I got my first game back in December 2019. We had lost our younger brother back in June and going through his "treasures" (he collected a lot of stuff, jam packed into a tiny apartment) made me realize that life is short. For someone who always loved pinball, well, dammit, it was time to get one. One became two in February 2020, just before the COVID lockdowns and closures. So I had something to do: cleaning, repairing, tweaking, and of course playing a Gottlieb Duotron (right in the sweet spot of my early playing days) and a Gottlieb Domino (a game that I might have encountered as a kid, but it would have felt a bit dated then with the art, the smaller flippers and bells instead of chimes). I enjoy having two different eras going. Neither game is a superstar but hey, it's pinball!
Ironically, when I was buying my first game, I passed by a wide-body Genie, fearing my little basement would be too cramped. Little did I know I'd soon have 3 games, as a Chicago Coin Sky Rider joined the rotation in March 2020 and somehow they all fit. I bought it for balloon pilot friends that I crew for who were building a barn (nice statement piece). The barn project took a lot longer than anticipated, but it's done, and it's time for Sky Rider to head out to it's intended home.
Haven't broken down a game in a few years - and the heads of those 4 player EMs are heavy as hell. But it's broken down and will head out soon. I'm overdue to sort / clean / purge some shelving units that have been hiding behind the games (a quick solution to making room for the games that has been out of sight / out of mind for far too long) and having the extra room will make that a possibility.
After that, well, maybe another game. Probably stick with EMs and Gottlieb - a smaller wedgehead perhaps, and something with a bit more playability / fun. Drop targets would be nice....