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I finally understand the love for “Stars”

By sulli10

9 months ago


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#51 9 months ago

In four player groups average of under 9 minutes pretty quick playing games lol...

Quoted from chuckwurt:

Used it in the Pincinnati tournaments in 2019. The average four player game across two days took an average of 11 mins. Haha.

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#52 9 months ago
Quoted from sulli10:

I have two other games bringing back from the dead. They seem so worth while to get "singing" again.

Thanks! They are all worth bringing back from the dead. I've fixed my share, over 40 in the last 22 years. Years ago before we had Pinball Pimp stencils, CPR PF's, plastics and BG's, it was a lot different. I'd buy 2-3 of the same game, make one good one and sell off the rest.

WeatherbyMAG does really nice work, we're 15 minutes apart. We met over a Silverball Ball Mania when I had 2. That was almost 4 years ago. He gotten really good at restorations over the years.

Stars is awesome. Played it a bunch back in the day.

#53 9 months ago
Quoted from pins4life33:

In four player groups average of under 9 minutes pretty quick playing games lol...

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Yikes. It looks like your games are WAY too hard. Not a single dmd 4 player game taking longer than 15 mins? Whoa baby.

Well hot wheels I guess but still under 20. I try to keep all games 20-25 mins especially in matchplay so the players don’t feel cheated. That’s way next Pincinnati stars is going on five ball and grouped with the EMs.

#54 9 months ago
Quoted from lpeters82:

Not a fan of the 2020 code? I think it's great.

I thought it was interesting someone modified the code, but when he started talking about collecting 3 sets of stars it lost me. I can barely get one set most games.

#55 9 months ago

I bought a JP premium and Stars within a couple weeks of one another and played Stars at least 3x as much and eventually dumped the JP. Some games just have “it” and Stars has it for days.

#56 9 months ago

Stars is a fantastic. Great ruleset!!

#57 9 months ago
Quoted from Chisox:

I bought a JP premium and Stars within a couple weeks of one another and played Stars at least 3x as much and eventually dumped the JP. Some games just have “it” and Stars has it for days.

Currently own both. Thinking about moving JP. Stars isn't going anywhere.

#58 9 months ago
Quoted from hocuslocus:

I thought it was interesting someone modified the code, but when he started talking about collecting 3 sets of stars it lost me. I can barely get one set most games.

There are settings you can tweak to have stars spotted at the start of each ball or be carried over from ball to ball, but yeah it's pretty tough. I do like being able to lock in the star progress with the roaming shot. You basically have to have three amazing balls in a row to reach the Wizard Mode.

#59 9 months ago

Ya they are setup pretty well PAPA A... All of our games at arcade are on free play so no big deal.

Quoted from chuckwurt:

Yikes. It looks like your games are WAY too hard. Not a single dmd 4 player game taking longer than 15 mins? Whoa baby.
Well hot wheels I guess but still under 20. I try to keep all games 20-25 mins especially in matchplay so the players don’t feel cheated. That’s way next Pincinnati stars is going on five ball and grouped with the EMs.

#60 9 months ago
Quoted from frunch:

It was a recent Allentown pinfest where i found a beautiful example with a perfect clearcoated playfield.

Was that the one in the tournament?

#61 9 months ago

I have all 3. Although the meteor is under restoration right now. I look forward to a day when I can line them all up!

Quoted from DrJoe:

The first, and best imo, of Steve Kirk’s 3 gems for Stern Elctronics (Stars, Meteor, and Nine Ball).

#62 9 months ago

Posted this in the club thread, but if anyone knows where I can get my hands on one of these I'd love to have it at home.

#63 9 months ago
Quoted from slochar:

Was that the one in the tournament?

Not to my knowledge, i found it toward the end of the day in the free play area... It was either the most recent pinfest or the year before that (on a Friday).

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#64 8 months ago

Pretty sure mine is the meanest.
First game I bought, and got it at a steal 4 years ago due to a friend hooking me up on one found in the wild. It's still the game I play most often of the 3 I have now.
Brought it to the Houston Arcade Expo for use in the tournament a couple of years ago, and we all enjoyed dollar games on it after hours - it may be the perfect dollar game - no advance degree in ruleset required, shoot the drops, rip the spinner and pray for the the ball back on the flipper for a shot on the red star when lit -

btw, UpKick pinball has some cool apron cards if anyone needs them - they are a vendor on here and most excellent pinball people.

