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Halloween owners thread…He’s Coming Home

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#6801 51 days ago
Quoted from Mudflaps:

Possible. It hasn’t really bothered me, so I haven’t raised it as an issue. The lights and display will freeze, no response from the start button. Quick reboot and I’m back in business.
Spooky, I’m #80, so if there’s a code issue to address with that version of board set, those are the symptoms.

We have a forthcoming fix that should take care of that issue.

#6802 51 days ago
Quoted from lpeters82:

We have a forthcoming fix that should take care of that issue.

lpeters82 I had the upper two playfield flippers stop working at the same time as the start glitch hit. Related or coincidental mechanical issue?

#6803 51 days ago

CE-680 with Extra Imperial Butter is ready to leave the Spooky Pinball Manufacturing Plant!! Waiting gor an Invoice tho, 53 weeks from when i ordered it!!! Bravo Spooky

#6804 50 days ago
Quoted from CursedFrogurt:

lpeters82 I had the upper two playfield flippers stop working at the same time as the start glitch hit. Related or coincidental mechanical issue?

I'm not aware of anything related.

#6805 50 days ago

Any date (chance) on getting Scorbit on this machine?

#6806 47 days ago

Anyone know what the Light Strip Power setting is for in the Standard Settings? I’ve tried all the numbers 1-10 and can’t see a difference. What do you have yours set on? I’ve already had the sanitarium led strip lights go out on me twice. I just installed a third one. This does not seem normal.

#6807 47 days ago

Any tips to get less stmd rejects from the middle ramp (UM owner here)? Thanks

#6808 47 days ago
Quoted from stf_dnx:

Any tips to get less stmd rejects from the middle ramp (UM owner here)? Thanks

A little bump if ya think it’s coming. Try to get the ball to deviate on the ramp…so needs a little foresight. Halloween here (but same layout).

#6809 47 days ago
Quoted from stf_dnx:

Any tips to get less stmd rejects from the middle ramp

I would double check your side to side level and pitch of your game first. I have had some ball returns from not making all the way up the ramp that tend to come straight down the middle. With a little nudge at the top and anticipation of the projected path of the ball it can be saved with a slight nudge or death save. I am still working on my nudging skills and trying to improve everyday learning to keep the ball safe. I am a big fan of the Abe Flips videos-he does a great job explaining things...

#6810 47 days ago
Quoted from stf_dnx:

Any tips to get less stmd rejects from the middle ramp (UM owner here)? Thanks

Not an owner yet but I know there is a metal one way flap for the ball to pass to get to the top before it diverts, somebody mentioned a wire gate or something else would have less resistance for the ball to get up there which would give less rejections.

This would annoy me too much if a decent shot up there came back down let alone sdtm as well.

#6811 47 days ago

So how does Sanitarium end? I think I needed to hit the scoop on the Sanitarium playfield to end it, but the drop target was up, and if I hit it, it just popped right back up again.

Or does the more end hitting the main playfield scoop?

#6812 47 days ago

Thanks everyone
To be clear, it's not an issue to make it to the top or save the ball.
I get more rejects when the ball is supposed to go to the left / upper playfield, and also it gets worse after 2 or 3 games, even with a perfect shoot.
I will double check the levelling, but so far it didn't fix the rejects.

#6813 47 days ago
Quoted from stf_dnx:

Thanks everyone
To be clear, it's not an issue to make it to the top or save the ball.
I get more rejects when the ball is supposed to go to the left / upper playfield, and also it gets worse after 2 or 3 games, even with a perfect shoot.
I will double check the levelling, but so far it didn't fix the rejects.

Curious what number is your game?

#6814 47 days ago
Quoted from kciaccio:

Curious what number is your game?

UM 192
To be clear, I'm not complaining about the game, it plays nicely and Spooky team rocks.
I'm just trying to make it a bit easier for a casual player like me

#6815 47 days ago
Quoted from stf_dnx:

To be clear, I'm not complaining about the game, it plays nicely and Spooky team rocks.
I'm just trying to make it a bit easier for a casual player like me

Still on the stiock flipper rubbers?
The switch to Titans took a lot of bounce out on my machine and made that center ramp more repeatable on live shots.

#6816 47 days ago
Quoted from stf_dnx:

Thanks everyone
To be clear, it's not an issue to make it to the top or save the ball.
I get more rejects when the ball is supposed to go to the left / upper playfield, and also it gets worse after 2 or 3 games, even with a perfect shoot.
I will double check the levelling, but so far it didn't fix the rejects.

