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WOZ is in my home


By Vyzer2

7 years ago



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#1 7 years ago

This is a bit anticlimactic but very exciting nonetheless. I will try to cover how this went down the same way I would have liked to have read it. Hope I can do justice to this.
Anticlimactic in the sense that this part of the journey began on the evening of March 22 (Friday night). I had just walked into my home from a lousy commute and the phone was ringing.

I didn’t recognize the number and thought it was a solicitor. I was about to say, thanks but I am not interested. Instead I said hello and the voice on the other end said, is this David. I said yes. The voice said, ”this is Jack Guarnieri”. Considering it was the end of March, I had a feeling I knew what the call could be about. I cant tell you the emotions, the thoughts that raced through my mind in those few seconds. Is this really happening?. I knew it was Jack and not a crank call as I had spoken to him once or twice before.

He said,” I cant tell you how long I have been waiting to make this call. Would you like to pick up your game next Saturday”. WHAT!!!!

Ok, get your mind right David, don’t sound like an idiot now. In any case, we spoke for a while. I asked him many questions. During our conversation Jack said, I see you are in New Jersey. Where do you live? I told him, there was a slight hesitation and he said, “well I think we will try to deliver your game to your home”. What!!! Being in NJ, my intentions were to pick up my game and check out JJP’s facility. I live about an hour and 45 minutes away, so good time to see it all. But deliver to my house???!!!! What a nice gesture! I thought it was best to go pick it up as I would hate to have these guys lug this machine up my stairs J.

Jack said he would call me on Thursday so we could make arrangements.
I asked Jack what he thought about going out to the forums and let all know. Jack
didn’t have a problem, but after speaking, it was determined that it would be best to wait till the game actually was picked up/delivered, that turned out to be a quite prophetic. So out of respect for Jack, I didn’t say anything. There was no one to share this with outside of my family and a few friends that find Pinball fun, but they look at me and say..ok so?? Talk about keeping your emotions in check for a week…it was one tough, looong week.

On Thursday I believe we communicated via email, Jack said he would finalize on Friday. So, unable to contain the excitement any longer, I did share this with
spfxted. Ted was the first pinsider I had met in person when he came to my house to play a few games he was thinking of buying…and a Pinside friendship was born. Plus who better to have take some pics..than a director! I want to thank Ted for keeping this quiet..I put a bit of a burden on him as it turns out. Also thks to a local pinsider yzfguy who I had asked to come for the unboxing..the more the merrier! And thanks to DCfan who helped me early on with lotr figures (he is the guy to goto if you need to find lotr figures) who also knew later in month and has been a positive WOZ supporter. And thks to Texastargazer another positive supporter, we share a love for another hobby who I shared my excitement with later this month..

On that Friday Jack called and I could tell something was off in his voice. Well turns out that Jack felt there may be issues with the game which had the prototype boards. This was right before the production boards were set to arrive. He just
didnt’ feel comfortable allowing this game to go out in the state it was. The point of this, I believe, no, I know, Jack wanted to do all he could to ship by end of March, but more importantly, he wanted to deliver the best product he could.....PERIOD.

Jack wanted me and my family to come down that Saturday anyway for a tour and lunch. This was the Saturday b4 Easter and there was no way I was going to put him out during this holiday week….but this just shows the type of compassion he has.

Fast forward to last week…with all the chatter and things really heating up..I shot Jack a short message,
yada, yada…and decided Wednesday would be the day. Back to containing the excitement…time to move some pins around and make room. Jack again offered to deliver…but at this point unless he, Jen, Keith, Ted, Chris, Alex and the entire team were going to come..I would pick it up. I want to see JJP’s facility in person!

