Episode 37–Not Quite Siskel & Ebert

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January 2016

Still shaking off that eggnog induced funk from the Holidays?  Yeah, so are we…slowly but surely the fog is lifting and 2016 is looking pretty good thus far…

The good thing about this past Holiday break is the sheer amount of “fun” we had over the past several weeks.   We were fortunate to host quite a few activities and we’ve got some great guests lined up for this month’s show.

First up, Victor and Tori Marland (from the Tenpence Arcade podcast) paid us a visit over the break.  They were vacationing here in the US and we finally got all the stars lined up for them to come over to Whitney’s house for an evening.  We deep-fried turkey, talked shop and had a “grand old time”.  We gave them each a microphone and asked them to do their best “American accents” and it was great.  You can hear a recap of their trip in episode 52.5 – ‘Merica Trip

Next up, we feature Jeremy and Matt Fleitz from the Louisville Arcade Expo as they give us a run-down on this years’ show and what to expect (and what hasn’t been decided on yet) . Billy Mitchell, Walter Day, Joel West and Steve Ritchie are the headline guests (so far) and along with the PAPA circuit stop, tons of arcade, pinball and console games, this year promises to be great fun.

We then clear off on the monthly updates, spend a TON of Brent’s money, talk about the newly-announced Spiderman Vault Edition from Stern (way more pics are available on their Facebook Page) and even pull our own version of Siskel & Ebert by discussing our thoughts on Star Wars – The Force Awakens.  The talk is FULL of spoilers, so we put it at the end of the episode, right after the outtakes – that way you don’t have to skip around to find it (or avoid it)!

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I think the guys would be proud…

Obit Roger Ebert

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Episode 36–Merry Christmas!! There’s a 906 stuck in your ball trough

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December 2015

It wouldn’t be proper if we didn’t take reverence for this time of year and reflect a bit on 2015 and look forwards to the new year.

This month we fire up the jingle bells, turn up the Christmas lounge music and talk through some personal updates and then get into the Holiday mood and cover off on year-in-review, our goals for next year and talk about those in the hobby who deliver Christmas all year long.  We even check-list our ‘give-back’ to keep ourselves honest so we can keep an eye towards the thought of service back to the hobby, as well.

Although we tried our best to keep the show within our self-imposed “1 hour Christmas special” you can quickly see that all hope was lost and 3 hours later we put a bow on it and called it eggnog.

This episode is guaranteed to make any lump of coal just a little more fun, so stocking-stuffers beware!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Here’s how the show timings break down:

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Episode 35 – I color-matched the GI!

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November 2015

As we roll out of Thanksgiving and officially into the Christmas holiday season, it’s a good time of the year to relax, unwind and catch up on happenings in the hobby, in our lives and talk about what we’re thankful for this year.

As long and varied as that list actually is (and it takes us the entire episode to get through it) we manage to roll though some personal updates, Holiday plans, spending Brent’s money and our recent foray into LED lights for both under-cabinet and playfield modifications to our pinball machines.  Brent covers off on his Adam’s Family and Whitney discusses LED’ing out his AC/DC Pro amongst Thanksgiving turkey cooking tips and the usual side-bar conversations that make sense by the end of the episode!

It’s an all-access pass to what we thought would originally be a “quick one-hour show” (HAHAHA!!! – yeah…right!) so catch that gobbler and get ready for Cyber Monday BT-style!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Here’s how the show timings break down:

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Episode 34–12…It’s The Magic Number

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October 2015

Happy Halloween everyone!

As we bring October 2015 to a close, it’s time to start looking towards the upcoming holidays, time with family and friends and hopefully some quality game restoration time! We’re definitely looking forward to the same and to help kick off ‘our favorite time of the year’ we have a new episode to help get you through some of that oh-so-quiet garage time applying bondo and huffing magic eraser suds. Smile

One thing that never ceases to amaze is just how much you can accomplish, even on a short schedule.  Both Brent and I were on the road most of the month for work and vacation, yet we still managed to cover off on a lot of topics:

  • Brent goes to Disney and gives us the low-down on Disney Quest, he makes some great progress on the Burgertime and gives the Big Guns the boot.
  • Whitney gets another Satan’s Hollow, wishes he had worked on the Zoo Keeper, laments starting on the Rally-X and almost drops an R-Type to its death.

Add to that we cover off on everything you’d ever want to know about rebuilding a G07, respond to a boat-load of feedback, Brent finally understands why magic marker isn’t OEM on the Burgertime and talk about why you don’t take Whitney fishing.

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Episode 33–Who Didn’t See That One Coming?

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September 2015

Fall is in the air and with that comes the upcoming Holidays, family time and (hopefully) some good garage and playing time, as well.  Speaking of playing, it’s an interesting point to consider – if you could have any arcade games you wanted, what would make the cut on your top-10 list?  Brent and I answer that question this month and dive into the titles that win out over all others.  It’s a fun and lively discussion and it’s a segment we’ve been meaning to do for months and we’re happy to slot it in for this episode.

Personally – I was glad to see that Brent loves Donkey Kong so much… I knew he’d eventually come around.

Once Brent came down off his Donkey Kong high, we were able to get back to business and discuss some game room updates, new reproduction parts for this month, respond to a TON of feedback (thank you!!), do a mini-review of the movie Pixels and we learn a little about Brent’s multi-game cabinet… great story and one that will certainly hit home for anyone who shares the hobby with their family.

So grab your favorite Oktoberfest and warm up with a good blankie while episode #33 gives you more insight into our psyche than you probably ever wanted!

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