Episode 46–Back to the cackle part XLVI



September 2016

If there’s any possible way to mash up arcade and pinball talk, a ton of updates, some hilarious feedback, a brand new “side project” announcement (like Whitney needs another one), game pickups, BTTF, Star Wars, Star Trek, Lazer Blaze, birthday parties and a new multimeter all into one episode, then yeah – we can call Episode 46 “mission accomplished”.

With all that, I’m not really sure what else to say.  You’ll need to listen and sort it all out for yourself, because our minds are mush after recording this episode.  I think the only thing we had left over on the cutting room floor was the kitchen sink and it will somehow make it into episode 47, I am sure.

In all seriousness, we have a ton of topics that we cover this month – you can akin it to driving in circles for 88 miles and moving forward 3.  See what I did there!?!?!

Thanks for listening and here’s to ending September 2016 on the highest note possible! (more…)

Episode 45–Fudge at a ComicCon is illogical



August 2016

With a show title mashup like that, I’m not even really sure where to start – so the best thing to do is just put everything on the table and let you decide – and figure out where the fudge plays into everything…

This month we cover off on a multitude of topics:

and last but certainly not least, we dive head-first into the world of CRT rejuvinators and spend some of Brent’s money on a killer multimeter and cover off on a ton of feedback and some news as well.

Saddle up – we’re good for at least 2.5 commutes this month! :)


SFGE 2016 Panel Discussion – Repair it, Restore it – Don’t spend your money on it, spend Brent’s instead!



Join us for one of the panel discussions we presented at the 2016 Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo​.

In this video we walk through current topics in the arcade collecting community (prices, game availability, collecting phases, etc.) and discuss reproductions vs. NOS vs. rebuilding vs…. yeah – you get the drift.

We also flip the content and show you how to save some of that hard-earned cash by building your own bench testing rig that is capable of running both arcade PCB’s and arcade monitors simultaneously, and is switchable between 100v and 115v for powering both Sanyo (Nintendo) or a normal (WG, Electrohome, Vision Pro, etc.) arcade monitor – SWEET, right!?!?!

If you want to grab a PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation and the Bill of Material for the ‘Beast Board’ shown in this video, then check the links below and get to building!


SFGE 2016 Panel Discussion – Takin’ it to the shop, making an old pinball game new



Join us for one of the panel discussions we presented at the 2016 Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo​.

In this video, we cover what it takes to “shop out” a pinball machine where we discuss everything from maintenance tips and tricks to how to clean and touch up a playfield as well as covering off on some of the higher-level tasks associated with a full-on restoration.

If you want to follow along in the video with the PowerPoint presentation, then you can find a PDF export of the slide deck available below:


Episode 44–Welcome to Middle Management



July 2016

Summer is in full swing and we’ve got more podcasting goodness for your summer restoration work (or commutes…however you call it, we’re good with it!)

We discuss project updates from all over the place, talk about Red Tents (GRAILER), ROM burning, scanning artwork, what we ordered from Online Components, troubleshooting System 11 pinball machines, logic probes and last, but not least, go all SlapStic on spending Brent’s money – and that’s after he picked up the bill when we had dinner with listener David Paul!

If you can stomach all the topic dyslexia, then we have a special treat in store for you this month: Daniel DeBusschere hosts one of the panels from the 2016 Southern Fried Gameroom Expo entitled “Painting the Dots – Pinball’s Color DMD Revolution” and talks with Mica Critchfield and Mark Jarzewiek as they discuss all things ColorDMD – from how displays are colored to some history of the project and the company.  It’s great info that you won’t hear anywhere else.  On top of that, they premier color dots running on Family Guy for the first time, so you get a world-premier to boot!

If you want to catch the video from the session, then look no further as we’ve got it posted on our YouTube channel as well:

We also have plenty of feedback to discuss as well, so buckle up and get ready and remember…we are the way we are because we sit in the sun FAR too long…


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