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Club RBION: The Strange, the unusual, the bizarre!

By chadderack

5 years ago

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#168 3 years ago

Nice!! I gotta get mine all tuned up first though

#169 3 years ago

So, on my new RBION, the plain flat black speaker cover bugs me. I'm thinking of buying a spare and painting it a color that flows better with the rest of the game. Another idea would be to print off some vintage ripleys images from the Web and apply them to the panel sort of like the art on the side of the cabinet, then clear the whole thing. Or even print off one large Ripleys logo, and "wrap" the panel. Suggestions? Comments? Better ideas?

#171 3 years ago
Quoted from luvthatapex2:

Add some light up speakers and they dress up the plain panel considerably. Or just add a speaker insert of a ripleys image.

You may very well be right. I might just mock up some pieces of wood and try multiple ideas. Looks like the original cover is just 3/4" MDF anyway.

#173 3 years ago
Quoted from oldskool1969:

Bamboo wrap is what I would like to do, one day?

Oh yeah! That would look good! You talking about that bamboo looking grass textured wallpaper? Like this stuff?

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#176 3 years ago
Quoted from TheLaw:

Crap, looks like I gotta send my sound board in for repairs.

Noob question, but where/who does repairs on those? Just in case I ever need em'

#177 3 years ago
Quoted from chadderack:

The guy doing the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Homebrew Pinball has a very interesting "hydroprinting" technique for printing a wood texture on to plastic/metal. You might be able to use the same process.

I'll have to investigate that

#183 3 years ago

So here's a question, I'll try and be clear...lol When I light the lock for multiball, and the right ramp lock is lit, I hit the first ball up the ramp, it drops into that lock chute, and the game says "ball 1 locked". I launch a new ball, lock is still lit. I hit the second ball up the right ramp into the chute. Instead of saying "ball 2 locked", it ejects both balls. Lock is still lit. If I manage to hit another ball up the ramp, it then says "ball 2 locked" even though there's 1 ball in the chute, and 1 in play. I can then hit the shrunken head for 3 ball multi ball. Is that normal?

#187 3 years ago

There's definately 4 balls installed. It's a new machine for me, and I was certain that for a while it was 1 ball lock, then 2 balls locked, then the head for multiball. It's just started this weird behavior of lock 1, then 2nd lock ball gets ejected, then hit the lock again for 2 locked balls. I have a feeling it's something to do with the second rollover switch. I'll check now

#189 3 years ago

The wires under the switches all look good. Switches feel good, the wires under the second rollover did come loose during transport, but I resoldered them and they're solid. Is there a multiball difficult setting in the menus?

Just did a switch test, they all indicate active when I touch them

#190 3 years ago

Did a factory reset. It behaved normally 1 time then went back to the weird behavior. Here's a link to a quick youtube video I made of the behavior.

#193 3 years ago
Quoted from TheLaw:

First of all let me say there's isn't anything QUICK ABOOT THAT VIDEO
But seriously...wtf is that? Makes no sense other than number of balls in machine. OK...are all your trough switches working? Put all all balls down the trow...sorry trough, and go into switch test and make sure it sees all the balls in the game.

Lol, making fun of me... I did good to get that thing posted

#194 3 years ago

Ok, problem solved, take note in case you ever run into this. The top most rollover switch wire was tweaked underneath the playfield. It was bent just right so that most of the time the switch was closed but not always. I just bent the wire a bit so the switch could open and close freely, and problem solved!

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#195 3 years ago

Ok, last question, hopefully... sorry guys... if there are balls left in the right side lock when the game ends, should the game eject them automatically? My machine isn't.

#199 3 years ago

Thanks a ton everyone! I appreciate your help and patience with a new pinball owner! I'm learning alot FAST!

#200 3 years ago

Just curious, has anyone had any success getting the ball to travel from the shooter all the way around to the pop bumpers at the top? Or does everyone's ball just bump the post like mine? Even after adjusting.

#204 3 years ago

Yes, I do mean across the playfield and back around to the right. I can always do a soft plunge to hit the skill shot. Or, is it even supposed to go all the way around? It just seems like it's not supposed to hit the post at full plunge strength, is it?

