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Happy Birthday Docking Bay 93!

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

A quick note to say Happy Birthday to what was started 15 years ago as a small toy store by two people who had absolutely no clue what they were doing!  A larger post will go up this week-end, with some photos of the various stages of the arcade (regrettably, it took us a while to realize we might want to take pictures, so there will be no photographs of the arcade being only Donkey Kong 3, Xenon, and Discs of Tron).

To everyone who has supported the store and arcade, whether for 15 years or one day, I’m sure we speak for Dan as well as ourselves when we say THANK YOU!!!

In catching-up news, some major upheaval in our lives has put this blog on the back-burner, as well as all the project games into storage (Addams Family…>sigh<), but rest assured we are getting back into things finally, and I _should_ have news about the future of the arcade to post over the week-end.  Thank you for your perpetual patience!

Lord of the Rings pinball post-mortem

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Now that the game is back in the arcade (and I have no idea where the screw that jammed the Gollum/Gimli upkicker came from…sigh…), I wanted to make a post about the changes that have been made to the game.

First, LED lighting has been installed, and for the most part I like it.  The general illumination lighting is noticeably ‘colder’ than with incandescent lights (which is why we kept incandescent lights on the back arch of the game), but I don’t think it looks bad.  I LOVE the bright colors produced by putting colored LEDs under the playfield inserts, and am looking forward to rarely having to change a bulb (there are a couple lights out right now, which is caused by the new bulbs not being an exact fit.  This should be easy to correct).

Second, as was done on the Simpsons pinball machine, we switched the side rails to the newer kind that covers the flipper area, which both looks and feels better.  Sadly, the newest pinball machine, Big Buck Hunter Pro, is shipping with the older side rails.  I understand the need to keep production cost down, but personally don’t believe this is the place to do it.

lotr flipper wearlotr pin with shield installed

(sorry the after picture is so dark)

Third, we installed Pinbits plastic protectors to help prevent the playfield plastics from becoming broken.  I love the protectors, having had to replace plastics on Lord of the Rings and Spiderman that would never have broken if I’d installed these first.  Given that the replacement parts are more expensive than the protectors, I consider them money VERY well spent.

And forth, the new product that will be installed in all of the pinball machines at the shop.  A DMD glare filter.  The before and after picture should say everything for me (or looking at the pin in person, then looking at the pin next to it).  Glare on the upper playfield from the DMD is something that I, as a player, hate, and this product is easy to install and eliminates the problem.

lotr pin dmd glarelotr pin with dmd glare filer

And now I can FINALLY get back to work on the Addams Family, figure out what is wrong with Marvel vs. Capcom 2, and get to work on our not-so-secret project (hint, it includes the letter x, the word box, and the abbreviation LAN.  And that’s all the clues I’m giving…)

Guitar Hero Arcade event

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

On Friday, November 27th, 5-star any song in the ‘Out on the Road’ category or above on expert difficulty on our Guitar Hero Arcade game to receive a Guitar Hero action figure, while supplies last.

In case I haven’t remembered to post it, btw, all songs are now 50 cents, no more extra quarter to play the premium songs!

Updates to the blog coming this weekend, as we hope to be able to finish geting Point Blank 2 fully operational by then, among other things.

Chronic procrastination and blogging are a BAD combination!

Auction to benefit Sedro-Woolley Schools Foundation

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

As mentioned before, the arcade game Chase H.Q. has been donated to be auctioned off in the Sedro-Woolley Schools Foundation Harvest Happening Auction.  The auction is this Saturday, the 17th of October.  More details may be found at

Donkey Kong 3

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Donkey Kong 3 is back in the arcade following extensive repairs to the monitor.

Road Blasters has also returned, again following monitor repairs.  The foot pedal has also been repaired, so the game should be one heck of a lot more fun now!

Chase H.Q., meanwhile, has been removed, to be auctioned for charity in October.  Details will be posted as soon as I can look the game over to make sure it’s ready.

Simpsons looks like it will be an easy repair, so expect it back up and running in the next couple days.  If it is an easy fix, I can FINALLY go back to work on Addams Family.

