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Stern Stranger Things

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“Are you interested in a Stern Stranger Things pinball machine?”

  • Yes, I am interested if it plays well and has polished code 488 votes
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  • Maybe, not a huge fan of the franchise but maybe if it plays well 100 votes
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#4951 2 years ago
Quoted from BeeGeeMtl:

You can kind of feel like they're all nervous, like they've been working on this for quite some time and it's STILL kinda "meh" on video. I think the best way to really experience the PREMIUM would be "in person" which is gonna be pretty hard for most. Not sure video really shows the full coolness of the projector -- if in fact, it's cool.

My distributor only puts pros out on the floor (unless there is no pro) and none of the places I frequent would be splurging for a premium so I almost never see any premiums after SAM games.

#4952 2 years ago

Looks awesome!!! Yes.....really excited

#4953 2 years ago

I think the projector looks great but but the game is not wowing me yet. It seems like there is little to do
Except hit the same shots. Maybe the code fixes that.

#4954 2 years ago

Got my pro for location tonight. One way gate under demogorgon broke on 3rd game. Ball sticks in the pop area. Demogorgon shot nearly impossible to hit. Still pretty fun though. Added ball save time. Set drops to easy for demogorgon modes and turned off the up post so it has virtual locks and I don’t break the post. Anyway, see where this game ends up in a few months.

#4955 2 years ago
Quoted from Bartzenegger:

I think the projector looks great but but the game is not wowing me yet. It seems like there is little to do
Except hit the same shots. Maybe the code fixes that.

Did code fix BM66 and TWD Bart? This layout is better. Every pin is "hit the same shots" if code doesn't evolve..

Gotta see the potential. If not, don't get it

#4956 2 years ago
Quoted from Tsskinne:

Got my pro for location tonight. One way gate under demogorgon broke on 3rd game. Ball sticks in the pop area. Demogorgon shot nearly impossible to hit. Still pretty fun though. Added ball save time. Set drops to easy for demotion modes and turned off the up post so it has virtual locks and I don’t break the post. Anyway see where this game ends up in a few months.

I bought this game for HUO, and on my second day of owning it, the ramp won’t come down anymore for the demogorgon mode. Had to call stern tech support and they’re sending me out a new node board and mech motor. See what happens after I replace them.

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#4957 2 years ago

I just got this game tonight!! I'm joining the club everyone!!

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#4958 2 years ago
Quoted from Tsskinne:

One way gate under demogorgon broke on 3rd game.

So just like JP2

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#4959 2 years ago
Quoted from KnockerPTSD:

I'm sure she loves old guys who love pinball lol

Nope. She loves scissoring. Just like all those school girls did back in highschool in 1980.
It isn't a current agenda. No. It's been like this forever. Even back in Barbara Bushes highschool days.

#4960 2 years ago

Premium projector tech looks great, but they need to add a LOT more content to make the whole concept worth it.

New projector video assets they added are really neat. The ramps scrolling “jackpot,” chevron arrows pointing down to inner orbits, fireballs fanning across playfield, all good stuff. when it happens it’s great. It’d be cool if they projected something on the center ramp when it’s down. Or the side ramps changed ambient color to match the scene on the main screen. They can do so much, hopefully they run with it.

#4961 2 years ago
Quoted from FlawlessJS:

I just got this game tonight!! I'm joining the club everyone!![quoted image][quoted image]

Congratulations man I hope your enjoying your new pin!

#4962 2 years ago
Quoted from iceman44:

Calling all DR sycophants! LOL
Kind of pathetic really

A grown man posting he just took a big dump is kind of pathetic really.

#4963 2 years ago
Quoted from Guinnesstime:

They are pretty Prince-like. Projector looks solid.
The game should be a must buy from a theme perspective, but based on the stream, it just doesn’t look fun.

I really don't understand this mindset, I honestly don't. A must buy from a theme perspective, but the gameplay itself is meh?

How on Earth is the principal function a secondary consideration? There's plenty of Stranger Things merch you can buy elsewhere for a lot less money if you REALLY dig the theme, but spending $6k+ on something that happens to be branded Stranger Things - when you have no love for the actual gameplay - is just nuts.

Not making any kind of comment on whether the gameplay on this specific pin IS meh or not.

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#4964 2 years ago

I thought the danger stream looked ok and the screen seem to be functioning well.

My beef is that the screen and the monster mech takes up almost all of the game, and just doesnt seem fun enough.

