THE POWER OF PINBALL

The Star Trek in the Young Oncology Unit

It’s far from a new phenomenon, but pinball has shown how it can really play a significant role in aiding the recovery and treatment of hospital patients, and in particular youngsters.

Just recently, UK pinball owner Erdinch Degirmenciogl of the Pinball Mill was able to supply a Star Trek pinball to the Young Oncology Unit at Christie Hospital in Manchester.

The Star Trek at The Christie Hospital
The Star Trek at The Christie Hospital

The Unit is run by the Teenage Cancer Trust, the chosen charity of Northern Lights Pinball who supply and run the pinball element at the Play Expo show in Manchester each year.  They have worked with the Teenage Cancer Trust in previous promotions, and at the last Play Expo show the charity asked about getting a pinball into their dedicated hospital unit.

The Young Oncology Unit
The Young Oncology Unit

Lorraine Wright, the Teenage Cancer Trust Youth Support Coordinator at the Christie Ward, told Pinball News how they were looking for something to engage the young male patients and give then something new to occupy their mind during their hospital stay.

She said, “We recognised that something with a competitive edge generally gets their interest and David (another member of my team) suggested a pinball machine. The machine is fabulous.  It is already getting lots of use and everyone seems to love it!  It’s another opportunity for young people to get involved in something when they are here having their treatment – this is invaluable as it stops boredom and low mood and ultimately aids young people through their treatment.

The Star Trek in the Young Oncology Unit
The Star Trek in the Young Oncology Unit

This is probably the first such case of pinball helping with the treatment and recovery for youngsters in the UK, but it’s a well-known aid in the US where charities such as the Pinball Outreach Project and Project Pinball as well as several individuals and pinball suppliers work closely with hospitals and support groups to leverage pinball as a therapeutic and recuperative aid.

Nicole Anne Reik-Dunlap is the founder and Executive Director of the Pinball Outreach Project and is a volunteer at Randall Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon.  She told Pinball News how she introduced pinball into the lives of patients at the Hospital and the effect it had on them.

She said, “We had two games at the hospital for almost a year and I came up with an idea for a program called Friday Night Lights. On Friday nights I would go around to the rooms inviting patients and their families to play pinball with me. A lot of the parents were excited for an opportunity to have someone engage with their child as most of them have been staying in the hospital for long periods of time.  There’s also a great physical component that allows patients to get up and out of their beds for a while. It’s a motivator for them.

Playing pinball with their children has brought further benefits beyond the purely therapeutic ones.  Nicole explained how she has seen “…parent’s having the opportunity to bond with their kids over something from their generation, something they can’t do with the video game consoles that you see at every hospital game room.

The remedial effects are easily seen as Jessica Thompson, Child Life Specialist at Randall confirmed.  She said, “Pinball provides a great opportunity for our patients and siblings, especially our older kids and teens, to engage in developmentally appropriate play, get out of their rooms and interact with peers, and forget about being ‘sick’ for a small amount of time.

Lori Mathios from Rady’s Children’s Hospital in San Diego, California, is another beneficiary of the Pinball Outreach Project’s work.  She also expressed how pinball helps both the children and their parents at such a difficult time.  “The pinball machines provided a much needed diversionary for our patients and their siblings, and allowed the parents to relive their own childhoods”, she said.

So if you have a pinball you could spare and maintain, you too could change the lives of countless children at a local hospital or therapy centre.  Pinball is all about having fun, and who needs fun more than children going through such an incredibly tough time?

After all, as Amber Chavez from the Cherese Mari Laulhere Child Life Department at CHOC Children’s Hospital in Orange, California explained, “Patients are able to take their minds off of being in the hospital and enjoy some quality time with their families. Thank you for making that possible and brightening up their day.

 

PLAY EXPO 2016

Northern Lights Pinball at Play Expo 2016

We are back in Manchester at the EventCity exhibition complex for the annual Play Expo gaming show.

EventCity in Manchester
EventCity in Manchester

Although the show didn’t open until the next day, we were here for the set-up so we can get a preview of what’s in store for the thousands of visitors who will line up outside the following morning.

With the public entrance closed, we headed round the back to the loading bays to get in.

The rear of EventCity - our way in
The rear of EventCity – our way in

Heading into the main hall we found work well underway on setting up the scores of pinballs expected at the show, as well as the thousands of square metres of games of all kinds.

