Episode 45 – Pinapalooza, Pinbot, and Cuphead

Pinball: After quick updates about 2017 Expo (and Jersey Jack Pinball’s plan to reveal game #4 there) and Heighway Pinball confirming an Alien Pinball shipment, we go on into Pinapalooza VI, the latest Project Pinball Charity sweepstakes, and the next stage of our System 11 tournament (poor Pinbot!).

Video Games: We talk Pinball FX3, Mafia 3, Cuphead, and Factorio.

Links:
Project Pinball Charity’s Total Nuclear Annihilation Sweepstakes: https://projectpinball.rallyup.com/totalnuclearannihilation-sweepstakes

Round 3 voting for the 2017 System 11 Tournament: https://goo.gl/forms/Dt77SI52WGUnTZv73

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Episode 44 – Flippin’ With The Fails

Ah, the news. Mostly bad, a little bit good. Such is fate in these hobbies.

Pinball: We open with a few quick news items (Heighway Pinball and their maybe-shipping Alien pins, some Skit-B legal updating, and Spooky Pinball’s art on the upcoming Alice Cooper pin), and then go into the more meaty topics. The big one is John Popadiuk (JPop) being tied to deeproot Pinball, LLC. From there, we discuss the response seen in the pinball community following Homepin’s reveal in an interview with Head2Head Pinball Podcast that end users won’t be able to apply software updates to Thunderbirds directly (and a related discussion that Homepin’s board takes from the PinHeck design Spooky Pinball uses but without giving credit). Finally, we move into Round 2 of our 2017 System 11 Tournament!

Video Games: We talk fallout of PUBG vs. Fortnite (with PUBG accusing the latter of replicating their Battle Royale PvP model). After that, Dennis disses Dishonored 2 and Tony summarizes a mod for Cold Waters he’s been trying out. After that is the Dragon Ball FighterZ beta (Dennis played it, Tony watched footage from it). Finally, Dennis talks a bit about Zaccaria Pinball (as he finally bought the table pack off Steam and gave it a proper go).

Links:
deeproot Tech, LLC’s Engineering Team: http://deeproottech.com/#section_team

Head2Head Pinball Podcast’s Interview with Mike of Homepin: http://www.head2headpinball.com/podcasts/Mike%20homepin%20interview%20H2H.mp3

Round 2 voting for the 2017 System 11 Tournament: https://goo.gl/forms/EWQxQsJ9xmPqhHKg1

Episode 43 – System 11, Licenses, and Cylons

No heavy topics this time, just enjoyable discussions!

Pinball: We launch our 2017 System 11 Tournament. Vote for your favorite System 11 pinball games (see link below). Then, we have a discussion about licenses in pinball during the 1990s, comparing the efforts of Premier/Gottlieb, Bally/Williams, and Data East/Sega.

Video Games: We mention Destiny 2 (really, we do hardly anything else regarding it). Then, Tony spends a lot of time on Battlestar Galactica Deadlock. Finally, we catch everyone up on Overwatch updates.

Links:
2017 System 11 Tournament-Round 1: https://goo.gl/forms/efhsZf77Od4T90z92

Battlestar Galactica Deadlock: http://store.steampowered.com/app/544610/

Episode 42 – The Don Returns!

Don (formerly of The Pinball Podcast and The Link Cable Podcast) joins Tony and Dennis once more, to talk all about pinball and video games.

Pinball: The segment opens with an interview Dennis conducted with Terry of Pinball Life (mostly on Pinball Life as a company, but there is a bit about Terry’s efforts on the ScoreGasm Master project). From there, Don, Dennis, and Tony turn to the somber topic of famed pinball designer John Trudeau’s arrest on child pornography charges. The pinball segment ends with a follow-up on last episode’s “Is Pinball Too Expensive” topic, due to listener feedback, with a focus on new machines at lower price points from Homepin and Multimorphic’s P3 platform.

Video Games: No Overwatch (there’s a lot of upcoming news, but Don forbids Overwatch talk!). Instead, the guys tackle Mass Effect: Andromeda, Iron Cast, Cold Waters, Sonic Mania, Agents of Mayhem, Sniper Elite 4, Miracle Merchant, and No Man’s Sky.

Links:
Pinball Life: http://www.pinballlife.com/

Information on the ScoreGasm Master: http://www.dayonepinball.com/games/scoregasm-master/

Trudeau Charged with Possessing Child Pornography: http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/glendale-heights-man-charged-with-possessing-child-pornography/

Homepin’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/HomepinPinball/

Multimorphic, Inc.’s Website: http://www.multimorphic.com/

Mass Effect Andromeda Abandoned: https://www.masseffect.com/news/mass-effect-andromeda-update-from-the-studio

Episode 41 – Cold Waters Drown the Silver Ball

Pinball: Tony and Dennis start off with the results of their ranking poll on best modern era billiards-themed pinball machines. From there, it’s some rapid fire news from Stern Pinball (an update on their manuals’ ghosting clause, a KISS code update, and a new Marketing Director). After that, a brief discussion of Stern’s Star Wars Premium pinball, as streamed by DEAD FLIP. The segment closes with a deep thoughts level of discussion on a major question coming up lately, “Is pinball too expensive?”

Video Games: Discussion starts off with the controversial decision to embed loot boxes into the upcoming Middle Earth: Shadow of War. From there, a discussion of Overwatch’s Summer Games, with a specific focus on Lucioball. Tony then rigs for silent running in a discussion of the finally-acquired Cold Waters. Dennis and Tony then share their experiences with The Jackbox Party Pack 2 (in which they played all the games in a group setting full of crazy nonsense!).

Links:
Coast 2 Coast Pinball: http://www.coast2coastpinball.com/

Head2Head Pinball: http://www.head2headpinball.com/

DEAD FLIP’s Star Wars Premium Footage (8/4/2017): https://youtu.be/4ZuYrVKAKiE

Episode 40 – Nukes and Cue Balls!

So many games, so many discussions!

