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I am almost facing this question in "real life" seeing as how I am thinning out the collection.
Have already sold Star Race, Tri-Zone, Royal Flush, Laser Cue and Cybernaut.
"On the fence" machines include On-Beam, Dialed In, Disco.
The definite keepers?
Time Fantasy, Roller Disco, Close Encounters, Sinbad, Hollywood Heat, Rock On.
Should I sell the Dialed In (PRO), I would probably pocket half the money and then spend the rest on a
Harlem Globetrotters or BSD.
And THAT would round out the collection at seven, which would give me more room and more money in hand with a still fairly nice collection...
Everyone get your list in I’m gonna calculate the top list, only ‘top 5’ no honorable mentions will count.
Because it's a good topic! Though I have a few friends with dozen+ pin collections, a lot of us have constraints (space, money, interest...etc) that keep us from getting to those levels, and keeping us in the 'few pin' collection, so 5 pins is a very realistic number for many. It also forces one to think hard and choose between games.
My GF and I met in a pinball arcade which had over 100 pins across all eras. We never gravitated towards any given era, and we currently only have space for 5 (though we have 6 pins and put one in my parents' basement), and we also have some budgetary constraints which prevents us from going wild.
Therefore for our 5-pin collection, we tried to touch each SS era with a game that we could afford but also was a game we both enjoy and represents their respective era decently enough while remaining unique in the collection.
However, if money wasn't an issue, I'm sure the collection would be...
I believe a lot of us gave thought about going down to 5 games for multiple reasons.
Five of any seems pretty good to me after trying to come up with two, but it's amazing how hard it is to choose even with five. Anyway, here it goes:
1. TNA. Have it and love it. Great for the quick three minute games playing with and against the wife (no long waits while the other is playing). Wife loves it too, so not messing with that.
2. BM66. A+ theme integration and deep code. Fun, light-hearted pin for the family.
3. TWD. Have played it on location and loved it. Not sure if it would be loved by the rest of the family though.
**gets tougher now . . almost impossible****
4. Medieval Madness. Fun pin for everyone and easier than AFM and between TNA/TWD I think I have enough tough pins.
5. Spider Man. Need a Ritchie pin I think and this one has a theme that will appeal to everyone in the family. Tough choice over ST and SW though, I could see changing my mind a lot on this one.
The biggest issue with this list for me is no JJP. All of the JJP pins appeal to me on some level and I'm sure I'd enjoy them but I'm pretty sure I don't want a wide body and DI's theme keeps it out of the top five for me. Wonka, on the other hand, might become a no-brainer top five for me (top 3? Top 1?).
Building that as we speak
... small collection of mixed games.
Dead Pool Premium
Munsters Premium ...will check once they land in Oz. Need one easy game.
And another to come later.
So as this thread has evolved, along with tastes... Do we think it's better to go back and edit our original 5? Or post a new 5? I'm thinking the latter... It's interesting to see how specific peoples' taste has changed.
Mostly the same but Congo probably not going to hold up. Love it but might have to go to make room for another. Thinking it would be a good trade for Funhouse since they have similar layouts. Fish Tales slides in for now. I'm not sure a long time keeper but having a lot of fun with it for now. TZ and MET are set in the far corner of the room because they are not going anywhere. Shadow is not bolted to the floor but not many games could take it's place.
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