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John Popadiuk update thread……MAGIC GIRL, RAZA, AIW…..

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Post #7211 Zombie Yeti (Jeremy Packer), first post on the Magic Girl/JPop fiasco Posted by zombieyeti (5 years ago)

Post #20523 Link to legal documents with allegations & responses Posted by DennisK (4 years ago)

Post #20526 Third amended complain document Posted by c508 (4 years ago)

Post #20532 Summary of complaints & responses in legal documents Posted by DennisK (4 years ago)

Post #20626 MG is now ready! Posted by TecumsehPlissken (4 years ago)

Post #20631 Scott Goldberg mail on MG completion Posted by TecumsehPlissken (4 years ago)

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#11554 5 years ago

Anxiously awaiting "update threads"...

#11839 5 years ago

The video looks like a combination of Ron Jeremy Extenze™ and Japanese Pearl Cream™ Infomercials.

#11865 5 years ago
Quoted from Rarehero:

Let's sell the movie rights: Jpop: THE MOVIE ....film profits used to pay back everyone.
Who would play John? Too bad Phillip Seymore Hoffman is no longer with us.

Tim Arnold.

#11931 5 years ago
Quoted from juanton:

I'm not sure you can say "asian". Asians might find it offensive.

No, they don't mind the term one bit. Now, call an Asian person "Oriental" and watch what happens.

FYI; no person is "Oriental", Rugs are.

#12298 5 years ago
Quoted from Whysnow:

What pin made in the past 10 years does not fall short in ATLEAST 1 of those categories?

Why WoZ of course. It's the best built, highest quality pin ever.

#12404 5 years ago
Quoted from iceman44:

Put the art on some t shirts.
In fact you can come up with a whole line of shit. Put me down for some clay drink coasters. I can use em for target practice

I think JPop pinatas would be pretty cool right about now. Maybe have urinal screens and toilet paper with his likeness made for the toilets at Expo.

Berk Paper Enterprises could probably get it done.

#12419 5 years ago
Quoted from Robo1:

I think John was trying to sell his company, probably as Ben said never really planned on going into manufacturing. As time went on he probably started working on more games thinking that it would make a better package to sell to possible buyers. Thats how the money was burned...now this is speculation but i do believe that if he would have focused on the first two machines with a mix of proven parts and new, he would have been able to make the machines that he originally presented. That is why his idea was so successful, because it was do-able. Somewhere along the line, which I believe was early... he decided to build and sell a pinball company which would be very profitable for him.
Us getting screwed was a byproduct of a bad idea, now it is his turn..... I dont think bankruptcy is pretty, it must be lousy for his self esteem, relationship and finances.....but since he wasn't concerned about the 120 + people that bought his idea... its hard for me to worry much about him.
His idea was stupid and selfish, upset everyone around him and now will embarrass him until the grave. Everything that I see that is great to look at seems to be from zombieyeti....this may turn into a wonderful thing for him, which it should since he did so much work already.
I am not so hopeful that anything will be produced, and if it is... i dont know if i would invest much more than I already have. I may just prefer to buy another machine that is already in production...........

So basically another hair-brained scheme to retire gone amuck. We can thank quite a few corporations and industries for abandoning the defined benefit pension plans that rewarded hard work & dedication and kept retired employees living at a decent level with a partial retirement income. Since these plans are now gone from 80% of the places that had them, many "job-hoppers" who were in mid level positions have to resort to this nonsense to attempt early retirement if they are too lazy to work and save.

So in this example a guy uses his (now former) good name and past industry experience to set up a COmpaNy thinking he could possibly sell it and retire early. I'm sure his parents would be proud.....

#12708 5 years ago
Quoted from YKpinballer:

Given the size of peoples investments, I would argue that John had a fiduciary duty to act in the buyers best interests, which he clearly has not. He also breached his fiduciary duty by demanding that everybody sign a legal document within a few days stating they won't sue, and if they didn't sign it he would file for bankruptcy and they would get nothing. That is a pretty serious criminal offense. Read up on fiduciary duty and the laws in your state regarding this.

If I were some of the individuals who had dealings, conversations or met with a certain individual causing all of this mess; I consult my personal Counsel regarding "Misprision of a Felony". This took out a Bally President awhile back thanks to the Louisiana Governor and all-around good guy Edwin Edwards. The Bally guy ended up being disbarred because of his conviction. It took a Presidential Pardon by George W. Bush during his final days in office to get the conviction overturned and allowing him to practice Law once again.

This may not apply but, I wonder if there is a chance that it could? I'd ask Gambit to comment if possible.

#12816 5 years ago
Quoted from Crazybanana:

» YouTube video
It always sounded like BS

From 3:00 to 3:35 is priceless. He must be a psychic buffoon

#13039 5 years ago
Quoted from jonnyo:

If he drew a picture of Jpop and put it on dart boards and toilet paper, he'd make a million.

I think Berk Paper will have the TP at Expo.

#13175 5 years ago
Quoted from Skins:

A guy doesn't plan on cheating on his wife but he goes out with the boys, gets drunk and cheats. Is he less a cheater because when he left to go to the bar he didn't intend on cheating and more importantly; he was drunk?

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas™ Even more so in Pahrump or Mercury in Nye COuNty.

#13176 5 years ago
Quoted from hank527:

Post 13168
Here's John's cell phone number be sure and send him some text messages
***-***-**** (Please DO NOT give out other people’s personal information, Edited by Moderator Team).
Maybe he will respond. Though I doubt it.

Bumped and screenshot saved in case it gets pulled.

