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RAZA Pre-order Club: A Cautionary Tale

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#1601 3 months ago

I had not seen that at all. Interesting for sure as much as read outside of these 2 Deeproot threads. So I am looking forward to reading whatever is in that update.

#1602 3 months ago
Quoted from DS_Nadine:

Yes. And then this posted above your post dropped. It‘s on TWIP also. (Good Website, very few people here seem to go there.)
At least they seem to have hope to have something to update on by next week. I‘d not be that overly optimistic that the games are shipping soon, but maybe at least certification is done or something.

Agreed and Kaneda has been promoting the 19th for the Deeproot update on his show. I was just trying to show where PinballManiac40 and others got their information.

BTW. I will disagree with you about TWIP and only a few people going there.

#1603 3 months ago
Quoted from jeffspinballpalace:

Can’t find parts is bullshit.

please post this part in the NEXT CGC REMAKE thread

#1604 3 months ago
Quoted from iceman44:

I’ll check it all around. Some people are doing something inside that building and I assume it’s not playing tiddly winks.

Sorry Ice ! That is what they are doing.. lol

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#1605 3 months ago

Ice, I still am completely baffled why you don't just go take the tour of the building that you have a contractual right to instead of counting cars and saying "they're doing something in there!". I mean, I have read your reasoning, you talked to the lawyer, you were satisfied with his statement, ect but it just makes no sense to me and I'm sure almost everyone else. I mean, what a great way to stick it to all the haters and really give this thread some positivity! Its just hard to take you serious when you have every right and simple ability to go take a tour, but instead you're counting cars and saying "just trust me bros".

I get they would probably keep as much undercover as they can (heres the lunchroom, heres the lobby, ok now good day to you sir) and probably make you sign some sort of NDA because they are really cool like that (It would be funny to contrast a tour of DR with a tour of Spooky) but you could at least say I have been there and big things ARE happening. Plus, I'm sure you've got one hell of a BS detector in person, would be nice to hear about that as well.

#1606 3 months ago
Quoted from iceman44:Ok. Time for another Parking lot drive by tomorrow with pics.
Let’s get some positive energy going. A bunch of people in there doing something

Maybe just knock on the door.

#1607 3 months ago
Quoted from Jvspin:

However, I think most people in the other thread aren't consumed by hate nor do they so badly want to see DR fail, they just question how DR can succeed given the previous track record, RM's leadership, etc...

I read this thread mostly because less noise than the other one. Have no interest in a RAZA, but also zero hate. Those who keep exclaiming about "haters" need to get a life LOL it's just pinball. This has been the most interesting slo-mo trainwreck of a pinball release I've ever seen, and that's the only reason I'm (sorta) keeping up with it. At this point I have NFI whether the games get built... if they do, that's cool, another game to play. If not, no skin off my back.

No hate, just morbid curiosity.

#1608 3 months ago
Quoted from metallik:

I read this thread mostly because less noise than the other one. Have no interest in a RAZA, but also zero hate. Those who keep exclaiming about "haters" need to get a life LOL it's just pinball. This has been the most interesting slo-mo trainwreck of a pinball release I've ever seen, and that's the only reason I'm (sorta) keeping up with it. At this point I have NFI whether the games get built... if they do, that's cool, another game to play. If not, no skin off my back.
No hate, just morbid curiosity.

Awesome. Fantastic. Good to know. I’d ask your opinion more about this game on the Raza preorder club thread but like you said, you have no interest in one.

#1609 3 months ago

More specifically: no interest in buying one, but I'd definitely look for it on location if it ever gets made. I like Python's art and style from the old coaster trilogy (even if the games themselves were meh) and jpop seems determined to make this a 4th in the series. Also curious to see how this shoots after looking over all the playfield pics. I don't carry high hopes it will be a great game, but also not counting it out completely. Steve Bowden's involvement is the one thing keeping this viable imho..

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#1610 3 months ago
Quoted from metallik:

look for it on location if it ever gets made

If RAZA gets fully delivered I highly doubt it will be on location for some ignorants opening their beer on the pinbar, ash and fucking on it. This would be an elusive rare pin only playable on full moon covered in smoke.

#1611 3 months ago
Quoted from Makakka:

If RAZA gets fully delivered I highly doubt it will be on location for some ignorants opening their beer on the pinbar, ash and fucking on it. This would be an elusive rare pin only playable on full moon covered in smoke.

Sounds like you have some real gnarly arcades where you live.

#1612 3 months ago

Its fun to check in RAZA threads every 6 months and see nothing has changed.

#1613 3 months ago
Quoted from Jvspin:

From what I've read in the two threads, I think you're both overtstating where most people stand.
In my opinion, as you say, most -if not all- people in this thread have concerns but are willing to ride it out for various reasons, like not having much money on the line, really like what they see, already wrote off the JPOP loss long ago so anything recieved is a bonus, etc...
However, I think most people in the other thread aren't consumed by hate nor do they so badly want to see DR fail, they just question how DR can succeed given the previous track record, RM's leadership, etc...

