Jersey Jack’s The Godfather Rules

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Before seriously playing any pinball game, the rules are a good thing to review. And in the case of Jersey Jack’s The Godfather Pinball, the rules are a lot of fun! Going through all the movie lingo is a blast while learning what makes this game so much fun to play.

Check out the rules. To find a game near you to play, call us (we know the games are in Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas City). If  you are looking to buy a game for your home, GAD does that too. Plus we have a full service department to answer questions and supply replacement parts.

GAD Closed Friday for New Years

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Happy 2022!

Enjoy your celebrations and play lots of pinball.

Make it a Stern Home PIN Holiday

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In the past, most pinball machines from Stern were made in three levels. With various changes that affected both price and functionality, this brought the price closer to what a home user felt comfortable paying. But, pinball for the home user still remained a bit out of reach.

Stern announced their PIN line to bridge that gap. They’ve since brought along three titles that play well to the family. Star Wars Comic Art Pin, Star Wars Pin and Jurassic Park Pin.

All three of these titles are available, in stock (at the time of this writing) at GAD. And, for an additional fun thing, say

“GAD Know Pinball” and get $100 off your new PIN.

(Stern Pinball) A Pinball Adventure 65 Million Years in the Making… Stern Pinball Announces New Jurassic Park Pin, a new stylish, affordable, and fun pinball machine designed and engineered for the home!

Jurassic Park Pin immerses players in a pinball journey 65 million years in the making. Based on the blockbuster film Jurassic Park from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, the Jurassic Park Pin experience will transport players to Isla Nublar, an amusement park where escaped dinosaurs are running amok! With the volcano on the island erupting and threatening to destroy everything in its path, it is the player’s mission to rescue park staff, evacuate and recapture dinosaurs, and escape before it’s too late! Players will experience heart-pounding excitement right from the start in this action-packed pinball adventure filled with suspense, twists, and turns around every flip.

Jurassic Park Pin brings to life the most fearsome predator ever to walk the earth with an interactive, custom sculpted T. rex. Players will battle against the Spinosaurus by bashing a captive ball and corral Raptors in their enclosed pen with precision shooting. Fast flowing metal ramps, lightning quick spinners, and kinetically satisfying physical drop targets will provide players with an adrenalized game experience packed with unmatched action and fun. The all-LED playfield lighting provides dazzling light shows in sync with the iconic Jurassic Park theme music to create an immersive pinball experience.

The easy-to-setup Jurassic Park Pin is affordable, reliable, built to last, and engineered with genuine Stern commercial-quality parts. The playfield is housed in a stylish cabinet with dynamic, high definition, hand-drawn artwork. Complementing the iconic theme and exciting gameplay, Stern Pinball’s powerful SPIKE™ electronics hardware system enables high-definition graphics and innovative animations on the LCD display. SPIKE™ also reduces system complexity and energy usage, resulting in enhanced reliability and simplified servicing.

“Jurassic Park is an iconic film featuring something we all love…dinosaurs! The Jurassic Park Pin is designed to provide quality family entertainment and bring pinball fun to homes everywhere,” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc. “This game will be an incredible addition to any home!”

Happy Veteran’s Day

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Thank you to all the Veteran’s that have served our country.

Our offices will be open today.

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Retro Raccoons Review

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Arcade Heroes Review Excerpt:

Today we can get you up to speed on those improvements thanks to the information passed along to me by Adam Wray of Glitchbit. This enhanced build will better fit into arcade (non-bar) locations, with a broader appeal, while still working for those venues that serve adult beverages. These improvements came along thanks to feedback that was heard at that show (as a note to any indie devs out there – that’s a great reason to attend an industry trade show with your product, as you’ll talk with potential buyers and might find out why they will – or will not – purchase your game) along with feedback obtained through location testing.

Let’s start with the animated gif that was sent my way, then I’ll break it down in case you don’t catch it all:

Here are all of those features in a handy bullet point list of this new cabinet design:

  • Drinks mode (for bars)
  • Cash mode (for non-bar arcades)
  • Higher splash guard
  • New cash door & cash acceptor vault
  • Improved control panel design with new art & controls layout
  • Custom liquid tray
  • New Handles
  • Wheels
  • Leg levelers

With all of that, the cabinet is still going to be “under $5k” on the price point and begins mass manufacturing for arcades to pick up soon. A precise date hasn’t been given, but I would venture to guess that Retro Raccoons will be available before the summer is over.

If you have played the game already, what did you think about it? If not, what do you find appealing?

Shack News Reviews Stern Pinball Insider Connected

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(Shack News, August 26, 2021) Pinball has always been kind of a community game when you think about it. Sure, you can really only run the silver ball by yourself, but when you look up at the backboard and see the scores of the best players around, it gives you something to strive for. You and others push and figure out the technique to try to put your score up in that hollowed spot. You might even share tips and strategies on any given game with fellow players. Stern and its fans have cultivated that community passion and interaction over the years, and the company is about to try to give its fans more ways to do so with a new Insider Connected program.

Stern announced the Insider Connected program via an press release on its website on August 26, 2021. This is a program that will be standard on new machines and can be applied to previously released ones via a retrofit kit. There will also be a mobile app. Essentially, any Stern Pinball machine with Insider Connected set up will feature a QR code where users can log the machine via the app and engage in community interaction, Challenge Quests, and other promotions.

With Challenge Quests, Stern Pinball machine owners and operators can set up events and challenges that will allow players to earn loyalty points. Players can also track their progress and chase after game-specific achievements, as well as engaging with other players from the community.

Any Stern game utilizing the Spike 2 LCD system produced after the September launch will ship with the Insider Connected system installed. That means machines like the recent Led Zeppelin and Mandalorian releases can be set up with this program.