"Number removed, Moderator team"

#13845 5 years ago

Put me down for a game or two if VFW Pinball ever gets one. Or, if one shows up at a show I attend or is in someone's collection that I get to see. No way would I be buying that unless they end up selling for under $2k in 2015 dollars.

#13961 5 years ago
Quoted from pinball_customs:

You guys are saying this like they had any time to do so. I'd be willing to bet a lot of the guys who helped to get this thing up and running for the show never fully had a chance to play or understand it themselves... so what makes you guys think they had time to setup an HD camera and explain all the shots?
Seriously folks, lets be at least a little realistic..
Pinside has turned this into a real "damned if you do, damned if you don't" scenerio. It's a real shame.

Correction: John Popadiuk has turned this into a real "damned if you do, damned if you don't" scenario.

#15087 5 years ago

Revealed! the machine is supposedly near the Port of Tacoma at 3500 20th Street E. in Fife, Washington 98424

#15136 5 years ago

To all of those who are in on Zidware machines; I sure hope youknowwho does not try to take legal action/ COuNtersue you for violating an NDA.

#15157 5 years ago
Quoted from Aurich:

I really hope you're joking.
That NDA isn't worth wiping your ass with.
As for all the photos ... I get why people are mad at John, believe me. But see all that shit? He was working the whole time. In a totally half assed, never-gonna-finish way of course. But it wasn't fraud. It was just giving money to a crazy artist with no grip on project management. Yes, he lied. He's a bad person. Etc etc. But you're just not gonna send him to jail for any of this. In my not a lawyer, just a person thinking through the logic capacity of course.
I have zero clue how a lawsuit would go, but I guess we'll find out!

I agree that he is a BCCI (Big Crook, Con-man and Idiot, yeah, I got that from the banking scandal from the early '90's) and I hope Karma is a bitch to him. Never underestimate how someone desperate who is backed into a corner can react. Especially one who is armed with a Lawyer.

As someone noted, he is still lurking here. Maybe for the love of pinball, maybe for something else.....

#15158 5 years ago

Hi John, hope you're doing shitty for all the lies you've told for years at Expo etc....

You know, I really like the empty cabinet bit. Yeah, real cute!

#15186 5 years ago
Quoted from vid1900:

It is.
A coffee at Starbucks is $1.79, and 50 cent refills !!!

Price varies wildly. Illinois Tollway Oasis locations charge more. Airports even more. At DFW recently I bought a "Tall"(small) for 2.29. Then there are the various types of coffees that double& triple in price.

#15187 5 years ago

Who or what is Caitlyn Jenner?

#15337 5 years ago
Quoted from TigerLaw:

I think we should start a pool on what John's salary was he paid himself. We will find out in discovery for sure now.
My guess is $125,000 annualized plus health insurance for he and his entire family. He also likely ran a ton of reimbursements through the company (my guess is lots and lots and lots of food and electronics).

Don't forget at least two nice lease "COmpaNy" cars. Guessing a BMW SUV for the mrs. to haul the kids around.

#15341 5 years ago
Quoted from vid1900:

From where?
His landlord is not going to give his rent back.
Allstate is not going to give his car insurance premium back.
HAP is not going to give his health insurance premium back.
He can't give the food he ate back.
That money is spent, and gone.

Money gambled at the nearby Grand Victoria Casino is not going to be given back. He could try to WIN a big jackpot or parlay bet though. Shucks, he probably forgot to take his Club GVC (24 Karat level) player's club card which would show his play level when he lost all he had in savings.

#15353 5 years ago
Quoted from rommy:

How can we stop that? As a community I mean, not moderation. Let's talk about how to stop people from robbing us. Encouraging victims to "just move on" or "just take it and enjoy it as a life lesson" is totally insane.
You got robbed. Do something about it!

Pinball related, I almost got robbed but here's how I handled it;

At Expo many years ago, during the Make-A-Wish charity auction, an item was announced for bids. While not available to take with the winning bidder, it was mentioned that the winner need only pay Bridget Berk (she was collecting all winning bids) and supply your address and the item would be promptly shipped to the winner.

Well, I won the item. I promptly paid for it and wrote down the particulars.

Six weeks go by and nothing arrives. This was pre-email days so I called the item donor (his number is public knowledge) as he is a well-known pinhead. No answer so I leave a message. Funny, no reply. I leave another message a week later. This time, a reply, on my answering machine. Even though I gave him my cell first as well as home number. He said he was running behind but would ship it "soon". Another month passes with nothing.

I travel a lot for my job, A month later, I happened to be within an hour of the guy so at around 6 pm, I cruise over to his place in my rental car. His address is well known as well. He was not home so I wrote a nice, non-threatening note mentioning how I am in the area for my job and thought I'd stop by and pick the item up. It would save him the hassle of boxing and shipping it etc. I mentioned that I could stop by either of the next two days. If he wasn't around, he could leave it outside in a box for me etc. Nowhere in my note did I mention how he appeared to be stalling\unprofessional\not satisfying his commitment from a kids' charity auction from four months earlier etc. I wrote my cell number down and asked him to give me jingle. I put the note in a large 9x12 envelope and taped it in plain view to his side door which he obviously would see judging by driveway marks and footprints in the snow.

The next day he calls me and apologizes. He said he would ship it that day. He indeed did and all is well.

Maybe those who are close by or can easily get close by should simply knock on a door and ask for their money back or an explanation.

#15357 5 years ago
Quoted from flynnibus:

Where the F do you think business' make their money from???

How do car dealers sell vehicles below cost yet seem to expand their dealerships? See: Penske mega-dealers for the best example of this.