Again I have no vested interest…. but be realistic here. If you can not get the tone/vibe of both threads you must not be able to read. (I am not saying either thread is “right” - just calling a spade a spade!)

Here is one from the other thread:

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#1614 3 months ago
Quoted from cpr9999:

Again I have no vested interest…. but be realistic here. If you can not get the tone/vibe of both threads you must not be able to read.

Here is one from the other thread.

Yeah, Ben’s negative comments showing increasing vitriol towards John , and therefore DeepRoot, continue to flow.

That’s in part due to his going to look like an even bigger dolt if they ship a machine.

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#1615 3 months ago

Didn’t Ben use to work with Jpop at zidware? Falling out??

#1616 3 months ago
Quoted from Fulltilt:Yeah, Ben’s negative comments showing increasing vitriol towards John , and therefore DeepRoot, continue to flow.
That’s in part due to his going to look like an even bigger dolt if they ship a machine.

No, because if they do, he will really be able to dig into it and rip it apart lol. From Arm micro controls to insert descriptions that give no info. Overall, a mess under glass. No, he wont be the dolt, even if it is released. Lets hope it is!

#1617 3 months ago
Quoted from kklank:

Didn’t Ben use to work with Jpop at zidware? Falling out??

Yes, there’s a story there that I don’t think Ben has fully shared. Just the tidbits about what it was like to work with someone who couldn’t actually get anything done, lots of big ideas and talking and lots of Starbucks. But certainly what happened has fueled his anger.. that along with the rest of what happened at zidware

#1618 3 months ago
Quoted from Mbecker:

Yes, there’s a story there that I don’t think Ben has fully shared. Just the tidbits about what it was like to work with someone who couldn’t actually get anything done, lots of big ideas and talking and lots of Starbucks. But certainly what happened has fueled his anger.. that along with the rest of what happened at zidware

Whatever he was with Jpop it didn't last long from my recollection. The code red warning signs were all over the place but none of us wanted to doubt John's ability based on his past, at first.

The first weird crazy part was making Ben a character in the artwork on the game. That was a wtf moment. Then one of the RAZA versions was going to include John and Ben coming to your house to assemble the game with you. Lol. All of a sudden Ben was history.

Then Charlie Emery came into the picture and wanted to do a "zombies" game. Jpop took offense to that, especially Ben teaming up with him. Along came AMH instead of a "zombies" game. For a first effort it was a pretty decent game, i got to play one in Austin at Pinballz. The build quality has come a long way for those guys!

#1619 3 months ago

Interesting.. I guess I hadn’t known or realized AMH came AFTER the zidware debacle. Yes - the whole coming to your house to build the game was over-the-top .. there were a lotta interesting years there. Probably why DR gets so much attention- it’s about the last pinball drama going on right now. Still a lotta Lewbowski EAs out there but very slowly the games are getting to them and DP is coming around. What else is left?

#1620 3 months ago
Quoted from Mbecker:

Yes, there’s a story there that I don’t think Ben has fully shared. Just the tidbits about what it was like to work with someone who couldn’t actually get anything done, lots of big ideas and talking and lots of Starbucks. But certainly what happened has fueled his anger.. that along with the rest of what happened at zidware

Browsing through old emails from 2012... I had this interesting reply from John.

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Hi...

Well I have been watching the woz stuff to see. My problem is that everyone wants to see it all, but the owners have the right. What to do? I do not want to limit people, but also want to keep it under wraps somewhat.

- NDA signers can visit the studio
- we can post to FB general info
- we can Ustream as we work
- we can setup a google group
- twitter is a good idea

In Bens world he keeps no secrets and shares all content/media/IP. So he thinks its a bit strange my thinking. So it bothers me. Also part of the problem is that I am actively designing and leading the team, so managing web content and other items have to be easy for me.

John
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#1621 3 months ago
Quoted from Fulltilt:

Browsing through old emails from 2012... I had this interesting reply from John.
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Hi...
Well I have been watching the woz stuff to see. My problem is that everyone wants to see it all, but the owners have the right. What to do? I do not want to limit people, but also want to keep it under wraps somewhat.
- NDA signers can visit the studio
- we can post to FB general info
- we can Ustream as we work
- we can setup a google group
- twitter is a good idea
In Bens world he keeps no secrets and shares all content/media/IP. So he thinks its a bit strange my thinking. So it bothers me. Also part of the problem is that I am actively designing and leading the team, so managing web content and other items have to be easy for me.
John
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Jpop thought Ben betrayed him. Thought he took his ideas to Charlie Emery to help Charlie compete with him. And Charlie was wanting to do a Zombies game then. Ended up being AMH

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#1623 3 months ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

Ok again your reading a bit further into my simple statement all good. Raza (for me as not a historian) was announced end of December for market so under six months on my clock. Not off target by my standard for a start up but everyone has different expectations.

