Bingo Row at 2016 York Show


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    #1 8 months ago

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    I'm at the airport flying out after a fabulous weekend, but wanted to post a quick documentation of all the bingos present at this year's Bingo Row.

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    #2 8 months ago

    Thanks to all the bingo guys who hauled in these weighty wonders of electro-mechanical fun and profit. It was great meeting all of you (Jeffrey, Robert, Len, Chad, and Steve)

    Bingo Butch and his son Mike also brought a couple of rarities:

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    ...and finally, the hero of Bingo Row, Nick Baldridge, with his ambitious creation, the MULTI-BINGO. Nick single-handedly conceived, manfactured, and programmed this bingo emulator with 40 different bingo games to choose from. (His goal is to eventually program all hundred and thirty-something-something different bingos ever manufactured):

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    I was happy to be a very small part of this year's Bingo Row, the largest public showing of Bingo Pinball machines in over 40 years.

    Sincerely,
    Ryan "Bingo Row Artist" Claytor

    #3 8 months ago

    The two rarest bingos of all times Bally Broadway 51 and United Showboat

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    #4 8 months ago

    Thanks for posting. Looks like it was fun. Good thing I wasn't there I may have come home with a Bingo or two - I see there were at least a couple attractively priced games there that would have been too tough for me to resist.

    Also cool that Butch brought those rarities to the show.

    #5 8 months ago

    Very clean looking machines too...thanks for sharing Ryan.

    #6 8 months ago

    People talk about ghostbusters, lebowski, etc., being the coolest part of the show. Well, my vote goes to bingo row. Many folks don't realize the historic significance that these machines carry. It was VERY cool to see the VR bingo concept keeping the spirit alive.

    I know bingos are a dying breed because of their weight, mechanical complexity, and newer pinheads not being interested. If anyone ever wants to learn how to play these at future shows, find me there and I'll show you. I guarantee youll have fun beyond the normal fun you have at the show

    Thanks again for hauling them out!

    -Mike F

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    #7 8 months ago

    Great of all who posted these pics.
    I wanted to try to get a pic of each one but every time I was in that row, the number of folks playing kept me from getting decent shots.
    (a good sign of the interest!).

    Everyone in this hobby wants to keep the heritage and history alive, and I think no more than those went to the time, effort and expense to bring these games in, for others to enjoy.

    What a treat it was to see the variety, themes and complexity at work - KUDOS!
    Thank YOU!

    #8 8 months ago

    I have to go through my pics and sort out exactly what happened this weekend - it was all a blur.

    I have lots of great stories and things to sort through, but mostly I want to say 'thank you' to all the folks who brought games and played them, or helped with set up/teardown.

    #9 8 months ago

    Layover time! Some more pix from the well-attended Bingo Row.

    Day 1:

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    Day 2:

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    Every machine occupied and tutorials abound:

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    #10 8 months ago

    It was a pleasure meeting you, Ryan!
    Thanks for all the great pix.

    How can I get one of those cool shirts?

    Eric

    #11 8 months ago
    Quoted from RyanClaytor:

    Layover time! Some more pix from the well-attended Bingo Row.
    Day 1:
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    Every machine occupied:

    Just wanted to say thanks to all the Bingo guys, I had no idea what I was doing and I had at least 2 guys spend 1/2 hr showing me how to play. Neat part was several other friends played and also were hooked, I am a solid state guy but was blown away at how much fun these bingo's are, Promise I won't walk past and empty one again with out taking a couple plays on it. I was the guy in the grey and yellow shirt in the pic

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    #12 8 months ago
    Quoted from RyanClaytor:

    ...and finally, the hero of Bingo Row, Nick Baldridge, with his ambitious creation, the MULTI-BINGO. Nick single-handedly conceived, manfactured, and programmed this bingo emulator with 40 different bingo games to choose from. (His goal is to eventually program all hundred and thirty-something-something different bingos ever manufactured):

    Nick, you're a genius! That multi-bingo is awesome. Great to see you again, and it was great to meet Ryan as well. Always nice to see Jeffrey and his family too. I coined a new nickname for Vic Camp; "Bingo Star". He's such a character, and the best player out there. Thanks for bringing all those games. A couple of my friends tried bingos for the first time, and were drawn in by their interesting strategy and entertaining game play. It's great to see the enthusiasm for bingos and EM pins carried forward by younger people such as yourself!

