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The Pinball Podcast – Featured Machines by Rank 2.0

We had several requests to rank featured games, so here’s our best attempt. We rate all the featured games on Pinside, then take the average of our ratings to determine the rank.  Pinside allows the rater to determine how important various traits are to them (ie. art, sound, overall fun, etc.), so the rankings should be fairly accurate. A perfect game gets a score of 10.000. Continue reading “The Pinball Podcast – Featured Machines by Rank 2.0”

Episode 110 – Doggone Dog!

In a first for us, we have to break out Spanish Flea because of pet interference. Aside from that, we had a great time reviewing Pinburgh and California Extreme with Bowen Kerins. Thanks to Bowen for hanging in there late into the night while we got things back on track after Ridley nearly brought down the entire operation.

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Episode 109 – Yay, Pinburgh!

Steve Bowden, of Fun With Bonus, joins us to talk about the upcoming Pinburgh tournament as well as to discuss sound integration in pinball games. We had some crazy technical issues, but thankfully we were able to salvage things.

Episode 109 was a weird one to record. Before the software crashed, you’ll notice that Jess and Steve are pitched up. No way to fix this, they sound like chipmunked versions of themselves. Also, sorry for the static. No idea what was going on there…

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Episode 108 – Baby, Drive Her

Episode 108 comes after an extra week off due to travels and, well, that’s the only reason. We catch up on the goings on in pinball and welcome Joe Zenkus onto the show to discuss custom pinball machines.

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Episode 107 – Kickstart My Pinball Heart

Episode 107 is here after Jessica’s trip to Tacoma and Jeff’s trip to Denver. The two argue about who had the better show experience, which is unresolved, but it’s pretty obvious who had the better Uber/Lyft ride. Oh, we talk some pinball, such as Karl DeAngelo’s Do or Die Multiball achievement on Iron Man (here: https://youtu.be/TimzFtvAwFA), Houdini, and much more.

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Episode 106 – It’s Always Sunny in Denver

Episode 106 is admittedly a little sleepy as it’s been a long, long couple of weeks for both hosts. Still, Jessica’s Evel Knieval has managed to kick of its journey and Jeff picked up a new game this past week. As Jess and Jeff look forward to upcoming shows, a little bit of news has dropped, including the sort of reveal for Star Wars and Andrew Heighway being ousted from Heighway Pinball.

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Episode 105 – A Classy Amount of Nipple

In episode 105 we are joined by a special guest, Michael Lee as he discusses his recent pinball pickup, Joust! Michael gives us some insight into how to play the game, some strategy, and how the game differs when you’re playing by yourself or in the head to head setting.

We also discuss Dialed In #0001 coming off the line, Total Nuclear Annihilation, Dutch Pinball “updates,” and what we’ve been up to for the past couple of weeks.

Homepin (Thunderbirds) thread on Pinside: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/homepin-official-thread-pinball-parts-machine-progress

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Jeff’s Twilight Zone and Addams Family machines before and after the Nifty LED kits.

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Episode 104 – Not Once, Not Twice, But Thrice

This episode took a month and three attempts to get out. The reasons aren’t important…it’s finally here. This show is a bit of a setup for our next episode where we’ll be featuring Joust, so get your questions and comments in if there’s anything you’d like to discuss. Sorry for the audio quality from Jeff’s side (popping Ps and breathing), his mic was not working and a cheap headset was used instead.

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Episode 103 – Pinbutt

Jeff is joined by Jessica DeNardo as they talk about all the new stuff at Texas Pinball Festival, including that Bride of Pinbot 25th Anniversary machine…emotions might run hot there. We also dig into the WPPR changes announced for 2018.

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Episode 102 – Scrabble was called Scrabble

Jeff is joined by Jessica DeNardo and Bowen Kerins and it immediately gets awesomely weird. Listen in as the three of us go over game theory, what Taco Bell would look like as a pinball theme, new games coming out, competitive pinball format talk, and much, much more.

Check out Bowen’s Patreon at www.patreon.com/pinball to see more about the pinball tutorial videos he’s creating.

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Pinball Ambassador 2016

What’s that sound?  It’s a long overdue article about our Pinball Ambassador for 2016!

