Date: 24th July, 2011
Designer of Capcom's Pinball Magic Bryan Hansen has joined the Jersey Jack Pinball team to assist them with mechanical design, development and support.
Bryan has his own amusement and redemption games company, Entergament, Inc., which has created several prototype ready-to-go amusement game designs, and his deal with JJP will see Jack's company exploring ways to being these games to market.
This suggests JJP may end up producing more than just pinball machines if the collaboration bears fruit. Regardless, Bryan's experience and knowledge of working in a pinball startup will undoubtedly be of use to the team.
Jack and Bryan
In other JJP news, two more pictures of the playfield's development have been released showing the two mini-playfields.
The first, of the Witch's Castle, shows the entry and exit points, as well as the mini-ramp, the standup targets and the saucer position.
The Witch's Castle mini-playfield
The purpose of the large hole near the flipper hasn't yet been explained but it looks like an upkicker wireform could emerge there.
The second picture shows the Munchkinland mini-playfield.
The Munchkinland mini-playfield
The mini-flipper appears to have the spinning Dorothy's house as the sole feature with the ball rolling over a switch at the back to send the house spinning into the tornado.
Finally, Jersey Jack Pinball have added some additional distributors to their ranks.
Bertjan Postma and his Ministry of Pinball based in The Hague have secured the exclusive rights to sell JJP products in The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium. Bertjan has been importing new and used pinballs from the US and Canada for many years and has just recently set up the Ministry of Pinball. He said, "We are very proud that we are the ones to represent JJP. We truly believe that Jack will make history amongst pinball enthusiasts with his Limited Edition Emerald City Jersey Jack Pinball Wizard of Oz pinball machines, and all other games that will follow after the WOZ as well. We believe that with the passion that Jack is putting in this, the result will be very inspiring."
Earlier, JJP announced Steve Nordseth's FUN Billiards in Mesquite, Texas and Michael Daddona Jr.'s Automated Services in Milford, Connecticut had joined the distributor list along with Joystix Entertainment, LLC of Houston, Texas and Jesse Trueblood's PinCades in Griffith, Indiana.
You can read Jersey Jack Pinball's latest press release in full below.
Greetings Pinball Fans:
As the heat rises this Summer, the water is getting a lot warmer as the Team continues to work through the development of the whitewood game at the Midwest Campus.
The playfield is now fully shooting and Jack had an opportunity to be there for a couple of days last week and the report is that all is going very well.
Greg Freres showed his layout for inserts and the first renderings of the playfield art which in Jack's words were "awesome" as it begins to capture what the playfield will come to be in hand drawn art.
This week we show a couple more pictures of the whitewood.
JJP is proud to announce that Industry Veteran Game Designer Bryan Hansen has joined Jersey Jack Pinball, Inc. Bryan is best known for Capcom's Pinball Magic but Bryan is also known for his creation of many other hit amusement and arcade games through his company Entergament, Inc. www.entergament.com
Bryan will work with the Team in mechanical design, development and support. Bryan has already created several prototype designs for amusement games that are "ready to go" and JJP will explore how some of those games can be brought to market commercially.
"Bryan is a great guy who has a wonderful talent and his creativity, imagination and passion fit perfectly into our company" stated Jersey Jack Guarnieri.
It is with great pride and enormous enthusiasm we are announcing Ministry of Pinball has obtained the exclusive rights to sell Jersey Jack Pinball machines in the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium. "We are feeling like a little kid on Christmas morning" says Bertjan Postma, owner of the Ministry of Pinball company. "We are very proud that we are the ones to represent JJP. We truly believe that Jack will make history amongst pinball enthusiasts with his Limited Edition Emerald City Jersey Jack Pinball Wizard of Oz pinball machines, and all other games that will follow after the WOZ as well. We believe that with the passion that Jack is putting in this, the result will be very inspiring."
"Bertjan lives Pinball. He will do us proud and I welcome him" stated Jack Guarnieri.
Ministry of Pinball is a new name on the firmament but owner Bertjan Postma is no newcomer to the business, "have been importing new and used games from Canada and the USA for years now". We are very proud that we have a very satisfied and loyal customer base throughout the Benelux countries.
With the promise of a No-haggle support system combined with the use of Bally-Williams parts, support by our fully trained technical department will be a snap.
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