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Coin-Op Carnival - A New E.M. Focused Publication


By RyanClaytor

5 months ago



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    #301 20 days ago
    Quoted from Pickle:

    Will you have books for sale at your Houston stop?

    We will have lots of books for sale at both of our Houston stops! Along with other assorted merchandise. I look forward to meeting you pickle, and anyone else that is able to make it to one of the new stops.

    #302 20 days ago
    Quoted from bingopodcast:

    We will have lots of books for sale at both of our Houston stops! Along with other assorted merchandise. I look forward to meeting you pickle, and anyone else that is able to make it to one of the new stops.

    Same, pickle !!! Just touched down and lookin' forward to tomorrow:

    Coin-Op Carnival Book Signings
    Houston, TX
    Saturday, Aug 3rd, 2019  

    From 1-3pm
    Bedrock City Comic Company 
    6516 Westheimer Rd 
    Houston, TX 77057 

    From 6-8pm 
    The Game Preserve - NASA Location 
    20810 Gulf Fwy., Unit Z 
    Webster, TX 77598

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    #303 20 days ago

    Have fun in Houston & make sure those portable A/C units are strapped on tight!

    Seeya in Roanoke next week Mr. B!

    #304 20 days ago
    Quoted from NicoVolta:

    Have fun in Houston & make sure those portable A/C units are strapped on tight!

    Seeya in Roanoke next week Mr. B

    Haha, will do! See you soon.

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    #305 17 days ago
    Quoted from NicoVolta:

    Have fun in Houston

    MY GOSH!!! Did we ever.

    Stopped at the Lone Star Pinball Museum...

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    ...and visited with another nicest dude in pinball, Dan Ferguson...

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    ...who gave us a private tour, to start our day.

    The LSPM was a place of awe and wonder. If you're ever in the area, I'd highly recommend looking it up and making an appointment with Dan to see it. Rather than trying to recount the glorious overwhelm, I'll just leave you with a few pictures:

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    After a couple short hours, we went to our first signing at Bedrock City Comic Company, a fabulous comic book retailer...

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    ...who was super supportive, rolled out the red table cloth for us and made us feel really welcome. We had some folks walk in the door specifically to see us (thanks to pinside, facebook, or Houston area pinball emails that were sent out), as well as some walk-through traffic that met us by surprise. Bedrock also purchased quite a few copies so they could stock them at their various locations. So if you missed us this past weekend, there are a number of books in their stores.

    Between this first signing and our second, we planned some time for dinner with Multimorphic Founder, Gerry @gstellenberg Stellenberg and his lovely lady. Gerry, how did we not get any pictures!??! Oh yeah, because we were all gabbin' it up the whole time. Regardless, Nick and I had a great time visiting with you both outside an expo context where we could relax and didn't have to yell in one another's ear holes in order to have a conversation.

    Before we knew it, the time had come for our second signing of the day at...

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    ...but wait, what's this down the way!?

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    Bingotown, USA. Population Baldridge.

    Anyhow, the new location of the Game Preserve was really a sight to behold, with tons of square footage, the highest of ceilings, and a healthy amount of games and customers (after only being open a week)!

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    They even have an eating/sitting area that looks like a giant Gottlieb "Black Hole" pinball machine...

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    ...another wall that looks like an enormous Pac-Man cab, complete with 3-dimensional quarter mid-insert...

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    ...a stage for possible performances...

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    ...and a bunch more. Anyhow, Erich (the fine fellow who helped us arrange our signing on such short notice) strategically positioned our table very near the entrance of the establishment. Again, we had some pinsiders stop by (HEY @pickle !!!), another fellow who brought his previously purchased book from Pinball Resource for us to sign (SO COOL), chat with a few other folks just enjoying the new location, and serendipitously one of my former students from SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY (OVER A DOZEN YEARS AGO!!!) caught wind of our signing and paid us a visit.

    We wrapped the night with a few games at Game Preserve and paid my student a visit at his studio where we chat art, pinball, and life until we left to crash back at our hotel.

    I feel like we crammed about two days worth of events into our Saturday. At the end of the day, we couldn't believe how much we'd seen and how many nice folks we met. It was glorious and despite the unexpected event cancellation, the two that replaced it made us feel pretty amazing. Thanks to everyone who chat with us over the course of that day. We had a wonderful time in Houston!

    #306 17 days ago

    That is a sweet Violano Virtuoso you showed there. Is it working?

    #307 17 days ago
    Quoted from girloveswaffles:

    That is a sweet Violano Virtuoso you showed there. Is it working?

    Great eye! It is not, currently. Beautiful piece, though - I was very excited to see one in person, working or non.

    #308 17 days ago
    Quoted from RyanClaytor:

    I feel like we crammed about two days worth of events into our Saturday. At the end of the day, we couldn't believe how much we'd seen and how many nice folks we met. It was glorious and despite the unexpected event cancellation, the two that replaced it made us feel pretty amazing. Thanks to everyone who chat with us over the course of that day. We had a wonderful time in Houston!

    This definitely says it all. It was a whirlwind tour, and I was so happy to have met all the nice folks in Houston that came out to support our book. Thank you to all of you!

