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The Stern of the Union Address will be presented on the first Tuesday of every month (holiday and vacation excepted).  Without further ado my fellow pinheads:

Star Wars Comic Art:

In celebration of Triple Force Friday, Stern Pinball announced the availability of a new line of pinball machines celebrating the iconic comic artwork from the Star Wars galaxy. Star Wars Comic Art pinball machines feature the artwork of one of today’s most popular artists, Randy Martinez. Randy has been illustrating for over 30 years receiving countless accolades for his work. With a broad spectrum of skills, Randy has been creating cartoons, caricatures, illustrations, paintings, and 3D art for Lucasfilm since 1999.  Star Wars Comic Art pinball machines are available in Pro and Premium Edition models.  Read the official IGN news release and see official pictures on our website –

Check out this behind the scenes interview with artist Randy Martinez who created the new art package for our Star Wars Comic Art pinball machines here!


Chicago Pinball Expo:

Stern Pinball launched the new Elvira’s House of Horrors pinball machine in style in the exclusive Pin Lounge sponsored by Stern Pinball and Marco Specialties at this year’s 35th Annual Pinball Expo!  Special guest Cassandra Peterson (aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark) was on hand to help officially launch the new game.  In addition, the Stern Pro Circuit Flip-Out Tournament and the Chicago Belles & Chimes Women’s and Kids’ tournaments were held in the Pinball Lounge.  Here are some highlights from this year’s event.

Join us in congratulating Pat Powers on his induction into the Pinball Expo Hall of Fame! Pat has worked for Stern Pinball since 2003 and has patiently assisted countless pinball machine owners via 1-800-KICKERS and our online tech support system.


Elvira Launch Parties:

The official Elvira’s House of Horrors Pinball Launch Party list has been set.  Parties will be taking place all over the world!  Check out the final list and location nearest you.  Come out for your chance to win an official Elvira Pinball Launch Party trophy and other prizes.  Launch parties are hosted in conjunction with the IFPA (International Flipper Pinball Association) and the Stern Army.  Official launch parties can only be held at official Stern Army locations!  For more information on joining the Stern Army please e-mail


Stern Army Updates:

The Stern Army continues to grow with members spreading the gospel of pinball across the globe.  Here are our newest members and the pinball locations they support:

  • Private David Bushea of Ohio (The Basement)
  • Private Doug Lee of Michigan (Fricks Bar)
  • Private Eric Clay of Oregon (Quackers Last Stop)

Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Specialist to Corporal:

  • Corporal Mitch Curtis of Massachusetts (Flat Top Johnny’s)
  • Corporal John Jundt of Minnesota (The Mermaid and St. Paul Tap)
  • Corporal Jesse Backer of Ohio (Arcade Legacy)
  • Corporal Gene X Hwang of California (Gestalt)
  • Corporal Steve Keeler of New York (Rock Fantasy)
  • Corporal Matt Walton of Oregon (Level Up Arcade)

Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Private First Class to Specialist:

  • Specialist Bryan of Broyles of Georgia (Portal Pinball Arcade)
  • Specialist Alex Harmon of Michigan (Blind Squirrel Tavern)
  • Specialist Brian Bannon of Missouri (Padavan’s NY Restaurant)
  • Specialist Marcus Trevino of Texas (Versus Gameplay, Nickelrama Arcade and BOS Pinball Lounge)

Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Private to Private First Class:

  • Private First Class Christopher Doyle of Texas (What’s Brewing?)
  • Private First Class Lyndon Carter of Australia (Australian Pinball Museum)
  • Private First Class Ryan Cazz of Australia (Pinball Paradise and Moon Dog World)
  • Private First Class John Cosson of Australia (The Ivory Tavern)

For more information and to join the Stern Army, please reach out to


Stern Army Circuit:

Stern Pinball and the International Flipper Pinball Association launched the official Stern Army Circuit!  The IFPA will be tracking the WPPR points earned at all IFPA sanctioned events held at Stern Army locations throughout the calendar year.  At the end of the year, the top 10 finalists will receive prizes from Stern Pinball for their achievement.  For more information and live standings of this circuit, visit –


Stern Insider All-Access:

Congrats to Lauren from Colorado, October’s Stern Insider All-Access winner!  Lauren received an Elvira’s House of Horrors playfield autographed by lead game artist Greg Freres and lead programmer Lyman Sheats!  Do you have All-Access?  To register and become a Stern Insider, please visit


Stern Insider Pinball Podcast:

In celebration of Force Friday, Stern Pinball announced the availability of a new line of pinball machines celebrating the iconic comic artwork from the Star Wars galaxy. Meet the artist behind this creation by listening to episode 4 of the Stern Insider Pinball Podcast featuring the famous Star Wars artist, Randy Martinez! This podcast series is only available to Stern Insiders so don’t miss out!

Episodes can be found here after logging in to your Insider account –


Sharpeshooting with the Pros:

Sharpeshooting with the Pros, a new Stern Insider All-Access series coming soon!


