STERN OF THE UNION ADDRESS – FEBRUARY 2022
The Stern of the Union Address, your monthly resource for news, information and highlights on all things Stern Pinball. Without further ado my fellow pinheads:
Rush pinball machines are landing all over the world. Check out this video capturing the magic of full pinball production, highlighting the Pro model. Each machine is lovingly assembled by hand by members of our incredible team and made for you to enjoy all over the world!
Want to learn more about the game? Check out a replay of the latest MarcoTV livestream with lead game designer John Borg and lead software engineer Tim Sexton discussing why Rush pinball machines are a must-have addition into your collection!
Stern Insider Pinball Podcast:
DRUM SOLO!! With Rush pinball in full production, we give you this special encore episode of the Stern Insider Pinball Podcast. The Rush lead game designer John Borg takes us through his musical journey in bringing his favorite band to life in pinball form! All episodes can be listened to here! https://insider.sternpinball.com/exclusives/podcast
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Rush Stern Army Launch Parties:
Coming soon to an official Stern Army location near you! Does your location want to join in on the fun?! Please contact us at SternArmy@sternpinball.com for more information and details!
Gameroom of the Month:
Congrats to Kevin Carlson from Iowa for winning 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!
Elvira Stern Heads-Up Pinball Invitational:
Mark your calendars for a special date night with the Mistress of the Dark as Elvira hosts the latest Stern Heads-Up Pinball Invitational! Who will win a brand new Elvira’s House of Horrors pinball machine? Tune in February 12th at 6pm CT to find out! Full details on this adrenaline-inducing competition here!
Stern Army Updates:
The Stern Army continues to grow with troops spreading the gospel of pinball across the globe. Here are our newest troops and the pinball locations they support:
- Private Tony Smitherman of Texas (Flipper’s Tavern)
- Private David Shields of North Carolina (Flipper’s Arcade)
- Private Jason Shreve of Iowa (Monsterama)
- Private Roland Joyal of Virginia (Lost Rhino Brewing Co.)
- Private Kirk Sadler of United Kingdom (Tilt)
- Private John Heim of Pennsylvania (Bartari)
- Private Mike Bradley of Michigan (Sparks Pinball Museum)
- Private Lindsey Daniels of Virginia (Decades Arcade)
- Private Nick Marocco of Michigan (Rock City Music Company)
- Private Majela Burg of Pennsylvania (Timeline Arcade)
- Private Kevin Stone of Virginia (Carpool)
- Private Nate Smith of Utah (Social Axe Throwing and Arcade Galactic)
- Private Brandon Heberlein of Illinois (The Pinball Joint)
- Private Jason Bliss of Washington (Waterland Arcade)
- Private Corey Sims of Kentucky (Tilty Bob’s)
- Private Harold Mendez of Florida (Arcade Bar South and Arcade Bar North)
- Private Glen VonMaluski of Minnesota (The Pinball Place)
- Private Andrew Shear of Colorado (Stellas and Control Room)
- Private Dwight Slamp of Florida (Glitch Bar)
- Private Melissa Marquette of Pennsylvania (Route 61 Pinbar)
- Private Parnell Lutz of Minnesota (Average Joe’s Pub and The Rex)
- Private Zack Johnson and Shawn Wells of Indiana (Bank of Pinball)
- Private Barrington McCullough of Ohio (MOTR Pub)
- Private Zack Rowland of Idaho (Spacebar Arcade)
- Private Ryan Tamburrino of Ohio (Clubhouse #3 Sport Social)
- Private Charles Kalas of Texas (EighteenTwenty Lounge)
- Private Johnathan Williams of North Carolina (CityCade)
- Private Chris Schlotte of Missouri (Benton Parkade)
- Private John Tatkus of Indiana (Arena Lanes)
- Private Homer Brown of Alabama (Mom’s Basement)
- Private Pete Cooley of California (Laguna Beach Beer Company)
- Private Jesse Rice of Indiana (Loom/Black Circle Brewing)
- Private Brian Palermo of Illinois (Bradley Billiards)
- Private Mike Bost of South Carolina (Player 1UP)
Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Sergeant to Staff Sergeant:
- Staff Sergeant Don Johnson of Ohio (Kidforce Collectibles, Full Blast Arcade, Top Level Gaming, Annabelle’s, and Melt Bar and Grilled)
- Staff Sergeant Jason Thomas of Colorado (The Garage Billiards and J Bo’s Pizza and Ribs)
- Staff Sergeant Tracy Lindbergh of Arizona (Tilt Studio and The Grid)
- Staff Sergeant Marvin Ortscheid of Ohio (Stonehedge Family Fun Center)
- Staff Sergeant Sean Spindler of Wisconsin (Schwoegler’s Entertainment Center, Pooley’s Sports Bar and Event Center, and I/O Arcade Bar)
- Staff Sergeant Mark Schulz of California (Harbor Town Pub, Waterfront Bar & Grill, Dyno Bar/Aero Club, and Club Marina)
- Staff Sergeant Parker Thomas of Michigan (Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum)
- Staff Sergeant Dan Gutchess of Colorado (The 1up Lodo and Colfax)
- Staff Sergeant Shane Nazari of California (On Tilt @ AYCE Gogi)
- Staff Sergeant Jason Wilson of Tennessee (Game Galaxy)
- Staff Sergeant Nick Greenup of Missouri (403 Club and Solid State Pinball Supply)
Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Corporal to Sergeant:
- Sergeant Dick Curtis of Texas (Pinballz Arcade)
Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Specialist to Corporal:
- Corporal David Benke of South Carolina (The Break)
- Corporal CC Castaneda of California (Captain’s Arcade Showroom)
- Corporal Jeremy Floyd of Indiana (Floyd’s Arcade and Pinball and Super Geeks and Gaming)
Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Private First Class to Specialist:
- Specialist Vaughan Jones of Australia (Sunshine Coast Pinball)
- Specialist Tony Murphy of Minnesota (Midtown Bar and Grill)
- Specialist Connor Stowe of Oregon (Next Level Pinball Shop & Museum)
- Specialist Dan Sexauer of Missouri (Up Down STL and The Silver Ballroom)
- Specialist Evert Brochez of Belgium (Comic Sans)
For more information and to join the Stern Army, please reach out to SternArmy@sternpinball.com
Brewery of the Month:
Congrats to BrewDog DogTap Columbus for winning Brewery of the Month! It’s starting to get cold out there and there’s no better combination than pinball and beer. Do you have a special brewery you want to share with the world? Leave a photo comment on this Facebook post and your brewery might be our next winner! Not on social media? Not a problem! Submit your incredible brewery pictures directly to Insider@sternpinball.com for your chance to be featured as our next winner!
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. 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. Get Connected and play! https://insider.sternpinball.com/
- Godzilla – For all Godzilla owners, please update your game to the latest code (v0.90).
- The Mandalorian – For all The Mandalorian owners, please update your game to the latest code (v1.02).
- Batman ‘66 – For all Batman owners, please update your game to the latest code (v1.06).
- The Munsters – For all Munsters owners, please update your game to the latest code (v1.11).
Check out our Stern Shop for all accessories, collectibles, clothing and more including this month’s featured item, the Stern Glass Coffee Mug! Free domestic shipping on orders of $50 or more on all Stern merchandise.
Stern Pinball accessories are also available to purchase from your local authorized dealer – https://sternpinball.com/find-a-dealer/
Lyman F. Sheats, Jr.:
On behalf of all of us here at Stern Pinball and the entire pinball community worldwide, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy and respect to the Sheats family. Lyman had a historic career in the amusement industry that spanned decades, creating iconic experiences that millions around the world continue to cherish. He will be remembered for being one of the best pinball players of all time, one of the best gaming programmers of all time, and most importantly, one of the kindest people you would have ever met. He will be tremendously missed.