Join co-hosts Brent and Whitney as they share a 'southern view' (and some definite drawl) on the vibrant hobby of collecting, restoring and playing the arcade and pinball classics from the late 70's to today.
The podcast covers everything from the golden age of arcade gaming to the newest pinball titles currently hitting the streets and everything in between. Add in technical talk segments, collecting and restoration stories, interviews and sit-in guests as well as game room updates, forum news, listener mail and twitter questions (with the occasional live streams) and you've got a couple hours of your life you'll never get back!
100: Thank You For Being A Friend
It has finally happened – the BIG 100! Yes – after almost eight (8!!!) years of classic arcade and pinball goodness, we’ve hit a podcasting milestone and we are so glad to be able to share this very special episode with our listener family.
This episode is a bit of a break from the norm – in that after our gameroom and hobby updates (which are brief this time around) we jump straight into the heart of the show and reminisce a good bit about the past 8 years under the umbrella of the BT brand and what it has meant to us. We talk about our most memorable experiences with doing the show, discuss our top 3 favorite interviews over the past 99 episodes and even dig into our favorite show tropes that have taken on a bit of a life of their own since we first released episode 1 back in September 2013… yes… 2013…. amazing.
We also discuss some thoughts for some future plans for the show, and discuss how we can better involve you in the show community.
As a special treat, we are also re-running two of our favorite interviews from the prior years. So, if you haven’t had the time (and let’s face it… who does?!?!) to go through our entire back catlog, then you are really in for a treat, as we reach back into the archives for the following:
* Brent’s interview with career game operator Jimmy Litsey (Episode #54 – April 2017)
* Whitney’s interview with legendary game designer David Crane (Episode #29 – May 2015)
We hope you enjoy the episode as much as we did recording it and we look forward to 100 more.
A special “thank you” goes to Grace Roberts for the new intro/outro bumpers as well!
99: Have you heard from Ike Artin?
Unfortunately Hank Hill DOES NOT make a guest appearance this month, but we’ll channel our best stand-in (and we do it a few times, actually) to help us get down to the business at hand – talking all about those sweet arcades and pinballs. In fact, we even cover off on some arcade and arcade-related accessories (I had to say it) as we go. Here’s just a few of the topics we stand in front of the fence and talk about this month:
* Brent recounts numerous fixes done to the list of games that he’s sold over the past several months: * ArcadeMarquee.com* BW Vector HV Diodes and where to get them* Battlezone joystick bellows* Nintendo coin mechs and the difficulty in actually finding them * Whitney discusses the new website, the upcoming “Always Up To Date” guides and the CollectorVision Phoenix* Fitting different monitors into games and why a monitor isn’t always a “universal” swap from/to another game* Whole-House surge suppression and gameroom power plans* In the “Completely out of left field” dept. Haggis Pinball announces “Fathom Revisited”. This is a re-release of the 1981 Bally classic “Fathom” with quite a few new features.
We dive into the show mailbag for some good discussion around an upcoming show segment we’ll be putting together on bench testing setups. Last but not least, we revisit the ever-growing list of things Whitney doesn’t like almost as much as woodgrain and leather T-Molding. A special “Thank You” goes out to Victor Marland of the Ten Pence Arcade Podcast for never letting us forget the things that bring joy from others’ fears. 🙂
All this and more in the “almost episode 100 but not quite yet” episode 99 – no mind checkers going on here, we promise!
98: No Ragrets
We’ve gone and done it and have ripped off the band-aid this episode by the both of us sharing a few of our “no regrets ragrets” moments from this path month…. in between our monthly updates and gameroom discussion we touched on many topics that had we stopped and pondered a bit, we might have had a moment of regret (buyers remorse, maybe??), but nah…. THERE ARE NO RAGRETS in this hobby!
Over the course of this past month, we:
* Sold some arcade games, sold some pins
* Spent time with Frog and Spiders, Mr. Do’s Wild Ride, Battlezone, Championship Sprint, a Nintendo Vs. cab and a GDI Red Alert
* Revisited our soldering setups
* Discussed automotive alternator and starter rebuild kits (how the heck??)
* Went in WAY too deep with Audacity Games and their new Atari 2600 game, Circus Convoy
* Picked up another 3D Printer
* Started working on an “always up-to-date” mod listing for the Ender 3 Pro and other Creality 3D Printers (check back here for a link and watch social media when the post goes live)
* Stand ready to buy the new Craftymech TPG2
* Eyed some reproduction Sega G80 mainboards
* Want to get some reproduction Defender ROM boards
* and too many other things to remember!
97: Trolled By The Best
It only took 97 episodes, but it finally happened. We were lured in by the promise "of the next pin" and Stern Pinball got us hook, line and sinker.
SPOILER ALERT: It was actually just jigsaw puzzles.... *sigh*
With that humble pie out of the way, we get on to the business of what was February (??) 2021. Brent finds his way to the game he never wanted - William's Make Trax and concludes the Rottondog saga of working on a High Speed. Whitney shares some lessons learned on nozzles for the Ender 3 series printers and makes a C64 pickup. Let those games begin...