#4965 2 years ago

Sounds like mr Hardy is talking to Iceman44. Ha

#4966 2 years ago
Quoted from Durzel:

I really don't understand this mindset, I honestly don't. A must buy from a theme perspective, but the gameplay itself is meh?
How on Earth is the principal function a secondary consideration? There's plenty of Stranger Things merch you can buy elsewhere for a lot less money if you REALLY dig the theme, but spending $6k+ on something that happens to be branded Stranger Things - when you have no love for the actual gameplay - is just nuts.
Not making any kind of comment on whether the gameplay on this specific pin IS meh or not.

The answer is because this is pinball. The price will find its level in the used market. Buy it, play it, love it, leave it. And when you decide to leave it, you will sell it for close to what you paid. You're never "out" 6K on these things unless you cut it up with a chainsaw or something once you're done with it.

#4967 2 years ago
Quoted from Durzel:

I really don't understand this mindset, I honestly don't. A must buy from a theme perspective, but the gameplay itself is meh?
How on Earth is the principal function a secondary consideration? There's plenty of Stranger Things merch you can buy elsewhere for a lot less money if you REALLY dig the theme, but spending $6k+ on something that happens to be branded Stranger Things - when you have no love for the actual gameplay - is just nuts.
Not making any kind of comment on whether the gameplay on this specific pin IS meh or not.

You know we agree on this, right?

There are Stern LEs preordered based on theme and FOMO. I did it with Ghostbusters LE. Turned out to be a clunker. Sold it.

#4968 2 years ago

I called them out on what appeared to be a pitch black or really dark room, but they panned the camera back to reveal that the room was really well lit (they were just using green screen tech to make it appear dark and moody).

with that said, the projector did well on the 3 main panels, demigorgon and the drop targets. the ramps, not so much due to their angle and how far the [white] stickers run up them.

they did have issues with the game itself in the first 5 minutes of streaming and it took them a few minutes (and glass off) to correct the issue. personally, I think that all of the cheapening out on the BOM is coming back to bite stern as the reveal didn't show the game in the best possible way. additionally, due to the fact that the game wasn't leveled correctly, ramp shots were rejected consistently and it just looked like the game was brutally hard (way too many SDTM drains by brian, jody and jack). why you wouldn't take an additional hour prior to streaming to make sure that everything was set up correctly and working the best that it could still baffles me.

finally, another thing that really stuck out was fit and finish. there wasn't any gap between the left panel and the center panel (which lowers to reveal the demigorgon), however there was about a 3/32" gap between the center and the right panel. that really cheapened it for me given the cost for these machines.

the theme integration appears to be right on the mark and code updates will only make that better. yes, there were a lot of placeholder animations but those that were complete were very well done. I especially liked the animation with the notepad with the numbered list and the 20-sided die roll to award you your reward.

as a few others have pointed out, there are a lot of shots on recent stern machines that come down and hit the top of the slings, rather than roll directly to your flippers which result in ricocheting into the out lanes a majority of the time.

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#4969 2 years ago
Quoted from j_m_:

I called them out on what appeared to be a pitch black or really dark room, but they panned the camera back to reveal that the room was really well lit (they were just using green screen tech to make it appear dark and moody).
with that said, the projector did well on the 3 main panels, demigorgon and the drop targets. the ramps, not so much due to their angle and how far the [white] stickers run up them.
they did have issues with the game itself in the first 5 minutes of streaming and it took them a few minutes (and glass off) to correct the issue. personally, I think that all of the cheapening out on the BOM is coming back to bite stern as the reveal didn't show the game in the best possible way. additionally, due to the fact that the game wasn't leveled correctly, ramp shots were rejected consistently and it just looked like the game was brutally hard (way too many SDTM drains by brian, jody and jack). why you wouldn't take an additional hour prior to streaming to make sure that everything was set up correctly and working the best that it could still baffles me.
finally, another thing that really stuck out was fit and finish. there wasn't any gap between the left panel and the center panel (which lowers to reveal the demigorgon), however there was about a 3/32" gap between the center and the right panel. that really cheapened it for me given the cost for these machines.
the theme integration appears to be right on the mark and code updates will only make that better. yes, there were a lot of placeholder animations but those that were complete were very well done. I especially liked the animation with the notepad with the numbered list and the 20-sided die roll to award you your reward.
as a few others have pointed out, there are a lot of shots on recent stern machines that come down and hit the top of the slings, rather than roll directly to your flippers which result in ricocheting into the out lanes a majority of the time.

Is your shift key broken?

#4970 2 years ago

I thought the projector looked pretty good. Nothing mind blowing but should be pretty cool in person (if we’ll coded).

Definitely a mixed bag this one. It’s a great theme for me, but not a must have so I’m probably being more critical than I would be if it was a dream theme. Could be a premium down the road, but definitely need to play it first.

