This Week in Pinball: **TODAY** (1/19) at 7:00PM EST, the LIVE TWIPY Pinball Awards Show!


Around the Playfield with Gary Stern:

Welcome to our new series!

We ask Gary the following questions:

The Start Button: How did you first get into pinball?

The Plunge: What was the first pinball machine you bought?

The Skill Shot: What is your best pinball achievement or favorite pinball moment?

Good Shots, Bad Bounces: What is your favorite and least favorite pinball machine?

The Wizard Mode: What is your dream theme you’d like to see made into a pinball machine?

The Tilt: What is the dumbest mistake you’ve made in pinball (mishap moving a machine, messing up trying to fix a machine, etc.)?

The High Score: Describe the pinball hobby in one word.

Match – Next Game: Where do you see the pinball hobby in 5-10 years?


Favorite machines are the last two Stern produced? :thinking:


I think that is his “go to” answer when someone asks his favorite pin :slight_smile:



  • The Beatles Are Coming
  • The Story and Possibility of Kosmic Khaos Pinball
  • Is Iron Maiden the Next Stern?
  • Live TWIPY Awards Show - Friday at 7:00 PM EST
  • Pinball Bulbs - advertisement
  • Pirates of the Caribbean Updates, Jersey Jack Interviewed
  • Alien Code Update
  • Stern Growth
  • IFPA State Championship Series
  • It Never Drains in Southern California Winner
  • New Pinball Event in the UK
  • Victory Laps, End of Post Bonus
  • Match! Next Game - What is Coming Up on TWIP



Besides the well done content of this newsletter, I hope I’m not the only one who notices the tweaked plea to JK Rowling each week. Always makes me smile. :slight_smile:


Around the Playfield with JOSH SHARPE


TODAY (1/19) at 7:00 PM EST, LIVE TWIPY Pinball Awards Show! Check your local time :slight_smile:

Don’t miss it, it will be a fun time! Tune in here at 7:00PM EST to watch:

Best Animations and Display
Best Lightshow
Favorite New Mod (write-in)
Best Theme
Best Toys and Gimmicks
Favorite Pinball YouTube Channel (write-in)
Best Theme Integration
Best Sound and Callouts
Favorite Pinball Twitch Streamer (write-in)
Best Code and Rules
Best Playfield Gameplay and Layout
Favorite Pinball Podcast (write-in)
Best Artwork
Game of the Year

Batman ’66
Dialed In
Guardians of the Galaxy
Lexi Lightspeed – Escape from Earth
Star Wars
The Jetsons
Total Nuclear Annihilation

(Thanks to all the input from the pinball community in determining which nominees should be eligible!)

Zach and Greg from Straight Down the Middle: a pinball show!