Lol. Good one.

#1624 3 months ago
Quoted from kklank:

Didn’t Ben use to work with Jpop at zidware? Falling out??

Ben's name was in the original game's title!

"Ben Heck's Zombie Adventureland"

#1625 3 months ago
Quoted from Mbecker:

Interesting.. I guess I hadn’t known or realized AMH came AFTER the zidware debacle. Yes - the whole coming to your house to build the game was over-the-top .. there were a lotta interesting years there. Probably why DR gets so much attention- it’s about the last pinball drama going on right now. Still a lotta Lewbowski EAs out there but very slowly the games are getting to them and DP is coming around. What else is left?

AMH was designed and built on a $50,000 budget and just goes to show how big a cluster this really is.

#1626 3 months ago
Quoted from RobT:

Ben's name was in the original game's title!
"Ben Heck's Zombie Adventureland"

I wasn’t aware of a lot of this.
I met Ben once at one of Terry’s parties at Pinball Life(which were stellar parties by the way) and I thought he was a terrific guy.

#1627 3 months ago
Quoted from kklank:

I wasn’t aware of a lot of this.
I met Ben once at one of Terry’s parties at Pinball Life(which were stellar parties by the way) and I thought he was a terrific guy.

Yep in the beginning (2012) it wasn't RAZA it was BHZA
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#1628 3 months ago
Quoted from kklank:

I met Ben once at one of Terry’s parties at Pinball Life(which were stellar parties by the way) and I thought he was a terrific guy.

It's too bad that all of us in both threads don't meet at the Pinball Hall of Fame and talk face to face. I'd bet misunderstandings and hard feelings would be cleared in short order and a lot of agreement would surface after ball one.

I enjoy expensive whisky if anyone wants to join me.

#1629 3 months ago
Quoted from Concretehardt:

Yep in the beginning (2012) it wasn't RAZA it was BHZA
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Yeah I remember that. Was a different kind of friendship back then compared to now.

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#1630 3 months ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

Yeah I remember that. Was a different kind of friendship back then compared to now.
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Yea I remember 8+ years ago chatting on the threads here about RAZA with Iceman and all the guys who were in on it and many who were not. We had disagreements but things were much less toxic, it was definitely a different time on Pinside, I’m not saying it was perfect, but sometimes I miss those days.

#1631 3 months ago
Quoted from Concretehardt:

Yep in the beginning (2012) it wasn't RAZA it was BHZA

Oh my god, has it really been almost 10 years?

#1632 3 months ago
Quoted from Concretehardt:

Yea I remember 8+ years ago chatting on the threads here about RAZA with Iceman and all the guys who were in on it and many who were not. We had disagreements but things were much less toxic, it was definitely a different time on Pinside, I’m not saying it was perfect but sometimes I miss those days.

Different time not only in pinball - think bigger - this country. Everyone has a platform and they all have to be right. My way or the highway!

No more give and take.

#1633 3 months ago
Quoted from Concretehardt:

Yea I remember 8+ years ago chatting on the threads here about RAZA with Iceman and all the guys who were in on it and many who were not. We had disagreements but things were much less toxic, it was definitely a different time on Pinside, I’m not saying it was perfect but sometimes I miss those days.

That was when 99% of arguments just led to bikini pictures and thumbs up

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#1634 3 months ago
Quoted from Pdxmonkey:

That was when 99% of arguments just led to bikini pictures and thumbs up

Timing is everything.

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#1635 3 months ago
Quoted from Roostking:

No, because if they do, he will really be able to dig into it and rip it apart lol. From Arm micro controls to insert descriptions that give no info. Overall, a mess under glass. No, he wont be the dolt, even if it is released. Lets hope it is!

I want to apologize for calling Ben a dolt.

#1636 3 months ago
Quoted from Pdxmonkey:

That was when 99% of arguments just led to bikini pictures and thumbs up

Hell yea!

#1637 3 months ago

The villain changed from Ben to Neb (Ben backwards, as the alien). The deeproot version still has "Ned" as the villain.

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#1638 3 months ago

You may all be fascinated with the video I filmed Of ZOMBIE ADVENTURELAND in its infant stages in 2014 at the Pinball Expo...I have cued this up to the footage, although the entire video shows lots of great stuff at that show!

Todd

#1639 3 months ago
Quoted from toddtuckey:

You may all be fascinated with the video I filmed Of ZOMBIE ADVENTURELAND in its infant stages in 2014 at the Pinball Expo...I have cued this up to the footage, although the entire video shows lots of great stuff at that show! Todd

The infamous empty cabinets!