    #13 8 months ago
    Quoted from electricsquirrel:

    How can I get one of those cool shirts?

    Eric, I apologize - I must not have told you when I saw you that any four in a line or greater won a free bingo row T-shirt!

    I will shoot you a message later and we will see of there's something we can do about getting you a shirt.

    Last year we gave away signed copies of Jeffrey Lawton's fantastic bingo books. But I vastly underestimated the amount of interest and gave almost all of them away on the first day! This year I ordered triple the amount of giveaways and almost all of them were gone by the end of the second day. Just about perfect!

    #14 8 months ago
    Quoted from jrpinball:

    That multi-bingo is awesome. Great to see you again, and it was great to meet Ryan as well. Always nice to see Jeffrey and his family too. I coined a new nickname for Vic Camp; "Bingo Star".

    JR: always wonderful to see you and your brother at York! Thank you for showing such an interest and getting your friends hooked (and for letting me talk your ear off about how I built it). I appreciate all the compliments on the multi-bingo. It has been such a fun project and incredibly gratifying to hear the reactions from players.

    I was so happy that Vic was able to make it. His excellent playing skills really showed Ryan (and so many more) quite a bit about ball control on a bingo.

    I was glad he got to try Bally's final six card, Mississippi Showboat. The feature that allows for a sixth ball really gives a skilled player everything they need.

    It's always my pleasure to bring games. I sincerely hope people give them a chance and enjoy them, and I think that (as with last year) that mission was a smashing success.

    #15 8 months ago

    Feel free to post my winning picture! Very happy, what a great quality shirt with a great design. These games are so much fun! Although I'm still not going to give up the precious room to own one of these (or carry one into my basement!) I look forward to playing many more next year.

    #16 8 months ago

    I played a bunch of the bingos on Friday. I don't fully understand them, but I'm always drawn to them by how cool they look. Thanks to everyone that brought these bingo machines to York for everyone to enjoy.

    #17 8 months ago

    Everybody should make space for at least one in their collection. Get a nice working one and you will be happy you did. Every person who sees mine is just blown away when they have their first experience learning and playing it. Make room for a Bingo, you will be glad you did.

    #18 8 months ago
    Quoted from Otaku:

    Although I'm still not going to give up the precious room to own one of these (or carry one into my basement!)

    Yet! Give it time... Ha-ha! It was great to meet you and get you acclimated. Come say hi next year too!

    Bright Spot was your winning game. Beautiful backglass artwork and a chance at a center spotted number. But you didn't need that! You got your four in a row by skill alone. I was impressed with your ball control!

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    #19 8 months ago

    Since I have a bit of time before my final leg home, I wanted to send some thanks and praise to the unsung heroes of the pinball shows, the bringers of games, and in this case specifically to the folks who made Bingo Row a reality.

    I've moved my fair share of games (EM, SS, DMD, Narrow and Wide-body) up and down flights of stairs, and even pushed around an EM arcade and shuffle bowler recently. However, this was my first experience moving Bingo Pinball machines and it was a wholly different process with different tools and techniques for transport. ...and as they say, these are heavy beasts, but nothing that can't be accomplished with a buddy or three. Anyhow, here's the story of how PART of the bingo row came to be.

    Wednesday:
    I flew from Michigan to Virginia to meet-up with my good buddy, Nick Baldridge (Pinsider: BingoPodcast). The evening I arrived we picked-up a Penske Truck (!??!$$$) and then planned to load the truck that night so that we could get on the road the following morning. However, it was raining cats and dogs in Richmond that night so we decided to load the truck early the next morning in hopes of a break in the rain. We spent the majority of the evening playing Nick's fabulous collection of bingos, one-balls, and flipperless pinball machines. (He even had a couple machines with a flipper or two attached to them.)

    Thursday:
    We were up dark and early and hoisting bingos by 6am.

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    We encountered a problem early on, though. The door of the garage...er, I mean...Bingo Parlor was not opening.

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    Despite straining and prying, it was not moving AT ALL. We eventually discovered that Nick had sealed the door with spray insulation several months earlier in an attempt to regulate the bingo habitat. The problem was fixed...

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    ...and the loading began. 6 hours, several gallons of sweat, and countless ratchet straps later, the Penske looked like this...

