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Todd N Tuckey Book Deal - 1 and Done!

By chippe01

1 year ago

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    Post #51 Review of the book Posted by Matesamo (1 year ago)

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    #29 1 year ago

    Personally, still in the old school club of "won't pay for something non tangible"...ordered my "SUPER LIMITED" today....thanks Todd

    3 months later
    #38 1 year ago
    Quoted from chippe01:

    Got mine today, copy #19 with the signed personalized greeting.
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    Was that the limited edition one that cost 10 more?

    #39 1 year ago
    Quoted from Lamprey:

    Can you still order a copy and have it signed? If so, where should one order from (www.pinballbuzz.com)?

    Thought I remembered the limited one advertising like a frameable glossy photo as the signed piece. But the link on the website doesnt work any longer.

    So maybe not?

    1 week later
    #47 1 year ago

    What's with the thin paper stock and low resolution? Looks like someone printed clip art on my inkjet set at draft...

    Sorry guys, but the quality for the cost and wait fell VERY short for me on this one.....

    #52 1 year ago
    Quoted from Matesamo:

    I sat down and read the book from cover-to-cover last night and have some thoughts, some good and some bad. I will buy just about any book about pinball so this was an easy order for me even with the $30 price. I will just bullet point some thoughts, I don't have the book in front of me but will try to do it from memory.
    * The paper is almost newsprint like, very thin and both non-spine corners on my copy were crumpled from mailing.
    * I am not sure who wrote what in this book. At Pinball Expo I talked with Todd and was under the impression that he was writing a series of ten books but there is no author on the cover and on the copyright page it lists three writers with Todd being the third listed. None of the chapters are attributed to any particular author, some you can tell are Todd and others are not. Even the preface is not credited.
    * There are three authors credited and three listed editors, two of which are also credited as writers (Todd was not listed as an editor). I am not sure if they did any actual traditional editing but I would guess the most they did was to proof read each others work for major mistakes. What I mean by this is that there are not a lot of spelling mistakes but there are sentence structure issues, incorrect use of words, and paragraphs that could be reworked for clarity or deleted all together.
    * Each of the featured pins has its own chapter with photos of the tables, a copy of the flyer or advertisement and maybe a close-up of a particularly cool item. The actual layout of each chapter is pretty nice. Tables are grouped by manufacturer and there seems to be no rhyme or reason to which machines were featured in this first book. Only one EM was included and the rest of the tables seemed to be chosen almost at random.
    * I am conflicted on who this book is targeted at. With Todd's laid-back humor I thought this would be a great series of books for casual fans of pinball for cool stories and interesting tidbits about the machines. What I got instead was a book aimed at the hardcore pinball fan with little narrative flow or logical progression through the tables. Take the very first table as an example, Atari's giant sized Hercules. I know about this table and you know about this table and what it is and how it is unique. Unfortunately the chapter starts not with a description of the machine and what makes it unique from a players point of view but it instead talks about how Atari had the insides of their pinball machines laid out with the boards on the bottom of the cabinet and the issues it brought for operators. After two-thirds of the first page talking about this issue it is then revealed that Hercules fixed this issue and the reader is left wondering why it was even included. Further on into the chapter it starts to talk about the unique qualities of the machine but the flow of the chapter is all over the place. It almost feels like someone recorded a panel with Todd talking about different machines and just transcribed the talk without reformatting the information in a readable format. This is why I mentioned about that the editors did not seem to do much actual editing and this chapter could have been reworked into a much better reading format with a little effort.
    * Some chapters are really nice with a good flow and interesting information. Others are just a page or two about suggested maintenance to the machine, you never know what you are getting from one chapter to the next. Sometimes even within one chapter it gets conflicting. Amazon Hunt from Gottlieb is one that sticks out as being described differently within the same chapter. Some of the machine talk about production numbers that conflict with the number stated on the splash page for the machine, I think Amazon Hunt was one where the text states they sold around 400 units and the splash showed a much larger number.
    * Even though the book is 230 pages, the stories make up less than 2/3 of the book and the rest is pinball maintenance articles, a brief history of pinball, brief looks at each companies history and some other small features. I would have started with the brief history and then put each companies history section prior to the machines featured from that company. The rest of the special features could have been used to break up the groupings of manufacturers to make a more pleasant reading layout.
    * When Todd talks about his experiences with customers and the general life of buying, selling and repairing pinball machines that is where the book really shines and you are left wanting more of that and less of the fifteen pages of text about repairing motherboards from various manufactures. That information is all available online and feels more like padding then a benefit for this book. I also would have liked more photos of Todd through the years and the machines he worked on. Its great when he puts prices to machine he bought and sold, really gives you an idea of how the market has changed. Since he also had "boots on the ground" during the height of the pinball boom he gives a unique perspective on what the operators were thinking. His chapter of Cirqus Voltaire in particular was interesting in how operators saw the machine as a sure-fire all-time hit in the making and then the actual response.
    So in summary, it feels like a book trapped between two different ideas. One is a technical book full of tips and tech talk for hardcore owners that probably doesn't give enough to satisfy them as only a few items for each machine are covered and not a comprehensive look at each machines issues. The second is using one the pinball communities best personalities to tell stories about the industry and discuss some of the most popular and interesting machines it has released. I don't think either group will be fully satisfied with the book; will tech-heads pull down the book off the shelf to troubleshoot a machine or will non-machine owners continue to pay $30 for a book that is half technical repair information? The way the series is presented by featuring themes of machines gives it a more casual feel then a technical feel but that betrays what it actually is. If you want information on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein will you go to the horror edition, the movie one or the science fiction one? There is a lot of potential with a series of books like this, it just needs to figure out exactly what it wants to be and who the target audience is.