Pinball: Dennis and Tony cover Stern Pinball’s manual indicating ghosting on inserts is normal, the finalized details of Spooky Pinball’s Total Nuclear Annihilation, Dennis’ acquisition of Sharkey’s Shootout, a ranking poll the guys are running on the best billiards-themed pinball machine (solid state and later only), and they end the segment with more thoughts on Star Wars.

Video Games: A few games are up for discussion this time. Tony starts off with Navalia. After that, there’s a bit more on Overwatch’s new character Doomfist, followed by Dishonored 2, Reigns, Crypt of the Necrodancer, and Jotun. Tony also brings up Battlestar Galactica Deadlock and Cold Waters.

Tabletop: Tony and Dennis got a chance to play the Munchkin card game, and so now they talk about it (amazing)! Tony also provides an update on Planet Mercenaries and Threadbare RPG.

Links:
Spooky Pinball’s Total Nuclear Annihilation Announcement on Facebook (7/28/2017): https://www.facebook.com/SpookyPinball/posts/1510145562379999

Poll to rank solid state era (and later) billiards-themed pinball machines: http://www.pollandmatch.com/chooser?pollownerid=5773431236722688&pollid=5668600916475904

Battlestar Galactica Deadlock Gameplay Reveal: https://youtu.be/JkCG3nrHmDY

Episode 39 – KantCon 2017

We’ve got three topic categories this time, though KantCon 2017 (a tabletop convention we helped sponsor) is the highlight.

Pinball: We open with a very brief Dutch Pinball update. Then, it’s on to the gameplay footage of Star Wars as presented by Dead Flip. Finally, we dedicate a sizable chunk of time on the recently concluded Pinball Done Quick and the announcement that the donations made to benefit Doctors Without Borders would be refunded due to a conflict between the official rules and the announced plans for the prize drawing.

Video Games: There’s just one topic, Overwatch’s new character: Doomfist.

Tabletop: It’s all KanCon 2017. Dennis and Tony played four games which get attention: a World War II miniatures game, Call of Cthulhu, Dungeons & Dragons 5e, and Z Gate Crashers.

Links:
Dead Flip’s 7/5/2017 gameplay footage of Star Wars Pinball: https://youtu.be/Gap7MqXQKnY

Major League Pinball’s 7/15/2017 explanation on Facebook regarding the refunding of Pinball Done Quick (at SGDQ 2017) donations: https://www.facebook.com/majorleaguepinball/posts/442704199461823

Call of Cthulhu: https://www.chaosium.com/call-of-cthulhu-rpg/

Dungeons & Dragons: http://dnd.wizards.com/products/tabletop-games/rpg-products

Z Gate Crashers: https://zgatecrashers.com/

Episode 37 – E3 2017

After a brief pinball segment (minor news updates regarding Heighway Pinball and Dutch Pinball), Dennis and Tony are joined by a roundtable (Mike, Eric, and Jake) to talk all about E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo 2017).

The roundtable tackles the major presentations (EA, Microsoft, The PC Gaming Show, Bethesda, Ubisoft, Sony, and Nintendo), plus anything else that caught their eyes and ears. Prepare for this year’s deepest, darkest video game dive!

Links:
EA’s E3 highlights: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/game/ea-play-2017-biggest-announcements-e3-3641723/

Microsoft’s E3 highlights: http://kotaku.com/xbox-one-x-and-everything-else-microsoft-showed-at-e3-2-1796000762

The PC Gaming Show’s E3 highlights: https://www.polygon.com/e3/2017/6/12/15782226/pc-gaming-e3-2017-announcements

Bethesda’s E3 highlights: https://www.cnet.com/news/bethesda-e3-2017-press-conference-watch-it-live-here/

Ubisoft’s E3 highlights: http://bgr.com/2017/06/12/ubisoft-e3-2017-games-announcements-trailers/

Sony’s E3 highlights: http://kotaku.com/everything-sony-showed-at-e3-2017-1796039206

Nintendo’s E3 highlights: https://www.gamespot.com/articles/nintendo-e3-2017-switch-games-news-and-everything-/1100-6450897/

Episode 36 – Amateur Hour

Pinball: Dennis talks about the an interesting variant to Playmatic’s Space Gambler called Flash Baseball out of Portugal. From there, it is pinball news time! Tony and Dennis cover the investor group takeover of Heighway Pinball, the decision by Dutch Pinball to reject Nivoge’s offer, and Stern Pinball’s latest announced pin: Star Wars!

Video Games: Tony and Dennis talk XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Civilization Revolution in the context of mobile games. After that, Dennis goes into a bit about Nidhogg, a fighting game he recently acquired. Tony and Dennis then finally get back to talking Overwatch, specifically some character updates currently in test. Finally, Tony speaks on his experiences with the Battletech backer’s beta, which launched recently.

Links:
Big Daddy Enterprises: http://www.bigdaddy-enterprises.com/

Heighway Pinball Takeover Announcement: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/rebirth-of-heighway-pinball#post-3800176

Dutch Pinball’s Announcement of Rejecting the Nivoge deal (second-hand post): https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/the-big-lebowski-preorder-club/page/101#post-3799380

Episode 35 – NieRly Time for P3

Pinball: Tony and Dennis cover the latest Skit-B legal news, provide an update on Dutch Pinball’s most current update, talk about the Total Nuclear Annihilation translite, cover Stern Pinball’s encore edition of AC/DC, and have an interview with Gerry Stellenberg (the founder of Multimorphic, Inc.) who explains the P3 Pinball Platform.

Video Games: Tony talks NieR: Automata. Dennis covers XCOM 2, a game he recently started (and one Tony played quite a while ago!). Then, Tony supplies an update on the Battletech Backer Beta.

