IT IS HERE!!!
Once my game room remodel, life etc, limited my space to 5 maybe 6 machines. It was getting harder to decide on what 5 to have in the gameroom. I am pretty attached the the 5 at the time. Then my friend and podcast co-host SevenEightyRacer traded for a P3 with lexi, CCR and heist playfields. I finally was able to try one myself. I knew it seemed cool since I initially saw videos on YT with Gerry showing it off. But I also heard people say "it feels weird". I never was able to play one in person, so I never gave it much of a thought, until now. Once I played Seveneightyracer's Heist and Ranger in the Ruins, I was sold. CCR online was cool, but we didn't get a chance to play that online while I was there.
I will say, if anyone wants to know more, or is interested in buying one, YOU HAVE TO PLAY IT. Don't listen to people, go find one to play. Swap a playfield, use the menu, etc. Until you have your hands on one, you just won't fully get it. Watching all the steams you want, still doesn't do it justice.
So I wanted a P3.
I ended up selling my ac/dc Luci to start the P3 fund. Luci isn't all that family friendly, I enjoyed it but didn't have the fizz that some of the other games give. We (seveneightyracer) and I flipped a few arcade and projects. Took me about 6 weeks, but I shored up the rest of the game. MM hit me up mid July and said, hey lets ship you a p3!
Game shipped and in two days, fedex called. They didn't have a lift gate truck readily available, so I said I would pick it up asap; Why let this game sit in a warehouse?! I couldn't decide if I should have them load it in my truck bed, or put it in a trailer. For unloading we decided it was better with the trailer, so it was closer to the ground. Loaded up the utility trailer and was off to fedex. Game box was mint, so thumbs up for approval, they loaded it up and oddly it was a game with a box on top....
My wife kept asking if we should take the top box off and load it in the car....Finally I looked and thought, oh mind as well. Still wondering, didn't they put the heist PF in the game when they shipped it?
As we are strapping the game down, I was starring at the box in the hatch.....and it said Game: CL and that seemed odd. My wife finally spilled the beans that for our anniversary, she got me the Cannon lagoon playfield/game! She even told me how she worrked with Gerry and got the game loaded on the pallet.
We slid the game off the trailer, then cut the "truck this side" of the box and were able to just tip the game onto my pinball dolly. We were warned, many times, it was heavy but this wasn't bad. Got the game setup and we found some sweet surprises. The MM team had signed the inside of the coinbox area Nice to have that signature touch of the team! I think the best part was opening the CL box and finding a personally written and signed note from the MM team congratulating us on our anniversary and p3. This is the reason you go to MM for a game. The care and thoughtfulness is outstanding.
Once CL was in the game, we had some kid play time and then my daughter decided to pull a Nick baldridge and make her own game with the CL packing foam and whatever else she found, haha.
Scooped up barnyard and silver falls this evening. I'll get to play more tomorrow, but I'm sooo freaking pumped. The build quality of the game/cab is great. I really like the pf level that shows below the flippers. I tried to not read directions and see how easy it was to use being "blind" and so far so good they do leave instructions and links to online videos all over, so anyone that takes their time could easily be educated quickly at setup.
Ryan and I will probably deeper dive the acquisition on our next podcast so check that out soon if you want to know more! Otherwise it will be time to save up for more playfields/games, play p3 and start making my own game(s). Thank you MM!!