    Nice (and fair) write up!
    It did seem like no matter which way you thought main content was going to go, you didn't get it.

    The original youtube video promised heavy paper, high quality clear photos, etc.

    It seemed most of the photos and art were very fuzzy low resolution, some ink smear, etc. I do not expect old (especially early digital) photos to be super clear, but even things like the image of well, say the flyer for that CV; Why could that possibly not be crystal clear?

    Having an even harder time on this one for me because after paying extra 10 bucks for limited edition copy and the 5 shipping (which was book thrown in cheap bubble bag with no backing, protective bag, or even a do not bend label) I'M in it for 45 buck's; and it came folded in half and jammed in my mailbox with my junk mail flyers.

    Coincidentally, the new pinball magazine arrived same day. Was in hard cardboard mailer,inside bubble bag,sealed plastic protective bag etc and so it got left between my doors; Well recieved from half way across the world.

    #57 1 year ago
    Quoted from Rondogg:

    Am I the only one who had the Blackwater chapter copied word for word onto the Dr Dude chapter?

    Nope. 3rd person to mention it in this thread.

    #58 1 year ago

    Quick question....reading back cover, it makes a comment about stainless steel balls....mine all seem to be carbon steel...

    Am I missing something?

    #61 1 year ago
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    #62 1 year ago
    Quoted from MrBally:

    You found an error. Not sure if it has the Sears Roebuck "Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back" deal.

    I remember Sears Roebuck....that was the company that sold tools made in the U.S.A., offered a warranty, and wasn't all but gone (even in name) right?

    #65 1 year ago

    SERIOUSLY!!??? Their sockets are Chinese now!?

    I sold tools for sears for a little while....so I am kinda harsh.

    I knew they still honored handtool warranties, BUT I tried taking in a C-Clamp that bent like second time I used it and they said NO! Turns out it was a China made one even though it was Crapsman (not companion or evolve)...

    #67 1 year ago

    Well....at this point, I will say this....after the quality vs price of the first pinball adventure.....and the COMPLETE lack of response by anybody involved....I am one person who will not be throwing over 300 dollars away on the rest of the books; Unless there is a DRASTIC change....

    #71 1 year ago
    Quoted from chad:

    I know in one of his later youtube videos there are numerous errors he has marked. I wanted to get one at Expo, but he sold out. Want to get one , but hearing what PacMan Retro is reporting on , I am not too sure.

    I can rent you my copy cheap

    #85 1 year ago

    Todd.....fwiw, if you ever decide to personally fund your actual OWN series of books, magazines, etc ... in a way where you have more quality control and supervision directly, I would certainly still be interested. My complaints were never personal and I hated to be such a downer.

    I most certainly will NOT buy any more of this series.

    Also, I believe a majority of the tips given were taken from other sources....NOT personal tips but rather rehashes of multiple people's insight....but without credit.

