Hey there! Steve has absolutely had an influence on me, and yes, you are one of the many 'grandkids' spawned from all of our collective efforts to bring bingos back to the collector and player community.
Glad to hear you picked up a Miss America Deluxe - that is a complex game, and will likely keep you coming back for a long time! The Red Letter game is something I did not explain to you at the show (but is spelled out on the score and instruction cards and the backglass).
Congratulations on joining the bingo world! Anything I can help with, let me know. If you need explanation on any features, I know Vic, Steve or myself and the other bingo folks will be happy to help. Welcome! P.S. - Nice shirt!!
Regarding the height - Vic's advice is correct - if you set the height too high, the balls will jump out of holes unnaturally and do other weird things, as well as skipping right by the top rows of holes. In the old manuals (early woodrail bingos), Bally would specify that you should level the cabinet, then raise the back levelers by 1/4 inch to a 1/2 inch. I've experimented with that setup on my more modern bingos (metal rails) and it still works pretty well. You'll have to experiment a bit to see what you like.
To be fair, I've been into real pinball my whole life, but at the time Steve and I met, there was a single location in our town, and I hadn't caught the bug to own a game. I had video to supplement my addiction. I quickly realized, upon seeing Steve's flipper and flipperless collection, that I /needed/ to own a game of my own. And then a bingo of my own. And then a dozen games.... and etc.
Well, I suggested it to him (we were discussing the existing pinball podcasts and their lack of bingo content), and initially, I wanted Steve to be a co-host - but my exuberance was too much for him. I had a lot to say, and wanted to do it on my schedule.
IIRC, we opened up your Bikini on one of my first sessions working on a bingo - you showed me all the units and especially the control unit, and I turned to you and said, "This is incredible, but I bet I could make one of these with a single board nowadays." And, essentially, I have. There's been a lot of input from you and other members of the bingo community. I also appreciate Steve's honest feedback early in the process when I first got the game physically together. Steve, I'll be working on screen games soon enough.
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Whether he remembers it or not I mentioned the Bingo Row idea at York - called Rich with the idea - told Nick and he took over
I do remember this - IIRC I even convinced YOU to bring one that first year.
I owe a huge debt to Steve and all of the bingo folks - it's a really great community.
These games are incredibly fascinating from an engineering and gameplay standpoint. Thanks again for sharing your new acquisition!