Monthly Archives: December 2013

MMR Update 12/31/2013 Josh Sharpe plays the game

Happy New Year – the year of MMR!

Wanted to give some updates on progress on the Medieval Madness Remake to start the new year, and hope everyone had great holiday break!

One of the most important aspects of the game is that it plays ‘right’ – so we had the opportunity to have Josh Sharpe, one of the top ranked pinball players, as well as the President of the International Flipper Pinball Association come by and play and provide feedback for the game. It was an impromptu visit but we have a picture to verify his presence (not photoshopped!):

jsmmr

I touched base with Josh over the phone (as we are in CA and he is in Chicago), and the feedback was “It plays like a Medieval!” and “gotta say I was really impressed with where he’s (Doug Duba, Chicago Gaming) at with development” . In fact he seemed somewhat surprised that it played so well – he had made some suggestions as well as helped align the flippers perfectly, and saw no difference as to the original feel of playing the game with “a restored original”. So, this is great feedback, and another step to production in a few months. Josh knows this game intimately and as well has grown up from watching it on the WMS production line to playing it, to competing in tournaments on it.

MMR Update – 12/17/2013 with Game Playing Video / Pics

Here we have the PROTO Medieval Madness Remake (MMR) in action at Chicago Gaming in (Cicero, Il, 12/17/2013) – game plays well and software is being fine-tuned as needed, but all gameplay is that of a Medieval Madness game! As we have consistently noted, the objective for the MMR is to look and play as an ‘original’ Medieval Madness plays, while updating/modernizing some of the electronics. Some minor cosmetic changes (copyright notices, and lack of WMS logo) as required by WMS Gaming License terms.

You will see the small board in the backbox, that is the main processor board for the new generation control system platform that the MMR will be using. We’ve take the translite off so that everyone will see that it is indeed an MMR game playing. Additionally, the display is the LCD and looks great!

The MMR is a traditional look and feel of Medieval Madness (top of playfield and bottom mechanisms) – the electronics have been upgraded for many good reasons (better sound, display, native LED support, updatability, supportability, etc, etc, etc.). Here are a couple of pictures of the underside of the playfield. As you can see, the mechanical aspects are almost all original OEM parts.

MMRUNDER1 MMRUNDER2
(click on pictures to zoom in)

The complete electronics system have been running since late summer 2013, and going thru iterations and most PCB’s are on or near their final revision. The game will include run natively LED’s which will be selected to represent the original look and feel of the original game lighting.

Here is a closeup of the controller board, which is the main ‘brain’ of the electronics system, handling game code execution, audio, video, update (with microSD card), etc.

MMRCTRL
Cables in and out for Display, Audion, Cabinet/Door Switches, Power, and lower playfield board which interfaces to playfield switches, controlled lamps (LEDs), and Power Circuit (Power Driver sub-boards).

More updates coming soon … thanks for all the support and feedback …

Copyright Planetary Pinball Supply, Inc. 2013 All Rights Reserved

MMR Re-Sellers – Where to Buy

The following Medeival Madness re-sellers are ready to help you with purchase of a Medieval Madness Remake:

UNITED STATES:

Planetary Pinball Supply, Inc
75 Isidor Ct
Sparks, NV 89441
Tel: 408-596-5030
mmr@planetarypinball.com
www.planetarypinball.com

Gameroom Guys
4741 West River Drive
Comstock Park, MI, 49321
Tel: 866-794-GAME(4263)
sales@gameroomguys.com
www.gameroomguys.com

Automated Services / The Pinball Store
163 Boston Post Road
Orange, CT 06477
Tel: 203-795-4440
mfdaddonajr@aol.com
www.pinballs.com

Game Exchange
2650 W 6th Ave
Denver, CO 80204
Tel: 303-288-6500
gamesales@gmail.com
www.gameexchange.biz

PinballSTAR Amusements
50 Fawn Drive
Dallas, PA 18612
Tel: 570-357-0042
Sales@PinballSTAR.com
www.pinballstar.com
Facebook: PinballSTAR Amusements

Moutain Entertainment / Buddy Herron
5111 Kent Junction Road
Norton, VA 24273
Tel: 276-883-2073
herron.buddy@gmail.com
www.buddyspinball.com

Little Shop of Games
3635 Eagles Next Rd
Fruitland Park, FL 34731
Tel: 561-248-9628
shopofgames@aol.com
www.littleshopofgames.com

FUN! Gameroom Supply
4539 Gun Thomasson Rd
Mesquite, TX 75150
Tel: 972-488-9622
funsuperstore@gmail.com
www.pinballandmore.com

