ALIEN PINBALL - Game Over, Man, Game Over

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ALIEN PINBALL - Game Over, Man, Game Over


By HeighwayPinball

4 years ago



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#21051 6 months ago

What a cluster F$&@. As a preorderer I’m not surprised but still mad and sad. There are good people screwed over by that Ahole Andrew. Successful business ... someone should write that author of that article with a followup story idea. I need a drink ....

#21052 6 months ago

Going to break pinside rule #1, Be Nice!.
Andrew Highway is a Dick!
Highway his real last name, seems like even his last name is a scam?

#21053 6 months ago

Draining now. Time to move on.

#21054 6 months ago
Quoted from DerGoetz:

Well..to all the shills....and we all know who they are....how about growing up now.

Mighty quiet from a few members from the midwestern states...

#21055 6 months ago

From the Daily Telegraph (Oz) article via google images. Could this photo be more inappropriate? Sheesh. Is this where the Alien money got spunked?

(Andrew Heighway at Manly wharf. Picture: Adam Yip / Manly Daily).

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#21056 6 months ago
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

Highway his real last name, seems like even his last name is a scam?

Heighway-Robbery its a double barrelled surname.

#21057 6 months ago
Quoted from J85M:

Heighway-Robbery its a double barrelled surname.

He was/is quite the shyster.

#21058 6 months ago
Quoted from kidchrisso:

Where is Whysnow @ now?

im going to guess riding on the hydrofoil with Andrew?

#21059 6 months ago
Quoted from JeffF:

Andrew is a f@ck twat...

“send balance for your le, its ready to ship asap”
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#21060 6 months ago

Alien... Predator... Whoever wins... We lose

#21061 6 months ago

all i think we get it.... heighways out... people lost money..... its horrible. Unfortunately those people are beyond help at this point and its sad. But can we steer this forum back to helping keep the ones that are out there functioning / alive?

#21062 6 months ago

I haven't been tracing pinball stuff to much lately but, I checked in a couple weeks ago and saw that a container was being prepared. Last Monday I was on CoinTakers site and thought about putting in an order for an Alien pin, but decided to hold off because I was busy with some family matters. Fast-forward to today and I see that my dreams of an Alien pin are all but gone. Sad days.

I feel bad for all the people that last money on this "deal." What a wild and shitty ride for you.

Assuming there is actually a container with games in it, I'd love to be able to get one!!! Such a fun game! Oh well.

RIP Alien

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#21063 6 months ago
Quoted from Ilushka85:

all i think we get it.... heighways out... people lost money..... its horrible. Unfortunately those people are beyond help at this point and its sad. But can we steer this forum back to helping keep the ones that are out there functioning / alive?

Dozens of people just discovered that they're never going to get the game they paid for and have been waiting months or years to receive. I'd expect that plus discussion of the apparent Heighway bankruptcy to dominate this thread for the foreseeable future (vs. technical discussion from the handful of folks that actually got a game). If you want to limit discussion to tech support for game owners, you're probably better off just starting a new, more focused, thread.

#21064 6 months ago
Quoted from Aurich:

I'm not saying pay $12,000 for the game (if anyone wants to offer me $12,000 for mine please let me know lol) but I don't think the repair thing is really as dire as it sounds. Boards can be duplicated (there's already some efforts around this), we've already seen one 3D printed gear (I love that we can do that now!), I don't think fixing existing games is really the problem. If you can get ahold of one there's always a way.
What a sorry end to the saga, but I'm at least hopeful that whatever 100 odd machines are out there can be kept alive and it goes down as a rare game that has real code and is actually playable. As much as I have a ton of mixed feelings about it all, I'd like it if people got a chance to play it at shows or visiting collections and it didn't fade away after all this time and effort.

No you need to keep and open yours. Enjoy it for awhile. Then think about taking it to some shows to let public play it. You could also start a side business making mods or parts for repair. I know you'd be glad later on having decided to keep it and and go down that path.

#21065 6 months ago

To everybody with monetary or emotional investments in this, I'm sorry for whatever loss and frustration you're dealing with. What a total waste of time, money, and resources this has become for so many.

#21066 6 months ago
Quoted from Ilushka85:

But can we steer this forum back to helping keep the ones that are out there functioning / alive?

There is a dedicated thread for that already.
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/heighway-pinball-support-full-throttle-and-alien

#21067 6 months ago
Quoted from urbanledge:

At least Andrew Heighway got out on time.........

Come sail away, come sail away, come sail away with me.