#206 3 years ago

Super jackpot plunge would definitely be nice during multiball. Maybe I'll just adjust it to hit that

#207 3 years ago

This wasn't my idea, I saw someone else here do it, but I have a couple penguins now over the penguin lane!

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#209 3 years ago
Quoted from oldskool1969:

Adjusted so full plunge goes to top lanes then bumpers or SKILL SHOT

What color spring are you using?

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#217 2 years ago

Hey guys, I need a replacement switch for under the ball scoop. I can't seem to find an exact part # or replacement. I was hoping to avoid buying a generic switch and bending it to work. The closest thing I can find is this one from pinball life. Any ideas? Thanks!

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#219 2 years ago

Oh sweet!! That's an exact bolt on? No bending required? I'm not sure how I overlooked that one.

#221 2 years ago
Quoted from TheLaw:

Original switch in the manual...better order a couple
Section 4, chapter 2, page 85
Micro Switch (Happ #95-1128-00) - 180-5183-00

Thanks a ton man

#224 2 years ago
Quoted from pintuck:

My new ColourLED is coming in the mail for my RBION
Going to try the ColourLED in it first, then swap my colourDMD from Family Guy into RBION and see which is better.

Definitely report back to us, I'm curious what the main differences are to a player's eye. Not just technical specs.

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#226 2 years ago

So, recently, my RBION has started acting up again. This time, the temple code keeps changing and making the slot machine noise. Sometimes back to back. Any ideas on what may be going on? I'm thinking dirty optics. Maybe? Hopefully just a cleaning needed?

#228 2 years ago
Quoted from Scribbles:

So, recently, my RBION has started acting up again. This time, the temple code keeps changing and making the slot machine noise. Sometimes back to back. Any ideas on what may be going on? I'm thinking dirty optics. Maybe? Hopefully just a cleaning needed?

Well, I located the opto controller board under the playfield, everything looked ok, but I unplugged and replugged the connectors that go to the optos. Just made sure everything was seated nice and tight. The game seems to work fine now......lol. such finicky machines

#233 2 years ago

Mine also drops a bit off sometimes. Seems random. Just depends on how the ball hits the bottom. I just assumed that was normal. Maybe just slightly bend the 1 wire to the left? Encourage the ball to drop right?

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#237 2 years ago

As I was browsing games and their ratings comments earlier, I noticed one that confused me and made me want to vent just a bit. The most recent rating comment for our Ripleys machine says that he feels the game is "Problematic in its depiction of people of color". What is this guy seeing that I'm not? Is it the shrunken head on the backglass? The Jamaican accent? If that's the case, someone needs to lighten up. Can anyone shed some light on this? Anyway, that's my rant

#239 2 years ago
Quoted from TheLaw:

He's from Seattle...they're kind of touchy-feely over there.

I guess so....lol.

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#246 2 years ago

My scoop had broken welds on the right side when I bought the game. It wasn't apparent until I removed the whole mechanism and looked at it. It's a wonder they're not all broken from the abuse that thing takes. I had it spot welded back up. Works like a charm now.

#248 2 years ago
Quoted from c508:

Just got the (LCD) Color DMD!
Makes a HUGE difference on this title (biggest diff of all my four Color DMD games)! Didn't really realize how much everything blended together on the standard RBION display, but there is a LOT of detail now with the color!
Definitely a mandatory upgrade for all RBION lovers!

Awesome! I'm hoping to get one sometime for mine

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#251 2 years ago
Quoted from StrangeSubset1:

Hi, just joined the club. First thing, pull the batteries, and here it fails already. I took the cam lock out (key was missing), and tried to lift the translate out....no go, it won't lift up enough to get the bottom over the speaker panel. Is there some secret hidden restrain on this pin?

Not that I'm aware of. Mine just lifts out once the lock is undone. It can be a bit stubborn sometimes

#257 2 years ago

You can reset through the software I'm 99% sure. Latest code should be 3.2. Not sure about the freezing up problem. I'm kind of a noob, some guys here with much more experience can probably help you out on that one

#266 2 years ago
Quoted from Rackleye:

Joined the club a couple months ago with RBION as my first pin. Great game and really enjoying it. Anyone else having issues with the scoop shooting the ball straight down the middle drain missing the left flipper completely. Mine seems pointed straight down the drain and almost looks bent to the right. Does that sound like a broken weld. Guess I should take it off and check. I'd guess 30% of the time it's not even possible to touch the ball. I've had 6 Million point games where the only points scored were skill shots.

