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Lord of the Rings Valinor Edition (Stern 2003) VPW 1.3

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The Quest stands upon the edge of a knife. Stray but a little, and it will fail, to the ruin of all. 

The VPin Workshop Fellowship proudly presents an entirely reimagined and originally illustrated Lord of the Rings pinball experience.

 

Ver 1.3 Notes;

Among other things this should help a lot with anyone who was getting white texture issues and fix some stuttering issues for some people.

 

Ver 1.1 Notes;
LOTR was designed in 10.6 (as are 99% of our tables) and this time converted to 10.7 on the very last revision so that we could use webp image support to cut the file size down to almost 1/4 of the size. However it seems that there are numerous issues with how 10.7 deals with either large textures, large file sizes or something else, which has resulted in the white textures reported. We're looking into why this happens and will work with the VPX devs in any way we can.
These bugs, combined with 10.7 not being fully compatible with VR yet have led to us to revert to 10.6 (as all of our previous files have been).
Other fixes including minor physics repositioning and cabinet mode tweaks.

 

The journey began when we received an excellent playfield scan, but soon found ourselves wanting to drastically change the artwork. So began the long journey into the depths of Mordor, where many challenges were encountered and overcome. The table is entirely rebuilt, with much effort spent toward making it as physically accurate as possible. All the figurines have been scanned from the actual pinball toys. The table is exquisitely modelled and raytraced, with special visual features added to some modes to enhance the drama.

Your quest through this game will not be easy, but we hope it will be enjoyable!


•    Apophis - Project Lead, Scripting, Determination. Hairy feet.
•    Astronasty - All Original Artwork. Large Axe.
•    Tomate - 3D Magic and Wizardry.
•    Sixtoe - Random Stuff, VR Things, Screaming. Sword.
•    iaakki - Some flashers, random stuff. Bow and Arrow.
•    Skitso - Lighting tuning.
•    EBIsLit - Baseline playfield scan, purchasing the playfield figurines.
•    Dazz - 3D scans of all the figurines.
•    Wylte - Ball Shadows, Palantir Sauron eye movement.
•    Fluffhead35 - Ramp and ball rolling sounds.
•    HauntFreaks - Blackglass B2S.
•    Bord - Playfield mesh.
•    GTXJoe - Shot testing tool
•    Flupper - General assistance with rendering issues.
•    RothbauerW - Physics tutorial, general assistance.
•    PinStratsDan & VPW Team - Testing.

•    Rik - Lord of the Screams.
•    Everyone in VPW for their support and encouragement!
•    The PinMAME and VPX Developers for the programmes we all use!

This release would not have been possible without the legacy of those who came before us.

 

Thank you...

 

Fly, you fools!

 

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Performance Tips;

Set DynamicBallShadowsOn to 0.

 

Additional VR Performance Tips;

Set PlayfieldToys to 0.

 

 

 

 

 


What's New in Version 1.3   See changelog

Released

'v1.2.1 - apophis - Reduced the texture size for all figurines. Update ball rolling and ramp rolling sounds to latest code (removed extra sound files). Update rubberizer to latest. Removed all physics related player options. Automated cabinetmode.

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studlygoorite

   9 of 9 members found this review helpful 9 / 9 members

Wow, first thing I noticed was the weight of the ball, not many tables hit it out of the park like this, I love playing it, everything about it is awesome. The glass sword is a sight to behold, especially in VR and the SSF is perfect. The VR, with toys intact, is a real spectacle and plays smooth like butter. Great job team, thanks for sharing this baby! Astronasty, I use the pup pack for VPX and your backglass for VR, the artwork is fantastic all around!!

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godisnothere

   5 of 5 members found this review helpful 5 / 5 members

A VPW LOTR vpx? eh HELL YES! HELL YES PLEASE! THANK YOU! IF you are checking the reviews of this table before downlaoding it your obviously new. VPW makes nothing but solid gold! all You need to know is bow down and praise these lords of pinball .

Thank you for all your devotion and hard work . IT truly shows in your work . Thank you!

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ElDude33

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

This is the remake I have been waiting on since the first week I installed VPX.  Before I even knew who VPW was, I wanted a better LOTR, then after I learned about VPW I wanted them specifically to do this thing.  

 

Worth the wait.  Table and new back glass are gorgeous, especially that Gimli down by the left sling.  Love the default flippers and the overall physics and feedback are superb.  The glowing sword is bad ass.

 

There are many version of this table, but this one was forged in the fires of mount Doom to rule them all!

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bietekwiet

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

VPW stands for: Virtual Pinheads on Whiskey (I watched the release stream)!

