My pinball story? My love of pinball comes from my first discovery of the arcade across the lake from my grandparent's house. I would always look forward to the summers with my parents and brothers up at my grandparent's house in Northern California. Always loved going there and the trips to town always equaled a trip for me to the neighborhood arcade overlooking the lake. My piggy bank would provide the needed change to play for a few hours, I would save up all year for it.
In those days of the early 1970's, pins were 10 cents for one play and 25 cents for three plays. One of the very first machines I remember playing was Gottlieb's "Flying Carpet" and I played that game over and over again. Also there was a Williams "Super Star" and a shooting gallery gun game called "Arctic Gun" (ok, not a pin, but loved that game as well).
As I grew up in the EM era, I have a penchant for those good old score reels and mechanical bells and chimes ringing all throughout the arcade. Growing up I loved just about every game I played. For EM games, I look for drop targets first, then spinners and thumper bumpers. Favorite playing card themed game of mine is Gottlieb's "Jacks Open" in which you need to hit the drop targets in the correct combination in order to score big.
Played pinball all throughout my youth and early adulthood playing SS games and the newer DMD machines, always loving the newest technology but never getting tired of the older EM and SS games.
I enjoy going to pinball shows and have attended Pin-A-Go-Go and CA Extreme in Northern California, and the Southern Pinball Festival, now Free Play Florida, in Orlando. I have played in a few tourneys and am a registered IFPA member.
I am getting my own collection started here currently, and after I retire I look forward to learning to buy and recondition "project" pins.
I use my wish list as a kind of "Favorites" list, and add to it as I run across games that I love.