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Wonka Club - Golden Tickets Inside

By f3honda4me

2 years ago

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“What edition are you ordering or planning to buy?”

  • Standard 128 votes
  • Limited Edition 245 votes
  • Collectors Edition 114 votes

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Post #149 Deep Dive on features and all that is wonka Posted by pin2d (2 years ago)

Post #150 SDTM video on Wonka - interview with Pat Lawlor and Joe Katz Posted by ZMeny (2 years ago)

Post #160 SDTM gameplay video Posted by ZMeny (2 years ago)

Post #188 Rules Flowchart Posted by f3honda4me (2 years ago)

Post #248 Features Matrix - CE, LE, SE Posted by f3honda4me (2 years ago)

Post #554 Early Stream of a home owner who received their game Posted by Thegeekyhusband (2 years ago)

Post #785 Gobstopper subway VUK not ejecting ball fix Posted by Lermods (2 years ago)

Post #793 Gobstopper subway VUK fix pics for reference Posted by Lermods (2 years ago)

Post #1130 Latest code changelog Posted by LTG (2 years ago)

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#6641 1 year ago

Joined the club today. Looking forward to diving deep into the code! My first JJP. It really stands far apart from my other pins in a good way. Beautiful pin!

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#6715 1 year ago

I just installed a shaker in my WW SE and for some reason can’t find the shaker settings in the menu. Can someone please point me to where it is at? I must be blind... Thanks in advance.

#6719 1 year ago
Quoted from LTG:

Settings - Coils - Trough etc, then General - the 2nd section down. Maximum Shaker Strength.
LTG : )

Thanks Lloyd. When I first looked at the Coil Settings a warning came up that said do not change unless you are having a problem so I backed right out. Haha. Thanks again.

#6728 1 year ago
Quoted from Good-Times:

Wondering if you owners can comment on the music for Wonka

I’m sure you’ve read a lot of complaints about the music, but I don’t have any issues with it whatsoever. I can think of other pins with music that would get old much faster. BKSoR quickly comes to mind and I say that as a fan of all types of music, including metal music. If you have doubts, pull up a stream and listen for yourself. Wonka is a fantastic pin. The fact that it got overhyped at the outset, in my opinion, unfairly tainted many people’s opinions.

#6746 1 year ago
Quoted from Good-Times:

I guess I'm nervous because I didn't think music bothered me until I got Munsters.

I guess if you are that concerned about the music in the Wonka pin, then maybe it’s not the best choice for you. There a lot of great pins out there right now. I’m sure one of them fits your profile musically. Go with that and reduce the stress in your life.

Maybe consider Dialed In. It’s another JJP Pat Lawlor.

#6749 1 year ago
Quoted from Good-Times:

I'd be all for a POTC but trying to find one is nigh on impossible

Not sure if you have any pins yet, but for the price of a POTC you could get two really good pins. POTC is a big pin to start a collection with, especially if you don’t have any experience with working on/tweaking pins.

#6752 1 year ago
Quoted from cleanandlevel:

does it get a lot of play in larger collections?

Not sure if my seven pins counts as a larger collection, but Wonka gets played the most, even more than EHoH. For me personally, I’d say it’s an even split between EHoH and Wonka. I really like Wonka a lot. I think it gets some unfair criticism due to the crazy hype at release.

#6758 1 year ago

Speaking of updated code, any rumors about any updates? Except for minor fixes, I’m assuming it’s done, done.

#6787 1 year ago

The explanation at that link is really really helpful. Is there “players guide” anywhere that explains the rest of the pin rules as clearly? Of course, I have the flowchart which is helpful.

#6808 1 year ago
Quoted from SDpinballer:

There’s just something about this Wonka...

I can’t agree more. I’ve played all of the JJP pins (except GNR), but after owning Wonka I have greater respect for the entire JJP lineup. All pins are fun - Stern, Spooky, etc. - but I really think JJP pins outclass them all. There is just a plus+ factor with all the JJP pins. Put it this way, if I could only own pins from one manufacturer, I’d take the JJP pins. I know they cost more than other pins, but in their case you do get what you pay for. My next pin will be another JJP pin. So, again, I am very impressed with Wonka and believe it is underrated and unfairly dismissed by many in the pin community.

#6812 1 year ago
Quoted from Rager170:

I think my Sterns outplay both of them any day. I find JJP games not the best "playing" games but they are a visual feast.

