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    I'm certain Zen Studios has a team of experts who wrack their brains coming up with all of these excellent tables, but I figured it couldn't hurt to throw a few ideas their way in a helpful little manner...

    1.) Discworld
    After a friend of mine played Zen Pinball 3D he suggested the Terry Pratchett universe would yield up a good pinball table and I had to agree, with things such as giant trolls, Rincewind's luggage devouring the ball and scampering it around, Death narrating the game, knocking the ball into a nest of Nac Mac Feegle, having a central area that opens to reveal four elephant bumpers, missions such as delivering mail for Moist von Lipwig by hitting the ball through orbitals, helping the Watch put out Ankh Morpork when the city catches on fire, working for the Assassin's guild by hitting drop-targets, gathering ingredients for a witch's brew, etc.

    2.) Jules Verne
    I think the world of Jules Verne could make an interesting tiered table, with the top of the table being the sky, the center being divided between the land and ocean, and the bottom being the center of the Earth. So you could launch your ball into Robur's airship (Master of the World) and Mr. Fogg's balloon (Around the World in 80 Days), in the ocean you could bounce the ball off of tentacles attacking the nautilus (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea) and then drop into the caverns and avoid magma and dinosaurs (Journey to the Center of the Earth) and even the backboard could become part of the table like in the Paranormal table, allowing you to send your ball up like a rocket into the eye of the moon (A Trip to the Moon).

    3.) Dead Times
    It seems a little cliched these days, but a zombie apocalypse table sounds like fun, with the back-end of the table made up as the chaotic city and the foreground set up as the countryside, with a network of highways connecting the two which would get blocked by panicked traffic. Events such as meeting up with a helicopter via hitting a certain building, rescuing trapped victims, making a run for supplies... it could even have elements of survival horror games in which you get points for keeping characters alive by making tricky shots to get food, ammo, and medicine from the dangerous city.

    4.) Mushroom Men
    I noticed in your 'other games' section Mushroom Men was listed, which I thought was a pretty terrific game with a great aesthetic and unique design, and since mushrooms tend to lend themselves naturally to be pinball bumpers, this one just sort of writes itself. Come to think of it, I've yet to see a Zen Studios table that makes use of the 'shrunken perspective' gimmick, with larger than life objects making up the table (thimbles, tin cans, etc.)

    5.) Super Mario Brothers
    Since you've got the 3DS distribution, I'm salivating at the thought of a Zen Studios Mario pinball table, filled with warp pipes, goomba targets, mushroom bumpers, pirahna plants, power-ups, etc. I can already picture a mission involving repeatedly hitting a target several times to power up Mario to allow him to defeat piranha plants blocking pipes, or in a move similar to the Golden Bridge from the El Dorado table moving a pinball along a Mario Bros style world to reach a flagpole at the end.

    Anyway, if nothing else hopefully this was all just entertaining to read. Keep making those clever tables guys!

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    Waluigi Pinball from Mario kart DS.

    i honestly thing it would be awesome to see this become a real pinball table on Zen pinball 3D. though, it will need to be modded, alot. its a basic table, and more needs added onto it . you would need to get the OK from nintendo to do it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seaking177 View Post
    Waluigi Pinball from Mario kart DS.

    i honestly thing it would be awesome to see this become a real pinball table on Zen pinball 3D. though, it will need to be modded, alot. its a basic table, and more needs added onto it . you would need to get the OK from nintendo to do it though.
    Heh, that'd be a fun table as well. Heck, I'd happily buy a Nintendo Pack for Zen Pinball 3D... hrm... what other tables....

    Well, four obvious tables could be themed to Nintendo pinball games, such as Metroid Prime Pinball, Pokemon Pinball, Kirby's Pinball, and Odama.

    Speaking of Odama, that would actually be really fun to see done as a Zen Studios style table. For those who've never seen the game, it was part real-time-strategy war game, part pinball game where one of your weapons was a massive pinball and you knocked the sucker around ancient Edo, rolling over enemy armies.

    Collaborations of this sort would be very exciting, after all we've all seen how excellently the Zen Studios/Marvel collaborations wound up being, with things like Blade, Moon Knight, Iron Man, Spiderman, etc.

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    I would buy a Nintendo set in a heart beat! I would like to see a Mario,Zelda,Metroid,(new one that is) and Donkey Kong Country one. Come on Zen I think Nintendo would let you do it. I would pay top dollar for it.

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    After the Game Informer article mentioning a PopCap games table, I'm put in mind of Plants vs Zombies and just how fun that could be, a table full of plants and hordes of oncoming zombies...

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    Sinces it on Nintendo you could have themes based on Super Mario Bros, Mario Kart, Donkey Kong, Zelda etc.