 

In all seriousness : It is an incredible recreation, both visually, table sounds, physics, it's all there

The glass sword is fantastic: it looks great (lights up!) and we can see the ball in the inlane at all times.

Thank you so much, guys!

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Thalamus

   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

How in the hell can you make a turd into something beautiful ? By fixing/replacing the Stern bullshit low quality PF of course.

 

You are so wrong on this @BambiPlattfuss

 

I prefer good original pinball art. When such is not available; for some Gottlieb backglasses pr. example, I have no problem changing it out for something that is actually decent.

 

This re-creation is awesome in all ways. Like you say, plays like a dream - and now even looks great too.

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KiwiBri

· Edited by KiwiBri

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Amazing transformation of the table. I really feel like playing this table with this new version. The 3D toys are great, and the new sword fits in great with the table and theme.

 

Update: So I started to notice that I was getting pissed off with the ball draining, to the point I was starting to purposely "Tilt" the table - "Yeah, I'll show you..."  ha ha ha  - also had my body language change a lot, you know, swing my leg out, trying to make a shot  -  What all this means is the simulation of this table is so good that I play it like a real table!

thanks @VPinWorkshop

 

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leeoneil

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

It's the first time i keep a "modded graphic" table on my pincab.
I usually loves when tables are as possible accurate to reality.

But your team work is amazing !

 

Well done and thank's to everyone in the team, and especially thank's Astronasty for this beautiful artwork !

Comment from my girlfriend "people who bought the real LOTR pinball must be really disappointed now" ! 🤣

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clintonium

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Superb job.  I'm floored by how much work y'all are putting into these tables.  This is such a classic table and I'm generally a little of a purist (only in that I tend to prefer meticulous recreations over artistic re-imaginings), but this just looks stunning to me everywhere I look.  And that glass sword is so nice.  Brilliant idea.

 

Plays beautifully too.  Ball seems heavier, and I can't 'cheat' the Path of the Dead like I used to on the other versions, making this one a good bit harder to qualify ROTK.  Love it.  Thank you VPW and all involved :)
 

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rhino74

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

This table is amazing, and I can't believe how much work has gone into such one table. Cheers to everyone that was involved, Sensational work and always appreciate how much goes into this hobby. :)

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Skatelow

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Finally, a superb version of LOTR! I love this table so much but there wasn't any good version out there, only average ones at best. A VPW version is of course the best there is! 

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astronasty

   6 of 7 members found this review helpful 6 / 7 members

This is the best vpx table ever released.  I am not biased.

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Response from the author:

It would be better if it was Inspector Gadget themed.

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BambiPlattfuss

   1 of 9 members found this review helpful 1 / 9 members

Unfortunately it doesn´t have the real Artwork and Inserts were placed different - so for me this is far away from a perfect Version.


It plays awesomely good yeah but the thing with different Art is an absolute bummer for me and thats why i dont´like this Version.

Imo the team could have been made an awesome Lotr recreation with all their talent - a Version finally as it should be and i hope that they in future are going to do so and then i will hapily give a 5 Stars review also

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jwish

  

I had to come back and write a short review.  This is the best vpx table I have ever played.  Artwork is amazing and has added new life to a table that was already great but had fallen out of my rotation.  The gameplay feels like the real thing.  Thanks for reviving this classic.

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RKip455

  

Wow... FANTASTIC table the rendering is the best I've seen.  Thanks for he hard work and effort/time.

RKip

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Guillaume49

  

This is pure awesomness. The ball dynamics, settings, the excellent SSF, amazing LUTs. Just PERFECT. Maybe my favorite table ever.

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mikeleonheart

  

Simply, each table you make from VPW surpasses the previous one. The level of this borders on perfection. This table, being one of my favorites for the complexity of its game, and its high level of difficulty to get all the game modes, always I thought: hopefully the guys from VPW one day make a version ..... And I have to say that the first news that talked about a new playfield threw me a little back.... But once you have seen the result, and having played a few games, you see all the details, such as the writing of the ring in the Destroy the Ring mode, the light of Elendyl in the Shelob attack mode, .... That said, for this table lovers you have given us the best gift.

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wentle85

  

This table made me finally upgrade to 10.7 and I'm glad I did. Stunning looking playfield and everything plays great. Thanks so much for the incredible effort put into this.

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scoobie1

  

What a fantastic table. Thank you to all involved.

Something that really stands out to me is the "weight" of the ball. Is this due to the rolling sounds cranked up more in the script or is there more magic behind the scenes?

 

I would love to make adjustments to the VPW Indy table to have the ball weight similar to this table. Anyway, this is just awesome. Thanks guys!

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