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    Oh, and all of this was accomplished under blanketed machines, as we were working in a light rain for most of the load.

    Here's what pinball exuberance and moving day delirium looks like:

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    We (read: Nick) safely navigated the truck packed with two tons of coin-up machines 4 hours and change northward through wet roads to arrive at the York Fairgrounds:

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    We were greeted by fellow Bingo-bringers, Len and Chad. With their help, unloading went A LOT quicker than loading. It kinda had to, because there was a healthy rain upon arrival and only 90 minutes before the haul closed. All half-a-dozen machines from Nick's collection were moved inside and all but 2 of them were completely assembled before the friendly York staff gave us the boot.

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    We had a great dinner with Chad and Len (who helped us unload earlier), met weekend roomy and new friend, Steve, and then called it a night.

    Friday:
    We had our continental breakfast of champions early the following morning and made sure to arrive with enough time to assemble the final two bingos before the start of the first day.

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    Another couple of bingos showed up that morning, bringing the total to 14 bingo pinball machines available over the course of the weekend, topping last year's total and once again making it...

    Quoted from RyanClaytor:

    ...the largest public showing of Bingo Pinball machines in over 40 years.

    It was also the first public appearance of Nick's Multi-Bingo machine, which he's been diligantly creating, programming, and documenting over the past year-ish.

    I cannot overemphasize the amount of awe and praise this creation inspired over the weekend. In case you missed the in-person experience, here's a video taken over the weekend:

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    One of the [many] great things about Bingo Row is that there was always a few Bingo-knowledgable folks roaming the row and helping newcomers understand these complex, interesting, and FUN machines (see red shirts below).

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    Speaking of those red shirts, another fun feature of the Bingo Row was the ability to win a free Bingo Row T-shirt by making a 4 or 5 in-a-line hit! Nick commissioned me to illustrate the T-shirt image and it ended up looking something like this:

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    It was pretty gratifying to see all those red shirts walking around throughout the weekend. I think Nick might be posting some images of the many-many winners.

    The end of the day came and we had dinner with Ohio bingo buddies (Jeffrey, Robert, and Sal) as well as a few new friends met at York (Brian, George and Dave).

    Cue more exhausted rest.

    Saturday:
    In a happy and hurried stupor we made our way to York for it's second and final day. Bingo Row was no less popular on Saturday.

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    I got a bingo tutorial from the incomparable Vic Camp, had Jefferey Lawton sign his Bally Bingo book, and despite being a relative newbie to the whole bingo scene, I even managed to give a successful bingo tutorial to a newcomer (which felt pretty empowering)!

    Needless to say, more great experiences were experienced on Saturday, but the end was signaled around 4pm, when many vendors and owners started packing things up. Of course, this happened to coincide with the heaviest rain of our several loadings/unloadings.

    With blanketed machines, the manliest of wet T-shirt contests, and lots of help from Robert (fellow Bingo-bringer), we got loaded up in relatively short order:

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    After another rainy drive in our familiar Penske, we arrived back in Richmond, VA about 11pm

    Sunday:
    I'm not sure whether to classify this next portion as Sunday or Saturday, as it happened directly after we pulled into Nick's driveway, but after another 3 hours of late-night unloading, we finally pulled the garage door down on the Baldridge Bingo Parlor a little after 2am.

    Gigantic respect goes out to Mrs. BingoPodcast who, to my shock and awe, helped us move bingos late into the night/morning and ensured we didn't injure ourselves after our sleepless weekend. Mrs. B, you are a true champion.

    So there's a peek behind the curtain of the 2016 York Show Bingo Row. I was proud to be there to witness the glory, create some lasting memories, and most importantly spend some time with great friends in the hobby, both new and old. Here's to you, Bingo-men. Thanks for bringing me into your fold.

    Sincerely,
    Ryan "Boarding my Connecting Flight" Claytor

    #20 8 months ago

    Cool Posts Ryan - yes moving Bingos is no picnic and transporting several to a show is something else. I am sure Nick appreciated having a first class guy helping. Sounds like a neat experience. Looks like you guys were a good team and all the Bingo row folks had fun working together.