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    I used to love the Old Star Wars pinball machine. If someone would recreate that I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
    That or if someone created a table about the scientist Tesla and his many wonderful inventions, but that's just a pipe dream...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter328 View Post
    That or if someone created a table about the scientist Tesla and his many wonderful inventions, but that's just a pipe dream...
    Get a PS3 and buy Zen Pinball for it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4N3D...eature=related

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter328 View Post
    I used to love the Old Star Wars pinball machine. If someone would recreate that I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
    That or if someone created a table about the scientist Tesla and his many wonderful inventions, but that's just a pipe dream...
    Ay, I'm not sure if you're kidding or not, but there is indeed a Nikola Tesla pinball table in the Zen Studios roster. Simply called 'Tesla', this pinball table features a Tesla Coil, electromagnets, and a number of other surprises. Hopefully the Tesla table will be part of the future DLC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlgusUnderdunk View Post
    1.) Discworld
    After a friend of mine played Zen Pinball 3D he suggested the Terry Pratchett universe would yield up a good pinball table and I had to agree, with things such as giant trolls, Rincewind's luggage devouring the ball and scampering it around, Death narrating the game, knocking the ball into a nest of Nac Mac Feegle, having a central area that opens to reveal four elephant bumpers, missions such as delivering mail for Moist von Lipwig by hitting the ball through orbitals, helping the Watch put out Ankh Morpork when the city catches on fire, working for the Assassin's guild by hitting drop-targets, gathering ingredients for a witch's brew, etc.
    This! You could have a separate level below the main board as the Dungeon Dimensions. TBH, I think there are too many good ideas for just one Discworld table.

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    Yeah, I was joking, but just imagine how happy I'd be if I weren't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter328 View Post
    Yeah, I was joking, but just imagine how happy I'd be if I weren't.
    Heh, my same friend who suggested the Discworld table, also happened to be a Nikola Tesla fan and was indeed unaware of the Zen Tesla table. He got very giddy.


    Here's another suggestion, and it might be in bad taste but I think it could be fun, but when I just recently saw The Poseidon Adventure and Titanic as well, and during that scene in Titanic when the ship goes vertical, I suddenly thought, "man, that would make a perfect pinball table!"

    So a Titanic Table, and once again they could use the backboard for more table space, playing up the Titanic when it snapped in half, with the lower half being the main table and the top half being in the backboard of the table... Make it all spooky and ominous like a ghost ship mayhaps...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlgusUnderdunk View Post
    Heh, my same friend who suggested the Discworld table, also happened to be a Nikola Tesla fan and was indeed unaware of the Zen Tesla table. He got very giddy.


    Here's another suggestion, and it might be in bad taste but I think it could be fun, but when I just recently saw The Poseidon Adventure and Titanic as well, and during that scene in Titanic when the ship goes vertical, I suddenly thought, "man, that would make a perfect pinball table!"

    So a Titanic Table, and once again they could use the backboard for more table space, playing up the Titanic when it snapped in half, with the lower half being the main table and the top half being in the backboard of the table... Make it all spooky and ominous like a ghost ship mayhaps...
    Maybe just a sinking ghost ship table?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FreudianLemur View Post
    Maybe just a sinking ghost ship table?
    Ay, that'd work too. Come to think of it, the deck of a sinking ship works nearly perfectly... you could have tentacles from some great sea beastie come up over the sides, portholes, smashed wooden planks, fierce storms...

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    Oooh, just had another company crossover idea. Anyone here ever play Roller Coaster Tycoon? I can even see elements of customization in the table, where you go into certain areas and spend money you collect to change rides, attractions, and coasters, resulting in different pathways through the level... could be very clever...


    Speaking of crazy circus tables, it'd be really awesome to see a table based on The Cabinet of Caligari, all black and white noir in style, with really twisted visuals...

    Or speaking of silent films, a Charlie Chaplin pinball table could be excellent, firing the ball out of the cannon from The Great Dictator, using the rickety cabin from The Gold Rush to slide the ball from side to side, sending it rolling through the gears of Modern Times... one of the rails could zip around Charlie's signature hat...

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    You have way to much time on your hands lol! And a wild imagination! That's not a bad thing though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlgusUnderdunk View Post
    Oooh, just had another company crossover idea. Anyone here ever play Roller Coaster Tycoon? I can even see elements of customization in the table, where you go into certain areas and spend money you collect to change rides, attractions, and coasters, resulting in different pathways through the level... could be very clever...


    Speaking of crazy circus tables, it'd be really awesome to see a table based on The Cabinet of Caligari, all black and white noir in style, with really twisted visuals...

    Or speaking of silent films, a Charlie Chaplin pinball table could be excellent, firing the ball out of the cannon from The Great Dictator, using the rickety cabin from The Gold Rush to slide the ball from side to side, sending it rolling through the gears of Modern Times... one of the rails could zip around Charlie's signature hat...
    I think Zen Studios should hire you, seriously.

