The first machines I ever played

Mata Hari (Bally, 1978) was the first pinball machine I played over and over, back in the late '80s. My friend had constructed a little room underneath his house where all of us gathered to do whatever bored, unsupervised teenagers did before the advent of smartphones. He had Mata Hari and we would razz each other relentlessly while we played it over and over. Usually we tried to jinx the current player by yelling lines from The Exorcist at him.   > Read the full story...



Funhouse 2.0 - Rudy's Nightmare - kit review

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June 12th, 2022

This story starts in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was November 2021. My pinball buddy Marten has an acquaintance there who wanted to sell his collection of four Bally/Williams 90’s   > Full story...

How I got involved with Pinball

“How I got involved with Pinball”

June 11th, 2022

I remember playing pinball when I was little. My mom and dad stood me up on a chair and taught me to use both buttons. However, I didn't   > Full story...


Firepower!

“Firepower!”

June 8th, 2022

In the back of my mind I've wanted to get a pinball machine.  I fell in love with a Target Alpha EM machine while visiting Quebec City.   I   > Full story...

Pinball, where have you been all my life?!

“Pinball, where have you been all...”

June 4th, 2022

Do you rememebr the old Time Out arcades that popped up in malls back in the 80s?  The summers of my youth were spent with my best friend   > Full story...


Paragon vs Intruder

“Paragon vs Intruder”

April 17th, 2022

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   > Full story...

Shift into high gear!

“Shift into high gear!”

April 4th, 2022

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   > Full story...


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 get made. Deciding   > Full story...

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 was still in   > Full story...


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