So the day is finally here. Off to JJP's faciltiy. Arrived! Met right away with Jen and Jack. What gracious hosts!!! Jack went over many of the aspects of the game...some I took in, some I was on sensory overload. FIrst i think we spoke about the coin door and the audio Jack and how to regulate that. You can play the game w/ headphones and people hear the sounds or you can turn off the sound to the game. Great for a late night game when everyone sleeping. As we all know, the game will be evolving with new code. But to that end..and I have not got to play enough to understand it all...but when I got home..the various people playing had all sorts of modes happening..lights out (was cool), munchkin land, twister...shoot...I couldnt figure out what the heck was going on. Like Alex told me, It will take a 150 plays to understand the various nuances.
Anyway...we toured the facitly. Jack is so open to discuss any topic...VERY refreshing. I could go on..we had a great time ( Ted, my wife, Daughter, and my friend). Thank you so much Jack, Jen, Larry et all.

btw Ted took the pics...so blame him

This game is HEAVY...esp if you have to move it up stairs...325 lbs w/ out the pallet. I got my next door neighbors son (245 lbs of muscle)! Then unboxing, had to eat...set up, etc etc.
Then everyone played..and i watched...well at times I snuck in a game., But I got to write this up before its too late.

I wopuld attach some pics but by the time I get to that...its late!! Besides, thats TED's job!

Im not a tech...and have not dug under the hood yet. But as many of us have seen...the menu options are vast. Jack did go over almost all of those when we were there. There are so many setting for flippers, bumbers, coils, change to your hearts consent...but watch out. Jack raised the values on some...and your going to break things if you keep some of the setings too high. The game played way too fast to control the ball at higher settings.

I need more time on the game to offer more. There is a lot that no one has seen as far as game play is concerned.
The crystal ball...which is hard to pay attn to at first...has all sorts of "videos"/images happening (some were funny). The call outs are great and sooo many I have not heard and I have watched most of the released videos. The LCD is great..but hard to watch when learning the game..but for people watching, its something everyone liked....alot!
Sorry for the long post..its kind of how i would have like to have read it...so let TED post some pics..and I will do more as well in the coming days.

#2 7 years ago

awesome news!!! can't wait for my call!

#3 7 years ago

Come on Ted, this thread has already been open for 1 minute and you have not posted pictures. Don't be a slacker

#4 7 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Reminded me of the Spooky Podcast on 1-1-11. Jack called me about 6pm CST ( right when I was supposed to be starting a pinball tournament in my business. To let me know the news was out.

Seems like only yesterday, and here we are now.

Congratulations. Now shut down the computer and go and enjoy your game !

LTG : )

#5 7 years ago

Man that is Sweeeeeet!!!!! Congrats and get ready for the questions ? Enjoy

#6 7 years ago

Was there any extras or Special items that came with the machine that you can share. What was in the goodie bag ?

Ted were are the PICS ?

#7 7 years ago

Congratulations to you, Jack, all of JJP, and everyone that has one coming and is refreshing Pinside every 10 minutes waiting for these threads!

#8 7 years ago

Great post thanks for sharing glad your having fun now for the pictures lol

#9 7 years ago

Congrats on receiving the game. I will admit I have been highly skeptical of this enterprise, but I was very much impressed with the build quality of the game this past Saturday at APS. I am glad your patience has been rewarded and the newest addition to your collection is at home.

Hopefully things get easier for JJP in the future, as I expect will be the case.

#10 7 years ago

Can't wait to get mine. Sounds like Jack has done much that no one has seen yet. Congrats!

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#11 7 years ago

First, congratulations on your game . But I'm disappointed in this post.

Man the big drama of your emotions on a phone call is so irrelevant. It's a pinball game. It's not like your long lost kid was found.

All we need here is "woz arrived finally, yay" and onto the details of the game - which aren't even in this post.

This is the first woz in home post on Pinside and nothing on impressions of the game

#12 7 years ago

Great story. Jack and his team really try to please their customers. To go that far for one customer really says a lot, doesn't it? I have played the game a few times and never really could get excited about it. Probably because of the early code. This story really puts the fire back inside me. Can't wait to get mine.

Get us a video of the gameplay please. I'm really interested to see how it's advanced.

pappy

#14 7 years ago

Does it look something like this?

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#15 7 years ago

Congrats on the game.

Quoted from markmon:

Man the big drama of your emotions on a phone call is so irrelevant. It's a pinball game. It's not like your long lost kid was found.

All we need here is "woz arrived finally, yay" and onto the details of the game - which aren't even in this post.

Seriously? His experience is exactly what these forums are for, and what I personally enjoy reading. People sharing their experiences and communicating about a shared interest in pinball.