Links:
KantCon 2017 sponsors: http://www.kantcon.com/sponsors

Project Pinball Charity sponsors: http://projectpinball.org/sponsors

Skit-B Hearing – Kathy Kulek (5/4/2017): https://soundcloud.com/user-800669943/1ap2017-02000-20170504-142930

Skit-B Research Folder: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByH8OkGICVbWNDFZQXJYUUhhSm8

Multimorphric, Inc.: http://www.multimorphic.com/

Teen Titans GO! – Night Begins to Shine: https://youtu.be/gCY-Npnh0FY

Battletech Multiplayer Demo Gameplay Footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt6FatHHnzI

Episode 34 – Bowen Brings Business

With special guest host Bowen Kerins, this episode is heavy on the pinball (and math!).

In pinball news, we cover two more Skit-B related hearings, the latest on Dutch Pinball, the IFPA’s announced Challenge Matches coming in 2018, and Total Annihilation being renamed Total Nuclear Annihilation.

From there, we get into the more theoretical pinball topics. We discuss what people can do to increase local competitive pinball’s popularity. We talk about what makes a good/bad pin for competition. We also talk about location pinball and what makes for a good, unique location. We also do a bit of a round-up with Bowen on recently released/now releasing pins and how good they are. As a final pinball topic, we explore some ideas for Bowen and upcoming tutorials.

In our special one-off math segment, we’ve got a number of exciting numbers topics! We cover the use of math in game shows. We discuss geometry and what it means for widebody pinball machines. In a nod to video games, we discuss the TrueAchievements website’s use of geometric mean to predict DLC rarity. And, we talk about the core statistical summaries of mode, median, and mean, and whether mode even belongs in that list.

Links:
Bowen Kerins’ Patreon for Pinball Tutorials: https://www.patreon.com/pinball

PAPA YouTube Page (has tutorial videos): https://www.youtube.com/user/PAPApinball

TILT THRU (a pinball podcast): http://www.podcastgarden.com/podcast/tiltthru

Nic’s North American Pinball Tour Thread: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/nics-american-pinball-tour-aka-im-coming-to-fix-your-games

Skit-B Legal Hearing (4/17/2017) – Wife and House: https://soundcloud.com/user-7602410/audio-file-1ap2016-02073-20170427-133738

Skit-B Legal Hearing (5/4/2017) – VirtuaPin and CNC Machine: https://soundcloud.com/user-800669943/1ap2017-02002-20170504-133936

Episode 33 – Fun Times

Pinball: Tony and Dennis issue a correction about the P3 game Heads Up, talk about Spooky Pinball making Total Annihilation, and dive into more Skit-B legal happenings. From there they go over two Pinside specific topics: revisions to the Top 100 ranking system and the initiation of “The Purge” to clean up trolling and bad behavior on the forum.

Video Games: The guys talk about Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, ReCore, Hard West, and Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime.

Tabletop: Tony talks a bit about an upcoming tabletop game based on the popular video game franchise Fallout.

Links:
International Tabletop Day (4-29-17): https://www.tabletopday.com

Skit-B Related Court Hearing (4/13/2017): https://soundcloud.com/user-800669943/1ap2016-02073-20170413-154917

Pinball Prison Blues: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bfPwtUTP4k

Fallout Tabletop Game: http://www.modiphius.com/fallout.html

Episode 32 – Flip Flip Pew Pew

Pinball: Tony and Dennis didn’t talk about P3 in their 2017 TPF recap, and so hit upon the cutting-edge in pinball technology this go-around. Dennis then gives some thoughts on Batman 66 now that he’s been able to play it. After that, an update regarding Dutch Pinball and ARA provides some additional information on the status of The Big Lebowski. From there, Dennis provides an interview with Keri Wing, second place finisher of the IFPA’s 2017 World Women’s Pinball Championship. Dennis has a small update on the Skit-B (Predator Pinball) happenings, and to wrap up the segment the guys talk about the IFPA’s plan to introduce tournament fees in 2018.

Video Games: Dennis talks about Battle Group 2 and Far Cry Primal. Tony talks about Renowned Explorers: International Society.

Tabletop: Tony and Dennis announce they will be at KantCon in 2017 and that the podcast is also one of the event’s sponsors.

Links:

Skit-B Research Folder: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByH8OkGICVbWNDFZQXJYUUhhSm8

Episode 30 – Spreadsheets in Space?

Pinball: We set up the final round of the 2017 Modern Widebody Tournament. We talk about Alien Pinball gameplay. And finally Dennis sets off to bore everyone with a regression analysis of Pinside’s solid-state game ratings.

Video Games: We of course cover Overwatch, both ongoing PTR tests and the new character (Orisa). Dennis hits on some 2017 GDC (Game Developers Conference) highlights. Tony tries to resist diving too deep into Aurora 4X (aka Spreadsheets in Space… ace… ce… e…).

Tabletop: Tony talks a bit about International Tabletop Day.

Links:
2017 Modern Widebody Tournament-Final Round Voting: https://goo.gl/forms/laVwA51PnaGbu8L03

The Link Cable Podcast (Episode 15 – TLOZBOTWOMG): https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ggqss-6864ee

Space Gambler (Playmatic 1978) Gameplay (no commentary): https://youtu.be/Q8Xe2nJMTT8

Pinside Thread on Regression Analysis of Pinside SS Ratings: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/regression-analysis-pinside-rating-and-game-details#post-3642419

Aurora 4X: http://aurora2.pentarch.org/index.php/topic,5663.0.html

Quill18 plays Aurora 4X: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcWln8Ne1RA&list=PLs3acGYgI1-sRFRB4BPB-FbmVuvwIKH92

Episode 29 – Too… Much… Pinball…

Episode 29 – Too… Much… Pinball…

A metric ton of pinball happenings dominates our discussion, with a small video game segment thrown in (no tabletop this time).

Pinball: We set up Round 4 of the 2017 Modern Widebody Tournament. We talk about Aerosmith gameplay. We talk about Alien Pinball shipping. We talk about the death of Super League. We discuss the latest involving Skit-B legally. We cover the problems facing The Big Lebowski’s production. And finally, we talk about Magic Girls shipping. As you can see, we talk a lot.

