THE MAACA DAILY NEWS! Your daily read about YOU,the members!

Talk about anything that you would like.
User avatar
World_of_Warships
MAACA QuarterPounder
Posts: 305
Joined: Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:07 pm
Location: National Capital Region
Has liked: 15 times
Been liked: 4 times

Re: THE MAACA DAILY NEWS! Your daily read about YOU,the members!

Post by World_of_Warships »

Know what? We did our very first pinball tournament today, Yippee! My gf liked TMNT and Stranger Things wayyy too much! We had never played any of those pins, so quite a treat!

A very odd year for obvious reasons, but the hobby has been there for us! :P

User avatar
cait001
MAACA Wacko
Posts: 4473
Joined: Tue Oct 09, 2012 3:42 pm
Location: Centretown, Ottawa, ON
Has liked: 5 times
Been liked: 9 times

Re: THE MAACA DAILY NEWS! Your daily read about YOU,the members!

Post by cait001 »

huzzah!
WANTED: 21 (1946 Duval), NSM Freispiel Sieg Super-Match, 1972 Bally Continental Bingo slot machine
backglasses wanted: Star-Jet, Fire Queen, Fairy, Out Of Sight
marquees wanted: Strider, Varkon, Dark Planet, R-Type (w/ship), Quantum, Ninja (Sega)
blog -- collection -- Pinball Women Ottawa -- Ottawa Pinball Map -- ratings

User avatar
Sparky
MAACA OG
Posts: 23171
Joined: Tue May 21, 2013 5:33 pm
Location: Saint-Lazare, west of MTL
Has liked: 1 time
Been liked: 27 times

Re: THE MAACA DAILY NEWS! Your daily read about YOU,the members!

Post by Sparky »

So I took a roadtrip to go see Azatotht for the first time in a LONG time. Tempus fugit, and Covid sucks ass. But all in all everyone is in good spirits. Of course, the visit was way too short as usual, and I will have to remedy that.

One of the subjects we discussed is the accessibility of the hobby now VS 5-10 years ago. And no... this is not a "price-police" rant. We just both noted that demand is high, and has been further accentuated by the pandemic. People want home entertainment. Quite normal.

It reminds me of a situation with a pin I had for sale. I had it listed at 1800, and one gentleman contacted me, stating "firmly" that I was overpriced as he had seen that pin for 1200, called me greedy, and offered me 1600, including delivery 2 hrs away, and set-up. At first, I was pissed and turned him down flat. I ended up selling it for less and to a friend that was nothing but courteous. Politeness matters to me. A lot.

But... since then, I have seen the same pin in lesser condition for 2200-2400. My first reflex was to say in my head "HA! You should have bought it then, buddy!!!", but I immediately started feeling bad. The accessibility of machines is less and less. Unless you can restore a pin from top to bottom, it's rough.

But I get it.... this was inevitable. A-list WPC pins were all up in price. They all get snatched up. None for sale. So buyers aim the b-list pins. And THEY go up due to demand... so... System 11's get sought after. THEY go up... then the early SS pins start to go up.

Close the border, and it just boosts prices up. The nature of things.

But... there is a shining light. Many people were "solitary" with their collections. I get it. But then comes the pandemic, and you isolate. I get a lot of messages from people saying they want to have people over when all is done, which they never wanted to do in the past.

So... it is encouraging. Perceptions change.

Would be nice to see a bunch of new and old faces at Pincon 2021, wouldn't it?
Patron saint of lost pinball causes.

Stage 5B. All except for NIB crap.

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4742&p=40349&hilit=stages#p40349

User avatar
frosken
MAACA Silent Type
Posts: 57
Joined: Mon Sep 27, 2010 8:33 am
Location: Ottawa Area (East)
Been liked: 1 time

Re: THE MAACA DAILY NEWS! Your daily read about YOU,the members!

Post by frosken »

Sparky wrote:
Wed Sep 02, 2020 7:29 am
...
One of the subjects we discussed is the accessibility of the hobby now VS 5-10 years ago. And no... this is not a "price-police" rant. We just both noted that demand is high, and has been further accentuated by the pandemic. People want home entertainment. Quite normal.

It reminds me of a situation with a pin I had for sale. I had it listed at 1800, and one gentleman contacted me, stating "firmly" that I was overpriced as he had seen that pin for 1200, called me greedy, and offered me 1600, including delivery 2 hrs away, and set-up. At first, I was pissed and turned him down flat. I ended up selling it for less and to a friend that was nothing but courteous. Politeness matters to me. A lot.

