I bought my Medieval Madness from fellow pinhead Mike, for get this - $3100 in 1997! Mike bought the game new and had it set up in his basement with the shipping box sitting right next to the game. He decided to sell it after owning it for maybe a few days and asked for the price the game sold for when new. So I said what the heck, I'd take it. Probably the smartest purchase I ever made for a Pinball game since it isn't uncommon for these games (in this brand new shape) to go for $10,000 to $12,000 and even up to $20,000 (in 2013). This is one of the most fun games I've owned and I still find it to be hilarious when listening to the speech that occurs during game play. A top notch game that I was lucky enough to buy when it was new.
I finally broke down in early 2013 and decided to replace the rings since I still had the original rings on the game. The game doesn't have that many plays on it despite it being quite fun to play, so I never really got around to replacing the rings. I'd clean the playfield and wax it now and then, but the game just really wasn't getting played all that much since my pinhead buddies love the older games I have (especially System 1 games like Cleopatra, Sinbad, Pinball Pool, and of course my favorite - Joker Poker).
Then my pinhead buddy Steve Dankanitch from Colorado Springs asked me one day if he could ask me for a really big favor regading my Medieval Madness. Hmmmm, I wondered what that could be. I said, "sure, what is it you need?" He rather sheepishly said, "would it be possible, and I know this is asking a lot, but could I borrow your habitrails and take some pictures so that I can build my own Medieval Madness?" Huh? Build your own Medieval Madness? Sure, why not. This led me to get off my butt and start removing parts for the habitrail, and while I was at it, take it all the way down and add some of Cliffy's protectors (great job Cliffy!) since although I didn't have any playfield wear, I'd be there anyway so why not replace them. I loaned him the habitrails so he could bend and make his own and I got to finally thoroughly clean every inch of the playfield with parts removed and replaced all of the rings.
Williams produced Medieval Madness in June of 1997 releasing 4,016 units. Little did they know that this would be one of the all-time favorite games they ever produced. The game features 2 flippers, 3 pop bumpers, 2 ramps, an auto-plunger, a catapult, two pop-up trolls, and an exploding castle. The game was designed by Brian Eddy with artwork by John Youssi and Greg Freres. Music is by Dan Forden with software designed by Lyman Sheats Jr. Tina Fey did the voices of the Opera Singer princess and the cockney princess. Greg Freres was the voice for the jousting announcer and one of the trolls. The rule sheet for MM can be found at: http://www.pinball.org/rulesheets/medieval.htm
The following Medieval Madness pictures of the playfield and backglass are from Williams. These are rather large pictures so they can take a minute to download if you have a slower connection. Note that when you use newer versions of Internet Explorer the enlarged picture of the playfield may not look that large. That's because the enlarged picture is not fully sized due to IE constraining the picture to the size of your current window. To get around this, drag the mouse pointer towards the lower right corner and you will see a button pop in to view that allows you to see the enlarged view when you click on it. There's a lot of stuff on this playfield. Note the beautiful translite (backglass) too. This is probably the number one game in Pinball today and always brings top dollar.
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