Video Games: We cover the future of Call of Duty, the upcoming Destiny 2, and the upcoming Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire.

Links:
2017 Modern Widebody Tournament-Round 4 Voting: https://goo.gl/forms/F221K0Zuro5LsglT2

Superman (Atari 1979) Pinball Gameplay (with commentary): https://youtu.be/nzrj5_ajSN0

Dead Flip’s Aerosmith Gameplay Footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oej9gql5OTU

Kevin Kulek (Skit-B) Hearing #3 on 2-17-2017: https://soundcloud.com/user-800669943/1bk2016-21030-20170217-090555

Skit-B Research (Legal Documents): https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByH8OkGICVbWNDFZQXJYUUhhSm8

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire: https://www.fig.co/campaigns/deadfire

Episode 28 – A Triforce of Segments

Hey look, Episode 28 actually has a solid balance across pinball, video games, and tabletop gaming for once!

Pinball: Discussion revolves around the Kansas State Pinball Championship, move into Round 3 of the 2017 Modern Widebody Tournament, and name some games we think have a solid layout but are stinkers because the rules are poor. Tony and Dennis also spend a lot of time discussing what they are looking forward to at the 2017 Texas Pinball Festival.

Video Games: The topics here include ZeniMax’s legal “victory” over Facebook involving the Oculus, the opening of E3 to the public, and the latest Overwatch PTR update (involving Mercy and Bastion). Tony also spends a lot of time on the BATTLETECH beta and his live-stream intentions.

Tabletop: Thanks to an in-depth Game Night, Tony and Dennis get to provide hands-on discussions of Potion Explosion, Noisy Person Cards, and Codenames.

Links:
2017 Modern Widebody Tournament-Round 3 Voting: https://goo.gl/forms/fGd0BcDT5SZ0CfbR2

Texas Pinball Festival: http://texaspinball.com/tpf/

BATTLETECH Kickstarter (Late Reinforcements): https://battletech.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders

Episode 27 – Podcast Accoutrements

Pinball: Another large pinball section this episode. We cover the just-announced Jetsons Pinball. We wrap up round 1 of the 2017 Modern Era Widebody Tournament and discuss the match-ups in round 2. We discuss the legal happenings around Skit-B and the failed Predator pinball project. We talk about the P3 system going into production. And (finally!) we cover the Attack from Mars Remake that was announced.

Video Games: Discussion revolves mostly around the Evo Championship Series game line-up that was just announced.

Tabletop: The focus is on a new tabletop convention, PAX Unplugged.

Links:
2017 Modern Widebody Tournament-Round 2 Voting: https://goo.gl/forms/UOjCljoy416jpANt2

Kevin Kulek (Skit-B) legal recording when presented to the court by U.S. Marshals (1-20-2017): https://soundcloud.com/user-800669943/1bk2016-21030-20170120-111818

Kevin Kulek (Skit-B) legal recording of hearing where bankruptcy case dismissed (1-27-2017): https://soundcloud.com/user-800669943/1bk2016-21030-20170127-091530

PAX Unplugged
http://unplugged.paxsite.com/

Episode 24 – 2016 Year-End Review

Besides prepping the final round of the 2016 Modern Era Pinball Designer Tournament, this episode is dedicated to talking about the most interesting of things in the pinball, video game, and tabletop realms for 2016!

Links:
2016 Modern Era Pinball Designer Tournament-Final Round: https://goo.gl/forms/05Yg8iM68KS5mGiC2

Episode 41 of the Skill Shot Pincast (“IFPA Statstravaganza!”): https://soundcloud.com/skillshotseattle/41-ifpa-statstravaganza

Episode 11 of the Little Kings Pinball Podcast (“BIAS AFM”): https://soundcloud.com/user-859738069/ep-11-bias-afm

Episode 23 – Pin Designers, Ultimate Stern, Playstation Experience, and More Overwatch!

Pinball: The guys walk through the results of Round 2 of the 2016 Modern Era Pinball Designer Tournament. From there, they talk about the voting controvery surrounding the Ultimate Stern Fan contest.

Video Games: A brief discussion of the Playstation Experience leads off, followed by more Overwatch talk. The segment concludes with a discussion of Master of Orion 3 and Dangerous Golf.

Tabletop: None this time!

Links:
2016 Modern Era Pinball Designer Tournament-Round 3: https://goo.gl/forms/YIjZwmTgeXoBc2Vv1

Episode 22 – Overwatch, Pinball Designers, & More!

Pinball: Tony and Dennis cover the results 2016 Modern Era Pinball Designer Tournament’s first round, announce the second round, and talk about the second round match-ups.

Video Games: It’s all Overwatch. Dennis and Tony discuss the latest update, the new modes, the new map, and the buffs/nerfs to the various heroes.

Tabletop: Tony leads a discussion about digital versions of popular tabletop games.

Links:
2016 Modern Era Pinball Designer Tournament-Round 2: https://goo.gl/forms/vwgEi68rUYYf4nfE3

For Amusement Only EM and Bingo Pinball Podcast: http://foramusementonly.libsyn.com/

Dennis’ Jurassic Park (Incandescent vs LED): https://youtu.be/TqYOYfoG0xU

Star Realms
Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/438140/
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.starrealms.starrealmsapp&hl=en

Ascension
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.playdekgames.android.Ascension

Sentinels of the Multiverse
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.handelabra.Sentinels

Ticket to Ride
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.daysofwonder.tt.android
Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/108200/

Tabletop simulator
Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/286160/

Digital board game list from Boardgaming.com: http://boardgaming.com/category/games/digital-board-games

Dized: https://dized.com/

Episode 21 – Sombra Wins?

With added dishwasher sounds for your listening pleasure!

Pinball: Tony and Dennis launch their 2016 Modern Era Pinball Designer Tournament (see the show notes below for the link to Round 1’s voting!), and talk a bit about the 10 designers in the competition. From there, they each rank their top five pinball designers of all time. Finally, they provide their current list of pinball podcasts they subscribe to.