    I'll have to think about joining the fun next year. It would be a long haul. Probably worth a week of time if it would work out. I will give it some thought... You never know

    #21 8 months ago
    Quoted from RyanClaytor:

    Sincerely,
    Ryan "Boarding my Connecting Flight" Claytor

    It was so great to finally meet you, my friend! I'm glad we walked around and got to share quite a few multiplayer games on that Gottlieb Score-Board, right after we coincidentally both agreed what a fantastic game it was! You were one of the kindest people I met along with Nick/bingopodcast. Learning, playing, and winning (on) the bingo machines with you two spectating was an absolute joy!

    #selfie (Turned out really great, haha! Not bad for a picture of two mugs at a pinball show!)

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    #22 8 months ago

    I know *nothing* about the Bingo machines, I'll admit. Hell, this is very likely the first time I every played one.

    I did okay - I had *no* idea what I was doing - other than I needed to get lit lights in the connected lines. I got 4 in a line only ONCE, and it was a game (can't remember exactly, I *think* it was 'Gay Time') where you could adjust the location of the numbers by moving them up or down.
    Another game I played, I tried nudging the ball to where I wanted it to go, but I ended up tilting it. I thought I was being gentle, but after that, I didn't try that again on any of the other machines.

    I liked the games I played, probably would have liked any of them.

    Thanks to those that brought them!

    #23 8 months ago

    Nice job guys! Great lineup there. Looks like you all might have added a few converts to the bingo world.
    Nick, I've already PM'd you, but I'll say it publicly. YOU DID IT MAN! I never would have thought that anyone could accomplish what you did in such a short time. The game looks fantastic! Can't wait to play it.

    #24 8 months ago
    Quoted from Coyote:

    I tried nudging the ball to where I wanted it to go, but I ended up tilting it.

    Nudging the bingos is an art form - front to back works much better than side-to-side. It takes a bit of practice to figure out the best bounces. Sounds like you did well on one of my favorite games!

    #25 8 months ago

    Bingo row was cool. I saw it mentioned in the whiterose gameroom show thread prior to the weekend and out of curiosity made my way over there Friday to check it out. Nick and Jeff enthusiastically and patiently explained the rules/strategies of these unique games to me and many others that were checking them out for the first time. I was able to win a shirt with 4 in a row on Broadway. These were my favorite part of the show this year, thanks to everyone involved.

    #26 8 months ago
    Quoted from bingopodcast:

    Nudging the bingos is an art form - front to back works much better than side-to-side. It takes a bit of practice to figure out the best bounces. Sounds like you did well on one of my favorite games!

    The first game, I did it side-to-side. I did.. er, okay. The second time, I tried forward and back, and that's when I tilted. I didn't try again after that, instead tried to focus on the shooter.

    #27 8 months ago
    Quoted from DennisDodel:

    YOU DID IT MAN! I never would have thought that anyone could accomplish what you did in such a short time. The game looks fantastic! Can't wait to play it.

    Thank you so much Dennis! Without your numerous, invaluable contributions, it never would have happened. I can't wait for you to play it, either! I suspect you'll like it...

    #28 8 months ago
    Quoted from Coyote:

    The first game, I did it side-to-side. I did.. er, okay. The second time, I tried forward and back, and that's when I tilted. I didn't try again after that, instead tried to focus on the shooter.

    It's very light nudging that almost seems like it would do nothing that does it without tilting, yet still has an effect.

    #29 8 months ago
    Quoted from Otaku:

    It's very light nudging that almost seems like it would do nothing that does it without tilting, yet still has an effect.

    I'm really tempted to get one now. Especially since the prices didn't see too bad - one there had a $250 price tag on it, which surprised me.

    #30 8 months ago
    Quoted from Coyote:

    I'm really tempted to get one now.

    I priced it to sell to a new bingo lover. Fully working, excellent condition machines are tough to find at that price, but I think everyone should have (at least) one. If anyone is interested in a bingo, feel free to give me a shout anytime. I track eBay and Craigslist as well with a thread on pinside (and luckily, while I've been holed up in my bingo lair, others have been keeping up with it). I brought the $250 and $300 games home with me, but I would love them to go to a good home.

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    I'm working on my write-up, hope to post it soon!

    #31 8 months ago

    As you continue to play bingo pinball, your style will evolve as well.

    I like to grab the siderails to maneuver the ball, shifting my hand position as it comes down.

    This allows for very fine control, and the ability to pull the game to shift the ball out of particular holes or around the beveled area around the holes.

