Quoted from Neuromancer87:
Question for all you BSD owners:
I am currently debating between purchasing a BSD or a FT (Fishtales). They've got similar pricepoints. This question being aimed at those who have experience with both: all things being equal, how does BSD prevail?
Both great choices. FT was my second machine. I had it for several years and would gladly own another. I just picked up BSD a month ago. So far so good. In my rankings, I have BSD slightly ahead on Game Design and FT slightly ahead on Artwork. I'd describe them both as deceptively simple, but short ball times keep them from getting boring. As others have said, it might come down to which theme you prefer. Do you want something light (FT) or dark (BSD)? Personally, I'd add both to my list and see which one is available. If they are both available, I'd choose BSD. There are twice as many FTs, so tracking one down in the future should be an easier task. Either way though, both would be a nice contrast to LOTR.
PS: I came here to post my updated LEDs. I swapped in more blue to keep with the dark theme. The picture makes the lower spotlights look white, but they are blue superbrights. They help to illuminate the playfield and buildings. It's the same light that's shinning on the graveyard. I normally use frosted white for GI, but in this case I really think the blue gives it an eerie nighttime feel without drowning out any of the artwork. Kept the red under the buildings, which adds a nice contrast.