Quoted from Dalbok:
I wonder if they are still planning on having the interactive apron. Originally it was going to be a map to track progress, correct? I wonder if that's been changed.
The bottom arch as currently displayed is the final one.
Quoted from Purpledrilmonkey:
Out of curiosity with Mr. Balcer gone, who is leading the design and making these game changes? Maybe it's common knowledge and I'm out of the loop...
I think opening up the pops is great on any game. I don't care as much for one way in and one way out.
It's been a group effort.
Quoted from Sammy31:
Unless I missed the post, nobody has yet discussed the return rail on the left side of the playfield (it leads to the left outlane/kicker)....looks like the mechanism that is supposed to place the ball on that rail is still missing...any ideas as to what is will be? I'm not sure if this was even mentioned on that list of "updates yet to come"...
There is a diverter that causes the ball to jump from the inner wireform ramp over to the far left wireform. There is an up-post in the outlane that can hold the ball on the kickback coil.
The code for all this is yet to be revealed.
There's a nice display of Smaug's head at the Wellington International Airport.
Nifty video of the assembling of the head is here:
(The one in the game is about 1/28th the size.)
Quoted from PanzerFreak:
I wonder what happened with using Two Steps From Hell music for Smaug multiball?
It's still there. I just checked.
The amount of music created by TSFH for Hobbit has been overwhelming. Every mode and multiball has its own cue. The game contains more than 45 minutes of original composition.
Additionally, there are five variations of the licensed tune "Old Friends". (One by TSFH and the remainder by David Thiel.)
Quoted from mummite:
I hope the backboard that is all black will have some art work or design. Seeing it all black like that makes it look unfinished. Would be great to see more brick work to match the cool stone arcs.
There are sculpted pillars and an archway behind Smaug. These details are difficult to see in that video because of the harsh lighting and camera angle.
Quoted from PanzerFreak:
I don't think we have heard any of the 34 tracks that Two Steps From Hell has created for the games modes as well as the multiple versions of the "Old Friends" theme. Well maybe one with the games current main theme.
To be clear, plenty of the music from TSFH is in the game already. There are 17 modes in the software that will be at Pintastic. Each one has its own tune. Mainplay, Smaug MB, Beast MB and Game Over themes (all by TSFH) have collectively been in there for quite a while.
The additional versions of "Old Friends" are in there as well, and have been for a long time. They've been shuffled around a bit, and David has extended some of them since they were first integrated in the game.
Quoted from DaveH:
One thing I can't quite get straight was the mode start. There were two options to start a mode, spell the race, or hit a shot. So in the picture above it would be 1. Hit the left ramp, 2. Hit the right ramp, 3. Hit the right VUK, 4. Hit the right ramp (although I assume if lock is lit that takes precedence). That sounds easier and less dangerous than hitting down all the drops. I'm not sure if it is different characters at different times (which would mean different shots).
Different characters/races enable different modes. For example, "An Unexpected Party" is qualified by the DWARF drop targets (middle bank) plus the Bilbo Baggins™ shot (right ramp). Starting a mode un-spots its qualifiers, but leaves the others alone.
Not in yet: Some modes will have prerequisite modes that must be played first.
Not in yet: Player will be able to choose lock vs. mode start via Ring Button.
Edit (to add some info to differentiate my post from Keith's):
Quoted from DaveH:
And about the drop targets (in this pre-production game), they were very willing to drop when hit. They had a smooth feel to them, with the exception of resetting. They are all individually controlled, so it isn't a big "thump thump" when they reset, each one resets in sequence. So they make this big "zip" sound that sounds almost like a stripped gear. Surprising the first time you hear it. My guess is that firing 11 coils at a time is probably a bad idea, so they run in a quick sequence. I wonder what that sounds like with the glass off. That isn't a bad thing, but I'm sure when people get games and hear it for the first time they will be surprised.
The staggered resetting of the drop targets is intentional, since it's not possible to fire all those coils at once. I will admit that the noise is startling when you are not expecting it. (Try getting some work done with the game right next to your desk!) Once you have seen it a few times, it turns out to be pretty cool. I intentionally used the effect in "The Fall of Ererbor" mode where Smaug™ sweeps the playfield with fire and causes the drop targets to rise/fall in a wave.
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