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Hobbit Owners Thread

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#9201 1 year ago
Quoted from Trumpanche:

pinballinreno 7.1 degrees WHERE? My playfield seems to be bowed by about a degree from the ramps to the flippers... I currently have it set at 7.5-ish at the ramps and 6.5-ish at the flippers. Shoots good enough for my skill level I think?
Anyone else have this kind of inclination difference from the top to the bottom of the playfield?

Almost every game is like that, which is why I always ask specifically where people are measuring.

Also take into consideration that inserts, even slightly raised will throw off the level.

I use the same torpedo level that you have, and also a small one that fits just about anywhere on the pf.

But I find the change in slope from top to bottom more drastic on Hobbit than other pins I've levelled.

Not exactly sure why.

#9202 1 year ago

My Hobbit sits around 7.3 incline. Just scored 3,695,XXX. Killed Smaug and played all three Arkenstone mini-wizard modes. The through issue I've been having still happens from time to time (about every other day). I had tightened the connectors at the opto board, but tonight I did the same at the I/O board. Tugged on all the wires and did not notice any loose ones. Then I went on a game that was over an hour long with no issues, so hopefully that is the end of that (fingers crossed).

#9203 1 year ago

Question for everyone: how hard is it to update the code? Will I still keep all my scores? I'm running version 2.96 and I noticed that the game forgot I was Into The Fire champion. Read up on it and sounds like that was an issue which was addressed by a code update.

Second question: what is everyone's recommended maintenance schedule? How often do you clean and wax the playfield? Do you have to grease the gears on the Smaug head every certain amount of time?

#9204 1 year ago
Quoted from Trumpanche:

pinballinreno 7.1 degrees WHERE? My playfield seems to be bowed by about a degree from the ramps to the flippers... I currently have it set at 7.5-ish at the ramps and 6.5-ish at the flippers. Shoots good enough for my skill level I think?
Anyone else have this kind of inclination difference from the top to the bottom of the playfield?

Yup. Lots of weight in those mechs. Quite a bit of flex in the Pf.

#9205 1 year ago
Quoted from Trumpanche:

pinballinreno 7.1 degrees WHERE? My playfield seems to be bowed by about a degree from the ramps to the flippers... I currently have it set at 7.5-ish at the ramps and 6.5-ish at the flippers. Shoots good enough for my skill level I think?
Anyone else have this kind of inclination difference from the top to the bottom of the playfield?

measure in 3 locations and try to get an average, its the best you can do.

#9206 1 year ago
Quoted from GTO:

Question for everyone: how hard is it to update the code? Will I still keep all my scores? I'm running version 2.96 and I noticed that the game forgot I was Into The Fire champion. Read up on it and sounds like that was an issue which was addressed by a code update.
Second question: what is everyone's recommended maintenance schedule? How often do you clean and wax the playfield? Do you have to grease the gears on the Smaug head every certain amount of time?

Its easy to update the code.

Back up your settings and scores before you do it.
I save them on a separate flash drive and then copy the files to a folder on my computer for safe keeping.

You never know when a SSD drive will fail. I keep backups periodically whenever a new hi score is acheved.

#9207 1 year ago
Quoted from GTO:

Question for everyone: how hard is it to update the code? Will I still keep all my scores? I'm running version 2.96 and I noticed that the game forgot I was Into The Fire champion. Read up on it and sounds like that was an issue which was addressed by a code update.
Second question: what is everyone's recommended maintenance schedule? How often do you clean and wax the playfield? Do you have to grease the gears on the Smaug head every certain amount of time?

I wax the playfield and replace the balls every 350 to 400 games played.

My game looks like brand new after thousands of plays.

Probably not a bad idea to inspect Smaug every waxing.

#9208 1 year ago
Quoted from pinballinreno:

My game looks like brand new after thousands of plays.

No dimpling? Mine shows some dimpling already due to the ocassional airballs. Otherwise, no other playfield issues. I bought it with 82 games played and I'm probably up to 120-150 (haven't checked the number recently).

#9209 1 year ago
Quoted from GTO:

No dimpling? Mine shows some dimpling already due to the ocassional airballs. Otherwise, no other playfield issues. I bought it with 82 games played and I'm probably up to 120-150 (haven't checked the number recently).

Dimples are normal and even out after a few thousand plays.

#9210 1 year ago

What are used for the post sleeves in this game? Are they just standard post rubbers, or thinner?

#9211 1 year ago

I'm installing a lighting mod and need a splitter to grab power from the topper. What type of connector is that?

#9212 1 year ago
Quoted from WizardsCastle:

What are used for the post sleeves in this game? Are they just standard post rubbers, or thinner?