#15361 5 years ago
Quoted from Manic:

Because it's not really below cost... they get all kinds of incentives and kickbacks from the manufacturer. That's why it's almost hopeless to *really* know what a dealership has invested in a car for sale.
And I don't think this applies to a tiny one man operation... at all?

Car dealers lie?

#15522 5 years ago
Quoted from mwong168:

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While sipping that Espresso Macchiato, I wonder if he was thinking of the Douglas MacArthur line: "Stolen food tastes better"?

#15616 5 years ago
Quoted from Coyote:

Wow. I have Cameron Silver's WMS business card. Wonder if I should auction THAT off? I mean, he did (still does?) good work!

Save it for now, trust me.

#15621 5 years ago
Quoted from PinballHelp:

I'm really curious what amazingly/special/unique skill a "pinball designer" has?
At this point Ben Heck has probably designed as many pinball machines as John Papadiuk.
And Ben probably has 20x the depth of skillsets JPop has.
So what exactly makes him such a rare commodity? What can JPop do that anyone else here cannot?
I can pull up a CAD program and design a playfield, and then move things around.
I can bat a ball around on a whitewood and say, "let's put a pop bumper over there and a flipper up there."
I can dictate a ruleset.
Almost anyone in this forum, if they had the resources traditional designers had at their fingertips: software people, dot matrix designers, mechanical engineers, art departments, etc. could also design a pinball machine.
So exactly what special unique ability do these three dozen people have? Enquiring minds want to know.

The secret is you have to be able to design a machine that sells well. That requires tremendous play appeal. This play appeal has to be to the players. Those that walk up to a machine in a public location and put money in as well as home collectors.

#15626 5 years ago
Quoted from RobT:

At this point it looks as though no Answer has been filed to the Complaint by either Zidware or JPop himself. Looks like the case is heading towards a Default Judgment, and that would include a Judgment against Zidware and JPop and his wife personally. That would mean JPop and his wife would have to file for personal bankruptcy to avoid paying the Judgment or collection efforts. I'm a bit surprised by this to be honest. Who knows, maybe he knew he kept shit records and didn't follow the corporate formalities and therefore piercing the corporate veil was probable, so he just decided not to fight it? Who knows?

Is there a chance that John or his wife are friends with a judge or other influential person who could get a judge to dismiss the case?

#15928 5 years ago
Quoted from rommy:

More plaintiffs are being added. As far as I know, we don't know who John Popadiuk counsel is yet.

If I were John (the arts & crafts guru), I'd want someone like Ken Allen or Wally Alvarez representing me. Too bad they both only do personal injury cases. They peddle their services like dog food and have their faces plastered on dozens of billboards in the Chicago area especially in Northwest Indiana on the Tri-State Tollway, I-94, I-80 and I-90.

#15929 5 years ago
Quoted from rosh:

Midland is part of the tri-cities, which has a population of over 400K, so not exactly small town america. I lived their briefly, and never met Kevin or jhagen while I was there, so, don't everyone knows everyone. Regardless, I don't believe the fact that the authorities there did not press charges against Kevin, at this time, has anything to do with the size of Midland.

Maybe 125,000 tops, certainly not 400k. We are talking MBS; Midland, Bay City and Saginaw. Flint is not part of the Tri-Cities of Michigan.

#15949 5 years ago
Quoted from PEN:

Should Kevin call Sam then?

Especially if he watches Tigers Baseball on FSN Detroit

#16062 5 years ago

LOL, passed throught MSP yesterday and will be through there several times in July. I went through MSP (when Northworst was the primary carrier there) a few days after the "Wide Stance" incident. AH's like me adorned the special stall with tons of TP over the door, walls and porcelain receptical. Too funny.

#16064 5 years ago

I believe the entire restroom was eliminated a few years ago. It was the one by the long gone main concourse arcade. That one had an EBD that I would play when my connection times allowed it.

I played the Stern Mustang in the arcade in the C Concourse yesterday. In really nice shape. Won two replays . The Rolling Stones looked to be in good shape too. Mick was in one piece. Only two pins there these days.

#16091 5 years ago

There were two sets of restrooms In the main concourse (mall area) now there is only one set.

I recall (but I could be wrong) that the removed set is where the incident took place. It did not take place in any of the lettered concourses where gates are located.

#16144 5 years ago
Quoted from SilverUnicorn:

So, did anyone get the AIW prints yet?
I see that it is a run of 100 now (I thought it was just 50 originally). The second 50 went live on June 26th and are again sold out.
Just wondering if anyone had received theirs yet.

Wouldn't that be something if he pulled a "MAD Amusements" and kept the money but didn't deliver anything?

#16150 5 years ago
Quoted from Concretehardt:

Zero chance of that, Jeremy is a solid dude!

Really thought this was JPop selling the drawings/prints.

#16183 5 years ago
Quoted from LapsedGamer:

I work at a Fortune 500 doing some engineering, we still get plaques and a cool 1500 for a patent so your mileage may vary on this. If its just a good idea you get a 100 for just submitting that, 750 if its a really good idea but not worth patenting. Some of these dudes around here submit an idea a week it seems like, easy money. All that being said, patents in engineering seem to be just a huge game for the most part that basically prevents companies from using the nuclear option on each other and are rarely used offensively and more defensively if at all.

Same here. Part of a JV of two NYSE COmpaNies. One is a Fortune 500. Those of us for partner "A" (Fortune 500) get $1500.00 for our first patent and $1100.00 for each additional. No plaque, but a "certificate of authenticity" and another one gets hung on a wall at headquarters. The other partner's employees get $4k for each patent. Years ago they instead got a royalty of 33 1/3¢ for each patented idea sold in a product. That was until we sold 200,000 of something one year then all of that stopped.

