balls in the katana at the shot that goes across the playfield to the back ramp. You have to hit the “Pool” targets on the right to light each lock after the first. This will start Ninja Multiball. Hit the lit shots for jackpots and then back to the katana for the super jackpot.
The playfield multiplier is increased at the SNIKT shot. To hit the SNIKT shot your have to hit the target just right of the center spinner and ricochet the ball left up the back ramp. This will give you a time limited multiplier that can be increased with another hit of the SNIKT shot.
— Cool and Crazy Stuff —
PinVision for Tron
Check out this new interactive backboard display mod for Tron that was revealed last week!!
Crazy Marble Run
Not exactly pinball related, but includes pinballs!
Other Quick Hits:
- Happy birthday Whitney Roberts, Cindy Fowler, Joe Zenkus, and Josh Roop!
- New Code: Led Zeppelin
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- Article: How the pandemic helped spark Richmond’s arcade and pinball boom
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