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    Heh, thanks. Although until you see me putting up fancy concept sketches to show how each table layout would work, I'm not really contributing that much to the design process...

    ...although I think I might try my hand at sketching up one or two, maybe the Mario table...

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    One idea I had awhile ago while playing on my PS3 (where I have many more tables and some I rarely play) was for another play mode where through either a special warp sinkhole, challenge, outlane, whatever- the ball would go immediately to another random table. Maybe for loading issues you'd specify which tables to include prior so they could be preloaded into memory (I have no clue how computer magic works,) or have some tables grouped already. I think highscores there would me a more fun take on proscore.
    It'd be cool to shoot a ball into the idols mouth and have it pop out into Duel on Excalibur.
    Oh, and I'd really, really, really, love to have an easy to use build your own table toolset, if that would even be possible. You could share builds by AR code like Pushmo puzzles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter328 View Post
    One idea I had awhile ago while playing on my PS3 (where I have many more tables and some I rarely play) was for another play mode where through either a special warp sinkhole, challenge, outlane, whatever- the ball would go immediately to another random table. Maybe for loading issues you'd specify which tables to include prior so they could be preloaded into memory (I have no clue how computer magic works,) or have some tables grouped already. I think highscores there would me a more fun take on proscore.
    It'd be cool to shoot a ball into the idols mouth and have it pop out into Duel on Excalibur.
    Oh, and I'd really, really, really, love to have an easy to use build your own table toolset, if that would even be possible. You could share builds by AR code like Pushmo puzzles.

    Aaaah, I can tell you from my experience that a custom pinball table maker would be very complex (code-wise) and fairly lightweight (play-wise). Pushmo's custom creation mode is simple because it's based on a very simple concept, a grid of pixels. Meanwhile a pinball table has to be very carefully crafted to ensure that every little piece of it functions as part of the whole. You'd essentially need an entirely separate game aside from Zen Pinball or Pinball FX dedicated to nothing but custom built tables because of all the work that would have to go into the editing system.

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    Default Yeah :(

    I'd guessed as much with how table physics have to be just right in order for it to not be just a crazy mess. Maybe one day someone could come up with something though. A program where it would problem solve what you lay down, like I want to put prebuilt ramp A here, with prebuilt bumper group D here, and then it tells me, no but here and here would work, and then next step, etc.
    Maybe by the time Playstation 7 and the Suzuki Game Gentleman come out...though from what you said I'm guess I'll see a Suzuki GG first.
    Oh well, a man can dream

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunter328 View Post
    I'd guessed as much with how table physics have to be just right in order for it to not be just a crazy mess. Maybe one day someone could come up with something though. A program where it would problem solve what you lay down, like I want to put prebuilt ramp A here, with prebuilt bumper group D here, and then it tells me, no but here and here would work, and then next step, etc.
    Maybe by the time Playstation 7 and the Suzuki Game Gentleman come out...though from what you said I'm guess I'll see a Suzuki GG first.
    Oh well, a man can dream
    Oh, I didn't say it would be impossible! But you'd need a number of things built into the system to maintain, balance, verify, etc. It would be such a large number that it would have to be a stand-alone game, not an add-on for any of the existing Pinball games. Now technically they could use a system similar to Roller Coaster Tycoon's means of structuring rails based on a grid...

    ...I should stop talking about this or I'll want to program it myself.

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    Other table ideas:

    "Sputnik 5000" - the ball represents a space probe and you are trying to launch it into deep extrasolar space. All the activities are about dodging asteroids, not getting caught in the gravity well of planets, sling-shotting around the sun and planets, etc, plus not getting kidnapped by aliens

    Aliens optional if you want it to be realistic!


    "Xeno Trooper" - Aliens movie ripoff. The ball is a marine who's trying to fight off lots of aliens and other related monsters, get a load of cargo on to the escape shuttle, fuel it, send out a distress beacon, set the self destruct and then escape


    "Exploding Fist" - Martial Arts table with lots of attacks, rolls, blocks and other moves from various schools of combat. Maybe some funny exagerrated ninja skills.


    "City Mayor" - the theme is civil order. You're the Mayor of the city and the ball is basically your abilities to keep everytihng moving along smoothly, while protests, crime, evil bankers, roaming Godzillas and natural disasters plague everyone, requiring your action. If you lose all three balls then sadly you're deposed and thrown out of office


    Okay there's a few anyhow. I was trying to do ideas that don't involve copyright stuff. Also I have no idea if these have been already made yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casbyness View Post
    Other table ideas:

    "Sputnik 5000" - the ball represents a space probe and you are trying to launch it into deep extrasolar space. All the activities are about dodging asteroids, not getting caught in the gravity well of planets, sling-shotting around the sun and planets, etc, plus not getting kidnapped by aliens

    Aliens optional if you want it to be realistic!


