Monday, April 19, 2010

More "First Flip" Coverage

In the last post I referred to some of the folks who had a chance to "flip" the freshly wired playfield that we had completed for the Midwest Gaming Classic show in Milwaukee. We were happy to have Roger Sharpe step up and offer his input on Dennis' layout.

These "crazy flipper fingers" belong to Roger Sharpe. The blur in this shot catches a "slap save" or possibly a "backhand".

Here's a video that Ken Walker took with his cell phone of Roger's "first flip" on Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons.

When we got back we asked Roger if he would share his thoughts - good or bad - on the layout and accessibility of the shots or any other tidbits of "pin-wiz-dom"...

Roger Sharpe:
"The Midwest Gaming Classic provided the first chance to actually flip "Whoa Nellie" and I must say how impressed I am by the original design layout that Dennis and Greg have put together. What they have been able to achieve is a sublime elegance that not only remains true to the integrity of this electro-mechanical era but the subtleties of a more modern sensibility are neatly woven together in a seemless presentation."

"The game play is smooth with accessible shots back to the top as well as balance throughout the middle of the playfield for direct flipper shots as well as backhands. "Whoa Nellie" is going to become a true classic unto itself as a result, and the graphics are the epitome of what pinball art has always represented for this unique entertainment attraction. Congratulations to "Whizbang!!!"

Yes! Only Roger can make the play of pinball sound like the description of a fine wine or a great restaurant experience. I recall back in my early days of pinball at Bally, when Roger was still writing for the coin-op trade magazines, it was always great fun to read the latest review of a new pin-game from Roger. Thanks for all the kind words Roger!

And thanks again to all the great people at the Midwest Gaming Classic and for allowing us the opportunity to showcase the game and get some feedback.

And thanks to Ken Walker for having some good tech on hand and sharing the video. There are some more videos in the works and hopefully we'll have a link to those soon.

And don't forget, we still have some of the first batch of WNBJM t-shirts available. Don't delay - it's warming up out there. Contact us a with size and color preference. We'll invoice you through Paypal and include shipping and handling.

And for those of you not on Facebook, just a reminder we're at the Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown this weekend April 23 - 25. If you can be there our part of the showdown is at High Noon on Saturday the 24th. We'll be talkin' pinball from our perspective and showing some behind the scenes stuff from the days inside the business. Hope to see you there!

G & D

All art, sketches, or photos related directly to "Whizbang Pinball" or "Whoa Nellie (Brand) Big Juicy Melons" or "Whoa Nellie (Brand) Sweet Juicy Melons" are TM and Copyright 2009 WhizBang Pinball, Greg Freres, and Dennis Nordman.

Video courtesy of "Doctor" Ken Walker

All photos by G. Freres

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