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Homepins Spinal Tap!

By Dantesmark

1 year ago


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#1 1 year ago

Thoughts

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#2 1 year ago

It's a fine line between clever and stupid.

#3 1 year ago

It will probably function as well as their on-stage pods.
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#4 1 year ago

Best thing I can say is that the bar was set pretty low with Thunderbirds... can this one be better?

#5 1 year ago

not a theme im into personally.

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#6 1 year ago

Never saw it, Homepin sucks… easy pass.

#7 1 year ago
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#8 1 year ago

Multiball better get up to 11

#9 1 year ago

I'm obviously not the biggest homepin fan, but that could be a fabulous license....

#10 1 year ago
Quoted from roffels:

Multiball better get up to 11

My youngest and I were just discussing this "rock band" yesterday! He had seen memes about turning up to 11, had NO IDEA where it came from.
I schooled him.

#11 1 year ago

Great theme for pinball.
But a lot of question marks with tbis company and game.

Can they produce in a timely fashion?
Will they have all the assets?
Etc..

#12 1 year ago

Any pics of the game out yet?

Did Balcer design this?

#13 1 year ago
Quoted from Dantesmark:

But a lot of question marks with tbis company and game.

Historically we’ve seen folks double down on those question marks.

#14 1 year ago

Consider me interested; they have a lot to prove, but who knows, they may really surprise us!

#15 1 year ago
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#16 1 year ago

Wow, they teased this like 2 years ago. Took them long enough to get their shite together only to tease it yet again.

#17 1 year ago

Spinal Tap as theme is fantastic, Balcer designs are solid (if he is the designer) and Homepin has at least proven they can build a pin. Obviously Thunderbirds was a terrible design with even worse rules, however when i have played it the mechanics of the game seemed fine (other than the stupid flipper buttons). I'll give spinal tap some serious thought.

#18 1 year ago

I wonder if they got anyone from the band for callouts.

#19 1 year ago

I hope they don’t F this up like thunderbirds.

#20 1 year ago
Quoted from Dantesmark:

Great theme for pinball.
But a lot of question marks with tbis company and game.
Can they produce in a timely fashion?
Will they have all the assets?
Etc..

I don't have concerns on buying a game from Homepin. They are a well established company with a proven record of delivering products and games (well, only one pinball but that's how you start). I would definitely have to see the game before ordering but I don't think there are many question marks about Homepin as a company.

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#21 1 year ago

If it was made by any other company, I’d be excited.

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#22 1 year ago

All I know is SPINAL TAP has fewer letters than INTERNATIONAL RESCUE so the ruleset can't help but be slightly improved over the last Homepin offering.

#23 1 year ago
Quoted from chuckwurt:

If it was made by any other company, I’d be excited.

Even deeproot???

#24 1 year ago
Quoted from bobukcat:

Even deeproot???
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That’s not a company imo.

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#25 1 year ago

If it were Spooky, AP, CGC, Haggis, or Stern making the announcement I’d almost be jumping for joy at this point!

With HP however, I admit I balk a little. I doubt I am alone in remembering how condescending and nasty things got for a time here on the forum. On the other hand this company has, in fact, “put its money where its mouth is” and successfully designed, built, and sold at least some quantity of Thunderbirds machines, an accomplishment that shouldn’t be overlooked in this era of pinball crooks and charlatans!

I mean, obviously T’birds isn’t likely to crack the “Top 100”, but I have to give credit where credit is due: it is a fully-baked, playable machine which does have some redeeming qualities in theme, game play, and art/appearance, and I don’t get the impression that it has been a QC and/or playfield catastrophe. As far as I am concerned, that is a genuinely laudable achievement and they have earned some goodwill on my part, regardless of any personality disorders that may exist behind the scenes.

Will definitely loom large on my radar despite my slight reservations! I truly hope they hit a grand slam with this and establish themselves as a genuine “major player” in the industry.

#26 1 year ago
Quoted from Thermionic:

With HP however, I admit I balk a little. I doubt I am alone in remembering how condescending and nasty things got for a time here on the forum.

100% this. I don’t want to give money to people like this.

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#27 1 year ago

I hope it’s built to specifications.

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#28 1 year ago

You're absolutely right. I bet you can gather funding, form a company, build a factory overseas, move said factory to another country, and design and build a pinball machine from the ground up in a *lot* less time. All in the middle of a worldwide pandemic.

I say go for it. Quit your day job. I like your moxy.

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Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:Wow, they teased this like 2 years ago. Took them long enough to get their shite together only to tease it yet again.

#29 1 year ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

All I know is SPINAL TAP has fewer letters than INTERNATIONAL RESCUE so the ruleset can't help but be slightly improved over the last Homepin offering.

This made me laugh out loud

#30 1 year ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

All I know is SPINAL TAP has fewer letters than INTERNATIONAL RESCUE so the ruleset can't help but be slightly improved over the last Homepin offering.

THIS IS SPINAL TAP THE MOVIE THE PINBALL

#31 1 year ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

All I know is SPINAL TAP has fewer letters than INTERNATIONAL RESCUE so the ruleset can't help but be slightly improved over the last Homepin offering.

What if you have to spell SPINAL TAP eleven times?

#32 1 year ago
Quoted from Dantesmark:

Homepins Spinal Tap!