That was truly the beginning of the end for Zidware. The Zidware/RAZA thread blew up after that fiasco.

#1640 3 months ago
Quoted from toddtuckey:

You may all be fascinated with the video I filmed Of ZOMBIE ADVENTURELAND in its infant stages in 2014 at the Pinball Expo...I have cued this up to the footage, although the entire video shows lots of great stuff at that show! Todd

well if that isn't worth a laugh from Iceman, I don't know what is.

#1641 3 months ago
Quoted from frankmac:

Timing is everything.
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The good old days! That’s when pinball life was great.

#1642 3 months ago
Quoted from toddtuckey:

You may all be fascinated with the video I filmed Of ZOMBIE ADVENTURELAND in its infant stages in 2014 at the Pinball Expo...I have cued this up to the footage, although the entire video shows lots of great stuff at that show! Todd

That’s great Todd! The beginning of the end that Expo. Hard to believe it was 6+ years ago already

That was the TBL expo. And then and others like Frolic took off the kid gloves

This is why I love this hobby and want to see this shit to end!

#1643 3 months ago

I'm new to the collecting and pinball news in general. My first pinball is the Zep LE. Shortly after my wife said "I want more, is there a AWD?". So googling around, I came cross the AWD concept. Discovered RAZA...hey cool a Texas company, and from my home town of SA to boot.

Then of course I came across all the news and these threads.
As a newbie outsider, it's just sad to see the great concepts, artwork, and the machines that may or may not ever come to fruition. Not only Zid/Raza...but the many others that never became or have passed with very limited release like LoV...<<< Hope this concept is revived, polished and released

I'm an audiophile and like the pinball industry, it is niche and have seen many ups and downs. The forums are very similar, the good, the bad, and sometimes ugly, but we all do share the same passion.

Well as Forest Gump would say "that's all I have to say about that"

--Cheers
Ron

#1644 3 months ago
Quoted from Txcoastal1:

I'm new to the collecting and pinball news in general. My first pinball is the Zep LE. Shortly after my wife said "I want more, is there a AWD?". So googling around, I came cross the AWD concept. Discovered RAZA...hey cool a Texas company, and from my home town of SA to boot.
Then of course I came across all the news and these threads.
As a newbie outsider, it's just sad to see the great concepts, artwork, and the machines that may or may not ever come to fruition. Not only Zid/Raza...but the many others that never became or have passed with very limited release like LoV...<<< Hope this concept is revived, polished and released
I'm an audiophile and like the pinball industry, it is niche and have seen many ups and downs. The forums are very similar, the good, the bad, and sometimes ugly, but we all do share the same passion.
Well as Forest Gump would say "that's all I have to say about that"
--Cheers
Ron

That’s the beauty of pinball. You just never know what may or may not happen

#1645 3 months ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

Yeah I remember that. Was a different kind of friendship back then compared to now.
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That poster proves how bat shit crazy Jpop is. And why Ben ran away screaming. And why everyone else should have. “Mystery Mechs”, “super goodie bag”, DIY pinball kit, “play the trailer”, “Two Shooters”. Jesus H. Christ, stop the madness.

#1646 3 months ago

iceman44
One of these days, we need to grab a bite or a drink. I am the Buc-ee's integrator for the last 20 years for all their low voltage. I expect now that the I-10 construction out your way is finally wrapping that Buc-ee's will likely build that location in 2022.

#1647 3 months ago
Quoted from Frax:

Oh my god, has it really been almost 10 years?

Yea. Not 6 months.

#1648 3 months ago
Quoted from TheFamilyArcade:

That poster proves how bat shit crazy Jpop is. And why Ben ran away screaming. And why everyone else should have. “Mystery Mechs”, “super goodie bag”, DIY pinball kit, “play the trailer”, “Two Shooters”. Jesus H. Christ, stop the madness.

Blinders. Denial, and hope. dr said NO preorders. They ripped off a whole nother bunch of people.

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#1649 3 months ago
Quoted from TheFamilyArcade:

That poster proves how bat shit crazy Jpop is. And why Ben ran away screaming. And why everyone else should have. “Mystery Mechs”, “super goodie bag”, DIY pinball kit, “play the trailer”, “Two Shooters”. Jesus H. Christ, stop the madness.

Was Ben and Jpop the first ones to come up with the “goodie bag”. Now Haggis, Stern and Spooky all do it but they call it “swag”. Lol.
And now it’s called a “membership”! I love it. Great way to raise cash.
They just need to be a little more creative with the swag bag.

#1650 3 months ago
Quoted from kklank:

Was Ben and Jpop the first ones to come up with the “goodie bag”. Now Haggis, Stern and Spooky all do it but they call it “swag”. Lol.
And now it’s called a “membership”! I love it. Great way to raise cash.
They just need to be a little more creative with the swag bag.

Goodie Bags have been in pinball machines for decades.

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