#16232 5 years ago
Quoted from frolic:

It's insane to me that he declared publicly that he has no way to finish these games, is being sued, is ignoring every other customer, pulled down his websites, deleted his facebook, yet is still tinkering at his shop?? Like WTF?
Is there ANYONE who has contact with him? Is he literally "wishing upon a star" that some rich guy is going to call him?
He should voluntarily bankrupt himself and let all the creditors take their pennies. At least that would end things. It's like even though he has failed and has no way out of this, he doesn't want to give up any of his toys and doesn't want to apologize and attempt to make up through liquidation to all the people he's hurt.

In the even his assets get seized (at least six years from now minimum), there will be stacks of Power Ball, Mega Millions and Illinois ^Extra Shot Lotto tickets in his car, shop desk drawers as well as home. He's waiting for the big payoff because "Someone's gonna win; why not him"?

#16404 5 years ago
Quoted from Gerry:

Above Quote from JJP's letter...
Popapuke didnt suffer at all !
he grabbed 90K Per year, while producing nothing, and fed his kids ribeye every night...
Paid all of his bills at home... car payments, taxes, victoria secret for the wife.... WTF !... til everyones money ran out..
Popapuke = Criminal !

Victoria's Secret my ass; probably Agent Provocateur.

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#16646 5 years ago

Now that we see he is sending emails as if business is "as usual"; It is safe to say that this is going to end badly.

I wonder if those who have been ripped off would still be open to talking to John?

#16726 5 years ago
Quoted from John_I:

His wife is on the board of directors, has anyone talked to her about this? Bill maybe?

There's a board meeting coming up. Could someone make it a baseball bat meeting?

#16796 5 years ago

Maybe JG can offer a Hobbit to Concretehardt Gratis to make up for the piss-poor way things have been handled.

#16894 5 years ago
Quoted from iceman44:

Every time I look at that feed and see the "Distributors" tab it makes me laugh. Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying.


#16974 5 years ago

Post a link to http://www.johnpopadiuk.com/ on every wikipedia page about machines he designed. I see CV has already been done. Maybe this will help google searches

#16985 5 years ago

Love the salary as well as net worth info. LLLLMFAO!!!!!!!

#16991 5 years ago

He seems to have erased all evidence of his previous flop; Duke's Neon. A neon sign bidness(sic) that he startedup once WMS let him go and no other pin or slot manufacturer would hire him.

#17010 5 years ago
Quoted from BMore-Pinball:

Whoever runs that site, be very careful you are only posting facts. Beware of libel

I'm just waiting to hear that the POS will file a suit against everyone that paid him for a machine and signed an NDA and then disclosed things to the public which breached the NDA.

#17013 5 years ago

I sure miss Sam. He was the best.

#17022 5 years ago

He's certifiable. The ending to this will merit a headline in Pinball News.
First and Free.

#17029 5 years ago

Add: John Popadiuk PLONK!!!

#17051 5 years ago
Quoted from frolic:

Based on the July 30 post on the magic girl blog from Cointaker, John is still being a coward and not even talking to his "friends".
How he can pretend that everything is fine, and that if it weren't for the people making trouble for him these games will all be completed..... just no words to explain it.
Does anyone know Rob Berk? Someone should make sure he knows not to book a jpop seminar this year at expo. Something tells me John would still show up and do a slide show of artwork and do a "making of Alice in Wonderland" talk. Then blog about a great expo.

I think we want him to appear at Expo. It would be an awesome site. Offer pay-per-view. Where's Jared?

#17091 5 years ago
Quoted from CoinTaker:

I believe its 20 hours a day, if you watch this video. I know he is not spending his time answering my phone calls.
» YouTube video

He is certifiable.....

#17107 5 years ago
Quoted from mrgone:

Call ftd. Send him flowers and a bill?

How about a deep dish pizza from Giordano's? The one on Barrington Road North of Irving Park can deliver to him.

#17140 5 years ago
Quoted from CNKay:

My feelings exactly. I was shocked that statement was made.
Maybe a party at the Nugent ranch and uncle Ted could blow that POS sky high.
I could maybe see it worth some big money to a company that would make it into an emulation app. And sell to several million people for a couple bucks. But the game rules and features are still unfinished, unclear and it really should just be buried.

Anybody here old enough to remember Amboy Duke, Incorporated of Hanover, Michigan?

#17162 5 years ago
Quoted from PinballHelp:

I was involved in a civil case a few years back that got the FBI involved that did result in several politicians being indicted and imprisoned. But that's a rare situation where a civil case actually brings justice... and even then, it really was the result of some rather heavy-duty activist behavior (that embarrassed the feds into having to take action because the civil case uncovered much more than they were able to discover on their own -- again the act of embarrassing the enforcement branch had more to do with with justice than the actual civil case)

Edwin Edwards by chance? Love the book "Bad Bet on the Bayou" by the way. Bally got a lot of ink in that book.

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#17173 5 years ago

How's the legal system doing with this?

#17186 5 years ago
Quoted from ChadH:

John says "we" a lot in his latest updates. Who is "we"?

Him and his imaginary friends. Including those who swore MG and RAZA were just about completed and that they saw the whitewood in action.

#17272 5 years ago
Quoted from rai:

I'm surprised he hasn't got a knuckle sandwich yet.

I wonder if that will happen soon?