I bet you money it's a broken weld. Mine did almost the same thing until rewelded.
Edit: just saw your post above saying the welds looked good. mine has a cliffy and it doesn't affect the ball trajectory at all. I'd just tweak the scoop

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#278 2 years ago
Quoted from Lawlor_and_Order:

And yes, this sucker's inside, between the glass and the display.

Ohhh yikes!!! How creepy! Maybe a welcome addition to an AF machine though

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#289 2 years ago

Hey guys, maybe a dumb question, but after I finish a continent, what triggers the next continent to start blinking on the playfield?

#291 2 years ago
Quoted from oldskool1969:

Right ramp re lights continents when not lit and then either vary target or sometimes VUK will start mode. If I remember right.


#292 2 years ago

One more thing I havnt figured out. What's the function of the sign in the back right corner that says " believe it or not, kick up score when lit" and it has the A, B, C that are sometimes lit.

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#304 2 years ago
Quoted from BubbaBeast:

Does anyone have any tips on being consistent with the skill shot? I've been trying to get a system down by trying different things like pulling the plunger back to different dash markings, using more of less "snap" in my release, etc. Nothing has been super consistent though. Advice?

Yes, it's hard to explain though. I was shown in person by another Rbion owner, and it works once you adjust. I place my thumb against the lockdown bar, and push back on the plunger with my "bird" finger. Let the plunger snap off your finger once proper tension is reached. It's far more precise and consistent. I can hit the skill shot about every 3rd shot

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#316 2 years ago
Quoted from TheLaw:

No that's not true and I've never heard anyone say that. Essential hitting the right ramp with right flipper. Left ramp with right flipper is much tougher... Just post pass if you need to.
Heck right orbit with right flipper is important too.

What he said It's definitely easier to hit the ramps with the left flipper, but with some practice, you can use the right also.

#318 2 years ago

Left ramp with right flipper rarely happens for me. Almost always just an accident.

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#328 2 years ago

Mine goes to the right maybe 1 out of 7 times. The rubbers and posts definitely slope to the left.

#333 2 years ago

While we're talking about the top right area, can someone explain the rules/rewards with this part of the machine? I've owned the game about a year now, and can't figure out any correlation between this display, and rewards.

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#335 2 years ago
Quoted from TheLaw:

Those explain what is going to happen when you shoot the scoop, Aka "kick up." Confusing totally since it's closer to the continent vuk/kick up and not related, and labeled ABC and has nothing to do with the temple.
Anywhom, you don't change it, it changes telling you what is next. When the scoop is lit "event" is lit back there. If the Idol is off it moves
"To wake up idol" for your next shot etc.

Ahhh!! I see, it's the scoop, not the Vuk! Man, that is confusing given it's location. Totally makes sense now. Thanks!

#338 2 years ago
Quoted from PokerJake:

Just picked this bad boy up.

Sweet!! It's a fun and challenging game. I've realized there's modes and graphics I'll never get to see

#348 2 years ago
Quoted from PokerJake:

How do you reset the Grand Champions score? I've manually changed the GC score in the adjustments and reset HSTD. I've installed home version so it sets it at 5mil and reset HSTD and nothing happens.

I tried also with no success. I just eventually beat the damn score Maybe someone here with more experience can help you out. Good luck!

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#361 2 years ago

Hi everyone, I need some help. I've noticed an abnormality on my Ripley's Game. What is happening is this, if you have two balls in the right side lock, and then you start a continent mode which requires two balls on the Playfield such as North America or Antarctica, the game puts the two balls out onto the Playfield as it should, and then continuously keeps trying to eject another ball. If you drain a ball on the Playfield, it's simply ejects it back out and you keep going. This will continue indefinitely you cannot get it to stop that I can tell. The only way to end it is to turn the game off or tilt. It doesn't happen if there's only one ball in the right side lock, only when there's two balls in the right side lock and a continent mode is started that requires two balls on the Playfield. Has anyone else experienced this?

