One more day......
Cleaning up some files, found this with a limited exposed email list dated 11/8/12.
Good evening, everyone. You are receiving this email because you are currently on the list for pre-orders of the Predator pinball machine from Skit-B Pinball. Since this is the first email to the group, I believe it would be best to start by going over the major points of the project as they currently stand.
The project is moving ahead at a very steady speed. As far as the gameplay is concerned, the rules and balance of the game is now fully complete and only remains to be tested. We test as much as we can here, obviously, but the real test will be out in the wild. Within the next month or so, we will be taking a test machine out on location here at the Shark Club in Howell, Michigan for some real-world testing. If any of you are from nearby enough, we urge you to come by and check the game out for yourselves once it's there. Of course, with enough planning and notice, we would love to come meet some of you for food, drinks and pinball, as the Shark Club is a wonderful pin-stop with many top-notch pinball machines from multiple generations to play aside from the Predator, which will soon be a permanent addition to the lineup.
Matt from BackAlley Creations has been hard at work on the sculpts for the toys for the game, and I think you will all be very impressed with what he has to offer when they are mature enough to be revealed. Expect some very realistic detail and graphic presentation. Of course, as soon as we have something concrete and tangible, pictures will be going out immediately. If any of you are at all unfamiliar with his previous works, I urge you all to check it out at www.backalleycreations.com.
James has also been slaving away at the pencil to bring you all the very best in playfield art for your game. We all understand that this is a major part of the machine, and we are doing everything we can to make sure it is the best on the market. We can expect a new scan of the playfield art regularly to keep everyone up to date on how it is coming along.
On the business end of things, you should all be happy to hear that the projected price range has not needed to be adjusted. We have managed to secure many contractor deals that not only keep the project affordable, but local, as well.
While the pre-order list has been filled, we are still keeping an active waiting list for those who would like to be added in the case of someone dropping out of their pre-order spot. People have been holding onto their places on the list fairly consistently, but the reality is that may change once deposits become necessary.
Lastly, you can all expect a personal email within the next few days solidifying the details of your own machine. This may take awhile as all of the emails will have to be done individually for everyone on the list, but this will be necessary to avoid any numbering issues and to make sure we have all the information we will be needing to move forward. With this in mind, please be ready with full address and phone number and try to be sure of what you would like to have on your name plate when the time comes.
Thank you all for being a part of this vision and helping it all become a reality!
-Kevin W. Kulek of Skit-B Pinball