How are the EM pins coming along? I see over 200 listed on the website but the inaugural event last January had no more than about 20-30 working in total... and of them... at least half weren't working very well.
Understandably, although the website says "each of these machines will be displayed and in working order – ready to be played by you and your friends", I'll need confirmation before promoting the event this time. It's just too expensive and time consuming to fly to LA, rent cars and hotels, etc, for what is a comparatively small number of playable titles.
I personally spend 30+ hours on a typical EM for the mech/electrical portion alone. You can't simply "fix what broke" on these old games. They need to be completely rebuilt to withstand another generation of pounding... and that takes a lot of time... and John has a LOT of games.
I believe Arcade Expo will eventually become a premiere experience like Pinburgh/ReplayFX, TPF, PHOF, and Ann Arbor. Just needs some more time to get there. So, how we doin'?