Video Games: Sombra has been announced for Overwatch, so Tony and Dennis spend time talking about her moveset and what this may mean for the game. Dennis also launches into detailed impressions of the time he’s spent playing Battlefield 1.

Tabletop: Tony leads a discussion about Fantasy/RPG tropes, and the guys give examples they have committed in their role-playing days.

Links:
2016 Modern Era Pinball Designer Tournament-Round 1: https://goo.gl/forms/UTedDuuDobvMJJIL2

Brokentoken Classic Arcade and Pinball Podcast: https://www.brokentoken.com/

Coast 2 Coast Pinball/Wide World of Pinball: http://www.coast2coastpinball.com/

Gameroom Junkies Arcade and Pinball Podcast: http://gameroomjunkies.com/

Kaneda’s Pinball Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/kanedapinball

Little Kings Pinball Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/user-859738069

Pinheadz Pinball Podcast: http://www.pinheadz.com.au/

The Pinball Podcast: http://www.thepinballpodcast.com/

The CoinBox Pinball Podcast: http://coinbox.libsyn.com/

The Slam Tilt Podcast: http://www.podcastgarden.com/podcast/slamtilt

TILT THRU: http://www.podcastgarden.com/podcast/tiltthru

Episode 20 – Pinball Expo 2016 & More!

Tony and Dennis give you the minimum from Pinball Expo to survive, talk a bit about the upcoming Nintendo “console”, and have a single tabletop game to trash. Lots of fun!

Pinball: Dennis has completed his background research into American Pinball, and so provides an info dump regarding the articles of incorporation, the mortgages, possible parts supplies, and more. Tony and Dennis use this to transition into Pinball Expo 2016, where they discuss the American Pinball presentation, Stern Pinball’s Batman 66 and Aerosmith pins, Jersey Jack’s Hobbit Black Arrow and Dialed In! machines, and Heighway’s Alien Pinball.

Video Games: The focus is on the Nintendo Switch, but Tony and Dennis also give their list of listened-to video game podcasts in response to a listener request!

Tabletop: A very short, very blunt discussion regarding Speak Out, half tabletop game, half torture device.

Links:
American Pinball Research: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0ByH8OkGICVbWSlB2Qi0tQXhkUUE?usp=sharing

Dennis’ Video of Firepower (Incandescent vs LED): https://youtu.be/amTpWuDknjM

Comet Pinball: http://www.cometpinball.com/

Pinball Magazine’s Interview with American Pinball: https://soundcloud.com/user-935579828/pinball-magazine-podcast-01-american-pinball

Gameroom Junkies Arcade & Pinball Podcast: http://gameroomjunkies.com/index.php/episodes/

TrueAchievements Podcast: http://www.trueachievements.com/podcast.aspx

Podcast Unlocked: http://xbox360.ign.libsynpro.com/

Episode 19 – Winging It

Tony and Dennis were so busy over the last two weeks that most of this episode had to be ad libbed, and it shows. A weird mix of pinball, pizza, hot dogs, and gaming.

Pinball: Brief updates/thoughts on Pinapalooza IV, American Pinball, and Expo. Tony and Dennis do launch into a more enjoyable topic: what would they do if they each were to start up a pinball manufacturing company in today’s climate?

Video Games: Tony hits on a couple easy-play titles to provide some suggestions now that Dennis finally upgraded his PC.

Tabletop: I hope you like TV networks, as there’s a game for that!

Links:
Beige Knight Pinball Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/user-944860920

Skill Shot Pincast: http://www.skill-shot.com/content/category/podcast

The Slam Tilt Podcast: http://www.podcastgarden.com/podcast/slamtilt

Pinball Magazine’s Interview with American Pinball: https://soundcloud.com/user-935579828/pinball-magazine-podcast-01-american-pinball

Episode 18 – American Pinball?!?

Tony is back, and there’s so much news to cover, especially pinball news!

Pinball: The guys talk about the newly announced American Pinball, their association with JPOP, and the stated offer to produce Magic Girl while moving forward with their own pin theme (also magic themed). From there, Tony and Dennis hit on Batman 66’s pricing and the application process for the SLE models. The pinball talk is rounded up with Spooky and their new unit count and pricing model announced for as-yet-unkown game number three.

Video Games: Dennis leads off with Firewatch, which is now available on Xbox One (and all versions have received some new features along with this release). Tony covers Mad Max, and the joys of vehicle combat.

Tabletop: It is all about Secret Hitler, which both Tony and Dennis played against each other to the doom of all mankind.

Links:
Dennis’ YouTube “application” video for a Batman 66 SLE: https://youtu.be/SMC5xt-VT3o

Jeff’s YouTube “application” video for a Batman 66 SLE: https://youtu.be/365KuFK6mxM

Podcast Unlocked Episode 264: http://xbox360.ign.libsynpro.com/podcast-unlocked-episode-264-firewatch-creators-discuss-xbox-version

Episode 17 – Dennis’ Coup D’etat?

Past guest host Mike (Episode 11 – E3 2016) returns to help cover for the absence of Tony. Not that Dennis couldn’t monologue his way through, there’s just the question of alienating all the listeners. As such, despite the madness Tony’s absence entails, Episode 17 actually follows the typical structure with all three gaming categories represented.

Pinball: This segment starts with a brief mention of the clearcoat (aka “ghosting”) issues that have been ongoing on several Stern Pinball machines. The bulk of the pinball talk is about Stern’s announced Batman 66 game, their first pin to replace the DMD with LCD.

Video Games: Thanks to a free-to-play weekend, Mike and Dennis are able to touch on last episode’s big video game talk: Overwatch. Outside of this, Mike and Dennis put time into two pre-release iterations of a couple upcoming major shooters. The first such discussion is regarding Titanfall 2 and its technical test. The second, more significant, discussion revolves around the Battlefield 1 beta.

Tabletop: Pandemic, a cooperative board game, has been mentioned several times on past episodes. Tony, however, has always prevented the full truth from being exposed. Mike and Dennis pull back the veil on one of the most devious tabletop games ever designed, and explain why it blows chunks.

