First of all, a couple of shout-outs.
Great seller alert: Lowepg. I bought my premium from him, and I'd buy any machine he's selling. Now THIS is how you pack and ship a machine:
He took a lot of crap from people about the price he was asking. But it wasn't unreasonable, and he did come down in price. Then he hooked me up with the guy who schlepped it up to me from North Carolina (more on that in a sec), offered to pay for more than half of shipping, and it arrived 24 hours after it left him in perfect condition. He threw in mods he had forgotten he had, and I found a bunch of Hemi mods in the machine that he also forgot about. When you consider everything, I got a great deal on a mint AC/DC.
Great transport alert: I think the guy goes by Denethor here on Pinside (I won't give out his name for privacy reasons.) Great guy. Drives pins back and forth from NC to NJ and vice versa about once a month...and for about half what the "normal" pinball shipper charges. Came to my house at 11:30 PM after driving over 500 miles and offered to even stay and set up the machine. Every pinhead should have somebody awesome like this in their neck of the woods.
Now on to the machine.
There's a recent thread that asks if anybody has bought a machine without playing it. There should be a thread asking if anybody has played a machine, didn't like it, and bought it anyway. Because that's what I just did. I thought AC/DC was the ugliest machine ever made. I couldn't understand the rules (still somewhat vague as to how to build up and collect jackpots), and I still don't understand a damn thing about the VIP passes.
I got the machine because I'm a huge AC/DC fan--and it's a big year for them--and because all the people here on Pinside who love it couldn't possibly be wrong. And they weren't.
You know what I learned? Sometimes you shouldn't even play a game on location because that will just ruin your opinion of it. With background noise and the volume down and no shaker or mods, AC/DC is just bleh. At home? Ho-ly shiiiiiiit....
Had a family gathering last night, and WOZ--usually the center of attention--was completely ignored. I asked one person, "But don't you think it's ugly?" They said, "No...it's beautiful!" And I looked at it in a different light (pardon the pun). The lighting on that game is so wonderfully done that it makes up for the awful Photoshopped playfield. The toys are great as well. I added the Pinbits lightning bolts and am waiting on a Hemi Total Rock Concert mod. But even without them, it's ridiculously entertaining and the gameplay is fast and addictive.
So, to all the AC/DC owners who I may have tangled with in the past (I'm looking at you, McCune!): I'm sorry. I was wrong. And this bad boy isn't leaving my collection for a long, long time.
That being said, I still don't understand the Luci edition.