    A well-timed push will bump the ball into that number you need, but as Otaku says, it takes a light touch.

    I play a lot of pinball (flipper and non), and these games always leave me excited and coming back for more. Starting with small odds and parlaying a four or five in line to a bigger and bigger winner is a lot of fun. Missing that number you need and having the skill and determination to bring the ball back to the ball return a few times.... That will make you sweat!

    #32 8 months ago

    Some of the winners!

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    I didn't get a pic of every one, but this is most of them.

    #33 8 months ago

    A moment to consider the events of this weekend, and here is my experience.

    For the past seven months, I have been working non-stop on the Multi-Bingo. I have stopped doing local service calls, I have stopped playing in the local pinball league, and I have pulled back the podcast to a bi-weekly sprint to allow time to work on the game. When I first got the game to boot some time in June, I knew I wanted to have it showable by October at York.

    York is my favorite show (though I haven't attended many) for the smaller, laid back atmosphere (about 180ish games), but also for the people. A great group of collectors come together and bring some fantastic machines for all to enjoy. Some of the restorations completely blow me away - especially in the woodrail row.

    This year, I was sprinting so hard that I didn't have much of a chance to reach out to collectors. Luckily, collectors reached out to me, and advised that they would be able to bring 'x' number of titles. I informed folks if we would have duplicates and luckily some were able to change plans. I sincerely appreciate every person that brought a game, came to play, or flew or drove great distances just to experience the Bingo Row (more on that later).

    So, let's start with the beginning of the week - on Sunday morning, I flew to Atlanta for a business conference. The week before I was able to clean and wax my games, change some less bouncy rubbers and the like, and generally got all of my games ready to be played or taken to the show. I wasn't sure which games I would be bringing, but knew I was bringing 5 bingos (including the Multi).

    Last year, I brought every bingo I owned, and even plunked a new game right onto the free play floor when it arrived. This year, I wanted to scale back a bit - so from 6 I went to 5. (Leaving my beloved Bounty and Night Club at home)

    I was flying back into Richmond on Wednesday. The day before the show. My friend Ryan flew down from Michigan, and our flight times matched very well - I was able to pick him up and we went to Harbor Freight for some new ratchet straps and to pick up the rental truck. This was the same size truck that I used last year - it holds quite a few games very comfortably.

    I should mention at this point that Ryan is unflappable. He really is a ray of sunshine and his positive "never say die" attitude really helped pull me through the exhaustion and difficulty of loading after the biz trip.

    Unfortunately, it started POURING rain the minute we picked up the truck. We drove back to the 'bingo parlor' (as Ryan calls it), and the doggone sky had opened up. I was hoping for a break in the rain, just so that we could move, disassemble and load the games without them getting rained on the whole time.

    ...after a fitful night of sleep - waking up every hour to check outside - it finally stopped raining at 6AM. "RYAN, WE GOTTA MOVE NOW". My garage is sealed as well as it can be to protect the games and provide climate control. I thought I had not sealed the garage again, and Ryan and I lifted with all our strength - the door wouldn't budge. I knocked the insulation out of the way (whoops :-() and we were able to lift the garage door. Step one: complete!

    Next, we had to load up the truck. I typically like to remove the heads from the bodies, load them up, the balls from the game, bag them, then the legs from the bodies and load the cabs and the legs. We did this for all the games except for the Multi. I had never had it apart since building it, and I wanted to ensure that that didn't cause a problem. So we loaded it without legs and strapped to the side. No problems.

    We bounced down the road all the way to York without much incident, but with a nice drizzle the whole time, and some larger rain closer to Richmond.

    When we got to York, it was 6:30. I was freaking out the whole way down the road, 'we'll never have enough time to unload these games and get them setup before tomorrow morning.' Ryan again said we'd find a way.

    Luckily, Chad and Len were on hand and absolutely incredible. Chad and Len had brought the Big Time the previous year, and this year, they brought the Beach Club and the Big Time.

    I couldn't believe the speed with which they were able to dolly the games out of the truck. We got them all set up except for two by 8PM, and then we had to leave.

    I was so happy that all the games were off the truck and everything was ready to roll the next morning.

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    #34 8 months ago

    Next morning was Friday! We missed the fun setup day (as far as playing games), but we were able to get the final two games set up before the doors opened to the public.

