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Hobbit Owners Thread


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#8051 16 days ago
Quoted from Mallich667:

The roaming extra ball target is triggered when all qualifier shots (ELF, DWARF, MEN, Radagast, Bilbo, Gandalf) are made in a row, "before" starting a mode.
Starting a mode before hitting all qualifiers will reset the requiring qualifiers for the specific mode and you will have to collect them again.
Go to settings and somewhere there is the difficulty adjustment for modes. If standard is activated (what mostly is), at the start of a game the machine triggers a random qualifier, so that you can start a mode directly from the beginning. This already activated qualifier will NOT count for the roaming extra ball target, which means you have to start a mode first to nullify the already given qualifier.
Either this method, or It'll only be triggered when no qualifier is lit and then you hit all six.
When you change the difficulty settings one step harder, no qualifier is given at the start of a game and the extra ball target should immediately be triggered when the last qualifier is shot.
Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but this is how it works on my machine

WOW . I don't think I will ever know all the rules on this game .

#8052 16 days ago

Thanks for all the responses regarding the roaming target. I'll check my settings ... and play better.

#8053 12 days ago

Does anyone have a nice picture of the side blades in place? I have side blades on all my machines but can’t make a decision on which is the best for hobbit. Any standout preference

#8054 12 days ago
Quoted from jfrazie:

Does anyone have a nice picture of the side blades in place? I have side blades on all my machines but can’t make a decision on which is the best for hobbit. Any standout preference

I never decided on a set either. I wish that the ones with the gold coins on them were reflective also. Might just install some mirror blades.

#8055 11 days ago
Quoted from jfrazie:

Does anyone have a nice picture of the side blades in place? I have side blades on all my machines but can’t make a decision on which is the best for hobbit. Any standout preference

I REALLY REALLY like the ones which have the Tolkien map pattern. Looks perfect IMO

#8056 11 days ago

I can't decide either, pics please peeps!!!

#8057 11 days ago

In Wisconsin (mid way between Chicago & Milwaukee). Have a year old, Hobbit Gold edition that was NIB in February 2019. Only played by my wife and I, no kids, etc. Has 1500 plays. I did ALL the JJ mods, i.e., ramps, NEW left cage ramp, new spring steel ramp flaps, beast plastics. Has Lermod trough and back lighting. Latest firmware. Metal "Ring Button" plate, with gold button ring. Did the Cliffy's as well. The game is 100%. The cabinet is 100%. Playfield has been cleaned regular. It wants and needs nothing.

Question is... What do you all think is a fair listing price?

#8058 11 days ago
Quoted from jfrazie:

Does anyone have a nice picture of the side blades in place? I have side blades on all my machines but can’t make a decision on which is the best for hobbit. Any standout preference

Which Hobbit do you have?
I had these on my Smaug Gold (link below). They are beautiful. But, the first set was destroyed by the playfield because it is just too tight and even though I have another set, I am reluctant to put them in. I did just install felt on the sides of playfield, but I will at least wait until I'm done installing the new ramp flaps and Cliffy's before I reinstall them.
https://www.tiltgraphicsinc.com/product-page/hobbit-treasure-trove-gameblades

#8059 11 days ago
Quoted from Mr_Outlane:

Which Hobbit do you have?
I had these on my Smaug Gold (link below). They are beautiful. But, the first set was destroyed by the playfield because it is just too tight and even though I have another set, I am reluctant to put them in. I did just install felt on the sides of playfield, but I will at least wait until I'm done installing the new ramp flaps and Cliffy's before I reinstall them.
https://www.tiltgraphicsinc.com/product-page/hobbit-treasure-trove-gameblades

If you have art blades installed you need the side art protectors at pinball life.

They are cheap and perfect protection.

I use them always.

#8060 11 days ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

If you have art blades installed you need the side art protectors at pinball life.
They are cheap and perfect protection.
I use them always.

Thanks!
I've never seen those before. I will give them a try.
I own you a drink for all the help!

#8061 11 days ago
Quoted from Mr_Outlane:

Which Hobbit do you have?
I had these on my Smaug Gold (link below). They are beautiful. But, the first set was destroyed by the playfield because it is just too tight and even though I have another set, I am reluctant to put them in. I did just install felt on the sides of playfield, but I will at least wait until I'm done installing the new ramp flaps and Cliffy's before I reinstall them.
https://www.tiltgraphicsinc.com/product-page/hobbit-treasure-trove-gameblades

I like those the best so far too, but wish they were more reflective.

I killed Smaug for the first time today - what a rush! Got through all 3 Arkenstone modes completing 2-3 stages in each of those. Got my new GC score with it at a little more than 4.3mil. This game is great, super great code and modes, had it for over 3 years, and isn't going anywhere!

#8062 11 days ago
Quoted from KingBW:

I like those the best so far too, but wish they were more reflective.
I killed Smaug for the first time today - what a rush! Got through all 3 Arkenstone modes completing 2-3 stages in each of those. Got my new GC score with it at a little more than 4.3mil. This game is great, super great code and modes, had it for over 3 years, and isn't going anywhere!