In December 2016, we held a poll to nominate and then elect a ‘Pinball Ambassador’ for 2016 – our little way to combat some of the negativity in the hobby.  We had an outstanding response and complied a long list of wonderful folks as nominees for the title.  Ultimately, the winner, BY A LANDSLIDE, was Nicholas (pin)Baldridge of For Amusement Only – The E.M. & Bingo Pinball Podcast.

(Photo courtesy of someone.  Found during a Google image search.)

WHY WAS NICK NOMINATED/ELECTED?  Well, that’s why I’m writing to you all today.  It’s time to shovel accolades on the most humble genius in the hobby.  Nick is a young-ish dude with a very old soul.  Most of us like pinball not only for what is now, but for the nostalgia and fun we derived from playing in our childhood or younger years.  What makes Nick unique is that he THRIVES on games that existed BEFORE HE DID.  Nick is one of the leading authorities on EM Pinball and coin-op machines, sure, but he’s REALLY a leading authority on electromechanical bingo machines.  Most pinball people have never even seen a working bingo machine, nevertheless played one.  They were commercially successful for decades, but the bingo industry completely died off in the 70’s.  I don’t mean in the way pinball died off in the 90’s and only 1-2 games a year came out… I mean NO MORE BINGOS (though I think some bingo game came out ‘recently’, more on that later.)  That means Nick became an authority on a subject he wasn’t even alive to experience firsthand when it was a viable industry.  He’s like those dudes on Pawn Stars that are 32 years old and get called in when someone finds a sword from the 1400’s, because they’re experts in their field.

Nick is like DaVinci.  He sleeps 20 minutes a day and never stops moving.  He’s brought many games back to life, and maintained even more to keep them running and entertaining people for years to come.  I only recently met Nick in person (less than a month ago), but we’ve been friends on Facebook for several years.  Nick doesn’t just return some messages when I’ve had issues with EM games, he’s literally talked me through some issues on the phone in the middle of the night.  He’s just a swell guy, and he’s honestly interested in keeping these games alive, even long-distance.

(Nick in 2D by Ryan Claytor.  Also courtesy of Google Image Search)

Nick has hosted a couple podcasts, but is most well know for his show For Amusement Only – The E.M. & Bingo Pinball Podcast, a show that EXCLUSIVELY discusses electromechanical games.  In fact, Nick was a guest on our podcast (Episode 63 – possibly my personal favorite episode) and he was excited to talk about NOT EM GAMES.  Not only does he still release an episode every two weeks, he also released an episode EVERY DAY for a year straight!  That’s right, his first 365 episodes were released daily, in order.  And they’re still available.  I’ve often mentioned that his show is a great resource.  If there is an issue you’re having, odds are that Nick did an episode about it.  He also did a lot of great interviews with gaming luminaries (*cough* like Don and Jeff *cough*), and did many shows that focused on individual machines.  Much like the This Old Pinball/Pinball Ninja archives that many of us ran into during out early days in the hobby, Nick has built a resource that should keep games running and keep bringing new gamers going with technical support.

Not only all of that *whew* but Nick also designed and invented the Multi-bingo Machine!  He created a virtual/physical hybrid bingo machine that emulates dozens of rare bingo games from yesteryear, in one cabinet!  Read all about it here on Pinside.  It’s a modern marvel and a TON OF WORK.  And if that’s not enough, he and his artistic sidekick Ryan Claytor of ElephantEater.com are working on a brand new electromechanical game!  Read all about ROBO-FRENZY here.

Seriously, the dude sleeps 20 minutes a day.

(Yeah, yeah, yeah…there was a typo and I misspelled nic-H-olas on his trophy.  I FEEL SHAME.)

Kudos to Nick for his tireless enthusiasm and the wave of positivity he brings to our hobby.  He’s a soft-spoken gentleman and a knowledgable tutor.  It’s so easy to get caught up in the drama in our hobby (for whatever reason), but it’s also easy to overlook the brilliant innovators that keep our hobby always moving forward as it’s woven itself into the ‘fabric of life’.  Without guys like Nick, AND SPECIFICALLY NICHOLAS BALDRIDGE HIMSELF, we’d have a lot more games collecting dust in our garages/landfills, and a lot less folks smiling when they score that hard-earned ‘Special’ or as they watch their children roll a game over for the first time.

Thank you, Nick,

xxoxoxoxoxoxoooxXOxoOxxoxox,

Don (and Jeff and the rest of the pinball community)