STERN OF THE UNION ADDRESS – APRIL 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:
Another achievement. Another win for Stern’s Insider Connected! At this year’s Amusement Expo International, Stern Pinball was presented with the AMOA Innovator Award for Insider Connected in recognition of excellence in developing and delivering unique ideas to the Amusement Industry. The AMOA Innovator Awards Program objective is to recognize the efforts of manufacturers and suppliers in bringing exciting, new products to market for the amusement and entertainment industry.
Explore and unlock the possibilities of Insider Connected! How many achievements have you unlocked? Get connected and play at a location near you! https://insider.sternpinball.com/insider/locations
Are you an operator and need your location connected? Apply today! https://insider.sternpinball.com/pro
Rush Stern Army Launch Parties:
Official Rush Stern Army Launch Parties have been rocking out at Stern Army locations all over the world. There’s only a few parties left so check out the full list of locations here to join in on the action. Your location missing out on the fun?! Contact SternArmy@sternpinball.com for more information and details. In the meantime, check out these incredible recaps from the Rush launch parties held at Logan Arcade, Enterrium, and the Bottom Lounge (video recap here!) in addition to an exclusive MarcoTV stream with lead engineer, Elliot Eismin!
Gameroom of the Month:
Congrats to the Chaitas family from California 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!
The Making of The Mandalorian:
This is the way. Take a behind the scenes look at the making of The Mandalorian pinball!
IGN Unboxing – Godzilla Pinball:
Our friends at IGN took a tour of our Godzilla Premium machine and had some fun with everyone’s favorite Kaiju! Check out the exclusive video 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 Tyler Bates of Canada (Black Diamond Collectables)
- Private Michael Ritter of Wisconsin (Up-Down Milwaukee)
- Private Benedict Sarpolio of California (Miniboss)
- Private Nick Scott of Ohio (Wild Side Brewing)
- Private Pete Pigott of Washington (Olaf’s)
- Private Jan Saurbrey of Australia (For the Love of Pinball (FLOP))
- Private Marc Weiand of Washington (Chaos Arcade and Gamers Arcade Bar)
- Private Dan Ranck of Oregon (Strike City)
- Private Brian Brotsch of New York (The Playhouse)
- Private Markus Virtanen of Finland (Tilt Flipperihalli)
- Private Shane Jackson of Canada (Maple Pinball)
Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Sergeant to Staff Sergeant:
- Staff Sergeant Bill Disney of Pennsylvania (Pinball Gallery)
- Staff Sergeant Chris Hebert of Idaho (Woodland Empire)
Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Corporal to Sergeant:
- Sergeant Rich Wickersham of Virginia (Mustang Sally Brewing Co.)
- Sergeant Tommy Skinner of Indiana (Main Street Amusements)
- Sergeant Ryan Recker of Indiana (Summit City Brewerks and Hop River Brewing Company)
- Sergeant Michele Zebrowitz of Colorado (J Bo’s Pizza and Ribs, Ska Brewing, and Lauter Haus Brewing Co.)
- Sergeant Ben Granger of Minnesota (Caffetto Coffee Shop)
- Sergeant Jim Belsito of California (Lake Alice Trading Co. and Mission Control)
- Sergeant Nikola Spasic of Ohio (Superelectric Pinball Parlor)
- Sergeant Jason Carroll of Canada (Pokey’s Pinball Café)
- Sergeant Ryan Wanger of Colorado (Press Play)
- Sergeant Aaron Goldberg of California (Brewski’s Bar & Arcade)
- Sergeant Marshall Dickson of Florida (Little Shop of Games)
- Sergeant Chris Brunetti of Pennsylvania (Helicon Brewing)
- Sergeant Adam Kiesler of Canada (North Star)
Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Specialist to Corporal:
- Corporal Frank Williamson of Alabama (BumperNets)
- Corporal Jim Martin of Nevada (Press Start)
- Corporal Jeremy Floyd of Indiana (Floyd’s Arcade and Pinball)
- Corporal Christian Gainsley of California (Outer Orbit)
- Corporal Stefan Riedler of Austria (Vöcklabrucker FlipperSportVerein)
- Corporal Gerald Kirchner of California (Pinball Wizards)
- Corporal Shaun Amos of Canada (Theo Bill’s Restaurant and Lounge)
- Corporal Dan Farrell of Virginia (Center of the Universe Brewing Co.)
