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Buying a 4th pin for brewery- Poll


By Coz

5 months ago



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    Topic poll

    “What new/used pin should I add?”

    • Stranger Things 22 votes
      13%
    • Deadpool 66 votes
      40%
    • Guardians of the Galaxy 10 votes
      6%
    • Iron Maiden 14 votes
      9%
    • Beatles 10 votes
      6%
    • Metallica 18 votes
      11%
    • Star Trek 2 votes
      1%
    • Black Knight 6 votes
      4%
    • Game of Thrones 7 votes
      4%
    • Other - let me know what you like 8 votes
      5%

    (163 votes)

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    #1 5 months ago

    I’ve got a few pins on location at a local brewery- Ballad Brewing in Danville VA. Just sold Munsters and I’m looking to add a 4th pin and just looking for advice/opinions. It’s mainly casual pinball fans playing, we don’t have leagues or tournaments -yet. What new/used pin should I add to the lineup? Mainly looking for newer sterns to keep replacement parts - I currently have Star Wars, Ghostbusters and Jurassic Park.

    Looking to see what could satisfy the casual fan but also keep better players satisfied.

    -1
    #2 5 months ago

    I’m going to go with Beatles. Much different than the others and variety is king in my opinion. Good theme and many of the breweries in my area if they have music on it’s generally classic rock and rock.

    The casual fan comment is key, when we have people over who aren’t die hard pinball players they tend to gravitate to Beatles and keep hitting the start button.

    #3 5 months ago

    Stranger Things.

    Broad market appeal and a brand people recognize. It has an ‘Oh wow’ toy with the demogorgon. Nice use of synth music. Experienced players will want to check it out and casuals will play it because Stranger Things.

    #4 5 months ago

    Deadpool,I know a couple of folks that route pins and Deadpool does well on location. We love our Deadpool!

    #6 5 months ago

    Deadpool seems to do good in all the locations near me.

    #7 5 months ago

    I think Metallica would balance out the three pins you currently have on location. It might be nice to have something with a little bit of edge to provide an alternative to the more family friendly themes.

    #8 5 months ago

    You’ve gone with all science fiction movie themes thus far, so Star Trek or Deadpool are the logical choice. I personally prefer older style SS machines, so I would go with Fathom or Star Gazer to give a little variation to the line up.

    #9 5 months ago

    Deadpool would be my first choice. I’d also recommend Stranger Things as a solid choice due to its popularity. Although I haven’t played Stranger Things and am just going on the “new factor” and it’s popularity.

    #10 5 months ago

    Always go with the latest... Stranger Things

    #11 5 months ago

    I choose BK because people recognize the name in pinball

    #12 5 months ago

    Make sure you let us know what you decide to buy

    #13 5 months ago

    Get a remake!

    #14 5 months ago

    Walking Dead kills on location.

    #15 5 months ago

    Of the existing games, what seems to be the highest performer?

    #16 5 months ago

    Heard from a location bird that Stranger Things is the best performing pin on location ever! DP would be second and GOTG third from what you don’t have already, which are solid performers. Games you have should be good ones, which you know.

    #17 5 months ago

    Always just a casual player told the wife I wanted a pinball machine she said lets play a few games and get a feel what we like. Went to a local place Rock Fantasy with wife and kids (16 & 21 year old) played almost all of Rock Fantasy’s 40 pins. All agreed we had a blast with Gotg. We loved the music and the Multiball with groots mouth. Later that month purchased my first pinball machine Gotg. Don’t forget my family and I knew nothing about code and game play other then hitting the ball. Since then my family and I have evolved and we are hooked. So my vote will go to Gotg.

    #18 5 months ago

    I like Metallica more, but I feel like Deadpool would do better on route. Even though it's family friendly, I still think people will think it's more edgy.

    #19 5 months ago
    Quoted from fisherdaman:

    Of the existing games, what seems to be the highest performer?

    Ghostbusters is always the highest earning, but they are all close. Just trying to get opinions. I definitely want something that a random casual fan will enjoy, but also fun for more experienced players.

    #20 5 months ago

    I think Aerosmith Pro would do well, ac/dc pro/premium would be popular too.
    I enjoy both more than a Metallica. Not saying Metallica isn’t a good game but I had one and it didn’t stay too long.

    #21 5 months ago
    Quoted from Coz:

    Ghostbusters is always the highest earning, but they are all close. Just trying to get opinions. I definitely want something that a random casual fan will enjoy, but also fun for more experienced players.

    TNA?

    #22 5 months ago

    I voted for MET but DP is a very close second. Always curious how GB does with the just casual player in your setting but sounds like it does well for you.
    I also like TNA.

    #24 5 months ago

    I actually owned both of these last year and unfortunately sold them when we had our 3rd child, and also before I had the brewery opportunity. Seems like a lot of people are recommending Deadpool. I actually asked the guy that I sold it to if he’d consider selling back, but he’s really enjoying it.

    #25 5 months ago

    Ummm. That would be a no.

    #26 5 months ago
    Quoted from Coz:

    Ummm. That would be a no.

    Come on... it would make the other pins look so much better! Might improve business!

    #27 5 months ago

    For casual pinball fans I would say something that has straight forward rules, such as shoot the lit shot. As much as I like Game of Thrones (Might actually be my favorite game) the rules can be complicated for anyone just walking up to the machine.

