Joe Balcer confirms Oktoberfest as American Pinball's next pin.

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Joe Balcer confirms Oktoberfest as American Pinball's next pin.


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#2101 11 days ago

I need an upper flipper game and I would love for this to be it. I just need more time on it. I don’t fire from the hip when I buy. I played ACDC for like 4 years before I bought one. Haha

#2102 11 days ago
Quoted from HOOKED:

Question I'd like to ask ....how many of those on this thread are currently buying this machine?
Discussion is great but who is putting money down?

With my incredible experience of owning Houdini, I can only think that Oktoberfest will be a Huge Hit!
API games are thoughtful, challenging and exciting. A perfect fit for home use or a busy location.
I look forward to playing it and will consider buying it after I play it at TPF.

#2103 11 days ago
Quoted from LTG:

I'd like to so I can better help with tech support. Time will tell.
LTG : )

Not my money to throw around but API should Opt to put a game on location at SS Billiards next to the best support tech in the industry. Just my opinion. Plus I like calling to harass him on Sunday nights lol. He does always answer though!

#2104 11 days ago
Quoted from HOOKED:

Question I'd like to ask ....how many of those on this thread are currently buying this machine?
Discussion is great but who is putting money down?

Until I see/play it at TPF , how can I say for certain. But, I am very interested.

#2105 11 days ago

I hope the pin is at MGC so I can play it.

#2106 11 days ago
Quoted from bobukcat:

Just be sure you don't look at the display while playing

the AP mascots reaction confirms this strategy.

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#2107 11 days ago
Quoted from f3honda4me:

I hope the pin is at MGC so I can play it.

If kingpingames is there, a good chance Chris will work hard to make it happen.

LTG : )

#2108 11 days ago
Quoted from iceman44:

I love what Ferret did to finish off Alien code.

Don't forget the amazing work of Kelly Mazurowski on the visuals and David Thiel on the audio.

#2109 11 days ago

I too am interested to see the game itself.

#2110 11 days ago
Quoted from MarkInc:

Don't forget the amazing work of Kelly Mazurowski on the visuals and David Thiel on the audio.

Oh yeah, simply amazing work those guys did!

What's exciting is we should be getting games shipped soon.

#2111 11 days ago

I'm in for 1 new pin this year, I have been following Oktoberfest since it was shown. if it turns into something I want at my house I'll buy one if not i'll play it on location.

#2112 11 days ago

I'm in for 1 new pin this year, I have been following Oktoberfest since it was shown. if it turns into something I want at my house I'll buy one if not i'll play it on location.

#2113 11 days ago

I'm in for 1 new pin this year, I have been following Oktoberfest since it was shown. if it turns into something I want at my house I'll buy one if not i'll play it on location.

#2114 11 days ago
Quoted from BertoDRINK1:

I'm in for 1 new pin this year, I have been following Oktoberfest since it was shown. if it turns into something I want at my house I'll buy one if not i'll play it on location.

Quoted from BertoDRINK1:

I'm in for 1 new pin this year, I have been following Oktoberfest since it was shown. if it turns into something I want at my house I'll buy one if not i'll play it on location.

Quoted from BertoDRINK1:

I'm in for 1 new pin this year, I have been following Oktoberfest since it was shown. if it turns into something I want at my house I'll buy one if not i'll play it on location.

So if it's something you want at your house, you'll buy three ?

It's great. Fun. I hope you decide to get one.

LTG : )

#2115 11 days ago
Quoted from LTG:

So if it's something you want at your house, you'll buy three ?
It's great. Fun. I hope you decide to get one.
LTG : )

Well not sure how that happened. If I win the Lotto this weekend sure I'll buy 3

#2116 11 days ago
Quoted from f3honda4me:

I hope the pin is at MGC so I can play it.

Are you kidding? In the city that is the former beer capital? and just being released? There were 2 or 3 Houdini's last year.

We can expect it.

#2117 11 days ago
Quoted from BertoDRINK1:

If I win the Lotto this weekend sure I'll buy 3

I will hope you win the Lotto this weekend !

LTG : )

#2118 10 days ago
Quoted from HOOKED:

Question I'd like to ask ....how many of those on this thread are currently buying this machine?
Discussion is great but who is putting money down?

I preordered with Joe @ PinballSTAR the moment he announced it.

The arguing about this game is so f’ing epic that I has become my favorite thing on Pinside next to the HEP posts. I cannot wait for the OKF owners club post to get shut down. I mean, at this point I’m hinting an R Kelly theme would have been a safer choice.

#2119 10 days ago

Watched the latest SDTM gameplay video. I think Oktoberfest looks cool but the callouts and especially animations are lacking to say the least in my opinion. The presentation of images / text looks unappealing on a number of screens as well, especially the skill shot and end of ball screens. The main music track also seems out of place in my opinion.

I know the game is still running beta code and that things will improve. I'm also not a fan of the two areas with 5 or so half standup targets, I just don't find large groupings of mini standup targets interesting to hit. The game has a good amount going on and build quality looks excellent. Looking forward to seeing how the game develops and getting some time on one.