    However, if you ever have the ability to publish the high quality photos on heavy stock, with more fun stories....and it is truly from you where we can trust your business rep that it is quality, I will certainly look forward to purchasing EVERY one.

    I hope you wind up in better publicatory situations in the future and look foward to many more fun videos and comments in the interim.

    #89 1 year ago
    Quoted from chippe01:

    I brought this up previously, but no one replied, but looking at the back cover, it seems that it was never the intention for Todd to do all 10 Volumes.
    The original announcement seemed to indicate Todd would be doing all 10. Perhaps after previewing the first volume, things changed?
    Either way, it's a shame as I was really looking forward to a 10 book set from Mr. TNT himself!
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    Todd is the one who initially said he was signing up for 10 books....

    #92 1 year ago
    Quoted from ElkhartPinball:

    I paid the $250 through PayPal to advertise in his book, but some how it was never put on the web page as stated in the email. I called Todd about 3 weeks later, he called the publisher, they said I will happen don't worry about it, so I didn't until the book came out and my ad was not in the book or on the web page.
    I emailed Todd and told him I was not a happy customer, he replied;
    Hi John...I had forwarded your email to Andrew last night after you sent it...I had no answers for you...I did not do any of the publishing or layouts...I simply wrote the pages...as a matter of fact, I JUST got my copy in the mail today...never saw the finished book. The first printing was 300 books so we could correct any issues...next run of books next week will be lots more...it gives them a chance to fix any mistakes--apparently your ad was missed for instance. We are hoping for a ten thousand book run once we get this out into the marketplace. The initial book run there are always things I am told, in the publishing world.
    Andrew said he did refund your money...sorry...
    After reading the book, I'm sure glad the publisher lost my ad, and I received my $250 back.
    Here is the email I received from Todd to advertise in his book.
    Hello from TNT AMUSEMENTS INC. in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania! Please take a moment to read this important letter regarding new book, “PINBALL ADVENTURES” & how you can be a part of this project (Deadline is July 25TH)!
    Because you deal in Pinball Machines - parts, sales and/or service - this will be of MUCH interest for you, your future customers and company recognition. I am Todd N. Tuckey, owner of TNT Amusements Inc. for almost 40+ years now. Like you, I have established a business around Arcade Video Games & Pinball Machines and am still going strong.
    I have a YouTube Channel dedicated to these machines and now have over 1,400+ episodes, with hundreds of hours of clean, edited material that I share with over 23,000 subscribers of the channel. Not only that, but my channel’s videos have been watched for over 40 MILLION minutes!
    A few months ago, I was approached by a company (a big fan of our YouTube channel), who thought the time was right for me to write and publish a book unlike any other pinball book currently on the market. This book would not only feature the history of various pinball machines, but also my own adventures in the Pinball Industry from over the 40+ years - from operating in locations to finding, reconditioning and eventual selling these machines. I have acquired so much intimate knowledge of each machine that I have ever had at my shop, but have never actually detailed it in such a way that the reader could apply the knowledge and tips to his own machine.
    The layout of the book will include a brief history of pinball, the actual stories of the individual machines I talk about (approximately 30 machines for this first volume), some "Guess the Machine" pictures showing super close-ups of games, and the technical information for each electronic pinball system from 1977 & on for all major manufacturers. Also, each volume will feature a couple of collector’s home game rooms and pictures. There will also be pages that will contain QR Codes that will link directly to my YouTube videos about specific machines.
    Now, the part that applies to YOU! We will also feature pages with same-size ads listing for all our suppliers. These box ads will have your logo, some key information about what you offer, website, email, phone number & other key information about your company. The ads are all priced the same at $250.
    This price gets you an ad in every printed issue of Volume One, including any reprints we subsequently do. You will be a part of this book and also get the same listing for free on our website at www.pinballbuzz.com, where we hope to attract thousands of Pinball Enthusiasts year-round.
    We would love to have you advertise with us! Our pre-sales have been surprisingly strong with our first book run almost selling out in the first few days.
    Here are some of the reasons that you might want to advertise with us:
    - Pinball adventures will be advertised in almost every pinball trade show website worldwide.
    - 10 volume Pinball Adventures series with a few spin off arcade and repair books in 2019.
    - Countless personal stories of well-known designers, Internet YouTubers, suppliers and collectors that will contribute their tips and stories to the pages or Pinball Adventures
    - Hitting the pinball and arcade target market with Todd Tuckey’s YouTube videos, attending tradeshows with book signings and promoting suppliers on YouTube.
    - Other large YouTubers with over 10 million subscribers combined that will spotlight the book.
    - Celebrities in the works or that have been interviewed will be spotlighted in the book and sharing us on their personal website to their viewers. (Penn & Teller, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Gene Simmons, Tom Hanks, Mike Jordan & Dolly Parton, just to name a few!)
    - Life time advertising on the website with any paid Pinball Adventures issue advertising.
    - Will be sold on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles and many other well know book websites.
    - Extensive SEO (search engine optimization) and advertising, will land us in the top searches for pinball and arcade related words.
    We plan for this website to become a destination for our viewers and customers. Here, they can find dealers to buy the games from and suppliers that sell LED kits, rubber rings, flipper coils, displays, and cabinet parts.
    Do you FIX machines? There is a page just for service and repair work for these machines in the home or business. These listings will be easy to access and read, and not overwhelming, as the ads will all be consistent and the same size.
    The website also features a "Collectors Corner" section that will feature any collector’s Game Room setup of their machines. These pages will constantly grow, as traffic will increase for others to see different collections displayed in one place.
    My love for Pinball & Arcade Industry, including its future, is clearly present in all the things I say publicly. I am constantly promoting this website on all our new YouTube videos, while also planning additional interviews about this book and future volumes through blogs, press releases, YouTube shows and podcasts.
    I want this book to appeal to people of all ages: men & women, young & old, to those new into pinball, the casual reader, and the enthusiast. At 200 pages, and printed on full color, high gloss paper stock, it will look great on the coffee table and be useful in the workplace. People are always looking for gifts for the pinball enthusiast in their lives and this will be a perfect surprise.
    After appearing at many Pinball shows over the years, I see new, formed interest in this fun hobby. I have lectured and given various seminars about these machines and see such a following behind the back stories, too. This is one of the few industries in the world that was originally created to simply make money in the cash box for the operator who bought the machine, and then to be retired or junked. Now, it seems that 85% of all machines sold, both new and used, are going directly into private collections. The remaining machines are mostly seen in new retro arcades springing up around the globe. YOU, dear supplier, are part of the resurgence into this terrific hobby!
    The deadline for ads is July 25th, 2018, as the publishing date is September 1st, 2018). AND, it's simple to do!
    Please visit www.pinballbuzz.com/become-a-sponsorand fill in your company’s details or email us directly at [email protected].
    If you do not have an ad, we can create one for you using your logo. It will not take long to complete the form, and you will be a part of something new & exciting in the Pinball Industry’s grand future!
    Sincerely yours,
    Todd N Tuckey
    President, TNT Amusements Inc.
    P: 215-953-1188, ext. 0

    HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!

    And here I was just going to complain that I paid an extra 10 bucks for a glossy photo saying he liked my business work (to display framed in my workshop), but instead got a crappy promo postcard telling me it was a "hobby".

    40+ years as a hobby is what I expect TNT to start advertising now.

    #105 1 year ago

    Perhaps 10pm at night was not the best time to post SO MANY comments as a 'professional'.

    Regardless of which mistakes were the fault whom, you don't exactly sound like the type of person I want to spend my money on period at this point.

    If Todd was just a "freelance writer", that makes most ALL the problems with this your fault. From some of the first words of your post starting out with having to mention a lawyer, I could tell you were going to be one of guys that gets pissed off and posts horribly as a small business man getting defensive.

    Popcorn show is right....

    Best of luck with future books and your business model.

    #115 1 year ago
    Quoted from PinballBuzz:

    More orders backed up for vol 1, pre- sales for vol 2 and the calendar might prove you wrong.

    At that rate, I can wait until my library has a copy.

    #129 1 year ago

    Total with shipping of my GORGEOUS "Pinball Magazine issue 5" was only a few bucks more....and looked a bit different than this 'book'...

    I don't think your comments and excuses on how/why yours came our so poor looks too good for you; especially when compared to other publications in similar price range.

    Yep....people going to be beating down the door with fistfulls of money to purchase more of these cuz "that is how you end up with a $30.00 book".

    #149 1 year ago
    Quoted from toddtuckey:

    Speaking of families, here's part of our TNT Family that you know and
    love from our YouTube channel! Today, we crossed 25,000 subscribers
    Todd N. Tuckey
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    No joke, I FINALLY subscribed to the TNT youtube earlier today!

