(Topic ID: 208063)


By shimoda

1 year ago

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  • Absofudginglutely! 26 votes
  • Uh, it is Paragon after all... 2 votes
  • Three balls per game counts as multiball right? 0 votes
  • Lost my keys in the beast's lair, back in a minute. 8 votes

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#51 1 year ago

Here's a brief history of my experience with Paragon over the last 6 years.

I did a full restore on mine in 2011. I restored the playfield that included removing all the inserts, leveling them and re-gluing every one. Touched up everything and put automotive clear on it. Sanded, leveled, sanded, leveled many times; buffed for hours. It became an obsession. The cabinet was repainted and restored. I painted the inside of the bottom cab bright metallic gold to look like a treasure chest. Since then, I have bought three others just because they were available....really. I have an NOS playfield that I'm restoring even though my cleared original looks incredible. My Beast's Lair has a red flasher in it wired to the pop bumper. I bought an extra CPR plastic set that I don't need (original looks better btw). I bought a new backglass that I returned to Marco because it looked so bad. I also have a Lost World backglass hanging above my Paragon. I'm down to two Paragons now, but I still have the 2011 restored one and the other one is in my restoration queue. I'd like to do another cabinet with Pinball Pimp stencils since they are better than the Pinball Pal ones I originally used (there were no Pimp stencils in 2011).

I don't know how many clear coated Paragon playfields are out there being used, but the game plays incredibly well when flat (no insert issues), cleared and waxed. Very fast! And, it's gorgeous. And, that's why it sits next to my Fathom.

My only question is, why has it taken this long to recognize this phenomenal game?

I think when new playfields hit the market and more people get to play this game restored, more people with understand that it's awesome on so many levels.

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