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My intro to pinball
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My intro to pinball

It was about six years ago when my brother called me up because somebody had a pinball for sale. Not just any pin, but a blast from our past, CYCLONE! My brother Mike is 2 years older than I, and as kids we used to walk to the gas station near our home,  I think it was a 7-11, and we would use up all our extra quarters  on Cyclone. We loved it, Good times and great memories!  The guy that   > Read the full story...

Pinball brought back to life with Arduino
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Pinball brought back to life with Arduino

About 20 years ago I bought a "Circa 1933" pinball machine (made in 1978) at a garage sale in non-working condition. I have always been a pinball fan and I enjoy fixing things as a hobby, so this was perfect for me. After some troubleshooting I discovered that the computer chip was not functioning, damaged by a faulty power supply. There was no hope to replace the faulty chip because the pinball machine manufacturer (Fascination International, Inc.) was out of   > Read the full story...

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Once a Juggler, ALWAYS a Juggler

“Once a Juggler, ALWAYS a Juggler”

January 29th, 2023

My actual pinball journey began around 1980.  Before that, my memory of pins is vague.  What I clearly remember is being at my parents' friends   > more...

Black Hole Disc Blinker LEDs

“Black Hole Disc Blinker LEDs”

January 18th, 2023

I chose to convert the 11 lamps under the spinning disc to controlled LED bulbs because:   1.  The 455 blinker bulbs may not be available   > more...


“RIP Dad”

January 8th, 2023

I've been thinking of my dad lots lately who passed in September 2022. My pinball/arcade/video game addiction started with him. I was three years old   > more...

My Pinball Story and Re-Discovery

“My Pinball Story and Re-Discovery”

January 6th, 2023

The first time I played a pinball machine when I was 4 years old in 1984. I found the mechanical aspect and excitment of the   > more...

Now I See You

“Now I See You”

January 4th, 2023

Growing up in the 80s & 90s, we used to ski at a local place called Fortress Mountain. It had a pretty sizable arcade, and   > more...

How it started

“How it started”

January 3rd, 2023

I always loved playing pinball as a kid in the 70's and 80's. I grew up in the skating rink, and most rinks had a   > more...

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Women’s IFPA Tournament: Thursday 2/2 at Hop & Barrel!

Hudson, WI (US) February 2, 2023

Bayou City Monumental Mondays near Montrose

Houston, TX (US) February 6—April 3, 2023

James Bond Launch Party at Crafted 1979!

Mokena, IL (US) February 8, 2023

Ann Arbor Sunday Funday at Pinball Pete's

Ann Arbor, MI (US) February 12, 2023

Mississippi Galentine's Matchplay Day

Flowood, MS (US) February 18, 2023

Inaugural Long Beach Women's Strikes Tourney 2/18

Long Beach, CA (US) February 18, 2023

Crazy Martin’s Monthly Tournament

Piqua, OH (US) February 19, 2023


Auckland, Au (NZ) March 3—6, 2023

World System 11 Championship

Pukekohe, Au (NZ) March 4, 2023

Louisville Arcade Expo 2023

Jeffersontown, KY (US) March 10—12, 2023

Pinball news Headlines


The first European show for the coin-op trade’s 2023 season took place at the ExCel London Exhibition Centre in London’s Docklands, as the EAG International Expo returned. Held in halls S1, S2 and S3 on the south side of the building, the Entertainment, Attractions & Gaming (EAG) show has been held at the ExCel since …   Read on...


Having previously announced the Pro, Premium and Limited Edition variants of their James Bond 007 cornerstone title, Stern Pinball today revealed the much-anticipated 60th Anniversary limited edition featuring all six actors who played the role of Bond in the MGM/UA movies. The cabinet artwork is a montage created from posters for the 25 official James …   Read on...


In his recent two-part article about making your own infra-red testers, Todd Andersen introduced the use of cheap microcontrollers to replace the discrete components used in his earlier design. He showed how microcontrollers can be programmed to provide more flexibility and more inputs/outputs than using discrete components. This led to the idea of using microcontrollers …   Read on...


This second article deals with the use of Arduino software. It starts with an explanation and a few simple Arduino sketches for Digispark clone boards. It them moves on to a more complicated programming example, requiring multiple inputs to control multiple outputs, and the use of a Nano clone board.   Read on...


In a further move towards consolidating the long-term future of the company ahead of their relocation to new premises towards the end of 2023, Stern Pinball today made a series of announcements about changes to their senior management roles. Having taken over from Gary Stern as President of the company when he joined Stern Pinball …   Read on...

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Cinderella 1948 Gottlieb

I have a legacy Cinderella and I'm looking for a backglass mylar replacement. Was my grandfather's and then in our gameroom,   >



I still consider myself new to pinball. I first played pinball in 2016. On just the one occasion. Then I   >

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Sparkys Trading Post Hatch NM

The Sparkys Family is building a Trading Post in Hatch New Mexico next to our Diner. Inside is a collection   >

New Orleans Pinball Repair?

New Orleans Pinball Repair?

Hello Everyone,          Does anybody know a pinball repair person in New Orleans or Lousiana.  Somebody that is   >

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Smedley background...

Old Smedley here.  Just a guy from "the 70s" who for awhile spent more time at the pinballs in the   >



I am a home automation/AV dealer and installer.  My company is now 17 years old.  I'm just a big boy   >

A trip into Pinball with Fireball II

A trip into Pinball with Fireball II

I was always an arcade player, the primary reason being that I had money. I rarely had money to play   >

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Professional Mover

I have been a professional mover for over 30 Years. I have been running pinball deliveries for the past year   >

Playing Virtual and Stern/CGC's at local arcades, want a real pin.

Playing Virtual and Stern/CGC's at local arcades, want a real pin.

I just joined Pinside as it's the place to be.  I fondly remember playing in the late 80's and early   >

Just Another Typical Pinball Story

Just Another Typical Pinball Story

     I'm Boots, and i was born in September of '83, which was somewhat of an awkward year for   >

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Starting my collection

The title says most of it... Finally have a space to set up a few machines and I'm excited to get   >

New to Pinside

New to Pinside

Hello and thank you for offering a great group!  I've loved pinball since I was about 10 years old.  Now, after the   >

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