    "Xeno Trooper" - Aliens movie ripoff. The ball is a marine who's trying to fight off lots of aliens and other related monsters, get a load of cargo on to the escape shuttle, fuel it, send out a distress beacon, set the self destruct and then escape


    "Exploding Fist" - Martial Arts table with lots of attacks, rolls, blocks and other moves from various schools of combat. Maybe some funny exagerrated ninja skills.


    "City Mayor" - the theme is civil order. You're the Mayor of the city and the ball is basically your abilities to keep everytihng moving along smoothly, while protests, crime, evil bankers, roaming Godzillas and natural disasters plague everyone, requiring your action. If you lose all three balls then sadly you're deposed and thrown out of office


    Okay there's a few anyhow. I was trying to do ideas that don't involve copyright stuff. Also I have no idea if these have been already made yet
    Oooh, I like the idea of a deep space table! With orbits being literally that, tracks zipping around planets and suns, and maybe even an orbiting bumper that circles about like a moon!

    And for the Xeno Trooper stage it has to be on a devastated space ship... lots of ventilation shafts, events where you try to hit an alien drop-target in front of bay doors to knock it into space without accidentally putting your ball through the doors....


    Here's another idea:

    Rattler Gulch:
    A Western town that's being hit with every Western disaster cliche at once! Out of control mine-carts, raiders storming through town, buildings exploding, tornadoes, sand storms... and when a tornado hits a building the building could unfold into a series of ramps that are only available during a special event... there could be high-noon shoot outs, bounty hunters, saloon brawls....

    OOooooooOOOH! One of those large, two-floored saloons with a balcony comprising a second, smaller table... during a saloon brawl you have to knock the ball back into the doors as you get flung back out by various windows.... A Jailbreak event where you have to catch all the escapees, ride a tornado Pecos Bill style with an orbit track that whips up in a tornado fashion...

    Also it's nice to hear that our ideas are actually reaching the folks responsible for the awesome tables thus far! Thanks!

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    Had another idea at lunch today! A Rube Goldberg themed table! The table could be a minefield of Goldberg machines, each one of them strewn with ramps that trigger minute events that lead to other events.

    Such as hit the ball through an orbital, spin a gate. The spinning gate pulls a rope, which spins a wheel, which lights a lamp, which scares a bat, that flies to a roost... and so on and so on. I'm thinking visually make it resemble Goldberg's old colorful illustrations...

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    I was thinking more about a Mario table and I did a few concept sketches and such, but anyway here are the idea I had:

    Skillshot:
    On the entry-ramp for the table, are ten enemy lights that, when the ball's ready to be launched, will illuminate and darken until the ball is launched. Launch when all ten are lit, and you get the classic Mario 1-up sound and a skillshot bonus.

    Underground:
    Get into a warp pipe on the table to access a mini inset table made up to resemble the classic Mario underground. Two additional flippers inside let you flip the ball into side-scrolling drop-target goombas in an attempt to hit block targets at the back of the mini-table. Most of them will give you points, but ONE of them will drop away, allowing access to a back ramp that gives you a Warp Zone bonus.

    Hills:
    The classic hills with eyes from the Mario world, one of them lowers its facade to reveal three rolling drums that mimic the 'match game' from Mario Bros 3. Each drum is stopped when a shot is hit into the hill. Match up all three pieces for a bonus.

    Castle Mini-Table:
    Get the ball to the top of a classic Mario Bros castle to access a mini-table. Access is essentially a track with gaps that can be jumped with properly timed flipper presses which make small cylinders pop up. Once in the mini-table, a backdrop of the old Mario world 1-1 sidescrolls past, and in front of it two ramps alternatively raise and lower. Flipping the ball into the scrolling backdrop will net you points if you hit enemies or blocks. Make it all the way to the end of the level to trigger a fireworks bonus.

    Flagpole:
    To trigger some special events, repeatedly strike the flagpole to raise the flag. Get it to the top, start an event.

    Lakitu Multiball:
    Activate this and a small mechanical Lakitu will descend into his cloud and lift out, tossing pinballs onto the field.

    Bob-Omb Event:
    The ball turns into a shiny lil' bob-omb with white eyes, and before time runs out and your ball explodes, you have to knock it into one of the fortresses on the field to blow them up. Blow up the two smaller fortresses then knock the ball into the base of the Castle MiniTable for a big score!

    Superstar Event:
    Go invincible and hit every enemy you can! Drop-target enemies pop up all over the table.