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#17291 5 years ago
Quoted from Honch:

Whatever happened to his best bud, StevenP?
That guy was on here (daily ) laying into anybody who didnt believe that JPOP could get it done. It's amazing how all of JPOP'S cheerleaders scattered like roaches when the lights come on. I'd love to hear what some of these clowns have to say, now that the truth is out there.

All I know is I miss his cool avatar. It was one of my favorites. Too bad he used to downvote me and accuse me of not knowing what I was talking about. Oh well, Looks like all of his education and experience didn't prevent him from getting duped. For that, I feel sorry for him as no one should get ripped off. If they do, they should extract revenge.


#17299 5 years ago
Quoted from PismoArcade:

"I was even told not to attend, which now was a mistake."
In addition to the horrendous grammar, what difference does this delusional zero think he would have made had he shown up?

He really is, a worthless piece of s*it. Grammar on purpose to make my point.

#17303 5 years ago
Quoted from TigerLaw:

LTG seems to suggest perhaps JPop could work at a fast food resturaunt or something, but that would require him to handle cash register money...how could he be trusted not to steal it? I wouldn't hire him if I owned a McDonalds franchise...not a chance.

Another reason wouldn't be welcome at a McDonalds; An employee at a location near Bay City, Michigan stole thousands of the annual "Monopoly" game promotion pieces many years ago. Sure as luck would have it, the top prize in the nation was in the group of stolen playing pieces. Single digit IQ employee gives the ticket to another family member to claim. Eventually, Corporate McBurger traces the family relationship and invokes the "family members are not eligible to win a prize" clause of the fine print. They also fired the employee.

Quoted from TigerLaw:

I guess he could come here to New Orleans and be a street performer or tour guide of some kind in the French Quarter...

It depends what side of St. Ann Street he seeks employment on. I'll never forget walking up Bourbon St. with my then 17 year old son around 2 am. (I know, I was trying out for the "Father of the year" award). When we crossed St. Ann and maybe were 30 feet into the block, we both looked at each other and turned right around.

#17308 5 years ago
Quoted from wcbrandes:

Guess you have never been to Vancouver my friend. Chicago winters make Vancouver seem like Hawaii! Palm trees and all!

Agreed, Vancouver is like San Francisco weather-wise.

#17389 5 years ago
Quoted from beatmaster:

will he be at the pinball expo? or won't show up, if he does i'm curious to see what's going to happen.

Maybe he will be the Expo banquet guest speaker. Could you imagine how many extra ninety buck tickets would be sold?

#17410 5 years ago
Quoted from NYP:

Personally I think JPOP should be banned at all pinball shows, and event organizers should un-invite him if he showed up at any pinball events. Furthermore I think Pinside, IPDB, PinGame Journal, Pinball News etc etc, should update what they say about the games he designed and include something to state why the games weren't produced.

No need. He will be taken care of at any show he attends or speaks at.

#17420 5 years ago
Quoted from dgarrett:

Johns shop is between the Expo hotel and Pinball Life. Owners meeting?

Yes, just a couple miles Southwest of the sprawling JJP Midwest campus.

#17468 5 years ago

I wonder if we'll ever see "his software guy Cameron" at another pinball event?

#17511 5 years ago
Quoted from toyotaboy:

Sure about that? Linkedin says he went to WMS gaming 5 months ago:

It was 5 years, not months, ago. Interesting how he suddenly left Raw Thrills. Very sudden.

#17540 5 years ago
Quoted from limelime20:

So, I pay this guy $6500.00 for pin , he say's he can't deliver pin, and won't give me back my money.
I check flight to chicago, rountrip $550.00, hotel $130 a night.,
I promise you, I come back with my money...

Even better to drive there and use cash for the entire trip. Including road tolls. May not be a bad idea to put a different plate on the car. Rental car preferred. Have someone else rent it and let you use it. Switch the plate. I've found several license plates over the years. Some literally laying on the street. Always handy to have.

#17543 5 years ago
Quoted from HighProtein:

Makes me think...
He might as well have re-themed something instead that already worked and added new art and a mech or two...

Gottlieb's Atlantis/Sheriff/Lawman has a tried & true layout. He could add a ramp and post between the flippers and make it new again.

#17547 5 years ago
Quoted from frolic:

There's a lot of things "he might as well have" done. He might as well have worked as a Subway sandwich artist the last 5 years.

He should have worked at Jimmy John's after he was canned from Williams. Maybe he could have learned about "Freaky Fast Delivery" {other pin manufacturers could learn from this too}. Also, if he was broke and didn't want to work, All Jimmy John's let you smell the food for free. They even have neon signs advertising this fact.

I wonder if "Duke's Neon" made those signs? I wonder if the "Duke" himself heated and formed the glass tubing and injected the gas and sealed the tubes himself or did he CONtract that out and bill the work as his own?

#17556 5 years ago
Quoted from Pinballs:

If I were his wife,

I'd be worried about his honesty,

Yeah, he's a babe magnet all right. Betcha actresses, celebrities and other entertainers are swooning to get him to leave his wife. Bonus: His financial troubles would be taken care of too.

Megan Fox is now available. so are Avril Lavigne, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Garner, Charlize Theron, Britney Spears, Giada De Laurentiis, one of the Olsen twins and I'm sure there are a couple of used Kardashians available. If John likes Country music, Miranda Lambert and Reba McEntire are single again. Maybe one of them can write a song about a pinball designer and his hard life brought on by his investors/customers.

I wonder if he drives a pickup truck?

#17558 5 years ago
Quoted from Gorf:

If I recall I think John drives a Pinto.

Is it the the high-end Runabout edition?

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#17589 5 years ago

He needs to be interviewed at Expo.