    I'd like to think my contribution made this!

    #152 1 year ago
    Quoted from toddtuckey:

    It was YOU that put us over 25,000!! Todd

    I KNEW IT!!!!

    #212 1 year ago
    Quoted from Dbaum88:

    Does this mean I wasted $200+?
    I got the first book. I was pleased. Not too inventive and on cheap stock but still happy. I'm a sucker for virtually any pinball book. Am I getting volumes 2-10 or my money back or neither??

    At least you got locked in at the cheaper price...once quality is improved, future books could be 150.00 each...that's before Christmas of course...

    #226 1 year ago

    I'm hoping this thread eventually can lead to more TNT book/other media items with new, more in know of the culture, pinball people for Todd.

    #229 1 year ago
    Quoted from JodyG:

    His gutter scoop is garbage also. I like how they show gutter installed with no hidden hanger attachment or spike and ferrule attachment. Let's see you use that thing on a gutter that is actually installed properly.

    Hey now, it does say it is the safest way though! No more need to use a flex wand for your blower or for the garden hose from the ground.
    Buy this and lean out on that ladder then pull toward you. Don't worry, you will know when you catch a hanger you didn't see

    #284 1 year ago

    Todd, I am a BIG S.O.B.

    I am in need of a 4XL TNT shirt, if you guys have any large sizes, PLEASE let me know. I SINCERELY want to purchase one.

    And I just KNOW that sale will save your business!!!

    #287 1 year ago
    Quoted from Frippertron:

    You just made my day! Thanks for being fatter than me!

    I do what I can

    My typical shirts are 3XL Tall, but those aren't too common

    Plus a lot of custom type shirts run small it seems...so 4XL it is

    Todd, no joking, I really do want a shirt. PLEASE, PM me if you guys happen to have any "big and tall"....

    #290 1 year ago
    Quoted from toddtuckey:

    Hi! We only have T shirts up to 2X...HOWEVER...we have had so much demand, we are now going to set up a complete T shirt line that will have some of my quotes I say all the time and my face on shirt...they would available in any color or size, with or without pocket! Also the stuff would be available on a Mug! We would keep the costs a slow as possible, but then people could place orders exactly as they want them! Just think! My Face (or Franks or Brother Rob, etc....) What do you think?

    If you offered a variety of choices, I wouldn't mind an extra wait for larger/custom sizes needed etc, honestly.

    As a larger person, I frequently feel WAY too left out on almost all fun pinball/amusement/custom clothing etc

    If you showed variety of size/color/style options to choose from...yes, I would have an interest; And would most likely order a couple different ones at same time to combo shipping (where available).

    Could always use a new mug on a mug too

    #315 1 year ago
    Quoted from PinballBuzz:

    I did a fast check on what cities we mailed out to some of you are missing. But now you support
    Little ass backwards don't you think??

    You couldn't keep track of paying sponsers, but you can keep track of all the cities you sold a book to verses Pinsiders

    A "Little ass backwards don't you think??".

    Ohh, and figure it out....a LOT of profiles use major cities in their general area on forums. So...yeah...you may want to go spend more of your business time editing or working on your next "business" etc.

    #323 1 year ago
    Quoted from PinballBuzz:

    See again lots of hot air from a non paying customer. No pinball no book and no shirt.

    NO service

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    #326 1 year ago

    FWIW...I WAS a paying customer...

    Digging digging digging....

    What a fool.

    #329 1 year ago
    Quoted from PinballBuzz:

    He is more than welcome to email us on the website.

    Still not answering the public question....so why are you even on here.

    #342 1 year ago

    I did contiue to still have this pondering thought in my head this evening...

    Why did pinballbuzz repeatedly make comments to people about reading his posts; Then, say I'm not a paying customer?

    If he had read ANY of my EARLY posts on this matter, he would have clearly read and understood that I, in fact, AM a "paying customer"...and one that is BEYOND less than satisfied.

    Again... All I can do is applaud the great business model and ethics; So...

    #364 1 year ago
    Quoted from PinballBuzz:

    Pacmanretro, Rondogg, tacshose, Twoheartedmale are either too stupid to read or just plain stupid

    Der....I fogit....as I "to" stoopid to reads, jus plane stuipde, o mauebe I canr edeet o prof red. Lmao.

