This is my first Pinside post, so please let me know if I can improve in any way!
I have been looking to build a homebrew pinball for a very long time (accumulating ideas for a few years) and really aim to build my own machines as passion projects. The topic of discussion here is not quite about if my ideas are feasible, or to talk about the complexity of building a pinball machine from scratch, I am well aware of that. The discussion I aim for is more related to the actual "game design" phase: taking ideas, and creating a layout and rules that fit hand-in-hand with these ideas and theme. And I am having somewhat of a mental blockage.
I have been collecting ideas in a google doc for well over a year, and I have my theme nailed-down. The theme I chose is the "Incas". My wife is Peruvian, and we both love the Peruvian culture, and I'd love to make homage to this culture by building a very unique machine for her. I am very happy with the level of research and ideas that I was able to come with, and it makes me very excited about this project, but I am having difficulty transforming these ideas into an actual playfield layout. I have been searching all over the internet, and watch pretty much all of the videos about "creating your own machine", pinballmakers, etc, but haven't found relevant information on the process of taking a 10-page list of ideas and transforming it into an actual game design / playfield design. I find information about the basics of a pinball layout (shots shouldn't be too narrow, flow vs stopngo, fan layouts, what not to do, etc), but I find that there is a lack of resources about designing layouts and modes around ideas, focussing on the creative side of things. I felt that starting with a theme, and brainstorming about it to come up with interesting ideas would probably be a good 1st step, even before thinking about layout (as opposed to coming up with a layout, and adding a theme to it afterwards), but it is definitely challenging to say the least!
If you're interested, free to take a look at my notes (I would LOVE feedback):
I would love to have some feedback on how I could take these ideas, and transform them into a layout. I do not have as much experience with pinball as others may have, so I am still in the learning phase of "figuring out the ruleset, gamemodes, and layout".
Any tips, help and feedback would be greatly appreciated!
And if anybody is very interested in this, I am more than happy to bring people on and collaborate on this passion project!
PS: I work in software engineering, so as you guys might spend time helping me, please let me know if I can do anything to help you as well, with your projects!