My wife and I were there when Jack made his announcements re. POTC production and the unveiling of the WOZ YBR; from our observations, neither event was well received. Re. POTC production, Jack seemed quite uncomfortable in explaining it and was a bit defensive in blaming distributors for disappointing customers by not having ordered and stocked more machines. We think his mindset on that may help explain why WOZ YBR will only be available from distributors and cannot be directly ordered from JJP itself. We think he is hoping that given the experience of running out of POTC's and now being the exclusive source for the new WOZ, distributors will be inclined to order and stock the game.
We are not so sure and judging from our own reaction, the seminar audience's , and recent pinside posts, the new WOZ is disappointing. Unless the hefty price is to provide better margins for the distributor, they would be well advised to avoid the inventory risk that Jack may be wanting them to accept. We personally do not think that at $11500, it will be an easy sell. It will be even tougher if a new game is introduced soon. Just our opinion.