Update on setting up #519 over the weekend. Big shout out to my bud zaphX who came over to help haul it up to my game room with his Escalara (game changer), setup, and tweak! Saved me hours of figuring out the small stuff.
Applause and Gratitude: Let me start off with a standing applause to the Spooky crew! The game worked right out of the box! No cable issues, no shipping problems, no light issues, no cabinet issues, etc... The butter cabinet and playfield are truly beautiful! Game play, sounds, light show and theme integration is amazing. My family can't stop playing it.
Rattle: It's true what everyone has been saying. The sound and bass is so awesomely powerful (best I've ever heard) that the glass rattling was horrific! zaphX and I completely eliminated all glass/cabinet rattle (~99.9%) with 4 zip line ties wedged in between the plastic glass track and cabinet [2 placed along upper glass track (left/right side) and 2 along lower glass track (left/right side)], added sub-woofer ring in bottom of cabinet, and using a spare felt leg pad that we cut up - we added two strips that sit on top of the glass and slide in under the monitor in the plastic track (they fall out every time I take glass off but no biggie). We realized there is so much air being vibrated in the cabinet, all these tweaks were necessary as we eliminated sources of rattle step-by-step. Once this was completed, the sound experience was 1000% far more appreciated!
Noise: Power supply fan is loud when game sitting idle. So much my wife complained. Hardly noticeable during game play. I have PinMonk Pinmonk's silent fan mod (gift from zaphX) but haven't installed yet. The motor on topper does seem loud too but nothing that takes away from the game since it only activates when Portal is ready (deactivated it in attract mode). Besides, the motor sound is a good reminder the portal shot is ready.
Code/Play: Updated code to 2021.03.02 build. Only had one game lock up during Whirly Dirly after an entire weekend of playing. Quick reboot fixed and haven't seen it again. Everything else seems fine. Dimensions are so much fun and humorous. Call outs make me giddy. Adventure modes are to love and hold tightly. Crave more!
Flippers: Was experiencing flipper drop on bottom right flipper mainly after powerful scoop eject. Set the right top and bottom flipper power to high. They felt weak. Flipper drop seems far less now. Haven't played with any other flipper adjustments. Top right flipper power still feels slightly off. I don't believe the lower bushings were installed. Also have Pinmonk's flipper fans but haven't tackled installing those yet either.
Loops/Ramps: Right now, seems like Garage shot can be made about 30% of the time (off top right flipper) from everyone who's played it. Seems like it gets rejected more often than not bouncing back off metal guide. Will continue to look into tweaking. Ramps seem to be makable 80-90% of time. Game feels less flowy compared to other games I've played which I contribute to angles of the shots may possibly be more challenging (on top of combination of PF level, flipper strength, plus personal skills of playing better).
Level: Set at 6.7. Planning to lower to 6.5 after reading recommendations from Spooky. May improve flow. Not experiencing any air balls so far.
Minor Notes: Lifting playfield see glue strings hanging everywhere. Nothing to worry about. Have only had one minor issue where the ribbon cable for the trough timer (LED between flippers) keeps slipping off connector over time due to gravity and vibration. Noticed when the LED numbers started looking garbled as they counted down. I've pushed it up firmly where it feels like it won't budge but the problem keeps reoccurring. Luckily it's the ribbon cable/connector closest to coin door. A quick coin door open and pushing connector back up fixes timer readout. Will figure a non-glue way to keep it tight/connected in place.
Overall, extremely positive experience and nothing but high praise for Spooky on R&M. Game is not 100% dialed-in yet but hella fun straight out of the box!
Looking forward to future code updates and content add-ins! I truly am appreciating the pin you have created!
Keep up the great job Spooky!