With pinball always having had some level of community interaction behind it, Insider Connected seems like a wonderful way to expand pinball past the player standing at the machine at any given time. Stay tuned for more news and updates regarding Stern Pinball as it becomes available, right here at Shacknews.



CHICAGO, IL – August 26, 2021 – Stern Pinball, Inc., announced today the launch of Insider Connected, a comprehensive technology initiative to connect the universe of Stern pinball machines. The platform is designed to enhance and extend player engagement with the games across both home and commercial environments. It also presents professional operators of the pinball machines with a robust set of tools to drive location play, build player loyalty, analyze performance, make adjustments remotely and maintain the machines.

Registration for Insider Connected is free; players can either scan a QR code at the games or go to the Stern Pinball website where they will need to enter an email address and create a password. Once players register for Insider Connected, they are issued a unique QR Code that can be used to identify that player at any connected Stern pinball machine, anywhere in the world. When a player logs into the machine, they can track their progress, earn new game specific achievements, engage with the player community and participate in promotions and Challenge Quests.

Challenge Quests can be issued by operators to drive play at their locations and build player loyalty or by Stern Pinball to highlight a game title or engage the community. When players complete quests, they receive loyalty rewards.

All Stern Spike® 2 LCD games produced after the September launch will ship with the Insider Connected system installed; this includes new runs of previously released titles. Any existing Stern LCD game can be added to Insider Connected by installing a simple, inexpensive retrofit kit available from Stern distributors, dealers and the Stern Store®.

By the end of the year, all 17 Stern Spike 2 LCD system titles will be added to Insider Connected.  At launch seven titles will be supported.  Over the next year the full system with added features will be rolled out.

“Insider Connected will transform how players interact with pinball machines, and operators will benefit greatly from new tools,” said Gary Stern, Chairman and CEO of Stern Pinball, Inc.

Stern Pinball machines and accessories are available through authorized Stern Pinball distributors like GAD and dealers around the world.

About Stern Pinball, Inc.

Stern Pinball, Inc. is a global lifestyle brand based on the iconic and outrageously fun modern American game of pinball.  Headquartered minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in the heart of North America, the company creates, designs, engineers, manufactures, markets, and distributes a full line of technologically advanced terrestrial and digital pinball games, parts, accessories, and merchandise.  Stern Pinball serves digital, consumer, commercial, and corporate markets around the globe.

Recent Stern Pinball titles include The Mandalorian, Led Zeppelin, Avengers: Infinity Quest, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Stranger Things, Elvira’s House of Horrors, Jurassic Park, Black Knight: Sword of Rage, The Munsters, The Beatles, Deadpool, Iron Maiden, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars, Aerosmith, Ghostbusters, KISS, Metallica, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Star Trek, AC/DC, Batman, and Spider-Man.  A broad range of players enjoy Stern Pinball’s games from professional pinball players who compete in high-stakes competitions around the globe to novice players who are discovering the allure of the silver ball for the first time.  To join the fun and learn more, please visit

Want to know more about how your Stern Pinball Machine is made?

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So many great articles have been written about Stern Pinball. And this article by Riot Fest is definitely in that category.

Written by a true pinball enthusiast, Bailey Davis, you can just feel the passion for pinball. And the review of the Stern Pinball manufacturing line is impressive.

Check out the article at


Vending Route as a Business: Learn More from GAD Vending

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GAD Vending has a long standing reputation of providing top of the line vending equipment, ATM, claw machines and more to our customers who own vending routes in the Midwest.

Coming out of COVID, if you are interested in starting a new vending business, we are happy to meet with you and help.

Been in the vending business awhile and looking for a new equipment partner? Need to learn how to defend your base locations? Looking to expand to new vending opportunities? GAD can help with training, quality equipment and service to back you up.

Equipment Inventory

GAD has an incredible inventory of machines ready to deploy. Need an ATM for the weekend? New vending machines for an opening up location? Coffee service machines for breakrooms? GAD has that.

On our website, we update our equipment inventory so you know too. While this list is only updated once a month, it will give you an idea of the scope of machines we inventory in Omaha, Des Moines and Kansas City.

Design Services

GAD has helped design many types of services. From specifying the deployment of vending machines with a mix of drinks and snacks to an entire micro market, GAD assists our vending route customers with expertise.

GAD trains our customers how to use the automated features with cashless vending and inventory reporting.

And, we can complete the breakroom. From coffee vending machines to condiment stations. Freezers to microwaves. GAD can procure an entire commercial breakroom.

Equipment Service Department

GAD had complete parts and service departments in each of our locations – Omaha, Des Moines and Kansas City.

Need to reconfigure a vending machine? We have parts for that. Want to just get the parts mailed to you? We do that. Need to fix a pinball machine, vending machine and ATM? Call GAD.

The Mandalorian is Sweeping The Pop Culture Scene

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What else is there to say? Star Wars started a completely different force of pop culture when the movies started coming out in May 1977. Everything has sprung from the original IV – including this new generation of The Mandalorian.

Stern Pinball is the one to accept the challenge. Having innovated pinball for Star Wars multiple times, The Mandalorian just gave the designers so much more to work with. And the results are amazing.

From the July Stern of the Union:


The Mandalorian:

Mandalorian mania continues across the globe as games make their way on location (check out your local Stern Army location to play) with a continual onslaught of press and media exposure!  Check out these exclusive Mandalorian features from Yahoo!Old School Gamer MagazineAusRetroGamer, and Shacknews featuring Gary Stern and Jack Danger.  The Mandalorian pinball was also featured as GQ’s top picks of summer and was a spotlight in the official Star Wars Father’s Day Gift Guide!