#17639 5 years ago
Quoted from pinlink:

"You're kinda in the moment, and people are kinda happy you're doing something...and ... and ... and... you know sending you..you know their hard earned money and you're investing it in building up the company, and you know trying to do it as best you can in a... in a... you know a proper.. you know a proper fashion and so its umm yeah it's really hard to explain. It's definitely like a wave. And umm yeah so I don't know."

Sounds like an Infomercial.

#17658 5 years ago

He just could somehow weasel his way into the Expo Banquet as the speaker. Pacek & Berk could retire on all of the last-minute ninety buck tickets for a buffet. Well, maybe not retire, but they could buy another pinhauler or maybe a new tie or something....

#17706 5 years ago

Nate: "John's a likable guy; I like him a lot".

IMHO: One of the most ludicrous statements ever.

#17711 5 years ago
Quoted from Nibbles:

No, JFlop reached out to him, allegedly... give him a 1hr softball interview, then grow a pair and literally f(*k him under his own bull$#it.

That makes the most sense. Kinda like being "featured" in a trade journal. Basically an advertisement sanitized to look like an article. Here not an advertisement but more likely, a deception to get legal cases dismissed.

A victim or two of his scam will figure out a way to beat him.

#17799 5 years ago
Quoted from ForceFlow:

He designed games for Zizzle, then made two iOS apps. I'm not sure what he for the +/-5 years between Williams and Zizzle, though.

I added the "Duke's Neon" information about the business that he started and quickly closed. There was an article about it in one of the hobbyist magazines. He also ran ads in both Game Room Magazine as well as Pin Game Journal for this business.

#17854 5 years ago
Quoted from Cornelius:

Illinois has a lottery, right? - could his reputation be salvaged?

Even if he wins, he loses. Google "Illinois lottery broke" for several articles.Illinois Lottery Broke Sept 2015.JPG

#17901 5 years ago
Quoted from wcbrandes:

And the obvious usual.............John is that you?

I think it's actually "We" that John P. refers to.

#17959 5 years ago
Quoted from RandomGuyOffCL:

We all clicked this box when we signed up right?

Start a poll to get your answer. I'll vote if you start one.

#18050 5 years ago

Let's start a new thread comparing annual Federal income tax bills.....

#18053 5 years ago
Quoted from iceman44:

That would be fun. We could talk about how the tax code went from 400 pages in 2013 to over 75,000 now!

I remember when I took a Tax Law class in the early '90's. The instructor was great. He told us that whenever you can't fall asleep; Open up the Tax code book to any random page. He guaranteed you would be asleep in under three pages.

The book was thicker than the Detroit or Chicago White Pages phone books at the time. Although the page size was smaller. Paper was the same thin stuff.

#18161 5 years ago
Quoted from vid1900:

C'mon, you can't ban someone just for being an idiot.
That would be like if someone banned Pete Rose from the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Or having Vanessa Williams' Miss America title revoked after that upstanding guy Bob Guccione leaked out compromising photos of her.

1 week later
#18266 5 years ago

I just noticed the pic of JPop in the latest issue of Pin Game Journal. Very nice.

#18271 5 years ago
Quoted from rommy:

The sad thing for me as well is once you look under the hood - coin op is pretty shady. There are people who use coin op for illegal shit and there are people who are the industry that pander to those interests and this general shadiness trickles into everything.

Although I was a board tech and route tech when I worked for a large Operator, Once in awhile, I would make a collection when one of our normal collectors was sick. Funny how our collection tickets had a line & checkbox for "loan payment" LOL. I didn't know I worked for a financial institution.

I've gone to locations to deliver loan money quite often. This was to minimize robbery attempts as collectors could be easy targets due to repetition. I'd take brown paper bags filled with cash. Usually the M.O. was our truck drivers/movers came with a load of equipment which we were displacing another Operator that wouldn't loan any more cash. The other equipment was disconnected and moved to the side or back of the business and our stuff was installed. I was given the bag and would drive out in my car and meet the drivers. Two of them would meet me at my car and escort me into the business. I'd meet the owner and go to their office or back of house and empty the bag and count out the cash. Once we both agreed it was all there they would sign a Promissory Note. Just like one does at a bank. Only difference was the name of our "Amusement COmpaNy" was listed as the lender. The nice thing is that the interest rate was usually zero for the first loan. That was the hook. Then the rate was 10%. Additional advances were usually 15%. Wenever I'd go back to one of these places to repair machines, the owner would always greet me by my first name. As one of the Operator partners told me; nobody ever forgets the name of someone who hands them money.

Basically,a typical bar owner bought a Cadillac with the loan money. $15k was a typical loan. The equipment earnings paid back their loan. The next loan was for a business partner or a wife/girlfriend's car etc.

2 months later
#18449 5 years ago
Quoted from PinballHelp:

It seems to me if there's any evidence of him taking a single payment from somebody pursuant to these pinball deals, after he's already declared he can't build them, that has to be evidence of intent to defraud, doesn't it seem? And that's criminal right?

Keep in mind that things could have changed since he sent out communication that he couldn't build the games. Is he obligated to communicate this to everyone?

1 month later
#18571 5 years ago

I miss his cool avatar in postings though.


1 month later
#18714 4 years ago
Quoted from Manic:

That probably means he makes those big cardboard arrows that guys flip on the streetcorners to get your attention. Finally found his calling.
And he might be able to complete some of these also...

Quoted from Manic:

That probably means he makes those big cardboard arrows that guys flip on the streetcorners to get your attention. Finally found his calling.
And he might be able to complete some of these also...

Correction: "We" can make them and "We" might be able to complete them Just like mr.a-hole always says on recordings.

