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#14401 1 year ago

If anyone has any Houdini mods they no longer need/want, shoot me a PM. Picking one up this weekend.

#14402 1 year ago

Anyone looking for a loaded Houdini that doesnt want to pay 8k new Cash or trade. Huo loaded with mods and all upgrades. Easy garage pick up in Delaware or meet for trade.

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#14403 1 year ago

What an awesome way to kick off the weekend! After bringing this beautiful pin home just before the holidays, I finally had an amazing game. Spelled Houdini and got into master magician. Over 47 min of playtime. That was a BLAST!!!

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#14404 1 year ago

Having a fair amount of clean shots to the milkcan loop bounce directly back onto the playfield instead of bending around the sharp elbow to the inlane. Seems that lowering right flipper power helps but doesn’t solve this. Any advice is appreciated.

#14405 1 year ago

Drop dead foam?

#14406 1 year ago
Quoted from jacksparrow0112:

Having a fair amount of clean shots to the milkcan loop bounce directly back onto the playfield instead of bending around the sharp elbow to the inlane. Seems that lowering right flipper power helps but doesn’t solve this. Any advice is appreciated.

I bent the loop/altered it a bit so its not so sharp in the corner.

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#14407 1 year ago

Big shoutout today to Ericpinballfan for hooking me up with his amazing planchette mod. Looks great on the game and nails theme integration. He is also great to work with. Can’t stop looking at this thing. 10 out of 10!

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#14408 1 year ago
Quoted from jacksparrow0112:

Big shoutout today to Ericpinballfan for hooking me up with his amazing planchette mod. Looks great on the game and nails theme integration. He is also great to work with. Can’t stop looking at this thing. 10 out of 10!
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It is a nice mod. I think most of the Houdini mods are nice in that they seem pretty tasteful and integrate nicely into the game. One of my favorites is the facade at https://pinside.com/pinball/market/shops/1080-the-mod-couple/01864-api-houdini-api-grand-theater-3d-facade-makeover-mod

#14409 1 year ago
Quoted from jacksparrow0112:

Big shoutout today to Ericpinballfan for hooking me up with his amazing planchette mod. Looks great on the game and nails theme integration. He is also great to work with. Can’t stop looking at this thing. 10 out of 10!
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Grab the Flashinstinct target decal set. They really add to the finishing touch look. Cheap too.

https://pinside.com/pinball/market/shops/1054-flashinstinct/01503-houdini-target-amp-metal-guide-decal-set

#14410 1 year ago
Quoted from Stebel:

Grab the Flashinstinct target decal set. They really add to the finishing touch look. Cheap too.
https://pinside.com/pinball/market/shops/1054-flashinstinct/01503-houdini-target-amp-metal-guide-decal-set

Can you post a couple pictures of them installed?

#14411 1 year ago
Quoted from jacksparrow0112:

Big shoutout today to Ericpinballfan for hooking me up with his amazing planchette mod. Looks great on the game and nails theme integration. He is also great to work with. Can’t stop looking at this thing. 10 out of 10!
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Blushing emoji. Thanks for the compliments. I appreciate all my costumers and proud of how many Houdini's I've been able to improve.
Lifetime Warranty too!

#14412 1 year ago

Hey guys:

Quick question about the Houdini knocker kit.

I know I will have to change the settings to physical knocker but does this physical knocker activate more frequently than the standard 'digital sound' knocker?

I don't mind the standard 'digital' knocker that my Houdini currently has but would buy the physical knocker kit if it activated more frequently and for various modes.

Thanks.

Roger

#14413 1 year ago
Quoted from Stebel:

Grab the Flashinstinct target decal set. They really add to the finishing touch look. Cheap too.
https://pinside.com/pinball/market/shops/1054-flashinstinct/01503-houdini-target-amp-metal-guide-decal-set

I bought a set of them and after I received it, didn't install since they are very thin, like paper, and do not have any impact cushion like some other sets do. They look like they will wear out pretty quickly. I could imagine me cleaning sticky residue off of all the targets a few months after I installed it once they wore out, so I decided not to use them. I have a set for free if anyone wants it....

