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  1. For the people asking and PM'ing me, here is the current state of the write up: https://shaunjay.com/2020/05/18/homemade-pokie-machine/ :) Please note that I've completely finished the cabinet now, I haven't added new photos yet, but I will when I get around to it. :rolleyes Until then, hopefully this will help others trying to get their buttons to light up at the correct times. If anyone has any questions, please let me know as I'll try and update/fix my write up if necessary. :023:
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  2. For those interested - the first machine has arrived at Cointaker and will be showcased on a special edition of The Super Awesome Pinball Show (going to air tomorrow morning our time)
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  3. Finally got the trick to perform big scores... Light the special, and beat that dealer to score tremendous points. 541.220 🙃
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  4. Hi All I've been lurking a while, reading up on things. I've made a few machines, restored a few pins but my latest challenge is 10 1980s boards I purchased from Argentina. So it's all watchdogs, logic probes, EPROM burning and address lines all of a sudden. All new to me, but learning as much as I can. I registered so I could read more threads, thank you to all you insanely clever and experienced people that generously share your skills and expertise. Hope to chat to you over the coming months. I'm in the UK, but if I were in Australia....South Australia is for me. 🙂
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  5. Didn't quite understand what actually happened Did you borrow/store the machine at your mates house and he basically claimed it and sold it ? or was it stolen from his premises and its now missing
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  6. So close to clocking it I thought I had it 830 thousand first ball.. 914,310
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  7. Thanks. Our first pinball comp since the introduction of this will be run today. Hopefully we'll hit the 8 players required, though we've been a bit up and down with players lately. We'll email results later tonight or tomorrow for our competition. We are currently running our competitions on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month, however may trial moving one to a Saturday to hopefully encourage a few of the Brisbane/Ipswich players to drive up the hill to play, have some drinks and stay the night in Toowoomba. If there is enough demand, we can look into close by accommodation packages and maybe look at drink specials for those who want to travel for a weekend away.
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  8. 197260 my table was blown out so I adjusted the lighting and was surprised by how nice the colours are. I like how the table has replicated the casino odds to remind us how quickly you throw away your money gambling. Casino brick flippers, magnets on the side lanes a super sucker down the guts and very little to hit that doesn’t favour the dealer. This game will show who the real contenders for VP17 are. Fire up the Yoga mat comrades and don’t throw your pc out the window.
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  9. 329,420......ok, ignore all that crap I said before!
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  10. I worked there for 7 years on the maintenance team as the park's Game tech. It was after the fire and the new park was made. I worked with the brother of the guy given a bravery award for pulling the next car load of people about to go through the one way doors into the fire. There were 4 people in that car and if it went through those steel doors, they would have died as well. Working there, what can I say. I had most of my mates jobs there as well and it was a 7 year party. Yes you worked long and hard but you played harder. Earned a lot of money because of the stupidly long hours you worked as a full time worker. Normal 5 day week was 52 hours but the most I ever worked was more like 102. During the Christmas school holidays you worked 7 days a week for the 6 weeks so 42 days straight. During that time working 7 days like all the school holidays, the short day was Sundays....8AM- 5.30PM. All the other days were 8AM - 11PM. Fun times but it had to end or I'd be dead now.
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  11. I've only just got my cab back online after a minor upgrade turned into a mountain of work. Just a couple of quick games so I am not completely out of this comp, but to be honest with the dropping of taptalk support posting scores is way more effort that it used to be, so not sure I'll be all in this comp, see how it pans out. 242,570,420
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  12. I've only just got my cab back online after a minor upgrade turned into a mountain of work. Just a couple of quick games so I am not completely out of this comp, but to be honest with the dropping of taptalk support posting scores is way more effort that it used to be, so not sure I'll be all in this comp, see how it pans out. 3544
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  13. Helps of I type in the right colour numbers. It works very nice thanks JAR. Looks the goods
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  14. Cant resist some kerbside crts that are different than the usual
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  15. 4480. When I get that little left flip to the acehole the points rack up and every time I look up to see the score I lose control of the bowl. Don’t look, concentrate. Why do I keep looking while those beautiful chimes are ringing. :lolthere she goes. It was great to get tortured by paragon in VPL16. That game definately taught me the importance of no loose shots.
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  16. 295,920 I'm on the board. Physics on this one really make life difficult. Theres been some big scores so I must be missing something.