But... since then, I have seen the same pin in lesser condition for 2200-2400. My first reflex was to say in my head "HA! You should have bought it then, buddy!!!", but I immediately started feeling bad. The accessibility of machines is less and less. Unless you can restore a pin from top to bottom, it's rough.

But I get it.... this was inevitable. A-list WPC pins were all up in price. They all get snatched up. None for sale. So buyers aim the b-list pins. And THEY go up due to demand... so... System 11's get sought after. THEY go up... then the early SS pins start to go up.

Close the border, and it just boosts prices up. The nature of things.
...
The whole situation reminds me of a certain tragic event in 2001. I remember that the pinball market following these events started to significantly increase, as people were afraid to travel and decided to spend more in home entertainment than spending on tourism. The bump was significant, but as time went by, the market dropped a bit and then slowly increased...to the point where a huge jump happened about 8 years ago.

It's all about offer and demand...but sometimes, the market hits a specific cocktail where it doesn't make any sense. Hobby-wise, we've all seen this when a specific hobby is the "hot thing" to which pricing goes way up, and usually it crashes after the wave has gone by... think sports cards...

While it is cool to have numerous companies making machines nowadays, are there too many manufacturers for the current market? Will we see a bigger demise of the Pinball Manufacturers like we saw the disappearance of big box stores, card shops, and coming soon: micro-breweries?

The challenge I see is that while there is a market for specific classics (similar to cars), it's not ALL of them that are collectible. a 1973 Dodge Charger have some value...but a 1973 Ford Pinto, err...not so much... same for a 1987 Porsche 944...compared to a Chrysler K-car (Aries/Reliant anyone?) from the same year(s). It's the same with pinball machines...but lately, ANY machine is getting value...which is crazy (IMHO).

The big challenge today is that you can buy a NEW machine with more features, more rules than some machines that are 25 years old. While "I get it" for some A-list games, now the B and C list games are close in pricing to the new ones which boggles my mind. In addition, many lost their jobs over the past few months...cost of living has gone up (have you looked at your grocery bill as of late?) and yet they are overspending for pinball machines?

It's a crazy world we live in...and I can't wait to get over with the whole Covid crap so we can sort of come back to the "normal life"...or at least try...

Now...GAME ON!!!! 8-)
+++++++++++++++++
Welcome to...Frosken Pinball!

Current working Pinball Machines: ONE...err...TWO!!! :rock :rock (Bally Black Jack SS, Capcom Flipper Football #2)

Current Arcade1UP Machines: Centipede, Final Fight (pending pickup), Street Fighter II

After a 8-year hiatus, I'm back in the hobby...but with a thinner wallet. :lol:

Wanted: The impossible... (i.e.: a 1990-2020 pinball machine priced like they were in 2005-2010...) :FP: :FP: :FP:

Gone but (mostly) not forgotten:
- Bally: Nitro Ground Shaker, City Slicker
- Bally/Williams: Black Rose, BS Dracula (x2), CFTBL, Dirty Harry, Getaway(HS2), Indy500, Judge Dredd, Shadow, Slugfest
- Capcom: Breakshot, Flipper Football
- Gottlieb: El Dorado, Big Shot, Bounty Hunter (project), Gold Wings (Project)
- Stern: Big Game, Cheetah, Meteor (x 1.5)
- Williams: Big Guns, F-14 Tomcat, Fire!
- Misc.: Hit The Ice non-dedicated, Hyper Olympics non-dedicated cocktail, Chexx Bubble Hockey

User avatar
jokker
MAACA Silent Type
Posts: 16
Joined: Thu Sep 23, 2010 10:59 pm
Location: Ottawa

Re: THE MAACA DAILY NEWS! Your daily read about YOU,the members!

Post by jokker »

Well I've kinda opened up the coffin door again to see the world, so I should at least take a moment to say hello to all! Lots of familiar faces still haunting this place all these years :D

Hopefully everyone is generally doing well and for me things are pretty much the same. I did pick up a Dr. Who finally a couple months ago so that finally finishes that quest. I also have a bizarrely good condition Joust that I'm slowly picking away at to get up and running again.
jokker

Currently have:
TRON LE, Swords Of Fury, Doctor Who, Getaway, Baby Pacman, Revenge From Mars + Star Wars Episode 1
Currently had:
Jack*Bot, F-14, Flintstones, Big Buck Hunter

User avatar
Sparky
MAACA OG
Posts: 23171
Joined: Tue May 21, 2013 5:33 pm
Location: Saint-Lazare, west of MTL
Has liked: 1 time
Been liked: 27 times

Re: THE MAACA DAILY NEWS! Your daily read about YOU,the members!