#364 2 years ago
Quoted from TheLaw:

Never experienced that. Does it do it Everytime on your machine or did this just happen once?

Happens every time. Must be 2 balls in right side lock, then start any continent that requires 2 balls on the playfield. May as well turn the game off....

#366 2 years ago
Quoted from TheLaw:

I'll take a look

You have a chance to check out your machine yet? Mine did it 2x tonight. I had a nice score going, then accidentally triggered the problem again. Completely ruined my game. I'm just totally stumped at this behavior

#367 2 years ago

Ok, I figured out my issue. There are 3 rollover switches and 2 opto switches in the ball trough. All rollover switches checked out fine. The problem was the forward most optic board. Apparently it is very sensitive to how it is positioned and it has rubber bushings in the screw holes that hold it in place. Anyway, long story short, it just needed repositioning. It was registering as if a ball was there when one wasnt. So, when all four balls were out on the playfield, it was still trying to eject another. BubbaBeast, hope it's that easy a fix for you as well

#369 2 years ago
Quoted from BubbaBeast:

Scribbles this is awesome, thanks for doing the investigative work to figure it out. Can you tell me what this looks like and how you repositioned it to fix it?

This board is right up front, right hand side. Mine needed to rotate slightly counterclockwise.

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#373 2 years ago

Nice! Also, just an update for you regarding the optic board issue. Mine keeps misbehaving. I can adjust it and it acts fine for a few games, then starts acting up again. I've tried reflowing the solder points on the boards but it didn't help. I've now ordered a new transmitter/receiver board set. The pair was $13.99.... no brainer there. I'll let you know if that finally fixes the problem for good

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#394 2 years ago
Quoted from Lawtalkinguy:

Where’re did you get it, Cash?

Mine was plug and play also. A guy here on the forum sells them. I forgot his username though it took literally about 30 minutes to install it and I think it looks great

#417 2 years ago

Anyone have part #'s for the 2 opto boards under the shrunken head? I can't seem to find it in my manual. I'm having spotty opto issues there. Already ordered a new opto amplifier board for under the playfield. Thanks!

Btw, the new optos for the trough fixed my weird issue I asked about a few weeks ago

#418 2 years ago
Quoted from Scribbles:

Anyone have part #'s for the 2 opto boards under the shrunken head? I can't seem to find it in my manual. I'm having spotty opto issues there. Already ordered a new opto amplifier board for under the playfield. Thanks!
Btw, the new optos for the trough fixed my weird issue I asked about a few weeks ago

I found the optics and have them on order. Now the big question... has anyone replaced them yet? How the hell am I supposed to get to them?! The ones at the shrunken head

#420 2 years ago
Quoted from 27dnast:

You're talking about the physical opto sensors?

Yes, the actual sender and receiver units. They look absolutely buried

#425 2 years ago

Thanks for the pics TheLaw!

#427 2 years ago

Looks good ! Is that a color DMD installed? Does anyone here have a color DMD installed? I just ordered the LCD version for mine last night. What's your thoughts on it?

#432 2 years ago

I don't mind the $400 bucks. I was at a locar bar that has 5 privately owned machines on location, all of which had color dmds in them. That's all it took for me. Seeing those graphics in all their glory Besides, I'm justifying it by saying it's my birthday present to myself

#434 2 years ago

Help me out guys. I'm in the middle of installing my new color DMD. The plastic cover for my old DMD on my Ripley's machine is red. Is this new color DMD meant to work with that red cover? Should I have purchased a clear cover? I don't see anything in the instruction manual about a red lens. Has anyone else run into this?

#436 2 years ago

I guess it was replaced because it is definitely red...lol. I went ahead and installed the new dmd without any cover for now just to see how it looked. Clear one is on order
The new display is pretty impressive although I was hoping for a bit better on the resolution. It's sort of blocky honestly.

#439 2 years ago

Thanks everyone! I bought the Lcd version and just got done playing with the settings. I'm very happy with the way the settings for dots and dots XL, and even tile look. That is what I was expecting. The display just came preset out of the box to the scan setting, which I wasn't a big fan of. I wanted the display to mimic the look of the old DMD, but in color of course. The dots setting, or the dots XL setting do this perfectly. Now that I have it set to dots XL, I'm 100% satisfied with my purchase. Now just to get that clear piece of Plexi installed!

