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BAM Future Pinball and BAM Mega Guide by TerryRed

TerryRed

Pinball Master
Welcome to the ALL NEW and updated...

Future Pinball and BAM Mega Guide

by TerryRed

Version 2.0, April 16, 2021


April 16, 2021: Big Update (the guide is now in PDF format!)


- I have decided to do away with posting the guide "content" directly on the forum (it was just getting so BIG!)
- instead I have created an all new version that is now formatted in PDF / DOCX files
- both the Guide PDF and all the FP and BAM Settings files I use with the guide are now included in one zip file!
- the guide has been completely updated to include new links for all the resources you need
- added links to my other new FP related guides
- lots of new info added
- I now include over 100 BAM Table CFG files that have a perfect POV for cabinet users (for the most commonly popular FP tables)


****** The new Future Pinball and BAM Mega Guide zip is attached to the bottom of this post! ******



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Future Pinball is a free Pinball Editor created by Christopher Leathley.

It has a lot of amazing tables to offer and enjoy for desktop, cabinet or VR users.

I wouldn’t want you to miss out, so I made this to help you to setup Future Pinball and BAM the right way the first time.

I hope it’s helpful and you enjoy Future Pinball and all it has to offer like I do.



For an EPIC demo that shows off what Future Pinball and BAM are capable of... watch this video (Tron fans will be happy)





Cabinet, Desktop and VR

While this guide was made initially for cabinet owners…it covers all you need for desktop and VR users as well


I recommend always using the Mega-Guide in order, as it is more “up to date” with important details and changes not covered in my videos.
  • the Mega Guide covers the initial setup and use for FP and BAM. This is needed for whatever you want to use. (Desktop, Cabinet or VR)
  • other sections are optional features such as Pinup Player, PinEvent, DOFLinx, DOF or front-ends
  • there may seem like a lot of info… but when you cover Desktop, Cabinet, VR, etc… well, there’s lots of info!
  • you can’t just jump into VR or PinEvent or PuP etc without getting FP and BAM running normally first
  • start simple… get FP and BAM and your favorite tables working first… then move on to the more advanced stuff
  • it’s important to use the specific FP settings I show you!
  • This will ensure maximum compatibility with all tables and the best visuals they may offer
  • I have included links for Future Pinball tables at most of the main FP table sites. If I’m missing any, please let me know!
  • Future Pinball and BAM are easier to setup with this guide and use compared to learning everything you need to know with Visual Pinball as a noob
  • I have included a FAQ as well at the bottom of the Mega Guide

NOTE: I update this guide when new updates or info are relevant. Check back regularly for new updates and essential info.






Future Pinball and BAM Installed: Simple… FAST… then PLAY
  • I made two new UP TO DATE video guides
  • one is made only for single screen Desktop users
  • the other is made only for multi screen CABINET users
  • I wanted to do this to show how EASY it is to get setup quickly and be able to play these awesome “new” Future Pinball tables!
  • I use my FP and BAM Mega Guide as the only source, just like you guys would, to completely install FP and BAM and be ready to go in minutes!

The first 15-25 minutes for each video is:
  • the entire install and setup (which is actually much quicker if I didn’t explain anything)
  • you don’t need to worry about BAM setup as my install files will get you properly setup with BAM and other settings
  • downloading and installing tables
  • it’s really easy guys!

The rest of each video is:
  • explaining the many cool BAM features you can play around with on all tables
  • explaining BAM cfg files
  • how to disable bam settings in table script (if used)
  • show examples for controls, Special 1 for Action/Fire
  • xml files for old tables using LOTR as an example
  • gameplay demos of the latest Star Wars DSA U-Pro, Iron Man U-Pro, and Indiana Jones U-Pro

Everything is bookmarked in the Youtube video description for quick and easy access!





 

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Gimli

Pinball Master
Sorry to hear that Terry, you poured so much love into that site.
Silver lining having all your stuff here.
Regards brother
 

AnonTet

Pinball Hall of Famer
Site Supporters
Thank you for the effort of migrating everything here.

I've seen the ddos message and today this... Really sad
 

TerryRed

Pinball Master
Thank you for the effort of migrating everything here.

I've seen the ddos message and today this... Really sad

The DDOS was only the last straw. It was building up for a long time. People who don't care about the community just drove the enjoyment of the hobby out of randr... among other things.

I was always planning on posting the guides here. I was always waiting until they were at a point I wasn't updating them over and over.... and also the fact that I use almost 80 images for this one page alone that needs to be integrated correctly...or have them hosted elsewhere and linked in to prevent this needing to be done again, etc.
 