Post by Sparky »

jokker wrote:
Fri Sep 04, 2020 10:28 am
Well I've kinda opened up the coffin door again to see the world, so I should at least take a moment to say hello to all! Lots of familiar faces still haunting this place all these years :D

Hopefully everyone is generally doing well and for me things are pretty much the same. I did pick up a Dr. Who finally a couple months ago so that finally finishes that quest. I also have a bizarrely good condition Joust that I'm slowly picking away at to get up and running again.
Welcome back!!!!! I TOLD you, retirement is bullshit. LOL
Patron saint of lost pinball causes.

Stage 5B. All except for NIB crap.

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4742&p=40349&hilit=stages#p40349

User avatar
cait001
MAACA Wacko
Posts: 4473
Joined: Tue Oct 09, 2012 3:42 pm
Location: Centretown, Ottawa, ON
Has liked: 5 times
Been liked: 9 times

Re: THE MAACA DAILY NEWS! Your daily read about YOU,the members!

Post by cait001 »

I'm sorry did you say you're working on a Joust???? LOL well welcome back!
WANTED: 21 (1946 Duval), NSM Freispiel Sieg Super-Match, 1972 Bally Continental Bingo slot machine
backglasses wanted: Star-Jet, Fire Queen, Fairy, Out Of Sight
marquees wanted: Strider, Varkon, Dark Planet, R-Type (w/ship), Quantum, Ninja (Sega)
blog -- collection -- Pinball Women Ottawa -- Ottawa Pinball Map -- ratings

User avatar
jokker
MAACA Silent Type
Posts: 16
Joined: Thu Sep 23, 2010 10:59 pm
Location: Ottawa

Re: THE MAACA DAILY NEWS! Your daily read about YOU,the members!

Post by jokker »

Sparky wrote:
Fri Sep 04, 2020 11:15 am
Welcome back!!!!! I TOLD you, retirement is bullshit. LOL
Thank you El Presidente,

Hahaha oh I'll never retire, just take long naps :)
jokker

Currently have:
TRON LE, Swords Of Fury, Doctor Who, Getaway, Baby Pacman, Revenge From Mars + Star Wars Episode 1
Currently had:
Jack*Bot, F-14, Flintstones, Big Buck Hunter

User avatar
jokker
MAACA Silent Type
Posts: 16
Joined: Thu Sep 23, 2010 10:59 pm
Location: Ottawa

Re: THE MAACA DAILY NEWS! Your daily read about YOU,the members!

Post by jokker »

cait001 wrote:
Fri Sep 04, 2020 12:39 pm
I'm sorry did you say you're working on a Joust???? LOL well welcome back!
Yeah I came into possession of a Joust a few years ago and slowly tinker on it from time to time. It's a real pain in the ass to work on to be honest.
jokker

Currently have:
TRON LE, Swords Of Fury, Doctor Who, Getaway, Baby Pacman, Revenge From Mars + Star Wars Episode 1
Currently had:
Jack*Bot, F-14, Flintstones, Big Buck Hunter

User avatar
frosken
MAACA Silent Type
Posts: 57
Joined: Mon Sep 27, 2010 8:33 am
Location: Ottawa Area (East)
Been liked: 1 time

Re: THE MAACA DAILY NEWS! Your daily read about YOU,the members!

Post by frosken »

Sparky wrote:
Fri Sep 04, 2020 11:15 am
jokker wrote:
Fri Sep 04, 2020 10:28 am
Well I've kinda opened up the coffin door again to see the world, so I should at least take a moment to say hello to all! Lots of familiar faces still haunting this place all these years :D

Hopefully everyone is generally doing well and for me things are pretty much the same. I did pick up a Dr. Who finally a couple months ago so that finally finishes that quest. I also have a bizarrely good condition Joust that I'm slowly picking away at to get up and running again.
Welcome back!!!!! I TOLD you, retirement is bullshit. LOL
Damn!!! That’s a name from the past! Welcome back! :D

I guess I’m not the only one un-retiring... ;)
+++++++++++++++++
Welcome to...Frosken Pinball!

