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New Pinside Member looking for suggestions

By XQ11

1 year ago

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  • Latest reply 1 year ago by LTG
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    #1 1 year ago

    Hello Pinside!

    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?

    #2 1 year ago

    I had a post similar to this one that led me to Sorcerer nearly six years ago. Having a game professionally restored is a great way to help ensure the 80’s game is reliable.

    Both the Sorcerer and Quicksilver you play were restored by a gentlemen in Dallas by the name of Keith Holbrook and his work (as you can see) is superb and he is priced very reasonably.

    Some of the games I would consider from the 80’s:

    Gorgar, Flash Gordon (warning that game is harder than fossilized dinasour droppings), Dragonfist, eight ball delux (I know of a nice restored one in Louisiana that may one day be for sale), Centaur, Viking, and even a Genie (with the new roms).

    Getting a NIB game is also an incredible expierence. While many games require some switch adjustments and other tweaking initially out the box to get them dialed in, a new Stern game will generally be reliable for a long time. Also, the code on modern games is super deep compared to the 80’s and in a single game collection that may be more desirable for you.

    I personally like short ball time games (like Iron Man) as opposed to marathon games where the ball times are really long (like Lord of the Rings). Most early 80’s games have short ball times because there are no ramps safely returning the ball to your flipper...so the ball stays in jeopardy. That said, many people prefer the “flow” of modern games where one shot seemlessly rolls into the next (assuming you make your shots) like on Star Trek.

    The best advice I can give is for someone to play a bunch of games and rate them and identify what they like about each game. This will help you nail down what you really want. I did this and was surprised to learn that a game’s theme didn’t matter as much to me as I thought it did.

    #3 1 year ago

    I've seen several posts about Flash Gordon referred to as a "humbler."

    #4 1 year ago

    The Houston Arcade Expo is probably the closest big show. You'll see many games new to you. Take a look at The Pinball Arcade app too, it will give you an idea if you'll like playing a specific table.

    #5 1 year ago

    Yep, the Houston Arcade Expo is an amazing party. Book your hotel room quick before the event hotel fills up: http://www.arcadecenter.com

    #6 1 year ago

    Looking for a good bang for your buck? Consider the 90’s Sega games like Godzilla, Goldeneye, or X-Files. Gotlieb also made some DMD games that are neat like Gladiators.

    Keep in mind though that if you get an older game that is more shallow than the Sterns of today you’ll want to set it up to be challenging with open outlanes, harder to start multiballs, and short ball saves or you’ll get tired of the game in a single game collection. The Sega machines are heavy on the multiballs and are generally easy to commence unless the settings are changed.

    #7 1 year ago

    Flash Gordon
    Big Game
    Flight 2000
    Eight ball deluxe LE
    Solar ride
    Alien star

    #8 1 year ago

    Take in a show. Play as many different games as you can. Then start thinking what game(s) you want for your own collection.

    LTG : )

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