I switched from Titan Standard post sleeves to the Titan Stern Tapered post sleeves and have been happy with them. I have a full color matching kit uploaded to the Titan website with photos. Those photos can also be found in this thread.

#9213 1 year ago
Quoted from Reaper802:I switched from Titan Standard post sleeves to the Titan Stern Tapered post sleeves and have been happy with them. I have a full color matching kit uploaded to the Titan website with photos. Those photos can also be found in this thread.

I need to shop out my Hobbit. I just ordered your "kit" from Titan. Thanks for taking the time to do this... looks great.

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#9214 1 year ago

My book screen stopped working about a month ago trouble shot it and decided the screen needed to be replaced. I called JJP and they told me the screen was going to be around $70. I found a replacment for $30 shipped.
https://www.buydisplay.com/lcd-4-3-inch-tft-display-module-in-480x272-vga-video-av-driver-board
I ordered it on the 21 of September and came today. Installed and works great.

#9215 1 year ago

Someone on the GNR hype thread said The Hobbit Playfield was bare and lacked shots .
I thought I would correct him .
Did I miss anything .

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#9216 1 year ago

Dude. The playfield DOES look bare. I dont blame people for that impression. But it is packed af.

#9217 1 year ago
Quoted from jorant:

Dude. The playfield DOES look bare.

Just because it looks bare , doesn't mean it is . There are 4 bash toys in the middle of the playfield ( as you know ) .
If someone says the Playfield is bare as a statement of fact , it should be pointed out they're wrong .

#9218 1 year ago
Quoted from BazilBLast:

Just because it looks bare , doesn't mean it is . There are 4 bash toys in the middle of the playfield ( as you know ) .
If someone says the Playfield is bare as a statement of fact , it should be pointed out they're wrong .

I'm simply saying that I don't blame first impressions. It is idiotoc to not play it and run your mouth saying it is bare/boring, as the game is absolutely incredible.

#9219 1 year ago

I sold this game about a year ago and greatly miss it. It doesn't have much shot satisfaction like loops or ramps you want to hit over and over again but it has some of the best pinball "moments" that I have ever experienced. For example, in Stranger Things the first and second wizard modes have no energy. I don't really care if they end quickly because I never emotionally get pulled into them. Hobbit is the exact opposite. Its wizard modes are incredible and pulled me in every time. Not to mention trying to kill Smaug, I don't think I've every been more invested in a game then when you have that one shot left to kill him.

So why did I sell it? At the time it was either own this 1 game or 2 other games. I decided to go with options instead of just 1. Also my non pinball friends were intimidated by it. There is so much going on that they really never had any idea what to hit or shoot for. With that said... If they ever add coop mode to this game I WILL buy it again. That way I can work with my friends/family and explain what WE are trying to accomplish together instead of them just watch me play.

#9220 1 year ago

Put it on 10 ball play and go. CoOp solved.

#9221 1 year ago
Quoted from Reaper802:

Put it on 10 ball play and go. CoOp solved.

People say this all the time but it is not the same. You want to keep the players separate with a separate coop score table.

#9222 1 year ago
Quoted from joelbob:

People say this all the time but it is not the same. You want to keep the players separate with a separate coop score table.

And you don't want a high score to save in this scenario....

#9223 1 year ago
Quoted from Sijcolo:

My book screen stopped working about a month ago trouble shot it and decided the screen needed to be replaced. I called JJP and they told me the screen was going to be around $70. I found a replacment for $30 shipped.
https://www.buydisplay.com/lcd-4-3-inch-tft-display-module-in-480x272-vga-video-av-driver-board
I ordered it on the 21 of September and came today. Installed and works great.

Wow, thanks for sharing.
I've been having issues with my small LCD screen losing blue colors intermittently.
Knowing this screen works (at a much lower price) will stop my procrastinating and I'll just replace the damn thing.

#9224 1 year ago
Quoted from Sijcolo:

My book screen stopped working about a month ago trouble shot it and decided the screen needed to be replaced. I called JJP and they told me the screen was going to be around $70. I found a replacment for $30 shipped.
https://www.buydisplay.com/lcd-4-3-inch-tft-display-module-in-480x272-vga-video-av-driver-board
I ordered it on the 21 of September and came today. Installed and works great.

stupid question (for people like me) what options do we order?

#9225 1 year ago

You don’t need the touch panel or the remote. Just the basics. Also on the metal piece that holds the screen I had to adjust it. Mine was digging into the the cable between the board and the display.

#9226 1 year ago

The kit comes with the screen and board. It was a very straight forward replacement.

#9227 1 year ago
Quoted from Sijcolo:

The kit comes with the screen and board. It was a very straight forward replacement.

