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Stern tournament button and free play

By nbside

2 years ago

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#19 1 year ago

I’ve got a similar question. We run all of our games on free play, but we’d like to set up a charity tournament which requires quarters. Is it possible to have a game set for free play for normal play and quarters with the tourney button?

#21 1 year ago

Brilliant, MadMan. Thanks! And I don’t need a button!

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#22 1 year ago

So I got a bill acceptor and stacker, but I can’t seem to find the right combination of leads to have the validator send out a pulse that the tourney leads will accept as a “tourney start” signal and not just a “some idiot put a dollar in this free play machine” signal (which pin one will pulse just fine). I can just connect the two tourney leads (brown/purple and the green/brown pair) and trigger a tourney “button” push manually, but can’t seem to find which of the mars 30 pins (if any) will replicate that connection. Any Mars bill validator experts?

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#25 1 year ago

Thanks! And those were the two leads that I tried first. Either one of them fires into the tourney leads and adds credits, but doesn't start the tournament. While powered on, though (and, yes, even in free mode), putting a jumper in between the two tourney leads to connect them adds one tourney credit (and since I have it set on $1, it adds a dollar, correctly, even though it's set on Free Play the rest of the time.

So I need some way to allow the bill validator to essentially close the circuit between a jumper between the two tourney leads. Maybe a relay or something? I don't know enough to know what that would entail.

I can do the same thing with a single coin slot, which physically connects the two leads together, but I'd like to have 50 cents from each play going towards project Pinball instead of 12.5 cents

#27 1 year ago

Anyone have enough experience to know if the pulse from a bill acceptor could trigger, say, a relay which would bridge those two connectors which triggers a tourney? Or any other way of making that happen?

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#29 1 year ago

That was it! After hours of tinkering, you nailed it in a few minutes, themadman! If you’re ever in Milwaukee, stop by and I’ll get you a wristband and a drink. Much appreciated!

Now to find a damn bezel for this, and we’re in business!

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#30 1 year ago

I just wanted to stop back in to thank everyone who helped with advice for this, especially themadman. We launched the tournament (benefiting Project Pinball) last night, and it’s been a huge hit (and is raising some money for a great charity!)


This community is badass sometimes. Thanks.

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