The Pinball Company
6000 South Sinclair Road
Columbia, MO 65203
Tel: 573-442-4350
Fax: 573-234-2241
info@thepinballcompany.com
www.thepinballcompany.com

Arcades At Home
Romeoville, IL 60446
Tel: 630-306-2567
pinballphil@yahoo.com
www.arcadesathome.com

Great American Pinball
850 Meadowview Crossing #10
West Chicago, IL 60185
info@greatamericanpinball.com
www.greatamericanpinball.com

Pinball Pro
101 South Thomas Ave
Oakland, NE 68045
Tel: 402-909-1660
service@pinballpro.com
www.pinballpro.com

Cointaker
3307 Snydertown Road
Sunbury, PA 17801
Tel: 570-847-9595
LED@CoinTaker.com
www.cointaker.com

Don’s Custom Service
7716 Locke Rd.
Vacaville, CA 95688
Tel: 707-447-0473
don@pinjuke.com

Flipnout Pinball
847-778-4876
Benton, KY 42025
larry@flipnoutpinball.com

Pinballsales.com
1645 Oak Street
Lakewood, NJ 08701
Tel: 732-987-6842
Jack@PinballSales.com
www.pinballsales.com

AUSTRALIA:

Mr. Pinball Australia
Unit 23, 23-25 Bunney Road
Oakleigh South, Victoria Australia 3167
Tel: +6139544-1011
sales@mrpinball.com.au
www.mrpinball.com.au

CANADA:

Starburst Coin Machines, Inc. / Cineplex Starburst Inc
70 Ronson Drive
Toronto, Canada M9W-1B6
Tel: 416-251-2122
sales@theplaydiumstore.com
www.theplaydiumstore.com

EUROPE:

Ministry Of Pinball
Aalscholveroever 8
2492 TG Den Haag
The Netherlands
Tel: +31707439554
bertjan@ministryofpinball.nl
www.ministryofpinball.nl

UNITED KINGDOM:

Pinball Heaven Ltd
Gorse Lane, Tarleton
Preston, United Kingdom PR4 6LH
Tel: +44177281667
Fax: +441772816706
sales@pinballheaven.co.uk
www.pinballheaven.co.uk

More MMR FAQ (started 12/7/13)

SUMMARY OF QUESTIONS IN THE FAQ:

Q: Will the game ship with cabinet/leg protectors?
Q: How will audio be compared to the original game?
Q: At what point in the process will we know the game # for the LE’s?
Q: If I ordered thru PPS, can we make payments towards the balance ahead of time?
Q: Is the game going to ship with Black or White Rubber rings?
Q: What is the difference between MMR Limited Edition (LE) and MMR Standard (STD)
Q: What type of Display will be used on the game?
Q: How will the Game be Similar -or- Different from the original Medieval Madness game?
Q: Of the items which are ‘different’ due to WMS Logo Requirements, etc, would I be able to replace those with the ‘original’ WMS Logo replacment parts?
Q: Why not use the original WPC-95 boards?
Q: What is the timeframe for release?
Q: What is the price of the MMR?
Q: What is the warranty on the game?
Q: When and how do I have to pay?
Q: For the MMR LE, I have to choose between ‘Gold’ Trim and ‘Silver’ Trim – how can I see this to make the choice?
Q: How will the Shaker motor be implemented as the original game did not have a Shaker motor?
Q: Is the cabinet the same as original?
Q: For the MMR LE’s how to Game #”s work?
Q: WIll the cabinet have decals or silkscreening?
Q: Are all playfields, wireforms, plastics, etc, interchangeable between the original and the remake?

Q: Will the game ship with cabinet/leg protectors?

A: The game has been designed to include the new metal brackets on the outside which move the leg away from the game and prevent damage – which can occur with the various plastic aftermarket protectors – especially the ones which extend beyond the leg. This is the solution that is being used on all new games and we feel the best way to protect the game artwork from being disfigured.

Q: How will audio be compared to the original game?

A: Better, as we have the original uncompressed sound files for the game and those will be used as opposed to the compressed (which lose quality) files on the original game. In addition we will use modern amplifier circuits and speakers which will improve the sound effect.

Q: At what point in the process will we know the game # for the LE”s?

A: The game numbers that are not reserved will be assigned very close to ship date.

Q: If I ordered thru PPS, can we make payments towards the balance ahead of time?

A: I suppose you can, but no need to, better to put that money in the bank and make a little interest! Again, the approach from PPS is that we request a small deposit which confirms a serious order which will get you a game. Shortly (a couple of weeks) before the game is ready to leave we will request the balance due for the game. If your distributor wishes to hold additional money on payment plans, that is up to them, but we do not require this to hold a game nor should your distributors.

