First, I have just arrived back in the factory after spending 2 weeks in Australia. My internet was pretty sketchy while traveling and I was too busy to even look at the internet anyway.
I would like to thank all those who came along to Pinfest and played TAG, also those who came to my talks to find out some of the background to the Homepin story. It was great to meet many of you again and some for the first time.
The machines we showed at Pinfest and in Brisbane were rushed together and air freighted to get them there in time. They were far from finished and far from perfect. We have taken on board the many small changes suggested and will begin working on those straight away. Mostly they are small tweaks and pretty easy to implement.
Onto the complete rubbish that has been posted here and inflamed out of all proportion by the usual Pinside trolls - well done guys - you have managed to create 250+ posts of complete twaddle that I (for one) am not going to waste my time reading. I skimmed over a dozen posts, got the gist, and left it at that.
The machines shipped to Australia for the shows were cobbled together from many parts, mostly from our prototyping. The boardset in particular is a very early mockup and we have developed several versions since then. The latest (and final I hope) version is actually a five board set.
When our programmer died I asked around to see who might be interested in coming on board to help pick up the pieces. I wrote to many people including Ben Heck. Ben has posted our correspondence in full so there is no need to repeat that (very unprofessional Ben and you lose points for that).
We looked at the original Bally design, WMS WPC, Heck system, Fast and many other systems eventually settling on a similar CAN bus system currently used by Stern.
Time was not on our side so we put together a mish mash of what we thought was the better points of each system to get something up and running quickly and get us back to where we had been a year previously. This is what was seen in the machines displayed at Pinfest, it is not what we will be using for production machines.
If you look at the pictures below (they won't be in order, this site doesn't allow that) - these are screen shots from Ben Hecks posts right here on Pinside. You can see where he invites all and sundry to do as they wish with his design. Thank you Ben for the bit of assistance your information gave us and yes, you are right, there are many flaws in your design. I changed the hardware (for one thing) drastically, as it just wasn't robust enough for my liking. As for the software, let's just say there are elements of it that we took on board and adapted as we did with several other things available.
Combining all of these things gave us a workable system to start with and work from - which we are doing.
We are not using the Heck system (or any other system) but certainly have taken ideas from all of them. That's just how things work.
I really don't understand what the trolls see in trying to drag every one they can down? Not just on this thread but every other one it seems? They surely must lead very sad lives.
In any case, our main market (and let me say it for the 50th time) is NOT the USA. It never has been. I am NOT interested in selling "every machine I can" to "the biggest pinball market in the world". That has NEVER been my goal or aim - EVER! I have stated this so many times but it seems too hard for some trolls to comprehend. So it really doesn't matter how "crap" our machines are and disecting every last shot really isn't of any relevance as they probably will never see the light of day in the USA in any great numbers and that suits me just fine.
Nothing to do with "Americans" or any other reasons - just plain business. I'm running a different race to all the other companies and I am growing my own market not trying to muscle in on an existing one.
We are working on machines for the China market. That is our future. Stern has sold some here in China but the price of them, as well as the western themes, means they don't, and never will, sell in any meaningful numbers here.
This will likely be my last post on Pinside because I just don't have time for the nonsense and negativity around here - I'm just not interested. I have tried to give an insight into what it takes to manufacture something but it seems there are just too many trolls here to accept that I did that in good faith and because that is the side of things that interests me the most.
All you armchair lawyers can go back to picking your noses or whatever else it is that gives you joy.
Those that ARE interested in following the progress of Homepin (including many exciting new products NOT pinball) can do so here:
EDIT: I forgot the most important thing - I bought a book at Sydney airport and almost finished reading it on the flight home. The trolls on here could turn their lives around by reading it - "The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck" by Mark Manson. It is well worth the read.
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