    Airship Event:
    Chase the airship as it flies to various orbits. Catch up with it five times to access the backboard of the table, where you get your ball suspended to the wall by magnets. Press a flipper to lift the ball, release to drop. Dodge all the obstacles of the airship which will knock your ball back into the table get the Airship score!

    Bowser Event:
    Mario and Bowser do battle as mini-figures, and you control the attacks and dodges based on hitting orbitals and drop targets.

    Some of the other toys on the table include large mushrooms as bumpers, rails designed to look like warp pipes, and so on! Anyway if I ever manage to doodle it up to my satisfaction I might scan them and put them online for people to see but right now it's just rough notes.

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    Consider it purchased from me. I would pay a pretty penny for that Mario table. The only thing I would want different is a bit more of the modern games in it. Still what you said would make an excellent table!

    Do you dream in pinball?! LOL!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlgusUnderdunk View Post
    I was thinking more about a Mario table and I did a few concept sketches and such, but anyway here are the idea I had:

    Skillshot:
    On the entry-ramp for the table, are ten enemy lights that, when the ball's ready to be launched, will illuminate and darken until the ball is launched. Launch when all ten are lit, and you get the classic Mario 1-up sound and a skillshot bonus.

    Underground:
    Get into a warp pipe on the table to access a mini inset table made up to resemble the classic Mario underground. Two additional flippers inside let you flip the ball into side-scrolling drop-target goombas in an attempt to hit block targets at the back of the mini-table. Most of them will give you points, but ONE of them will drop away, allowing access to a back ramp that gives you a Warp Zone bonus.

    Hills:
    The classic hills with eyes from the Mario world, one of them lowers its facade to reveal three rolling drums that mimic the 'match game' from Mario Bros 3. Each drum is stopped when a shot is hit into the hill. Match up all three pieces for a bonus.

    Castle Mini-Table:
    Get the ball to the top of a classic Mario Bros castle to access a mini-table. Access is essentially a track with gaps that can be jumped with properly timed flipper presses which make small cylinders pop up. Once in the mini-table, a backdrop of the old Mario world 1-1 sidescrolls past, and in front of it two ramps alternatively raise and lower. Flipping the ball into the scrolling backdrop will net you points if you hit enemies or blocks. Make it all the way to the end of the level to trigger a fireworks bonus.

    Flagpole:
    To trigger some special events, repeatedly strike the flagpole to raise the flag. Get it to the top, start an event.

    Lakitu Multiball:
    Activate this and a small mechanical Lakitu will descend into his cloud and lift out, tossing pinballs onto the field.

    Bob-Omb Event:
    The ball turns into a shiny lil' bob-omb with white eyes, and before time runs out and your ball explodes, you have to knock it into one of the fortresses on the field to blow them up. Blow up the two smaller fortresses then knock the ball into the base of the Castle MiniTable for a big score!

    Superstar Event:
    Go invincible and hit every enemy you can! Drop-target enemies pop up all over the table.

    Airship Event:
    Chase the airship as it flies to various orbits. Catch up with it five times to access the backboard of the table, where you get your ball suspended to the wall by magnets. Press a flipper to lift the ball, release to drop. Dodge all the obstacles of the airship which will knock your ball back into the table get the Airship score!

    Bowser Event:
    Mario and Bowser do battle as mini-figures, and you control the attacks and dodges based on hitting orbitals and drop targets.

    Some of the other toys on the table include large mushrooms as bumpers, rails designed to look like warp pipes, and so on! Anyway if I ever manage to doodle it up to my satisfaction I might scan them and put them online for people to see but right now it's just rough notes.
    This sounds AMAZING.

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    Oh! Thank you! ^-^ If I can put together a decent sketch of it I'll post it so folks here can get some idea of how they layout would go!

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    Red face Table Ideas

    Three Stooges Table
    The table could feature their well known enemies (man in gorilla suit, mad scientist) and skits. The best part would be the audio cues. CURLY: "WhooopWhoopWhoopWhoop", "Moe! Larry! Help!", barking like a dog. MOE: "Get outtta here!", "Why, I'll brain ya!", "I'll murder ya!", "Get over here you numbskull!." LARRY: "What a maroon!"

    Dragon Quest Table
    Unless Square-Enix has a DQ pinball game in development, they might do it. They recently showed a willingness to collaborate when they worked with Google to create a just-for-fun "Quest Mode" for Google Maps that uses classic 8-bit Dragon Quest assets to render accurate Google map data that looks like a DQ overworld. (Added to Google Maps as a stunt for this past April Fool's Day.)

    Bring Nightmare Mansion over to 3DS

    B. Kliban Cats Table
    A table based on the cat comic artwork of B. Kilban.
    See: http://www.eatmousies.com/
    "Love to eat them mousies, mousies what I love to eat. Bite they little heads off, Nibble on they tiny feet."