Q: Is the game going to ship with Black or White Rubber rings?

A: The game will ship with the original Black rubber rings

Q: Will the game come in 220V and 110V?

A: The game will come with a transformer and power supply, both of which are switchable between the two voltages. As we get closer to the build time, we will request some additional information from distributors as well as our direct customers as to the voltage to set as default. Additionally, your distributor will be able to help switch the voltage if for any reason this needs to be done after shipment.

MMR FAQ

Here is the ‘official’ Planetary Pinball Supply Inc. FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions), updated regulary:

Have more questions for the FAQ? Great! Then ask them thru the “Customer Service” tab on the main page or click HERE – use MEDIEVAL MADNESS REMAKE QUESTION for Type of Request and we will try to answer all questions using the FAQ!

Q: What is the difference between MMR Limited Edition (LE) and MMR Standard (STD)

A: The Differences Are:
LIMITED EDITION (LE)                         STANDARD (STD)
Includes Shaker Motor                              Shaker Motor at optional Cost
Gold or Black or Silver Trim                      Silver Trim
Double Playfield Hard Coat                       Double Playfield Hard Coat (this was a change for STD)
Limited to 1000 Games                            Not Limited
Game # & Plaque                                     No Game # or Plaque
Finished Backbox Edges                         Unfinished (as original) backbox Edges
Plywood Bottom (stronger more solid)    Original MDF Bottom
Other(tbd)                                              No Other(tbd)

Q: What type of Display will be used on the game?

A: The MMR (LE and STD) will ship with an LCD which will be similar size to the Plasma display that was  original to the game. The LCD will be able to be set to any of a number of single colors (green, red, orange, blue, etc) for the entire display. A future upgrade expected sometime in 2014 would be an upgrade (expected to be software) that will provide ‘multi-color’ display frames.

Q: How will the Game be Similar -or- Different from the original Medieval Madness game?

A: The game is required per our WMS agreement to ‘look’ as well as ‘play’ the same as the original game. As such the game is going to have same playfield upper and lower mechanical components as well as cabinet/backbox as original game (using original prints, OEM parts, etc). What will be different is the Electronics Platform which will use a new Current Technology board set, which will be running the WMS game code. The new board set will incorporate LCD Graphics, Upgraded Sound, as well running on a new CPU/Controller board working as well as new Driver Board System. Additionally, the system will support native LED (no flicker) capability. The only difference is that for the remake we will not be including the WMS Logo’s (“W” Logo, Williams Logo), as well as there will be updated copyright wording on Translite, etc. We may also be including PPS logo on the translite to designate that it is the remake – much of this is per WMS requirements.

Q: Of the items which are ‘different’ due to WMS Logo Requirements, etc, would I be able to replace those with the ‘original’ WMS Logo replacment parts?

A: The game will not change in terms of accepting those parts – so things like translites, speaker panels, etc are relatively easy to replace with a replacement WMS part with WMS logo’s, etc. The side decals would be probably the item that is not easily ‘replaced’.

Q: Why not use the original WPC-95 boards?

A: Because while we want the game to look and feel original, we wanted to offer additional capabilities like upgraded sound and video, native LED support, as well as to offer software updates. In addition we wanted to work on improving the designs from the original board sets reducing faults (transister shorts, etc). Additionally, those designs are based on 15 year old technology and we are using many off the shelf components using modern technolgy, which will allow for better support, availability of spare parts, etc (many of the original WMS WPC-95 parts are no longer available or are not compliant with new standards ROHS, etc). Additionally, we are working on designs which will make it easier for the home user and the commercial user to have field replaceable units to repair any major failure points as opposed to having to do onsite board repairs, etc.

Q: What is the timeframe for release?

A: The MMR LE’s will be build in their entirety and then the MMR STD’s will be built. The MMR LE schedule is to start in Q2 2014 and ship until all 1000 are done which we are targetting for that ending in Q4, and then the MMR STD’s will be built starting in Q4 2014 and run until we exhaust orders, and then may schedule additional runs based on demand.

Q: What is the price of the MMR?

A: The price of the MMR LE and the MMR STD is $7995 FOB Chicago.

Q: What is the warranty on the game?

A: Warranty on the game is 1 Year (updated from 90 days) Electronics, 180 Days all major functional parts – common wear parts (rubbers, balls) are not covered under warranty. Warranty is valid only for customer of record (i.e. if original customer sells their game within the warranty period then the warranty is no longer in force).

Q: When and how do I have to pay?

