I'm back! And I'm NEVER leaving again.
I can't believe how much I missed this game after I sold my first one. I swore that I would track down a mint LE to replace it. Nearly two years later and the quest for the greatest machine ever is complete.
Quoted from Eskaybee:
Thats a sweet apron! How long ago did you sell your first LOTR and how long did you have it for? Im about 90% locked in on a trade right now that involves me making the journey back to Valinor. It will be my 2nd LOTR.
I had it for almost two years and sold it almost two years ago. I didn't even get to TABA while I owned it. I borrowed one a while back and got to TABA within about three games as I am improving all the time as a player and had gotten a lot better on other games in the meantime. Now I feel I can grasp what it takes to get Valinor and that is part of owning it again now. And deep down I think selling the first one was maybe an excuse to let me upgrade to a collector quality LE example as well.
Quoted from whisper:
congrats TB I was hoping it you who picked this awesome Precious up..Welcome back your first one says to say Hi...Enjoy!!
Thanks man. All is good in the universe again!! Funny thing, it's a whole different experience a couple years down the track. I'm settling in to a Valinor approach program this time, as I am a better player and now see it is within the realms of possibility. So much fun to be actually going after the goals properly with a view to actually completing it. Hope you're still enjoying your beauty!
Why, why, why does it always happen like this?! We leave for holidays today and are flying to the US. Ok, fifteen minutes till we have to leave, what game will I jam in before we go? You can see where I'm going with this, right?
The good news is, that I can now really see that Valinor is in my reach.
6 Elf gifts,
All modes started,
Tower MB complete,
Drained with EB and TABA lit.
I started of course thinking that an average length game should fit nicely in the time window I had. End of ball one I had 4 gifts, but guess what! The second or third time down POTD I noticed that the POTD switches WERE'NT registering! I was only collecting souls at the dribble rate they come in at while your in POTD. So I had two multiballs started fairly normally but ROTK was taking ages!
So here I am having the game of my life with no POTD switches and twenty minutes late for the airport! Typical!
Anyway by the time I lost the third ball I didn't really care as the family was getting a bit edgy and we did have to go. But the main point of the post is that doesn't it always seem to go like this!!
Not a massive score, but Valinor is coming!!!
Quoted from Neal_W:
Is that normal? How often does everyone see the ball fly off the left ramp?
It's normal. It's a design flaw. It happens all the time. You need this, and you need it now..
Quoted from Archytas:
Thanks, do you just use these for GI? What do you use for under the playfield and backboard? I will probably keep the game 'earthy' with a bit of colour here and there. I was thinking a bit of green around the slings and perhaps some red round the pops but not a huge amount that makes it looks like a huge multicoloured mess.
These are the only photos on my phone at the moment. Yellows, ambers, warm white and red underneath. One green each side for GI on the slings makes it look quite "Shirey" in a good way. A bit of red in the GI around Balrog is appropriate. I colour match the green inserts. If that's the brightest colour you go with on the inserts it pops in a subtle way. A lot of people put green on the POTD but I went with purple and like it, with some green above it on the backboard.
So, I have never been into action figures at ALL. And I don't miss the figures on LOTR now that I have the LE....except one. I think the nondescript plastic at the ringwraith spot is incredibly underwhelming.
This just arrived, and for the first action figure I have ever bought I consider it pretty.bad.ass.
Quoted from bpeed99:
I have owned LOTR for three years now and love it just as much now as when I brought it home. The rules, strategy, flow, callouts, and overall depth of the game is second to none. I am not a LOTR movie fan at all. I even tried to go back and watch the movies after I bought the machine and couldn't finish the first one. I can see how someone wouldn't like it in a public setting because it does have to be dialed in quite often. As mentioned earlier in this post, the center spinner and switch needs to be in perfect alignment or it will take the game from a 9.5 rated game to a chopping wood 6 rated game. For my machine the switch needs to be completely horizontal with the switch arm bent slightly up so that it activates the magnet in time. I have put many games on the ST premium and while it is pretty and an overall awesome game, LOTR is still the better pin. If anyone is debating whether to add this to their collection, plan on giving it a little love and care every once in a while, but it is well worth it.
Dialled in there is nothing like it. A lot of people buy LOTR as their first machine, as I did. But when it's your fist machine Valinor is just a pipe dream. It can get frustrating as the goals are so lofty and be beyond a newer player's reach. I sold mine and moved on. But as I got better I realised I had left so much of what LOTR has to offer on the table. I then searched out a nice one and bought it back. And here it stays this time. Even more rewarding second time around.
Quoted from whisper:
Can any out the please help me with a micro switch number please, I snapped the straight blade off the micro switch that sits between the gate on the merry shot, it's the switch that lets you know that you have collected merry on the right hand side of the playfield an sits underneath the sword lock ramp, it's a micro switch with a straight blade , if any one can please help me with the part number? , I would be very greatful, thanks in advance
Right orbit low (I think this is what you are describing) is 500-6227-02
Right orbit hi (in case) is 180-5190-28
Resurrection of the Arwen plastic protector. It's back. I now own the design for the improved version and have taken the hand drawings and modeled it. I wonder how many folks might still need one?
Quoted from DaveH:
But again, LOTR isn't a "game after game" kind of game. It's a quest. It has a lot of different objectives to try for. Some nights it's DTR, others I'm trying to reach TABA, and other nights I want to collect as many gifts as I can. That's what makes it so darn great.
This is it. Like marathon running. A marathoner only does one or two a year. Outside of that there are fun runs, social jogging, track meets. Different incarnations of the same thing. LOTR is the KING of that type of machine. Settle in for the type of game you feel like on any particular day. You can have it all. No other machine comes close. Except maybe the Whitestar Hand of the King, TSPP.
Quoted from lb1:
I remember reading mixed feedback on the speaker upgrade. It seemed it was not night-and-day. Did I get this right?
The sampling quality of the original sounds are such that an upgrade of backbox speakers does nothing. Sub upgrade makes a difference though. Get that bass thumping.
I cannot believe how much I love this game. If, for arguments sake, you call WoZ a masterpiece of modern pinball manufacturing, put next to my LOTR it certainly is NOT chalk and cheese, and the casual visitor to my game room considers them pretty much the same thing. I constantly get lost for hours in my LOTR and it is ageing like a fine wine and actually getting better and better as time goes on and other machines come and go. I cannot get tired of it.
Quoted from Neuromancer87:
Yes, I figured I loved it so much it had to be my first. It was pricey, but I got a decent deal on a HUO machine for 5800. I'm already thinking what will be next... I love Champion Pub, so it'll either be that or an Xmen or Spiderman.
Ok, years of mis-hearing a call out, and I'm not sure I even want to fix it, because, you know, it's part of my life and all, but here goes..what the hell is "mango silence"? You know where it is if you play enough.
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