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TWIP – The TWIPY Awards – VOTE NOW, Batman ’66 Code – A First for Pinball, List of Thunderbirds Changes, More

The Scoop


VOTE for your favorites in 2017!


(should take less than two minutes and you can skip questions)

And the categories are…

Best Theme

Best Theme Integration

Best Sound/Callouts

Best Artwork

Best Rules/Code

Best Lightshow

Best Toys/Gimmicks

Best Playfield Layout and Gameplay

Best Display/Animations

Favorite Pinball Podcast

Favorite Pinball Twitch Streamer

Favorite Pinball YouTube Channel

Favorite New Mod



Batman ’66 Channel Changing – A First for Pinball

Stern Pinball released a code update last week for Batman ’66 – for full details of code v0.84, click here.  One of the notes in the update included the following: “Added CHANNEL CHANGING for the main TV when small TVs are displayed.  Press and hold the GADGET BUTTON for ~1/4 second to change the video, music, and lights that are associated with the main TV.”  What does this mean?

You know how sometimes you have multiple modes stacked (stacked basically means multiple modes running at the same time) that you’re trying to finish?  But the machine is just showing one mode, and you have to remember which shots are you need in the other mode that is running “behind the scenes”?  Channel Changing fixes that problem – it allows you to change which mode the machine is showing – the lights, video, and music will change to associate with the mode that you choose.  Other modes will still be running in the background.  This is believed to be a first in pinball, very cool feature!  Check it out below:

List of Thunderbirds Playfield Changes, Shipping Update

A couple weeks ago, Homepin announced on their Facebook page that they were listening to feedback and making some changes to their upcoming game, Thunderbirds.  Pinball Magazine shared in their November Monthly Recap that there are over a dozen changes.  Pinball Magazine also shared that the most notable changes are:

  • Opening up the area to the right of the pop bumpers under the flyover ramp. This has resulted in a lot more popbumper action and the ball seeing a lot more side to side action on the playfield. The engineering drawing above has several small arrows in it as a reference for the playfield artist to reposition some elements of the artwork.

  • The variable push target under The Mole has been replaced with a captive ball, which seems to work a lot better during game play.

  • Two in/outlane posts have been added to prevent the all too easy loss of balls down the outlane. This has extended ball times and makes the game much more enjoyable.

  • The size of various toys on the playfield has been adjusted. TB2 will be smaller, see the prototype model above next to the original sized TB2, while The Mole will be about 20% bigger due to the use of a more reliable, steel shafted motor.

Mike from Homepin also shared on Pinside that “there are no machines headed outside Australia and New Zealand for at least the next 12 months”.  For more info and some exclusive pictures of the changes mentioned above, visit Pinball Magazine’s November Recap here.

Stern of the Union – Code Updates, Stern in China, More

The Stern of the Union was released on Tuesday.  To read it in full, click here.  In the coding update section were the following highlights:

  • Guardians of the Galaxy – We have several updates coming before the holidays, with 1.0 slated for January.  We’re still working hard on balancing and polishing sound assets; it’s an ongoing process and clearly we are aware of some of the issues.  We have every intention to make the audio package and game experience spectacular.

    • **TWIP NOTES: v0.73 was released last week – click here for details.  There are unconfirmed rumors that v0.90 may be available by December 15th in time for GOTG Launch Parties.  More unconfirmed rumors are saying that the custom call outs from Rocket will be included with that update.

  • Star Wars – The team is hard at work and we’re still looking at releasing 1.0 code in early December.  In case you missed it from last month the updates will include bug fixes, score balancing and additional speech.  Some of the content will be:

    • Escape from Hoth, Escape from Tatooine, Battle Above Endor will get polish and rule enhancements with some cool added effects

    • Depending on which character you select, the heroes will receive additional perks with Leia’s bonus increasing all scoring in the 4th missions, Han increasing the timer to last longer during the Escape from Boba Fett mode and Luke’s bonus adding a higher scoring opportunity in the Light Saber Duel mode.

  • Batman ’66 – The dedicated programming team is still working on another release around the New Year.  This will include additional minor villain modes into the mix.

  • Ghostbusters – With Star Wars coming to completion soon, we will be focusing on a final update for Ghostbusters.

  • Aerosmith – Aerosmith will be getting a little more polish.

  • KISS – KISS code will have a final update in the near future as well.

  • Just because a game isn’t listed on here doesn’t mean there can’t be surprises from time to time either! (i.e. The Walking Dead v1.60)

Stern also mentioned that the Star Wars accessories would not be released until after the holidays.  In addition, Stern announced their expansion into China and that their exclusive importer and distributor for China would Guangzhou Stern Electronic Technology Company – for the full announcement regarding Stern in China, click here.

