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Monday, March 12th, 2018

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12:10a
This is why we bite the bullet; we know the kids are right

I'm keeping at a nice comfy pace in my mathematics blog too. Did you not have the RSS feed? I wouldn't know. Here's what I know I had:

Also, did you wonder What's Going On In Gil Thorp? And What's Marty Moon's Problem? December 2017 - March 2018 I try to answer that in my story strip review for the week. And now let's get back to the VFW Ann Arbor Pinball Museum.

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Williams's 1953 Nine Sisters, from back before everyone really agreed what a flipper was for. (To the right of the lone flipper is a rubber band with a kicker, so that side actually works as an extra, automatic, flipper). To the left of that 'Extra Special when lit' lane is actually a mechanism to kick the ball up into that weird little spiral, and from there up to the top of the playfield again. Also, those holes in the arc reading '500,000 N I N E' are gobble holes; you can catch your balls in there for 500,000 points each, at the loss of the ball for the rest of the game. In short: early flipper pinballs were really weird.


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And more staff getting something or other unstuck on Farfalla, a fairyland-themed game from Italian gamemaker Zaccaria. You can play the game in simulation on a phone or tablet computer. It's a pretty good game that's gorgeous to look at.


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Some more eccentricities: Class of 1812 is a goofy comic-horror themed game; Surf 'N' Safari a water park game; and World Tour and Mystery Castle tables from the short-lived Alvin G and Company, an attempt to carry on the Gottleib line after the venerable company shut down. Class of 1812 and World Tour you can play on Pinball Arcade.


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Backglass details of Class of 1812 which just reinforce that the game, whose multiball includes the sounds of a chicken clucking the 1812 Overture, is kind of a weird game.


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Amusement Holes. Playfield detail of the 1987 Zaccaria table Star's Phoenix which is, I guess, a bowling-and-gambling-themed table.


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Looking to the back of the playfield on Star's Phoenix, with a mockup restaurant offering Sabbett Frankfurters.


Trivia: The United Kingdom's Electric Telegraph Company, incorporated 1846, charged (for 20 words) 1d per mile for the first 50 miles; ½ d for each of the second 50; ¼ d for any distance past 100 miles. Source: The Age of Paradox: A Biography of England, John W Dodds.

Currently Reading: Superman: The Golden Age Dailies, 1942 - 1944, Jerry Siegel, Whitney Ellsworth, Joe Shuster, Wayne Boring, et al. (Book) Editor Dean Mullaney. (They don't have all the artists' names available.)

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