And finally, a note on Guitar Hero.  We will be looking at the earnings reports for the machine, and figuring out if we can drop the price on the premium games.  Best way to vote for a price drop?  Play the normal songs and let Dan know, politely, that you would like the price to drop on the others.

Thanks for playing!

Tron Legacy

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Two websites have gone up for the sequel to the movie Tron:

Needless to say, if they release that Space Paranoids game, it WILL be in the arcade if I can afford one!!!

(finishing the website, btw, was delayed by the current heat wave.  The room my computer is in is the hottest and worst ventilated room in the house, and trying to work on my laptop was making it FAR too difficult.  Work will resume if it stays cool today and/or I get my my laptop to recognise my mouse)

Quick update

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Baseball Stars 2 has been removed from the Neo Geo. Finally. No more will the attract mode endlessly repeat in the arcade. I just hope it isn’t burned into Dan’s brain to the point he still hears it.

Anyway, it has been replaced by a great fighting game, Samurai Showdown 2.  An excellent FAQ for this game can be found here.

Next post will be late Friday/Saturday, depending on how you view time and how bad my insomnia gets.

Error exists between keyboard and chair!

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Couple quick updates.

First, problem solved with images.  Subject of post is about all I’ll say about what was going on…

And on that note, assuming it isn’t raining, Mario Brothers should return to the arcade on Friday.  Monitor isn’t perfect (need to replace several transistors before it’ll be perfect, so that’ll happen later).  It turned into a mini-restoration, with new t-molding being installed, and a few parts of the cabinet getting some touch up paint.  Which would have been done in time to take the game back Wednesday, had somebody (that would be me) remembered to make sure he had a paint brush before starting…

new t-moldingafter t-mlding, before painting

Pictures above show the old t-molding, followed by a picture of the new t-molding, and a control panel shot showing the wear around the panel (may have to zoom to see it), and the old stickers below.

Haven’t played this game in years, and after working on it for a while,  remember why.  This is an amazingly fun game, especially with two players.  I absolutely, positively STINK at this game!  I’m doing good if I get to the first bonus round.  For those who aren’t at my level of incompetence at this game, I hope you enjoy it when it returns!


Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

It is slightly bizarre to realise that I last posted in October.  I’m not the best at regular updates to begin with (cue Wall of Voodoo singing ‘Let’s Do It Tomorrow’), even at the best of times, and the last half year has seen:

A quick pinball restoration (Star Wars Trilogy, which will get it’s own post soon) turn out to be anything BUT quick.

Snow bad enough that we couldn’t actually get into our workshop followed by the shop flooding (with the water pooling and flowing everywhere EXCEPT where it would damage anything important, so it could have been MUCH worse, just took a long time to dry).

Me type up a large post about adding the Global Arcade Classics machine, Star Wars Trilogy Arcade, and Marvel Vs. Capcom 2, and not realise I hadn’t hit post until MONTHS later.

And then a medical issue came up that ground everything to a screaching halt for a few months.  Carrie is all better now, and we’re back to full speed.

In the last few weeks, I have been tackling the much-neglected pinball machines, which will each get it’s own post soon, and today we added a new game to the arcade, GUITAR HERO ARCADE!

More updates to come after I’ve slept, starting with a better writeup on Guitar Hero.

Doctor Who Tournament begins!

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Today is the first day of the two-week long pinball toutnament at Docking Bay 93, being played on the newly-restored Doctor Who pinball machine.  Scroll down a few posts for details, and we hope everyone has fun!

The lack of posts yesterday was because it took longer to get Doctor Who working properly than anticipated.  As of when it left for the shop (pictures of the leg bolt that delayed the pin being returned to the shop Thursday coming after I’ve had a good night’s sleep), the only thing wrong with it was a light in the lowest pop bumper is not installed.  I had the wrong replacement parts for the broken socket.  Not a bad tradeoff for a fully functional time expander, though.

Addams Family has left the arcade briefly, for VERY much needed work.  I won’t be giving any estimates for how long until it returns until I’ve had a chance to catalog what all needs fixed.  I’ll keep you posted!

Thanks for reading, and again, hope you have fun with the tournament!