Links:
EGP T-shirt Contest: https://goo.gl/forms/ikFV9qLBYzXVck7F2

Coast 2 Coast Pinball, Episode 229: http://www.podcastgarden.com/episode/episode-229_86459

Pandemic: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/30549/pandemic

Episode 16 – Jack Jaws Juegos

Assisted by guest host Jack Danger (Dead Flip; TILT THRU), EGP hits on the following in this episode:

Pinball: The segment starts with a discussion of everyone’s favorite/least favorite competitive tournament formats. From there, the guys tackle the announced Cactus Canyon remake. The final pinball topic is WatchMojo’s Top 10 Pinball Machines (which recently aired on YouTube).

Video Games: It is all about Overwatch. Dennis gets to sit back as Tony and Jack go into the characters, the maps, and the game modes of the arguably most addictive shooter of 2016.

Tabletop: Werewolf, and the related One Night Ultimate Werewolf, social deduction games, get the full attention of the crew.

Links:
Dead Flip: https://www.twitch.tv/dead_flip

TILT THRU: http://www.podcastgarden.com/podcast/tiltthru

WatchMojo’s Top 10 Pinball Machines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDYmKpHfgtQ

Episode 15 – Don Discusses Divergent Distractions

Assisted by guest host Don (The Pinball Podcast), the guys tackle these rad topics in Episode 15:

Pinball: The segment starts with just a generalized pinball discussion, flowing into an examination of Pabst Can Crusher’s for-sale price (only available through Pabst). From there, the guys go into the rumors that Slayer will be Stern Pinball’s next music pin. They close out the pinball segment by talking about the bad/not great pinball machine (loosely defined as being ranked on Pinside beneath 200 if a solid-state machine, or beneath 100 if an EM) they’d each most like to own.

Video Games: This segment leads with the most obvious topic in the current doldrums of summer, No Man’s Sky. From there, a discussion about Curt Schilling’s defunct 38 Studios (which recently had criminal charges dismissed regarding the loss to Rhode Island taxpayers when the company went bankrupt) ensues. Since the Xbox One S is now out, the guys look a bit more into the latest console release. Finally, BATTLETECH’s #SuperPreAlpha first look is discussed.

Tabletop: Thanks to Gen Con 2016, this segment is rich in content. First up is Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle (a cooperative deck-building game). Next is Potion Explosion, a game that lacks actual explosions but does involve marbles. Finally, Tony leads into some thoughts based around his in-depth examination of D&D 5e, and uses that as a basis to explain his theories of character/class creation in RPG games.

Links:
The Pinball Podcast: http://www.thepinballpodcast.com/

Pabst Can Crusher sale page: http://store.pabstblueribbon.com/products/pabst-can-crusher-pinball-machine

BATTLETECH  SuperPreAlpha first look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjEeDz51pHE

BATTLETECH added a late backer group for people who want to get in on the game now that the Kickstarter is over: https://battletech.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders

Itmejp (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/user/itmeJP/playlists
Itmejp (Twitch): https://www.twitch.tv/itmejp/profile
Watch recommendations: Rollplay the original, Rollplay solum, Rollplay age of rebellion, Rollplay made RPG (very funny)

The Dice Tower (great for all board game stuff): https://www.youtube.com/user/thedicetower

Koibu (Neal Erickson; recommend the Dicing with Death videos) (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/user/Koibu0
Koibu (Twitch): https://www.twitch.tv/koibu/profile

Geek and Sundry (tabletop): http://geekandsundry.com/shows/tabletop/

Nifty LED: http://www.niftyled.com/

Episode 14 – 80s Pinball, Nintendo, and KantCon 2016

Pinball: Dennis and Tony discuss the culmination of months of voting and the winner of the 1980s Pinball Machine Mania Tournament. In addition, each talk about what Pinside Top 50 solid state pin they’d most want to own, and which Top 50 pin is the most overrated.

Video Games: Discussion is entirely Nintendo-centric, with a discussion of Nintendo’s disappointing first quarter financial report (it’s more interesting than this sounds!) and the leaked specs on the Nintendo NX.

Tabletop: It’s all about KantCon 2016. Tony discusses his gaming experiences during the Friday session (D&D 5E and Planet Mercenary) and Dennis and Tony talk about their Saturday experience (more D&D 5E and The Ultimate Hero).

Links:
Dungeons & Dragons: http://dnd.wizards.com/

Paragon Notion (The Ultimate Hero RPG): https://www.facebook.com/ParagonNotion/

Episode 13 – Pabst, Colorization, Pokémon, and Mars Attacks

Pinball: Dennis starts the segment with the 1980s Pinball Machine Mania Tournament, which is now entering its final phase. From there, Tony and Dennis’ discussion centers around the Pabst Can Crusher pinball machine artwork which was recently revealed, and an in-depth talk about the Medieval Madness Remake’s color DMD announcement and associated pricing.

Video Games: Pokémon Go leads off the video game segment, given the craze is sweeping the nation. In addition, nostalgia gets a boost with the Nintendo Classic Edition console.

Tabletop: Per a listener request, the guys tackle Mars Attacks: The Miniatures Game. They also talk about the upcoming KantCon and the RPGs they’ve signed up for.

Links:
1980s Pinball Machine Mania Tournament-Round 6: http://goo.gl/forms/XKxNaVaHdB7T3EDw2

Dorkly Pokemon MMO comic: http://www.dorkly.com/post/52546/be-careful-what-you-wish-for

Episode 12 – Domino’s, SGDQ 2016, Evo 2016, & Tabletop for Kids

Pinball: Dennis goes over the latest in the 1980s Pinball Machine Mania Tournament. From there, he and Tony give their thoughts on the Domino’s Pizza pinball machine, talking about the art, layout, and gameplay already shown.

Video Games: Dennis brings up Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ) 2016, a charity speed-running event, and Evo 2016, the premier fighting game tournament. Tony and Dennis also talk about some of their favorite fighting games from days gone by.

