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Houdini has Left the Building


By rosh

1 year ago



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#1 1 year ago

It has been a crazy 14 months since we started on Houdini and I am happy to say our first machine has shipped and a few more will be on their way today. When we announced we would have a prototype game at TPF, the general belief was it would be little more than a flashing box of lights, but the world of pinball was shocked when we showed up with two fully functioning prototypes, designed, built and coded in just four months. Then the naysayers were saying no way could we be shipping by the end of the year, well once again we have achieved what few thought was possible and have shipped our first games.

The first handful of games are leaving here today and a couple should be showing up on location in Wisconsin and Iowa in the next few days. I expect another half dozen or more should ship out over the next week to different parts of the country. Most of our distributors are going to try to get these first games into their showrooms or out on location so as many people as possible can start to enjoy them.

Here are some photos from the last days, leading up to the first game shipping. As I've said, while our goal remained to ship by end of year, that no games would ship until they were ready, and were fully blessed by Joe, Jim and myself.

Here you can see Joe checking one of the games and making some final adjustments.

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Here is the first official sign off on a game.

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Here are the first half dozen or so games, going through fine burn-in and testing.

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Joe and I with our production manager Juan with the first game getting ready to be put into a box . . .

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Getting it all the boxed up . . .

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And out the door with one of our distributors

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#2 1 year ago

Congratulations!

#3 1 year ago

Awesome! I look forward to playing. I hope one makes it to the Cleveland show that is in the beginning of 2018.

#4 1 year ago

Very cool - congratulations to all at American Pinball and best wishes for a successful 2018!

#5 1 year ago

Very cool, congratulations !!!

#6 1 year ago

I like the little homemade tool you made to hold the flaps open on the cardboard box. Simple and smart.

#7 1 year ago

Congratulations to the whole crew!
I stood there for 30 minutes, game off at Pin a go go in May in Dixon Ca. Stood there, game off, hands on flipper buttons, staring, just staring and admiring machine.
It wasn't even on, and i wanted one. Still do more than ever.
Are the games going to be numbered?
I want one soon, no dealers near me im Anaheim Ca, so thinking JJ at game exchange best option of getting one by Feb 1!

#8 1 year ago

good for you. Congratulations. I look forward to playing the game.

#9 1 year ago

Congratulations! Now what's theme #2 and when will it be released?

Well done gentlemen. I wish you much success.

#10 1 year ago

very nice indeed. success to AP in 2018.

can't wait to get mine.

#11 1 year ago

congrats!

looking forward to getting to play a production machine soon!

#12 1 year ago

Awesome!

Best of luck guys!

#13 1 year ago
Quoted from rosh:

The first handful of games are leaving here today and a couple should be showing up on location in Wisconsin and Iowa in the next few days. I expect another half dozen or more should ship out over the next week to different parts of the country. Most of our distributors are going to try to get these first games into their showrooms or out on location so as many people as possible can start to enjoy them.

Where in Wisconsin is this game going?

#14 1 year ago

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/houdini-has-left-the-building#postbox

Special thanks to Ryan White from American Pinball for showing me your fantastic facility and for letting me be a part of the first Houdini pinball to be shipped and picked up from my very good friend Mike from Great American Pinball.

#15 1 year ago

This is tooooooooooo AWESOME. THIS machine was a hit at Allentown and I am so excited to see them rolling out to the market. I really hope it is a great success and leads to a game number 2. Way to take the plunge and create and deliver on a great much anticipated machine with NO DRAMA!

Hats off to American Pinball!!!!!

#16 1 year ago

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#17 1 year ago

Looking forward to playing this at VUK in Bethesda soon! Congrats.

#18 1 year ago

Josh - we are so happy for you, Joe, Juan and the entire AP team! What an accomplishment and what a game! The work you put into this and challenges you all faced to pull this off have finally paid off ... BRAVO!

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#19 1 year ago

Congrats on coding your first production pin Josh.

#20 1 year ago

Congratulations! Looks beautiful.

#21 1 year ago

Sweet! More pinball is great pinball! Love all the choices we have now, what a great time to be alive! Congrats on shipping the first game, hope to play one soon.

#22 1 year ago

Congrats!
Excited to get mine soon!!
What an amazing accomplishment!!!

#23 1 year ago

Congrats!! Hope mine shows up soon!!

#24 1 year ago

Congrats and Bravo simply amazing!!!! Awaiting my 2 machines and look forward to Many years of success for API and Team. You guys pulled an amazing rabbit out of the hat!

#25 1 year ago

Amazing!!! Congrats!

#26 1 year ago

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#27 1 year ago

Awesome!!! Had the pleasure of playing a prototype at SFGE this summer, and walked away very impressed!!!

#28 1 year ago

Great! Congrats!

I hope to buy one next year!

One thing, though, what if Houdini escapes from the box before it is delivered?

#29 1 year ago
Quoted from DanQverymuch:

Great! Congrats!
I hope to buy one next year!
One thing, though, what if Houdini escapes from the box before it is delivered?

I’m guessing the money in your wallet will disappear faster! lol

#30 1 year ago

This title had a little bit of a rocky start, best left behind, but man, when you guys tossed the initial work and started over I’m beyond impressed by how fast you made it all come together. No small feat!

Looking forward to the reports from home ownership, wishing you all the best of luck in 2018.

#31 1 year ago

Congratulations AP! Awesome job! This was the surprise hit for me at AllenTown earlier this year. I think this one is going to make it into my lineup over the next year. Now to figure out ... what to sell.

#32 1 year ago
Quoted from Jesterfunhouse:

This is tooooooooooo AWESOME. THIS machine was a hit at Allentown and I am so excited to see them rolling out to the market. I really hope it is a great success and leads to a game number 2. Way to take the plunge and create and deliver on a great much anticipated machine with NO DRAMA!
Hats off to American Pinball!!!!!

Machine 2 is already being built. This has been confirmed for a month or so.

#33 1 year ago

Congrats!!! Hope to get one someday when they have more stock.

#34 1 year ago

Amazing first pin, Congrats!

#35 1 year ago

Congrats, AP!

#36 1 year ago

Congratulations! I can't wait to play it!

#37 1 year ago

Congratulations and best of luck!!

#38 1 year ago

congratulations! definitely on my list

#39 1 year ago

Wow, congrats guys!

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#40 1 year ago

Beginning to think we only need 3 pinball co.’s

Spooky for pro level games

AP for premium level games

And JJP for the highest tier

#41 1 year ago

Congrats! Any estimation, when will the Houdinis land to Europe?

#42 1 year ago

Just placed my deposit today. Really a great looking game and I’m really looking forward to owning my first American Pinball game.

#43 1 year ago
Quoted from RandomGuyOffCL:

Beginning to think we only need 3 pinball co.’s
Spooky for pro level games
AP for premium level games
And JJP for the highest tier

I'm beginning to think we need one less Pinsider.

#44 1 year ago

Making pinball machines.... is not so hard.

#45 1 year ago

Congrats!

#46 1 year ago

Congrats AP! What an accomplishment!

#47 1 year ago

Exciting news. Best wishes to the team and congratulations to the new owner.

#48 1 year ago

My check is leaving on Tues...well done AP.

#49 1 year ago

Josh it has been a pleasure following the progress on this pin. Your enthusiasm for this game and theme is obvious and I can't wait to play / own it. Congrats on making yet another deadline!

#50 1 year ago

Congrats, this will be a refreshing game to see on location!

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