I'm having an issue plugging the copper cable into the board. Suggestions

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#9228 1 year ago
Quoted from Jeffswack:

I'm having an issue plugging the copper cable into the board. Suggestions[quoted image]

The white connector has a brown bar on the back - see it? You have to flip that forward, insert the cable and then push the brown bar back down.

#9229 1 year ago
Quoted from BazilBLast:

Someone on the GNR hype thread said The Hobbit Playfield was bare and lacked shots .
I thought I would correct him .
Did I miss anything .
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LOL - this is great. Everyone's obsessed with subways - might as well mention those too And doesn't that mean 4 holes? Balin, Radagast, Smaug & Erebor? hmmm...

#9230 1 year ago
Quoted from Sijcolo:

You don’t need the touch panel or the remote. Just the basics. Also on the metal piece that holds the screen I had to adjust it. Mine was digging into the the cable between the board and the display.

Thanks

#9231 1 year ago

Is it just me, or do you guys also love hearing Azog's laughter at the beginning of Into The Fire?

#9232 1 year ago
Quoted from GTO:

Is it just me, or do you guys also love hearing Azog's laughter at the beginning of Into The Fire?

Nope you are not alone, absolutely epic!

#9233 1 year ago

Can one of you guys with the new screen get a picture of it in action? I know this is a low res display but I always felt like the JJP supplied LCD was kind of low light washed out looking. I'm curious if the replacement is any better quality. I ordered one because JJP doesn't have any listed in their store.

#9234 1 year ago

I'm not home to grab q pic but it did seem a little brighter

#9235 1 year ago

Does this game use standard post sleeves, or the thinner Stern style?

#9236 1 year ago

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#9237 1 year ago

Sorry about the blurry picture my phones fault.

#9238 1 year ago
Quoted from Sijcolo:

Sorry about the blurry picture my phones fault.

Looks perfect.

#9239 1 year ago

Looks red to me

#9240 1 year ago

It looks more red in the pictures then how it is in the game.

#9241 1 year ago
Quoted from Sijcolo:

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I think that actually looks better than the screen I have. I understand some colors are a real bugger to capture. It definitely looks like colors are more prominent in the new LCD. Thanks for taking the time to post pics.

#9242 1 year ago
Quoted from WizardsCastle:

Does this game use standard post sleeves, or the thinner Stern style?

I recommend the Slim Tapered Stern style from Titan. That's what I put in the kit I build for Titan after testing standards.

#9243 1 year ago

Beat Smaug last night which is pretty epic, and then got to the three mini wizards. I had one ball left, so thought maybe I could try for TABA. I decided to cheese it, and time out all the modes. Got 21 of the down, but then the mode ramp would not like light.

I read in the rules that modes first need to be qualified? How do you qualify all the modes?

#9244 1 year ago
Quoted from WizardsCastle:

How do you qualify all the modes?

By playing the game, shooting all the drop and standing targets, holes, ramps, etc...

#9245 1 year ago
Quoted from fnosm:

By playing the game, shooting all the drop and standing targets, holes, ramps, etc...

Is there a way to qualify all modes earlier on? Or how can you tell what needs to be hot to qualify?

Like in LOTR, I know to hit the white shots to start the mode.

#9246 1 year ago
Quoted from WizardsCastle:

How do you qualify all the modes?

The modes are made "available" when you qualify "either" Gandalf, Bilbo or Radagast. Once that's obtained they modes become available/changeable via shooting the left ramp.
Scroll down to modes section:
http://tiltforums.com/t/hobbit-pinball-rulesheet/1360

#9247 1 year ago

You also need the ELF, MAN, and, DWARF targets. Some modes require more than one qualifier. Take some time and watch the Buffalo Pinball vs JJP Hobbit head to head battle on YouTube, it will answer all your questions.

#9248 1 year ago

Updated from version 2.96 to 3.10. Really enjoy having the added callouts, light sequences, and tracking of the completed stages in the Arkenstone modes. Also, am I crazy or are the green lights shining on the bottom of Smaug new? Well, probably not "new" since the bulbs are already there, but definitely used more in non-Smaug multiball sequences so that I got to notice them now.

#9249 1 year ago

I got my Lior mods in and they look AWESOME. As always great quality and fun times adding them to my games.They definitely make the games more high end even though JJPs are already great looking. The legs hanging out of the barrel is totally funny and if you know the story totally fitting for the game:}

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#9250 1 year ago
Quoted from Crumbalimb:

I got my Lior mods in and they look AWESOME. As always great quality and fun times adding them to my games.They definitely make the games more high end even though JJPs are already great looking. The legs hanging out of the barrel is totally funny and if you know the story totally fitting for the game:}
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Who sells those Mods they look great

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