We talk about a new Raster+Vector TPG that was just announced from "Arcade Jason" (as well as discuss the upcoming TPG2 from CraftyMech), review the current state of multi-Pac kits and do some listener feedback while discussing some upgrade options for the Sega Dreamcast.
And somewhere along the way, we talk some feedback on Bob Ross, the Pinball Hall of Fame's "angel" donor and Susie the Little Blue Coupe... yeah... figure that one out!
96: Paint By Numbers
Happy little podcasters is the theme of this month's show, especially with us being at MAXIMUM HOSTING POWER now that Whitney has recovered from COVID-19 and has returned to the podcasting studio.
We catch up on what life has been like over the past month, hear Whitney's COVID chronicles and discuss some gameroom updates as well. Brent digs further into the console mountain, gifts Whitney an Atari 5200 and some games and then doubles-down in the Tempest coin bucket for some belated Christmas cheer, all the while making it crystal clear that Whitney doesn't deserve Brent.
We dig into some classic computer talk, gameroom LED strip lights, Sky Skipper revisited, some 3D printer upgrades, IC chip lifters and wax on a bit about Led Zeppelin as a theme for a pinball machine in 2020/2021. We also dig into the mailbag for some listener e-mail (and some VERY hot takes) and talk about the latest news on the Pinball Hall of Fame.
I'm sure we missed something above, especially after we got off track talking about Bob Ross, but we'll leave that for you to hear!
Wherever you are in the world – we thank you for listening and hope that you and your family are safe and continue to be in good health.
95: The Console Mountain
Salutations and tithings everyone, we trust that you are healthy, safe and ready to kick 2020 in the hiney to see it out proper.
Speaking of "we" (as in not we, but he) Brent does this show solo (for reasons we'll get into in January) so please give him the virtual "hug" and let us know if you liked the focus on this month's show. It's clear that he has spent some serious time over the past several weeks going "console crazy" and he told me in discussion it was like climbing a mountain - and a show title was born!
This month we feature another panel discussion from the 2019 Portland Retro Gaming Expo entitled "The Best Classic Consoles at any Price Point" and we think you'll find it very interesting given the recent boom in retro console gaming and the interest there driving prices up almost everywhere online.
We hope everyone has a fantastic Christmas and New Years Holiday and we look forward to being back at full for January!
I’m more an arcade gamer then a pinball type but having listened to a solid half dozen episodes I’m growing fond of the whole pinball thing and will def be throwing some tokens in to a pinball or three next I get the chance. The guys as far as I can tell are super knowledgeable on a whole bunch of stuff I have no idea about are super entertaining and give me plenty of chuckles. Anything retrogaming is king in my eyes. Thanks fellas.
Frost Free but totally cool
This is easily now my favourite arcade podcast. It has the perfect blend of technical and repair segments; news; interviews; and plumbing. Though there may be some dispute on the exact timeline, the podcast can broadly be broken up into several distinct eras.
Early Years (episodes 1 through 29)
Like Computer Space and Pong are to arcades, so are these episodes to Broken Token. The podcast is finding its form, the music is laid back with some Kentucky flavour. Some notable ‘on the road’ segments and interviews culminate in the famous David Crane conversation. My personal favourite moment would have to be the 2 hours of ratchet strap discussion.
Golden Age (episodes 30 – 45)
Like Pacman, Donkey Kong and Track and Field, these are the podcasts that I go back and play time and time again. From the G07 tech deep dive to the segway about Segways; from the discussion on LEDing a pinball to the words that Brent just can’t say; this is podcast heaven. The show has found its flow entirely and the music is the ideally suited. When I think of Broken Token, this is what I think of. Bring back the movie reviews!
JAMMA era (episodes 46 to current)
The guys have really become icons of the community by this point. Whitney makes his mark on gaming history with the Sky Skipper re-creation and both of the guys are now so comfortable in the format they could be working in radio. Like the JAMMA era of games, not all of the changes are to everyone’s taste (see the new music from the TNA pinball machine) but they are inarguably now more professional overall and this era is highlighted by some absolutely classic moments, some of which surround frost-free spigots. Personally, I’d really like a return to some of the deeper technical discussions which now seem less frequent, but this is has been replaced by equally valuable discussion on related areas of interest such as 3D printing and vacuum forming.
If you have any interest at all in arcade or pinball machines, you owe it to yourself to give this podcast a try and also go back and check out the earlier episodes. The guys seem so genuine and are so easy to listen to I’ve even discovered a side benefit. I used to wait until my toddlers fell asleep in the car before turning this on. I’ve since discovered that getting some Broken Token playing with the family-friendly content and smooth accents sends the little guys off to sleep a lot sooner. Maybe they should consider narrating children’s books on the side. They could definitely consider a side podcast of movie reviews.