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Top 10 list of Williams early to mid 60's em favorites

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#351 11 months ago
Quoted from Mopar:

Vagabond is
one I'm not sure about. It doesn't have a great rating on the IPDB,
but then I also have heard good things about its game play?

Here is my Vagabond next to its slightly older brother King Pin.

It is a frustrating game in that it seems to have relatively easy targets to hit and to acquire an extra ball, but the targets prove elusive. It is the first game to have a drop-down target. Fun to hit, but then the ball loves to dance right down the drain after you hit it! It requires patience, good luck and skill. I often play it before going to play ice hockey. It sharpens my shot and promotes patience in waiting for the ball to arrive, then sending it in the proper direction.

King Pin is a much easier game to play with plenty of flippers and diversions to keep a ball in play. It is a good complement to Vagabond. Both are fun additions to my collection.

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#352 11 months ago
Quoted from Drain1:

What, no love for Ski Club? In my shop now.
Would like to see pics of coin switches on inside of door. Have lots of questions about coin handling, 2 nickles, 1 game?

I have a project Alpine club that I'm still weeding out problems, but enjoying playing it so far.

#353 11 months ago
Quoted from jackofdiamonds:

Hi guys,Im looking for a Swinger or a Stardust.
Which one does the Williams EM crowd think is best?

I'd say it depends on how many bonus countdown games you have. If you are looking for something different I would go with Stardust. It doesn't award the bonus just for losing a ball. You have to earn the bonus by making a shot with the arrow in the right place. Lose your ball, you lose your bonus and have to start again. It can be aggravating but it's a unique feature that you don't see on too many games.
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#354 9 months ago

Are Alpine Club & Ski Club the same game?

#355 9 months ago
Quoted from Nikko:

Are Alpine Club & Ski Club the same game?

Essentially but Alpine Club is the replay version, Ski Club is the Add-A-Ball version.

#356 9 months ago

Nice Alpine Club @ Pinfest.

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#357 9 months ago

The “nice ass” glass cracks me up every time. There’s a whole story going on there.

#358 9 months ago
Quoted from NicoVolta:

The “nice ass” glass cracks me up every time. There’s a whole story going on there.

Sexual innuendo as a commercially successful theme has been frequently referenced in books on the history of pinball. It has even formed the subject of an academic thesis (https://scholarworks.rit.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=10384&context=theses). In comparison with more explicit backglasses, the guy in Alpine Club leering at the bent woman in her ski tights/leggings is pretty mild. Similar male and female leering is found in other pinball themes of the era such as bowling and shooting pool.

#359 9 months ago
Quoted from OldHockeyGuy:

Sexual innuendo as a commercially successful theme has been frequently referenced in books on the history of pinball. It has even formed the subject of an academic thesis (https://scholarworks.rit.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=10384&context=theses). In comparison with more explicit backglasses, the guy in Alpine Club leering at the bent woman in her ski tights/leggings is pretty mild. Similar male and female leering is found in other pinball themes of the era such as bowling and shooting pool.

Gordon Morrison for sure!! Check out Posiden/Neptune's obvious stare. Lol

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#360 9 months ago

Neptune… good lord. Should be “Hit The Dick” based upon the position and shape of the canoe (Poseidon’s eager gaze and sweaty demeanor notwithstanding). Can hardly look at that one without laughing out loud.

#361 9 months ago

#neptune is a good example of combining both a fun scene in nature and human allure. Morison drew attractive and happy humans.

#362 9 months ago
Quoted from NicoVolta:

Neptune… good lord. Should be “Hit The Dick” based upon the position and shape of the canoe (Poseidon’s eager gaze and sweaty demeanor notwithstanding). Can hardly look at that one without laughing out loud.

It's a 'dinghy'!

#363 9 months ago

I'm working on a Neptune and seems cool but we're gumming up the 60s Williams thread.

#364 9 months ago

Nice Alex. Here’s a pic to get us back on track. Picked this Heat Wave up some time ago and looking forward to getting it fully up and running.

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#365 9 months ago

Damn, what I wouldn't give for a Heat Wave.

#366 9 months ago
Quoted from SilverLiningMan:

Picked this Heat Wave up some time ago and looking forward to getting it fully up and running.

Another mid-60's Williams red metal flipper game. Classic Kordek design with Stenhom artwork. Looks great.

#367 9 months ago

Definitely in the top 5
all time
of my favorite EMs

#368 9 months ago

Little neutral ground on the Modernist influence in pinball artwork during the mid-60's to the mid-70's, but I'm fond of my NicoVolta -restored A-Go-Go with sharp artwork by Jerry K. Kelley and design work by Norm Clark. Lots of action with 4 chrome flippers and a captive ball spinner.

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#369 9 months ago

And then there's always River Boat.

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#370 9 months ago
Quoted from OldHockeyGuy:

Little neutral ground on the Modernist influence in pinball artwork during the mid-60's to the mid-70's, but I'm fond of my NicoVolta -restored A-Go-Go with sharp artwork by Jerry K. Kelley and design work by Norm Clark. Lots of action with 4 chrome flippers and a captive ball spinner.
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Liked my A-Go-Go as well. Flippers made for a different experience.

#371 9 months ago

Or Skill Pool…
Here's a Game Play video on Skill Pool below.

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#372 8 months ago

Here's a few more to add. Add-A-Ball is really a Skill Ball with a BGResto backglass. The old backglass was really bad so I figured why not change it. Not many true Add-A-Balls were made until Gottlieb stepped in and asked them to stop using the term. Williams obliged and changed the name to Skill Ball. Other 2 pics are the playfields after I finished cleaning them. All 3 are really fun games to play.

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#373 8 months ago
Quoted from RWHjunkie:

All 3 are really fun games to play.

Yes, Add-a-Ball is a nice player. Years back I was working out a trading deal for a
Jolly Jokers, but when it showed up, it was pretty toast. I was also thinking it may
be similar game play to Add-a-Ball. I may have a chance in trading in another
Jolly Jokers.. Perhaps it's a little tough to say, but how might you compare Jolly
Jokers to Add-a-Ball?

#374 8 months ago

I have played both a fair amount and I like Jolly Jokers slightly better. Maybe because I am a bit more successful on Jolly Jokers, or at least get that almost got there feeling making me to want to play another game.

#375 8 months ago
Quoted from pinwiztom:

I have played both a fair amount and I like Jolly Jokers slightly better.

Okay, Thanks for the info. I like Add-a-Ball (Skill Ball), so I'll keep tabs on the Jolly Joker.
Jolly Joker is actually the only one I'm lacking from having the first 7 Williams AABs..

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