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You are doing this in assembler? You are more courageous than I am.
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I assessed & (collected)10 years of something something.
10 years that I myself (plus Wong's help) took to complete.

It is: and it was: an extra-ordinary feat of collectivitae bravado!
Now that it is complete, it hardly matters. Time to pass it on soon.

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WARLOCK wrote:
Tue Jan 04, 2022 3:23 am
I assessed & (collected)10 years of something something.
10 years that I myself (plus Wong's help) took to complete.

It is: and it was: an extra-ordinary feat of collectivitae bravado!
Now that it is complete, it hardly matters. Time to pass it on soon.
Say what? Lol

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I have collected most of what I set out to do in pinball in the last 10 years.
It is now time to start thinning the herd to a manageable and reasonable size.

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WARLOCK wrote:
Tue Jan 04, 2022 1:58 pm
I have collected most of what I set out to do in pinball in the last 10 years.
It is now time to start thinning the herd to a manageable and reasonable size.
Ahh, gotcha! Wanting to shed if you have too many games is not such a bad problem to have! :D
And I'm sure we can help you with that, lol

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cap wrote:
Mon Jan 03, 2022 10:12 pm
You are doing this in assembler? You are more courageous than I am.
BSOS is what its creator called it. The link has way more info but in a nutshell an arduino is connected onto the J5 diagnostic connector on a Bally or Stern MPU. The CPU is told to halt, the Arduino drives the hardware instead. Completely reversible, just plugs on, a little switch lets you go back and forth. Since it is an Arduino, the code is written in C++.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic ... an-arduino

I duplicated the original game, then added new rules on top of them, there are now 5 goals to be achieved before getting to what I call 15 ball mode.

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I heard of the Arduino Pinball Controller but this looks different. How many lines of code did it take?
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The OS proper is on its own tab and is about 2000 lines. The game logic is about 3000 lines of which about 500 lines are pre-existing state machine code to make the game cycle through attract, initialize game play, initialize new ball, normal game play, bonus countdown, then match mode. I wrote about 2500 lines plus some definition files for what lamps, switches, solenoids are in the game. Doing a second game is waaay faster.

I created a thread in the Projects area. viewtopic.php?f=25&t=27552

I got my game video done. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37BMJt-EjWI

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Awesome! I did the BSOS Meteor conversion and it's really, really good.

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WARLOCK wrote:
Tue Jan 04, 2022 1:58 pm
I have collected most of what I set out to do in pinball in the last 10 years.
It is now time to start thinning the herd to a manageable and reasonable size.
oooo I feel this. I'm now at a very happy spot where I've got almost every grail I sought out, and so the hunt has slowed way down. (mind you, my net was catching way more things than pinball, but you know that)
like at this point I have a line on a 9-hole bagatelle, and once that happens I'll be looking for an exemplary 19th century toy bagatelle, a specific 1930s prototype I have my sights on, and that's mostly it. After that it's mostly just fixing what's here, and/or replacing them with better condition copies.
Mind you, that thinking doesn't even touch pinball, which feels so far out of my reach. I still want to eventually sell Regatta and replace it with a new machine like DP or GZ, but that kind of money is a long way away.
I'm quite content with my setup, and 3 pinballs (+ the rest of the galley of machines) is perfect for me.
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WARLOCK wrote:
Tue Jan 04, 2022 1:58 pm
I have collected most of what I set out to do in pinball in the last 10 years.
It is now time to start thinning the herd to a manageable and reasonable size.
I know what you are feeling about achieving the goal. Difference is I didn't really have specific games in mind other than have a full lineup (in this case I have 6 spots) of games that I can't easily beat and/or the theme just clicks with me.

Been here for a while now and honestly it's strange - quite the opposite of when I was collecting 10+ years ago. I follow releases and stuff but nothing is really grabbing me. No space at the inn and it's just too risky to get rid of a game I like for a game I know nothing about. It's almost like I am bored of pinball except I play every singly day. I just like what's here.

The only game that will leave "soonish" is LOTR. I thought it was a keeper because I never got to the end when I owned it years ago. However I've beat it within a few weeks of owning it again and a few times after that. Doesn't make me want to play again. Weird that on MMr I can get to the end mode fairly regularly yet I still want to keep playing. I think it's because beating MMr takes about 30 mins. I've had 90 min games on LOTR. It gets boring playing 1 game for that long.