- Corporal Nick Schademann of New Mexico (505 Pinball)
- Corporal Justin Charlswick of Michigan (Pinball Pete’s)
Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Private to Private First Class:
- Private First Class Fred Richardson of South Carolina (Bang Back Pinball Lounge)
For more information and to join the Stern Army, please reach out to SternArmy@sternpinball.com
Brewery of the Month:
Congrats to Noon Whistle Brewing for winning Brewery of the Month! Everyone knows that there’s no better combo 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!
Stern Pro Circuit:
The Stern Pro Circuit is officially back! After a near two year hiatus, the circuit season is picking up right where it left off from. Congrats to all competitors at this year’s Texas Pinball Festival tournament. In the end, the current #1 ranked player in the world, Raymond Davidson, emerged victorious! For full details on the Stern Pro Circuit and to keep up with the current standings and schedule, please visit – https://sternpinball.com/stern-pro-circuit/
|2020-22 Stern Pro Circuit Rankings – Top 10|
|1st||Raymond Davidson||Elk Grove Village, IL|
|2nd||Eric Stone||Fort Myers, FL|
|4th||Colin Urban||Portland, OR|
|5th||Colin MacAlpine||Austin, TX|
|6th||Donavan Stepp||Lakewood, CO|
|7th||Keith Elwin||Carlsbad, CA|
|8th||Jared August||West Bloomfield Township, MI|
|9th||Andrei Massenkoff||San Francisco, CA|
|10th||Cayle George||Seattle, WA|
Upcoming Stern Pro Circuit Events:
|Stern Pro Circuit Event||Date||Tournament Details|
|PinFest IFPA Tournament||5/6-7||https://www.ifpapinball.com/tournaments/view.php?t=49373|
|Golden State Pinball Festival||5/13-15||https://www.ifpapinball.com/tournaments/view.php?t=49198|
|Cactus Jack’s Silverball Showdown||5/20-22||https://www.ifpapinball.com/tournaments/view.php?t=46942|
|Silverball Rumble at Pintastic||6/24-25||https://pintasticnewengland.com/|
|Canadian Pinball Championships||7/21-24||https://www.yegpin.com/|
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 email@example.com. Get Connected and play! https://insider.sternpinball.com/
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – For all TMNT owners, please update your game to the latest code (v1.51).
- Godzilla – For all Godzilla owners, please update your game to the latest code (v0.93).
- Rush – For all Rush owners, please update your game to the latest code (v0.91).
- Led Zeppelin – For all Led Zeppelin owners, please update your game to the latest code (v1.15).
- The Mandalorian – For all Mandalorian owners, please update your game to the latest code (v1.20) now featuring Insider Connected!
Check out our Stern Shop for all accessories, collectibles, clothing and more including this month’s featured item, this one of a kind Big Game collectible! 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/
Achievement unlocked! Stern Pinball’s domination of the awards circuit continued this past weekend at the Texas Pinball Festival, host of this year’s TWIPY (This Week in Pinball) Awards, honoring pinball’s greatest. Insider Connected won Favorite Accessory, while Godzilla claimed its namesake as King of the Monsters, winning Game of the Year in addition to:
- Best Playfield Gameplay and Layout
- Best Toys and Gimmicks
- Best Animations and Display
- Best Lightshow
- Best Theme
- Best Theme Integration
- Best Artwork
- Lyman Sheats Award for Best Rules
- Best Callouts
- Best Music and Sound Effects
Drinks with Jack:
Missed out on last year’s Chicago Pinball Expo festivities in person? Check out the full series of Drinks with Jack videos to catch up while enjoying your favorite beverage. Featured is Chuck Ernst, George Gomez, Greg Freres, Hot Nudge, John Borg, Gary Stern and Seth Davis.
International popstar Dua Lipa has the finest taste in pinball machines when traveling on tour.