Quoted from Scandell:
I guess I challenge that it was worth the risk. If that game is that good. Then it’s likely it would rereleased.
Well yes and no.
Illinois Pin Ball was first. There were prototype BBB's out there. Things didn't go as planned. But Gene did get it done.
Jersey Jack Pinball ( in particular Jack ) was a known commodity. People wanted in no matter what, because of who it was. Wasn't smooth sailing but Jack made Wizard Of Oz happen and the company continued.
Unfortunately this opened the door so anyone could announce that they would build a pinball machine. And unfortunately this opened the door to many people thinking it could happen and got burned thinking everyone venture would be successful.
And a couple notables like Spooky Pinball and P3 Multimorphic Pinball, put their nose to the grindstone and are making pinball machines.
LTG : )