    Nope, nobody on here with intelligence, brains, background of decades in specific industry (versus all over the place), etc.

    Nobody here has a lifetime of experience or owns ANY equipment or businesses. You can tell this because if they did, it would be 100 percent listed and bragged about on a forum constantly.


    Good read, though thanks.
    Bye bye now.

    #365 1 year ago
    Quoted from ZipTideRide:

    His name is Robert Paulson.[quoted image]

    Several fight club refrences popped into head right away. Lol.

    'The people you're trying to step on, we're everyone you depend on'

    Good stuff.

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    #384 1 year ago

    Looks like at least we won't be basically called shitty and stupid people anymore...for a while.

    And here I thought he may have made it to that 1 percent he acted like he was in (1 percent up/down vote ratio. LOL).

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    #385 1 year ago

    NOW THEN...on to our reguarly scheduled program of what's next for Todd and the TNT crew!!

    #396 1 year ago
    Quoted from ElkhartPinball:

    According to a email I received from Pinball Adventures they did do a (final quality check and proofing a couple weeks prior to our release date. During this process, there were some minor technical errors for us to fix, which caused a small delay as it had to be proofed again.)
    Her is a copy of the email I received on 9-19-18
    View this email in your browser
    Hello Pinballers!
    First off, we'd like to apologize for the delay in getting Volume #1 out and offer you a discount on the next volume of Pinball Adventures.
    As you know, we had planned to release the book by September 1, but due to unforeseen circumstances with the company who prints our books, we've had some delays, but are back on track.
    Read on to learn more...
    Thanks from everyone on the Pinball Adventures Team!
    What happened?
    We submitted our book to a book printing company for a final quality check and proofing a couple weeks prior to our release date. During this process, there were some minor technical errors for us to fix, which caused a small delay as it had to be proofed again.
    After this, we were told our book was good to go and we submitted our order for the books. During this time, the printing company lost our file for the book, when it came time to print our book, they found this out and notified us. We resubmitted these files as quickly as we could, but it still created an unavoidable delay.
    Could this delay have been avoided?
    To our knowledge, no. Since we are content creators and not a print shop, we have to hire an outside company to bring our books into the real world. If these print shops have delays, it affects us without warning.
    What happens now?
    We are in the qeue for printing and have paid for the two day express printing and shipping.
    All this happened on Monday, so best guess the books will be ready for shipping on Friday.
    Once we receive the physical books in-hand, we'll notify everyone who has ordered a book as they are sent out. You can always inquire about your order using the online contact form on the website at: https://www.pinballbuzz.com/contact/
    Copyright © 2018 Pinball Adventures, All rights reserved.
    You are receiving this email because you opted in via our website.
    Our mailing address is:
    Pinball Adventures
    301 - 17665 66A Avenue
    Surrey, British Columbia V3S 2A7
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    By the way Andrew I did buy this book, do I get a corrected version?
    John Freel
    Elkhart Pinball INC.

    Received same bullshit email.....ohh wait, I was told I'm stupid and that I didn't buy SHIT!

    Dude is a sleaze!!!!

    I can't wait to hopefully see Todd put out something else on his own for me to support!

    #438 1 year ago

    Yeah...the whole book set deal being a "sale item" and waiting months to get an item that only has a 15 day return policy is SUPER SLEAZY in my book (yes, pun).

    #440 1 year ago
    Quoted from Liftserv:

    one of my coworkers significant other is a professional proofreader (or what ever the title is)
    He's stated that for freelance work they charge two dollars a page. For $450 ( I don't have
    the book in front of me, but from memory I think its around 225 pages) all of this
    drama might not have happened. Seems like a no brainer to me!

    Yeah...they should have hired an editor

    #451 1 year ago
    Quoted from practicalsteve:

    $30 for a 7” x 12” calendar! I work at a printing company and that is ridiculous. Not even a 12x12!

    Didn't even catch that it was only 7x12!!

    #516 1 year ago
    Quoted from Rondogg:

    Todd - you should offer a discount for people who purchased Pinball Adventures (ala Deeproot).

    While I wouldn't exactly downvote your idea; since book was editor's fault mostly, I wouldn't want Todd to have to suffer any money on a new venture.

    And yes, I am one who bought one.

    Just saying, I'd offer full support for a new book venture from TODD.