Man! You're better than I am!

#8063 11 days ago
Quoted from Mr_Outlane:

Man! You're better than I am!

Maybe not. I did the Smaug kill shot with the upper flipper though and that felt great! I just had a real good game. Previous GC score was 3.4mil and the rest of the 8 high scores are between 2 and 3mil.

With all of the shots in the 5 JJP pins (some really tough), I think playing all of them helps to make you a better player on the other 4 pins. Juggling the multiballs and aiming at specific shots at the same time is a great challenge. Quite often you aim it right, but it hits another ball. Playing multiballs on this pin has helped me with Pirates and WOZ multiballs. Sometimes you just need to fling a few someplace to bounce around for a bit and get them out of the way to aim for the jackpot shots. Probably trying for the DI sim card shot (very tough) helped me to finally nail the Smaug kill shot from the upper flipper.

I need to keep mixing up what pin I play and not just stick to trying to concur 1 pin - that helps me improve overall. Anyway, sorry for rambling on …

#8064 11 days ago
Quoted from KingBW:

Maybe not. I did the Smaug kill shot with the upper flipper though and that felt great! I just had a real good game. Previous GC score was 3.4mil and the rest of the 8 high scores are between 2 and 3mil.
With all of the shots in the 5 JJP pins (some really tough), I think playing all of them helps to make you a better player on the other 4 pins. Juggling the multiballs and aiming at specific shots at the same time is a great challenge. Quite often you aim it right, but it hits another ball. Playing multiballs on this pin has helped me with Pirates and WOZ multiballs. Sometimes you just need to fling a few someplace to bounce around for a bit and get them out of the way to aim for the jackpot shots. Probably trying for the DI sim card shot (very tough) helped me to finally nail the Smaug kill shot from the upper flipper.
I need to keep mixing up what pin I play and not just stick to trying to concur 1 pin - that helps me improve overall. Anyway, sorry for rambling on …

No, I enjoy listening to other people experiences learning to play better. That what Pinside is for! I agree mixing it up on different pins is huge for improving skills. For instance, after I got my ACNC (tough game) my Start Trek scores soared. It's paramount to learn to control the ball better and shoot accurate on ACNC! Hopefully my Hobbit scores will also get better. I just haven't had much time since I got it to focus on playing it a lot.

#8065 11 days ago

I seem to make my largest improvements as a player when i compete against new and better players (they are all better) and my small incremental gains through playing different machines and the skills that are needed for a particular machine.

Coming home from a comp will see me practicing things i have seen, and my scores reflect that.

#8066 10 days ago
Quoted from punkin:

Coming home from a comp will see me practicing things i have seen, and my scores reflect that.

Even watching the pro's on YouTube helps. You do pick up on things and become more conscience of what you are doing wrong.

#8067 10 days ago
Quoted from jfrazie:

Does anyone have a nice picture of the side blades in place? I have side blades on all my machines but can’t make a decision on which is the best for hobbit. Any standout preference

Quoted from JonCrox:

I can't decide either, pics please peeps!!!

I have Tilt Graphics' "Treasure Trove" gameblades on my Hobbit as I like how they extend the Smaug gold and Erebor palace theme from the back of the game. Here are a few quick pics. Unfortunately, they're no longer perfect as I've snagged them on both sides with the playfield and have had to apply small repair/protectective mylar patches accordingly.

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#8068 10 days ago
Quoted from Tuna_Delight:

I have Tilt Graphics' "Treasure Trove" gameblades on my Hobbit as I like how they extend the Smaug gold and Erebor palace theme from the back of the game. Here are a few quick pics. Unfortunately, they're no longer perfect as I've snagged them on both sides with the playfield and have had to apply small repair/protectective mylar patches accordingly.
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Wow they look good! Totally agree they extend the pf perfectly, will be ordering those now! (And the protectors) thanks for the links and pics guys!

#8069 10 days ago
Quoted from Tuna_Delight:

I have Tilt Graphics' "Treasure Trove" gameblades on my Hobbit as I like how they extend the Smaug gold and Erebor palace theme from the back of the game. Here are a few quick pics. Unfortunately, they're no longer perfect as I've snagged them on both sides with the playfield and have had to apply small repair/protectective mylar patches accordingly.
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How did you route the wires on the shire mod? Did you do as the instructions as I cannot see your wire in the mystery hole.

#8070 10 days ago
Quoted from Vyzer2:

How did you route the wires on the shire mod? Did you do as the instructions as I cannot see your wire in the mystery hole.

I ran it out the left side and down thru the mystery target hole. More or less like the mod's instructions.

#8071 10 days ago

I really like the look of these. Matches nicely with the map on the apron artwork.
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#8072 10 days ago
Quoted from Tuna_Delight:

I have Tilt Graphics' "Treasure Trove" gameblades on my Hobbit as I like how they extend the Smaug gold and Erebor palace theme from the back of the game. Here are a few quick pics. Unfortunately, they're no longer perfect as I've snagged them on both sides with the playfield and have had to apply small repair/protectective mylar patches accordingly.
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Thanks. This is exactly what I needed. Just purchased these because that looks awesome. I don’t mind the map version but they just don’t seem to “blend” like these, especially with the baby blue at the top of the map. Just my opinion.

