Busy, busy, busy!

It was brought to my attention tonight that I have done a horrible job keeping our blog and website up to date!

No denying it. We have been busy getting ready for the fall and the pinball shows on the horizon. We have been working on a new RGB DMD display for both adding more color to your existing pinball machines, as well as new custom machines. $299 is our price point target and I think we will hit it. I will post more about this specifically soon.

Dave and I have had a very busy summer both with FAST and personally. Dave’s daughter was married and Dave looked so proud and happy! My wife graduated from nursing school and has started her new job at a pediatric intensive care hospital. Ask me about her and I will also look (and sound) so proud and happy!

We have been working with new users and having a lot of fun with the FAST users (family?) that we have been so fortunate to get to share the indie pinball dream with. New users from outside the pinball dev community have been asking for kits! We started offering connectors, cables, pins and power supplies earlier this year and we will be taking it even further in the coming months. More on that soon, as well. (Aaron says that a lot…)

Wrapping up this update, I want to let people know that we were invited to host a Pinball Maker Day at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) in Seattle this Saturday. If you are in the area and would like to check it out, please do! We will be talking electronics, 3D printing pinball parts, winding your own coils, vacuum forming ramps and have custom pinball projects at various stages of development. We will have some classic pinball machines available on free-play, as well.

When: Saturday, August 27, 2016, 11:00am – 02:00pm
Where: 860 TERRY AVENUE N SEATTLE, WA 98109

More Information: http://www.mohai.org/visit-us/mohai-calendar/eventdetail/1349/-/maker-day-pinball-mechanics

Aaron
FAST Pinball

FAST Pinball / Mission Pinball Meet-Up – 11/19/2015

Hello!

We are just about recovered from a very successful Pinball Expo trip, so we felt it was prime time to host another meet-up! This time we want to do something a little more hands on, so feel free to bring your laptop. Brian Madden from Mission Pinball will be in town and we want to give you the opportunity to get the Mission Pinball Framework (MPF) up and running and talking to some FAST Pinball hardware that we will have setup in the workspace.

As always, this is a chance for any pinball designers / builders / lovers who want to come hang out and see what is up with our FAST Pinball hardware and the Mission Pinball software framework. Ask questions, see demos, talk the nerdier side of pinball with no fear of judgement! This time we will be hosting it at our workspace and soon-to-be pinball arcade in Gig Harbor, WA. We will have pins on freeplay downstairs while upstairs we will have some different stations setup to let you experience the hardware and software in action. For those outside the region, we intend to stream the event as best we can at: twitch.tv/fastpinball

FAST and Mission Pinball are excited to get you a hands on experience that is a little harder to on the pinball show floor. So whether you are an experienced pinball designer, just curious what this indie pinball thing is all about or somewhere in between, come on out! We will be on-site most of the day, but the meet-up will formally start around 7pm. Feel free to come down earlier and enjoy some mexican food and beer across the hall and hangout afterwards playing pinball! Have you played Tattoo Mystique yet? Brian Cox’s original game (first complete FAST/MPF powered pinball machine!) will be on site for you to play!

Hope to see you soon! (Sorry about all the !!!, I just love this stuff!)

What: FAST Pinball / Mission Pinball Meet-Up
When: November 19th, 2015 from 7:00pm-9pm (followed by a pinball social ‘til we kick you out!)
Where: The soon-to-be Harbor Pinball: 3226 Harborview Drive. Suite 8, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

RSVP not required, but appreciated! Helps us to better prepare! RSVP to aaron@fastpinball.com

Aaron
FAST Pinball

Pinball Expo 2015

We are very excited to be speaking again this year at Pinball Expo 2015. Dave and I will be sharing a stage with Brian Madden and Gabe Knuth of Mission Pinball, as well as Brian Cox, creator of Tattoo Mystique.

Tattoo Mystique was the first complete game created using the FAST Pinball hardware and the Mission Pinball Framework. We thought Pinball Expo would be a great opportunity to share what it took to bring Tattoo Mystique to life. The fun with “beta” hardware. The joys of a rapidly developing software framework. The challenges of turning the game ideas that are in your head, into something that can be enjoyed by others.

But there is also the true joy of seeing it all come together! We hope that those who come to listen to us share the journey leave motivated to give it a try themselves or at least have a new appreciation for all the hard work that goes into making something so fun!

Hope to see you at the talk!

What: “New Hardware, New Software, New Pinball Makers” (Learn about Tattoo Mystique, the first FAST/Mission powered pinball game.)
When: Saturday, October 17th @ 11am
Where: Botanic Room at The Westin Chicago North Shore

Be sure to come by the booth and see what people are creating with FAST Pinball hardware and the Mission Pinball Framework. From completed games & rich whitewoods to “pretty boxes of lights,” there should be plenty to see and talk about. Scheduled to be in the booth…

Tattoo Mystique by Brian Cox
Nightmare Before Christmas by Mark Incitti
Elemental by Chris Dana
Muppets Pinball by Jack Bridges
Peanuts Pinball by Aaron Davis

How many days left?! 🙂

Aaron
FAST Pinball

FAST Pinball / Mission Pinball Talk – July 18th 2015 @ 6pm

Super excited to be hosting a talk at California Extreme 2015 with our friend Brian Madden of Mission Pinball. This year our talk will be on Saturday, July 18th @ 6pm. This will be a great chance for folks to come and get a run through on what has been going on with FAST, what is new with our hardware and all the great things you can do with it. At the same time, if you are brand new to building your own pinball game or just want to know what it takes to program a game, Brian Madden from Mission Pinball will be there to talk about just what it takes to bring your first game to life using the Mission Pinball Framework (MPF).

