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American Pinball Houdini thread

By lllvjr

3 years ago

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Post #145 Houdini Pinball initial flyer Posted by HighProtein (3 years ago)

Post #184 Initial reveal at TPF Posted by SilverballNut (3 years ago)

Post #190 Introductory Price of Houdini Posted by 1iblind (3 years ago)

Post #198 Initial Pictures of Machine Posted by lllvjr (3 years ago)

Post #229 Playfield Close-Up Pics Posted by bigd1979 (3 years ago)

Post #284 Machine feature details Posted by rosh (3 years ago)

Post #312 More feature details Posted by rosh (3 years ago)

Post #385 Double switch lane picture Posted by pinballrockstar (3 years ago)

Post #420 Pinball show appearance schedule for Houdini Posted by rosh (3 years ago)

Post #434 Houdini pics from Allentown show Posted by PinballSTAR (3 years ago)

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#329 3 years ago
Quoted from HighProtein:

Southern Fried Game Expo is the biggest show in the Southeast, it's really a must.

The Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show is the same weekend and twice as big. You gotta go where the action is.

#372 3 years ago
Quoted from FlipperFreak:

Nitro Pinball is also very excited to announce we'll be Canadian distributor for American Pinball and Houdini. Please contact us toll free 1-855-DO-NITRO (36-64876) to be put the purchase list, or PM me on pinside ...or email
No deposit or payment will be accepted at this time.

Sweet, congrats Tommy! That means we may see one here for the June show

1 month later
#607 3 years ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

The company is called "ACCOUTREMENTS"?! This must be a pinside gag

They are based here in Seattle, their retail store is called Archie McPhee's and it's a crazy place to visit. That's the brand the manufacturer a ton of their toys and decorations under. Great stuff!

#615 3 years ago

The Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show is happy to announce we will feature the Northwest debut of Houdini this weekend at the show! Houdini will be in the Nitro Pinball booth the entire 3 days of the show on free play, so get your game on!

Saturday, June 10th, from 11am-12pm, catch Joe Balcer and Jolly from American talking on the seminar stage! Along with designing Houdini, Joe Balcer was also a pinball designer for The Simpson’s Pinball Party, Apollo 13, South Park, Star Wars Trilogy and Starship Troopers. Hear Joe talk a little about his past and game design, as well as game development at American Pinball and what it took to get a working prototype together in just 4 months! Hear about Houdini's current status, American's future plans, and bring a question or two for a Q & A with the audience! For those of you that can't make it, the talk will be live streaming on the web at:

The 2017 Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show takes place June 9th - 11th at the Tacoma Convention Center in Washington State! The show features over 400 pinball and arcade machines from the 1950s to today, tournaments, world record high score attempts, vendors, seminars, guest speakers, raffles and prizes. This convention draws 4,000 collectors, players and fans of classic coin-op games.
This is our 10th show! Expect more games, more tournaments, more vendors, more speakers and lots of cool things to see and do! All 400+ games at the show will be on freeplay the entire weekend!

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#630 3 years ago

I played the game multiple times over the weekend at the Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show and rapped with Joe, Jolly and Dhaval a bit about the game and company. The game was really well received, the line was usually 5-10 people deep the entire show save for a few times. I bet it got a ton of plays and only went down once for a short bit. There was quite a bit of buzz going around about it and people talking about buying it. Really impressive first game and great integration with the monitor in the back box... I really liked the curtain and audience heads in the backglass making the monitor not look like a straight up rectangle too, it was the best framing I've seen of any game with an lcd screen in the backglass. Can't wait to play Houdini out on location when it's released. We really appreciated American bringing it to our show and people to talk about it.

4 months later
#1037 2 years ago
Quoted from rubberducks:

No-one streamed it.
Sad if it wasn't recorded.

I don't understand why some shows don't stream and archive their speakers. It's easy to do and collectors love it.

2 months later
#1658 2 years ago
Quoted from FlipperFreak:

We’ll have one in Seattle at Nitro Pinball’s new showroom on free play. Anyone interested in purchasing HOUDINI in Washington state (or Canada) feel free to contact us. We’re authorized distributors for American Pinball and include home delivery / setup and the very best after sale support. Contact or Call toll free 1-855-DO-NITRO

Wait, Nitro has a Seattle showroom now? Where? Has it opened yet? Thanks!

1 week later
#1762 2 years ago

It will be interesting to see how quickly the number of Houdini games shipped and on location outpaces Alien. I love that both of these games are happening right now, I played the prototypes of both at our Northwest Show this Summer and liked them a lot, but it seems like American really has their act together and will be producing in bigger numbers sooner.

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#1996 2 years ago

Why do so many people keep calling Rosh Josh?

#2038 2 years ago
Quoted from FlipperFreak:

Opening soon in Marysville, WA!

Sweet, I can play an hour of games and then hit the casino!

1 month later
#2573 2 years ago

I take my pins to shows and events fairly often, I really never get any playfield wear from an event with 400-800 plays on it. If you clean it well beforehand and have new balls in it, it should show no wear. With a 90s pin you might get some dirt/grime or screws fall out or problems emerge from having it on and being played that long, but a new pin shouldn't really have stuff like that happen, especially playfield wear. If it does, there's a big problem going on with the clear coat.

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#3927 2 years ago

We are pleased to announce that the grand raffle prize at the 2018 Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show, June 8th-10th at the Tacoma Convention Center in Washington State, will be a brand new Houdini!

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#4042 2 years ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

Well if the next theme rumor is correct, I bet they are partying away! Lol

Sweet, so it is House Party 2!

1 week later
#4137 2 years ago

Meet the designer of Houdini at the Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show! Joe Balcer will be hanging out in the Nitro Pinball booth where there will be 3 Houdinis on freeplay! Houdini will also be the grand raffle prize at this year's show! Stop by the merch booth to buy a raffle ticket or two, you just might take home a brand new Houdini pinball machine!

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1 week later
#4271 2 years ago

I just got back to my hotel room after set up at the Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show. Looks like we have 5 Houdinis on the show floor on freeplay! 3 in the Nitro booth, 1 on the main floor, and the $20 raffle game at the front merch and raffle desk. Joe Balcer and Jim Thorton will be talking about Houdini and American Pinball from 5-6pm Friday, it should be live streaming at:

#4276 2 years ago

Joe Balcer streaming live at the Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show right now!

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