Some people get the most joy from playing their pins, some from repairing their pins. Me? I get the most joy out of finding and exploring some horrible condition warehouse lot that has sat for decades. I tend to buy games, fix them up and sell them. Nothing is bolted to the floor. Since this is how I "collect" - at one point I even had a 700 sq foot warehouse rented for storage.
My area is an island with very little in pin availability and not a huge collector scene. I've put a lot of hours into tracking down decent finds that were still left here. Almost anything of value was picked over and shipped off in the early 2000's. So that means minimal DMDS and lots of Gottlieb System 1's.
I think the most pins I ever had setup at once was maybe five - Funhouse, Demo Man, Last Action Hero, Buck Rogers and Big Hit. Actually, another time I think I had a Joker Poker, Count Down, Close Encounters, Volley, Hollywood Heat and Bounty Hunter - so maybe six. I'm not even sure how many games I have right now. Between Pinball and Arcade games I may have creeped back over forty. Again. Ugh.
Enter a new partner into my life. Unexpectedly, she loves pinball. Even more surprising, she enjoys picking at them and wants to learn how to do it all. She's been tearing down a spare populated Bone Buster playfield FOR FUN. Just to learn how everything fits together.
She's a keeper. She's also encouraged me to finally build a dream game room.
So, it begins. I have a family room with room for roughly fifteen machines or so. Currently it serves a combination office, workshop, kids gaming room and storage. It's a mess. The room itself needs a bit of work. I have games stored everywhere that need to be restored. But it's a start.
I work a 21/21 work rotation, so I expect this to be a slow build.