#8073 10 days ago
Quoted from pipes:

I really like the look of these. Matches nicely with the map on the apron artwork.
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I really like those, is there a link?

#8074 10 days ago
Quoted from gordonshumway:

In Wisconsin (mid way between Chicago & Milwaukee). Have a year old, Hobbit Gold edition that was NIB in February 2019. Only played by my wife and I, no kids, etc. Has 1500 plays. I did ALL the JJ mods, i.e., ramps, NEW left cage ramp, new spring steel ramp flaps, beast plastics. Has Lermod trough and back lighting. Latest firmware. Metal "Ring Button" plate, with gold button ring. Did the Cliffy's as well. The game is 100%. The cabinet is 100%. Playfield has been cleaned regular. It wants and needs nothing.
Question is... What do you all think is a fair listing price?

Can anyone give me some idea here? Thanks.

#8075 10 days ago
Quoted from gordonshumway:

Can anyone give me some idea here? Thanks.

I'd look around a bit at the market archive. I think (you'll have to verify) that the Smaug LE games sell for slightly higher than the Black Arrow or other versions. They seem to be around the high 6's to low 7's in good condition.

#8077 10 days ago

The map pinblades are made by PinGraffix.

https://www.pingraffix.com/product-page/the-hobbit-pinblades

#8078 10 days ago
Quoted from Tuna_Delight:

The map pinblades are made by PinGraffix.

But somehow cheaper if you buy them from Cointaker.

#8079 10 days ago
Quoted from pipes:

But somehow cheaper if you buy them from Cointaker.

Interesting. You'd think it would be the other way around. Perhaps Cointaker hasn't caught up with PinGraffix's latest prices.

Either way - multiple sources, product availability, and market competition are all good things!

#8081 10 days ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

I'd look around a bit at the market archive. I think (you'll have to verify) that the Smaug LE games sell for slightly higher than the Black Arrow or other versions. They seem to be around the high 6's to low 7's in good condition.

Agreed. HUO are going to be between 6.7 and 7.1 K, depending on condition. Routed Hobbit's are in the 6.2 to 6.5 K range. You MAY could ask for 2 hundred more if it has radcals and/or PF protector.

I don't think it matters if it is a Smaug, LE, or BA edition. They all play the same, and it is just a cab decal and trim color preference.

#8083 9 days ago
Quoted from Goronic:

Agreed. HUO are going to be between 6.7 and 7.1 K, depending on condition. Routed Hobbit's are in the 6.2 to 6.5 K range. You MAY could ask for 2 hundred more if it has radcals and/or PF protector.
I don't think it matters if it is a Smaug, LE, or BA edition. They all play the same, and it is just a cab decal and trim color preference.

The only difference besides trim is that the Smaug and BA editions have a slightly (-SLIGHTLY-) different attract mode. Smaug has a video from the movie of when he gets covered in gold, and BA has something else from (I think?) when Bard shoots Smaug

#8084 9 days ago

I hear that wireless network capabilities are in the works for JJP pins. I wonder when/if Hobbit will get the code update. Also, I wonder if they throw in any updates in the game play code for the Hobbit...

#8085 9 days ago
Quoted from Goronic:

I hear that wireless network capabilities are in the works for JJP pins. I wonder when/if Hobbit will get the code update. Also, I wonder if they throw in any updates in the game play code for the Hobbit...

WIFI stuff is being tested on all of the JJP pins across the board. I think that they want to commonize that part of the code as much as possible to keep the code under control and not go into different directions on each pin. At least for now. It's turning out great, easy, simple.

#8086 8 days ago

Every time I play I remember I still need to change out my ramp flaps. It seems pretty daunting. Any advice or is it even worth messing with? Mine are slightly curled but have always worked fine.

#8087 8 days ago
Quoted from konghusker:

Every time I play I remember I still need to change out my ramp flaps. It seems pretty daunting. Any advice or is it even worth messing with? Mine are slightly curled but have always worked fine.

Its easy.
The only issue is riveting the new flaps.

Even that is pretty easy.

Although brcause tbe ramp is so big it pays to have a helper hold it when hammeting on the rivets.

#8088 8 days ago

Hi all, looking to join the club. Please direct me to a link explaining what to look for.
Sorry to ask, I couldn’t readily find one.

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#8089 16 hours ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

If you have art blades installed you need the side art protectors at pinball life.
They are cheap and perfect protection.
I use them always.

I used the pinblade protectors today. They work great on all my machines! Highly recommend!!
Thanks for telling me about them!

https://www.pinballlife.com/interior-cabinet-protector-blade-set.html

#8090 16 hours ago
Quoted from Mr_Outlane:

I used the pinblade protectors today. They work great on all my machines! Highly recommend!!
Thanks for telling me about them!
https://www.pinballlife.com/interior-cabinet-protector-blade-set.html

I absolutely use them on my houdini and AFMrLE

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