#14414 1 year ago
Quoted from rogerdodger:

Hey guys:
Quick question about the Houdini knocker kit.
I know I will have to change the settings to physical knocker but does this physical knocker activate more frequently than the standard 'digital sound' knocker?
I don't mind the standard 'digital' knocker that my Houdini currently has but would buy the physical knocker kit if it activated more frequently and for various modes.
Thanks.
Roger

Update: For match features, the software just sends the knocker signal to a hardware driver instead of a sound event. But as Eric points out below, it can be used for other events as well, where the startling sound might be distractive but the physical knock feels more integrated.

#14415 1 year ago
Quoted from Markharris2000:

No, it activates the exact same number of times with the same purpose. The software just sends the knocker signal to a hardware driver instead of a sound event. Same logic otherwise.

But, the knocker works great with several of the mods, especially the elephant and ball lock.
Knocker is a great upgrade to Houdini.

#14416 1 year ago
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

But, the knocker works great with several of the mods, especially the elephant and ball lock.
Knocker is a great upgrade to Houdini.

… and the Bullet mode, especially when you have multi-ball going. In my humble opinion this is the best use of a knocker I have seen. I thought the rather minimal investment was well worth it. Josh hit it (almost said “knocked it’” - but I’d never be that corny) out of the park with that bit of programming.

#14417 1 year ago
Quoted from Markharris2000:

I bought a set of them and after I received it, didn't install since they are very thin, like paper, and do not have any impact cushion like some other sets do. They look like they will wear out pretty quickly. I could imagine me cleaning sticky residue off of all the targets a few months after I installed it once they wore out, so I decided not to use them. I have a set for free if anyone wants it....

For what it’s worth, I’ve had this set installed for years without issue. No peeling or any other issues. I decided to not put the seance ones on for aesthetic reasons, but installed the rest.

#14418 1 year ago
Quoted from Markharris2000:

I bought a set of them and after I received it, didn't install since they are very thin, like paper, and do not have any impact cushion like some other sets do. They look like they will wear out pretty quickly. I could imagine me cleaning sticky residue off of all the targets a few months after I installed it once they wore out, so I decided not to use them. I have a set for free if anyone wants it....

My Houdini came with those stickers installed 4 or 5 years ago. They are still in fine shape

#14419 1 year ago
Quoted from Markharris2000:

I bought a set of them and after I received it, didn't install since they are very thin, like paper, and do not have any impact cushion like some other sets do. They look like they will wear out pretty quickly. I could imagine me cleaning sticky residue off of all the targets a few months after I installed it once they wore out, so I decided not to use them. I have a set for free if anyone wants it....

Looks like I was the first to respond so I want to thank Mark for the generous offer.

#14420 1 year ago
Quoted from rogerdodger:

Hey guys:
Quick question about the Houdini knocker kit.
I know I will have to change the settings to physical knocker but does this physical knocker activate more frequently than the standard 'digital sound' knocker?
I don't mind the standard 'digital' knocker that my Houdini currently has but would buy the physical knocker kit if it activated more frequently and for various modes.
Thanks.
Roger

Thanks for the responses guys..... Much appreciated...

Roger

#14421 1 year ago
Quoted from Ericpinballfan:

But, the knocker works great with several of the mods, especially the elephant and ball lock.
Knocker is a great upgrade to Houdini.

Not quite right, on Houdini, besides match and replay the knocker is only used for bullet catch. It really adds to it if you set up the right jackpot shot, but that its the only place it is used. The shaker on the other hand is used in quite a few places (elephant, ball locking, seance, pops, escapes) and I highly recommend it.

On Oktoberfest the knocker gets a bit more use (duck hunt, target shooting, bumper cars). In Hot Wheels uses it for Loop Crash Multiball. The thing with the knocker, is you want to be very selective and judicious in using it.

