STERN OF THE UNION ADDRESS – DECEMBER 2020
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 Pin™:
Stern Pinball announced today the availability of the Star Wars™ Comic Art Pin™, a new stylish, affordable, and fun pinball machine designed and engineered for the home.
Based upon the highly successful Star Wars™ Original Consumer Pin™, Stern’s new Star Wars™ Comic Art Pin™ celebrates the iconic comic artwork from the Star Wars galaxy. Star Wars™ Comic Art Pin™ immerses players in the dynamic Star Wars™ universe. The Pin™ is packed with features that provide players with an irresistible game experience including select speech and footage from the original Star Wars™ trilogy, color-changing playfield inserts, a custom sculpted Death Star, and a custom sculpted and interactive TIE fighter.
Visit the official Star Wars™ Comic Art Pin™ game page for full details.
The Making of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
Stern Pinball presents a behind the scenes look at the making of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pinball. Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, trained in the art of ninjutsu by their wise rat sensei, Master Splinter. Is New York City ready for these radical reptile brothers? With a sick sewer lair and tough friends like April O’Neil and Casey Jones, the Turtles are about to face evils more dangerous and pizza more delicious than anything they could have ever imagined. In this pinball adventure players will go to battle as the Turtles fight villains like Shredder, the Krang and loads of super-powerful mutants, to become the heroes they were destined to be, and have loads of fun along the way! Check out the video here and COWABUNGA!!!
Stern Insider Pinball Podcast:
Available for all Stern Insiders, listen to this new panel discussion with the Stranger Things team including lead programmer Lonnie Ropp, associate game developer Mike Vinikour, and lead game designer Brian Eddy! They discuss their journey to 1.0 Code and transporting players into the Upside Down pinball-style on episode 9 of the Stern Insider Pinball Podcast!
All episodes can be found here after logging into your Insider account –https://sternpinball.com/account/
Stern Insider Pinball Podcast – The Raymond Files:
Available to All-Access Insiders, listen to several episodes of the Raymond Files! Software Engineer and current #1 ranked pinball player in the world Raymond Davidson dives deep into the rules behind Avengers: Infinity Quest. These episodes explore several topics such as SUPER MODES, THE GRID, THOR AND IRON MAN MULTIBALL, GEM QUESTS, HAWKEYE, CAPTAIN MARVEL, MYSTERY AWARDS, WIZARD MODES, AVENGER AND GEM PERKS, TROPHIES AND TROPHY MANIA on these bonus episodes of the Stern Insider Pinball Podcast!
All episodes can be found here after logging into your Insider account –https://sternpinball.com/account/
While it’s exciting that there was a new Iron Maiden LIVE concert album that dropped on November 20th, we were too busy being distracted by what’s behind Bruce Dickinson in this video announcement!
Do you have a PlayStrongTM pinball story to share with the world? Send your inspirational message and pictures to Insider@sternpinball.com for a chance to be featured across Stern’s social media channels in addition to winning exclusive Stern swag and merchandise! Check out these incredible #PlayStrong stories featuring DJ Drama, Brian “Q” Quinn from Impractical Jokers, actress Darby Camp, a tribute to the late Alex Trebek, and a special appearance by world pinball champion, Escher Lefkoff on the Austin Talent Show!
Check out this video of Heavy Metal pinball machines rolling off the production line!
Pinball at Dave & Busters:
Pinball is back at Dave & Busters in a big way! Check out this video showcasing a new test setup highlighting the game LCD and a live view of the playfield on independent monitors. Much more to come with this initiative so stay tuned!
Dead Flip Pinball Streaming:
Make sure you are subscribed to Jack Danger’s Dead Flip channel to watch some special streams including last month’s streams of Avengers, Beatles, Deadpool with George Gomez and Tanio Klyce, and some tips on breaking down a pinball machine for transport!
Gameroom of the Month:
Congrats to Steve Kneeream of Pennsylvania on being named the recipient of Gameroom of the Month! Do you have a special home gameroom you want to share with the world? Leave a photo comment on this Facebook post and you may be our next winner! Not on social media? Not a problem! You can submit your incredible gameroom directly to Insider@sternpinball.com for your chance to win an exclusive Stern Swag Pack!
Stranger Things Autographed Cards:
Included in the next 50 games of Stranger Things Pro machines is a special gift from the Upside Down! Contact your local dealer or distributor in time for the holidays while supplies last! https://sternpinball.com/buy-a-game/
#StrangerThings #TheFind #UpsideDown #PinballFun #PlayStrong
Stranger Things 1.0:
It’s gonna be okay. Remember, Bob Newby, Superhero. Miss the special 1.0 Stranger Things stream with Dead Flip and the design team where a few lucky viewers won Demogorgons? Not to worry, catch a replay of this special stream here!
Pinball Rental Program:
Stay entertained by staying inside with the latest Stern Pinball machines! Even if your local bar or arcade is temporarily unavailable, there are plenty of opportunities to play the newest Stern games. Contact your local authorized Stern dealer for more information on renting your very own Stern pinball machine where available! https://sternpinball.com/find-a-dealer/
Stern Army Updates:
The Stern Army continues to grow with members spreading the gospel of pinball across the globe.
Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Specialist to Corporal:
- Corporal Brad Steinke of Minnesota (BlainBrook Bowl)
- Corporal John Bowes of North Carolina (Boxcar Bar + Arcade)
- Corporal Sean Bueter of North Carolina (Reboot Arcade Bar)
- Corporal Augustus Eustis of Massachusetts (Southern NH Pinball Club)
- Corporal Schuyler Lane of California (The Dip)
- Corporal Barry Gluckstein of New York (Pocketter Billiards & Sports Bar)
- Corporal Kevin Grillo of Georgia (My Parent’s Basement)
- Corporal Bruce Nightingale of New York (The Silverball Saloon)
- Corporal Mike Frasca of Maryland (Crabtowne)
- Corporal Mark Carvey of Rhode Island (Flip Side Pinball Bar)
Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Private First Class to Specialist:
- Specialist Eric Sutton of North Carolina (Bill’s Front Porch and Cape Fear Wine & Beer)
- Specialist Jason Lynch of Australia (Empire Alternacade & Events)
- Specialist Dan Bitterlich and Justin Lafreniere (Quazar’s Arcade and Peacock Billiards)
- Specialist David Andersen of Colorado (Pinball Jones)
For more information and to join the Stern Army, please reach out to SternArmy@sternpinball.com
Stern Insider All-Access:
Congrats to Julie from Washington, November’s Stern Insider All-Access winner! Julie received a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles playfield autographed by lead game designer John Borg and lead game developer Dwight Sullivan! Do you have All-Access? To register and become a Stern Insider, please visit https://sternpinball.com/stern-insider/
IFPA Challenge Rankings (ICR):
In order to provide a competitive alternative in the current climate, the International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA) announced the implementation of the IFPA Challenge Rankings (ICR) for all players leading to the inaugural IFPA Challenge Rankings Championship! For full details, standings and prize information, please click here to learn more and connect with other players around the world!
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 Code.Updates@sternpinball.com. If you do encounter any bugs please feel free to provide information to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Avengers: Infinity Quest – For all Avengers owners, please make sure you are up to date with the most current code version (v0.94.0) released last week. Be on the lookout for a new code update later this month.
- Stranger Things – For all Stranger Things owners, please make sure you have updated your game to the most current code version (v1.00.0) released last week. This code contains numerous game enhancements, additional polish, adjustments, system updates and bug fixes.
- Black Knight: Sword of Rage – For all Black Knight owners, please make sure you are up to date with the most current code version (v1.02.0) released last week. This code update includes game enhancements, additional polish, game adjustments, bug fixes, system updates and the DJ Mixer feature!
- Elvira – For all Elvira owners, please make sure you are up to date with the most current code version (v1.01.0) released last month.
- Deadpool – For all Deadpool owners, please make sure you are up to date with the most current code version (v1.05.0) released last month. This code update includes numerous game enhancements, additional polish, game adjustments, bug fixes, system updates and the DJ Mixer feature
Elvira’s “Hooray for Santy Claus”:
Owners of Elvira are in for 25 days of special treats from Santa just in time for the holidays! Make sure your system clock is set to the right date and keep a close ear (or eye!) while playing the Santa Claus Conquers the Martians haunt mode from December 1st to the 25th!
Shelter, Inc. 2020 Gala Fundraiser:
Stern Pinball collaborated directly with Shelter, Inc. on their Home is Where the Heart Is Gala fundraiser, helping raise over $40,000 for this incredible cause and organization!
brand eins Stern Pinball Feature:
The world renowned German publication brand eins took a deep dive into the world of manufacturing at Stern Pinball. Check out the full article here!
Stern Pinball’s website has been updated with a new item on our support page. You can download the official SPIKE™ System Manual and additional supporting documents here. This comprehensive manual covers a SPIKE™ system overview, in-depth look at the SPIKE™ system and node guide, backbox identification, identifying connectors and parts of the CPU board, interconnect diagrams, navigating the diagnostics menu, updating software instructions, how to create a complete SD card, troubleshooting flowcharts and node board status LED table/node board and bus test.
In addition, we have added an option for updating code that utilizes the SPIKE system, enabling owners to create SD cards without assistance from dealers, distributors, or technical staff. Learn more about this time-saving option.
Check out our Stern Shop for all accessories, collectibles, clothing and more including this month’s featured items, the holiday special for All-Access members! Today is the last day for All-Access members to take advantage of 10% off apparel while supplies last! Free domestic shipping on orders of $50 or more on all Stern merchandise and accessories.
All Stern Pinball accessories are also available to purchase from your local authorized dealer – https://sternpinball.com/find-a-dealer/
Stern Pinball Augments and Enhances Sales Team:
Stern Pinball has announced the promotion of Ryan Cravens to General Manager of Parts, Accessories, and Merchandise. Ryan excelled at his previous position serving as the Director of North American Commercial Sales and will bring unique perspectives to his new position.
Stern Pinball also announced the hiring of Evan Kirby in the role of Director of North American Commercial Sales. Stern added Evan to expand the reach of all Stern Pinball products in the commercial channel.
Stern Spotlight – Evan Kirby:
“Having grown up in the amusement industry, some of my fondest memories growing up took place at the arcade. From being heckled by Rudy while playing Funhouse, to watching in amazement at the insanity that was Mortal Kombat, there are so many highlights for me powered by quarters being pumped into machines. Joining Stern Pinball as the Director of North American Commercial Sales is such an honor and privilege for me not only because of how great a company they are, but also because of Stern’s rich history within the industry!”