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    Next, I turned on and tested every game. Everything worked fine, with the exception of the Multi! The game would not automatically lift the first ball. The override switch worked fine, but it was acting very funny with that startup sequence. It happened on every game, too, which is a bit unusual because many have distinct lifter sequences....

    The other issue was that my UPS was complaining about low line voltage. I figured there might be a problem like this, and assumed it was due to all the games on the line. I usually think the show handles power distribution very well, so I was a bit curious about this... but I let it go. I asked for a separate power strip and plugged the UPS into that then into the power strip for the show. This didn't stop the beeping. Hmm... well, it was running. That's all I needed to know. My score and instruction displays (which are very sensitive to low voltage) would reboot and act a bit funky, but I was typically able to resuscitate them by rebooting the main computer (part of the boot sequence forces a reboot of the score and instruction displays).

    Well, moving on - had a great first day, was showing folks the games and teaching newcomers how to play the bingos, when I decided to go try the 'Thing' and a few of the woodrails in the row behind us. I also found Ryan, who challenged me to a few woodrail games, and we ended on a nice Bally woodrail pitch and bat. While we were playing that game, I was called over to my games on the PA.

    I ran over there (nothing much like it to get your heart pumping), when I see the power acting very erratically. Jeffrey had been through and turned off all of the games in the row (THANK YOU Jeffrey), and I spoke with the show folks and let them know what was happening. They came and checked it out, called the fairgrounds, then brought in a big ladder to check the power feed.

    This all happened very quickly and I was very pleased and impressed with their response to this issue. The main power feed had come partially unplugged for our row. I went through and checked out all the games again and all were fine - except for the multi.

    The power issue had fried something on one of the score and instruction cards. But, the UPS was no longer screaming that there was a power issue with the line, and it magically fixed my lifter problem! Perhaps both of the score and instruction cards are messed up - not sure - as they both tended to get stuck and require a reboot, etc. That may have been normal show low line voltage stuff causing a problem. Those Raspberry Pis are VERY sensitive to power issues.

    Again, I really appreciated how quickly the show responded to the issue.

    The rest of the day went very well, and folks had nothing but praise for the multi - which was very gratifying.

    #35 8 months ago

    Final Day: Saturday!

    Another busy day in the row, many more shirts given out, many more tutorials given, and lots of fun had by most.

    The Multi received a lot of attention and play. The most common winning games were Miss America '57, Gay Time, Caravan, and the Multi. There were even a few on Double-Up which surprised me, since the star zones didn't count!

    One of the best things about doing the bingo row, for the second year now, is the new players. People have told me numerous times that without the row and people giving tutorials as we do, they would never give the bingos a second look. As I can't stop saying - these games are phenomenally deep - require tons of thought and attention to win on, and have great artwork and really fun gameplay.

    Try them - you might like them!

    Vic Camp arrived in the morning and he was very excited to play the bingos and got a four in a line on his first game, and a five on his second! He played the multi and gave it high marks. I was very happy that the bingo guys tended to enjoy it. I think I've probably done a pretty good job on it if they can tolerate playing it.

    Steve had to leave in the early afternoon, and Vic left a little while later, so we were unable to get the nice group photo this year.

    Ryan and I loaded up with the help of Robert, who brought the Silver Sails & Carnival Queen, and has become a good friend over the past couple of years.

    We loaded up, and got to speak with Rich before we left. I thanked him for another great show, and asked if he got to demo the Multi (he was very interested to try it, but I didn't want to pull him away - he was busy enough with the show!) - he wasn't able to do so, but I was able to get him a shirt to thank him for all his time and help in allowing the bingo row, and for putting on a fantastic show yet again.

    I know it takes a ton of time to plan something like a handful of collectors bringing games - I can't imagine how much goes into the show preparation. Thanks again, Rich.

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    #36 8 months ago

    Thank you again to everyone who made this year a success:

    Dennis, Phil H, Phil B, Chris D and many others who helped with info and parts and ideas for the Multi.

    The homebrew pinball community for welcoming me with open arms despite the lack of flippers.

    Ryan for flying out from Michigan to experience the madness of the Multi reveal and to help load and haul all these games.

    Vic Camp for coming out to play the debut of the Multi and experience the bingo row again.