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#21068 6 months ago

Or the owners’ thread.. which I started, but of which, sadly, I will never be a member.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/get-away-from-her-you-bitch-alien-club-all-members-expendable

..haha, how prescient that I put “members expendable” in the title... laugh or you’ll cry.

#21069 6 months ago
Quoted from jeffspinballpalace:

No you need to keep and open yours. Enjoy it for awhile. Then think about taking it to some shows to let public play it. You could also start a side business making mods or parts for repair. I know you'd be glad later on having decided to keep it and and go down that path.

Maybe, I'll worry about it all after/if I actually get it. But I'm not really convinced that it's something I want to look at all the time. Until it's here it's not really something I'm gonna worry about. I'm not the guy to take it to shows and whatnot though, I'm no spokesperson for the game.

Just went through too much BS to want to dredge it up in stories for people over and over.

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#21070 6 months ago

What a shit show...

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#21071 6 months ago

It's always been a shit show if you could get through the unabashed fanboys that dominated the thread and really skewed this whole thing. So much history of belittling and attacking most any member who didn't tow the total sunshine rainbow line, just like Predator.

Sad to see this happen, but I'm not surprised. It looked like a 50/50 chance for years now, so either way I guess I wasn't going to be surprised at what transpired.

I find it bizarre that a number people hitch their cart so vociferously to something that's far far removed from them, other than wanting a theme. Some people associated with the pin also took it upon themselves to speak on behalf of the company on the forum again and again, which was obviously fraught with much peril. Plenty of reputations flushed down the toilet. Others were already there and have solidified their status.

Caveat Emptor.

Condolences to all.

#21072 6 months ago
Quoted from dzoomer:

tow the total sunshine rainbow line,

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#21073 6 months ago

I honestly never watched this movie. Can somebody tell me who won?

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#21074 6 months ago
Quoted from o-din:

I honestly never watched this movie. Can somebody tell me who won?

I won't ruin it, it's a pretty good movie you should watch!

#21075 6 months ago
Quoted from o-din:

I honestly never watched this movie. Can somebody tell me who won?

Predator did a flying Suplex from the top turnbuckle but was disqualified when he fell through the ropes.

#21076 6 months ago

Wow...I just got back from a work convention to discover this! Not that anyone is really shocked I'm guessing. I feel horrible for everyone who was paid in and got nothing. Even my wife just looked at me at stated (the obvious) "never pre-order a pinball machine again"...and I'm one of the lucky ones who got an SE. I hope you do get your game Aurich and can at least appreciate what you, Ferret, daudioguy and many other good people who got sucked into this cluster did (and continue to do) for this title. Overall it might have been a shitshow from the top but some good people did some GREAT work on this one.

#21077 6 months ago

Well, I talked with my distributor, and my money is safe, and I'm out on my LE. Too many unknowns as far as the future and parts and all that stuff. I'm switching over to something else, not sure what yet.

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#21078 6 months ago

"I am contacting you today with potentially good news. We have had a customer drop out from the production schedule of the Alien Pinball LE. This means that we will be able to get a machine to you sooner rather than later. If you would like to take advantage of this situation that would be great as we can fulfil your order sooner rather than later.
If you could please contact me promptly if you would like to take advantage of this situation. The trim colour that we will be able to offer you is green as this is the colour that the machine has been produced in. We can certainly add your unique LE number to the machine. To fully take advantage of this opportunity we would require that the remaining balance be settled for the machine plus the shipping.
Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you promptly and your decision on this opportunity."

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#21079 6 months ago

How many people actually got their LE’s before the doors closed? Same question for standards? I’m curious how many games they actually delivered in all these years.

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#21080 6 months ago

So I was just about to put my machine up for sale because I finally reached All Out War and I come to the Alien Thread and everyone is pissed off. Did something bad happen with Heighway with the new owners?

#21081 6 months ago
Quoted from kklank:

So I was just about to put my machine up for sale because I finally reached All Out War and I come to the Alien Thread and everyone is pissed off. Did something bad happen with Heighway with the new owners?

No, the value of yours just went up substantially.

#21082 6 months ago

Tits up.

#21083 6 months ago
Quoted from Ericc123:

I’m curious how many games they actually delivered in all these years.

I'm guessing around 150 +

A 'pre-production game' purchased at TPF 2017 was marked as PA-0025. Another pre-prod machine was marked PA-0038.

My machine now is stamped as 'checked' on 05 Dec 2017. It is marked P-0130.

Another machine stamped as 'checked' in Nov 2017 is marked P-120.