We have a booth setup again this year where you can come by for a little hands on time with the FAST hardware and the Mission Pinball Framework. Looking forward to the show!

FAST Pinball / Mission Pinball Talk – June 5th 2015 @ 5pm

Aaron Davis & Dave Beecher w/ FAST Pinball and Gabe Knuth w/ Mission Pinball will be hosting a talk at the NW Pinball Show June 5th @ 5pm. Come see what the heck we have been working on for so long! New FAST hardware will be on-hand, fresh from manufacturing and loaded with the last firmware! Sweet! (ok, we think so!) Learn about the latest developments on the Mission Pinball Framework and just how it will streamline you pinball development!

So if you, or someone you know, has ever wanted to make a real pinball machine come on out and join us. Both FAST and Mission Pinball are eager to enable pinball designers to see their ideas become reality. We would love to hear about your pinball projects and do what we can to see them brought to life!

Hope to see you there!

  • What: FAST Pinball / Mission Pinball Talk
  • When: January 5th, 2015 @ 5pm
  • Where: NW Pinball Show – Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma, WA

For more about the other parties involved, check out the links below:

FAST Pinball / Mission Pinball Meet-Up – 1/17/2015

In a last minute addition, Aaron Davis w/ FAST Pinball and Brian Madden w/ Mission Pinball will be hosting a meet-up/talk at the Arcade Expo this Saturday from 3-4pm. This is a great chance for any pinball designers / builders / lovers who want to come hang out and see what is up with the FAST Pinball hardware and the Mission Pinball Framework. Once again, we will be bringing with us the Portable Pinball machine to show off the hardware and software in action.

So if you, or someone you know, has ever wanted to make a real pinball machine (and can make it out to the Arcade Expo!) come on out and join us. Both FAST and Mission Pinball are eager to enable pinball designers to see their ideas become reality. We would love to hear about your pinball projects and do what we can to see them brought to life!

Hope to see you there!

  • What: FAST Pinball / Mission Pinball Meet-Up
  • When: January 17th, 2015 from 3pm-4pm
  • Where: Arcade Expo – 700 South Hathaway Banning, CA 92220 (Thanks Kenny!)

For more about the other parties involved, check out the links below:

FAST Pinball / Mission Pinball Meet-Up – 11/12/2014

Hey everyone!
I know it’s very short notice, but Brian Madden from Mission Pinball is going to be in town this week and we thought it would be fun to host another meet-up. This is a chance for any pinball designers / builders / lovers who want to come hang out and see what is up with our FAST Pinball hardware and the Mission Pinball Framework. Ask questions, see demos, talk the nerdier side of pinball with no fear of judgement!
So if you, or someone you know, has ever wanted to make a real pinball machine (and feels like a trip to Seattle on a work/school night works in their schedule!) come on out and hang out. Both FAST and Mission Pinball are eager to enable pinball designers to see their ideas become reality. We would love to hear about your pinball projects and do what we can to see them brought to life!
Hope to see you there!
What: FAST Pinball / Mission Pinball Meet-Up
When: November 12, 2014 form 8:30pm-10:30pm
Where: Seattle Pinball Museum: 508 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 (Thanks Charlie!)
Please shoot me a message if you think you can join us!
Aaron
FAST Pinball

FAST RGB LEDs Now Available!

A soft launch for our new online store includes the sweet FAST RGB LEDs for inserts and the stylish FAST Pinball logo t-shirt. Check it out by clicking the “Store” link in the main menu.

Mission Pinball Framework Supports FAST Pinball Platform

So much has been going on behind the scenes and I have been doing a terrible job of sharing all the good stuff! But this one is just too exciting to miss!

We have been working a long time on our new hardware. Brian and Gabe have been working very hard on the Mission Pinball Framework. When Dave and I met with Brian in Seattle earlier this year we knew there was a great opportunity to align our interests. We have worked closely to be sure they had everything they needed to let the FAST Pinball Platform be a great hardware compliment to the MPF. With the 0.0.8 release FAST Platform support is now complete. Read more about it 0.0.8 update and the Mission Pinball Framework.

Big thanks to everyone who has worked to make this happen! Especially, Brian Madden and Roy Eltham who have been burning the midnight oil with us. We’ll sleep when we are dead? 🙂

Aaron
FAST Pinball

California Extreme 2014 – Quick Post

Everyone in our crew made it home safely! I can’t believe how many awesome people we got to meet and hang out with! Friday was supposed to be just setup, but our booth was packed almost all day!

We are all catching our breath and digesting the weekend. We will post a proper update very soon!

Aaron
FAST Pinball