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Homepin Thunderbirds playfield

Postby Azatotht » Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:25 am

Still not final...

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Re: Homepin Thunderbirds playfield

Postby Dave W. » Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:40 am

Would be nice to see a small start up company get the game developed and out to market.
Sadly, many of them run into issues somewhere along the line and it doesn't happen.

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Re: Homepin Thunderbirds playfield

Postby cap » Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:47 am

This playfield is awesome. I can't wait to see it action. The only thing weird is satan burning in hell on the right. How come he is so much bigger than the other characters?

Dave W. wrote:Would be nice to see a small start up company get the game developed and out to market.
Sadly, many of them run into issues somewhere along the line and it doesn't happen.

Oh, but this company barely made it after the death of the founder's wife. She was a company owner too and her assets were frozen for a long time.
What saved the company was their other business of repro games and boards, with the help of distributors intentionally loading up on inventory,
as well as the low cost to do business in China.
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Re: Homepin Thunderbirds playfield

Postby cait001 » Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:20 am

Dave W. wrote:Would be nice to see a small start up company get the game developed and out to market.
Sadly, many of them run into issues somewhere along the line and it doesn't happen.


My mind reels at the logistics for starting a company like that, but still rooting for them.

Is that right wireform just flinging the ball in to the left slings?
The ship toy in the upper right seems cool with it's extra wide ramp beneath it.
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Re: Homepin Thunderbirds playfield

Postby Fifty » Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:12 am

cap wrote:Oh, but this company barely made it after the death of the founder's wife. She was a company owner too and her assets were frozen for a long time.
What saved the company was their other business of repro games and boards, with the help of distributors intentionally loading up on inventory,
as well as the low cost to do business in China.

Very true. Their software designer also passed away while in mid-design and they lost everything he was working on.

I'm interested to see how this one does out in the wild. Mike, the owner of the company, is a straight up engineer and everything has been engineered to death. I see there is some controversy over on Pinside now and there are reports that their board design was borrowed from Ben Heck without a 'thanks' or mention too. I am starting to wonder if it's possible to open a pinball company without some sort of bullshit on the side.

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Re: Homepin Thunderbirds playfield

Postby cap » Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:47 am

Fifty wrote:I see there is some controversy over on Pinside now and there are reports that their board design was borrowed from Ben Heck without a 'thanks' or mention too. I am starting to wonder if it's possible to open a pinball company without some sort of bullshit on the side.

How can you "borrow" a board design without retribution? Was the board in the public domain? Why would a "thank you" be enough?
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Re: Homepin Thunderbirds playfield

Postby cait001 » Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:53 pm

Fifty wrote:I see there is some controversy over on Pinside


That's all you ever need to say. :lol:
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Re: Homepin Thunderbirds playfield

Postby Fifty » Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:57 pm

cap wrote:
Fifty wrote:I see there is some controversy over on Pinside now and there are reports that their board design was borrowed from Ben Heck without a 'thanks' or mention too. I am starting to wonder if it's possible to open a pinball company without some sort of bullshit on the side.

How can you "borrow" a board design without retribution? Was the board in the public domain? Why would a "thank you" be enough?

It was put out as open source. The common courtesy is to acknowledge the original designer by saying thank you and mentioning their name but despite the evidence that it was copied, Mike denies it still.



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