#14422 1 year ago

Clever use of a solenoid that had a single purpose in pinball for 6 decades. Great stuff Josh

Quoted from rosh:

Not quite right, on Houdini, besides match and replay the knocker is only used for bullet catch. It really adds to it if you set up the right jackpot shot, but that its the only place it is used. The shaker on the other hand is used in quite a few places (elephant, ball locking, seance, pops, escapes) and I highly recommend it.
On Oktoberfest the knocker gets a bit more use (duck hunt, target shooting, bumper cars). In Hot Wheels uses it for Loop Crash Multiball. The thing with the knocker, is you want to be very selective and judicious in using it.

#14423 1 year ago
Quoted from rosh:

Not quite right, on Houdini, besides match and replay the knocker is only used for bullet catch. It really adds to it if you set up the right jackpot shot, but that its the only place it is used. The shaker on the other hand is used in quite a few places (elephant, ball locking, seance, pops, escapes) and I highly recommend it.
On Oktoberfest the knocker gets a bit more use (duck hunt, target shooting, bumper cars). In Hot Wheels uses it for Loop Crash Multiball. The thing with the knocker, is you want to be very selective and judicious in using it.

Thank you again and again for you have done for Houdini.
Are you still involved in pinball?

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#14424 1 year ago
Quoted from wolftownjeff:

Thank you again and again for you have done for Houdini.
Are you still involved in pinball?

I worked on rules, story, script, code and directing on AP's next game, but yes, I am working on pinball things besides that. I'll be able to share more later in the year.

#14425 1 year ago
Quoted from rosh:

I worked on rules, story, script, code and directing on AP's next game, but yes, I am working on pinball things besides that. I'll be able to share more later in the year.

That’s good to hear. I own a Houdini and the rules and functionality of that game are great. Pinball wouldn’t be the same without you.

#14426 1 year ago

I have the modfather acrylic color changing LED topper that came with my game I’d like to sell. Not necessarily a huge topper guy. First $175 offer takes it ($225 new). Shoot me a PM with any questions.

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#14427 1 year ago

Hi everyone,
I have a big problem with mine.
when I play, in full part my Houdini reboots and restarts.
have you ever encountered this problem.
I am in France and sorry for my English.
Dominique

#14428 1 year ago
Quoted from Dom69:

Hi everyone,
I have a big problem with mine.
when I play, in full part my Houdini reboots and restarts.
have you ever encountered this problem.
I am in France and sorry for my English.
Dominique

Is your have a newer build or an older one?

Go you have the upgraded power supply?

What version is the code on your game?

#14429 1 year ago
Quoted from Dom69:

Hi everyone,
I have a big problem with mine.
when I play, in full part my Houdini reboots and restarts.
have you ever encountered this problem.
I am in France and sorry for my English.
Dominique

Mine occasionally does this too when playing a long game with a good score and I have the upgraded PSU.

#14430 1 year ago
Quoted from Optimiser:

Mine occasionally does this too when playing a long game with a good score and I have the upgraded PSU.

THis happens because your settings can only handle 2-3 free games. Ill have to find the email from the tech that left the company a few months ago. But I sent him logs on my best game crash and he said you had to change something in replays. Ill have to find the email....

edit....found it....Dave said I had to change "Replay Levels" If it is set to 4 or more it needs to be set to 3 or less..

#14431 1 year ago

Still no leaks on a new AP game? Geez

#14432 1 year ago
Quoted from billsfanmd:

THis happens because your settings can only handle 2-3 free games. Ill have to find the email from the tech that left the company a few months ago. But I sent him logs on my best game crash and he said you had to change something in replays. Ill have to find the email....
edit....found it....Dave said I had to change "Replay Levels" If it is set to 4 or more it needs to be set to 3 or less..

That's great news. I have that happen only with whopping scores. I will make that change.