    HR Giger Table
    A table based on the artwork of HR Giger (mainly his bio-mechacnical-era work) with the "alien" from Necronomicon, his biomechanical landscapes, the paintings from his New York series, his homemade Ghost train, and all of his bio-mechanical paintings and scultpures not tied up by Fox. CyberDreams released games based on his art in the 90's, TG-16's classic Alien Crush pinball game blatantly ripped it off, etc. – so Fox doesn't monopolize Giger's biomechanical art just because they own the Alien films.

    Leslie Hall Gem Sweater Table
    A table featuring images, art, and music themed around Leslie Hall / Leslie and the Lys.
    Leslie Hall: http://www.lesliehall.com/
    Blame the Booty: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWWtQvX-6N4
    How We Go Out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8Woy...feature=relmfu

    Elvia, Mistress of the Dark Table
    A brand new table (since she recently started doing her show again and has always been interested in marketing her brand.) It could be an original table or a recreation of the existing tables by Midway/Bally (Elvira and the Party Monsters / Elvira, Mistress of the Dark: Scared Stiff).

    A Space Probe Table
    An astronomy and cosmology-based table with star fields, black holes and time dilation effects, wormholes, pulsars, quasars, exo-planets, radio telescopes, x-ray telescopes, infrared telescopes, satellites, meteors, comets, orbits, gravity assists, a velocity meter going up to light speed and beyond, variable gravity, the plasma-based VASIMR drive, Alcubierre's proposed method of faster-than-light travel, phase transitions, bubble nucleation and big bangs creating new universes, alien signals, etc.

    A 1984 Table
    Rather than having anything to do with George Orwell's 1984, this table could literally be about the year 1984 with Jackson-Pollock-inspired modern art, 80's synth tunes, ratted hair, lines of cocaine, out of control vanity and self-absorption (the table surface is mirrored, and you can see vague reflections of yourself if you hook up the PS3 cam), expensive brand names, champagne wishes and caviar dreams, classic 80's arcade game and pinball sounds, and severe women dressed in black dresses, stilletto heels, shiny red lipstick, and too much rouge. The flippers could be oversized shoulder pads.
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    I have heard from a source on my 3ds that zen has discused working on nintendo themed tables! Not sure if they are just in talks or have confirmed it. My sourse said mario and zelda. Not sure the other two.

    Let me revise this. I'm asking for his source. Zen might have only said they would like to work on Nintendo themed tables. At least it still heading in the right direction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tech101 View Post
    Let me revise this. I'm asking for his source. Zen might have only said they would like to work on Nintendo themed tables. At least it still heading in the right direction.
    There is no source just speculation and assumptions.

    Zen has done table exclusives for both Microsoft and Sony, so it's safe to assume that there will be exclusives for Nintendo. Everything else is just speculation at this point.
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    I agree with you Tech101. I have also same suggestion for that.Mario and zelda have the nintendo themed tables.

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    To be honest, I'd really like to see some Capcom tables. I mean, there was already that SF table in the past.

    Ghost Trick

    This features the main middle of the table as the phone line, with the ball as Sissel. As you fling yourself around the table you'll be able to go to all different parts of the GT world. Maybe we could have holes on some parts of the table that lead to other mini tables like Kamila's house, the Submarine, Chicken Kitchen and the junkyard which each have their own theme music with the main tables one being the Ghost Trick main theme or a remix of it. Around the rest of the table are mini locations like the park, superintendents office, justice ministers office, the jail, etc. Oh, and the enemy on the board would either be [Semi-Spoiler alert: Yomiel] or the evil commander guy from the submarine (Commander Sith?). However, the mini tables would have an enemy of their own. (Eg. Kamila's Apartment: Tengo, Junkyard: Jeego, Chicken Kitchen: Beauty & Dandy, Submarine: Sith's Robotic looking Servant.) Minigames would include firing your ball into certain objects. Your assistant should be Missile.

    That's my most fleshed out idea.

    I would also like to see:
    A Megaman table with different boss battles that change the table completely. (Eg. Skullman table,etc.)

    An Ace Attorney table with you having to face Payne, Edgeworth, Franziska, Godot, Klavier (Optional) and Von Karma in that order. I mean, how much fun would it be to fire a pinball all through the court. You should also be able to hit the Judge with it. (Boss battles would have you hitting Objection bubbles and Evidence blocks.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlgusUnderdunk View Post
    I was thinking more about a Mario table and I did a few concept sketches and such, but anyway here are the idea I had:

    Skillshot:
    On the entry-ramp for the table, are ten enemy lights that, when the ball's ready to be launched, will illuminate and darken until the ball is launched. Launch when all ten are lit, and you get the classic Mario 1-up sound and a skillshot bonus.