#2120 10 days ago

The trim looked great on the SDTM unboxing.

#2121 10 days ago

Any idea how many are going to be at TPF? I hope more than 2!

#2122 10 days ago
Quoted from PanzerFreak:

I'm also not a fan of the two areas with 5 or so half standup targets, I just don't find large groupings of mini standup targets interesting to hit.

The magnets in those two areas definitely add some interesting things to those shots but I get what you're saying.

#2123 10 days ago
Quoted from Aniraf:

I preordered with Joe @ PinballSTAR the moment he announced it.
The arguing about this game is so f’ing epic that I has become my favorite thing on Pinside next to the HEP posts. I cannot wait for the OKF owners club post to get shut down. I mean, at this point I’m hinting an R Kelly theme would have been a safer choice.

I haven’t seen an OKF club thread?

#2124 10 days ago
Quoted from MarkInc:

Don't forget the amazing work of Kelly Mazurowski on the visuals and David Thiel on the audio.

Thiel is a wizard; his work on Hobbit is breathtaking

#2125 10 days ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

Thiel is a wizard; his work on Hobbit is breathtaking

Thiel is the BEST in the business. His work in Alien is unbelievable. I think he did POTC too and Hobbit fantastic.

#2126 10 days ago
Quoted from PanzerFreak:

I'm also not a fan of the two areas with 5 or so half standup targets, I just don't find large groupings of mini standup targets interesting to hit.

I do. They way they are oriented, you can hit the first one and sweep them all. I’m sure they have something awesome in the code for us you do that too.

Now the drone area on dialed in? I’m with ya there. Boring to go after that shot.

#2127 10 days ago
Quoted from Pinphila:

Any idea how many are going to be at TPF? I hope more than 2!

definitely more than 2, I would guess 5 to 7 depending on our distributors at the show.

Quoted from chuckwurt:

I do. They way they are oriented, you can hit the first one and sweep them all. I’m sure they have something awesome in the code for us you do that too.

Quoted from bobukcat:

The magnets in those two areas definitely add some interesting things to those shots but I get what you're saying.

There is things in code that award for sweeping and scoring more than one target and I believe a significant award for getting them all. I'm not sure how well they will sweep yet as far as getting them all, I've certainly got at least four on a single shot. I suspect that will improve as the foam softens a bit. The magnet does provide great action on them and can help pick up a few. In addition, the Sloshed Rosh Lager stein will make it easier, as it will award a neighboring target if the one you hit is already lit.

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#2128 10 days ago

For those in the Chicago area who want to get some time on Oktoberfest, you can stop by our offices next week, Monday through Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm to help us with play testing.

You can find our address on our website: www.american-pinball.com

#2129 10 days ago
Quoted from chuckwurt:

I do. They way they are oriented, you can hit the first one and sweep them all. I’m sure they have something awesome in the code for us you do that too.
Now the drone area on dialed in? I’m with ya there. Boring to go after that shot.

Love the drone area in Dialed In as the magnet is used there often and there's also multiple moving drones to interact with the shot.

#2130 10 days ago
Quoted from PanzerFreak:

Love the drone area in Dialed In as the magnet is used there often and there's also multiple moving drones to interact with the shot.

Same thing with these standup areas. No spinning propellers though.

#2131 10 days ago
Quoted from frankmac:

The trim looked great on the SDTM unboxing.

They're changing the chick. I think they said it wasn't the final version.

#2132 10 days ago

Did they fix Otto's broken wrist?

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#2133 10 days ago

I have gotten — once — a 7-in-a-row sweep of the OKTOBER targets. I was very surprised when all the inserts just suddenly lit up, felt great.

The X-in-a-row target scoring is indeed progressive... with no modes or multiballs active, the points will be nice but not epic... but do a big sweep during Ring Toss or Corkscrew MB or even Füd Frenzy and it should be pretty juicy.

Also, a couple days ago my wife shot the F in FEST, and though not a true sweep, watched the magnet ping-pong the ball into E, S, and T, one at a time. It looked hilarious.

#2134 10 days ago

Thats a neat feature! x-in-a-row target sweep. Cool stuff!

Quoted from Ferret:

I have gotten — once — a 7-in-a-row sweep of the OKTOBER targets. I was very surprised when all the inserts just suddenly lit up, felt great.
The X-in-a-row target scoring is indeed progressive... with no modes or multiballs active, the points will be nice but not epic... but do a big sweep during Ring Toss or Corkscrew MB or even Füd Frenzy and it should be pretty juicy.
Also, a couple days ago my wife shot the F in FEST, and though not a true sweep, watched the magnet ping-pong the ball into E, S, and T, one at a time. It looked hilarious.

#2135 10 days ago

I'm not new to pinside, but I don't think I have EVER Seen this level of scrutiny about a game before. (Otto's wrist?! But I'm sure I must have just missed it). AP is *building and shipping* these games! Can't wait to play it. And Ferret and Josh and Joe and David Thiel and uh.. Nirmal's friend.. this is like the A team of modern pinball right now.