MMilaniM

Pinball Nudger
Hi Terry, I'm a man building my own cabinet, finding the idea of having a pinball machine in the house fascinating.
Personally I did it not only to play it, I find that the best thing is to overcome your limits (I don't have much knowledge of programming or electronics) and that the construction is absolutely more intriguing than the game.
I installed VP, FX3 (also following your tutorials) and these days I was reading your guides and installing FP. Tomorrow I was thinking of starting Pinevent. (I have seen that you will soon share the work done so far, and I can't wait to continue).
In summary, I think I represent many others who have wanted to try their hand at this venture, and on behalf of all I want to tell you that, even if it saddens me,I can understand your decision, but above all I want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for the incredible work you have done, for the clarity and the precision with which you wrote your long tutorials
GRAZIE Terry
 

Paolo

No Bam no Play
Chat Moderator
Site Supporters
With the sad demise of VPinball, I am now taking time to migrate my FP and BAM Mega Guide here.

It will take some time to get it complete, as all the pictures needed to be added again (some are only low res thumb nails), and I may not have the original images for all of them, etc.

Also, all links need to be added in manually again,etc.

I also don't currently have a HOME or dedicated place for PinEvent and all PinEvent tables and pup-pack. These require a site with the ability to store very large files ranging from 500Gb to over 1 GB each.

I will update the top of the page here with more info or updates about PinEvent and the guide.
VPinball is closed??? I guess for obvious reasons.
I see,you did a great job there.....maybe now you have found another HOME.
 
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Isaac Sauvage

Meep!
Site Supporters
Consultant
I also don't currently have a HOME or dedicated place for PinEvent and all PinEvent tables and pup-pack. These require a site with the ability to store very large files ranging from 500Gb to over 1 GB each.
I'm guessing... that first figure is 500mb, not gb?

@JonPurpleHaze,
You might want to confirm some of the site's bandwidth / storage details with the host. Would PN be able to take some (or all) of such a load?

Also, last time the 'large file-size issue' came up, only files ~300mb could be uploaded due to timeout issues. Anything larger effectively required an FTP connection, IIRC.

So, some stuff to consider.

Edit: Another thing to consider is that their site was evidently getting hit by frequent DDos attacks before the closure. So there may be bigger issues to consider, here. Such as the idea that a site hosting some of the same content might actually be a threat to the rash of businesses making money off pin sim content, and hence the attacks.
 
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TerryRed

Pinball Master
I'm guessing... that first figure is 500mb, not gb?

@JonPurpleHaze,
You might want to confirm some of the site's bandwidth / storage details with the host. Would PN be able to take some (or all) of such a load?

Also, last time the 'large file-size issue' came up, only files ~300mb could be uploaded due to timeout issues. Anything larger effectively required an FTP connection, IIRC.

So, some stuff to consider.

Edit: Another thing to consider is that their site was evidently getting hit by frequent DDos attacks before the closure. So there may be bigger issues to consider, here. Such as the idea that a site hosting some of the same content might actually be a threat to the rash of businesses making money off pin sim content, and hence the attacks.

The scumbag money makers need these sites, or they can never ever "try" to get new content...which they will need as tables go out of date and need updating often, as does the software, pup-packs, etc.

The content of pup-packs was never the issue or what caused the site attacks. We had many of them on the site for years without issue. I think the Wordpress software used on VPinball may have been more prone to attacks if anything.

So my question to you guys who own and run this site:

- are you able to host files up to about 1.5 GB in size?
- if so are you "willing" to host files of that size?
- if not, are you ok with external links to such large files from a MEGA link or something?

Bottom line is, I'm looking to host PinEvent tables and files here, and elsewhere if possible.

If you don't want to for any reason, I totally understand.
 

Isaac Sauvage

Meep!
Site Supporters
Consultant
I think the Wordpress software used on VPinball may have been more prone to attacks if anything.
A Ddos attack is a super-targeted attack, though.

I can understand spam / mal bots finding exploitations over time, like what happened with GoPinball, but a DDos attack says to me 'you really pissed someone off.'

Why?
 

TerryRed

Pinball Master
A Ddos attack is a super-targeted attack, though.

I can understand spam / mal bots finding exploitations over time, like what happened with GoPinball, but a DDos attack says to me 'you really pissed someone off.'

Why?

At a guess... possibly because of one specific seller of an "All in One HDD" of vp tables / pup-packs, etc (named Pinball King when he was on VPinball) who is a very well known jerk on the sites and FB groups. His Youtube site (which he used for selling the HDDs) was supposedly taken down (according to him) as a result from a well know community member (and dev) who has been after him for years now (and called this guy out to Google multiple times). Again this is according to this guy.

This guy was also really nasty to people on VPinball and Moderators didn't stand for it and booted him.

Not sure this was the reason for the DDOS attacks (and if he was the attacker)... but that is all I know.
 

TerryRed

Pinball Master
Think about archive.org maybe to store/link your data etc. ..

That's where I got everything so far... but it doesn't include file attachments or embedded pictures (just the low res thumbnails). So I needed to go old school and upload all the 75+ images to a separate site for this guide alone, and re-link and reformat the entire guide.... and each web site handles links different so it had to be re-done a few times.