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#33 1 year ago
Quoted from chuckwurt:

100% this. I don’t want to give money to people like this.

That argument holds no traction with me. My times talking with Gary Stern haven't exactly been pleasant experiences: I've mentioned a string of unfinished code (I own WOF) and why I should support a company like that, and he gets downright nasty. Didn't prevent me from buying Jurassic Park and Iron Maiden. I support the product. If Homepin knocks it out of the park with this one, I'd love to support them. The guy may be a twit, coarse and overly direct, and about as cuddly as a cactus teddy bear, but there are no shortage of people like that in this hobby.

For the record, I don't think this will be a home run - I believe it will be better, but I don't think they have the knowledge, budget, and talent (yet) to use actors/assets appropriately. Plus, balanced rulesets that are fun to play are tough to make (which is why everyone doesn't do it). I've played enough homebrew games to know that blinking lights and targets that respond don't make a fun pinball machine, and a good theme and even a good playfield can be brought down by poor rules or uninspired integration with said theme.

That said, another pinball machine! This seems like a real affordable license, and gives hope for weird "C" level themes that are both affordable and could really surprise folks and be boutique hits. If Ultraman and Halloween can be made, why not G-Force, Mork and Mindy, etc...

#34 1 year ago
Quoted from snakesnsparklers:

I don't have concerns on buying a game from Homepin. They are a well established company with a proven record of delivering products and games (well, only one pinball but that's how you start). I would definitely have to see the game before ordering but I don't think there are many question marks about Homepin as a company.

Aren't there people still waiting on the toppers that they were promised?

#35 1 year ago
Quoted from ForceFlow:

Aren't there people still waiting on the toppers that they were promised?

I thought the toppers were/are shipping. Like, right now.

#36 1 year ago
Quoted from ForceFlow:

Aren't there people still waiting on the toppers that they were promised?

No they are going out currently. Mike followed through. We actually are offering a few extras to some of our USA customers.

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#37 1 year ago
Quoted from mikeflan:

That argument holds no traction with me. My times talking with Gary Stern haven't exactly been pleasant experiences: I've mentioned a string of unfinished code (I own WOF) and why I should support a company like that, and he gets downright nasty. Didn't prevent me from buying Jurassic Park and Iron Maiden. I support the product. If Homepin knocks it out of the park with this one, I'd love to support them. The guy may be a twit, coarse and overly direct, and about as cuddly as a cactus teddy bear, but there are no shortage of people like that in this hobby.

I don’t see any bigoted hate speech noted in your conversation with Gary.

I’ve never heard of Gary speaking to other people that way. I’ve seen Homepin talk that way on this site multiple times. I don’t want to support people like that.

#38 1 year ago

"Contractually obligated to present"?

That makes it sound like they were forced to do something.

#39 1 year ago

PinballSTAR is the USA distributor for Homepin - whatever Homepin announces and when they do - if you think you may be interested you can email us at [email protected] to get on an interested list when info is available to send out we'll send an email blast out. I think everyone will be quite impressed.

TY
Joe Newhart
PinballSTAR Amusements

#40 1 year ago

I heard this isn't based on the movie but the medical procedure...

Quoted from westofrome:

THIS IS SPINAL TAP THE MOVIE THE PINBALL

#41 1 year ago
Quoted from ForceFlow:

"Contractually obligated to present"?
That makes it sound like they were forced to do something.

I think it's supposed to be a joke.

But it's not funny and It's certainly not a "spinal Tap" reference as I've seen that movie 50 times and it doesn't ring a bell.

Things are off to a banging start!

#42 1 year ago

To be followed up with "COLONOSCOPY: The Pinball. Feel the Bun!"

Quoted from mikeflan:

I heard this isn't based on the movie but the medical procedure...

#43 1 year ago
Quoted from Chuckwebster:

Spinal Tap as theme is fantastic, Balcer designs are solid (if he is the designer) and Homepin has at least proven they can build a pin. Obviously Thunderbirds was a terrible design with even worse rules, however when i have played it the mechanics of the game seemed fine (other than the stupid flipper buttons). I'll give spinal tap some serious thought.

Balcer did not do this playfield, he was ghosted after many productive conversations. Take that for what it is but I know I won't be buying one until I play and it would have to knock my socks off.

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#44 1 year ago

Maybe an in joke regarding a real life law suit involving the band, though I can't imagine the license holders going for that.

See below:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/creators-of-spinal-tap-to-turn-dial-to-11-in-400m-lawsuit-1.2967873

Quoted from CrazyLevi:

I think it's supposed to be a joke.
But it's not funny and It's certainly not a "spinal Tap" reference as I've seen that movie 50 times and it doesn't ring a bell.
Things are off to a banging start!

#45 1 year ago
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#46 1 year ago
Quoted from Atari_Daze:

My youngest and I were just discussing this "rock band" yesterday! He had seen memes about turning up to 11, had NO IDEA where it came from.
I schooled him.

You told him they were from The Simpsons, right?

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#47 1 year ago

I have a feeling this pin will be underwhelming. I'm definitely NOT thrilled with the theme.

#48 1 year ago

I'm not sure how sales will be. Homepin's audience thus far has been extremely selective.

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#49 1 year ago

I like how they've carried the theme over to the PCBs...

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#50 1 year ago
Quoted from RobertWinter:

I like how they've carried the theme over to the PCBs...[quoted image]

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