PAT ON THE BACK
Story dated 22nd November 2000, Updated 7th December 2000.
Over a year since William's announced the closure of their pinball division, pinball designer Pat Lawlor is back designing games.
Pat Lawlor Design, the company he set up the the wake of the demise of the William's operation is working with Stern Pinball Inc in developing a new game. The news was announced on Stern's website, but further details are sparse.
Lawlor - designer of such classic games and Funhouse, The Addams Family and Twilight Zone - formed the company with fellow William's refugees John Krutsch and Louis Koziarz with the aim of developing all kinds of games for the amusement industry acting as design consultants, but offering the full range of assistance right up to manufacturing. The three were all part of the same team at William's where they developed games such as No Good Gofers and Safecracker.
Pat said "We are pleased to be associated with Stern Pinball and look forward to designing great pinball games together."
The new game is believed to use Stern's manufacturing facilities, with PLD's design skills and should get its first outing in mid 2001, though it is unlikely to be Stern's next game.
Curiously, in a later posting to the rec.games.pinball newsgroup Lawlor used the singular when describing the games PLD is to design so it's unclear to what extent the two companies will be working together beyond their current project.
full text of his posting reads:
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