This is a story of one of those really rewarding moments when a rare game shows up, and also you have it given to you. Being in the right place at the right time pays off!
This is a story about finally acquiring a game I’d been looking for for the entire length of my pinball hobby. It was one of my grail games, and I wheeled and dealed until I managed to get one. Here’s the story.
Sometimes when you really want a game, you have to “play hard to get.” Here’s the story of me doing that and it working out ok. I’d say that’s a 50-50 chance but in this case it worked out.
As soon as I thought I had the game operational, I waxed the playfield and got ready to put it back together only to find out one of the flippers was out. This was a rather tricky issue that took a little bit to figure out — not your typical flipper problem, so I thought I’d do a video of it and go through the process of diagnosing why a flipper might not work (on a Bally-35 early solid state game).
This is a story of one of my “grail games” that, well, most people would scratch their heads at. Sometimes you want a game that nobody else cares about. There are a variety of reasons for this, but what you like is what you like. This is one of my stories.
This game pick up is a bit bittersweet. It reminds me of another game that slipped out of my hands and how different types of collectors in the community look at trading, buying and selling differently.
It’s a pretty heated argument among the pinball community whether or not there’s any true objective “ethics” involved in the buying and selling game? Everybody has their opinions, and I have mine, which is, I don’t step on other peoples’ deals. I honestly believe if you take care of others, you end up better off than if you play the dog-eat-dog, first-person-with-the-cash-steals-the-deal type strategy in pinball acquisition.
I’ve had this game sitting around for awhile and finally got around to looking at it. I shot a few videos awhile back and forgot to publish them, so here’s a useful short video on how to access the DMD in Slugfest. It’s nowhere near as easy as you’d expect as it is in a regular pinball machine.