    #309 17 days ago
    Quoted from bingopodcast:

    Great eye! It is not, currently. Beautiful piece, though - I was very excited to see one in person, working or non.

    I saw a working one in the early 1970's at a museum in Oklahoma City and a working one at Knott's Berry Farm in the 1980's, but haven't seen a working one since. I understand the device that simulated a bow on the strings can be hard to repair.

    #310 17 days ago
    Quoted from NicoVolta:

    Seeya in Roanoke next week Mr. B!

    Quoted from bingopodcast:

    Haha, will do! See you soon.

    As the Nic(k)s have alluded to, there's another Coin-Op Carnival tour stop this week!

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    We're back to solo stops for the remainder of the tour (either Nick or I will be present, but not both). This time, not only will Nick Baldridge show up with a bunch of books and swag, but he'll also be doing a presentation! All this will be taking place in Roanoke, VA...

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    ...at the Roanoke Pinball Museum...

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    ...THIS SUNDAY, August 11th, 2019.
    11am-1pm
    1 Market Square SE
    Roanoke, VA 24011

    We hope to see you there and I SOOO WISH I could be there, too! I stopped at the RPM with my son about a year and a half ago...

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    ...shortly before @nicovolta started his tenure there. The place had such an amazing vibe built up, but the games needed some love. After a year and a half under Nic's watchful eye and new curatorial standards, I can only imagine the place shines brighter than ever.

    All this to say, I'm jealous, guys! Have a fantastic Sunday. I'll be thinkin' of ya.

    #311 10 days ago
    Quoted from RyanClaytor:

    Stopped at the Lone Star Pinball Museum...

    wow that Action Shot and Super Strike look great. Love the trade stims wall, and the 4 player Derby

    #312 10 days ago

    Had a great stop at the Roanoke Pinball Museum this weekend!

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    My family came with!

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    This sign is gorgeous. This photo doesn't really do it justice. Edison lamps!

    Roanoke is quite different from when I lived here as a kid. Huge, custom neon signs not only adorn the tops of large buildings, but also in storefronts.

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    On Saturday, I tried to make good on a promise to come help with a Bally Dixieland, which the museum has had waiting for patrons to play. Apparently I make a lot of really dumb faces while I'm working on machines, there's one of them.

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    Here's another.

    I got the core of the game up and running very quickly, but Dixieland and the other 1970s six cards have issues with wear on the phenolic discs that stop the search mechanisms. The game is functional, finding wins, on free play and ready for patrons, but there are a couple of sets of rivets on search disc 1 that overlap with search disc 2 (due to wear on SD1). No amount of adjusting or fiddling would fix it. I worked all day trying to get that last bit fixed, but no dice. Anyway, once it was fixed, there was a line waiting to play it! Very exciting to give some in-person bingo tutorials for folks that had seen the game open during the day and had been asking questions. It was a busy Saturday and there were multiple people who wanted to know what the game was all about, why it was being repaired, etc. Always gratifying to spread the bingo news.

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    Here it is back in the lineup - if I had had more time, I could've fixed that last issue, but as it stood, I'm happy that the game is now playable by the public.

    My family enjoyed playing a variety of pinball games, then went out and experienced downtown Roanoke, including the kinetic sculpture exhibit at the art museum.

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    (imagine movement).

    And while I continued to obsess over the search problem in Dixieland, Nic took them up to the roof to feed the fish!

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    Serious koi pond!

    So the next day, Sunday, I gave a presentation on Coin-Op Carnival is the beautiful boardroom of this museum complex.

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    It was great to meet Prince, one of the folks that works at the museum. He has a great interest in how games function and was a blast to talk to. Prince was one of the first to buy a book.

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    I even got to play a couple games of pinball before heading home.

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    The Roanoke Pinball Museum is also now a distributor for Coin-Op Carnival! You can purchase a copy at the front desk.

    Thanks to Nic and the Roanoke Pinball Museum for the hospitality. It was a great time, and I'll definitely be back (to check on that bingo) next time I'm in the area!

    #313 10 days ago
    Quoted from bingopodcast:

    Had a great stop at the Roanoke Pinball Museum this weekend!

    Mah gawd!!! I almost breezed past that first picture. Tell your eldest how much I love that shot.

    Wish I could have been there, but real glad to see how well things went! Can't wait to get back to Roanoke with my family.

    Thanks, nicovolta and the Roanoke Pinball Museum for hosting this stop on our tour!

    #314 10 days ago

    Wow. Nic with short hair!

    #315 9 days ago

    I purchased the "Coin Op Carnival" a quite while ago. I took it along on the plane to read on my first trip ever to Pinburg.

    Read half of it on the trip there & the other half on the trip home.

    Enjoyed it very much and looking forward to the next publication.

    #316 9 days ago

    It was great to meet you both at the new NASA Game Preserve, thanks for taking the time to chat (I was the guy who brought the copy from Pinball Resource). Glad you had fun and checked out the Lone Star Pinball Museum, the pictures look great! That place has been on my list, and those photos make me want to go even more!

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