Your divertor is out of alignment. It probably needs moved over one tooth. Check post 2072 where I had the same problem.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/halloween-owners-threadhes-coming-home/page/42#post-6665122

#6817 47 days ago

Did this help for backhanding the center ramp when house is open? I can cleanly smash the house ramp with left flipper at both diverter positions but once the house is open a backhand is only successful about 30% off the time.

Quoted from Mad_Dog_Coin_Op:

Your divertor is out of alignment. It probably needs moved over one tooth. Check post 2072 where I had the same problem.
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/halloween-owners-threadhes-coming-home/page/42#post-6665122

#6818 47 days ago
Quoted from mpdpvdpin:

Did this help for backhanding the center ramp when house is open? I can cleanly smash the house ramp with left flipper at both diverter positions but once the house is open a backhand is only successful about 30% off the time.

I wouldn't really call any shot to the center ramp a backhand but it sounds like you are referring to a right flipper shot. If that is the case, yes it helps. Spooky designed the game to be makable from both sides easily with any strong shot. Stong shots can make the center ramp while weak shots get rejected (per Spooky). If that can't be done the problem probably lies with the diverter placement.

#6819 47 days ago

Yeah that diverter can make a HUGE difference with the tiniest change. I found that mine didn't need to jump an entire tooth, but just loosening the screw gave quite a bit of adjustment "within" each tooth. Mine was reject city at first, highly dependent on which flipper you shot it with when it was in either position. It took a little trial and error to find the sweet spot, but now I can shoot with either flipper to either position with very few rejects on a clean shot. It is crazy how sensitive this shot is to perfect diverter positioning.

#6820 47 days ago

I’m not sure I understand. How does the diverter impact the ball getting up there? Seems like by the time the ball hits that diverter it would have already made it up?

Or is the ball getting up there and then getting knocked back down? That would be interesting and something I’ve never noticed.

#6821 47 days ago
Quoted from Geeterman1:

I’m not sure I understand. How does the diverter impact the ball getting up there? Seems like by the time the ball hits that diverter it would have already made it up?
Or is the ball getting up there and then getting knocked back down? That would be interesting and something I’ve never noticed.

The ball impacts the diverter at the top of the ramp. If the diverter is aligned properly the ball will go to the left or right (depending on the diverter position). If it isn't aligned correctly the ball just rattles around and drops back down the ramp.

#6822 47 days ago
Quoted from Mad_Dog_Coin_Op:

The ball impacts the diverter at the top of the ramp. If the diverter is aligned properly the ball will go to the left or right (depending on the diverter position). If it isn't aligned correctly the ball just rattles around and drops back down the ramp.

I thought there was a metal flap to stop the ball going back down once it enters the diverter area?
Or is it not completely passing the flap if the diverter is not adjusted correctly.

#6823 47 days ago

If the diverter is out of alignment it would hit the diverter as it's trying to push though that metal flap, thus causing a reject. In the test menu with the diverter set to make ramp (which send the ball to the left) you want the diverter positioned as close to the center ramp as possible, without overhanging the center ramp opening. The height of the middle drop targets makes a huge difference.

#6824 47 days ago
Quoted from lpeters82:

If the diverter is out of alignment it would hit the diverter as it's trying to push though that metal flap, thus causing a reject. In the test menu with the diverter set to make ramp (which send the ball to the left) you want the diverter positioned as close to the center ramp as possible, without overhanging the center ramp opening. The height of the middle drop targets makes a huge difference.

Good to know. Mine looks like it could be moved just a tad. Maybe I’ll try that tonight.

#6825 47 days ago

So do we have any “inside info” on what we can expect from the next update?

#6826 46 days ago

Love this game

#6827 46 days ago
Quoted from iceman44:

Love this game

Just had some people over and it was a hit again. HALLOWEEN just pulls us in! It's crazy fun.

#6828 46 days ago

Is there a super skill shot?
and what is the point of the second playfield during the whole meyers vs that Laurie mode? Is there actualyl something to do there, or just let it drain so I can get back up stairs!

#6829 46 days ago
Quoted from Oneangrymo:

Is there a super skill shot?
and what is the point of the second playfield during the whole meyers vs that Laurie mode? Is there actualyl something to do there, or just let it drain so I can get back up stairs!

Super skill shot was the Judith shot…I think they changed it to 100k, and you get an extra ball in lock. As far as the upper playfield with Meyers and Laurie…butt pretzels (spinners) and making it over the upper bridge. Then multiball…try to get it over the top bridge during multiball…so much fun!