The Impact of the Project Pinball Charity

Project Pinball is an organization that “places pinball machines in children’s hospitals to provide recreational relief to patients, family members, and hospital staff”.  A video was released last week on the Stitch Facebook page that highlights their efforts – view it here.

You can help by entering their raffle for a chance to win a FREE new Stern pinball machine – right now the raffle is for a Guardians of the Galaxy Premium or a Stern Pro machine.  You can also donate a pinball machine or a give a monetary donation – click here for info.  Check out how this organization is impacting kids and their families with this note on Facebook from last week:


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Waiting for you to buy an LED lighting kit

Now is the best time to visit Pinball Bulbs

…Trivia – did you know nothing really rhymes with bulbs?

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**Poem about Pin Stadium Lighting and GIVEAWAY!**

If its hard to see your ball on the playfield

Fear not, a new mod has been revealed

You need to check out Pin Stadium Lights

Even if their marketing causes forum fights

What’s Happening with PAPA 21?

The PAPA World Championship, which is one of the four tournaments considered to be a Major Championship in the sport (yep) of pinball, has not been scheduled for 2018 yet.  There has been a lot of speculation as to if and when the tournament would be held.  Last year, PAPA 20 was won by Escher Lefkoff and was held April 5-9, 2017.  PAPA is currently in the midst of selling their current building and searching for a new building, and have yet to schedule PAPA 21.

We received an update on Tilt Forums last week that PAPA 21 would NOT happen in early 2018 (the past several years it has been held early in the year).  PAPA also declined the invitation to be part of the Stern Pro Circuit since they do not yet have a firm date or facility.  TWIP will keep you updated as more details are released.

The Queensland Pinball Championships

Congrats to Luke French who beat out Brett Goodwin to win the Queensland Pinball Championship in Australia.  The championship was streamed by Jack Danger of Dead Flip and got quite a bit of news coverage, including the video in this tweet, this article, and this video where Jack Danger is referred to as an “international pinball sensation”!

**Previous tweet from Jack Danger:

My manager to all these rock-stars and managers “This is my client, Jack Danger! He’s a pinball celebrity!”


Victory Laps – End of Post Bonus

MATCH! – Next game…what is Coming Up on This Week in Pinball

  • We’ve recently learned more about the “5 Days of Deeproot” and will releasing that info soon

  • A deep dive into American Pinball’s Houdini will soon be released with Likes, Dislikes, Rules, What We Know, and more

  • We’ll soon be releasing an interview with a top pinball designer – stay tuned!

Upcoming Games and Rumors

Stern Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Aerosmith

  • AC/DC Vault Edition

  • Star Wars

  • Guardians of the Galaxy


  • Elvira 3

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Iron Maiden?

  • Jurassic World?

  • Deadpool?

  • Pulp Fiction?

  • New Ka-Pow Title?

  • Steve Ritchie Unlicensed?

  • Keith Elwin Game?

Spooky Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Rob Zombie’s Spookshow International

  • Dominos (*contract game)

  • Jetsons (*contract game)

  • Total Nuclear Annihilation (*contract/house game)


  • Alice Cooper’s Nightmare Castle

  • Ben Heck’s game

American Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Houdini

Dutch Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Bride of Pinbot 2.0

  • Bride of Pinbot 3.0 (on hold)

  • The Big Lebowski (production issues)

Circus Maximus

  • The Pinball Circus Remake

  • Kingpin?

Silver Castle Pinball

  • Timeshock (coming soon)

Jersey Jack Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Wizard of Oz

  • The Hobbit

  • Dialed In

  • Pirates of the Caribbean

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Toy Story?

  • Willy Wonka?

  • The Muppets?

Chicago Gaming/Planetary Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Medieval Madness Remake

  • Attack From Mars Remake

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Monster Bash Remake?

  • Big Bang Bar Remake?

  • Cactus Canyon Remake?

Heighway Pinball

Most Recent Titles

  • Full Throttle

  • Alien (shipping)

Rumors of Future Titles

  • Queen?

  • Barry Oursler Licensed Theme

  • Barry Oursler UnLicensed Theme

P3 (Multimorphic)

  • Lexy Lightspeed

  • Cannon Lagoon

  • Cosmic Cart Racing


  • Thunderbirds (coming soon)

Phénix Pinball

  • Olympic Goblin

Deeproot Pinball

  • Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland?

  • Alice in Wonderland?

  • Magic Girl?

**TWIP dreams of the day Harry Potter Pinball will be added to these rumors. Ms. Rowling, I’d be willing to give Dobby ALL my socks if you approve this!

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