    #522 1 year ago
    Quoted from TigerLaw:

    Marked as a key post. May I suggest you also open a new thread focused exclusively on your new project so we can all follow that thread and not have it share a topic with this former adventure?

    But be sure to post link to it please, if you do

    #538 1 year ago
    Quoted from stpcore:

    Our Special When Lit Pinball Podcast interview with Todd Tuckey is linked below. He talks about how he started TNT Amusements, buying/selling arcade and pinball, the most recent book debacle, and more. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

    Thanks for the link; can't wait to give it a listen tmw while that Turkey is going!....well, my two playlist items will include your podcast....and a little Alice's Restaurant.

    1 week later
    #557 1 year ago
    Quoted from Mhulsebu:

    Remember...Vol 2 is supposed to be released on Saturday.
    [quoted image]

    I must have just missed it since it is "out of stock"... seems everything magically is now.

    Though amazon has a few copies of vol 1 still.
    AND even a used copy for sale

    But...I decided to go with the "amazing kittens adult coloring book" that amazon reccomended instead

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    2 weeks later
    #573 1 year ago


    #583 1 year ago

    You forgot to put a gold star in the corner after grading....well...at least one for participation.

    #588 1 year ago
    Quoted from unigroove:

    I finally received my copy of the book. Somewhere in the future, this may actually become a collectible since there are apparently not that many around with the misprinted Dr. Dude chapter.
    As I publish myself, the quality of the print and paper is rather poor. Leafing through I noticed a lot of flyer images. Oh well, I guess publishing is hard too.
    Shameless self-plug: if you're looking for a quality printed publication, try Pinball Magazine: www.pinball-magazine.com

    Not shamless plug in any way when you want to compair a SERIOUSLY high quality publication in similar price range.

    1 week later
    #592 1 year ago
    Quoted from chippe01:

    Has anyone else received another book? I got a 2nd book in the mail today. This one is smaller, but the paper is a little thicker (still not glossy, though), and the photos are a little better than the first copy.
    I had sent an email some time back asking if they were sending out corrected copies, and never herd back, so I forgot about it until this showed up in the mail today.
    [quoted image]

    WOW NO....A corrected copy sure would have been nice!! May have brought me back to being willing to at least check out future publications.
    Personally, I'm SHOCKED you received something!

    #604 1 year ago
    Quoted from canea:

    After a couple emails back and forth and providing proof of purchase, they've agreed to send me the updated copy as well, so we'll see. Would suggest that anyone unhappy with the quality of the first printing send them a polite email requesting the new one. Might as well get the best copy, for what it's worth.
    Edit: They want me to mail the old one back, at my expense, before receiving the new one. So, that's not going to happen. No Dr. Dude chapter for me! lol

    Customer to pay, to mail demanded junk back? What a flat out moronic business decision.....

    1 month later
    #611 1 year ago
    Quoted from tacshose:

    Just a quick reminder to avoid these guys as looks like they have proceeded forward with more BS “books”

    Im still trying to figure out how this clown even had the rights to a lot of images it looks like he is using...

    He must be super busy running around taking thousands of photos himself since I see there is complete BS all over his very basic website claiming all kinds of other books, etc...

    What a tool...

    I sincerely hope nobody else falls prey.

    And can't wait to support others' future endeavours that are not assosciated with Andrew Macbain.

    #617 1 year ago
    Quoted from toyotaboy:

    the book deal went so well that now they've decided to dip their toes into making pinball machines? this should go well.[quoted image]

    Will they be undersized, finger paint art, not fit properly, be shipped unprotected in an envelope with a ton of stamps, etc?

    Maybe square balls?

    Will there be a cheaper pro model with MSRP of around 30,000 (plus postage)?

    #646 1 year ago
    Quoted from mkecasey:

    Hey pinballbuzz, you should set up Google Analytics on your site before you start mentioning webstats to potential advertisers. I guarantee your claim of 200,000 includes spam traffic (all websites have it), repeat visitors, and your own traffic. An investor deserves to know unique traffic as well as time spent on site, bounce rate, pages per session, etc. Saying 200,000 visits is pretty misleading. Plus you'll just be happier with the data you get from Google Analytics compared to the garbage WordPress Stats will give you.

    I would venture to guess that a LOT of visits are from people clicking over from here to go WTF....not exactly new customer hits.

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