#441 2 years ago

Just some helpful info here. The optics for the shrunken head aren't nearly as difficult as one might expect to swap out. Just pop off the shrunken head, remove four 8mm lock nuts that hold the plastics in place, and bingo. You now have access to the 4 screws that secure the optics. It's tight quarters in there for sure, and pretty fiddly, but definitely less labor than I expected. Whole process took about 45 minutes. No more false hits, plus, the magnet seems to launch the ball much stronger now

#450 2 years ago

Mine just has a regular 12v red led in it, and it's worked for hundreds of games now. I hope your issue isn't something deeper than an Led. Is the game new to you?

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#463 2 years ago
Quoted from KIRK_:

OK, new issue. Today the magnet under the shrunken head has stopped "throwing" the ball like it should. It will either barely toss it up hard enough to get to the poppers or it won't make it that far and just drops back out from under the head. Is there an adjustment for this?

My magnet started doing the same thing a few weeks before my optics under the head went bad. I have no idea why/how/or even if the 2 are related, but eventually the optics wouldn't stop the ball under the head. After replacing the optics, bingo, the magnet now works great.

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#472 2 years ago
Quoted from Shaneus:

I've been out of the loop for a bit, so apologies if it's already been covered, but is there a solution/workaround for a mushrooming magnet? The previous owner of mine never replaced it and it tore up a little bit of the PF, I replaced it first thing but I can see it happening again with the current magnet core.

I've never had any issues with mine. However, if it's already mushrooming, I imagine you'll need to remove it, and bring it back to level again. It's super easy to adjust, so removal shouldn't be too bad. Once it's level just put it back in the machine level with the playfield, and you should be good to go

#477 1 year ago

Wouldn't the ball wear a hole through the tape almost instantly over the magnet? Then it would start getting sticky residue on the rest of the playfield and the balls themselves?

#479 1 year ago
Quoted from YeOldPinPlayer:

The ball doesn't wear through a piece of mylar instantly. It's just thick tape.

Yes, agreed, but packing tape is super thin. I bet you it wears through after just a few stops. Plus, the magnet is exerting enough force on the ball that it "mushrooms" the top of the magnet. I'd be genuinely surprised if it survives. No one I know of puts mylar directly on top of an exposed magnet

#483 1 year ago

Shouldn't matter like the law said. I don't think there's any instance where the position matters.

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#494 1 year ago

So , guys, I have searched for the answer to this question and cant find an answer. How do I reach Atlantis? I see lots of threads about "I reached it" , but no one explains how

#498 1 year ago

The core of the magnet is super easy to adjust. I adjusted mine around a month ago. Just loosen the large nut under the playfield, then spin the core up or down until its flush with the playfield. Re tighten the nut, and done. I imagine the core would come right out of the top of the playfield if necessary in order to grind it level

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#511 1 year ago
Quoted from TheLaw:

Same readings as yours, active switches trough 1-4 and vari target opto #1

Good to know I did know the trough switches should register, but I was unsure about the vari target opto. Mine also shows active. I just never concerned myself with it since it didn't seem to be affecting game play. Where the hell is the vari target opto anyway? I've looked for it, but never seen one

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#553 1 year ago

Does anyone here own a Roller Coaster Tycoon? Only asking because I just started a RCT club if any one is interested. I do own a Ripleys, and since they're similar era stern games and both Lawlor designs, I thought I'd ask.

#555 1 year ago
Quoted from liftmagnet:

Just as a heads up, the color DMD firmware has been updated to 3.2.

Sweeet! Thanks!!

#556 1 year ago

Looks much better now

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#577 1 year ago

My idol definitely is NOT always lit. I'm not sure what wakes him up, but once I hit him a few times, light goes out

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#583 1 year ago
Quoted from BENETNATH:

Hello guys,
my Ripley's is gone. but that's temporary ^^
check this out, hope it gonna gets a lot of love at the hospital


#588 1 year ago

Awesome, you'll love it. I think Ripleys is an underappreciated game. Great bang for your money.