#14433 1 year ago
Quoted from billsfanmd:

THis happens because your settings can only handle 2-3 free games. Ill have to find the email from the tech that left the company a few months ago. But I sent him logs on my best game crash and he said you had to change something in replays. Ill have to find the email....
edit....found it....Dave said I had to change "Replay Levels" If it is set to 4 or more it needs to be set to 3 or less..

OK thanks for that and I will check those settings.

#14434 1 year ago

Lots of distributors still selling pre-reservations on Houdini, so they must have a batch of those coming this year too…

#14435 1 year ago
Quoted from Optimiser:

OK thanks for that and I will check those settings.

I have changed that setting to 1 and it seems to have fixed that problem of resarting when long game with high score. Thanks!

#14436 1 year ago
Quoted from Optimiser:

I have changed that setting to 1 and it seems to have fixed that problem of resarting when long game with high score. Thanks!

Glad it works. Have a loaded Houdini if anyone wants in. I like the game but really want wonka for my next pin

#14437 1 year ago
Quoted from Markharris2000:

Lots of distributors still selling pre-reservations on Houdini, so they must have a batch of those coming this year too…

I sure hope so! I’ve got orders in for Houdini and Hot Wheels. I’ve been wanting Houdini for a couple of years now. Hot Wheels wasn’t something that was on my radar, until getting to play one at IAAPA Expo last November, and, wow, it was really great fun. I’m not sure which one I’m looking forward to the most now!

#14438 1 year ago
Quoted from billsfanmd:

THis happens because your settings can only handle 2-3 free games. Ill have to find the email from the tech that left the company a few months ago. But I sent him logs on my best game crash and he said you had to change something in replays. Ill have to find the email....
edit....found it....Dave said I had to change "Replay Levels" If it is set to 4 or more it needs to be set to 3 or less..

Seems like if AP knows this, it would be easy to push out a bugfix update that limits replay levels so people who are unaware of how to fix the issue don't think their machine is defective.

#14439 1 year ago

New owner questions:

My game was made 3/18, so I assume I need the power supply fix. Do you still receive a credit when ordered? I'd like to get the eos and knocker, so a credit would be good.

Has anyone wired in an external sub? As there's no sub in the game, I assume this would be a big upgrade. My assumption is I'll have to just split the amplifier input and take that to the sub.

How do you upgrade the code? I put the newest code on a usb and it says copying for a brief second, then it just has a message that the update succeeded (even though it didn't). Pic:

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#14440 1 year ago
Quoted from Damonator:

New owner questions:
My game was made 3/18, so I assume I need the power supply fix. Do you still receive a credit when ordered? I'd like to get the eos and knocker, so a credit would be good.
Has anyone wired in an external sub? As there's no sub in the game, I assume this would be a big upgrade. My assumption is I'll have to just split the amplifier input and take that to the sub.
How do you upgrade the code? I put the newest code on a usb and it says copying for a brief second, then it just has a message that the update succeeded (even though it didn't). Pic:
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The Amp has a sub out on it.

You never know about the power supplies.

Post a pic of yours to be sure.

#14441 1 year ago
Quoted from Damonator:

New owner questions:
My game was made 3/18, so I assume I need the power supply fix. Do you still receive a credit when ordered? I'd like to get the eos and knocker, so a credit would be good.
Has anyone wired in an external sub? As there's no sub in the game, I assume this would be a big upgrade. My assumption is I'll have to just split the amplifier input and take that to the sub.
How do you upgrade the code? I put the newest code on a usb and it says copying for a brief second, then it just has a message that the update succeeded (even though it didn't). Pic:
[quoted image]

Looks to me like you're saving settings and scores to usb. The download should be from api, to the USB stick. Turn the game off... Insert USB and turn the game on. It should download the code from there. Sorry if this is redundant or I misunderstood...
Edit... Also you do still get a credit from api. Agreed with previous poster... Post a Pic of the power supply

#14442 1 year ago
Quoted from Soundkillr:

Looks to me like you're saving settings and scores to usb. The download should be from api, to the USB stick. Turn the game off... Insert USB and turn the game on. It should download the code from there. Sorry if this is redundant or I misunderstood...
Edit... Also you do still get a credit from api. Agreed with previous poster... Post a Pic of the power supply

Yes - I downloaded the latest PKG file from API to a freshly formatted USB stick then inserted into the game. There's a brief flash that says "downloading update" or something then I get the message above (and the update doesn't work).

