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October on location

Not a whole lot going on this October, but a few notable games here and there.

Poison Girl, October 6:

Game had a sticky left flipper but no other obvious problems. This was a very brief visit as I had stopped by primarily for other reasons.

Little Dipper, October 7:

One of my better games on Creature.

Little Dipper, October 15:

Another brief visit, I played a total of two games.

Little Dipper, October 20:

Another monster score on Creature.

Little Dipper, October 28:

Monster scores all around. The score on Spider-Man wasn’t quite good enough for a replay (the replay score was a bit north of 92M).

MISSING: Luke Roman, Houston area (cash reward)

Your help is requested with information on the whereabouts and/or leading to the safe return of Luke Roman, particularly if you are in the greater Houston or San Antonio areas.

Luke’s last known location was in the 500 block of Sul Ross Street (near Garrott Street) on September 16th. He is 24 years of age. Unfortunately, we don’t know what Luke was last wearing at the time of his disappearance. Luke has a distinctive missing front tooth (see photos). Luke was brought to Houston for mental health treatment; this treatment was not court ordered. Luke does not know his way around the city (Houston) and did not have ID, credit cards, or his own cell phone at the time he went missing. He has family connections in Boerne (San Antonio area) and, though it is unlikely, he could have tried to make his way back there.

At the bottom of this post is the best picture we have of Luke.

If you have any information regarding his whereabouts, please call or text 432-213-2697. There is a cash reward being offered.

Through September

Most notable this month:

  • Funhouse and Monster Bash are no longer at Little Dipper, Fireball and Spider-Man (latter not pictured here yet) are in. These two score pictures from Monster Bash in this set represent the last two sessions I had with this game at Little Dipper.
  • I’m back on the high score board on Creature from the Black Lagoon. I think it’s just a matter of time before I finally get grand champion, as I’m really feeling like I’m getting to know this game well.

In order: Little Dipper September 5, 12, and 26 (as usual, pictures representing the best scores from each day), and then Darkhorse Tavern September 27.

Out and about, late July and August

Not a lot going on this month. Two stops at Little Dipper (July 25 and August 1), a brief visit to Gypsy Joynt in Galveston (August 23), and a quick drop-in to Darkhorse Tavern (August 31). Commentary follows the gallery/image for each visit.

Little Dipper, July 25

Nothing special on Creature or Monster Bash, but today was the day I filled out the rest of the high score board on Funhouse. The final three pictures are to document the full high score board as of this visit.

Little Dipper, August 1

A little bump to the #4 score on Funhouse (classic), and a decent run on Funhouse 2.0.

Gypsy Joynt, August 23

Pinball Map listed these machines in questionable condition as of a year ago. I had hoped they had been fixed since then (I was in the area for work and dropped by; I would not make a trip all the way down to Galveston just to play two machines I had doubts about). Attack from Mars had an issue with the scoop, where it would not register on shots to the front (and would kick them straight down the middle more often than not, with an unpredictable tilt that either gave you no warnings for a hard nudge or two immediate warnings and a possible immediate tilt); it was also set up to play rather slow and floaty. Deadpool kept wanting to kick out two balls and had a sticky right flipper.

I don’t think either of these scores are that bad given the condition of the games, but I don’t consider them my best work either.

Star Pizza and Darkhorse Tavern, August 31


I dropped into Star Pizza (77 Harvard near Washington) for dinner. The pizza was good, but I couldn’t let myself walk by the Ms. Pac-Man cocktail videogame in front without giving it a try. The high score was somewhere in the 80-89K range, I want to say 87K but I didn’t think to take a before picture. It doesn’t matter, because I beat it easily.

I followed that up with a trip down the road to Darkhorse Tavern for Mr. and Mrs. Pac-Man pinball. The score is a personal best, but unfortunately someone has manged to put up a slightly higher score for the high game to date (just over 1.8M). I believe I can eventually break through and reclaim it, though. This game is worth the occasional detour to come and play and I believe it is an overlooked classic.