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Hobbit Owners Thread

By Eryeal

3 years ago

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16 key posts have been marked in this topic

Post #14 First impressions by new owner. Posted by Eryeal (3 years ago)

Post #45 The source of the voice call-outs Posted by Troz (3 years ago)

Post #71 Detailed game review Posted by Vyzer2 (3 years ago)

Post #128 Cosmetic issues from factory and customer service response. Posted by RichieWrench (3 years ago)

Post #214 review with detail and good set of pictures. Posted by Pimp77 (3 years ago)

Post #402 Backglass LED diffuser (tones cold white to a more neutral amber color) Posted by PanzerFreak (3 years ago)

Post #714 Another BackBox light filter Posted by Damonator (3 years ago)

Post #769 Rulesheet Posted by tiesmasc (3 years ago)

Post #1064 Owner fixes and tweaks after 150 games. Posted by pinballinreno (3 years ago)

Post #1113 Noteworthy new owner issues and photos Posted by VolunteerPin (3 years ago)

Post #1358 JJP video on fix kit. Posted by tatapolus (3 years ago)

Post #1706 example of time marks order through delivery Posted by meSz (3 years ago)

Post #2007 Here's the code download link Posted by LTG (3 years ago)

Post #2220 How to install Hobbit Cliffy protectors Posted by mbelofsky (3 years ago)

Post #3613 Nice tip on locktite product for wood or metal screws. Posted by pinballinreno (2 years ago)

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#1060 3 years ago

Just a heads up that we'll be live streaming The Hobbit from the Jersey Jack factory with Jack and crew next Saturday, July 23 at 1 p.m. Eastern! You can watch live on Twitch at http://www.twitch.tv/buffalopinball


#1065 3 years ago
Quoted from FalconPunch:

Will you have a new firmware to play with?

Good question! I'll check

1 week later
#1200 3 years ago
Quoted from FalconPunch:

No. Check jjp Facebook for a link to a 2 hour twitch stream of it. Haven't watched much of it yet
Also Steve bowmen has some cool videos on his Facebook page too.
Seems like early adopters can get a kit, comes with the troll fix and new stronger Springs for the drop targets. Have people been having drop target issues?

Here's the replay of yesterday's Twitch livestream from the Jersey Jack factory on the new 1.30 code. We had Steve Bowden with us and he and Nick showed off quite a bit of the game, including Into the Fire a few times!

#1205 3 years ago

Oh and here's the factory tour we did with Jack after the Twitch stream. The video quality isn't the best since it was broadcast live on Periscope but it's not too bad and Jack talks about a bunch of cool stuff:

2 years later
#5489 1 year ago

Joined the club yesterday. I’m going on an adventure!

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#5495 1 year ago

Going to stream some of the new 2.97 code tonight, 8 p.m. Eastern: http://www.twitch.tv/buffalopinball

#5513 1 year ago

Adding another video to the pile for reference material, I got to Five Armies last night on the 2.96 code. Didn't complete any of the modes unfortunately but I've found it's good to have a spotter for these modes to call out the things you need to do during them.

Link should take you right to the start of that game: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/323208946?t=01h51m35s

1 week later
#5593 12 months ago
Quoted from VillaThrills:

Added the gold captive ball. Nice touch. We will see how long they look nice and shiny.[quoted image]

That does look nice, especially for the Smaug edition. Might have to go for it...

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#5667 11 months ago

Added green Titan rings and the ULEK Store slingshot/inlane protectors today
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#5671 11 months ago
Quoted from VillaThrills:

But those plain targets! Needs some dressing up

Any recommendations? I usually don’t get into target decals but they look great on POTC next to it.

#5691 11 months ago

Nice little upgrade for the lockdown bar button. A button with gold trim like this would be good to have for JJPOTC too.

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#5707 11 months ago

Newton and captive ball upgrade.

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#5710 11 months ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

Outstanding! Add the Erebor key and throne and you are in business!

I like the look of the throne but don’t like that it blocks the view of the ball in the back. Guess I’d have to see it in person to decide for sure.

#5809 11 months ago
Quoted from tatapolus:

Would love to see a video or stream with the new code.