I guess "We" moved our shop/studio/arts & crafts design center into the home/garage/basement.

He's a sick person. One who stole a lot of money and does not seem to have remorse.

#18729 4 years ago
Quoted from Mitch:

Is this supposed to be John on WCS



1 month later
#18829 4 years ago
Quoted from AliciaC:

New year / new judge... Radio silence for 5 months while the case is being prepared for a jury trial. We all know John will lose this in front of a panel of peer citizens. The deceit is so black and white.

It really depends on how shrewd his legal defense is. There are many shades of grey. He could easily be found innocent. Why do you think he continued to show games available for ordering? Just because he sent a letter stating he couldn't get games produced does not mean he didn't keep trying to "find a way to get it done". He was under no obligation to send another letter out the moment he found a new way to accomplish this.

For the record, I feel he's a worthless piece of shit and have no interest in his Zidware machines and never have.

1 week later
#18854 4 years ago
Quoted from Shapeshifter:

So, is the acrobat on the right JPOP on CV back glass? Or is this old news?

Wow, good catch. In other news, did you hear that Kennedy was assassinated?

#18858 4 years ago

Maybe he won some lottery money. Hopefully not in Illinois as we wouldn't want to see him gypped.

1 week later
#18909 4 years ago
Quoted from toyotaboy:

This story about Hennessey racing has many parallels in a similar story (what's up with seedy people named John?). Yes Hennessey actually made product, but it sounds like he's going down a very slippery slope full of lies:
“management issues”
"will he pay me? I need the money so badly I need to do operation for my mother. John made my life so bad"
"repeatedly told in emails that the refund was on the way"
"John had to be a rock star"
"If you were out of state, man you were fair game"
"Also on site is the Hennessey Tuning School. That came under fire last year after a Reddit user who said he was attending the school on the GI Bill called it “a ripoff” where the cars they worked on were “pieces of shit” and students did little in the way of wrenching."
"Hennessey is of a hardworking man, a “devout Christian” who never wanted to incur debt and is currently working very hard to make things right"
Money from foreign clients was used to fund other projects and/or builds, or sometimes was used by Hennessey personally, according to a subset of employees, as some of the more rank-and-file employees said they really had no idea where money went. Sources differed on the opinion as to whether taking deposits from overseas clients and not delivering cars were actual, intentional acts, or just the result of mismanagement.
Clients’ cars would sit in the shop for months or longer with little or no work being done on them. The time the cars would be sitting would usually be measured in months, and occasionally a year or more. When the clients would eventually call and complain, they’d be put off or ignored until they threatened to demand refunds.

He seemed like a honest guy on an episode of Jay Leno's Garage last season.....

3 weeks later
#18918 4 years ago

Too funny.....
What a delusional nincompoop.

1 week later
#18937 4 years ago

I heard he's reopening Duke's Neon.

1 month later
#19065 4 years ago

He truly is a worthless piece of shit.

1 week later
#19225 4 years ago

I signed an NDA prior to an interview not long ago.

Turns out, I was outright lied to by a COmpaNy Director. I later CONsulted with my attorney asking of I could post what happened on Glass Door. I was advised the NDA was not enforceable.

1 week later
#19270 4 years ago

That outfit says everything you need to know...

1 week later
#19293 4 years ago

He'd be welcome to attend by the show organizers if he purchased a wrist band.

#19302 4 years ago
Quoted from Coyote:

I'm more curious as to why Mike thinks that's a good thing that JPop would show up with a game? (Or even without a game..)

It would bring in more money. All that would happen is people would take his picture. A few would heckle him and he would walk away mumbling.

#19322 4 years ago

Well the supposed unveiling says at The Venetian. The G2E show is held next door at the Sands Expo and CONvention Center.

Kind of like at AMOA shows in Chicago; when exhibit space was sold out, manufacturers sometimes put a game in a hotel room and invited attendees to see it there.

That said, G2E is not really a pinball show anymore. But, AMOA shows did have slot machines at Bally's booth in the '70's and 80's.

#19388 4 years ago

Well, that's PROOF POSITIVE for me!

#19401 4 years ago

That kinda looks like the place the Predator and ScoreGasm cabinets were made at. The floor seems different though

#19479 4 years ago
Quoted from bounoun:

It WILL cost them millions. There is only one option that has the smallest chance of success:
Forget about AIZ/RAZA. Those games will not be made in the near future.
Focus on MG. No "ONLY 26 IN THE WORLD WILL BE MADE" bullshit. Get MG in full production. Every single person who has made a deposit for RAZA/AIW has the option of a full refund or use it for MG. No 3 or 2 credit exchange scam nonsense.

A shipping and "handling" fee may apply.

#19659 4 years ago
Quoted from vdojaq:

I am thinking the Aimtron building/location in Palatine.

That building is 44,000 sq. ft.

#19776 4 years ago
Quoted from Spyderturbo007:

Maybe he was using a flip phone or something because any modern phone would be able to take a clear picture.

Except an HTC One with original firmware.....

4 months later
#21277 4 years ago
Quoted from pinballrockstar:

It is an insane model anyway...when people buy parts at my shop,they bring cash and i sell them a car part..
That's what works best; here is your requested thing..now give me your money...done.

That's worked for me and I've taught my kids the same thing.

#21278 4 years ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

We'll find out soon when he gets his. He's certainly saying that with conviction.
Meanwhile cointaker is desperately trying to flip theirs via auction on Facebook without posting ANY video. Certainly lends credence to the idea that it's an unplayable disaster. That brief clip that surfaced certainly doesn't instill confidence does it?