    Bingo Butch and Mike for bringing the Showboat and Broadway '51, and for spending so much time talking with me about the multi.

    Chad and Len - I can't thank you enough for all your help throughout the show. It was great of you guys to bring the Beach Club and the Big Time, and to spend so much time with Ryan and I on Thursday and Friday. You guys are the best, truly.

    Ed for being the inspiration.

    Steve for being my inspiration. And for being a great roommate again. Great to see you man.

    Jeffrey for being a great technical resource and for bringing the Miss America '57 and the Broadway. The games played great and that Miss America got a fantastic workout on Saturday.

    Pete for bringing the Carnival Queen (love that game). I didn't get to chat with you very much - but I hope to again soon.

    Robert and Sal for coming down and winning on the games and bringing the Silver Sails and the Carnival Queen.

    Sal worked very hard on the United Showboat for his four in a line. For a slot guy, I think he did ok. (Thanks Sal for all your support).

    Jim - who was able to overcome some serious setbacks just to play the games this year. Thank you for coming out. Looking forward to next year.

    Everyone who helped give tutorials on the games - pretty much all of the above. You all are awesome.

    Rich again for the fantastic show. 2016 will be forever embedded in my mind as the debut of the Multi - and it went swimmingly thanks to you and the crew.

    Finally: the players. We had a great crew of returning and new players at the bingo row this year. You all make it a success. You all make us want to keep doing it. Sharing these games is a great joy. Where else can you experience 14 different bingos (one with forty different machines inside)? York.

    #37 8 months ago

    Ryan gets a play tutorial on Mississippi Showboat from Vic Camp!

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    #38 8 months ago

    Thanks for the report, Ryan. Sounds like it was a great event.

    And congrats to Nick for showing off an incredible machine! The vision and execution of the multi-bingo has been nothing short of amazing!

    - Gerry
    http://www.multimorphic.com

    #39 8 months ago

    PS - Ryan, how often do you wear shirts other than ones you designed?

    #40 8 months ago
    Quoted from gstellenberg:

    And congrats to Nick for showing off an incredible machine! The vision and execution of the multi-bingo has been nothing short of amazing!

    Thank you so much Gerry!

    I forgot to mention the company that made the multi possible was Multimorphic! I scoped out the various homebrew boardsets and frameworks and settled on the P3-Roc family and pyprocgame. I am incredibly happy with my decision and would encourage anyone to check out their products and upcoming game, the P3!

    I never would have been able to make it in such a rapid timeframe without the hardware produced by Gerry & team.

    Thanks again Gerry.
    -Nick

    #41 8 months ago

    Heh - thanks for the nod, Nick, but the credit goes to you. The P-ROC is just a tool. You brought the creativity, passion, and ability to execute.

    - Gerry

    #42 8 months ago

    Very nice what you and all the others did Nick !

    And look at all those winners ! You must have had a very good crew teaching how to play Bingo... Wow. ( I'm still looking to score my first 5 in a row on Palm Springs - awful close a number of times but haven't scored 5 yet - I have gotten very good on Super cards, but a 5 in a row eludes me... Some natural 4's happen but that 5th number is tough )

    All those winners and shirts - very nice. And I think I read that some Jeff Lawton books made it into new hands too. Excellent.

    Drive or fly I must think about York next year if I can when the time comes...

    #43 8 months ago

    I noticed Bingo Row was attracting all kinds of new players who are finding out how great these games really are. Looks like this guy with the thick eyebrows must have made a 4 or 5 in a line. Someone told me he was going around bragging he was the best bingo player at the show. Hey Nick, do you remember giving out a shirt to him?

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    #44 8 months ago
    Quoted from Vic_Camp:

    I noticed Bingo Row was attracting all kinds of new players who are finding out how great these games really are. Looks like this guy with the thick eyebrows must have made a 4 or 5 in a line. Someone told me he was going around bragging he was the best bingo player at the show. Hey Nick, do you remember giving out a shirt to him?

    Heh, heh. That's Chief Silverball!

    #45 8 months ago

    Vic, you know I don't remember seeing that guy - wonder how he got so good? World's stealthiest bingo player!

    #46 8 months ago
    Quoted from Vic_Camp:

    I noticed Bingo Row was attracting all kinds of new players who are finding out how great these games really are.

    Myself included! I learned a ton just being around "The Row" this past weekend. And, Vic, thanks to your...

