Quick update. I've been working with MPF two months in my spare time. I'm still a long ways away from a complete game and solution (audio, LCD etc.) but what you can do with MPF is nothing short of amazing. Some days, it is very frustrating to solve problems with MPF but the guys that develop MPF (Jan, Brian, Gabe and Quinn) are super responsive and there is no doubt that anyone can built a commercial quality game using MPF.
Although I'm not ready to implement these things, my big concern for the future "complete solution" is what computer to place inside the cabinet (Raspberry Pi or PC) and what to use as a display. I think I'd like to put a color LCD in but if I could reuse the DMD, that would be the first option. And then what to do about audio. Again, I'd like to use the Stern hardware but so far that is not an option with MPF.
I'd eventually like to share this with other KISS owners but it has to be a complete solution that would work for everyone. Ultimately, if I could just plug in a Raspberry PI with the software loaded and it used the rest of the Stern hardware, that would be nirvana.