Should we continue to support Coin Taker and buy LED's, other mods etc. from them after they pulled the Iron Man crap and now this?

#21373 4 years ago
Quoted from Pinballs:

I'm surprised we haven't seen customers posting gameplay videos of their machines yet. It would be very useful to know if the thing works or not. In particular, does the geometry work? If so, updated code could fix it up a bit.
I think someone will have to lend a MG to Applejuice to allow him to work on the code, and I think that may be me, being the only UK customer I'd also pay towards the code update, as should other MG customers IMO. Imagine if we could get the MGs working, and in the process pay Applejuice what he is owed? Now that would be awesome.
But this does not detract from the fact that Applejuice and ZY should get their own MGs.
AP, if you're reading, can you make 2 more machines?? The positive PR you would gain from doing so would be amazing.

I'm sure they're going to get right on it.

#21399 4 years ago

The MG's should be complete and trouble-free. I'm sure any issues that arose during Beta Testing on location were promptly corrected.....

1 week later
#22977 3 years ago

Break the box down, you can always build it back up if necessary. Hoist it to the ceiling in your garage or park your car on top of it. Put all the foam and cardboard packing crap in a large trash bag and store it in an attic or under the pinball machine etc.

No garage? store it with the ends folded back and taped flat under a bed.

1 week later
#23103 3 years ago
Quoted from Jeremy8419:

Hi. I'm a complete novice, so please consider such the words of one:
After reading a while on this... what's the actual problem? Broken physics? Incomplete coding?
As someone somewhat in the tech field, having someone try and build something as such and then in the end just say "Oh, can't make it work," really just makes me think that the person is just genuinely retarded and simply has a lot of time invested into similar things. And I don't mean such as a casual insult, but as a genuine "if I was watching this person for a week, I would probably at some point ask them what is wrong with them."
Realistic solutions for such things:
Physics: you could literally post the stuff on a college engineering forum and have someone spit back a legit 3D model with animations within a week tops.
Programming: Again, you could literally post this on a forum and have someone spit the full working code back.
Electronics: Again, you could have any enthusiastic college kid come and do it for you.
All this and waived rights and they wouldn't even bat an eye.
Also, stuff like this belongs on GoFundMe. Not on pre-orders.

You've just made an enemy with our SJW members for using the "R word"......

#23125 3 years ago
Quoted from Jeremy8419:

In this day and age, it seems like it would be more prudent to start with a base pinball program, program the pinball game you envision, all the objects physics and rule codings and whatnot will already be correct at that point, and then transfer such into the creation of a real pinball game.

Designing, developing and building Pinball Machines is hard.

3 months later
#23618 3 years ago
Quoted from dgarrett:

That was a great interview, esp. with Greg playing backup to fill the gaps - I was thinking the same thing, Linda is the artist and Jpop was the... hmm...what did he actually do, that someone else on the team didn't have to reengineer?

He was able to make copies on the copier and grab coffee for the crew in Harry's Cafe or, for a real treat he would go to the Starbucks on Belmont & Elston.

#23626 3 years ago
Quoted from dgarrett:

John burned everybody else, to deliver 19 incomplete games. My guess is silence is his only option at this point - nothing he says would change things and legally, his lawyer advice is don't talk or post in public about any thing you've done, past or present. Survival instincts should keep him from pinball events for the rest of his life. Even if he went, and didn't get approached by every stiffed RAZA/AIW order, he'd certainly wouldn't enjoy any time in front of the industry - the taunts, outright yelling in anger and humiliation would be all to look forward to at TPF, Expo or any other show.

Meh, we'd just take pictures of him as he walked by.

#23635 3 years ago

If Andrew Heighway can operate Hydrofoil boats, JPop can be an executive of a Produce Farm. Or Produce Stand along Illinois Route 64.

6 months later
#23863 3 years ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

If the nutjob in charge keeps writing the checks, 10k by Christmas!

10K/month salaries for the designers.

#23878 3 years ago

When the flyers say, and reality proves:

"Available for immediate delivery from your Deeprut(sic)Distributor", then I'll consider their products.

#23895 3 years ago
Quoted from sd_tom:

They were unemployed otherwise.. you think they have much of a pension from their previous jobs? They need to eat.

Bally Manufacturing Corporation froze and bought out the employee pension plan for those with less than ten years seniority in the early '80's IIRC.

#23905 3 years ago

Watch him win a "Designer of the year" award or be inducted into the Expo Hall of Fame.

#23908 3 years ago
Quoted from Mr68:

John Popadiuk was inducted into the Expo Hall of Fame, October 22, 2011. It was one of the reasons I trusted and believed in him 7 years ago.

Funny, I was there but did not attend the banquet to witness it. I thought he was inducted but couldn't find it on the Expo website.

#23916 3 years ago
Quoted from vicjw66:

Isn’t Mike Pacak behind the expo HOF? I wouldn’t trust it based on that fact.

I believe Rob Berk is the primary Judge for the Expo HOF.

2 months later
#24005 2 years ago
Quoted from Concretehardt:

I can’t even tell you guys how satisfying it was to see a judgement with my name on it against him! I do feel that this sends a message to anyone looking to do something similar to what he did to this community, we will not tolerate it! No threats, just see your ass in court type deal.

Quoted from hank527:

Who knows. Can Deeproot use his designs? Does he need to liquidate his house and live in a van? Will this post hit 24 K? Will anyone buy a Deeproot pinball machine? Only time will tell.
I do want to go after Heighway big time. Maybe we can.

Andrew Heighway: you can run, but you can't hide.....

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