#6831 46 days ago
Quoted from Oneangrymo:

What is the point of the second playfield during the whole meyers vs that Laurie mode? Is there actually something to do there, or just let it drain so I can get back up stairs!

That is a big hole in the code. You are correct, there is nothing to do there if the sanitarium isn't active. Just let it drain and try again.

#6832 46 days ago
Quoted from Mad_Dog_Coin_Op:

That is a big hole in the code. You are correct, there is nothing to do there if the sanitarium isn't active. Just let it drain and try again.

You can regenerate Laurie's health on the second playfield by hitting the targets.

#6833 46 days ago
Quoted from kciaccio:

You can regenerate Laurie's health on the second playfield by hitting the targets.

Ahh! Thats why those targets are green !
Thanks for the tip!

#6834 46 days ago
Quoted from kciaccio:

You can regenerate Laurie's health on the second playfield by hitting the targets.

I was just going to say - I love the ability to hit those targets for health.

I think the code is shaping up nicely. The modes really aren't just hit a blinking light and move on. Some a multi tiered, the upper upper fight with Michael that drops to the upper for health, the hedge MB that makes you do multiple things. I have no idea how this game is selling at a loss right now. I really expect it to pick up once the run is completed. There are only 1250 or so in existence right? Not just CE - but the entire game. Crazy.

#6835 46 days ago
Quoted from kciaccio:

You can regenerate Laurie's health on the second playfield by hitting the targets.

True but after that there is nothing. To be honest, what it the benefit of adding to Laurie’s health? It scores next to nothing and she isn’t going to die. The task just seems to be a time waster to me. Healing is better suited for Ultraman.

#6836 46 days ago
Quoted from Mad_Dog_Coin_Op:

True but after that there is nothing. To be honest, what it the benefit of adding to Laurie’s health? It scores next to nothing and she isn’t going to die. The task just seems to be a time waster to me. Healing is better suited for Ultraman.

I agree with this. If Laurie’s health steadily decreased, it would absolutely incentivize the green standups and add some risk/reward. As-is, there’s no real need to increase her health.

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#6837 46 days ago
Quoted from Mudflaps:

I agree with this. If Laurie’s health steadily decreased, it would absolutely incentivize the green standups and add some risk/reward. As-is, there’s no real need to increase her health.

Agreed. It would be much more practical if they added a few seconds of time to the timer.

#6838 46 days ago
Quoted from GorillaBiscuits:

Agreed. It would be much more practical if they added a few seconds of time to the timer.

Yeah, I think (hope) Spooky has plans for the Sanitarium playfield. It would be a great place to add time, rack multipliers, add-a-ball, etc. It’s pretty sterile right now, easily fixed with code.

#6839 46 days ago
Quoted from Mudflaps:

Yeah, I think (hope) Spooky has plans for the Sanitarium playfield. It would be a great place to add time, rack multipliers, add-a-ball, etc. It’s pretty sterile right now, easily fixed with code.

I guarantee they will based on my track record of selling games with questionable code at a huge loss. EVERY single time, a new code update drops that makes me kick myself haha... I sold a GBLE with topper, factory rails, color dmd for $7600... six months later Dwight fixes the code and it's the hottest thing since sliced bread. Hope Spooky pulls this off though I'm definitely rooting for them.

#6840 46 days ago

It would be really cool if they added a survive mode like GB added GOD mode. A whole separate mode chosen in the menu.

Having to keep adding health by hitting targets/ramps while losing it because he is after you...and when you die, game over. One ball.

When GB added GOD mode, it felt like two pins in one. Great for competition and quick games.

#6841 46 days ago
Quoted from GorillaBiscuits:

Agreed. It would be much more practical if they added a few seconds of time to the timer.

Adding time to House mode would be a brilliant use of the Sanitarium playfield! I struggle making the crossover shot on my machine. Since the timer was added to House, I end up timing out a high percentage of the time on the last shot, which is super frustrating and sucks the fun out of the mode for me. I have asked for the option to turn off the timer or at minimum save progress, but adding time (instead of the almost useless health increase) would be a great alternative. Maybe even add time with the stand-ups, increase jackpot value with the scoop after lowering the drop target?

#6842 46 days ago

I had suggested awhile back that one sanitarium standup target be ‘add time’ and one be ‘health’ and I think that may actually become implemented. Would be even cooler if you had to lock in the time added by hitting the drop target and thru shot. Will make for excellent game play when you drain down there with 2 seconds left and you can smack that target to keep the mode going. Also they will be pausing the timer in the subways too from what I gather. Not sure if it will be the next update but it seems like these fit into a natural progression of the rule design.