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  17. 4.9V on the board is a bit low, some parts on the PCB might be even less. It might be worth trying a bit higher (as above) if you can easily adjust the supply. A small change can make the difference on some PCBs - say 5.2 at the edge connector. There's not much else which is easily checked, if you (or someone nearby) have access to an EPROM programmer the ROMS could be read to see if working and verified against known ROMsets. Otherwise if you're keen to get it working the next step is probably to find a repairer familiar with those PCBs who might give you an estimate, maybe whoever fixed your Rygar PCB would be worth asking as that was a success. It looks pretty good in the photos, at least it hasn't been obviously abused.
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  18. 1960. Better late than never! This table is driving me nuts!
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  19. A couple of basic checks, any activity if you press the test switch on the PCB when turning it on? check +5v on the PCB somewhere e.g. between pins 16 and 32 on one of the ROMs, increase slightly if it is low but never set it to more than 5.2. (5.1 is a safe starting point) With power off try gently pressing the socketed ICs into their sockets in case they´ve vibrated loose or bad contact. If they seem like they´ve been disturbed look closely for bent or broken pins. Regards,
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  20. I tend to agree. I am guessing the majority of private pinball machine owners are aged between 40-60 (like me). Meaning we spent time playing arguably the best and most popular machines from the mid 80's to the late 90's, when we were teens and into our early 20's. My thought is what happens in 20-30 yrs time when we are 60-90 yrs old, and many of us owners passing on? The machines will most likely be sold due to their size and maintenance requirements and non interest by our kids. Then it becomes the old case of 'supply and demand'. That's another discussion there............... I can only speak from experience and state nearly every person (including young kids) that visits my house is impressed with the pinball machines. They love the look of them, the games room set up, and they love playing them. Would they own one or continue to have genuine interest in owning one? No. My kids are aged 7 and 11. They do enjoy playing them when I suggest it, but never ask or are keen to play them anymore. Why would they, when they have their own devices to play/watch Roblox, TikTok and other games/videos on. Sad, but the way it is. My point is, the popularity and love for pinball is greatly reduced in the next generation or the teens of today. I have spoken in length about this with a few close mates and an operator mate who tend to agree. His on site pinball machines are predominantly played by older men, the dads and grand-dads who remember playing them when a teen. Not so much by the kids. His machines are not included in any form of 'timed play/sessions', so each game is a separately and specifically paid game. As I have said many times, many aspects of pinball is subjective. I think in the short term (next 10-20 years), things will remain stable. Pinball will continue to be popular in homes and buying and selling good. Prices? Who knows. Most likely many factors will determine this. Long term (over 20 years), when current pinheads my age die off, pinball will too - UNFORTUNATELY. I know my family will not want to keep my machines just because I once owned them. I cannot offer any opinion on whether they need to change shape or design, etc, to survive as I just don't know. I am still only fairly new to the hobby so don't feel I have the experience or knowledge to add anything re this issue. Another interesting point I will make is that when non-pinball people play my machines, they get bored fairly rapidly. After talking to them, they state they lose their ball too quickly. Now the machines at my house are not really difficult or drainers (like the GB I owned), by any means but it's a good point. Perhaps make some new machines or set up current machines so non-pinball people can enjoy them more. At least experience longer game play. We all know how awesome they are to play when higher scores are being reached as the machine really comes to life! I recently played a DeadPool Pro on site and it was all over in a matter of a few minutes. The ball lock shot from the left flipper only worked less than half the time too that was frustrating as I love that shot.. Yes, I know I'm not a great player, but I can play just a little bit. Seriously, I felt so let down and disheartened. Imagine a child or a person playing for the first time? What incentive exists for them to play another game? One short game and they walk away. I realise it comes down to business, money and profits, I wont go down that path either as my knowledge is limited with this as I work for wages and have never had my own business. So, lets enjoy our pins now while we can........... just my 20c, that's all.
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  21. Interesting although I was never lead to believe it was anything other than a tragic fire. The time I worked on the Luna Park maintenance team was after the fire and the park had been rebuilt from the ashes but one of the guys also on the maintanence with me was the brother of the guy that saved more people from going into the fire at the old park and was awarded a bravery medal for his actions. His brother was the one that spoted the fire and stopped the now full cars on the ride from entering in the one way doors and into the fire. On receiving his bravery award for him saving some from curtain death on TV, he was recognised by the WA minister of police and was extradited to WA and charged for the importation of Budda stticks. Turns out he was one of 4 and the other 3 got caught but he made it to NSW and started working at Luna park. I never met the bravery award winner, he was still doing time in WA, but his brother always said his brother believed it was most likely fireworks that started the fire and probably by someone that was on the ride earlier as the fire started well inside the ride. Wasn't unusual to have fireworks going off at the park. Probably what most upsets me about this upcoming ABC report is it can only go back to the survivors and witnesses, (that are still alive), and find something the corronor's report held at the time with all the evidence still avaliable then being investigated by highly trained fire detectives couldn't. Highly unlikely I believe.