As a general statement, I don’t really disagree with your opinion of how JJP pins play compared Stern pins. I love Stern pins. However, if I was forced to pick only one company from which I could have three pins, I’d take JJP over Stern.

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#6886 11 months ago
Quoted from NightTrain:

Who wants to buy a slightly used topper? PM me

Check with LTG about adjusting the brightness for the topper. I could be completely wrong, but I thought it could be adjusted.

#6889 11 months ago
Quoted from LTG:

Can't be adjusted.
LTG : )

I stand corrected!! Thanks for the clarification!

#6892 11 months ago

So how are people managing the various modes to maximize score values? For example, if the 5x playfield mode is ready to be activated are you saving the mode and not shooting the Wonkavision to activate the mode until you have a multiball ready to go? Just curious to hear about people’s strategies. My high score is about $3.5M without me doing anything intentional other than trying to activate modes and getting some multi balls going in no particular order. I think it’s time I start playing with more intention, so I’m curious to hear about what others are doing.

#6895 11 months ago
Quoted from PtownPin:

Its bright, but I don't think its over the top.....doesn't bother me at all.

I agree. I never even thought of it as being too bright.

#6896 11 months ago
Quoted from romulusx:

The great thing about Wonka is it’s non linear!I focus on wracking up Wonka bars and nailing the captive ball my highest score was 13,960.460 one time only

I agree that it is non linear which is unique, but I guess that makes you choose between trying to obtain tickets and maximizing score. It seems like those two go hand in hand.

By the way, love Wonka. I play it more than any of my other pins.

#6900 11 months ago
Quoted from Rager170:

Ok that makes me feel better... Now im very curious ha.

Think of it this way and I respect everyone’s opinion, but only one person that I’ve seen has complained about the topper being too bright. Again, I’m sure it is too bright for him, but I don’t think most people even give it a second thought.

#6963 11 months ago
Quoted from dsmoke1986:

I have a Wonka SE and it's amazing

I can’t agree more. If you are budget conscious at all, the SE is the way to go with Wonka. You a really aren’t losing out on much other than aesthetics. I have an SE and love it. I play it more than my EHoH Premium.

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#7002 11 months ago
Quoted from robey99:

Here is mine.
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I’m an OSU grad, so from one Buckeye to another are you sure that’s not Scarlet?!

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#7066 11 months ago
Quoted from Crile1:

Yes, it has lots they will enjoy at first look, but it takes a lot of good shots to get to the good stuff.

I agree with Crile1. Wonka is an awesome pin, but although the theme is family friendly the play is not. It’s a really tough pin and the shots aren’t always obvious for a casual player. For context, I have an EHoH. I turned it on today and basically flipped the pin - cleared the house, got to the mini wizard modes, got to the wizard mode, etc. It was a good game but not all that uncommon. Compare that to Wonka where the most tickets I’ve got is 2 of 5. To be honest, I think getting all 5 tickets is damn near impossible. Anyway, one of the rules of thumb for buying pins is not to buy them for kids or family. Kids get bored and move on, etc. So, get what you like because you are the one that will end up playing it.

#7069 11 months ago
Quoted from I_See_Pin_People:

Would you say that Wonka has longer ball times than a pin like Star Wars?

I’d say - Yes. SW is a Ritchie pin, so it plays really fast. Wonka is more of a flow pin, which I think can lead to longer ball times. However, with Wonka, you have to watch the ball coming out of the pop bumpers for the SDTM drain where there is really nothing you can do to save it. I know other people have complained about it and I think it is a valid complaint. It can be unfair and frustrating.

#7140 11 months ago
Quoted from Kenswift:

Which do you like better? Dialed in or Wonka?

Here’s a recent Dialed In vs Wonka vs Iron Maiden thread. Take a read through it and you should get the feedback you are looking for:


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#7257 10 months ago
Quoted from RobbyIRL5:

That right ramp should be the easiest on the playfield to hit

I think the right ramp is tricky to hit. There isn’t much margin for error in terms of where the ball needs to be on the flipper. At times, it gives me fits and other times it doesn’t. Just one of those things.

#7316 10 months ago
Quoted from leaffan67:

My next game! What a day! Probably cursed to a few games of 100,000 now. That still happens frequently.
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Congrats! That’s a really solid score. How long was your game?

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