In any case I will need a spot for an incoming game but not right away. I intend to take STTNG out of the lineup for a full restore and once that is done I will sell LOTR. Always keeping 6 working games that I like is the goal.
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I sold my Shadow yesterday. It lasted less than 24 hours. I thought it would take months like my Xmen did. I also got my TZ back up and running over the holidays. It had issues and was out of commission for quite a while. I was considering selling TZ and keeping Shadow but every time I play TZ … we’ll I just can’t do it. I have now owned that beast for over 14 years.
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I enabled somebody......and picked myself up a very nice pinball dolly at a great price.
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set an alarm so I can bid in a UK auction that begins at 5am EST Friday...
playfield wanted: Dolly Parton
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Received it for the next gameroom
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Yes it s really her that bought it :D :D

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I have a new article up, published in the Nikkei Voice
http://nikkeivoice.ca/arcade-origins-in ... rn-gaming/

Also have pics of the physical paper on my blog
http://pinballnovice.blogspot.com/2022/ ... gashi.html
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Another bit of pre-pinball arcade history, I've received permission to release this trove of 30 high res scans of Playland At The Beach circa 1930s
http://pinballnovice.blogspot.com/2022/ ... mes-r.html
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cait001 wrote:
Sun Jan 23, 2022 11:38 am
Another bit of pre-pinball arcade history, I've received permission to release this trove of 30 high res scans of Playland At The Beach circa 1930s
http://pinballnovice.blogspot.com/2022/ ... mes-r.html
Thanks for sharing. I love the large 5 cent SKEE-BALL signs in the 3rd b&w photo down. They are absolutely massive! I'm unsure of the font style but it looks like Times New Roman. Such classic looking signage. I still love that look today.

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I might have found the Northern most pinball machines up in Qikiqtarjuaq? http://pinballnovice.blogspot.com/2022/ ... nball.html
vastly more North than the Kuujjuaq Arcade http://pinballnovice.blogspot.com/2020/ ... -1982.html

A little cold won't stop us from flipping!



Also I picked up a 9-hole bagatelle http://pinballnovice.blogspot.com/2022/ ... telle.html
and assembled all the bite-sized tables http://pinballnovice.blogspot.com/2022/ ... elles.html

anyone interested in a few hundred years of pinball pre-history?
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playfield wanted: Dolly Parton
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cait001 wrote:
Wed Jan 26, 2022 4:27 pm
I might have found the Northern most pinball machines up in Qikiqtarjuaq? http://pinballnovice.blogspot.com/2022/ ... nball.html
vastly more North than the Kuujjuaq Arcade http://pinballnovice.blogspot.com/2020/ ... -1982.html

A little cold won't stop us from flipping!
What a neat story to read! Nice seeing people who really appreciate the hobby

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I made this video for my contractor as a thank you for completing my basement renovations.

Volume must be set to 10 before playing.

Looking forward to sharing this new space with my fellow Ottawa Pinheads soon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1ba-DISVZo

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Craig wrote:
Thu Jan 27, 2022 2:18 pm
I made this video for my contractor as a thank you for completing my basement renovations.

Volume must be set to 10 before playing.

Looking forward to sharing this new space with my fellow Ottawa Pinheads soon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1ba-DISVZo

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What a transformation. Looks great!

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I love the Mister Arcade signage. I use to hang out at Baseline all the time. It's where I first played pinball. A Blackhole.

I still need to figure out where my pins are going (they are in a temp setup right now), but I'd like to bug you for the art files at a later date if you are willing to share.

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figured you would all enjoy this Creative Computing, 1982-09 pg 114 arcade price list
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via https://twitter.com/GameResearch_E/stat ... 2772061194
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cait001 wrote:
Wed Feb 02, 2022 3:26 pm
figured you would all enjoy this Creative Computing, 1982-09 pg 114 arcade price list
Creative Computing, 1982-09 pg 114 arcade price list.jpg

via https://twitter.com/GameResearch_E/stat ... 2772061194
I applied an inflation calculator to Defenders $2,395 posted price and arrived at $7,147 in 2022 US dollars.
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