Tabletop: Tony discusses Castles of Mad King Ludwig, a tile-laying game. From there, Tony outlines a variety of games that are good to play with young children.

Links:
1980s Pinball Machine Mania Tournament-Round 5: http://goo.gl/forms/pisXnuA2BdxYsgkC2

Summer Games Done Quick 2016: https://gamesdonequick.com/

Evo 2016 Championship Series: http://evo.shoryuken.com/

Castles of Mad King Ludwig https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/155426/castles-mad-king-ludwig

Enchanted Cupcake Party Game https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/140675/enchanted-cupcake-party-game

Unicorns in the Clouds https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/159566/unicorns-clouds

Tsuro https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/16992/tsuro

Timeline https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/85256/timeline-inventions

Ticket to Ride https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/9209/ticket-ride

Episode 11 – E3 2016

Due to the heavy volume of E3 coverage, the tabletop section has moved from the end of the podcast to the beginning.

Tabletop: Tony provides some information about Hero Realms and its ongoing Kickstarter campaign.

Pinball: Dennis goes over the Round 3 results of the 1980s Pinball Machine Mania Tournament and announces the Round 4 match-ups.

Video Games: Comprehensive coverage of E3. Broadly broken out by press conferences, the following are the areas of discussion:

Square Enix: Final Fantasy XV, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Deus Ex GO, Hitman, I Am Setsuna, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, and NeiR: Automata.

EA: Titanfall 2, Madden, FIFA 17, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Fe, various Star Wars games, and Battlefield 1.

Bethesda: Quake Champions, Elder Scrolls Legends, Fallout 4 DLC, Skyrim Remastered, Prey, Doom DLC, Elder Scrolls Online: Dark Brotherhood, Bethesda VR games, and Dishonored 2.

Microsoft: The Xbox One S, Xbox Play Anywhere, Gears of War 4, Killer Instinct: General RAAM, Forza Horizon 3, ReCore, Final Fantasy XV, Tom Clancy’s The Division (DLC), Battlefield 1, Xbox Network Update (Clubs, Looking for Group, and Arena), Xbox Design Lab (custom controllers), ID@Xbox (We Happy Few and Gwent), Tekken 7, Dead Rising 4, Scalebound, Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, Halo Wars 2, and Project Scorpio.

Ubisoft: Ghost Recon: Wildlands, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Tom Clancy’s The Division (expansions), Eagle Flight, Star Trek Bridge Crew, For Honor, Grow Up, Trials of the Blood Dragon, Watchdogs 2, and Steep.

Sony: God of War, Days Gone, The Last Guardian, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Detroit: Become Human, Resident Evil, Playstation VR (Impulse Gear, Star Wars Battlefront VR X-Wing demo, Batman Arkham, and Final Fantasy XV and its VR experience), Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Crash Bandicoot Remaster, Skylanders Imaginators, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Death Stranding, and Spiderman.

Nintendo: Pokemon SUN & Moon and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Other: Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, Persona 5, Akiba’s Beat, Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star, and The King of Fighters XIV.

Links:
Hero Realms Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1172937197/hero-realms-a-deckbuilding-adventure-card-game/description

Round 4 of 1980s Pinball Machine Mania Tournament: http://goo.gl/forms/7WZbLeM6XqhTI9ik1

EA’s E3 2016 Press Conference: https://youtu.be/psEDJXl2ApY

Bethesda’s E3 2016 Press Conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xT3eAmu4FhQ

Microsoft’s E3 2016 Press Conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xM_NYqY71Y

Ubisoft’s E3 2016 Press Conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVt25bOM6eM

Sony’s E3 2016 Press Conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Me4_rqefVE

Nintendo’s E3 2016 Press Conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19B4wloShy0

Episode 10 – Charities & Circuits, Strikes & Fables, Stars and Planet-Busters

In this episode, Tony and Dennis hit the three gaming categories with a force of a mecha-clad death bunny armed with grenades that can destroy planets.

Pinball: Results of Round 2 of the 1980s Pinball Machine Mania Tournament are discussed, and the match-ups for Round 3 are revealed.

Dennis conducts an interview with Daniel Spolar and Amber Streath of the Project Pinball Charity. They discuss Project Pinball’s mission, their upcoming July 2016 fundraising campaign, and ways the public can get involved in their efforts to install pinball machines in hospitals across the land.

Tony and Dennis also sit down with Keri Wing, recent victor of Cactus Jack’s Silverball Showdown, a PAPA circuit event. They go over what the PAPA circuit events are, talk about some of the games Keri played, and about her being the first woman in history to win a PAPA circuit event.

Video Games: Discussion is lead off with talk regarding No Man’s Sky. Specifically, the game’s recent delay in release and the resulting death threats received by both the developer and the journalist who broke the news.

In addition, an examination about Fable Fortune, a game trying to crawl out of the ashes of Lionhead Studios, and whether its prospects of a successful Kickstarter are realistic.

Tabletop: Tony does a deep dive on Strike Legion, a sci-fi RPG that throws every trope in the book, after injecting them with steroids, at the player. He also discusses upcoming efforts to organize some RPG play in the area.

Links:
Round 3 of 1980s Pinball Machine Mania Tournament: http://goo.gl/forms/bxr7E3OSYvrzCG7H3

Project Pinball Charity: http://www.projectpinball.org/

GoFundMe for Project Pinball’s July campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/projectpinball

Project Pinball Charity Sweepstakes (win a pinball machine!): https://go.rallyup.com/9fad63

PAPA (Professional & Amateur Pinball Association): http://papa.org/

TILT THRU: http://www.podcastgarden.com/podcast/tiltthru

The CoinBox Pinball Podcast: http://coinbox.libsyn.com/

Fable Fortune’s Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/flamingfowl/fable-fortune-a-fable-ccg-with-co-op-pvp-and-quest

No Man’s Sky delay and death threats: http://www.polygon.com/2016/5/29/11807840/no-mans-sky-delayed-death-threats-creator

Original No Man’s Sky delay post: http://kotaku.com/sources-no-mans-sky-delayed-1778797365

Strike Legion: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/93237/Strike-Legion

Episode 9 – 2 Hosts | 2 Interviews

Pinball: Dennis goes over the results of Round 1 of the 1980s Pinball Machine Mania Tournament, and announces the Round 2 match-ups.