    Underground:
    Get into a warp pipe on the table to access a mini inset table made up to resemble the classic Mario underground. Two additional flippers inside let you flip the ball into side-scrolling drop-target goombas in an attempt to hit block targets at the back of the mini-table. Most of them will give you points, but ONE of them will drop away, allowing access to a back ramp that gives you a Warp Zone bonus.

    Hills:
    The classic hills with eyes from the Mario world, one of them lowers its facade to reveal three rolling drums that mimic the 'match game' from Mario Bros 3. Each drum is stopped when a shot is hit into the hill. Match up all three pieces for a bonus.

    Castle Mini-Table:
    Get the ball to the top of a classic Mario Bros castle to access a mini-table. Access is essentially a track with gaps that can be jumped with properly timed flipper presses which make small cylinders pop up. Once in the mini-table, a backdrop of the old Mario world 1-1 sidescrolls past, and in front of it two ramps alternatively raise and lower. Flipping the ball into the scrolling backdrop will net you points if you hit enemies or blocks. Make it all the way to the end of the level to trigger a fireworks bonus.

    Flagpole:
    To trigger some special events, repeatedly strike the flagpole to raise the flag. Get it to the top, start an event.

    Lakitu Multiball:
    Activate this and a small mechanical Lakitu will descend into his cloud and lift out, tossing pinballs onto the field.

    Bob-Omb Event:
    The ball turns into a shiny lil' bob-omb with white eyes, and before time runs out and your ball explodes, you have to knock it into one of the fortresses on the field to blow them up. Blow up the two smaller fortresses then knock the ball into the base of the Castle MiniTable for a big score!

    Superstar Event:
    Go invincible and hit every enemy you can! Drop-target enemies pop up all over the table.

    Airship Event:
    Chase the airship as it flies to various orbits. Catch up with it five times to access the backboard of the table, where you get your ball suspended to the wall by magnets. Press a flipper to lift the ball, release to drop. Dodge all the obstacles of the airship which will knock your ball back into the table get the Airship score!

    Bowser Event:
    Mario and Bowser do battle as mini-figures, and you control the attacks and dodges based on hitting orbitals and drop targets.

    Some of the other toys on the table include large mushrooms as bumpers, rails designed to look like warp pipes, and so on! Anyway if I ever manage to doodle it up to my satisfaction I might scan them and put them online for people to see but right now it's just rough notes.
    I remember playing the Super Mario table a LONG time ago as a kid. Then when pinball came to virtual consoles, I always wanted to see how it would turn out. Your ideas for a table like this is so far ahead of realism that I swear I thought you were working for Zen. These specs here is immaculate!

    I can see Zen doing this for the new WiiU for sure. That would be an INCREDIBLE launch for DLC. Seriously. I sign this petition a million times over. (I know its not a petition, but still I'll sign!) Amazing job, Algus! Simply amazing!
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    Tables Wishlist- Hanna-Barbera 4 pack, Holiday table, DC tables, or any Zen table...even if it's My Little Pony

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    Hmm for me I'd like a Bedtime Table: Stars, relaxing music, stuff animals and things you would find in a bedtime setting. To score, hitting different colored teddy bears and stars. The table could have a dim light setting. With added sound affects too! I think it would be a fun table to play while in bed cozily.

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    Talking Discworld would be cool

    Quote Originally Posted by AlgusUnderdunk View Post
    I'm certain Zen Studios has a team of experts who wrack their brains coming up with all of these excellent tables, but I figured it couldn't hurt to throw a few ideas their way in a helpful little manner...

    1.) Discworld
    After a friend of mine played Zen Pinball 3D he suggested the Terry Pratchett universe would yield up a good pinball table and I had to agree, with things such as giant trolls, Rincewind's luggage devouring the ball and scampering it around, Death narrating the game, knocking the ball into a nest of Nac Mac Feegle, having a central area that opens to reveal four elephant bumpers, missions such as delivering mail for Moist von Lipwig by hitting the ball through orbitals, helping the Watch put out Ankh Morpork when the city catches on fire, working for the Assassin's guild by hitting drop-targets, gathering ingredients for a witch's brew, etc.
    I have all the Discworld Books except the last one and have played the old PS1 games, I think a Discworld Table would be great, they could include a video mode on the screen like on Ghost Rider where death has to ride Binky avoiding trees, tall buildings and random stuff flying towards him in the wind.

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    I just got two more ideas and I couldn't wait to share them. The first is inspired by a movie called The Radioland Murders, and the second was inspired by.... food.



    Radioland!

    Set in the 1930s, this table is a murder mystery staged inside of a giant radio station's studio, the sort of studio that hosted a live audience! Someone bumped off infamously nasty radio critic Fells LaRoot, and now everyone's just dying to find out whodunnit! Keep your flippers flying and keep the cast and crew alive!

