Just a note on Charlie / KT and Spooky pinball...
A lot of bad shit has gone on in the hobby lately unfortunately. Spooky Pinball and their approach and commitment to things is really a refreshing way to do things - fairly, not greedy (although they are totally entitled to reap the rewards of their risk and hard work), honestly, transparent (no BS / hidden agenda), etc....
I have repeatedly seen these guys do the RIGHT thing by everyone... I'm just so happy as their friend to see them doing what they love - making pinballs for a living. KT now there full time. Charlie getting his dream theme of Rob Zombie... Unreal good karma for them...
From my point of view as their only distributor. Here is my history and insight... I was an early AMH buyer, got to know them, became a sponsor of the podcast and have a segment on the show each month, became a distributor for AMH, actively promoted the game for them to shows in the northeast to get it exposure so they didn't have to worry about cost to go there, etc... Then AMH sold out... We all knew the Rob Zombie game was going to sell out. They could have said, Joe, you know what you've been a great friend, but going forward we can do this ourselves and sell direct and cut me out. They didn't. In fact, they are getting inquiries from many others looking to be a distributor and they stood by me and said - you did right by us, were there when others weren't, you will remain our ONLY distributor. I got an allotment of games, not very many, but that's fine - they need to make money on the bulk to survive, it's all good. I'm happy to be on the team.
They could have said to all you guys - you know what we have a license now and need to charge $ 7,500 per game to cover that. They didn't. Why, I haven't asked yet, but would have seemed very reasonable. I think they just traded off Ben's part of AMH for Rob Zombie and felt they were still making enough to survive. They also did the right thing by again ensuring those that supported them early on as AMH buyers were guaranteed a spot. That was also the right call.
Charlie will stick to his word no matter what, right or wrong. He cut himself short on AMH stopping at 150, and I even tried to convince him to do more - he won't. I've tried to convince him he could charge more to build a deeper financial foundation for the company going forward - he won't. Same with the Rob Zombie game - he has a contract spelling out things, guys - it's not going to change. Is it perfect, no - there could be more LE's, more total games, but let's all please respect Charlie's decisions. Don't ruin the moment for him by second guessing. Let's thank him for the all the right decisions. They are made with the best intentions for his business, his family, and the pinball community.
My hat's off to him. I'm proud to be associated with Spooky. Not once in my business or personal relationship with him has this guy even bantered about doing something shady or self serving, and that's the truth. It's great to see what he's done RIGHT and succeeded at when others have failed so horribly.
And you can add Ben Heck to all of the above too.
Thanks Charlie, KT, and Spooky !