Current working Pinball Machines: ONE...err...TWO!!! :rock :rock (Bally Black Jack SS, Capcom Flipper Football #2)

Current Arcade1UP Machines: Centipede, Final Fight (pending pickup), Street Fighter II

After a 8-year hiatus, I'm back in the hobby...but with a thinner wallet. :lol:

Wanted: The impossible... (i.e.: a 1990-2020 pinball machine priced like they were in 2005-2010...) :FP: :FP: :FP:

Gone but (mostly) not forgotten:
- Bally: Nitro Ground Shaker, City Slicker
- Bally/Williams: Black Rose, BS Dracula (x2), CFTBL, Dirty Harry, Getaway(HS2), Indy500, Judge Dredd, Shadow, Slugfest
- Capcom: Breakshot, Flipper Football
- Gottlieb: El Dorado, Big Shot, Bounty Hunter (project), Gold Wings (Project)
- Stern: Big Game, Cheetah, Meteor (x 1.5)
- Williams: Big Guns, F-14 Tomcat, Fire!
- Misc.: Hit The Ice non-dedicated, Hyper Olympics non-dedicated cocktail, Chexx Bubble Hockey

User avatar
jokker
MAACA Silent Type
Posts: 16
Joined: Thu Sep 23, 2010 10:59 pm
Location: Ottawa

Re: THE MAACA DAILY NEWS! Your daily read about YOU,the members!

Post by jokker »

Hahaha thanks frosken,

Yeah for some of us I don't think it's possible to "stop" but just "rest" for awhile :D

Although probably moving to a smaller place in the next few years so I'll be thinning things out as time goes on. Although as it always seems to happen, you end up with some temporary visitors along the way. :D
jokker

Currently have:
TRON LE, Swords Of Fury, Doctor Who, Getaway, Baby Pacman, Revenge From Mars + Star Wars Episode 1
Currently had:
Jack*Bot, F-14, Flintstones, Big Buck Hunter

User avatar
Sparky
MAACA OG
Posts: 23171
Joined: Tue May 21, 2013 5:33 pm
Location: Saint-Lazare, west of MTL
Has liked: 1 time
Been liked: 27 times

Re: THE MAACA DAILY NEWS! Your daily read about YOU,the members!

Post by Sparky »

I am having a "farts in a bathtub" type of day.

For your intellectual viewing enjoyment.

Patron saint of lost pinball causes.

Stage 5B. All except for NIB crap.

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4742&p=40349&hilit=stages#p40349

User avatar
frosken
MAACA Silent Type
Posts: 57
Joined: Mon Sep 27, 2010 8:33 am
Location: Ottawa Area (East)
Been liked: 1 time

Re: THE MAACA DAILY NEWS! Your daily read about YOU,the members!

Post by frosken »

I am having a "farts in a bathtub" type of day.
Attachments
062DCE87-4047-4BCA-84FD-EAEB595FB796.jpeg
+++++++++++++++++
Welcome to...Frosken Pinball!

Current working Pinball Machines: ONE...err...TWO!!! :rock :rock (Bally Black Jack SS, Capcom Flipper Football #2)

Current Arcade1UP Machines: Centipede, Final Fight (pending pickup), Street Fighter II

After a 8-year hiatus, I'm back in the hobby...but with a thinner wallet. :lol:

Wanted: The impossible... (i.e.: a 1990-2020 pinball machine priced like they were in 2005-2010...) :FP: :FP: :FP:

Gone but (mostly) not forgotten:
- Bally: Nitro Ground Shaker, City Slicker
- Bally/Williams: Black Rose, BS Dracula (x2), CFTBL, Dirty Harry, Getaway(HS2), Indy500, Judge Dredd, Shadow, Slugfest
- Capcom: Breakshot, Flipper Football
- Gottlieb: El Dorado, Big Shot, Bounty Hunter (project), Gold Wings (Project)
- Stern: Big Game, Cheetah, Meteor (x 1.5)
- Williams: Big Guns, F-14 Tomcat, Fire!
- Misc.: Hit The Ice non-dedicated, Hyper Olympics non-dedicated cocktail, Chexx Bubble Hockey

Guard
MAACA QuarterPounder
Posts: 477
Joined: Sun Jun 04, 2017 1:23 am
Location: Guelph
Has liked: 2 times
Been liked: 7 times

Re: THE MAACA DAILY NEWS! Your daily read about YOU,the members!

