Joust VPX! [Completed]

That's right you're seeing correctly....JOUST PINBALL FOR VPX! I always said if anyone was crazy enough to take this build on with me I would do what ever redraws necessary and well it turns out it was necessary to redraw everything haha! It also turns out I found someone crazy enough, I brought the idea up to our friend randr and the mad scientist in him immediately got to work on making a working proof of concept. Once we figured out it could be done, we got to work right away, I redraw everything, the PF, the plastics, the targets, the apron and even all the insert text is done by hand. Resources were very thin for this build so it was challenging, there's only one half decent pic of a stripped PF that I had to really warp 'straight' in photoshop to make it work so with that said it's not perfect and it's a bit of a freak table with it's strange angles but it plays surprisingly well. In order to make this table work, majority of objects had to be made and placed in 3D so that they all follow the correct angles to their corresponding PF's. All the plastics, pegs,posts,rubbers etc all are angled to match the table's unique PF angles. Some of the plastics on the real table as well as the apron actually have bends to them which we matched as best we could - this was especially challenging but ended up being really cool! This table is a first for many things, first two player, two dual slope PF, I believe first table to use primitive inserts. This is the ONLY 2 player head to head pinball ever created (by Bally/Williams, one other made by Alvin G) and for the first time will be available with fully restored graphics and a variety of game modes. Q: I know you're already thinking: But how will the second player keys work? A: Player 2 keys are bound to magna save keys by default, which you can set to what ever keys you like in VP preferences, you can then hook up a USB or wireless controller to your cab or desktop for your second player. What if you don't have a second player? Well you can still player single player mode which gives you control over both sets of flippers and single player scoring only. Player vs CPU modes. There are also player vs computer modes (easy and hard), where the 'computer' player 2 has auto flippers. The hard difficulty has the out lane drain blocked on P2 side as well as extended flipper length. There's also an option to switch apron color for either players to either blue or black, this was because there's photos which show a variety of combinations so I just though to give the option. Okay so you're probably going to be reading some of this again real soon in the table description because it's very close to finished, just doing final testing and polishing. Personally I really wanted this table done because I have a cocktail/pincab hybrid with adjustable legs so I could put it into flat 'cocktail mode' and actually play 'head to head' with my friends on this. Speaking of which, a few FS backdrops will be available, one that is a normal backdrop, the kind you would expect in a FS view and the other is well...pretty much for me lol, it's a bird's eye view making it even for both sides, the downside is there's no depth to the drop targets but it's fair game for head to head on my set up. Even if it's just a novelty or you use it to practice your multiball juggling (there's always 2 or more balls on the table), I hope you guys will appreciate having this small piece of pinball history in your collections and hope you appreciate just how much hard work went into making it work. So I put this project together to show a few time lapse video's of the progression of the project (instead of stretching out 20 pages of pics), so please take a few minutes and check 'em out! PF redraw: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PctPSPbvHsI Apron redraw: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohK3ztgCHOY

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Comments

  1. randr

    I do like the odd builds! and this one may take the prize! thanks Dark for bringing this up in chat i jumped on the build and has been very fun and frustrating :)

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  2. bord

    This is insane. I can’t believe what I’m seeing. The redraw alone is a feat of incredible skill and patience. You guys are incredible.

    I had the chance to play this with a good friend a year ago. We played for at least an hour and had a great time. It is a really fun pinball curio. A perfect choice for VPX!

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    1. Dark Post author

      Thanks bord, that’s the type of reaction we were hoping for on this, that’s why we’ve kept the project pretty hushed until being very close to release. Some last minute behind the scenes for you guys to help hype up and appreciate the work.

      Also I should mention Unclewilly helped out with lighting and primitive inserts and borgdog helped with the on screen menu.

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    2. randr

      Art was all @dark! i just made the thing work. It is a very unique build for sure! what other game can you have 3 ways to play? or is it 4 ways? computer player 2 is very neat

  3. roar

    I can’t believe you guys made this… it would actually look pretty cool in an arcade cocktail cabinet I think! No way I’m building another cabinet just to play this game… or would I??? :)!

    I got a chance to play one at the VFW in Ann Arbor last year. Had a lot of fun with it too.

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  4. MnHotRod

    Wow, this is going to be very cool. One of the guys in our group has a Joust. These are so rare and fun. I can see someone building a two player, head to head cab just to house this build.

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    1. Dark Post author

      I have a head to head to head to head cocktail. :P
      On the narrow ends it has joys and buttons for games like pacman donkey kong, galaga etc, and buttons on the sides for pinballs. Adjustable legs let me have a tilt for pinball and I have long cables that I tuck under the cab when not in use that I pull out for backglass which I just use a rubber clamp to hold on. 4 spinner dials, 1 on each corner of the table for 1980 Atari Warlords which the table is themed after. On one wide end it has typical 2 player 6 button set ups with track ball in the middle, on the other wide end it has trackball and 3 buttons for missile command, coin/start. So I’ve been wanting to see this table on my set up for a long time but no one was crazy enough to take on with me.

  5. Ben Logan2

    Thoroughly enjoyed the redraw videos. My son and I literally just got done watching a Bob Ross video before I saw this link. Equally awesome art experiences!

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  6. BorgDog

    It’s looking better every time I see it, most excellent work Dark! It was fun having my little part of it and getting to see it progress. It is a lot of fun to play as well.

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  7. Jesperpark

    Wow I did not even know this table ever existed! Looks great can’t wait to try it. We are all lucky to have a great group of people, who make these tables for everyone to play.

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    1. Dark Post author

      randr says it would be easy, the hard part is the artwork, these games are pretty rare, I’d also love to see this made, but I don’t think I have it in me to do any more redraws any time soon. So with that said I guess if someone wanted to try to gather up and polish the artwork, we could take a stab at making it happen. OR….if someone can at least get me good resources for redrawing maybe I can shelf it for now and work on it over time or perhaps recruit some help to get it done. The artwork on A.G is actually quite a bit more simple and iconic than the Joust artwork which actually can have a lot of detail with it’s comic style inking.

  8. cyberpez

    You’re right, I never saw this coming!!!

    Looks crazy great!! Can’t wait to give this one a try. I love the odd stuff too!!! Nice work all involved!!

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    1. Dark Post author

      I like to give Laylow an early release for tables as a small reward for his service to the community making all those game play videos, and as you can see it helps get the word out! :P
      We expect to release this weekend, we just had one final bug fix by Fren that was haunting us a bit.

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      1. rotrax

        ah, well you’re right @laylow should be rewarded. thx for the answer and keep up the good work. both of you ;-)

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