If you just want facts about the machine you should just read feature lists, and if you just want opinion about game features go read some reviews.

#16 7 years ago
Quoted from daley:

Congrats on the game.

Seriously? His experience is exactly what these forums are for, and what I personally enjoy reading. People sharing their experiences and communicating about a shared interest in pinball.
If you just want facts about the machine you should just read feature lists, and if you just want opinion about game features go read some reviews.

Don't feed

#17 7 years ago

Great post David! What an incredible story. Thank you for sharing. You're not actually going to try to go to work tomorrow, are you???

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#18 7 years ago
Quoted from markmon:

Man the big drama of your emotions on a phone call is so irrelevant. It's a pinball game. It's not like your long lost kid was found.
All we need here is "woz arrived finally, yay" and onto the details of the game - which aren't even in this post.

Markmon, you have really become one of the primary buzzkills of this site.

#19 7 years ago
Quoted from markmon:

Man the big drama of your emotions on a phone call is so irrelevant. It's a pinball game. It's not like your long lost kid was found.
All we need here is "woz arrived finally, yay" and onto the details of the game - which aren't even in this post.

You have a personality disorder, but my guess is you already know that.

#20 7 years ago

There is quite a contrast between the way JJP treats their clients and the way Stern is treating their customers and distributors on Metallica.

#21 7 years ago

Congrats! see you in Allentown

#22 7 years ago

Long story, but I read all of it and enjoyed it! That's excellent! Sounds like your whole family enjoys the game too, sweet.

#23 7 years ago

This is going to kill me. I stopped watching gameplay videos about a month ago. I will look at the pictures, but It's going to be a LONG wait until I get my machine to see the actual gameplay. I hear it's progressing well!! I'm very excited!! Congrats on the new game!!

#24 7 years ago

Thanks for the post! Congrats on the game!

#25 7 years ago
Quoted from hlaj78:

There is quite a contrast between the way JJP treats their clients and the way Stern is treating their customers and distributors on Metallica.

There is a long history of broken promises and shortcomings for both Stern and JJP.

#26 7 years ago
Quoted from hlaj78:

There is quite a contrast between the way JJP treats their clients and the way Stern is treating their customers and distributors on Metallica.

Come on.... Apples and Oranges...

#27 7 years ago

Congrats! Look forward to getting mine.

#28 7 years ago

#29 7 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

#30 7 years ago

Awesome story!

Congratulations on your arrival of the game.

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#31 7 years ago
Quoted from markmon:

Man the big drama of your emotions on a phone call is so irrelevant.

I rather enjoyed it.

Glad to share the excitement of someone getting a new pin, be it a Stern, JJP, anything.

Having unboxed probably in excess of a thousand new games, and for me it's always been a job.

Sharing all a person's details is something I'll never experience in the same fashion. So I'm thankful for the details.

LTG : )

#32 7 years ago

Nice! Being in NY, you had me at the " crappy commute" reference! Enjoy your new pin!~SpOoKy

#33 7 years ago

makes me regret selling my spot .. a little

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#34 7 years ago
Quoted from daley:

Seriously? His experience is exactly what these forums are for, and what I personally enjoy reading. People sharing their experiences and communicating about a shared interest in pinball.
If you just want facts about the machine you should just read feature lists, and if you just want opinion about game features go read some reviews.

This is a pinball forum. I'm very interested in his experience - with the game. Not a feature list. But an actual hands on of the game in his house. Those things matter a lot. We got none of that in this post. The first post of woz in someone's house and its very long but contains almost no details on the impressions of the game. I'm really the only one here disappointed in that?

Quoted from DCFAN:

Markmon, you have really become one of the primary buzzkills of this site.

I'm not here to brighten anyone's day. Look for a unicorns and rainbows forum if you need that lol. But the fact that you joked about some pictures on the first response shows that you were already thinking in a similar fashion. You just are way nicer about it.

#35 7 years ago
Quoted from markmon:

This is a pinball forum. I'm very interested in his experience - with the game. Not a feature list. But an actual hands on of the game in his house. Those things matter a lot. We got none of that in this post. The first post of woz in someone's house and its very long but contains almost no details on the impressions of the game. I'm really the only one here disappointed in that?