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#594 1 year ago
Quoted from NicoVolta:

Although we have another Ripley’s at the museum... I do wonder if the day will come when I regret selling that one.
It’s grown on me a lot. One of my top three favorites here!

I dont think I'll ever sell mine. Once you know the rules and the shots to make to complete goals, its incredibly challenging and fun to play. I've noticed it keeps slowly creeping higher on the top 100 list.

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#618 1 year ago
Quoted from Lawtalkinguy:

Added the Tombstone decals. Looks nice!
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I have a set on mine as well. They look soooooo much better than the plain white squares. Plus they help new players spot them for certain modes.

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#640 1 year ago
Quoted from Lawtalkinguy:

Anyone have ColorDMD on their machine? Looking to add this. LED vs. LCD, any thoughts?

I have one and I LOVE it! I went with LCD for the reason stated by Thelaw. The LCD version is an actual screen made to look like dots, and you can change the display settings easily to change the look. The LED version is actual LEDs, so there arent any options for changing the appearance

#642 1 year ago
Quoted from r0ddan:

I would search the forum for this if I only knew what to search for...
My rbion is kind of beat up in som places. The scoop hole is one of those places along with the two posts that guards the hole. I have just now done my best at fixing this. I unscrewed the scoop from underneath and worked the hole and the hole for the left post with jb weld. It’s far from perfect since I’m not a handy man, but it will work. But when I put it all together again and tried the game the scoop fires to the right flipper and not to the left. I am for sure getting a nervous breakdown... what am I supposed to adjust?

When you had the scoop out, did you check the welds on it? They're notorious for breaking, causing the ball to eject all over the place. I had to have mine re-welded. If the welds are good, you must have something not aligned properly. That's a pretty big shift from left to right.

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#647 1 year ago
Quoted from parsonsaj:

I just committed the cardinal sin of taking some clear plastic pieces off of the top of the right ramp on my RBION without taking pictures of how it looked when I got started. If anyone is near a Ripley's, could you be so kind as to post a picture of the top of the right ramp near the "Did you know" sign? The plastics I am referring are 2 clear ones... one is a small crescent moon shaped one with 2 holes in it, and the other is a larger oblong piece. They are seperated by posts. As careful as I was when I laid them out in my parts dish as I took them out, my memory isn't what it used to be and I can't figure out which one goes where.
Thanks in advance for any help!

I can when I get home from work if no one else helps out first

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#661 1 year ago

I would be interested in the non photo version. I think the photos make it look a little too busy. I love the simple map version.

#666 1 year ago
Quoted from TheLaw:

I'd do plain, the photo version is a bit to symmetrical fro my tastes. I also feel like the yellow is touch too bright? If I look at the apron's yellow vs. the new yellow it's just too bright. Or maybe it just seems that way; just my 2¢

I second this opinion

#671 1 year ago
Quoted from BubbaBeast:

Thank you sir - I'll take a look and see if I can make out a break in the scoop. Pardon my noobness on this but where exactly are the welds?

The scoop can be removed rather easily from below the playfield. Once its removed, you will see the welds. They're obvious. Mine were broken also. Make sure whoever welds it is pretty precise and used stainless material. EDIT: You cant see the welds good enough while the scoop is mounted. Just remove it.

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#685 1 year ago

It's such a fun and very challenging game once you understand the rules. I think this title will become more and more sought after as people continue to discover it.

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#699 1 year ago
Quoted from gcmess:

Think I need some help....my machine seems to play correctly except the annoying idol sounds are constant and it seems to score points and lights are flashing constantly. It does stop every now and then when in a continent mode or something else but mostly on all the time. Started looking at the switches...but thought maybe someone could direct me to a quick solution. Optos? Any ideas?

Almost certainly the optics under the idol. Mine did the same thing. They're notorious for going out. Cheap fix also. Easy to replace. Bet you money that's your issue.

#704 1 year ago
Quoted from gcmess:

So...clear this up for me please. Optic switch under idol is working....block led with ball or finger and it shows active switch...but only when I block it does the chatter and lights stop....when operating normally, it just won't shut up. Does that mean new assemblies and board?