#2136 10 days ago

David Thiel? He's not involved in the sound of OKTOBERFEST is he?

Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

I'm not new to pinside, but I don't think I have EVER Seen this level of scrutiny about a game before. (Otto's wrist?! But I'm sure I must have just missed it). AP is *building and shipping* these games! Can't wait to play it. And Ferret and Josh and Joe and David Thiel and uh.. Nirmal's friend.. this is like the A team of modern pinball right now.

#2137 10 days ago

I vaguely remember reading that there might be 2 different versions of the machine (one for adult, and one more family). Was that just referring to the ability to change callouts in the settings or was it more of an adult artwork package? Or neither...

tony

#2138 10 days ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

I'm not new to pinside, but I don't think I have EVER Seen this level of scrutiny about a game before. (Otto's wrist?! But I'm sure I must have just missed it). AP is *building and shipping* these games! Can't wait to play it. And Ferret and Josh and Joe and David Thiel and uh.. Nirmal's friend.. this is like the A team of modern pinball right now.

I think David Thiel is busy at Deeproot, not API.

#2139 10 days ago

Matt Kern is audio lead on Oktoberfest. David Thiel is not involved, he is working with Deeproot. However, David is an absolutely amazing artist and a great guy.

Quoted from PanzerFreak:

The presentation of images / text looks unappealing on a number of screens as well, especially the skill shot and end of ball screens.

Skill shot screen currently looks terrible. Perfect example of where we’re still working on the A/V. That’s what happens when *I* do any sort of visuals... I am not an artist. I recently received the final version of the imagery from our actual artist and it’ll get into the build soon.

End of ball bonus, though... that is as intended and most people seem to really like it. What do you find unappealing about it?

#2140 10 days ago
Quoted from acaciolo:

I vaguely remember reading that there might be 2 different versions of the machine (one for adult, and one more family). Was that just referring to the ability to change callouts in the settings or was it more of an adult artwork package? Or neither...

There are plans for a setting for less family friendly callouts, likely a month or two out. It is possible there could be, at some point, an alternative backglass, but there are no specific plans for that at this time

#2141 10 days ago
Quoted from acaciolo:

I vaguely remember reading that there might be 2 different versions of the machine (one for adult, and one more family). Was that just referring to the ability to change callouts in the settings or was it more of an adult artwork package?

Primarily audio callouts, possibly some animations. The physical machine does not change, it’s an operator adjustment.

#2142 10 days ago
Quoted from rosh:

For those in the Chicago area who want to get some time on Oktoberfest, you can stop by our offices next week, Monday through Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm to help us with play testing.

You can find our address on our website: www.american-pinball.com

Wish I could. Have to wait for TPF.

Quoted from rosh:

There are plans for a setting for less family friendly callouts, likely a month or two out. It is possible there could be, at some point, an alternative backglass, but there are no specific plans for that at this time

Definitely shaping up to be another great pin. TPF is sure going to be exciting !

LTG : )

#2143 10 days ago
Quoted from rosh:

There are plans for a setting for less family friendly callouts, likely a month or two out. It is possible there could be, at some point, an alternative backglass, but there are no specific plans for that at this time

I'd think you could have a lot of fun with this doing more adult oriented call outs, and an alternate BG could be very cool. I'm betting both would be well received.

#2144 10 days ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

I'm not new to pinside, but I don't think I have EVER Seen this level of scrutiny about a game before. (Otto's wrist?! But I'm sure I must have just missed it). AP is *building and shipping* these games! Can't wait to play it. And Ferret and Josh and Joe and David Thiel and uh.. Nirmal's friend.. this is like the A team of modern pinball right now.

This level of scrutiny happens all the time, and rightfully so. People complained about the topper artwork for JJP POTC LE, as the exact same skull and crossbones is literally 5" below the topper of the same skull and crossbones, and again on the sides of the backbox. And again at one point in the LCD display as it cycles through screens. Artwork is part of the package, so it should be scrutinized just like anything else.

#2145 10 days ago

All the animations need is more beer and jugs....errr....mugs.

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#2146 10 days ago
Quoted from Pinphila:

Exactly. 8500 for a standard JJP vs low 7s for a AP game. People seem to forget this.

JJP has only produced 4 games in 8 years. AP will have two in a fraction of that. Not a fair comparison.

#2147 10 days ago
Quoted from jawjaw:

JJP has only produced 4 games in 8 years. AP will have two in a fraction of that. Not a fair comparison.

what is your point ? quick is better than good?

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#2148 10 days ago
Quoted from pinballjj:

what is your point ? quick is better than good?

How about "they had a lot more time to work on it"?

#2149 10 days ago

Makes the most sense to wait for TPF for further insights on how this game has developed. At this point we know art and code isn't final, and most likely art will be more so in two weeks when many here get to see it in person for the first time.

I just wish I could be there too first-hand!

#2150 10 days ago
Quoted from bobukcat:

How about "they had a lot more time to work on it"?

They also choose to put the time and money into creating some of the highest quality animations, music, features, and rules in pinball. It shows in all of their games.

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