Many more guides and uploads to go still.
 

Isaac Sauvage

Meep!
Site Supporters
Consultant
Think about archive.org maybe to store/link your data etc. ..
That's where I got everything so far... but it doesn't include file attachments or embedded pictures (just the low res thumbnails). So I needed to go old school and upload all the 75+ images to a separate site for this guide alone, and re-link and reformat the entire guide.... and each web site handles links different so it had to be re-done a few times.

Many more guides and uploads to go still.
No, not just for your own needs, Terry, not just doing your excellent guides.

The bigger issue (I think) is where to store these intensive resources?

@aztha is right, I think... that we need to get away from the idea that the burden is on discrete web-hosted sites, and probably break up the load. Like via torrents / archive,org, etc.

Agree / disagree?
 

TerryRed

Pinball Master
I honestly have no problem uploading my stuff to my Mega share in separate folders, and just use a link from that on my uploads?

I can see if that works ok.... if that's ok for you guys? If it works ok, then it may reduce any burden for you guys. I don't know what the limits are for download per day, etc... but hey something is better than nothing... even if people have to bee patient sometimes.
 

csangos

Pinball Nudger
I've been through the guide many times and cannot understand why my keyboard does not work in game. Even a new table fails to work. Only the tilt button works. Any ideas?
 

shiva

Administrator
Staff member
Site Supporters
Using Mega and posting links here in one big post would be for the best. We felt it could be too much for us to handle as we are not a VPX site, we are the classic vp and fp community site. Large files like that would have taken away resource space our community needs, and none of us here could offer support since none of us actually have cabinets or use these programs. Our existing community has to come first, they have been supporting this site for 18 plus years.
 

TerryRed

Pinball Master
For PinEvent tables.... the "tables" are usable by everyone... cabinet or desktop. PuP-Packs and Pinup Player are not "required" to use them (only if you want to use the pup-packs). So they can be posted like any other table and used like normal. The Mega link for each table would be for the large PuP-Pack files.
 

TerryRed

Pinball Master
I've been through the guide many times and cannot understand why my keyboard does not work in game. Even a new table fails to work. Only the tilt button works. Any ideas?

Be sure you are actually in focus with FP when it's running.

I know some things with controls (such as some gamepad AXIS) may not work correctly if your system language isn't set to English..
 

AnonTet

Pinball Hall of Famer
Site Supporters
Be sure you are actually in focus with FP when it's running.

I know some things with controls (such as some gamepad AXIS) may not work correctly if your system language isn't set to English..
I only found out 2 things:

- scores in DMD displays get corrupted graphics
- some specific regional characters like "ç" or "~" might be in other places so you're pressing the "wrong" keys if you're not aware
 

Dreamstate

Pinball Player
Hi Terry, first post, long time fan. I'm currently just trying to make my FP tables in a CoinOps build look better. Bam is installed, tables that came with the pack are working fine, others i've attempted to load from pinsimdb are not working and crash before they start. So now I'm trying to simply make the tables look better in bam and i'm up at the top where you first say you need to insert these two file links you've included and they aren't there. What am I missing?
BAM settings for Desktop.zip
BAM settings for Cabinet.zip
 

TerryRed

Pinball Master
Hi Terry, first post, long time fan. I'm currently just trying to make my FP tables in a CoinOps build look better. Bam is installed, tables that came with the pack are working fine, others i've attempted to load from pinsimdb are not working and crash before they start. So now I'm trying to simply make the tables look better in bam and i'm up at the top where you first say you need to insert these two file links you've included and they aren't there. What am I missing?
BAM settings for Desktop.zip
BAM settings for Cabinet.zip

They are attached to the bottom of the post.
 

Dreamstate

Pinball Player
I'm at this point:

  • download the latest BAM update zip
  • extract and overwrite the files in your “FuturePinball \ BAM” folder (except default.cfg)
  • DON’T replace your default.cfg file with the default.cfg from the update zip! That will overwrite my default.cfg that you use for good default POV and lighting!
When I take a look inside the Future Pinball > Bam folder this is no default.cfg file inside the BAM folder from the fresh BAM and FP install.

There is a default.seq file and at the top a folder labeled "cfg" and it's empty.

I have deleted and ran the two in one FP and BAM installer twice with zero luck in creating a default.cfg file in the FP>BAM folder.
 

TerryRed

Pinball Master
By default there is no default.cfg on a fresh new install. That's normal.

BAM creates default.cfg when its first run (if one doesn't exist), or it overwrites the current default.cfg when you save your BAM settings ("Save as Default" in the BAM menu while playing).

So when I say to not replace the default.cfg I gave you (after you installed it), that is meant for only after you already had a working setup and don't want to replace it with the default.cfg from an update zip (as you will not be using the settings I setup for you in BAM).

Does BAM and FP run for you at all?
 
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