As you can see above, we have added an LE/Insider Access Menu to the TWIP website! This was launched previously as part of our Patreon page, but we have now incorporated it into the This Week in Pinball website. You can see all the recent Insider correspondence on the LE Access page here!
See below for general information about the LE/Insider Access, and please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you have.
Before diving into the LE/Insider Access, a HUGE thank you to our monthly subscribers (at ANY LEVEL), you all are the reason This Week in Pinball is still going!
Why launch the TWIP LE/Insider Access?
To help keep the TWIP website sustainable. I love pinball and love doing This Week in Pinball. I spend most of my free time working on TWIP. In order to keep this up I am trying to increase the number of financial supporters.
Thank you for your consideration fellow pinheads! I truly truly appreciate all of you that read and support TWIP!
What is the TWIP LE/Insider Access?
It is weekly-ish correspondence from This Week in Pinball that shares:
- Rumors and speculation that is “not fit for TWIP” – meaning we don’t have enough confidence in these to report them on the TWIP website
- Rumors/information/speculation on what we’re hearing about possible upcoming titles
- Rumors/information/speculation on what we’re hearing about features on upcoming titles
- Rumors/information/speculation on what we’re hearing about certain licenses and challenges with those licenses
- Rumors/information/speculation on what we’re hearing about release schedules for different manufacturers
- Early Access to some articles/interviews that will appear on TWIP
- Behind the scenes happenings (and sometimes drama) in the pinball world and at TWIP
Why don’t you just report these rumors/information/speculation on TWIP?
We try to be as responsible as possible with the information we report on TWIP. We do have to report on rumors sometimes as manufacturers don’t typically confirm rumors, even if it is the “worst kept secret in pinball”. For example, we literally saw Munsters on the production line at Stern before Stern confirmed Munsters as an upcoming title.
That being said, we don’t want to just throw out rumors irresponsibly either. If a rumor appears on TWIP, we are fairly confident it is accurate. If we hear the Stern obtained the license to Jaws, but it was from a source that is only correct 30% of the time, should we include that on TWIP as a viable rumor?
Think of it like this – say there are three tiers of rumors:
- Pretty solid: a source that is correct 85%+ of the time
- Iffy: a source that is correct 50%+ of the time
- No idea: a random person sends unsolicited info
Rumors in #1 will usually go on TWIP. Rumors between #1 and #2 will be included in the LE/Insider Info. Rumors in #3 will go no where, unless we’ve heard it from multiple separate sources, then it may go in the LE/Insider Info.
Please Note: As is TWIP’s policy, NOTHING – no rumors/speculation/information will ever be shared without permission from the source.
What is to stop someone from sharing the LE/Insider information with others?
We ask that the LE/Insider information is not shared or forwarded to anyone, on any forums, or on podcasts. If it is shared, that person’s subscription will be cancelled going forward and they will no longer have access to the weekly(ish) updates. The information we share is special and for your eyes only!
What type of rumors/information/speculation is included in the
It will usually fall into a few categories:
- Rumored upcoming titles (example: we’ve been updating the LE/Insiders on what we’ve been hearing about James Bond, Willy Wonka, Jaws, Kill Bill, Toy Story, Jurassic World, Guns N Roses, Superman ’78, etc., etc.)
- Rumored features in rumored upcoming titles (example with Munsters: we first shared with the LE/Insiders that we had heard rumors that Munsters Premium would be in black and white, and the the Premium/LE would have a lower playfield, and that there would be four flipper buttons, etc.)
- Rumored issues with licenses (example: we recently shared rumors of what we’ve heard about licensing issues with Oompa Loompas, James Bond, Pulp Fiction, etc.)
- Early Access/Additional Info for articles (example: after the deeproot tour, the LE/Insiders got the deeproot tour article a few days before it went live on TWIP, plus they got some additional details and more of my personal feelings about what deeproot is creating)
- Behind the Scenes happenings/drama (example: stuff that happened at shows, articles that were written but deleted from TWIP regarding certain…situations, etc.)
How much does it cost?
Do I get anything else?
Yes, more cool stuff! You’ll also receive:
- Automatic entry to each month’s GIVEAWAY EXTRAVANGZA (limited to the United States and excludes FL, NY, RI, and PR. Click here for official rules.)
- Pro TWIP swag once a year (ex: TWIP keychain for coin doors, magnets, etc.)
- Premium TWIP swag once a year (ex: TWIP t-shirts, apparel, etc.)
- LE TWIP swag once a year (ex: high quality custom Dri-FIT polo shirt, custom-designed TWIP shirt or apparel, designed by professional artists)
You must be a supporter for at least three months in a row to be eligible for TWIP swag. It is ordered around the time of the holiday season.
How do I sign up?
You can become a TWIP supporter via Patreon here, just select the tier you would like:
Here is a link to the TWIP Patreon Page
Thank you for considering supporting This Week in Pinball and helping keep the site going! (Plus get automatic entries into each month’s giveaway drawings!)
You can also sign using PayPal using the button below, and you will receive all the same benefits as the Patreon tiers. If you sign up via PayPal for the LE Access, the information will be emailed to you (as opposed to you reading it on the TWIP LE Access page).