Pic of power supply:

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#14443 1 year ago
Quoted from Damonator:

Yes - I downloaded the latest PKG file from API to a freshly formatted USB stick then inserted into the game. There's a brief flash that says "downloading update" or something then I get the message above (and the update doesn't work).
Pic of power supply:
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You have and old original "toroid" power supply.

Try a different USB stick.

I use Kingston and SanDisk ones and they have worked for me. The Kingston ones seem to have the best compatibility across devices.

#14444 1 year ago
Quoted from Damonator:

How do you upgrade the code? I put the newest code on a usb and it says copying for a brief second, then it just has a message that the update succeeded (even though it didn't).

Congrats on your new game!

Not having the update "take" is usually a problem with the filename. Since you're coming from a very old build (that maybe has original software?), make sure the name of the update package on the USB stick is "houdini-gamecode.pkg" -- with no date or "(1)" or other such oddities in the name.

If you're still having problems, refer to this document to verify that your USB stick is formatted the way the game expects:

http://s4.american-pinball.com/img/support/2021-2/USB-drive-formatting-procedure.pdf

Hope this helps!

#14445 1 year ago
Quoted from PinMonk:

Seems like if AP knows this, it would be easy to push out a bugfix update that limits replay levels so people who are unaware of how to fix the issue don't think their machine is defective.

Does anyone have a pic of the setting we are supposed to change? Replay levels are under what catagory?

#14446 1 year ago

Settings > Replay (looks like a starburst) > Replay Levels -- keep it less than 4, and you should be OK.

#14447 1 year ago
Quoted from Ferret:

Congrats on your new game!
Not having the update "take" is usually a problem with the filename. Since you're coming from a very old build (that maybe has original software?), make sure the name of the update package on the USB stick is "houdini-gamecode.pkg" -- with no date or "(1)" or other such oddities in the name.
If you're still having problems, refer to this document to verify that your USB stick is formatted the way the game expects:
http://s4.american-pinball.com/img/support/2021-2/USB-drive-formatting-procedure.pdf
Hope this helps!

That was it! The version I downloaded from API had the version appended to the file name. Renaming it to houdini-gamecode.pkg worked great. Thank you!

#14448 1 year ago
Quoted from Damonator:

That was it! The version I downloaded from API had the version appended to the file name. Renaming it to houdini-gamecode.pkg worked great. Thank you!

Yay! Thanks Ferret !

#14449 1 year ago
Quoted from Damonator:

New owner questions:
My game was made 3/18, so I assume I need the power supply fix. Do you still receive a credit when ordered? I'd like to get the eos and knocker, so a credit would be good.
Has anyone wired in an external sub? As there's no sub in the game, I assume this would be a big upgrade. My assumption is I'll have to just split the amplifier input and take that to the sub.
How do you upgrade the code? I put the newest code on a usb and it says copying for a brief second, then it just has a message that the update succeeded (even though it didn't). Pic:
[quoted image]

I used a Pinnovators pin sub kit($35) and a nice Sony external sub. It dramatically sounds better.

#14450 1 year ago
Quoted from Damonator:

That was it! The version I downloaded from API had the version appended to the file name. Renaming it to houdini-gamecode.pkg worked great. Thank you!

Great, glad I could help!

FYI, that was just an anomaly when upgrading from very early software. You shouldn't have the same problem again if/when we release any future code updates.

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