STERN OF THE UNION ADDRESS – MARCH 2023
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:
Stern Pinball and the rock and roll hall of fame band Foo Fighters unleashed a pinball announcement unlike any other. More than two years in the making and with creative input from the band’s own Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett, Rami Jaffee, and the late, great Taylor Hawkins, Stern’s Foo Fighters is a top-shelf pinball machine—and so much more. The week of Foo had it all, kicking off with an incredible deep dive exclusive from Inverse. From all the teaser and launch videos alone, a staggering 1.2 million eyeballs and counting are keeping folks pumped to get their hands on this special pinball experience (especially for those lucky individuals able to purchase an All-Access exclusive Limited Edition on the Stern Store!). Learn all about the game here and if you want to see it in action, check out the memorable Dead Flip livestreams on the Limited Edition and Pro Edition. Make sure you listen to the team of rockstars instrumental behind this new classic on a special panel discussion episode of the Stern Insider Pinball Podcast right here. Get connected and become a hero today!
James Bond 007:
In case you missed it live, make sure you catch the replay of the first livestream of James Bond 007 60th Anniversary Limited Edition with lead game designer Keith Elwin, senior systems engineer Mark Penacho, and Chief Creative Officer George Gomez to determine who their favorite Bond is.
Mandalorian March Madness and Insider ConnectedTM:
Stern Pinball keeps expanding its award-winning Insider Connected platform and there is no better way to check out how you compare with your fellow pinball players than with your very own player profile stats XP meter and how you stack up against the competition with a game high score percentile!
And with season 3 and Mando Mania in full swing, find the nearest Mandalorian machine and test yourself on this special month-long Leaderboard on any connected Mandalorian pinball machine. From March 1st through the 31st, log in with your Insider Connected account to any Mando pinball machine at your home or at a location near you to climb up the ranks, follow the action, and see who will emerge victorious and earn those ultimate bragging rights and prizes! Courtesy of the IFPA, the top 8 scores on the verified location Leaderboard will win prizes plus 8 random players on the global Leaderboard just for participating.
This is the way. https://www.ifpapinball.com/mando/
Flippin’ Entertainment Centers with Stern Pinball:
Great Food + Great Drinks + Great Pinball = FUN! That’s the recipe that has made ENTERRIUM in Schaumburg, Illinois one of the best Flippin’ entertainment centers in the world! And with Insider Connected, any location can become flippin’ awesome! Check out the inaugural episode of Flippin’ Entertainment Centers with Stern Pinball!
For more information on how to make your location flip out, visit here!
Elvira NECA Crate:
The one and only Mistress of the Dark has landed on the Stern Store. Get this exclusive NECA Elvira’s House of Horrors Crate while supplies last!
Gameroom of the Month:
Congrats to Brandon Defreese for winning Gameroom of the Month! Do you have a special home gameroom you want to share with the world? Submit your incredible gameroom directly to Insider@sternpinball.com for your chance to win an exclusive Stern Swag Pack!
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 Dalton Meredith of Canada (The Ottawa Pinball Arcade)
- Private Jay Gross of Iowa (Jay’s Silver Ballroom)
- Private Norman Lucas of Texas (Brass Hall)
- Private Petra Saurbrey of Australia (The Flipside Barcade)
- Private Liam Vance of Canada (Tilted Turret Pinball Pub)
- Private Derek Lehmann of Illinois (Yetee Station)
- Private Maria Flagiello of Canada (Shoxs Billards Lounge)
- Private Nathan Beckham of California (Dog Pawrk Brewing Company)
- Private Brandon Coddington of Missouri (Springfield’s PerfecTint)
- Private Michael Idemo of Denmark (Mr Muscle)
Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Sergeant to Staff Sergeant:
- Staff Sergeant Chris Badyk of Canada (Lamplighter Pub and Bimini Pub)
- Staff Sergeant Joe Said of Maryland (Spinners Pinball)
Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Private First Class to Specialist:
- Specialist Nate Fetterer of Wisconsin (Plymouth Tap)
Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Private to Private First Class:
- Private First Class Nick Scott of Ohio (Wild Side Brewing)
- Private First Class Jan Saurbrey of Australia (For the Love of Pinball (FLOP))
- Private First Class Dan Ranck of Oregon (Strike City)
- Private First Class Markus Virtanen of Finland (Tilt Flipperihalli)
For more information and to join the Stern Army, please reach out to SternArmy@sternpinball.com
Brewery of the Month:
Congrats to Collision Bend Brewing Company of Cleveland, Ohio 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? Submit your brewery pictures directly to Insider@sternpinball.com for your chance to be featured as our next winner!
Stern Pro Circuit:
Congrats to all competitors at this year’s firs two stops on the Stern Pro Circuit, The Open – IFPA World Championship and District 82 Winter 3X Tournament. In the end, Escher Lefkoff emerged victorious in thrilling last ball fashion at The Open, and Jared August took down the Winter 3X for his very first Circuit victory! 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/
|2023 Stern Pro Circuit Rankings – Top 10|
|2nd||Keith Elwin||Carlsbad, CA|
|3rd||Jared August||West Bloomfield Township, MI|
|5th||Travis Murie||Oklahoma City, OK|
|6th||Steven Bowden||Palatine, IL|
|7th||Neil Graf||Appleton, WI|
|8th||Zach McCarthy||Conifer, CO|
|9th||Jason Werdrick||Park Ridge, IL|
|10th||Cayle George||Seattle, WA|
Upcoming Stern Pro Circuit Events:
|Stern Pro Circuit Event||Date||Tournament Details|
|Texas Pinball Festival||3/24-26||https://texaspinball.com/tpf/tournaments/texas-wizards-tournament/|
|Pinball at the ‘Zoo||4/20-22||http://www.pinballatthezoo.com/|
|PinFest IFPA Pinball Tournament||5/5-6||https://www.pinfestival.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Get Connected and play! https://insider.sternpinball.com/
Code updates and read me files are available at https://sternpinball.com/support/game-code/
PinClash is in full swing with qualifying running through Sunday, April 2nd. Open to ALL STREAMERS, the top 24 qualify for a chance to win a bunch of prizes. Full details can be found here. Need some tips and tricks to blow up your carnage bonus? Check out this helpful video highlighting what to do!
Merch and Accessories:
Check out our Stern Shop for all accessories, collectibles, clothing and more including this month’s featured item, our brand new merch items and collectibles!
Stern Pinball accessories are also available to purchase from your local authorized dealer – https://sternpinball.com/find-a-dealer/