Episode 49 – Nic Talks Electromechanical

In this super-special episode, Tony and Dennis are joined by Nic (of Nic’s North American Pinball Tour fame) to talk all about electromechanical (EM) pinball machines. They start off with a basic discussion of the three primary manufacturers (Gottlieb, Williams, and Bally). From there, a general discussion of the three basic gameplay concepts employed by EMs in the 1960s and beyond. Then follows a deep discussion of both the IPDB and Pinside Top 10 EM list (we talk each game, but also the ratings systems as a whole). Finally, the discussion opens up into other good EM games and some of the more controversial restoration techniques (using LED lighting and whether or not it is okay to clearcoat).

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Episode 48 – Sys 11 vs. Bomber Crew

Pinball: We start off with some news, move into a follow-up on “street level” pins, and close out with the results of our 2017 System 11 Tournament and some thoughts on games with that boardset (such as our Top 5!).

Video Games: We lead off with a loot crate update. From there, it’s EA’s acquisition of Respawn. Tony then goes into Bomber Crew, Dennis talks more Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, and Tony concludes with Endless Space 2.

Links:
Dennis’ Pinball News article on “street level” pins: https://www.pinballnews.com/site/2017/11/16/the-history-of-street-level-pinballs/

Eclectic Gamers Podcast page of past tournament results: https://eclecticgamerspodcast.wordpress.com/past-tournament-results/

Bomber Crew: http://store.steampowered.com/app/537800/Bomber_Crew/

Endless Space 2: http://store.steampowered.com/app/392110/Endless_Space_2/

Episode 47 – Street Level + Loot Crates = Profit?

Pinball: We open with the set-up for Round 5 (the final!) for our 2017 System 11 Tournament. After that is a short update on Heighway Pinball’s Alien games. From there, Dennis and Tony talk about Stern Pinball’s Guardians of the Galaxy reveal. Finally, Dennis presents his research project on the Gottlieb “Street Level” pinball series of games, an experiment by the company in the early 1990s.

Video Games: Tony leads off with his research project, the world of loot boxes. The show ends with a summary of BlizzCon 2017 announcements (Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Heroes of the Storm).

Links:
Round 5 voting for the 2017 System 11 Tournament: https://goo.gl/forms/649S5jGmQ5IoTkOm2
Street Level-Silver Slugger details: http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=2152
Street Level-Vegas details: http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=2724
Street Level-Deadly Weapon details: http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=645
Street Level-Title Fight details: http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=2573
Street Level-Car Hop details: http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=3676
Street Level-Hoops details: http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=1235
Street Level-Pinside thread (“Street Level” pins smaller… true?): https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/street-level-pins-smaller-true
Street Level-TOPcast Show 10 (interview with John Trudeau): http://www.pinrepair.com/topcast/showget.php?id=10
Street Level-TOPcast Show 55 (interview with Jon Norris): http://www.pinrepair.com/topcast/showget.php?id=55
Street Level-PA Pinball Interview with Jon Norris: http://www.papinball.com/Jon_Norris_Interview.html
Street Level-Harley-Davidson details (not Street Level but inspired by): http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=1126
Street Level-Silver Slugger gameplay video: https://youtu.be/hdEZ8whAoZM
Street Level-Vegas gameplay video: https://youtu.be/Gi1NXZCwdMM
Street Level-Deadly Weapon gameplay video: https://youtu.be/uLdmLrEswTQ
Street Level-Title Fight gameplay video: https://youtu.be/fCrU-EKJzGs
Street Level-Car Hop gameplay video: https://youtu.be/u-oc4ciwCbI
Street Level-Hoops gameplay video: https://youtu.be/v2u33Lj9jK8
Moira’s stat block: https://www.reddit.com/r/OverwatchUniversity/comments/7aqr0d/moiras_stat_block/
Blizzard World map cinematic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ii3Hce3_fOw
World of Warcraft classic edition announcement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcZyiYOzsSw