I went back and re-designed a lot of things. I added the remaining features and more. Playfield size has changed. Cabinet size has changed. Price bumped up a little bit (early bird $2,000 / final $2,500) for a few reasons . I do have plans to get FCC certification soon which costs a little bit of money. I've searched a lot of patents that have been granted to various companies/people relating to pinball. I plan to file possibly 6 patents right now just to be safe (costs money). Whether they get granted or declined, I just want to be able to release products without being obstructed.
Another reason for the slight pricing change: Just because I'm set on bringing low-cost games, doesn't mean it must be 1/2 the quality or 1/2 the fun as any other game out there, or that it will break down all the time. I think this is actually a very cool product when you see the final result. It will still go through a lot of warranty testing. The Alpha trailer was basic and an early sample. I wanted to document what I built before tearing down for an expo and anything that could go wrong in transportation etc. It had it's purpose though: *an estimated release date, *estimated price and a *working proof of concept.
I plan to ship out the first 5 games at discount as I have said before. These slots are currently full. I have not collected that money yet, though these are customers willing to pay. It doesn't do me any good to hold onto someones money while I develop the game over these months or if someone lost their job while I'm holding their cash. If those people do not come through when pre-order collection starts, those slots will open to the next people in line. If you think you have any slight bit of interest in purchasing at any point, or want to get in line, no fees due, then email me: [email protected]. I have another list of people interested to buy. I don't plan on taking any more than 5 early pre-orders, but that could change. Standard pre-orders will open at a later time when production is ready. I also plan to offer a yearly rebate system for any buyer willing to take the game to an expo. Rather than ship games back and forth or rent a truck, I'd rather fly to various expos without the hassle of driving trucks full of games or shipping games that get lost. I may not attend all expos in person as well, so it helps.
Timeline estimates, nothing hard set in stone:
Feb 5th: Beta video.
Feb-March: Popup play-testings at local arcades near Orlando/Jacksonville/Tampa. Pinball Lounge in Oviedo will be one spot, others TBA.
June-Sept: Window for when Early pre-orders will ship.
September-future: Hoping to visit Pintastic - Sept. 7(Boston), Pinball Expo - Oct. 18 (Chicago), TX Pinball Fest - March 24(Dallas)
If you are in FL near any of the 3 cities listed and think you would like to visit a playtest, email me so I can inform you event info. If I get feedback during play-testing, I can always make changes. I can always change prices etc. I have some planned iterations to polish electronics design and other parts. I'm sure that this can be done but it's still a decent amount of work ahead. Anything can happen and nothing is set in stone. It's a journey. The goal right now is get the game done and ship in low volumes first. This may or may not warrant quitting my day job, but under 100 units, I may build these all myself over some period of time, while keeping my job. If demand goes higher, we solve that problem when it comes.
Pending no other questions, the thread will get updated when the next video is up. I promise you, what is coming is a big step from what has been shown. If you want immediate updates follow on FB,Twitter,Youtube,Instagram: Pawlowski Pinball.