    Rotating Stage: The main stage of Radioland in the back of the table rotates to change between three different groups, including a big band, a group of actors, and advertisements. The stage can be rotated by hitting a number of drop targets, and by rotating it you change which ramps lead where, as well as which dialogue or music will play as the table goes.

    The Murder Mystery: The main event is to find out whodunnit, it's going to be one of six possible suspects, the stage manager, the host, the announcer, the pageboy, the writer, and the director. As you hit certain targets and ramps, you'll collect clues. But when you get a certain amount of clues, one of the six suspects will suddenly be in danger of getting bumped off next! Each of them is represented by a specific ramp or orbital, and you'll have ten seconds to get to them or they'll get colorfully bumped off. Nothing gruesome, but mostly comical. Save them, and you'll get bonus points. Save them all AND catch the killer to get a trophy and a huge pay-off!

    Death Events: Prevent these to save the characters. The table will go dark when someone's in danger, with only a few ominous things lit up, along with the ramp indicator. Here's what happens should you fail:
    The Announcer: The booth containing the announcer will flash brightly and a silohuette of a flailing skeleton will appear as he's electrocuted by a sabotaged mic!
    The Stage Manager: Get to the rotating stage as it starts to malfunction, or you'll hear him get squished backstage!
    The Pageboy: You'll see the elevator passage open, but with no elevator! Stop him before he falls to his doom!
    The Host: Someone's sent the host some explosively expensive cigars! Get to his booth before an explosion blasts open the side of the table!
    The Director: Someone's about to shove him out the window wrapped in audio cables! Get up there and save him!
    The Writer: Someone's mixing up a dangerous cocktail for the writer! Don't let him take a single sip, or you'll have to hear him croak!

    Lights-Out Panic Multiball:
    Trigger Lights-Out when you save five of the six suspects, and you'll trigger multiball! The lights will go out and start flashing crazily, and you'll need to send officers to each of the exits to make sure the killer doesn't escape! Capture the killer for a huge bonus!

    Audience Appreciation:
    During all of this craziness, there's still a show going on! You can keep the show going by pulling off certain shots. Every shot on through the script spinner will keep the story going, and keep it going long enough and you can get a bonus for finishing off the story. The Zen writers could have a blast writing up little Lone Ranger/The Shadow style mini-scripts for the tiny actors. The stories could even be set in the other tables. (When we last left our hero, he had just stumbled upon the legendary city of El Dorado...) The main artwork for the body of the table will be the audience's seats, which will illuminate the more popular the show is. Fill up the audience by completing the show despite the craziness, and you'll rack up the points!

    Bumpers:
    Twirling reel-to-reels that play different foley effects based on what's currently one stage.



    Phew. Anyhoo, I think that could be a fun crazy table... plus I like the idea of a murder-mystery table. Here's the next table...

    Brigade!

    Get cooking! You've got hungry customers and a disassembled staff! Get them together and make some chow! Throughout the entire game you'll hear an outraaaaahgeously French chef bellowing out commands and insults. He'll stalk around the kitchen in the back, waving a frying pan with the skill of a samurai.

    The Kitchen: The biggest piece of this table is a number of small mini-pieces that lead to one another differently based on the currently selected food. The mini-pieces include events such as balancing the pinball across a spatula, jumping it over a swinging knife, stirring it in a pot with well timed button presses, flipping it in a pan, and rolling out ingredients back and forth with two magnets! The order they're done in and the ones that are done change based on what is ordered.

    Ingredient Ramps: Activate or Deactivate ingredients by hitting ramps and orbits. Be careful! Some ingredients don't go together. When you've got a specific meal requested, you need to get specific ingredients. The bonus you get in the end is affected by how well you managed the mini Kitchen sections, and if you have the right ingredients.

    Service! The bumpers take the appearance of tables with patrons at them (the patrons high enough to not be hit by the pinballs), so when you've finally got a meal ready, you can get a bonus by hitting the bumpers and passing out the food.

    Brigade de Cuisine: Add to your staff to improve the scores you can get. Get the Sous Chef, the Baker, even the Dish Washer to get points. Each of them requires a specific combination of shots and actions so they can join up.

    Lunch Rush Multiball: Panic! Service! GET IN THERE! We've got hungry customers and waiters racing all over the place! You can get big points from hitting the bumpers, but only if you keep flipping shots up the ramps to load up your trays!

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    Default Awww Yeah Came up with more Ideas!

    Little Big Planet Table, Metroid Table, Exclusive "Zen" table, Kid Icarus Table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LumaFan") View Post
    Little Big Planet Table, Metroid Table, Exclusive "Zen" table, Kid Icarus Table.
    Little Big Planet is a Sony property.

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