The pinball zone at Play Expo
The pinball zone at Play Expo

The organisers of the pinball zone – Northern Lights Pinball – were expecting more than 100 pinballs, and with many machines already here they were confident of reaching that target.

Setting up machines
Setting up machines
There is a good mix of older and the very newest titles
There was a good mix of older and the very newest titles

The newest titles were there courtesy of Pinball Heaven who had the latest offerings from Stern, Jersey Jack and Chicago Gaming, as well as some restored games.

New Stern titles
New Stern Pinball titles
Jersey Jack Pinball's first two titles
Jersey Jack Pinball’s first two titles
The Medieval Madness remake alongside two restored games
The Medieval Madness remake alongside two high=end restored games

Heighway Pinball’s Full Throttle was also here.

Heighway Pinball obviously take their game servicing very seriously
Heighway Pinball obviously take their game servicing very seriously

Before it is allowed to be played, each machine has to be tested for electrical safety (PAT tested).

No shocking events here
No shocking events here

There was also a nice line-up of Gottlieb solid-state machines here, including several lesser-spotted varieties.

Gottlieb games
Gottlieb games
Tag Team Pinball - one you don't see at shows very often
Tag Team Pinball – one you don’t see at shows very often
We have more on this later, and in a separate article
We have more on this later, and in a separate article
The tombola is always a popular part of the show
The tombola is always a popular part of the show

As important as it is, the Pinball Zone is only a small part of Play Expo, so let’s have a quick look around the rest of the hall.

There are hundreds of PCs and older 8-bit computers for visitors to play
There are hundreds of PCs and older 8-bit computers for visitors to play
Don't throw those old tube TVs away - someone wants them
Don’t throw those old tube TVs away – someone wants them
Plenty more CRTs in the video game zone
Plenty more CRTs in the Video Game Zone
The pinball and video game zones sit side-by-side
The Pinball and Video Game (Arcade) Zones sit side-by-side
Look out, it's the cops - or is it?
Look out, it’s the cops – or is it?
Transformers fans will know the meaning of this slogan on the cop car
Transformers fans will know the meaning of this slogan on the cop car
We are assured this isn't showing the way to the toilets
We are assured this isn’t showing the way to the toilets
Elsewhere, food trucks are set up to cater to the masses
Elsewhere, food trucks are set up to cater to the masses
Gamer food aplenty tomorrow
Gamer food aplenty

The Play Expo show opened to the public at 10am on Saturday, and as usual there was a large crowd queueing outside eager to get through the doors.

The queue outside just before opening time
The queue outside just before opening time
The queue continues
The queue continues
The doors open and the first guests are admitted
The doors open and the first guests are admitted

It didn’t take long before the aisles between the pinball machines became crowded and all the machines were occupied.

The scene in the Pinball Zone
The scene in the Pinball Zone
The machines were soon fully occupied
The machines were soon fully occupied
The Nautilus EM machine had see-through panels on the cabinet and backbox sides
The Nautilus EM machine had see-through panels on the cabinet and backbox sides
The machines stood up to constant playing well, with very few casualties
The machines stood up to constant playing well, with very few casualties
The Pinball Heaven machines were especially popular
The Pinball Heaven machines were especially popular

Here’s the list of free play pinballs at the show:

Free Play Machines
4 Aces
AC/DC Pro
Addams Family, The
Addams Family, The
Aerobatics
Arena
Austin Powers
Avatar
Avengers, The
Baby Pac-Man
Barracora
Batman, Dark Knight
Batman, Dark Knight
Big House
Black Knight
Black Knight 2000
Black Knight 2000
Black Rose
Blackwater 100
Bone Busters
Bride of Pinbot – The Machine
Bride of Pinbot – The Machine
Centaur
Circus
Congo
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Creature from the Black Lagoon
CSI
Deadly Weapon
Demolition Man
Diamond Lady
Dirty Harry
Dracula, Bram Stoker’s
Earthshaker!
Eight Ball Deluxe
Excalibur
Family Guy
Fireball
Fish Tales
Full Throttle
Funhouse
Funhouse
Game of Thrones Pro
Genesis
Getaway, The: High Speed 2
Ghostbusters Premium
Ghostbusters Pro
Godzilla
Gold Ball
Gorgar
Grand Lizard
Guns N’ Roses
Hobbit standard, The
Hollywood Heat
Indiana Jones (custom)
Indiana Jones (WMS)
Indianapolis 500
Iron Man
Jackbot
Johnny Mnemonic
Jokerz!
Judge Dredd
Kiss Pro
Last Action Hero
Lord of the Rings, The
Lord of the Rings, The
Medieval Madness Remake
Medusa
Metallica
Mousin’ Around
Mr. & Mrs. Pac-Man*
Nautilus
NBA Fastbreak
Pinball Magic
Pinbot
Pirates of the Caribbean
Police Force
Police Force
Popeye Saves The Earth
Raven
Revenge from Mars
Revenge from Mars
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!
Road Kings
Roadshow*
Robo War
Robocop
Robot
Rock
Rocky & Bullwinkle
Rollergames
Rolling Stones (Stern), The
Roto Pool
Scared Stiff
Sorcerer
Space Invaders
Space Station
Space Station
Spider-Man
Spirit
Spring Break
Star Trek Pro
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Wars (DE)
Star Wars (DE)
Swords of Fury
Tag Team Pinball
Terminator 2
Theatre of Magic
Twilight Zone
TX Sector
Walking Dead, The
Whitewater
Wizard of Oz 75th, The
Wizard of Oz standard, The
World Poker Tour
X-Files, The
X-Men Pro

There were three competition machines amongst the mix. A Shrek was the junior high score machine, with a No Good Gofers next to it performing the same role for the adult event. A William’s Heat Wave was used for the EM Challenge, where players vied to either achieve the day’s highest score, or raise the temperature high enough to ‘Blow Your Top’ and win a cash prize.

The junior, adult and EM competition machines
The junior, adult and EM competition machines
Tournament Machines
Heat Wave
No Good Gofers
Shrek

 

A new high score is recorded
A new high score is recorded

Further into the Pinball Zone, the machines were just as popular with a few parts vendors setting up their stalls.

No free machines in this row
No free machines in this row
The Scottish Pinball Association and Paisley Pinball were sharing a stand
The Scottish Pinball Association and Paisley Pinball were sharing a stand
Pinball Daze had a large stand with numerous assorted pinball parts
Pinball Daze had a large stand with numerous assorted pinball parts
The North-East Retro Gaming (NERG) team was there to promote their event
The North-East Retro Gaming (NERG) team was there to promote their event

Jim Askey had his Hacking Lab to show a customised Stern Indiana Jones running a version of the Williams Indiana Jones rules, his replacement Stern flasher boards, custom saucers for Revenge from Mars, as well as demonstration PCBs and assorted pinball parts.

Jim Askey at his Hacking Lab
Jim Askey at his Hacking Lab
Pinball Heaven also had a stand in addition to the games they brought
Pinball Heaven also had a stand in addition to the games they brought

Making a return after its first outing at last year’s show was the Addams Family Challenge shock chair. Players sit in the chair and use the control handles to flip the flippers, but achieving certain objectives produces unexpected results from the chair’s lighting and sound effects, shaker motors and smoke machine.

The Addams Family Shocker Challenge chair was back after last year's debut
The Addams Family Challenge shock chair was back after last year’s debut
The previous player really smoked the game
The previous player really smoked the game
There were several alternate translites seen in the games, including this Game of Thrones one
There were several alternate translites seen in the games, including this Game of Thrones one

The Northern Lights Pinball team use this event to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, and the charity was well represented at the show with their own stand.

The Teenage Cancer Trust stand
The Teenage Cancer Trust stand
They ran a competition to see if you could drop a parachuted toy soldier into one of the plastic cups
They ran a competition to see if you could drop a parachuted toy soldier into one of the plastic cups
It’s harder than it looks, but at least one player managed it

A predicted, the tombola stand was especially popular, with any ticket number ending in a 5 winning a prize. Tickets cost £1 for three, £5 for eighteen or £10 for forty.

The tombola stand
The tombola stand
The Pinball Zone
The Pinball Zone

You can take our exclusive Twelve Minute Tour of the Pinball Zone by clicking below, or by visiting the Pinball News YouTube channel.

While it was obviously our favourite bit, the Pinball Zone was a relatively small part of the overall Play Expo show.

The rest of the Play Expo show
The rest of the Play Expo show
The show floor plan with the Pinball Zone highlighted
The show floor plan with the Pinball Zone highlighted

So let’s have a quick look at some of the other stands and exhibits.

Right next door to the pinballs in other half of the Arcade Zone were the arcade video games.