#4971 2 years ago
Quoted from Durzel:

neilmcrae is it better than Munsters though? ..which you also hyped to the max on the UK forum and told people that they should get the LE/Premium pretty much sight unseen?

I don't think I told anyone to get the LE/Premium but fair cop to having seen something that looked amazing before the code was complete and thinking it would be great. I think its fair that rather than do a whysnow on it I came clean after playing it for 8 hours and stating it was a turd and I was an idiot for deciding before I played the game.

Neil.

#4972 2 years ago
Quoted from cooked71:

Is your shift key broken?

Hilarious, but id be a total hypocrite to say I don't do it myself, lol. Writing code most the day punctuation in terms of communicating with humans takes a back seat. (at least that's what I tell people, haha)

#4973 2 years ago

Ice ...... Yes the code fixed those pins. and I hope it does cuz this is a dream theme for me but Lonnie on code makes it BIG question. However if they team can utilize the heck out of the projector I think it can be great.

Quoted from iceman44:

Did code fix BM66 and TWD Bart? This layout is better. Every pin is "hit the same shots" if code doesn't evolve..
Gotta see the potential. If not, don't get it

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#4974 2 years ago
Quoted from iceman44:

Calling all DR sycophants! LOL
Kind of pathetic really

Anyone who needs to type "LOL" is kind of pathetic.

#4975 2 years ago
Quoted from jandrea95:

Hilarious, but id be a total hypocrite to say I don't do it myself, lol. Writing code most the day punctuation in terms of communicating with humans takes a back seat. (at least that's what I tell people, haha)

Young millennials have punted on the shift key too. I’ve never received a text from my daughter with a single capital letter. Haha

#4976 2 years ago

The Premium and LE order books will be as slow as this after-stream thread.

Cannot remember one Stern Stream Reveal that caused only a page of ensuing posts.........

#4977 2 years ago
Quoted from Shapiru:

Anyone who needs to type "LOL" is kind of pathetic.

What about “WTF”?

Because WTF!

#4978 2 years ago

I take that as a good sign. Most of this thread was a non stop bitch fest. Maybe folks are just taking a break after the projector turned out to be fine. I expect things will pick up when they find something new to complain about, maybe when the LE starts hitting homes and locations.

#4979 2 years ago
Quoted from Trindawg:

I bought this game for HUO, and on my second day of owning it, the ramp won’t come down anymore for the demogorgon mode. Had to call stern tech support and they’re sending me out a new node board and mech motor. See what happens after I replace them.

had the same problem. turned out switches 20 & 21(under the ramp, below playfield) weren't physically being actuated by the motor actuator. they worked fine when switched w my finger. i adjusted them, now it works perfect. And I learned about this by someone on FB who had the same issue, so I'd bet yours is doing the same thing. But now you'll also have a free node board and motor.

#4980 2 years ago

I have to say, the projector worked better than I had anticipated on stream. It looked good. If I were on the fence to purchase a Pre/LE, I'm sure that would have been enough to ease my concerns. I do think that they should have just utilized it only for the big screen and the drops below though, and forget about the ramps completely.

#4981 2 years ago
Quoted from DerGoetz:

The Premium and LE order books will be as slow as this after-stream thread.
Cannot remember one Stern Stream Reveal that caused only a page of ensuing posts.........

The game was revealed a month ago and we've been discussing this game for 100 pages. Everything that needs to be said has been said dozens of times by the same 10 people.

If the projector "reveal" had been a disaster it may have been a little more rambunctious in here with gloating but what with it apparently working perfectly well I don't see why you'd expect a flurry of new activity.

#4982 2 years ago

I think it is under utilized on the ramps. Although the times when everything was lit up with flames (burn back maybe?) the ramps looked awesome and showed the potential.

#4983 2 years ago
Quoted from chuckwurt:

Young millennials have punted on the shift key too. I’ve never received a text from my daughter with a single capital letter. Haha

Not to split hairs, but she isn't a millennial, she would be what ever came after.

#4984 2 years ago
Quoted from Shapiru:

Anyone who needs to type "LOL" is kind of pathetic.

Ok boomer

#4985 2 years ago
Quoted from thirdedition:

Not to split hairs, but she isn't a millennial, she would be what ever came after.

Really? Interesting. A new breed.

#4986 2 years ago
Quoted from Darscot:

This works for certain pins, Tron, T2, Demolition Man, TNA, it just doesn’t fit with Stranger Things. To me Stranger Things is a muted earth tone palette. The outdoors, kids on bikes, Friday 13th, scary fall trees. For me this art is a huge miss on this theme. The LCD is obnoxiously clown puked and those gradient stripped fonts what were they thinking.

