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Paragon vs Intruder

So a couple months ago I opened a private tattoo studio that me and my wife operate out of. It’s just the two of us and get to deal with awesome clients. We do not do walk in tattoos and stay booked months in advance so we do not deal with odd people or sketchy people either. We also have an online pin/patch/art store that we operate out of one of the back rooms. In that room I store a   > Read the full story...

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Shift into high gear!

Well, I did it...  Transitioned from hobbyist to working in the pinball industry.  Crazy right?  A series of fortunate events took place to make this happen:  I moved to SE Wisconsin, met some great friends in the local pinball scene and pinball media, joined some leagues, started streaming pinball on Twitch, put myself out there and got a job as the tech service manager at American Pinball.

In the past 2 years at API I’ve learned a lot and have helped   > Read the full story...

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Pinball: A Graphic History of the Silver Ball

“Pinball: A Graphic History of th...”

April 9th, 2022

I just got my copy of the newly release graphic novel "Pinball: A Graphic History of the Silver Ball" by Jon Chad and holy hell   > more...

Working in a Pinball World

“Working in a Pinball World”

April 3rd, 2022

It's an interesting and unique journey we all have. Making decisions of what hobbies we'd like to dive deeper into. Wondering how things we love   > more...

Pins in the living room? Like father, like son.

“Pins in the living room? Like fa...”

April 2nd, 2022

Let’s go back to the year 2007, which seems like yesterday in many ways. Probably because the gas prices are the same as today. I   > more...

Pursuit of Happiness

“Pursuit of Happiness”

March 23rd, 2022

Comet was the first pin I remember playing as a kid.  I started indoor soccer at Concord Sports Club in St. Louis, MO when I   > more...

Tale of the machines

“Tale of the machines”

March 19th, 2022

Hello! Brand new to this site, I guess I'm just sort of 'checking things out'? What's my 'story'? Way back in 1970-or-so, while atteneding UW-Milwaukee,   > more...

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March 19th, 2022

My first pinball experience was in August of 1976.  My older siblings would swim in the “Counties” swim meet at Rye Playland.   There were hundreds of people   > more...

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TBAP 2022

I am pleased to be able to share this summary of the events of the weekend of April 29th to May 1st when the TBAP 2022 event was celebrated. As you may know, it was only after the pandemic that we could finally organise and enjoy the Torneig Barcelon de Pinball or TBAP, Barcelona?s pinball …   Read on...


Homebrew pinball creator Ryan McQuaid has been hired by American Pinball as their newest Game Designer. Ryan created the Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball custom game which won the People’s Choice award for the best custom game at the Pintastic show last year. It’s not clear if American Pinball plan to make the Sonic game but …   Read on...


This book is the latest publication by Illustrator and writer Jon Chad, primarily known in indie comics circles for the 21-volume Science Comics series and his collaboration with Alec Longstreth on the pinball comics zine Drop Target.   Read on...


After the 2020 and 2021 shows were cancelled, we’re back in Frisco for the 2022 edition of the Texas Pinball Festival. We’re in the familiar surroundings of the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center which has hosted the show since 2014. As you can see, the weather is excellent and the temperature is good enough …   Read on...


After being cancelled in 2021 due to COVID-19, this year’s EAG International Expo was delayed for the same reason, moving from mid-January to the start of March. Now, with pandemic restrictions in the UK greatly relaxed, we’re back at the ExCel London exhibition centre in London’s Docklands for our familiar look around the UK’s premier …   Read on...

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I've been playing pinball since I was a kid, back in the late 70s.  I live in a very small   >

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First pinball machine

My dad bought me a pinball machine when I was a teenager.  It was Circus, made by Bally ('73).

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First Pinball Machine In China

Pinball game is a coin operated arcade game. Players earn points by shooting metal balls on an inclined playground, hitting   >

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Pinball Life

Lifelong pinhead, playing last 10 years at Flat Top Johnnys until they closed August 14 2020. Working on rebuilding the experience... come   >

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Was riding my bike one evening near my house and I look into my neighbors garage and all I see   >

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Another Brick in the Wall

Hey All! Been into Pinball and Arcade for about 40 years now and still loving the hobby!  Buy, restore, keep, and   >

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My dad used to run a route in the 90's and got out of the business.  I still have a   >

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The story of Caysen Oliver

Pinside member   Santa Barbara, CA 1y41,40024651315 It all started before I was born 25-30 years ago when my grandpa bought a gold wings   >

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Space Invaders pinball

When Space Invaders widebody pinball came out in 1980 I was hooked. I held the top score until the arcade   >

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My pinball background

I grew up where my next-door neighbor was an operator and had an amusement game route.  He always had a   >

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I worked in the arcade industry in the late 70's and early 80's.  I was trained on EM Pinball, Jukebox   >

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Pinball what a clever Mistress!

Within the past 5 years, I have gotten into pinball. We have a north shore pinball league my wife and   >

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