Hey hey Freedom club! I'll contribute to this thread as soon as I get mine (prototype) set back up. I have to finish my pinball attic first... almost there.
RPM will also have a playable Freedom prototype on the floor. Maybe in 2021. Is this town big enough for two prototypes?!?
The Freedom prototype is my favorite EM, period. The gameplay is just so good! But I don't like the 2nd version at all. The geometry feels awkward; it wasn't supposed to use inlanes.
The prototype is Norm Clark's final, best, and only design to be produced on Bally hardware. That alone makes it special, but Freedom was also the first Bally commercial solid state game produced in quantity. Another first. A lot of boundaries were pushed and broken with this game. In fact it may be "the" signature crossover game from old school design to modern gameplay and solid state tech. A significant milestone in pinball for sure.
BTW, I have a conversion kit in the works. It will be a while but eventually it will happen (converts a 2nd edition Freedom to the original prototype). New playfield, middle pop, new plastics, and instructions. If you are interested, reply here and I'll check in as time progresses with some updates.