Everything from sit-down to stand-up arcade video games
Everything from sit-down to stand-up arcade video games
It was an impressive display of videos
It was an impressive display of videos with some unusual titles

Not everything needs to have a power supply to be fun. Tabletop games were a popular part of the show.

Card, simulation and fantasy tabletop games were on sale and being played
Card, simulation and fantasy tabletop games were on sale and being played
Card games can be played anywhere you can find a flat surface
Card games can be played anywhere you can find a flat surface

However, if you could find a power outlet…

It was good to see youngsters stop sitting in front of the TV at home and come to the show to sit in front of the TV
It was good to see gamers stop sitting in front of the TV at home and come to the show to… err… sit in front of the TV
PC gaming appeals to all ages
PC gaming appeals to all ages
There was no shortage of PC games to try
There was no shortage of PC games to try
If you wanted to socially interact, there was a full Rock Band set-up
If you wanted to socially interact, there was a full Rock Band set-up
If you wanted to learn from the experts there were plenty of seminars to watch
If you wanted to learn from the experts there were plenty of seminars to watch
In another area they were relating the history of gaming
In another area they were relating the history of gaming
Virtual reality is a small but growing part of the show
Virtual reality is a small but growing part of the show
But it's still hard to look cool wearing these
But it’s still hard to look cool wearing these
Console gaming was well represented, such as this ring of X-Boxes
Console gaming was well represented, such as this ring of X-Boxes
There were also multiple rows of PS4 console games
There were also multiple rows of PS4 console games
It may be a retro title, but Battle Zone still had them queueing round the block
It may be a retro title, but Battle Zone still had them queueing round the block
Just as timeless was this little chap who roamed the show floor
Just as timeless was this little chap who roamed the show floor
Yet another retor theme, but this time Barracade had been joined by Bumblebee
Yet another retro theme, but this time Barricade had been joined by Bumblebee

Play Expo also featured an Education Zone, where college courses could be explored and gaming skills learned. One stand we especially appreciated was teaching visitors soldering skills – something often overlooked when everything seems to come pre-assembled with no user-fixable parts.

Learning soldering skills in the Education Zone
Learning soldering skills in the Education Zone
Training the next generation of Electrical Engineers?
Training the next generation of Electrical Engineers?

When it all got too much, there were several food stand at the front and back of the hall.

Lunch time
Lunch time
We thought Wicked Wraps & Kebabs had the longest queue, until...
We thought Wicked Wraps & Kebabs had the longest queue, until…
...the Longest Queue At The Show award went to the cash machine
…the Longest Queue At The Show award went to the cash machine

Needless to say, there were dozens of vendor stands selling everything from knives and swords to T-shirts, framed prints, plush toys, game discs and cartridges, retro consoles and character models.

Here are just a few of them.

Masses of T-shirts were available on multiple stands
Masses of T-shirts were available on multiple stands
See. Told you.
See. Told you.
If it was gaming or super-hero movie related you could probably find it here
If it was gaming or super-hero movie related you could probably find it here
Lots of fantasy artworks too
Lots of fantasy artworks too
If you thought your retro gaming console was worth a lot of money by now, it's not - there are loads of them around
If you thought your retro gaming console was worth a lot of money by now, it’s not – there are loads of them around
See. Told you.
See. Told you.
Pokemons need a cuddle too
Pokemons need a cuddle too

You can see all the stands and gaming areas in our Twenty Nine Minute Tour video below.

And that concludes our look at Play Expo 2016 and the Northern Lights Pinball’s collection of machines. The team raised an amazing grand total of £6,950.41 for the Teenage Cancer Trust charity.

Members of the NLP crew
Members of the NLP crew

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer scale of Play Expo and the number of different types of gaming on display, but at the end of the day this mantra still holds true…

Sage advice
Sage advice

ADDAMS FAMILY CHALLENGE CHAIR

The Addams Family Challenge chair

The story starts a few years back during a lull at work, while partaking in a favourite pastime; scouring Ebay looking for anything and everything – things I must have, things I don’t need and things I never even knew existed.

I usually start in the pinball section of course, but then I have to scour arcade machines too. This day I came across a large wooden chair resembling something out of an American prison. Think Stephen King’s The Green Mile. The chair was non-working, only a few miles away and, most importantly, cheap.

The more I looked at the pictures, the more I knew I had to have this ex-amusement machine. I didn’t care that it was a non-working example. It was super cool in just being a chair and would look great in any gameroom environment.

