Eclectic Gamers Podcast

Episode 50:

The pinball segment covers the code update for The Walking Dead, Heighway Pinball’s announcement regarding Alien production, a discussion on TWiP’s interview with deeproot Pinball, and some happenings regarding my Pinball News article on Harry Williams, which can be read here:

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Episode 51:

In pinball, we discuss Stern’s node boards/capacitors’ kits, Star Wars v1.0, the TWIPY awards, our upcoming “shame” tournament, and TPF 2018.

We’re still gathering “shame” pinball games for the next tournament, so if you want to submit any go here (instructions are at the link):

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Episode 52:

The year-end review. Also, round 1 of the best “shame” pinball machine tournament is running, vote here:

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We’re getting ready to order another run of shirts (orange with green logo this time), and as usual we’re going to give some away (at least four). Naturally, we’re tying it in for some (relatively) painless promotion work. :wink:

Click the link below to enter. Just entering gets your name into the randomized drawing. However, you can get more entries:
*1 additional entry for following us on Facebook
*1 additional entry for following us on Twitter
*1 additional entry for following us on Instagram
*1 additional entry for leaving an iTunes review

Form includes links to all relevant locations, and what info is required for us to confirm. All actions are free of course. Limit 1 shirt per person. We’ll ship anywhere in the U.S. or bring the shirt to the Texas Pinball Festival for pick-up. Good luck!

EDIT: Post originally said 5 entries for iTunes, it’s the same as the others 1 entry (want to make sure we comply legally and all that, apologies for any confusion!)

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Episode 53:

We’ve got a year-end review of Multimorphic’s P3, a bit of Alien and Stern at CES news, and round 2 of our “shame” pinball tournament.

Round 2 voting:

T-shirt giveaway:

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Episode 54:

Steve Bowden guest hosts. Our pinball topics include round 3 of the “shame” tournament, Stern’s “Luci” vault edition, TWIP’s interview with deeproot Pinball, the TWIPY award results, the IFPA’s implemented $1 fee, games with rulesets fatal to tournament play (and how to fix them), and ways to attract new players to your local pinball tournaments. Big thanks to Steve for joining us and putting up with our humor.

Round 3 “shame” pinball voting here:


Oh, suggestions for questions to be asked of deeproot Pinball (the interview being scheduled to appear on our next episode) can be emailed in:

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Episode 55:

The pinball segment consists of an interview I did with deeproot Pinball, followed by analysis of that interview, our final round in the “shame” tournament, Spooky’s TNA success, and Oktoberfest as a pin theme.

You can vote in the final “shame” tournament round here:

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Episode 56:

Taylor (from This Flippin’ Podcast) joins in to talk pinball. We cover the results of our “shame” tournament, the Supreme pin, a Skit-B legal update, AFMr colorization issues, Ben Heck’s departure from Spooky, ways to start a pinball collection, and pinball “conventional wisdom” we disagree with.

No video games this time, too much pinball to cover.

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Episode 57:

Pinball section talks about CGC pulling back from a game reveal at TPF and the break-up of Expo/addition of Pinball Palooza. I also discuss a Laser War project I helped on and a Pinball News article I co-wrote regarding Ted Zale.

Zale article:

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Episode 58:

I have more echo than I should (new laptop’s mixing board setting got bumped, apologies), but hopefully the content makes up for it. We talk all about the 2018 Texas Pinball Festival.

Also, a new tournament Tony is running, The Worst of the Fall, is now active. You vote for the WORST game out of each match-up, covering the decline of pinball (1994-1999). Round 1 voting is here:

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So tough.

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I had to abstain on that one, I’ve never played Airborne (or even watched any footage of it). I wasn’t very fond of Viper though when we had it on location.

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Episode 59:

In pinball we talk Iron Maiden (of course), Expo’s return, the Trash Talker Podcaster Bloodbath, and Round 2 of our Worst of the Fall tournament, which is now open for voting here:

Edit: Sorry that my sound is still subpar. Fixed the echo from last time but the multiple USB mics are not playing nice in the virtual mixing board and we did not have the time to fully test so I did not catch it until I was editing. We hope to have that fully resolved next episode.

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Episode 60:

Ryan from Head2Head Pinball joins us for a vast array of topics. In pinball news we talk about ACNC at MGC 2018, the feature changes to JJP’s Pirates game, and an article I wrote on Atari’s failed pinball division. We follow this with a collector segment (Ryan provides his thoughts on collecting from the perspective of someone who wants well-playing games).

