(Topic ID: 201792)

Stern pinballs "Advice Area"


By frankmac

1 year ago



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  • Latest reply 1 year ago by frankmac
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    #1 1 year ago

    Post constructive improvements opinions for Stern pinball..

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    #2 1 year ago

    Guardians of the galaxy.. LE No Musterd Gold trim!!

    #3 1 year ago

    Do you mean 'advice'?

    #4 1 year ago

    My "advise" is to use spell check.

    #5 1 year ago
    Quoted from kermit24:

    My "advise" is to use spell check.

    I normally can’t stand the grammar police but in this situation here it was pretty funny!

    #6 1 year ago

    Yay another stern sucks thread!

    #7 1 year ago

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    #9 1 year ago

    K man got a 11 min drunken rant that has some advice...!!!..............Joey

    #10 1 year ago
    Quoted from Breaking_Dad:

    K man got a 11 min drunken rant that has some advice...!!!..............Joey

    I would absolutely take business advice from the guy that bought a Magic Girl in 2017. Hopefully Stern is listening.

    #11 1 year ago

    Buy any pre 2014 Stern game, and stay away from all NIB Sterns....pick your favorite...many good one's out there...LOTR, AC/DC, Met, TWD are a few examples

    #12 1 year ago
    Quoted from PtownPin:

    Buy any pre 2014 Stern game, and stay away from all NIB Sterns....pick your favorite...many good one's out there...LOTR, AC/DC, Met, TWD are a few examples

    I played a STAR TREK PREMIUM today for the first time. Fantastic pin!

    #13 1 year ago
    Quoted from PtownPin:

    Buy any pre 2014 Stern game, and stay away from all NIB Sterns....pick your favorite...many good one's out there...LOTR, AC/DC, Met, TWD are a few examples

    This is a thread for providing advice to Stern. They’re in the business of selling pinball machines, not buying them, so I’m not sure your advice is applicable.

    #14 1 year ago
    Quoted from PtownPin:

    Buy any pre 2014 Stern game, and stay away from all NIB Sterns....pick your favorite...many good one's out there...LOTR, AC/DC, Met, TWD are a few examples

    I feel sorry for you...you're missing out on a lot of great games.

    #15 1 year ago

    Stern- keep it up...thanks

    #16 1 year ago

    This thread is actually a good idea. I would change the title to "How can we help Stern improve going forward." There is nothing wrong with constructive criticism, as long as you are not just bashing trying to alleviate built up anger.

    My suggestions are to start doing more beta testing before game launches. Enough with the secrecy and hush hush until game is released. 6 months prior to release give a selected few operators the opportunity to test in the field and make all of the corrections and improvements prior to shipping any machines to the public. This will not only improve Stern's reputation but it should help significantly reduce the cost of warranty repairs/replacements. Beta test with the pro's-not the average joe's.

    Other suggestion is to start a operator direct program through Stern. Cut out the distributor and offer a set price to operators who put machines on location. An operator would need to have a license and documentation of placement for a particular location. We need more location pinball for the industry to survive and operators are struggling to survive with the cost of the new machines. They could create a contract that states that the operator must have the machines on location for 24 months before selling. Any operators caught in violation will have their Stern direct distributor rights revoked. Hook up the operators-they are the blood of this hobby.

    Another suggestion is to have the current distributors step up their game. If you want to be a Stern distributor you have to perform x amount of promotional events per year. How about some local TV commercials showcasing new Stern machines and how they play. I am still shocked how many people do not know that modern pinball even exist. Pinball needs more advertising and I think distributors can do more to help.

    Last is there needs to be a balance for Stern trying to maximize BOM on their line. Cutting out Shaker motors on LE models, or not offering a mirrored back-glass and offering up translights instead is a slap in the face. Knock it off Stern-your name is on this shit. Quality should be your priority over quantity, again balance.

    #17 1 year ago

    Take a good look at your QC program and improve it. Deliver a complete game.

    #18 1 year ago

    Stop reading pinside (many Stern Bashers) and congratulate yourselves on keeping pinball alive since the 90's?

    #19 1 year ago

    I'm not personally too upset about Armor-Gate, but if Stern wanted to make themselves look good and clear out stock, they would have put the leftover WWE armor on the premium and got a special armor for the LE

    #20 1 year ago
    Quoted from beelzeboob:

    I feel sorry for you...you're missing out on a lot of great games.

    Why? All I did was provide examples of a few Stern games I felt were fun pins....dont feel sorry for me...I'll buy whatever game I feel provides entertainment value...

    #21 1 year ago
    Quoted from fosaisu:

    This is a thread for providing advice to Stern. They’re in the business of selling pinball machines, not buying them, so I’m not sure your advice is applicable.

    Gotcha....

    #22 1 year ago

    I think that Star Trek Premium and LE were the last and certainly the best true premium pins that they made. There are so many carefully designed ramps, toys, plastics etc. on these that they no longer seem to want to add to the high-end pins anymore. With all of the licensed pins coming out several times a year it seems to me that they are focusing on the operator market. These pins are made to attract quarters (dollars) and should do a great job of it out in the wild. If this is thier focus then they are doing an awesome job.

    #23 1 year ago
    Quoted from fosaisu:

    I would absolutely take business advice from the guy that bought a Magic Girl in 2017. Hopefully Stern is listening.

    Actually, 2 Magic Girls (he burned Coin Taker).

    #24 1 year ago
    Quoted from LoveNeverDiesGuy:

    Actually, 2 Magic Girls (he burned Coin Taker).

    Fair point. Although if his business advice to Gary was to back out on an agreement to buy a Magic Girl, I may have been too quick to judge him ...

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