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  22. I think you missed my point. I'm not saying that people should watch the videos you keep posting here, I'm saying that posting dozens of videos that nobody watches is just a waste of everybody's time (note that I mentioned 'zero' views- that's because I haven't watched any of them either).
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  23. Suggestion for new forum feature: a counter that shows how many people have actually bothered to watch each video posted. There'd be a lot of zeros in this thread.
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  24. 3655 Getting above 3000 was not easy so I’m happy I’ve improved my score. I checked the scripting in this game. Man some work has gone into this table. I like the way it has been put together. Great choice of game.
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  25. Bloody legend! Send me details in PM and I’ll throw you some postage + effort
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  26. I had no idea how to change the DMD colours until you posted this. I Ended up using white and a gold and funny dark blue similar to the colours on the table I like the way the gold doesn’t interfere with the writing and doesn’t look out of place with the face cheers
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  27. 459186130 Finally got my finger off the start button Crackers. Apparently I made it to 2nd Deputy Moose. Lots of things I like about this game. I like how it mixes up the mystery bonuses and modes. I like how you get to make a choice for bonus hold, double score etc with the tick tick going and oooh I can’t make up my mind. This got to rush and make poor decisions many times.
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  28. 3 ball 0.99 code. Was 2 trophies away from Trophy Mania Wizard Mode. Completed Black Order Battle Royale but lost a gem in Battle Thanos. Collected all 6 gems but didnt get back around Battle Thanos again.
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  29. way too much. As a massive T2 fan i spent more time looking at the one I had than playing it, gets old so fast. they will go for 3k easy in current market, up to 4k
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  30. Well it has been a while and a lot has happened to slow this build down but here it is, all shiny and finished. I would like to thank all those who helped with dimensions, parts to copy from and parts sourced. This is my take on the Addams, with a hand made wooden "Thing" box using brass trim etc. I found an awesome library model on thingyverse that I won't take any credit for (I did paint it after 3-d printing it though). The 3D library is why I moved the sign as it seemed a shame to cover over this cool toy. Played around with the lighting a bit and am happy how it came out. Only thing to do is insert rule cards to be printed. It was a labour of sorts to find the time but I am more than happy with the results. Things I scratch built:- All stainless lane guides. Diverter bracket Thing cover/ball trap under playfield. Swamp metalwork Thing upkicker assembly. Thing wooden box Vault trough. All wire lane guides. Secondary loom Main wiring harness Chair bracket Thing lamp board on spk panel. Translite insert panel and brackets Probably missed heaps of other bits but that gives you an idea of what I tried to accomplish. Game using Pinsound and Pin2DMD. Sorry I don't take more photos but that's not how I build games, usually forget when in the zone. Thanks for looking.
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  31. I'm happy if you run the event as you like. IFPA rules generally, but as this is all new (relatively) and less money at steak, run it as you see fit. It is good experience if you have some form of finals, so best score is fine, record them whenever you like, but then get players together on the one night for the top 8 and have some form of finals perhaps. That really encourages competitive play, but if this is not possible I'll put the "best score" or "selfie league" idea to other TD"s and see what they say.
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  32. Oh so we've all had covid now? Wow I felt ok the last year. And to think the rest of the world is panicking about a flu. Crazy stuff. They should have consulted you Ray, to get the real story
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  33. I've got 11 of the bastards and the newest has the glass off most often. Ripleys has been the least problem out of the mid 90's onwards but the old 78 79 81 & 84 builds rarely have the glass off. They are by no means pristine but they are players. The newer machines at all meets I go to seem to be the most problematic. Some of the old girls get the glass taken off for a clean rather than any mechanical fix.....Go figure?:unsure
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  34. Totally agree with that. Since getting a EM Zaccaria with the backbox as wide as the body, one could only imagine a few zac's in a line side by side. You would be very touchy feely with the player next to you.