    Quoted from bingopodcast:

    ...tutorial on Mississippi Showboat...

    ...I felt like I even picked-up a new nudging technique that made more sense to me. Thanks for showin' up on Saturday. I was really hoping to meet you after hearing your exuberance for the bingos on Nick's podcast.

    Quoted from gstellenberg:

    Thanks for the report, Ryan. Sounds like it was a great event.

    No prob! Thanks for chiming in here, Gerry. It was fun for me to read through Nick's write-up as well. While we spent 5 days together, there were a few moments of separation and entertaining for me to read through those flashes of crisis.

    Quoted from gstellenberg:

    Ryan, how often do you wear shirts other than ones you designed?

    Ha-ha! Uhm...well, I've definitely become a shirt snob after printing so many.

    "Is this 100% ring-spun, organic, hourly-combed, high thread count, Egyptian cotton? NO!??!" *rag bag*

    But, you're right, my wardrobe is getting pretty full. Ha-ha!

    #47 8 months ago

    Nick, I got to tell you. The Multi-Bingo pinball machine is sensational! It plays just like any of the other bingos did on Bingo Row. Being a bingo pinball machine player for decades and love playing the games more than any other aspect of the hobby, I forgot the game had anything to do with circuit boards etc. For me the real magic happens when the player becomes one with the machine while trying to make numbers for in line wins. These days i still get a rush when making any 5 in a lines or other giant payout wins.

    There were times i often thought of what it would be like to play every bingo ever manufactured. With 40 games already attached to your Multi- Bingo I guess it's possible you are going to make it happen? Hopefully in the future there will be others like the one you have created. Hey, you never know. Look at all the new flipper manufactures making games today.

    It was especially nice seeing the large crowds of people showing interest in learning about these magnificent mechanical coin op machines. My hat goes off to all that brought games and helped out to make Bingo Row so successful again this year.

    Thanks Nick for everything you do for the bingo and pinball hobby and thank you to everyone else who has kept the bingo pinball machine alive for all to experience.

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    #48 8 months ago

    Ryan, Glad to see you now have Bingo play figured out. They make a modern deep pin seem shallow. Especially when you figure how they were played for money, despite the "For Amusement Only/No Gambling Permitted" phony signage.

    Nick, Great to see your Multi being played by the public. I can't wait to play it sometime. Especially the Mississippi Show Boat.

    Now, if we can just get Clay to allow a "Bingo Row" in the next expansion of the VFW.... I might even donate a six card.....

    A word to those thinking of getting a Bingo; You can't have just one. You need at least on Magic Screen with OK, a Mystic Line, A six card and one of the Miss America's. Then, you'll want a Magic Squares, or a Bounty, or Miss Universe, or one of the Wheel games or, heck, why not one of everything?

    I'd love a Bally Continental just to be able to put it together without help or a lift table.

    Great work hauling them from Richmond, VA to York, PA.

    #49 8 months ago
    Quoted from MrBally:

    They make a modern deep pin seem shallow.

    Absolutely agreed!

    Quoted from MrBally:

    I can't wait to play it sometime. Especially the Mississippi Show Boat.

    I'm sure that can be arranged.

    Quoted from MrBally:

    Now, if we can just get Clay to allow a "Bingo Row" in the next expansion of the VFW.... I might even donate a six card.....

    I would love to see an expansion of the 'row' to many other shows around the country/world. And I think the VFW would be a great place for a well-kept row.

    Thanks for your kind words!

    #50 8 months ago

    On another note, I'm proud to say I've played all of Jeff's, I mean Jeffrey's, machines at his home fifteen years ago. He stored two that someone I bought them from dropped off during an Arkansas-New Jersey run. When I went to pick them up with my (at the time, young) son, what a great lesson I got in playing Bingos as up until then, I only had a Six Card and a Mystic Lines. Both the kind that Mr. Lawton does not exactly care for. I loved Bounty and Lido. Lido was similar to the Malibu Beach I was picking up so we spent a lot of time playing it. Who are we kidding, I loved all of them. The only better collection has to be Bingo Butch's as I recall he has them all.

    Nice to see Jeffrey hasn't aged a bit from the show photos. I've only seen him twice since at Expo's although we email every so often. He and the late Carol were very gracious hosts to my son & I.

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