What's wrong with the LCD? It's the Stranger Things intro!

Not sure I follow here, this isn't Friday the 13th Pinball. I think they nailed it.

#4987 2 years ago
Quoted from chuckwurt:

Really? Interesting. A new breed.

It is all semantics I know, but yeah here is a chart I found. There are tons out there though so there is no real consensus.

Back to stranger things I watched the stream last night and I thought the projector looked great. I'm looking forward to playing one.

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#4988 2 years ago

Thanks to everyone tuning in last night.
The only real issue we had was a ball stuck on a gate in the first 15 min after shooting the "gorgan". Smooth sailing after that.
We used my phone to show the room several times, and it was well lit.
As mentioned, there is still so much more to come according to Brian and Lonnie.
I'm stoked to see more on those ramps!
Not sure if a pro or premium is following me home soon, but I'm excited to try some other lighting techniques, and in darker conditions.

#4989 2 years ago
Quoted from thirdedition:

It is all semantics I know, but yeah here is a chart I found. There are tons out there though so there is no real consensus.
Back to stranger things I watched the stream last night and I thought the projector looked great. I'm looking forward to playing one.[quoted image]

Great, I can be called any of 4 names, depending on what point the person is trying to make. I am so confused now!

#4990 2 years ago
Quoted from thirdedition:

It is all semantics I know, but yeah here is a chart I found. There are tons out there though so there is no real consensus.
Back to stranger things I watched the stream last night and I thought the projector looked great. I'm looking forward to playing one.[quoted image]

igen. That’s definitely Abby. Thanks for sharing.

#4991 2 years ago
Quoted from DeadFlip:

Thanks to everyone tuning in last night.
The only real issue we had was a ball stuck on a gate in the first 15 min after shooting the "gorgan". Smooth sailing after that.
We used my phone to show the room several times, and it was well lit.
As mentioned, there is still so much more to come according to Brian and Lonnie.
I'm stoked to see more on those ramps!
Not sure if a pro or premium is following me home soon, but I'm excited to try some other lighting techniques, and in darker conditions.

Thanks for the stream Jack. One thing I noticed is that the left ramp seemed to be rejecting a LOT when the magnet lock was active. Was it a setup issue? Curious what Brian thought about it.

#4992 2 years ago
Quoted from kermit24:

Thanks for the stream Jack. One thing I noticed is that the left ramp seemed to be rejecting a LOT with the magnet lock was active. Was it a setup issue? Curious what Brian thought about it.

I'm guessing it might be a setup thing? I had to shoot if a few times, same with Mike.
The game was noticeably leaning left but no one fixed it so we just rolled with it. haha

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#4993 2 years ago
Quoted from cooked71:

What about “WTF”?
Because WTF!

Nope. Not as pathetic as "LOL".
Are these douches REALLY laughing out loud? Such pathetic lemmings...

#4994 2 years ago
Quoted from thirdedition:

It is all semantics I know, but yeah here is a chart I found. There are tons out there though so there is no real consensus.
Back to stranger things I watched the stream last night and I thought the projector looked great. I'm looking forward to playing one.[quoted image]

Wow according to this chart, I am a millennial lol. I'm almost 40 but I'll be sure to start complaining more

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#4995 2 years ago

Not a boomer. Just a critical thinker. Try it some time.

#4996 2 years ago
Quoted from KnockerPTSD:

Wow according to this chart, I am a millennial lol. I'm almost 40 but I'll be sure to start complaining more

First complaint: that you're a millennial. Then it'll steamroll. Be sure to download Snapchat.

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#4997 2 years ago
Quoted from Shapiru:

Not a boomer. Just a critical thinker. Try it some time.

Yeah, you questioning the value of "LOL" definitely puts you up there with Freud, Einstein, and Galilelo in the pantheon of great critical thinkers in history. Keep it up, for the good of mankind.

#4998 2 years ago
Quoted from chuckwurt:

Young millennials have punted on the shift key too. I’ve never received a text from my daughter with a single capital letter. Haha

And don't forget about cursive writing no longer being taught. My uncle who helped develop AI told me it can't read. So there's that.

#4999 2 years ago
Quoted from Shapiru:

And don't forget about cursive writing no longer being taught. My uncle who helped develop AI told me it can't read. So there's that.

It’s still taught. Just not everywhere. My 13 year old son as taught it. And her school still teaches it.

#5000 2 years ago

Oh wow I just tried to write cursive last week for the first time in forever; it didn't go well.

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