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#65 7 months ago
Quoted from chiefbrody:

Pretty sure mine is the meanest.
First game I bought, and got it at a steal 4 years ago due to a friend hooking me up on one found in the wild. It's still the game I play most often of the 3 I have now.
Brought it to the Houston Arcade Expo for use in the tournament a couple of years ago, and we all enjoyed dollar games on it after hours - it may be the perfect dollar game - no advance degree in ruleset required, shoot the drops, rip the spinner and pray for the the ball back on the flipper for a shot on the red star when lit -
btw, UpKick pinball has some cool apron cards if anyone needs them - they are a vendor on here and most excellent pinball people.

Thanks for the shout out. We are glad you like your cards. We think they make the game look great.

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#66 7 months ago

Nice looking Stars!
Love mine. Great game and never seems to get old.
I've had mine about 4 years and only bought it because it just sorta fell into my lap.
Best random pinball machine purchase ever!

#67 7 months ago
Quoted from pinballlife:

Best random pinball machine purchase ever!

LOL, mine too!

Have had the chance to hit the moving star for a hundred K a few times. What a great feature! This game has so many really nice nuances that really are pleasing to the player. One cool one is the value of the single pop number to hitting the two upper playfield stars. Having only one pop, but making it so important in progressing though the game...very simple yet very elegant!

Do I rip the the spinner with two lights or do I knock down the last target to get triple bonus? Damn, drano! Only got the double bonus and just missed the score for an extra ball..... how many times has that happened.... .

#68 7 months ago
Quoted from sulli10:

LOL, mine too!
Have had the chance to hit the moving star for a hundred K a few times. What a great feature! This game has so many really nice nuances that really are pleasing to the player. One cool one is the value of the single pop number to hitting the two upper playfield stars. Having only one pop, but making it so important in progressing though the game...very simple yet very elegant!
Do I rip the the spinner with two lights or do I knock down the last target to get triple bonus? Damn, drano! Only got the double bonus and just missed the score for an extra ball..... how many times has that happened.... .

Just wait until you see what happens after completing the drops after you collect EB.

#69 7 months ago
Quoted from chuckwurt:

Just wait until you see what happens after completing the drops after you collect EB.

Chuck, do you mean after collecting an extra ball via score ( in my case 300K) or by progressing through the drop double...trible...extra ball sequence of the drops?

#70 7 months ago
Quoted from sulli10:

Chuck, do you mean after collecting an extra ball via score ( in my case 300K) or by progressing through the drop double...trible...extra ball sequence of the drops?

Drops. Get that EB from score turned off. Haha.

#71 7 months ago
Quoted from chuckwurt:

Drops. Get that EB from score turned off. Haha.

No way Dude..... I am no where near your caliber of player. Maybe one of the most gratifying extra balls in my collection .

Now I have another feature to shoot for. Excellent!

I believe Stern could remake this game today and do very well with it!

#72 7 months ago

Haha. I hear ya. Mines actually on 5 ball now because the game times are way too short on 3.

The only EB mine gives out is from the drops. I’ll keep that on and see how it does in tournaments.

#73 7 months ago

Yea, only game in my collection that is on 5 ball. Really only reason is to get that 300K score. Every ball is its own individual game with nothing logic wise carrying over from ball to ball. In a way a precursor to the one ball game with in a game of IronMan for me.

#74 7 months ago

Best game for dollar games

#75 7 months ago

Someone sell me a nice Stars.

Quoted from Chisox:

I bought a JP premium and Stars within a couple weeks of one another and played Stars at least 3x as much and eventually dumped the JP.

Your JP misses it’s older brother.

#76 7 months ago

I recently bought a Nugent for the sole purpose of swapping the original drops in with the shitty bricky repros on my Stars.

That is all.

#77 7 months ago

Good idea. They are never broken on Nugent.

#78 7 months ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

I recently bought a Nugent for the sole purpose of swapping the original drops in with the shitty bricky repros on my Stars.
That is all.

This is the definition of a dedicated Stars owner .

#79 7 months ago
Quoted from sulli10:

LOL, mine too!
Have had the chance to hit the moving star for a hundred K a few times. What a great feature! This game has so many really nice nuances that really are pleasing to the player. One cool one is the value of the single pop number to hitting the two upper playfield stars. Having only one pop, but making it so important in progressing though the game...very simple yet very elegant!
Do I rip the the spinner with two lights or do I knock down the last target to get triple bonus? Damn, drano! Only got the double bonus and just missed the score for an extra ball..... how many times has that happened.... .

