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  1. 3 hours ago, bradigor said:

    Also as a follow up question. As I have always loved pinball, but just played what I found, never realising the evolution...

     

    @OmizzayYou put table types as SS, DMD, Original in this post.
     

     

    I know SS is Solid State, but when you list as DMD, what is that? Still SS? I also knoe EM is Electro-Mechanical and is generally pre-80's stuff on the whole. 

     

    Are all modern tables* SS? I know the Scottywic one is a SS Original, but just tryiong to get an understanding. For building a collection more than anything, as want to try and seperate out table types onto different drives to make them plug and play to a degree. Eg:

     

    Drive 1 - EM

    Drive 2 -  SS

    Drive 3 - Original

     

    The idea will be to have a mini PC with 2 monitors attached and then plugging in the correct HDD running the software and hosting the tables. 

    Yeah I know the Bally Williams games are still Solid State, but what I meant by DMD is that the graphics on the DMDs begin to improve with various animations etc instead of just having the scores up.  Mainly the 90s classic games which I consider the golden age of pinball with the likes of Addams Family, Twilights Zone, Whitewater, etc.

     

    I have zero interest in EMs so I actually ended up removing most of them off my machine.

  2. 8 minutes ago, bradigor said:

    Generally, how long after a real table is released do the Virtual ones get made in the community?

     

    Looking at Led Zepplin for example. The real table came out in Feb 2021*, but can only find some original tables for Virtual. Not a complaint obviously, just more curious.

     

     

    *https://www.ipdb.org/search.pl?yr=2021&sortby=name&searchtype=advanced#6761

    There's usually an understanding from the community to give a 3 year gap before releasing recreations.  But most of the newer tables are quite an undertaking, not like the DMD tables.  Batman 66 for example was built from the ground up by quite a big team.  Same with Guardians of the Galaxy and the upcoming Black Knight Sword of Rage.

     

    Also, it's mainly Stern that seem to be fine with the visual pinball scene.  Jersey Jack who produce some amazing games have publicly stated that they are against the practice so no one attempts to recreate theirs.

  3. 1 hour ago, bradigor said:

     

     

    @Omizzayhappy for suggestions, just picked at random as not a clue what to do next

    I'm a bigger fan of the DMD Bally Williams Sega era of pinball personally.  But we can do a few options per week (maybe one Solid State, one or two DMDs and one original table)?

     

    My suggestions for this week's tables would be:

     

    Bad Cats (SS) - https://vpuniverse.com/forums/files/file/6529-bad-cats-williams-1989-vpw-mod/

    Theatre of Magic (DMD) - https://www.vpforums.org/index.php?app=downloads&showfile=14817

    The Getaway (DMD) - https://www.vpforums.org/index.php?app=downloads&showfile=13130

    Harry Potter (Original) - https://mega.nz/file/XM0UGRIJ#ryzH-w2E321ww3SqJFTF_VMZbr-ESmGdOxC-rsXwTIs

     

    Maybe try them all out first and see what you think and let's vote.  I'd be happy with any of the above.

  4. 18 hours ago, bradigor said:

     

    Done a random selection from the 80s... The Big House

     

    https://vpuniverse.com/forums/files/file/6210-big-house-gottlieb-1989-mod/

    Never heard of it.  Tried it a few times...not a big fan of the table or the physics in the digital version of it.  I don't mind Solid State games from the 80s/90s, but there are way better ones to choose from like Bad Cats, Firepower, Diner, Black Knight, Fathom etc.

     

    Maybe a better way to choose weekly tables would be to get a consensus from like 2 or 3 options with people voting? 

  5. 2 hours ago, bradigor said:

    Is there a way to setup a generic backglass that shows when the tables doesn't have a directb2s? Say I wanted to design something in photoshop and use it across all tables unless there is a directbs2?

     

    A workaround is to create something and set as my desktop wallpaper, but that feels like I would be losing out.

