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This one may take some time to recreate. I have collected all photographs online I could find in order to recreate assets for this table. I know the table ROM is not even 100% working so I consider this a side project... A lot of assets are being redrawn and it is very much a work in progress.

Some of the parts will only be finalized once I have it as a table.

Oh, and I'm also collecting assets for Sharkey's Shootout so hopefully both tables will come to life soon.

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I'm slowly constructing the table. I stumbled on a hurdle, and I can't figure out what I am missing. I have the ROM running and tablelights are working fine- so the controller is running and linked to table elements.

However I keep getting the message "4 BALLS MISSING" on the DMD, which prevents me from further testing my setup.

 

I have added this to the sub Table1_Init

 

    Set bsTrough = New cvpmBallStack
	bsTrough.InitSw 0,14,13,12,11,0,0,0
	bsTrough.Balls=4

 

Which I assumed would initialize the ballstack and associates it with switches 11-14. Then there are 4 balls loaded.

Oh, and I based the table on the 10.7 "completely blank table" template- so there may be some code there that is interfering (though I couldn'f find any, except de destroy ball on the drain hit event).

 

Any suggestions what I'm missing?

 

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Maybe use cvpmTrough instead ? See the vbsdoc_outdated.html. Mentioned in core.vbs, scripts.txt too. Seems to me that this routine is created with the intention of obsoleting ballstack for trough handling.

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Thanks! This did the trick:

 

    Set bsTrough = New cvpmTrough
		bsTrough.Size = 4
		bsTrough.InitSwitches Array(14, 13, 12, 11)
		bsTrough.Balls = 4

 

Today I had some time to experiment, and I decided to start from scratch- ofcoure reusing some of the artwork I already cleaned up. I have a more complete scan of the manual now, the images work better as a base than the pictures I had before.

 

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The blueprints and manual helps tremendously in building the table. I'm almost done getting all components in- so once it is done I'll start to "beautify" it.

 

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I almost completed the playfield graphics:

 

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Test apron, the checkmark lights are functioning ingame. Nearing playable status.

 

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I'm also starting with Blender to create to 8-ball dome and experimenting with the ramps and rails. So the project is still ongoing!

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Still busy with the plastics. The quality of the photo's I have are quite lacking, looking for alternatives and better shots where possible.

I may need some help with texturing of the dome. I can't seem to get a nice (8) circle on there with the UVs getting pinched. Perhap I just need to use different geometry. Getting the plastics right is my first priority.

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I'm still working on this one. However due to my job I currently have limited spare time. So it's usually about one evening per 2 weeks that I can spend on the hobby.

Gameplaywise, all is wired. I'm tweaking the flashers (the game has quite a few of them, and it looks way too much when these are all flashing in the game; so I want to tone them down a bit).

 

The plastics are becoming an issue- there aren't any decent resources of good enough quality available, so I'm considering alternatives like generic poolball pictures or other promo-shots of Kelly Packard until I find the right images.

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I got a bit sidetracked- but it is still on my "active project" list. I may have reached the point where I could use some experienced eye to help out with a few things I'm struggeling with. I just can't get the flashers to look the way I want them.

What is the best way to collaborate on a project like this?

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I don't know what the "best" option would be, but there are at least a couple of options.

 

One would be to make a post detailing the changes you're trying to make and hope someone has a solution. This can be hit or miss. Either you'll get exactly the help you need to finish the table, or nobody will ever respond.

 

Another option would be releasing the table as a WIP with an open invitation for people to contact you or leave a comment with a potential answer to whatever tweaks you're still hoping to make. This option is assuming that the game functions, but perhaps isn't as perfect as you'd hope. I recently did this with Mini Golf. The game itself functioned, but I hadn't gotten around to making a backglass and I didn't have the skills to model the golfer. A couple of people ended up messaging me with offers to take care of these things and now the table is much better than when I first uploaded it to the site. I would lean towards calling this option the better of the two because it gets the work you've accomplished so far out into the world and gets some attention on whatever you have left on your wish list of edits.

 

There are probably more options, but those are the two that come to my mind. Whatever you decide, I hope to see this table released someday. It's always fun to play a new pool-themed pinball table and you've clearly put a lot of work into this.

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On 8/23/2022 at 7:55 PM, CactusDude said:

IAnother option would be releasing the table as a WIP with an open invitation for people to contact you or leave a comment with a potential answer to whatever tweaks you're still hoping to make. This option is assuming that the game functions, but perhaps isn't as perfect as you'd hope. I recently did this with Mini Golf. The game itself functioned, but I hadn't gotten around to making a backglass and I didn't have the skills to model the golfer. A couple of people ended up messaging me with offers to take care of these things and now the table is much better than when I first uploaded it to the site. I would lean towards calling this option the better of the two because it gets the work you've accomplished so far out into the world and gets some attention on whatever you have left on your wish list of edits.

 

Thanks for the advise, I'll probably do this. I'll clean up some parts in the next week, and look to upload this one as a WIP-table. The game functions, so it is mostly cosmetics and some tweaking that needs to be done, so it should be playable for people interested in this!

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On 8/22/2022 at 9:16 PM, Felsir said:

I got a bit sidetracked- but it is still on my "active project" list. I may have reached the point where I could use some experienced eye to help out with a few things I'm struggeling with. I just can't get the flashers to look the way I want them.

What is the best way to collaborate on a project like this?

Why don’t you message the VPW guys on here and ask for assistance?

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On 9/4/2022 at 11:26 PM, ashleyb said:

Why don’t you message the VPW guys on here and ask for assistance?

I'm not sure they would be interested in a game that itself is a prototype. I might be wrong though.

 

Anyway, I uploaded the table in a playable state here Golden Cue (Sega 1998) WIP (pending approval).

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Hello, I have upscaled the playfield a bit, which makes the image a bit sharper, and removed the yellow from the colour temperature and added the colour red instead. If you are interested in the customised playfield, let me know. You might want to include my playfield in your final table (the format is filed in webp format to save space).

 

 

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I'm always open for suggestions! Color temperature looks nice.

What do you mean by "upscaled" the playfield? I have many parts of the playfield as vector elements (texts, the billiardballs, arrows, the vodka glasses, some gradients etc.) so these are quite sharp. Can you send my the file so I can have a look 🙂

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