A: There is a $1000 deposit required for the MMR that is placed with the distributor who then forwards that $1000 to PPS to constitute an ordered game. Deposits are refundable in the event for any reason the game is not produced. The MMR LE Deposit is refundable up thru the point at which WMS approves the game (expected end of 2013), at which point the procurement of parts for the game occurs. For the MMR STD, a deposit received will determine where in the production sequence the customer is to get their game (deposit received to PPS, which customers must request that any distributor insure that their deposit has been forwarded to PPS), as well as to insure that there is a valid order for the game. The customer is then reponsible to pay the balance due to the distributor for the game,1-2 weeks before the game is ready to ship.

Q: For the MMR LE, I have to choose between ‘Gold’ Trim and ‘Silver’ Trim – how can I see this to make the choice?

A: For the ‘Silver’ trim this is the same as what was on the original game (stainless steel lockdown bar, brushed steel side moulding, and brite zinc plated legs). The ‘Gold’ trim is being determined, and as soon as we have determined the exact finish of the similar components we will show people what they are and will allow people to change their trim selection based on seing the actual ‘gold’ finish items.

Q: How will the Shaker motor be implemented as the original game did not have a Shaker motor?

A: The shaker motor will shake the game for a duration and intensity based on various feature inputs from the game – the most obvious being the Castle explosion feature on the game. The shaker motor will be software controlled.

Q: Is the cabinet the same as original?

A: The cabginet should be the ‘same’ as original, as we are using the original cad files – so dimenstionally as well as where major nuts/bolts go should be the same. Chicago Gaming was in fact the original manufacturer of the WMS MM cabinets back in the 90’s so they are very familiar with building these cabinets.

Q: For the MMR LE’s how to Game #”s work?

A: For the MMR LE, there is a game # (from 1 to 1000) as well as a plaque indicating as such. The game # does not correlate to when the game was made, but it is a unique game # that can be chosen by the customer for an additional fee or will be designated close to build time and assigned to that customer. Game #’s can be requested for usually an additional fee, and if available will be assigned to that customer once confirmed.

Q: WIll the cabinet have decals or silkscreening?

A: The cabinets will have decals applied from the factory. These decals will be updated for MMR as we have scanned at high res a very nice MM cabinet (actually cut apart the game!), and that artwork is the basis for the MMR artwor, to make it as exact as possible to the original. Also cabinet decals enable easy replacement if needed over time due to wear and tear.

Q: Are all playfields, wireforms, plastics, etc, interchangeable between the original and the remake?

A: Most of the parts other than the electronics related parts are the same original WMS MM parts – so this would be the ‘above’ playfield parts, as well as the mechanical assemblies under the playfield. The playfield itself is the same playfield with the exception that there may be some different holes for mounting the electronics boards under the playfield, LEDs, etc.

Planetary Pinball Blog

Welcome to our Blog … Planetary Pinball Supply, Inc is license of Williams Electronic Games (WMS) for replacment pinball parts, pinball games, as well as pinball merchandise!

See our site for more information, and use our blog to see various updates:

  • For Medieval Madness Remake Blog and Info – go HERE
  • For Medieval Madness Remake FAQ – go HERE
  • For Pinball Merchandise Blog and Info – go HERE
  • For Pinball Parts Update Blog and Info – go HERE
  • For The World of Pinball Blog and info – go HERE

PPS Medieval Madness Remake (MMR)!

REMAKE OF MEDIEVAL MADNESS Pinball Machine – Planetary Pinball

We are remaking the Classic and Most popular WMS Title MEDIEVAL MADNESS!

This will be the official BLOG for the Medieval Madness Remake (MMR) – the remake is being designed and manufactured with our partner CHICAGO GAMING, who in fact manufactured the original 1997 Medieval Madness game!

You can read about the annouincement as well as hear the recording at www.pinballnews.com and specifically the Pinball Expo Post HERE or download the recording HERE

We instantly sold out of the 1000 LE’s (Limited Edition) Model and released that weekend the availability of the STD (Standard) Model, which is available now for ordering. The plan is for availbility of the LE’s starting in Q2 2014, and then as soon as the LE’s are done then we start shipping the STD models – expected around Q4 of 2014. There is no limit on the STDs, but the sooner a deposit is received the sooner you will have a position in the queue of the build of the STDs.

We have flyers on the site (click to enlarge):

LIMITED EDITION MODEL:
MMRLE-FRONT  MMRLE-BACK

STANDARD MODEL:
MMRSTD-FRONT  MMRSTD-BACK

You can also find Planetary Pinball Medieval Madness updates on the popular pinside.com forum, with a general remake update thread HERE and an official post that we contribute to HERE

PRE-RESERVE A GAME TODAY HERE QUESTIONS? CALL OUR MMR HOTLINE 408-596-5030