I understand what you are saying 100%, and I am surprised/impressed with the number of thumbs down you received in such a brief period of time. I guess this is a pretty emotional moment for some of the JJP faithful, and they are just hypersensitive for the time being.

#36 7 years ago
Quoted from PinballConspiracy:

makes me regret selling my spot .. a little

I have a feeling we may hear this more and more now.

#37 7 years ago

cool....I have been waiting patiently for my first thumbs down recipient

#38 7 years ago
Quoted from markmon:

an the big drama of your emotions on a phone call is so irrelevant. It's a pinball game. It's not like your long lost kid was found.

#39 7 years ago

Congrats.Please check back on the Forum and keep us posted .

#40 7 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Not sure how many game specific details your suppose to have for rightup at this point you only played it last night =/

I am glad you and Ted had fun and glad you got some pictures and videos that will soon be shared.

Enjoy your new game
Let us know how you like it or specific game features later if you have time and feel inclined.

There is a unicons and rainbows thread sweet I have been waiting for someone to kickstart that project

#41 7 years ago

What all came in the goodie bag? Did you get the green pinballs?

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#42 7 years ago
Quoted from hlaj78:

There is quite a contrast between the way JJP treats their clients and the way Stern is treating their customers and distributors on Metallica.

Do we really need this crap in here?

Ted, where the heck are you?

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#43 7 years ago

The one time somebody actually wants Ted to post pictures and he's nowhere to be found.

#44 7 years ago
Quoted from Jake:

I understand what you are saying 100%, and I am surprised/impressed with the number of thumbs down you received in such a brief period of time. I guess this is a pretty emotional moment for some of the JJP faithful, and they are just hypersensitive for the time being.

It's more of timing than content. Say that in a week or even tomorrow and I'm OK, but this was more of relating a NIB experience with a new product.
His comments reminded me of something that Sheldon Cooper would say. The social awareness just wasn't there.

#45 7 years ago

How many times will I have to click on >>> in this thread?

#46 7 years ago

Great story, congrats....the whole ride had to be a total rush

#47 7 years ago
Quoted from markmon:

First, congratulations on your game . But I'm disappointed in this post.
Man the big drama of your emotions on a phone call is so irrelevant. It's a pinball game. It's not like your long lost kid was found.
All we need here is "woz arrived finally, yay" and onto the details of the game - which aren't even in this post.
This is the first woz in home post on Pinside and nothing on impressions of the game

Wow.

Sorry Mark, but I had to add to the 19 thumbs down that you had already received on this post when I read it.

Talk about pissing in someone's Cheerios. Sheesh!

I actually enjoyed the post a lot. I think he did a great job of conveying his emotions on the subject! Do you have any emotions Mark?

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#48 7 years ago
Quoted from lost8ball:

It's more of timing than content. Say that in a week or even tomorrow and I'm OK, but this was more of relating a NIB experience with a new product.
His comments reminded me of something that Sheldon Cooper would say. The social awareness just wasn't there.

The title of the thread is "woz in house" not "the experience of receiving my woz". To be honest, I wouldn't have opened the latter thread title. It's a pinball forum. So I see this thread and open it expecting to read about the pinball. I see lots of text so think "awesome, finally some real details". Then this

#49 7 years ago
Quoted from RobT:

Do you have any emotions Mark?

No

#50 7 years ago
Quoted from markmon:

This is a pinball forum. I'm very interested in his experience - with the game. Not a feature list. But an actual hands on of the game in his house. Those things matter a lot. We got none of that in this post. The first post of woz in someone's house and its very long but contains almost no details on the impressions of the game. I'm really the only one here disappointed in that?

If it makes you feel any better. Vyzer wrote almost all of that yesterday before he got the game because he knew his time today would be very limited. He has had a very hectic day today with driving round trip about 4 or 5 hours, a tour of the JJP facility, an unboxing, and a party with guests. I am sure he is working on more info in the coming hours or days and has also asked Ted to post pictures. Vyzer also has a job that he had to work around to even have this particular day to do the unboxing so I think he definitely deserves some slack.

Also I know that Vyzer is somewhat concerned with spoiling any surprises and might be careful and post something like "spoiler alert" in the title of a thread.

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