Quoted from Jediturtle:

Adding time to House mode would be a brilliant use of the Sanitarium playfield! I struggle making the crossover shot on my machine. Since the timer was added to House, I end up timing out a high percentage of the time on the last shot, which is super frustrating and sucks the fun out of the mode for me. I have asked for the option to turn off the timer or at minimum save progress, but adding time (instead of the almost useless health increase) would be a great alternative. Maybe even add time with the stand-ups, increase jackpot value with the scoop after lowering the drop target?

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#6843 46 days ago

After a quick shipping damage fix #770 is running perfectly. We absolutely love this game. Thanks to Spooky Luke and AJ for getting those damaged parts out to us so quickly

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#6844 46 days ago
Quoted from Mudflaps:

Yeah, I think (hope) Spooky has plans for the Sanitarium playfield. It would be a great place to add time, rack multipliers, add-a-ball, etc. It’s pretty sterile right now, easily fixed with code.

100% agree We are making progress every day!

#6845 46 days ago

Cant wait for 920, that is all!

#6846 46 days ago

There is a LOT of information on this game and 137 pages to read. I just received mine and had two questions:
1. About half of the time my ball won't load into the shooter lane at the start of a new game. Sometimes it's the second game of the night or the third, so there is no pattern as to the initial game or subsequent games after it boots. Anyone else have this issue?
2. After the ball leaves the sanitarium through the drop target it almost always drains down the middle without any chance of recovery. To add insult to injury, there is no automatic ball save as at that point either. I see the issues with the diverter on the top playfields but is there something similar that "aims" the ball out of the underside of the sanitarium?

Otherwise, I LOVE the game. The LEDs are done right, the shots seem about right and I am confident that Spooky will include some interesting code to make the sanitarium more interesting. Thanks for any help you guys can provide!

#6847 46 days ago

Make sure you game is pitched / leveled perfectly. If problem with shooter lane persists, remove the apron and make sure everything lines up correctly. A few owners have added washers at the trough to tweek the eject.

Quoted from delawarejason:

There is a LOT of information on this game and 137 pages to read. I just received mine and had two questions:
1. About half of the time my ball won't load into the shooter lane at the start of a new game. Sometimes it's the second game of the night or the third, so there is no pattern as to the initial game or subsequent games after it boots. Anyone else have this issue?
2. After the ball leaves the sanitarium through the drop target it almost always drains down the middle without any chance of recovery. To add insult to injury, there is no automatic ball save as at that point either. I see the issues with the diverter on the top playfields but is there something similar that "aims" the ball out of the underside of the sanitarium?
Otherwise, I LOVE the game. The LEDs are done right, the shots seem about right and I am confident that Spooky will include some interesting code to make the sanitarium more interesting. Thanks for any help you guys can provide!

#6848 46 days ago
Quoted from Roostking:

Cant wait for 920, that is all!

I’m #908! We’re practically twins!

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#6849 46 days ago

The last 10-posts has a lot of overlap.

Quoted from delawarejason:

There is a LOT of information on this game and 137 pages to read. I just received mine and had two questions:
1. About half of the time my ball won't load into the shooter lane at the start of a new game. Sometimes it's the second game of the night or the third, so there is no pattern as to the initial game or subsequent games after it boots. Anyone else have this issue?
2. After the ball leaves the sanitarium through the drop target it almost always drains down the middle without any chance of recovery. To add insult to injury, there is no automatic ball save as at that point either. I see the issues with the diverter on the top playfields but is there something similar that "aims" the ball out of the underside of the sanitarium?
Otherwise, I LOVE the game. The LEDs are done right, the shots seem about right and I am confident that Spooky will include some interesting code to make the sanitarium more interesting. Thanks for any help you guys can provide!

I would double check your pitch. We do test the ball paths at 6.5 and leveled left to right. That said, the easy way to adjust is to adjust the slack of the rubber next to the Judith lock. Worst case you can give the metal guide a small tweek. Just make sure you are also testing the full orbit. You want the full orbit and drops from the "headlight exit" to both hit the left flipper. If others are struggling with this, I can make that a future video.

#6850 45 days ago

Ok my damn ball is still getting stuck. Anyone come up with any other options/ideas?
Its getting old and annoying. I tried redoing the screws 100 times. Spooky sent me a brand new mold but it didnt have any holes pre drilled in it so I cant mount it. I tried the hair dryer technique, didnt do anything.
Any other thoughts?

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