Having travelled far and wide to buy pinballs, the proximity of a few miles just over the bridge was telling me to get in the car and check it out.

It was being sold by an amusement specialist who had an array of ‘bandits’, boxing machines and all sorts of other arcade goodies. Sitting in the corner, covered in dirt ‘n dust, sat ‘The Original Shocker’.

This particular example had served its time on location at Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach; well, that’s what its stickers said.

These were produced by a firm in the UK called Nova Productions. The company had gone bust, nobody fixed the circuit boards, and the story went that this chair donated its innards to help keep another game running. The chair had sacrificed itself for another. I had to have this chair.

The sellers were keen to let the Ebay auction run its course, and any cheeky offers had been quickly turned down. I went home and made by auction bid, crossed my fingers and hoped no one else wanted it.

Well, the arcade gods were on my side as not a single other bid was made, and we are talking a cheap opening price. When the auction ended the following week I won the chair, and then had to ‘fess-up at home to another crazy purchase.

The chair arrived and I placed it into deep storage at the back of my garage, under the usual knickknacks that live in everybody’s over-full garages. There had been no point turning it on as it was missing its motherboard. I thought I would do some more searching and see if I could find the missing parts, although if I was unsuccessful it still worked as a chair.

I shared my recent purchase with my friends at Northern Lights Pinball (NLP) to see if they could put out feelers to see if we could get the game back to life. I was even searching for non-working examples of the circuit boards as I have some very clever and resourceful friends.

Nothing seemed to be available. I even had a phone conversation with an operator who had three of these chairs – all in non-working condition. He didn’t have a good word to say about Nova Productions. He wished me well in my search but he wouldn’t sell me any of his non-working parts. This project could probably take some time.

At the time I also mentioned it to a programming friend a.k.a. Dr Pinball, who has had some success with his DMD Extender kit. He thought that it was quite likely that we could Raspberry Pi some life into it, but he was too busy at the moment.

Fast forward about eighteen months to 2015. The chair is still sitting in the back of my garage under even more junk and I get a text from my pinball friend Chris ‘ Poibug’ Williams. “Have you still got that electric chair?“, he asked.

The NLP think-tank had been having a meeting and were looking for novel ways to play pinball. They had already come up with playing a Flintstones using your feet on a dance mat and putting a Fish Tales side-by-side with its electronic counterpart on Pinball Arcade, with the real-world pinball played via a Playstation joypad.

Eh? Yes Chris.“, I replied. So with a month to go before the NLP held their annual show as part of the huge Play Expo event, four pinheads met in my garage to dig out the chair and come up with a cunning plan.

Our primary objective was to hook up the chair so that it could be used to control a real pinball machine. Which pinball? Well it was obvious and agreed unanimously that The Addams Family would be the perfect choice.

The secondary objective was that it would be interactive and, most importantly, FUN!

The first night was spent stripping the chair down and removing the parts to see what we had to work with and come up with a plan to move forward.

The team consisted of me (a.k.a. Mooseman) – an electrician and generally handy-with-a-tool kinda guy, Chris (a.k.a. Poibug) who is an aircraft technician with many years of pinball repairs and service under his belt, Paul Garner (a.k.a. Wizcat) who is a computer programmer, and David Robinson (a.k.a. Dr Pinball) – also a software wizard and DMD Extender designer. We would co-opt others to help as the project continued.

A little history about this kind of amusement is probably needed around now.

The idea of the original game was to sit in a very realistic-looking ‘Old Sparky’ type of electric chair. You put your coins into the machine and then hold on to the two protruding handles which, as the game progresses, will ‘shock’ you. The longer you hold, the more you are ‘shocked’, the louder it gets, the more lights come on, the meter rises ever higher and ultimately smoke is seen rising from your head.

It’s a very visual experience. Totally non-politically-correct, but a lot of fun. The punter isn’t really shocked though – it’s just an illusion of being shocked. The handles contain vibrating motors which oscillate at ever-increasing speeds.

Now, wouldn’t it be good if we could shock the person playing The Addams Family?

Having dismantled the two handles, David took them home to see if he could get them to vibrate and work out if switches could be added to control the flippers. In fact, we all went away with various tasks to find, build, or come-up with solutions to make the project work.

I stripped the chair down further and spent an age sanding it to remove its original ‘Shocker’ logo which was stained into the wood. That had to go and something better sourced.

