I discuss bingo resources, including Jeffrey Lawton's excellent bingo books (available on Amazon, or catch him at a show to snag a personalized autograph) the earliest bingos, and briefly talk about some gameplay innovations.
Episode 2 - Early Bingos
I discuss the later 25 hole games, magic squares and magic screens. I describe in detail the typical magic screen gameplay flow. Lastly, I talk about some of the things you want to inspect before plugging in and turning on your brand new bingo machine.
Episode 3 - Magic Squares and Magic Screen
I talk to myself about the purple section - only present on Silver Sails and Golden Gate. Putting three balls in this section would start a Golden Game, which moves the screen all the way to the left, and exposes several different gold sections. If you put two or three balls (depending on what is highlighted on the backglass) in the golden sections, you win the golden replays (single odds shown in a separate area of the backglass from the normal odds). I also discuss some more tech sections and begin moving to the more mundane - lamps, playfield parts, and pinballs.
Episode 6 - The Golden Game
What's the best part of games from the 60's? Challenge, fun, artwork, gameplay? To me it's the variety. What to look for in an EM Tech: I talk about safety, steppers, coil sleeves, cabinet paint, and playfield lockdowns. I'm still experimenting with my audio software, I typically strip the silence and umms from the recordings, but I think it sounds like I don't breathe. I've adjusted a bit and allowed for some blank space. Work in progress!
Episode 9 - What's So Great About the 60's?
In this episode, Double-Up breaks. I give a quick lesson in reading schematics, adjusting switches, and consulting the manual. I talk about the proper switch adjustment tool and how I'm a big scaredy cat when it comes to adjusting switches with the power on. I also talk about the method to replace a switch.
Episode 10 - Double-Up is Broken - Oh, No!
Big thanks to the support of two of my favorite pinball podcasts - The Pinball Podcast with Don and Jeff and The Spooky Pinball Podcast, specifically the EM Dungeon segment. Thanks fellas! One ball horse racing games were made by Bally and were around for over a decade before the first bingo.
Episode 12 - Single Ball Horse Racing Games
The devil is in the details, and carry-over switches are one detail that you can't ignore. Proper cleaning and adjustment allow for operation of the next higher score reel.
Episode 14 - Mini - Carry-Over Switches
Describing pictures is difficult. Beginning talk about what the symbols represent and what those devices do. I don't describe a switch in great detail, but will be doing so next time.
Episode 17 - Schematic Symbols Described
I talk to Steve Smith and give him wide berth to tell his view of how we met and how I fell in love with bingos. He discusses various topics, including differences between flipper vs. bingo pinball, playing on location as a kid, and how he got his first pinball. Forgive sound quality - I was sitting too far from the mic and didn't notice.
Episode 19 - Steve Smith Interview 3-29-15
I talk with Ava about Pop-A-Card, the first game I purchased, and the machine that brought me my love of repairing and playing Gottlieb machines (all eras) and EMs and Bingos!
Episode 20 - Guest Pop-A-Card 3/30/15
Woodrails gave us some of the toys and mechanical devices that we still use today. Tech talk: flippers - how to disassemble and rebuild. These same basic instructions apply to anything with an EOS switch (basically machines up to 1990ish).
Episode 21 - Woodrails and Flippers