Z Ball Pinball Musings - Months of February / March

As always, Roger from Z Ball Amusements has released his latest monthly newsletter, this time reflecting on the month that was February / March. Some tasty morsels include a dinner with Gary Stern, some interesting (and tough) questions to the big man himself, and the top earners for February!

 Roger Z and Gary Stern (I wonder if there was a selfie stick used here...).

Roger Z and Gary Stern (I wonder if there was a selfie stick used here...).

During the dinner, Mark Williams (Z Ball technician) pulls no punches and - as he is want to do - calls it as he sees it as he questions Gary; "So why have Stern gone back to the crappy latches instead of the lock down bar?". Gary responds with equal honesty (and throws Steve Ritchie under the bus!); "I'll be honest you can blame Steve Ritchie for that. He never liked the lock down bars and felt they still moved even when they were locked down, he prefers the latches as they lock down real tight and don't move... plus they are cheaper to manufacture." A line of questioning only a man who has unlatched thousands of lock down bars could feel a passion for...

And of course, Gary deftly sidesteps the question on the possibility of an Iron Maiden pinball machine, by simply reminiscing on the days when everyone wanted Williams (not Mark this time, Williams the pinball company) to make a Rocky Horror Picture Show pinball. Gary should work in politics.

There's lots of information on the upcoming Z Ball tournaments in the newsletter, which I won't elaborate on here. Other than to say Sydney has yet another Super Selfie League with Roger starting one too!

 You too can look as cool as this guy, by participating in your local Selfie League (stick not included).

You too can look as cool as this guy, by participating in your local Selfie League (stick not included).

Upcoming dates for the start of the normal Z Ball Pinball League (which I am really looking forward to, it has been way too long...) as below;

  • Tuesday May 3rd 7pm Courthouse Hotel
  • Wednesday May 18th Lord Raglan Hotel
  • Tuesday May 31st Annandale Hotel
  • Tuesday June 15th Courthouse Hotel
  • Wednesday June 29th Lord Raglan Hotel 
  • Tuesday July 12th Annandale Hotel

And last but not least, the top earners across all of Z Ball's sites for February;

  1. Game of Thrones - Courthouse
  2. Kiss - Courthouse
  3. Attack from Mars - Courthouse
  4. Star Trek Next Gen - Lord Raglan
  5. Twilight Zone - Lord Raglan
  6. AC DC - Courthouse
  7. Addams Family - Courthouse
  8. Walking Dead - Newtown
  9. Creature from the Black Lagoon - Courthouse
  10. Tales from the Crypt - Belfield

Game of Thrones still holding the fort, as it were. I don't think there's any surprises there.

The full newsletter can be read over at the Z Ball Newsletter Page HERE.

Author: Marc Bell