Gateway Gorgar

By ParkRangerPinball

May 30, 2024

This story got frontpaged on June 13, 2024

55 days ago

We bought a house with California Contemporary architecture. It needed a lot of work. Just after moving in, my wife and I were partying at 2am on my 40th birthday. As we tramped around the house and our moving boxes and planned rennovations, we discussed if we were going to go more 70s or 80s with the vibe. 

"You know what this house needs?" I said to my beautiful bride. "A pinball machine. From the '70s."
"I know the perfect pinball machine." she said. "I played it all the time at the bowling alley."
We had never before discussed pinball. 20 years of marriage. I vaugely remembered the Jurassic Park at my junior high movie theater. 
"Gorgar." she said to me. "Gorgar! It's the best game of all time!"

So we did what n00bs do: we impulse bought a 1979 Gorgar off eBay in the wee hours of the morning, giggling and imbibing and having a laugh. 

Only months later did we learn about Pinside. And then came more machines, soldering irons, homebrew parts, and a new hobby. 

Gorgar rules. Thank you, Gorgar. 

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40 days ago

Great story! Thanks for sharing!

37 days ago

Great story! Bet you learned alot about repair with that one.

35 days ago

Great Story! I wish my wife was into pinball machines! Would make my life much easier haha. On a side note I actually have a couple of very rare NOS Diablo backglasses which are a euro Gorgar! So if your backglass needs refreshing and you want to rarify it let me know as I’m selling them. Thanks and keep on flipping!!

32 days ago

That's awesome sir. Very cool to know that there are couples out there that both enjoy the hobby.

17 days ago

Great story, love Gorgar, so many memories playing it in Jr High

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