As a transition topic (since virtual pinball can be thought of as a pinball topic AND a video game topic), we feature Dennis’ interview with Brad Baker, founder of VPCabs. Dennis and Brad discuss the VPCabs product line, future plans, and what it was like for Brad to be on the ABC TV show Shark Tank.

Video Games: Tony and Dennis go over the Civiliation 6 announcement and their thoughts on the series of Strategy games.

Tabletop: Here we feature Tony’s interview with Stephanie Bryant, creator of the Threadbare RPG. Tony and Stephanie go over the Threadbare concept, how it developed, and how it will work in final form.

Links:
Round 2 of 1980s Pinball Machine Mania Tournament: http://goo.gl/forms/fZGaUg51J7AGxEhA3

VPCabs: https://virtualpinball.com/

PinballSTAR Amusements: http://www.pinballstar.com/

Threadbare RPG: A stitchpunk tabletop role-playing game: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mortaine/threadbare-rpg-a-stitchpunk-tabletop-role-playing?ref=users

Episode 8 – 80s Pinball, Homebrew, CoD/Battlefield, RPGs Galore

Pinball: Dennis walks through a March Madness-style pinball tournament contest to determine the best pinball machine of 1980-1989. From there, Tony and Dennis share their ideas for cool homebrew pinball rethemes.

Video Games: Discussion centers on Dawn of War III, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Battlefield 1, and Stern Pinball Arcade.

Tabletop: Tony provides an update for Noisy Person Cards and The Planet Mercenary RPG. In addition, discussion revolves around RPGs broadly, Kantcon, and the Threadbare RPG.

Tony and Dennis give their thoughts on Dead Flip’s Twitch presentation of Ghostbusters LE (after the Tabletop section since they forgot to do it earlier!).

Links:
1980s Pinball Machine Mania Tournament-Round 1: http://goo.gl/forms/GXA9Xj5mmM

Noisy person cards: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/oneshotpodcast/noisy-person-cards

Battlefield 1 trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7nRTF2SowQ

Kantcon: http://www.kantcon.com

Threadbare RPG: A stitchpunk tabletop role-playing game: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mortaine/threadbare-rpg-a-stitchpunk-tabletop-role-playing?ref=users

Episode 7 – Slings, Foxes, Neos, and Cards

Pinball: Tony and Dennis open with a discussion on Ghostbusters LE/Premium magnaslings, and conclude with The Big Lebowski finally shipping (and the option for air delivery).

Video Games: Star Fox Zero, Pinball FX2’s Alien DLC pack, and BattleFleet Gothic Armada round out the software discussion. Sony’s PS4 upgrade is also examined.

Tabletop: The third edition of Warmahordes, the Dresden Files cooperative card game, and Noisy Person Cards are three new upgrades/games that get attention, along with International Tabletop Day.

Episode 6 – Nick Dangerous Interview, FFXV, & Tabletop Miniatures

Pinball: Dennis interviews Nick Dangerous of the Dallas Makerspace VECTOR Committee to talk Freedom pinball, restorations, and long-term plans in the Dallas area.

Video Games: Tony and Dennis discuss the (finally!) announced release of Final Fantasy XV, their history with the franchise, and thoughts on the JRPG genre as a whole.

Tabletop: Tony dives deep into tabletop miniatures and what goes into playing such games.

Episode 4 – Ghostbusters, TPF Wizards Tournament, Early Access, Fable Legends, & Star Realms

In this ultra-dense episode, Tony and Dennis cover a multitude of gaming topics.

Pinball: Discussion starts with a focus on the Ghostbusters pinball reveal, followed by the last-minute changes to the 2016 Texas Pinball Festival’s Wizards tournament.

Video Games: Tony initiates a critique of the early access model of video game funding, while Dennis brings up the cancellation of Fable Legends and the likely end to Lionhead studios.

Tabletop: Discussion focuses on Star Realms, a combat-based deck building game.

Episode 3 – Preorders, Firewatch, Titanfall 2, & Legendary

In this episode, Tony and Dennis discuss the following:

Pinball: Preordering pinball machines and concerns with this approach to financing the construction of pins.

Video Games: Tony goes in depth on his experiences with Firewatch, while Dennis explains his interest in the upcoming mech-shooter Titanfall 2.

Tabletop Games: Legendary, a cooperative deck-building game, is discussed (for both its gameplay and its many upcoming themes).

Episode 2 – Dirty Donny, Dangerous Golf, X-Com 2, & Pandemic

In their Valentine’s Day episode, Tony and Dennis talk over several gaming topics.

Pinball: The news that Dirty Donny is doing art for an upcoming Stern pinball machine. Discussion focuses on speculation on likely themes for the table and what would make for a cool music pin.

Video Games: Dangerous Golf receives overview as an upcoming release. In addition, Tony goes in-depth with X-Com 2 and his experiences thus far.

Tabletop Games: Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu and Battle Arena get discussed, as does the notion of Kickstarting tabletop games in general.

Note: Tony’s online audio feed becomes distorted shortly after the tabletop section begins. We apologize for the drop in quality at that point.

Episode 1 – Upcoming Pins, Top 2015 Video Games, & Kickstarter

In the inaugural episode, Tony and Dennis tackle the following subjects:

Pinball: Upcoming releases from Stern Pinball, Heighway Pinball, Jersey Jack Pinball, Dutch Pinball, and Spooky Pinball.

Video Games: Tony and Dennis discuss their top games released in 2015, and a few titles they are looking forward to currently scheduled for 2016 release.

Tabletop Games: Recent games that received Kickstarter support and have sparked some interest receive focus.