    Metallica gets the most play at my house even as I move newer machines in.

    I really liked Black Knight and it is fairly simple as far as the multiballs are concerned as well as the modes. Also Black Knight has fairly quick ball times.

    Stranger Things is a fun game. I only have a dozen or so games on it, but it seems fairly straight forward as far as rules. This title will probably catch most people attention. The only thing that concerns me is the one where I play was out of order within 2 weeks on location. Ball wouldn't eject from behind the screen and the screen wouldn't come down all the way. This is the only machine I have seen out of order at this location. They always put the newest machine out as soon as it comes out.

    Honestly all but one of the games you have listed sound good to me. I personally would stay away from Beatles. I only held my interest for a few games and the place I play only had it on location for a few weeks.

    #28 5 months ago

    Gotta very things up a bit... add a JJP or classic B/W title.

    #29 5 months ago

    For casual players I would suggest a fan layout. Approachable and easier for players to shoot. AFMR, GOTG, ST would be my choice. A fan compliments the other pins you have on route as well.

    #30 5 months ago

    Afmr ce or gotg pro
    Don’t know your brewery traffic but both games have approachable layouts/themes, reliable, and good with casuals or players.
    Go with what would likely earn best at your location without taking a big hit.

    #31 5 months ago

    I should avoid late night postings... the typos are atrocious You might say "vary" atrocious.

    #32 5 months ago

    Metallica or TWD.. are both easily the best Pro Sterns made in several years..
    TWD also has very complete code.. both have several easy to start Multi balls for the casual fans..
    especially entertaining for the players and those watching is the start of Sparky Multiball.. one of the best ever!

    #33 5 months ago

    Seems like Oktoberfest should be mandatory.

    #34 5 months ago

    What about MM remake? newbies love the castle toy, always a crowd pleaser

    #35 5 months ago

    I'm not an operator, but from my perspective it's about getting pinball to the masses, but also how can I make the most money. With that said I wouldn't typically look past a Stern pro as they have the lowest purchase price. I don't think you would get the casual player to play anymore, or pay anymore, by spending thousands more on a premium, remake, etc. Now a place that has diehard pinheads is another story. Just my thought and I could be way off.

    #36 5 months ago

    well since its a brewery why not Oktoberfest??

    #37 5 months ago

    Metallica or Maiden would round that out pretty nice...slight edge towards Met

    #38 5 months ago

    Deadpool for the mass-appeal and earnings.

    #39 5 months ago

    Deadpool earns great and casuals love it. Stranger Things is actually earning VERY well so far, but need to see what kind of drop off it sees after 90 days.

    #40 5 months ago
    Quoted from Monk:

    I'm not an operator, but from my perspective it's about getting pinball to the masses, but also how can I make the most money. With that said I wouldn't typically look past a Stern pro as they have the lowest purchase price. I don't think you would get the casual player to play anymore, or pay anymore, by spending thousands more on a premium, remake, etc. Now a place that has diehard pinheads is another story. Just my thought and I could be way off.

    Exactly. At my brewery location it’s probably 95% casual fans. They wouldn’t know the difference in a pro vs LE. Also why I don’t really want a MM or more expensive title, it won’t make more money. I plan on rotating pins in every 4-6 months to keep things fresh. Stern pros have been doing really well.

    Thanks for all the input and opinions - I appreciate it

    #41 5 months ago
    Quoted from Coz:

    Exactly. At my brewery location it’s probably 95% casual fans. They wouldn’t know the difference in a pro vs LE. Also why I don’t really want a MM or more expensive title, it won’t make more money. I plan on rotating pins in every 4-6 months to keep things fresh. Stern pros have been doing really well.
    Thanks for all the input and opinions - I appreciate it

    If you are going to be rotating games in that frequently, I would just swap in the latest Stern Pro release each time. Rotate out the lowest earner, and repeat.

    #42 5 months ago

    Deadpool Pro

    Fun game
    Funny Theme
    A available used

    #43 5 months ago

    Champion Pub

    Simplistic straightforward ruleset for casual players, fun toys & gimmicks throughout, pub theme

    #44 5 months ago

    For a quality brewery that cares about the ambience it presents, Deadpool is probably the least uncool game on the list.

    #45 5 months ago

    Deadpool is so fun to shoot. It has my vote.

    #46 5 months ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    For a quality brewery that cares about the ambience it presents, Deadpool is probably the least uncool game on the list.

    *coughBeatlescough*

    EDIT: I can't read the difference between uncool and cool. I stick with my vote for Deadpool and agree with o-din that I am indeed correct.

    #47 5 months ago
    Quoted from Isjack:

    *coughBeatlescough*

    Breweries are hip spots, they aren't nursing homes..

    #48 5 months ago
    Quoted from fisherdaman:

    Breweries are hip spots, they aren't nursing homes..

    Yeah, if I want to feel old, I'll just stay home and read pinside.

    #49 5 months ago
    Quoted from fisherdaman:

    Breweries are hip spots, they aren't nursing homes..

    Which is why I said Beatles is less cool than Deadpool.

    EDIT: Woop -- misread all of this.

    #50 5 months ago
    Quoted from Isjack:

    Which is why I said Beatles is less cool than Deadpool.

    To be fair, Beatles is as cool as Iron Maiden and Metallica.

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