I'd replace the opto assemblies themselves first. They're most likely the problem. They're just a few dollars each. I actually bought spares to keep on hand. They register false hits when going bad. Hence blocking them stopping the chatter makes sense. Some folks may recommend redoing the solder on the optos, but they're so cheap, I'd just replace them.

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#710 1 year ago
Quoted from gcmess:

Are you talking about the magnet leads? Or opto leads?

Replace the freakin' optos already.... problem solved...

3 weeks later
#726 1 year ago
Quoted from gcmess:

Just an update....finally ordered and received the optos after the holidays and installed two days ago. And you guys were right....machine plays like a different machine...everything is so peaceful and quiet and normal. Almost miss those chattering idols....not. Thanks to everyone.

You're welcome, I had a feeling.....

#730 1 year ago
Quoted from TheLaw:

OK try to explain a little more. Do you mean the left side? There isn't anything to the right side of the ball plunger

Perhaps his scoop started ejecting balls to the right? I'm just guessing of course....

#731 1 year ago

Just got one! Pristine exemple with pinstadium. A It’s an hidden gem!!!
Really hard but not to deep. The kind of game who makes you a better player for sure!
A Colordmd is a must!!

Very nice!!! You'll love it

#738 1 year ago
Quoted from ababapanos:

the optical sensors must always be illuminated in red light; in my own the optical sensor on the left of the tomb stone seems to work and has red light, the other two on the head do not work. What should I do? I can fix them somehow?

Easy cheap fix. Just buy 2 new optics and replace them. They're cheap. I'd buy extras to keep on hand. Shipping will probably cost more than the parts.

#740 1 year ago
Quoted from ababapanos:

Thanks. You have correct link for this product? and
the optical sensors must always be illuminated in red light;

This is where I buy mine

#745 1 year ago
Quoted from accidental:

I'm looking to sell my RBION. I'm in New Zealand and it's one of the only RBION's in the country, so most prospective buyers have never played it. So I made a gameplay video and a basic tour of the features. It was my first time speaking on camera and I had fun with it! I nearly made it to Frog Frenzy. Those who are interested, you can see it here:

Awesome video man! Don't sell it, you'll regret it! You were rockin' those Super jackpots. I have to work on my multi stage upper flipper skills after seeing that.

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#752 1 year ago
Quoted from ababapanos:

I would like to ask you if I can delete the factory high scores and save only my high scores.
The same thing I would like to do to the other my pinball of williams and bally

You can not totally delete the factory high scores. You CAN set the default factory high scores to be very very low. That way you just play a few games, and bingo, your scores are the new high scores

#755 1 year ago
Quoted from ababapanos:

And the same can be done in williams and bally pinballs?

I'm not certain as I do not own any bally/William's games. I would assume so, but that's just a guess

#756 1 year ago

RBION before and after Pinstadium LED light kit install. Man, what a difference!! My Ripleys was so dark before. Check out the lighting down the sides and in the left pop bumper area. Man oh man...

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2 weeks later
#762 1 year ago
Quoted from vbobrusev:

Made decals for my RBION. What do you think? If somebody interested i have few extra sets for sale.
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Those look nice!!

2 weeks later
#777 1 year ago
Quoted from Darkwing:

Are you peeps running the latest code? Mine has 2.04 but I’m planning on upgrading the chips to the 3.2 code on Sterns website as soon as I can.

3.2 on min as well. I have no idea what the difference is though. It was on mine when I bought it.

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#780 1 year ago
Quoted from Flamingo43:

Anyone have any idea on this issue? The Odditorium starts off blinking as the current reward for hitting the head on game start, but shortly after starting the game, the Odditorium will turn solid and the Big Foot award will now be blinking - as if I made the shot. However, the ball is no where near the target and there is no award or notice on the DMD. Not sure how to troubleshoot it, especially since it is somewhat random.

Sounds like sketchy optics on the shrunken head?? They cause all sorts of random issues like that when they're going bad.

