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97: Trolled By The Best



February 2021

It only took 97 episodes, but it finally happened.  We were lured in by the promise “of the next pin” and Stern Pinball got us hook, line and sinker.

SPOILER ALERT: It was actually just jigsaw puzzles…. *sigh*

With that humble pie out of the way, we get on to the business of what was February (??) 2021.  Brent finds his way to the game he never wanted – William’s Make Trax and concludes the Rottondog saga of working on a High Speed.  Whitney shares some lessons learned on nozzles for the Ender 3 series printers and makes a C64 pickup.  Let those games begin…

We talk about a new Raster+Vector TPG that was just announced from “Arcade Jason” (as well as discuss the upcoming TPG2 from CraftyMech), review the current state of multi-Pac kits and do some listener feedback while discussing some upgrade options for the Sega Dreamcast.

And somewhere along the way, we talk some feedback on Bob Ross, the Pinball Hall of Fame’s “angel” donor and Susie the Little Blue Coupe… yeah… figure that one out!


96: Paint By Numbers



January 2021

Happy little trees podcasters is the theme of this month’s show, especially with us being at MAXIMUM HOSTING POWER now that Whitney has recovered from COVID-19 and has returned to the podcasting studio.

We catch up on what life has been like over the past month, hear Whitney’s COVID chronicles and discuss some gameroom updates as well.  Brent digs further into the console mountain, gifts Whitney an Atari 5200 and some games and then doubles-down in the Tempest coin bucket for some belated Christmas cheer, all the while making it crystal clear that Whitney doesn’t deserve Brent.

We dig into some classic computer talk, gameroom LED strip lights, Sky Skipper revisited, some 3D printer upgrades, IC chip lifters and wax on a bit about Led Zeppelin as a theme for a pinball machine in 2020/2021.  We also dig into the mailbag for some listener e-mail (and some VERY hot takes) and talk about the latest news on the Pinball Hall of Fame.

I’m sure we missed something above, especially after we got off track talking about Bob Ross, but we’ll leave that for you to hear!

Wherever you are in the world – we thank you for listening and hope that you and your family are safe and continue to be in good health.


95: The Console Mountain



December 2020

Salutations and tithings everyone, we trust that you are healthy, safe and ready to kick 2020 in the hiney to see it out proper. Speaking of “we” (as in not we, but he) Brent does this show solo (for reasons we’ll get into in January) so please give him the virtual “hug” and let us know if you liked the focus on this month’s show. It’s clear that he has spent some serious time over the past several weeks going “console crazy” and he told me in discussion it was like climbing a mountain – and a show title was born!

This month we feature another panel discussion from the 2019 Portland Retro Gaming Expo entitled “The Best Classic Consoles at any Price Point” and we think you’ll find it very interesting given the recent boom in retro console gaming and the interest there driving prices up almost everywhere online.

We hope everyone has a fantastic Christmas and New Years Holiday and we look forward to being back at full for January!


94: The Pulaski Maneuver



October 2020

We hope your Halloween pumpkins were stuffed to the brim this past Holiday and to celebrate “All Hallows Eve” we go old school with a long(ish) episode this month and the all references on this show run as deep as they do wide.  We’ll leave it to you, our astute listener, to unpack everything and make sense of it all (pretty much the same as every other month).  We dig into quite a few topics this show:

  • Parts and tool storage solutions (summoning the inner ratchet strap on this discussion)
  • The Multigame and High Score Save kit, revisited
  • Jersey Jack Pinball’s Gun N’ Roses “Not In this Lifetime” new release
  • Mailbag show follow-ups
  • The wrap-up of Brent’s part sort and the start of the show “prize closet”
  • Whitney’s foray into 3D printing parts for pinball machines

We also feature our next installment in the “2019 PRGE Seminar Series” with the audio from the “Atari Arcade Games – The REAL Atari” panel discussion.  This is part of the panels that Whitney attended at last year’s PRGE and is included here with permission from the show organizers.  This session features stories and insight from Ed Logg (Super Breakout, Asteroids, Centipede, Millipede, Gauntlet), John Salwitz (Paperboy), Rich Adam (Gravitar), and Ed Rotberg (Battlezone, 3D work internal in Atari).

Wherever you are in the world – we thank you for listening and hope that you and your family are safe and continue to be in good health.

We hope you enjoy the episode!


93: It’s Not Pretty



September 2020

As the “year of strange” marches on, we try to get back a sense of normalcy with this month’s show and and spend some quality time with our listeners.  To that end, we embark on our first ever “mailbag” show and respond to some long-waiting feedback and answer questions posted to both our Facebook page and our Twitter account.  Somewhere along the line, we lost count as to just how many we read on-air (20?) and we’ve easily got that many still in queue for “mailbag vol. 2″ so let us know if you enjoyed the format and would like to hear us do this again!

We also cover off on our normal gameroom and hobby updates (shattered pinball glass, anyone?) and catch up on just a little bit of news and give our thoughts on the upcoming Avengers: Infinity Quest from Stern Pinball, the DeepRoot (non)reveal and the upcoming C64

We also feature another panel discussion from the 2019 Portland Retro Gaming Expo as we hear from the legendary Howard Scott Warshaw as he talks about his time at Atari and developing some of the most beloved (and one ridiculed – unfairly, IMHO) Atari 2600 titles.

Lest we forget, we also announce the winner of our LitFrame contest!

Wherever you are in the world – we thank you for listening and hope that you and your family are safe and continue to be in good health.

We hope you enjoy the episode – thanks for listening and GAME ON!


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