I joined a local pinball league earlier this year and the pin bug seems to have hold of me. It happened fast and I suddenly find myself a member of this Pinside forum and pondering getting my first game.
I have never been to a pinball show and my exposure to pinball has been mostly limited to the games in the collection of the gentleman that hosts our local league. While I’m enjoying all the games I find myself drawn to early 80’s games like Quicksilver, Sorcerer, and Catacomb. I don’t want to duplicate any of the games already in our area, but do any of you have recommendations on 80’s games that are similar to those three that I should make certain to look at? Though I don’t have a firm price I’m looking to pay in mind, I know I don’t want a $7,000 Fathom either.
I guess another option I’m considering is whether to just order a NIB game like Metallica. I’m pretty impressed by that game and I recognize there are benefits to having something that’s brand new, especially considering I know nothing about maintenance (though some individuals in my local league do), which is my main concern with buying an early 80's game.
Can any of you nice Pinsiders help a new guy out with some suggestions? Any of you go through a similar decision when you first started off? How did it go for you?