I'm planning one for Monday night

#5834 11 months ago

Streaming Hobbit with 3.0 code and direct A/V from the machine tonight! 8 p.m. Eastern: http://www.twitch.tv/buffalopinball

#5837 11 months ago

Thank you! Hobbit is my favorite game to stream solo, there’s just so much to do and experience. Hope to see you in chat later today.

#5855 11 months ago

Here’s the VOD from yesterday’s stream. Smaug had a rough night


#5859 11 months ago

Highlighting a few parts of the stream. Here's a complete runthrough of Into the Fire (I LOVE this mode!):

#5861 11 months ago

I don't know the intricacies of the scoring, but I do know that the more difficult a mode you complete before going into ITF (or the other wizard modes) determines some of the scoring. So if you beat, say, The One Ring (a one-star mode), your ITF scoring will be a lot lower than if you beat a 5-star mode before going into it.

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#5923 10 months ago
Quoted from Jon9508:

These look great.
Where does one find these at. Can't seem to locate them. None of the normal part sites / mod sites seem to carry these.


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#6006 10 months ago
Quoted from Bond_Gadget_007:

Kevin from buffalo pinball has a stream where he tried to time out all the modes on 3.0, and his game glitched out (pf lights got stuck on mode 12 or so). Had to reboot twice to finally fix it. Anybody know what happened?...

I sent the team a stats dump after that stream. I’ll sure they’re on it )

1 month later
#6248 9 months ago

I recently added the Pindemption software to my Hobbit and will be streaming it tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern if you want to check out what it adds to the game! http://www.twitch.tv/buffalopinball

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#6271 9 months ago
Quoted from VillaThrills:

Ha!!! We were literally just talking about this the other night at a pinball party at my house. Can you just add it??? Or do you need the hardware too? Tuning in for sure.

You have to send in he security dongle from your game and they add it for a $200 charge for the software only. Then you can turn pindemption on or off in your settings whenever you want.

I was quoted $800 if you want the ticket dispenser too.

Here’s a link to the full Pindemption stream for anyone who may have missed it. I played around with a bunch of different play types throughout the stream:


#6289 9 months ago

I went with titan rubbers in green on my game. Posted some pics earlier in the thread.

#6294 9 months ago

I clipped out a ticket game where I defeated Smaug as well as a timed game with standard rules using the Pindemption software:

#6302 9 months ago
Quoted from davisjl1979:

Thanks for the clip! Just a few hundred more games and you'd have enough tickets to get an MP3 Player!!!!

I'm cashing them all out for spider rings!!!

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#7040 4 months ago
Quoted from netman63129:

I stopped by Lyons Classic Pinball a few weeks ago and the owner had an external powered subwoofer attached to an Alice Cooper's Nightmare Castle. All I can say is WOW, I need one of these on my hobbit. I know that their have been brief discussions of this topic but I am curious to get recommendations on subwoofer make/model for The Hobbit? Also, I assume this just connects up to the leads on the existing cabinet sub? Oh yeah, is it possible to connect a single subwoofer to multiple games?

I’ve got a Polk PSW10 on mine and it’s awesome, especially when Smaug talks. Using the L and R inputs it’s possible to hook one sub up to two pins.

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#7189 3 months ago
Quoted from meSz:

Looking for input on new rubber set for my hobbit. Titan, white standard rubbers etc.

I did green Titans on mine, pics are posted further back in this thread: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/hobbit-owners-thread/page/114#post-4670113

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#7469 57 days ago
Quoted from nogoodnames222:

JJP support has no suggestions or ideas so I'm at a bit of a loss for my freezing-LED issue. New BAG board is $230+ and Kevin (support) does not think that will necessarily fix my problem, so that's more than I'd like to gamble at the moment. Going to try a different power source tonight (run an extension cord to a different circuit) and possibly a different location tomorrow (friend's arcade) to see if I've somehow got 'dirty' power in my old house that could be making the machine unhappy. Will also be trying messing with the ferrites on the BAG board cables. Grasping at straws, so if anyone else has anything they think is worth trying let me know. Want to rule everything out before I spend a couple hundred bucks on a new board, and if that doesn't fix it the machine will go up for sale with the issue disclosed as I can't justify keeping this expensive of a pin w/out being able to route it in the future.

Try replacing the USB cable that runs from the BAG board to the CPU. It made a difference on my game.

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