Stern Army Black Knight Ransom Championship Tournament:

Stern Pinball and the International Flipper Pinball Association are teaming up to sponsor a global Stern Army High-Score Tournament on Black Knight: Sword of Rage Pro, Premium and LE pinball machines.  Players can enter by participating in any IFPA-sanctioned Stern Army events that include Black Knight in their tournament.  For full details on this exciting tournament visit –


George Gomez at Chicago Ideas Week:

Check out a replay of George Gomez discussing pinball design at Chicago Ideas Week!


Gary Stern at Brasil Game Show:

Matic, Stern Pinball’s official distributor for Brazil, was super busy last month at this year’s Brasil Game Show, promoting pinball to nearly 800,000 attendees at this year’s show! Well 800,001 if you count Gary Stern who was on hand to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award!


Stern Pro Circuit:

Congrats to all competitors at the Chicago Pinball Expo Flip Out tournament and the 24 Hour Final Battle at the Sanctum Stern Pro Circuit tournament.  In the end, Escher Lefkoff emerged victorious at the Chicago Pinball Expo Flip Out tournament (all 4 finalists were under the age of 18 at this event!) and Jerry Bernard won the 24 Hour Final Battle at the Sanctum tournament.  For full details on the Stern Pro Circuit presented by eBay, and to keep up with the current standings and schedule, please visit –


2019 Stern Pro Circuit Rankings – Top 10
1st  Steven Bowden San Antonio, TX
2nd  Escher Lefkoff CO
3rd  Raymond Davidson Everett, WA
4th  Keith Elwin Carlsbad, CA
5th  Karl DeAngelo Fontana, CA
6th  Colin Urban Portland, OR
7th  Aleksander Kaczmarczyk PA
8th  Jim Belsito Murrieta, CA
9th  Andy Rosa Flint, MI
10th  Colin MacAlpine Austin, TX

Only two remaining Stern Pro Circuit Events left on the season!

Stern Pro Circuit Event Date Website
Free Play Florida 11/22-24
OBX Flippers Fall Tournament 11/22-24


Portland Retro Gaming Expo and #FindMike:

#FindMike – Mike Vinikour, Associate Game Developer at Stern Pinball, will be at the Grand Ole Gameroom Expo and Houston Arcade Expo shows, hanging around in the Marco Specialties booth answering questions, teaching the rules to games and giving away Stern swag to fans who challenge him to games!  Additional thanks to our local dealers Music City Pinball (Nashville) and Joystix (Houston) for their collaboration!


The Making of Jurassic Park Pinball:

Take a look behind the scenes with the team at Stern Pinball as they discuss how they made the all-new Jurassic Park pinball machine!


Status of Code:

We are continuously working to update and improve software for our machines.  There are always code updates and bug fixes in various stages of development; we will release them upon update completion.  Here are some of the latest updates and the status of things in the works.  If you would like to join our mailing list for code updates, please send an e-mail to  If you do encounter any bugs please feel free to provide information to

  • Elvira – For all Elvira owners, please make sure you have updated your game to the most current code version (v0.86.). This code contains major bug fixes and enhancements that will significantly improve the gameplay and reliability of your game.  Be on the lookout for a new code update later this month.
  • Jurassic Park – For all Jurassic Park owners, be on the lookout for a new code update later this month.
  • Batman ’66 – There is a new Batman update in the works.



Check out our Stern Shop for all accessories, collectibles, clothing and more including this month’s featured items: Jurassic Park accessories, Black Knight accessories, Stern hoodie and winter hat.

The Star Wars topper is currently in production and we’ll make a formal announcement once it’s available for purchase after production is completed.  All Stern Pinball accessories are also available to purchase from your local authorized dealer –


Stern Spotlight – Mark Guidarelli:

“My name is Mark Guidarelli, but most people in the gaming industry call me Guido.  I am the Senior Systems Engineer here at Stern Pinball, joining the product development team in 2017.  I have been working in the gaming industry for the past 25 years with published titles on the PC, Mac, home consoles, and arcade coin-op platforms.

In addition to game development, I have worked in the Defense industry and developed software for 2D CAD, 3D animation/rendering, movie production tools, and income tax preparation.  Prior to joining Stern Pinball, I led a development organization that created a best-in-class product for the pay television industry.

Joining Stern Pinball was a breath of fresh air after working a dozen years in a Fortune 100 (and after a merger Fortune 10) company.  Previously at Bally/Midway/Williams, I worked with many members of the Stern product development team and consider myself fortunate to have that opportunity once again after 20 years.

At Stern, I am responsible for the Spike platform software: the underlying operating system, frameworks, and firmware.  I partner with hardware engineering and technical support to define the technology roadmap and derive system requirements.  I have the opportunity to work with most of the groups within Stern including: software, hardware, support, manufacturing, marketing, and management.  Every day I get to contribute to making a fun product with an amazing team of people.

The first pinball machine I ever played was Gottlieb’s Pop-A-Card, and the first arcade game was Chicago Coin’s Carnival Rifle.  (Does anyone know where I can find one of these?)  Beyond pinball, I enjoy brewing beer, researching the Antikythera Mechanism, and spending time with my wife Sally and our 5 cats (don’t judge me).”

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