We then have a couple data segments built around Pinside data. The first examines game ratings based around various ownership tags. The second explores the ratio of wishlist to owned games, to understand those pins most in demand and hardest to get.

We then play a couple games. Slam the Top 101-200 and a continuation of our ongoing Worst of the Fall tournament.

You may vote in Round 3 of Worst of the Fall here:

You may vote for the winner of Slam the Top 101-200 here:

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Episode 61:

The pinball segment talks a little bit about Iron Maiden LE’s gameplay, but spends most of the time on two topics: JPop’s civil suit loss regarding Zidware’s failure to complete pins, and the collapse of Heighway Pinball. We also share the results of Slam the Top 101-200 and set up Round 4 of Worst of the Fall.

You can vote in Round 4 of Worst of the Fall (where you select the WORST pin of each match-up) here:

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Episode 62:

Bruce, of the Slam Tilt Podcast and The Silverball Saloon, joins the show to talk a bunch of pinball (and a bit on the virtual side).

Pinball: Discussion revolves around liquidation details for Heighway Pinball, that former pinball designer John Trudeau was arrested yet again, the pricing range currently proposed by deeproot Pinball, the Women’s International Pinball Tournament happening at Replay FX this year, Dutch Pinball’s announcement of litigation beginning between them and their former contract manufacturer, and a bit about the evidence regarding the growth of the pinball hobby as noted in an article with This Week in Pinball.

From there, Bruce provides some details regarding operating the Silverball Saloon (and how pinball integrates into that venture). Tony walks everyone through the next round of The Worst of the Fall (a tournament where you vote for the WORST of any given pinball match-up), and the pinball segment concludes with a discussion of code and what old games can be salvaged from being disappointments and transformed into winners.

Video Games: Discussion revolves around The Pinball Arcade and Farsight Studios announcing that the licenses to the Bally/Williams tables was lost and soon will be unavailable for purchase.

You can vote in Round 5 of The Worst of the Fall here:

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Episode 63:

Tony and Dennis are joined by Zach, of Straight Down the Middle: a pinball show, to talk about the silver ball.

Pinball: In pinball news, discussion focuses on This Week in Pinball being open to donations, John Popadiuk filing an appeal in his civil case regarding Zidware, a leaked image of the Deadpool playfield from Stern Pinball, the rapid sell-out of the Supreme pinball machine, the announcement that Star Trek pinball is getting a Vault Edition, and Homepin indicating their second pinball machine will target the Chinese market.

After the news, Tony leads everyone into the final round of The Worst of the Fall. Zach then describes his approach as a pinball collector, and how SDTM handles reviewing pinball machines. Finally, everyone tries the SDTM approach and reviews Wrestlemania.

Video Games: Zach, Tony, and Dennis have a brief discussion on the best video game consoles of all time.

Straight Down the Middle: a pinball show (YouTube channel):

Straight Down the Middle: a pinball show (audio podcast):

This Week in Pinball donation and giveaway details:

Round 6 Worst of the Fall voting:

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Episode 64:

Tony and Dennis are joined by Eric and Don to deep dive into the happenings at E3.

Dennis starts the podcast solo, answering questions about the show and bypassing the typical introduction segment.

Pinball: Dennis covers the pinball news alone, talking about Sandra Bullock wanting a Demolition Man pinball machine, Scott Danesi designing a second game for Spooky Pinball, Joe Schober joining American Pinball, and David Thiel becoming exclusive to deeproot Pinball.

After the news, Tony joins the show and wraps up the results of The Worst of the Fall.

Video Games: Tony and Dennis open with what they’ve been playing. After that, Eric and Don join as guests, and the rest of the episode is dedicated to E3, revolving around the announcements from the major press conferences (EA, Microsoft, Bethesda, Square Enix, Ubisoft, the PC Gaming Show, Sony, and Nintendo).

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You nailed the pronunciation of my name… thanks for asking. :wink: Also thanks for the kind comments about Alien’s software. I’m proud of that work.

I’m already quite busy designing rules for American Pinball’s next game… I hope you (and everyone) find lots of creative and fun ideas when that game is revealed. I’m pretty happy with the direction it’s taking so far.