Jurassic Park. Still love it
Game Plan Sharpshooter about a year ago. Still have it, plus 2 other pins joined it in November!
My first game was dipsy doodle. Sold it to a friend over a year ago. Probably getting it back sometime this year. Can’t wait!!
1995 An account of mine wanted a pinball machine . I had no Interest in pinball . I said no. The location owner said that he would call a competitor . I said I would buy a pinball machine to put in the Strip Club in addition to my Juke Box and three Merit counter top touch screens . I went to the Colorado Game Exchange that was the name of GEX back then . I talked to Rich the owner. His son JJ was just a little kid . I had no Idea what to buy . I played Corvette and love it . So did the Location owner . I have been collecting pinball ever since
First : Corvette
1974 Gottlieb Free Fall, wedgehead e-m, add-a-ball version of Sky Jump.
I was the high bidder on an Ebay auction. Then a pinball roadtrip to go pick it up.
Nothing ever went wrong with it for the several years that I owned it after I first shopped it out, replaced rubber rings and a bunch of bulbs.
Motordome bought in 1987 for $500. Carted in a Ford Pinto from San Jose down to college at San Luis Obispo ! Yes a Pinto. Bought it because it had ramps and multiple flippers and a million shot and it was $500. On paper an awesome game. In real life an absolute waste of parts and an abomination to pinball. Got rid of it 2 years later and never bought another machine again for 20 years.
Embryon, bought in 2010 not working for $300. Fixed with help from Clay's guide. First board work, rebuilt the acid damaged MPU, replaced bad rectifier bridge. Still have it, still my favorite..
BSD, and it will be my last if I ever start to sell off machines (though my previous main hobby lasted 2 decades [MtG], so I doubt it will be going anywhere for a long time). At this point I've had the chance to play the vast majority of non-EMs (thanks to those that bring their games to shows ) and while there are many great games, nothing has the whole package for me like BSD.
However, I also purchased Freddy at the same show (after BSD), so they both came home at the same time. Freddy is gone (awesome for the short term in an arcade, but poor rules for home, so it went as soon as space became an issue...then I figured out how to cram a couple more in another room )
Fish Tales back in 2002 off Barry in NJ off EBay - live and learn.
Came to me not working and no such thing as IPDB (for a manual) or Pinside (no idea what RGB was back then) to help me figure out. Spent a crap load of money on some non pinball tech to try and fix it in Okalahoma (Fort Sill/Lawton) to no avail.
Got orders to Hawaii and shipped it there still not working and sat as a paperweight till I finally sold it. I hope it is in good hands and on island somewhere.
Still want to get my hands on another one some day
Genie. Absolutely trashed. Learned how to restore. Brother-in-law cleared the play field. In the end looked very fine. Sold as I was graduating to the DMD era.
first game I bought: food fight
first pin I bought: either black hole, space shuttle, or genie(they all came in a package deal, cant remember which came first).
first pin I bought as a keeper: black knight
Tales of the Arabian Nights shortly after it was released. I purchased it from a distributor in the DC area and am pretty sure I am the first owner even though it was not NIB. It had no wear and the goodie bag and manual were with it as if it were new. It had lockbar brackets on it, but no lockbar wear. I still have it over 20 years later and it looks like it did when I got it.
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DW. Still have it and likely it will only leave after I go out feet first.
Not that I'm some kind of PinGod now, but I was such a newb when I bought that game. I only knew in theory how to turn the thing on, much less lift a playfield. And, of course, one was going to be enough...
Fantastic walls Lame33!
My 1st was Paragon back in summer of 1985. I remember opening the elevator door and her staring right back at me clearly like it was yesterday. I had always loved pinball playing at bowling alleys, gas stations or stationary stores but the sickness started that day! This is an old pic, she's still in the lineup and EBD has left. My friends think I'm crazy but she's my 1st love
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