#21084 6 months ago
Quoted from o-din:

No, the value of yours just went up substantially.

Or down if they break and cant b fixed

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#21085 6 months ago

Seriously? What the heck? I went back about 8 pages in this thread and I don't see anything about that. Did the new owners tank?

#21086 6 months ago
Quoted from EalaDubhSidhe:

The representative of the liquidation firm met with the office employees to outline the process and give the official termination notices last Friday. The insolvency becomes official on Friday May 4th, giving a time scale of... two weeks. >_<

https://m.thegazette.co.uk/notice/3015879

#21088 6 months ago
Quoted from kklank:

So I was just about to put my machine up for sale because I finally reached All Out War

You were going to sell the game because you reached All Out War? Do you normally sell games as soon as you get the wizard mode? (This is a real question, I'm not being snarky.)

#21089 6 months ago

I drained this thread 9 months ago - so sorry to those who were lied to, strung along and stolen from. Hope the assets get auctioned off and people who paid early recoup something.

#21090 6 months ago
Quoted from Ferret:

You were going to sell the game because you reached All Out War? Do you normally sell games as soon as you get the wizard mode? (This is a real question, I'm not being snarky.)

Lol! I do. I played the hell out of that game. Loved it! It was the only game I played for quite awhile.
Is that weird? Does anybody do this?
I don't keep machines for years like some collectors. Not my style.

#21091 6 months ago
Quoted from mountaingamer:

I drained this thread 9 months ago

So how did you find it?

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#21092 6 months ago

Heh, I'm the exact opposite of you. I make double sure that I love a game, buy a good copy of it, and then never sell it...

At any rate, I'm glad you've loved the game!

#21093 6 months ago
Quoted from o-din:

So how did you find it?

K-man

#21094 6 months ago
Quoted from Ferret:

Heh, I'm the exact opposite of you. I make double sure that I love a game, buy a good copy of it, and then never sell it...

At any rate, I'm glad you've loved the game!

Will you hang around and continue on?

#21095 6 months ago
Quoted from kklank:

Lol! I do. I played the hell out of that game. Loved it! It was the only game I played for quite awhile.
Is that weird? Does anybody do this?
I don't keep machines for years like some collectors. Not my style.

I'm actually trying to be more like you are with your games. I seem to be that way with the older Williams games that are based solely on a high score. But some of the newer games that are mode based are more like an adventure and I don't really play for score. I play to complete it. The code on this game is one of the best I've played. Great ride. I wish All Out War was a little more explosive but still was cool. Overall, fantastic game.

#21096 6 months ago
Quoted from spfxted:

Will you hang around and continue on?

I'm not going anywhere!

Quoted from kklank:

The code on this game is one of the best I've played. Great ride. I wish All Out War was a little more explosive but still was cool. Overall, fantastic game.

Thanks, appreciate that, so glad it gave you tons of fun!

#21097 6 months ago

I'm sorry to read all this everyone. This was the one pin a I was really watching closely and considering buying new, but really hoped for a second hand sale. It had so much going for it that I liked, not just the awesome theme. It's funny that some simple things kept me away; sort of like a really realistic phishing them I almost fell for as a treasurer of a professional organization when I got a realistic email from our president to send a check. I never liked how they never had enough information on their website. Sounds silly, but I was always reluctant combined with the things I read. I remember some calling Andrew out for past failures, and thought water under the bridge. Turns out you really nee to check these people out, whether Skit-B, Jpop, or DP. People can't be trusted.

#21098 6 months ago
Quoted from kklank:

Is that weird? Does anybody do this?

Not weird at all. I've had several games that once I got to the wizard mode, I didn't even care if I beat it because I was already so sick of playing the thing. That's why I don't go for mode based games anymore. Too much like video games.

#21099 6 months ago
Quoted from simon:

Had some good people to be fair

And most of them left due to Andys management. I've got a few stories about it myself but there's no point at twisting the knife at this point. I'm sure people who are owed money/machines aren't going to feel any better reading about just how incompetent Andy was behind the scenes.

Fingers crossed for the ex-HP employees, as others have said they are great people, very passionate about what they do and the main reason why Aliens turned out to be such a great table.

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#21100 6 months ago

I got moderated twice, attacked, and chastised for saying this would happen and calling out the typical fanboys that just fanned this whole shit show up and dragged people down the drain on this deal......and look what happened lol. The writing could not have been more clearly written that this was coming. Really learned a lot on here dealing with pinballers, different thinking completely. Expected a lot more cynical types with the types of cash being tossed around in this hobby.....

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