One of the first games I ever played as a kid was Sorcerer. For some reason, I always remembered the eyes in the back of the cabinet flashing at me. As a 10 year old in an arcade, this was both mesmerizing, and creepy.
Fast forward 30+ years: a good friend of mine brings home an entire container of termite eaten pinball machines. Among them is perhaps the most decrepit Sorcerer machines I have ever seen. You could practically put your hand through the cabinet, and the backbox has split at the hinges. The whole rotten mess was sitting outside it was so bad.
So I looked at it. All the boards were there, and except for the legs, the whole thing was complete. I was going to pass on this one when fate seemed to intervine: Planetary pinball announced the release of a new backglass (the backglass on this machine was peeling badly), and a friend ( cosmokramer ) of mine was just starting to build cabinets, and he committed to building to building me a new cabinet. So I decided to take the dive... I was going to save this Sorcerer.
Here is the starting point (those with weak stomachs should look away)....
Lucky for me, unlike other games that came out of this shipment, the playfield has been spared the termites wrath. However, it doesn't mean the playfield was perfect. No, it has more than it's share of wear spots, and lifted inserts. For this restoration, I am going to hold off on the playfield until the very last, and hope I can locate either a new one, or at least one in better condition.
I picked up the machine in early March of 2018, and stripped out the cabinet and took it to see CosmoKramer after the Golden State Pinball Festival in May, with the promise of a new cabinet in August.