My neighbour, Paul Glending, is a very talented graphic artist and so he was co-opted onto the team to graphically bling the project. He went away and designed the Addams Family Shocker Challenge decal, plotted and weeded it all, and fixed it in place in about a week.

The Addams Family Challenge artwork
The Addams Family Challenge artwork

Good news – both handle motors are in working condition and they vibrate. Bad news – we can only get them to operate at one speed. Good news – it’s the fastest, insane speed. There is also room in the handle to fit two small push button switches.

One of the two handles
One of the two handles

It’s looking like objective one – getting the chair to control the pinball – can be achieved Objective two’s interactivity now needs looking at.

It was decided that, as we had no motherboard, a substitute surrogate mother needed to be found. We settled on the Arduino microcontroller would be a likely candidate, but a board would need to be designed to add all the inputs and outputs we would like to have working on the chair. It was also decided that the DMD technology could be used to activate certain things interactively with the gameplay.

A Raspberry Pi is used on the DMD Extender and this could recognise when certain screens were on the display. The RPi could then tell the Arduino to do something about it. We now had a way to make the chair truly interactive.

The chair is not an ideal height from which to play, so we looked into increasing its height. A skilled woodworker would be needed, and so Darren Ball (a.k.a. Replicas) built us a platform to sit the chair upon to give the player a better viewing angle.

The Addams Family Challenge Chair on its base
The Addams Family Challenge Chair on its base

The chair’s transformation was now picking up momentum with the four of us meeting after work about twice a week and staying into the wee hours rebuilding and rewiring its various components.

The smoke machine was missing but after searching on the ‘net a model train smoke generator was found to be an exact replacement. This, and a servo motor to control the smoke fluid’s, flow were purchased.

The ammeter didn’t really measure amps but gave the illusion through the use of a servo. Another servo was purchased.

The Addams Family Challenge ammeter
The Addams Family Challenge ammeter

The lights were changed for lower-power but much brighter LEDs. The sound was to feed through to the chair’s three speakers, so an amplifier had to be found and fitted. Further strobe-type lighting was installed under the chair and an extra vibro motor fitted under the seat.

This chair is going to ROCK!

The Addams pinball was fitted with the Raspberry Pi, and this communicates with the Arduino in the chair via a Cat 5 network cable. The sound is channelled down a separate audio cable from the pinball to the chair.

Having got the individual components to work, getting them to all work together was a further challenge that had us scratching our collective heads as the deadline for the NLP show got nearer and nearer.

A few loose wires and a credit dot on the display played some part in the problems, but eventually a working one-of-a-kind Addams Family Shocker Challenge debuted at the 2015 Northern Lights Pinball Show, part of the Play Expo show at EventCity in Manchester.

The chair and game combo was a huge hit, with queues of people waiting to have a go. Screams and giggles could be heard from afar as players were shocked mid-concentration as they were trying to keep the ball alive. As it was so popular, a fundraising bucket was set up and donations collected to supplement the total raised for the worthy charity, Teenage Cancer Trust.

The chair lasted well into the first day of the show before losing its power supply. A spare was quickly found, fitted, and on with the fun.

On the Sunday, the second day of the show, one of the handles sadly stopped vibrating. As it was quite dark in the venue and there were lots of wires, it was decided to let the game continue to on to the end without a repair as it was still a great experience.

Fast forward another six months to 2016 and we decided to make some improvements to the chair.

The broken vibration motor was just a loose wire, but this must be eliminated and more smoke was needed, as the train unit wasn’t dramatic enough for us.

The Arduino motherboard was redesigned with Molex connectors incorporated, a new, bigger smoke machine was added along with extra strobe lighting to accentuate the smoke.

Inside the The Addams Family Challenge
Inside the The Addams Family Challenge
The main shaker motor
The main shaker motor
The new Molex connectors
The new Molex connectors

The chair is now up and running, and about to go to the NLP show for 2016.

Players at NLP 2016 show enjoying the chair
Players at NLP 2016 show enjoying the chair
Players at NLP 2016 show enjoying the chair
Players at NLP 2016 show enjoying the chair
Wednesday Addams gives the chair a try
Wednesday Addams gives the chair a try

Comments on the internet have been very positive, and people can’t wait to give it a go again.

Credits for the The Addams Family Challenge
Credits for the The Addams Family Challenge