Post by Guard »

:D Its cool.....
Attachments
20200928_195856.jpg
PINS- Hit The Deck/Sure Shot/Fire Queen/ Volley/ Tee'd Off/ Rollergames/ Star Trip/ Combat/ Flash Gordon/ Capt.Card/Bluenote/Spirit of 76/Card Whiz/ Genesis / Bally Beat The Clock/ Spanish Eyes/ Outer Space/ Stern POTC/Genie/ Victory/Countdown/Shaq Attaq
Projects- Jacks Open /Stratoflite/ Jolly Roger/ Hang Glider
RIP- Sinbad/ Supersonic

User avatar
Azatotht
Admins
Posts: 9023
Joined: Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:32 pm
Location: Anjou (Montreal)
Has liked: 35 times
Been liked: 22 times
Contact:

Re: THE MAACA DAILY NEWS! Your daily read about YOU,the members!

Post by Azatotht »

Got told by my boss today that I was finally getting back to being paid 100% !

Been working 4 days a week since March.

This has been very hard on the hobby, have nothing left here but my MAME computers.

Cheers !
I am the monster that breathing men would kill.
I, am Dracula... (and you're not!)

User avatar
Sparky
MAACA OG
Posts: 23171
Joined: Tue May 21, 2013 5:33 pm
Location: Saint-Lazare, west of MTL
Has liked: 1 time
Been liked: 27 times

Re: THE MAACA DAILY NEWS! Your daily read about YOU,the members!

Post by Sparky »

Driving from my training class in St-Anselme, I had one of those moment where everything seems to be right in the world. I had the radio on a news channel, and that was quickly changed to a rock station.

Driving along a nice road, the sky diming yet glowing on the horizon of a copper and deep blue ocean, and Disturbed's The Sound of Silence humming out of he speakers. For a few precious minutes, all that was askew in the world seemed to fade away.

I try to enjoy these little bubbles of peace in these crazy times. Feels as good as playing a "God-mode" game of pinball with friends, where the ball seems to follow your every wish and command, and you feel elated, invincible..... alive.

Makes me look forward to the future. Borderland meeting / fart contest with the boys.... an MPL meeting with old friends...... a beer with Azatotht in his garage... a cold Coke zero with my feet in the warm pool and wet nuzzle from Otis at Shane's place, with a few games of pinball in between discussions.... fixing games at Pincon 2020-something... Spooning in Allentown after losing to Vic... LOL

Just looking ahead to the future like I did that copper-blue sky tonight. With admiration, hope, excitement, as if I was heading to Pitt street on a Friday night.

Soon. Very soon.
Patron saint of lost pinball causes.

Stage 5B. All except for NIB crap.

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4742&p=40349&hilit=stages#p40349

Guard
MAACA QuarterPounder
Posts: 477
Joined: Sun Jun 04, 2017 1:23 am
Location: Guelph
Has liked: 2 times
Been liked: 7 times

Re: THE MAACA DAILY NEWS! Your daily read about YOU,the members!

Post by Guard »

Lost me at spooning....
PINS- Hit The Deck/Sure Shot/Fire Queen/ Volley/ Tee'd Off/ Rollergames/ Star Trip/ Combat/ Flash Gordon/ Capt.Card/Bluenote/Spirit of 76/Card Whiz/ Genesis / Bally Beat The Clock/ Spanish Eyes/ Outer Space/ Stern POTC/Genie/ Victory/Countdown/Shaq Attaq
Projects- Jacks Open /Stratoflite/ Jolly Roger/ Hang Glider
RIP- Sinbad/ Supersonic

User avatar
Sparky
MAACA OG
Posts: 23171
Joined: Tue May 21, 2013 5:33 pm
Location: Saint-Lazare, west of MTL
Has liked: 1 time
Been liked: 27 times

Re: THE MAACA DAILY NEWS! Your daily read about YOU,the members!

Post by Sparky »

LOL. To make a long story short, Azatotht, Splitskull and myself would travel to Allentown for the show. Room had 2 queen beds. So we would have a tourney. 3 games. Each pics a game. Winner gets one bed to himself. Other 2 have to share a bed.

I got robbed one year by a fucking Back To The Future pin, where I was winning, but apparently that stupid machine lets you actually steal another player's score. LOL. So I lost.

It is still funny, ten+ years later.

At least, I consoled myself with a Double-Down at KFC. LOL
Patron saint of lost pinball causes.

Stage 5B. All except for NIB crap.

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4742&p=40349&hilit=stages#p40349

User avatar
World_of_Warships
MAACA QuarterPounder
Posts: 305
Joined: Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:07 pm
Location: National Capital Region
Has liked: 15 times
Been liked: 4 times

Re: THE MAACA DAILY NEWS! Your daily read about YOU,the members!

Post by World_of_Warships »

.. when you need to explain what you meant by spooning..! :D
s-l640.jpg

Post Reply

Return to “MAACA Forum and Chat”