    Not really.  The backglass file has to match the table name exactly.  So the only way to do it I believe is to have multiple versions of it saved as different names.

  6. 5 hours ago, bradigor said:

    Backglass question. 

     

    The monitor I am using is a 1080p 24" and it stretches the backglass to a 16:9 aspect ration like so...

     

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    Which as you can see means the DMD doesn't fit the DMD area (happens on all tables). In the B2S setuip what should I use to get the right aspect ration? This is what I currently have.

     

    image.png.1bbebc7f6db949266539fc930597fabd.png

     

    You need to download Freezy 1.9 and then you'll be able stretch. and move the dmd to wherever you want: https://github.com/freezy/dmd-extensions/releases

  7. 2 hours ago, Cheeko said:

    This table feels a lot more forgiving than LOTR was, although I’m definitely go in g back to that one, I just wasn’t good enough for it yet.

    Yeah the physics aren't as realistic as VPW's are, but it's still a blast to play.

     

    Cheers for all the tips @Wizcat.  Hoping you'll join us.

  8. I linked to a PAPA video in the other thread.  But here's another one with Keith Elwin (the GOAT) explaining the rules for high scoring in more detail.  Basically, stick to Hell's Bell's for the best tactics.

     

     

  9. 3 hours ago, bradigor said:

    When I create the thread I'll make a a template so people can mention the platform they are on. 

    Honestly I don't think multiple platforms is the way to go.  For example, Zen Pinball's physics (even on their Williams tables) are a lot easier and more predictable than VPX's which depending or the table are a lot more realistic and close to the real thing.

     

    The beauty of VPX is that it's free and available to anyone with a PC.  I really think that that should be the platform of choice.  We can help our anyone struggling to set it up if that's the case.

  10. In non-VPX related news, Zen Studios has released more details of their upcoming Pinball FX platform which is the follow up to Pinball FX3, complete with better graphics and physics for all existing and upcoming tables.  Indiana Jones looks decent, but honestly I'm happy playing the VPW version on VPX which looks like it has more realistic physics anyway.

     

    The people in this video are all cringeworthy but the game looks decent, even though you will most likely have to re-download all the tables you have already bought many times over, or at the very least pay for a monthly subscription.

     

     

  11. 12 hours ago, bradigor said:

     

    Just wanted to ask something about this...

     

    Say my table fit perfect wide, but it short in height, just use the scale-y and offset-y to stretch and fine tune? I assume the stretch is minimal for most tables, so won't look weird like stretch a 4:3 game to 16:9, etc

    You can stretch and move as much as you want.

     

    I generally try to recreate the right dimensions of the original playfields as much as I can, even if it means having small borders on the left and right.  I would rather that look than stretched.  I also like to see the aprons and the side art / back of the cabinet so try to include those as well.

  12. 11 hours ago, bradigor said:

    Fuck yeah. 

     

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    Now because I am being awkward I need to have another instance of VPX so I can just run it on a single screen when I need to. Hope it is a case of duplicating the whole thing and changing the first part of the path. 

    And so it begins...Nice one man.  This setup will definitely give you a better experience than playing in desktop mode and the fact that it cost you nothing is amazing.  Next step should be some sort of DIY wood or MDF cabinet to house your playfield screen as well as some arcade buttons for flippers / launch / coins.  There a great groups on FB that can help you build a no frills cab if you're interested.

     

    I know it's still a couple of days early but I think I'm pretty much done with LOTR for a bit (I haven't been able to get anywhere near 100M again).  What does everyone think about doing two tables for next week so we can at least juggle between the two if one table is at a stalemate? 

     

    I'm thinking The Getaway: High Speed II (has great flow and also one of the best toys in pinball - the Supercharger) and AC/DC Power Up Edition (my favourite music pin).  If anyone else has table suggestions, please feel free to suggest away.

     

    The Getaway - https://www.vpforums.org/index.php?app=downloads&showfile=13130

    AC/DC Power Up - https://vpdb.io/games/acdc/releases/ektewy1nf

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