November 04

News : Keeping the Ball Alive Kick Starter Program : 30 Years of Stern Pinball : Exclusive Artwork and Statement From Paperflock

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Recently a new Kick Starter program has been launched to release a book documenting 30 years of Stern Pinball.  Stern has partnered with a company called Paperflock to make this project come to life.

The book, expected to release in spring 2017, will be roughly 200 pages with over 80% of its content devoted to art and photography showing the rise and history (and even a glimpse of the future) of Stern Pinball. Alongside the visuals you’ll find interviews with game designers and programmers, employees who were there at the early days of Data East, and notable fans.

As of now the project has 212 backers with a goal of $50,000.  Presently, the project is currently at  $28,595 and has 38 days to go.  If you support and pledge to the project,  you will gain rewards depending on how much the pledge you are contributing.

I would like to see this project come to life because it would be fascinating to read about the history of Stern and the contributions to pinball the company has made over the years.

If you  would like to support Keeping the Ball Alive : 30 Years of Stern project click the link below.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/paperflock/keeping-the-ball-alive-30-years-of-stern-pinball?ref=nav_search


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View some exclusive pictures and a written statement Paperflock graciously sent to me about the project below.

Keeping the Ball Alive: 30 Years of Stern Pinball

2016 marks thirty years of pinball under the watchful eye of Gary Stern. What better way to celebrate than a beautiful full-color commemorative coffee table book?

Stern Pinball, Inc. has partnered with PaperFlock, Inc, a crowdfunding startup made up of pinball fans, to produce and publish this historic collector’s book. The access PaperFlock has been given is unprecedented, making this project a first-of-its-kind venture in the pinball world.

The book, expected to release in spring 2017, will be roughly 200 pages with over 80% of its content devoted to art and photography showing the rise and history (and even a glimpse of the future) of Stern Pinball. Alongside the visuals you’ll find interviews with game designers and programmers, employees who were there at the early days of Data East, and notable fans.

Content will include games from the last thirty years put out under Stern, Sega, and Data East. This covers over eighty titles, starting with Laser War!

Toys –  You’ll get to see tons of  toys and features from prototype to finished product, such as the Gene Simmons head you recognize from KISS, as well as discarded concepts such as a rejected Jurassic Park jeep toy.

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Two versions of a rejected Jurassic Park toy.

Artwork –  George Gomez has “reams” of sketches by all the designers dating back thirty years that will be available to the PaperFlock team for use in the book. These two concept sketches from The Sopranos are just the tip of the iceberg.

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Two concept sketches from the Sopranos.

PaperFlock (which, incidentally, is made up of two guys who love pinball) is using Kickstarter as both funding and ideas platform for this project. PaperFlock has done initial research and interviews for the purpose of starting the campaign, but there is much more to do. Funds raised via the Kickstarter will cover the sizable expense of photographing and cataloguing all the material to be used in the book (including conducting tons of interviews!); writing, editing and layout;  and of course printing the finished product. Higher stretch goals in the campaign will allow the book to be more elaborate and include things like transparent overlays showing how a machine’s parts come together.

In addition to obtaining a copy of the book at release, project backers will have a say in what goes into the book, such as which games should be given a more in-depth look. Other backer rewards include a fold-out poster featuring every machine in Stern’s lineup, a “Keeping the Ball Alive” t-shirt, and an exclusive Zombie Yeti art print commissioned for this project.

This book will be created by people who love the game of pinball, and for the pinball community- not designed by a publisher. Get involved now on Kickstarter.com!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/paperflock/keeping-the-ball-alive-30-years-of-stern-pinball?ref=nav_search


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