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  35. Cool, I'm sure there are many on here that hold that exact same view. I'm starting to think pinball is a lost cause being propped up by mostly old men trying to relive a time long ago and there is nothing wrong with that. It's just not sustainable. I think it's a product that is simply to slow to evolve to make it commercially viable ever again which would put it in the same catagory as a car maker making cars solely for the collectors market and how successful do you think that would be?. Gotta admit though, the fat short person coffin with the headstone design is not doing any favours to the cause aye? Let me explain something. We were operating LAI skill testers. Clean, well lit multi coin coin mech machines with fluffy toys. We changed those LAI skill testers for Japanese skill testers. Same toys, same pricing and same toy VS coin input percentage and the revenue near doubled. That is the impact of something fresh appearing in an arcade. Could such a change of appearance have a similar effect for pinball?. I don't know, probably. They say about 60% of a machines success is simply getting people to look at it. Of those that look, some will play. Of those that play, some will return if they enjoyed that first game. That is the industry and is pretty much how it has been since day dot. When you hear potencial customers looking from a distance and saying, ow it's just a pinball, I would say pinball has an image problem. They aren't saying look, a Deadpool machine. No, it's a pinball indicating to me it makes no difference what the hell the machine is called, that iconic shape could be doing it harm. Yes, that iconic shape brings in us that might go into such a place and beeline directly to that Stern knowing full well it is one of stern pinballs latest and just have to play it but we are also the people that walk into such a place, see no pinball so we sit down and have a coffee quitely fumming thinking what a shit place because there is no pinball. We are also the generation that's numbers are slowly getting smaller. Sad thing is we all have people, young and old to our private houses and they play a pinball for the first time either through our insistance or there own curiousity and love it. That indicates to me, the game itself or rather the concept of pinball still works. It is enjoyable. Now the question is how to get such people, (Never actually tried a pinball before), to play a machine you are fairly curtain they would like it if only they would try it?. I think you would stand a better chance if you repackaged it and while doing that, design into it easier for the people that handle it after all, if it's an arse of a machine to move and set up and time consuming, it would want to make good money or it will be replaced by something that can just be wheeled in and plugged in and turned on. That is basically what this thread is about. All hypothetical but just interesting to hear other people's views that clearly love pinballs and what better people to ask?
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  36. All I see is my son rubbing his hands together & saying aren't you dead yet..
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  37. @Andyj965 I've already filtered him from my views as his posts are trying to sound intelligent yet contain no substance. Thanks for the huge effort in calling this behaviour out.
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  38. Unfortunately not Tony, best you can do is add the user to your ignore list and the posts won't show up.
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  39. Holy crap. This takes the cake. You're a deadset moron. It's hilarious that you believe you think critically. I teach 12 year olds with better critical thinking skills than you. Significantly better skills. Don't you have a conspiracy theory thread to go and rant in?
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  40. If you don't see ignorance as a good thing, then maybe stop posting unproven, unfounded, ignorant bullshit :unsure
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  41. The other day I made a comment on another thread - Obviously, that was wrong... There's a few clips of the gameplay on youtube and one which shows the internals which might be helpful. The ROMS appear to have been dumped for MAME so maybe some similar hardware could be converted... Regards, John The Arcade Flyer Archive - Arcade Game Flyers: Wack-A-Doodle-Doo, Sega / Sega Pinball, Inc.
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  42. Let's look at components and how you access them. This is important to understand before you get to subjects like address decoding. ROMs / EPROMs! The common ROM or EPROM has two enable lines and to simplify it, Chip Enable is the power control and used for device selection. It's written with a bar over top of the name of the signal, or with a slash when you're doing common text like this /CE, which signifies it's active low. The chip does nothing (that you can see) when the pin is at logic high or tied to +5v. Putting this line high puts ROMs or EPROMs that have a standby mode into that mode where they draw very little power. The second line is the /OE or Output Enable. It is active low as well and is the output control for the chip - can it or can it not output data to the bus. You can have /CE low, but without /OE low, the chip can't output its data to the bus. Mask ROMs are ROMs that are pre-programmed at the time they are created. They are programmed by the masks in use as the layers get deposited on the silicon substrate when the chip is created. Bipolar PROMs are programmable ROMs that you program by blowing tiny microscopic nichrome (or similar) metal fuses. When dealing with older versions of these like the 9316, 9332, or older, you'll get into ones with different pinouts and different polarities on the enable lines (enable high vs. enable low) - so refer to the schematic when you're looking at these.
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  43. ​​ I decided to continue a bit more with the metal work for this one, so did a quick refresher on CAD work whilst laying all the parts out flat to be laser cut. Funny where trigonometry comes in handy. ​​​ Took a fair chunk of the day but managed to bend up, shape and assemble the guides and check for alignment on the playfield. A couple needed minor adjustments but everything worked better than expected. Tomorrow hope to get the thing motor mount made up, the swamp under playfield assy and whatever else I have forgotten. Forgot how much fun doing this stuff can be, and pretty damn rewarding too. Hope to keep the posts dribbling in.
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