— What Else is Happening in Pinball —
The countdown for Pinball Expo is down to single digits!! It will take place October 17th-20th in Wheeling, Illinois. Some of the highlights of the show include:
- A 24 hour Game Hall
- Vendor Hall
- Pinball Expo’s Pinball Flip-Out!
- Check out all the details here!
- A Stern Circuit Event!
- “Featuring a Main tournament with A and B divisions, as well as Classics (Herb style-qualifying). Everyone registered for the Main Tournament plays in the finals! This year we will be using the queuing and SMS system from Neverdrains.com. And, as always, the winner gets to take home A STERN PINBALL MACHINE used in the tournament!”
- Autograph sessions
- Pinball Life Expo Open House
There are many interesting seminars lined up – a few notables include:
Thursday, October 18th, 8:30PM:
“Whats New at American Pinball”
Speakers: Joe Balcer, Jim Thorton, Josh Kugler, Jeff Busch, Ish Reneses & Barry Engler
Note: American Pinball’s newest creation Oktoberfest is expected to be revealed at Expo!
Friday, October 19th, 5:30PM:
“Future Worlds with Deeproot Pinball”
Speakers: Barry Oursler, Dennis Nordman, John Popadiuk Jr., Jon Norris & Quinn Johnson | Moderator: Robert Mueller
Friday, October 19th, 8:30PM:
“An Evening with Jersey Jack Pinball”
Speakers: Jack Guarnieri & Staff
Saturday, October 20th, 3:00PM:
“Total Nuclear Annihilation”
Speaker: Scott Danesi
Saturday, October 20th, 4:00-8:00PM:
Various Speakers from Stern Pinball
Speakers: Keith Elwin, Steve Ritchie, George Gomez
This Week in Pinball will be joining Zach and Greg from Straight Down the Middle: a pinball show for a fun seminar Friday at 1:00 PM, see you there!!
Queen Pinball Art
Prior to the fall of Heighway Pinball, there were many reports that Queen was to be Heighway’s next title after Alien, and that Barry Oursler was the designer of Queen. Last month, artist Brian Allen of Flyland Designs posted the following picture on Instagram, along with sharing “This Queen illustration I created for an official Queen pinball machine was for something big that ALMOST happened, but ultimately fell apart.”
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This Queen illustration I created for an official Queen pinball machine was for something big that ALMOST happened, but ultimately fell apart. When you’ve been freelancing for as long as I have, you start to accumulate a big pile of ALMOSTs. It’s best not to let those weigh you down – just keep going and making art every day. Focus on the projects you DO get, and don’t let the failures overshadow your successes! #queenart #queenband #pinballart #pinballartwork #pinball #pinballmachine #playfield #backglass
This Week in Pinball reached out to Brian Allen to ask for more information regarding the Queen pinball machine, and he shared:
“Heighway Pinball hired me to create this illustration as a pitch to Queen. It was my understanding that they held the license already, though I don’t know that for a fact. Unfortunately, the representatvies at Queen did not want to go with the illustrative style I attached, and instead wanted a realistic/reto style inspired by the music video “Radio Gaga.” That wasn’t my specialty, so it never moved forward. Besides, that was around the time I started working on the Alien Pinball Backglass, so our attention focused on that.”
The Queen license is rumored to be now in the hands of Pinball Brothers, though they have been very quiet since Heighway was liquidated.
Big thanks to TWIP reader and listener Chris for the tip on this one!
Dead Flip Pinball Machine
Jack Danger of Dead Flip has been working on building a prototype pinball machine and is getting farther and farther along. Check out these recent pics!! And follow along with the build on the Dead Flip Twitch channel!
Stern of the Union
The October Stern of the Union was released last week. It contained minor updates regarding code and accessories, which you can see below:
Status of Code:
We are continuously working to update and improve software for our machines. There are always code updates and bug fixes in various stages of development; we will release them upon update completion. Here are some of the latest updates and the status of things in the works. As always, if you do encounter any bugs please feel free to provide information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Deadpool – The next update is underway and will be released later this month.
- Batman ’66 – We hope you enjoyed last week’s release (v0.95.0) and there is still plenty in store! We are hard at work on the next upcoming update.
- Aerosmith v 1.06.0 was released last month, if you didn’t get a chance to check out the big update! KISS updates are currently in development with Ghostbusters still in line after the KISS release.
- Just because a game isn’t listed on here doesn’t mean there can’t be surprises from time to time.
- If you would like to join our mailing list for all code updates for any of our games, please send an e-mail to Code.Updates@sternpinball.com to sign up.
The Star Wars topper is still waiting on final approval before production can begin. We’ll make a formal announcement once it’s available. Iron Maiden and Deadpool accessories are all approved and we’re aiming to have these available for purchase during the holiday season. In the meantime, check out the following items currently available for purchase on the Stern Store:
- Limited supply – Iron Maiden Comic-Con Exclusive Comic
- Limited supply – Iron Maiden Comic-Con Exclusive Lithograph
- Official Stern Iron Maiden Pro Translite
- Official Stern Iron Maiden Premium Translite
- Autographed Iron Maiden Mini Foil Poster
- Limited supply – Dirty Donny Cyborg vs Wizard Poster and Zodiac Poster
- Stern Pinball Player Anti-Fatigue Mat
- Last call on all Game of Thrones accessories:
Texas Pinball Festival Pre Registration is Open
March is right around the corner!
— Cool and Crazy Stuff —
Incredible Save by Martin of Head2Head Podcast
Then a quick drain but hey, the save was still EPIC.
Zespri Kiwifruits Creates World’s Largest Game of Human Pinball
— End of Post Bonus —
- Happy Birthday to Colin MacAlpine, Zach Sharpe, and Alek Kaczmarczyk!!
- Congrats to @stashkidpinball on the engagement!!
- Pinball Life new website look!
- Stern Coffee Table Book update!
- Nerdist ranks the finalists for the National Toy Hall of Fame and they were only two spots away from getting it right
- 5 Pinball games to play on iPhone and iPad!
- Interview: Steve Zuckerman talks pinball and baseball
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