I never go for only 2 stars with the spinner....usually I will hit it on 4. I only go for 5 if I'm up or very desperate and behind the other players.

#80 7 months ago
Quoted from Methos:

I never go for only 2 stars with the spinner....usually I will hit it on 4. I only go for 5 if I'm up or very desperate and behind the other players.

I think they are talking left spinner. Much easier to light that one.

#81 7 months ago
Quoted from chuckwurt:

I think they are talking left spinner. Much easier to light that one.

Yep, that was the spinner I was referring to in this case.

#82 7 months ago

The spinners are so satisfying and are my favorite in a game

#83 7 months ago
Quoted from sulli10:

Yep, that was the spinner I was referring to in this case.

I see.

It is a great game. So simple but so good.

#84 7 months ago
Quoted from Methos:

I see.
It is a great game. So simple but so good.

This is the key to a lot of great machines...and harder to pull off than it sounds.

#85 7 months ago

I never played much Stars, they were kinda rare in Dayton Ohio compared to Meteor and Flight 2000. I have played a lot more recently and I have to say, the ruleset for its time is freaking glorious. This is one machine where the spinner is not an afterthought or just a noisemaker, but the, excuse the pun, Star of the show.

#86 7 months ago

Gotta free up some time...

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#87 7 months ago

Just played 10 games in 12 minutes. Not sure “love” is the first word that came to mind as I was walking away haha. Hurts so good.

#88 7 months ago
Quoted from TheLaw:

Gotta free up some time...
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I’ve got a Meteor playfield that I’ve been walking by for 5 months. Starting to think I might be lazy. Next week!

#89 7 months ago

One of the reasons it's a great game is there are so many ways to score.

I never thought of it really as a spinner game but for sure there can be lots of points there.

Or go for bonus

Or go for special

#90 7 months ago
Quoted from Chisox:

Just played 10 games in 12 minutes. Not sure “love” is the first word that came to mind as I was walking away haha. Hurts so good.

LOL. I had a similar night last night, but on one of the last games, the last ball of that game, I hit the roving star ! Put me over the EB score so Extra ball as well. Sweeeeeet! Every ball is its own game .

#91 7 months ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

One of the reasons it's a great game is there are so many ways to score.

Yeah and this statement should be impossible for a game from 1979.

#92 7 months ago
Quoted from sulli10:

LOL. I had a similar night last night, but on one of the last games, the last ball of that game, I hit the roving star ! Put me over the EB score so Extra ball as well. Sweeeeeet! Every ball is its own game .

Well said. Every ball is a new game... I don't despair on the 2 poor balls as long as one is left. You can do so much damage if you just get a piece of one.

#93 7 months ago

I love stars. We play it more than the other classic stern and ballys i have.

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#94 6 months ago

710,260... my new high score! I love hearing that 10,000 chime rapid fire 10 straight times a few times during the game. I usually don’t get to hear it at all. Then I ducked for cover when the game ended and the knocker went off!

#95 6 months ago
Quoted from Xtraball:

I love hearing that 10,000 chime rapid fire 10 straight times a few times during the game.

One of the best moments in pinball. Even better when you can get 4-5 in one ball!

#96 6 months ago
Quoted from chuckwurt:

One of the best moments in pinball. Even better when you can get 4-5 in one ball!

I keep debating changing mine to allow that. Right now I'm one and done (per ball). I always worry that a good player would slaughter the game if it allowed multiple specials like that. So after the one I go after the double lit spinner on the left, as it spins better than the right spinner. A full power backhand on the fly just sings with dings.

#97 6 months ago

I’ve had the game for over a year, used for lots of tournaments, and I’m no slouch myself. The high score was around 600k before I turned it to 5 ball. Now it’s around 900k.

I would sell the game if I was only limited to one 100k per ball. Haha. It’s too damn hard to step to not get rewarded.

#98 6 months ago

So I have mine set up for 3 bpg, drops require both banks down after double bonus and WOW awards extra ball (don’t believe I’ve ever gotten that far yet), unlimited roving star special that awards 100,000 points, extra ball at 280,000 and 380,000 points. Full disclosure, yesterday’s high score game occurred with a fluke. One ball went into the outhole so fast it went right to the shooter without the ball ending. So it was as if I got an extra ball. I think I really should reset the high score back to its previous mark of about 450k or so!

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