1 month later
#794 11 months ago
Quoted from MG7322:

So i loosened the screws on the assembly and applied pressure to shift it a bit more to the left then re-tightened. (Baby steps here). Played a few games and it was behaving ok. Played a few today and it has not been consistent, seems to still drain. If I “pre-shake” the pin the moment the ball ejects I can change the trajectory to hit the flipper.
So next step is to buy a new cliffy and look at some new drill hole and pivot the assembly a bit more.

Can't believe someone hasn't mentioned this yet, but, chances are , the welds on your scoop have broken loose. They're notorious for doing that. Just pull the scoop out and inspect it. I bet the welds are shot. It causes the ball to be very inconsistent. If you know someone that can weld with stainless it's an easy fix. Or Marco I believe sells a whole new scoop pretty cheap

1 week later
#800 10 months ago
Quoted from Lawtalkinguy:

So what do most of you have your pitch set at. I like it a little faster so have at approx 6.9 or so. However, I often have a hell of a time with that vari-target. Will make solid hits and it just won’t go. Wondering if this may be the problem. Also, is there anything special I should be doing with vari-target maintenance?

I have my bubble dead centered. Not sure how many degrees that is. The vari target pushes in very easily assuming you can avoid the left and right post It sounds like your target is hanging up on something. A solid hit should go in regardless of a little extra pitch.

#803 10 months ago
Quoted from FalconDriver:

So glad to be back with a RBION since I sold
my first nib Ripley year ago. What was I thinking? Finally picked one up last weekend.
Does anyone have any blue powder coat Ripleys out there? I don’t want to do yellow or orange. I’m looking at maybe doing a dark blue.

I did a dark hammered bronze finish. Close to matching the wire form lanes inside the machine, but a bit darker. I'm thrilled with the look.

#805 10 months ago
Quoted from marioparty34:

Interesting... Can you attach a pic?

I dont have any pictures handy, but I know theres one in my profile gameroom pics. It's a close up of the color/finish. The color doesnt photograph well from afar.

#807 10 months ago
Quoted from Darkwing:

That looks fantastic!

Thank you! I wish I could get a better picture of the machine as a whole, but the lighting down there isn't the best. So, from a distance, the hammered bronze appears black in photographs.

2 months later
#813 7 months ago
Quoted from Yesh23:

I have an odd issue on a game I picked up. Once I turn the game on and hit the magnet lock up the middle, the ball doesn't release. Once it cycles though and releases the ball, the game is good to go. It seems like I can play numerous games with no issues, it seems to be right at start up on the first hit. Any ideas? Optos work perfect, magnet works perfect and I've even switched balls out thinking they might be magnetized. Ideas please

Mine has recently developed the same problem. 1st ball of 1st game. The magnet won't release the ball until a ball search is activated. After that, it's good to go. I replaced my optos about a year ago, so I'm pretty certain that's not the issue.

Added 7 months ago:

Scratch that. It's now doing it randomly. Maybe 1 out of every 12 times the magnet is hit

#815 7 months ago
Quoted from dung:

Anyone got some spare used plastics? I had the art come off two of mine. Not looking to restore this machine just want it serviceable.[quoted image][quoted image]

I want to say I've seen some spare sets come up for sale occasionally, so you should be able to find some if you keep a lookout.

2 months later
#826 5 months ago
Quoted from Turtlepower169:

Just picked this one up. Pretty fun![quoted image][quoted image]

Really nice one!! I'd get some color matched T moulding around the head. The game is super fun.

2 weeks later
#829 4 months ago
Quoted from Aahzz:

Joined the club last week. I’ll post some pics shortly. I’m having a blast!

Awesome game! Enjoy!

4 months later
#845 9 days ago
Quoted from Pinkitten:

After a year without one, Ripley’s has returned to our collection! Found a very nice example in AZ. I’ve been looking for several months. Sold a really nice, loaded example last year. Now we have a similar example. Needs a color DMD, down the road. I forgot the terrific shots and flow this pin has. Great use of spinners and magnets. Tons of shots. One of Pat Lawlor’s best. His “kitchen sink” pin. He threw in many of his signature features. This game has 6 pop bumpers yet doesn’t feel cramped. Underrated. We are very happy to bring this game back for a second visit. Hopefully it stays a very long time. It’s moving up my list of favorites.[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

Very nice specimen! I agree, it's an underrated, underappreciated machine.

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