I am so perplexed by all of the heat and possibly the bit of light that has been generated on Pinside about this game. I profoundly applaud JJP for its willingness ( and Jack's personal willingness) to put early versions of TH out their for people to see and ultimately criticize. Although I agree the Pinside community has ultimately improved the play and value of the new game, it has come an a significant cost to the production time-line and total number of sales of this machine(see all of the cancellations of the pre- order of TH). As an owner of LOTR and some other games, and as someone who has played pinball for 50 years, I understand Stern's shock and awe approach to the marketplace with 3 games a year produced, vault editions, and relicensing deals. But at some point, we need to recognize and value what Jack has done and is doing. I opened a NIM WOZ recently, and it is simply the most visually stunning pin I have ever seen. And that was before the LCD screen was turned on. I marvel about how excited the community has become when a new color DMD has been announced. Great. How about an LCD for LOTR or MM??? Bottom line.......give Jack a lot of slack here. He is producing a different, higher level product than either Stern or Dutch pinball.