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PaperFlock is proud to present "Keeping the Ball Alive", a coffee table book celebrating 30 years of pinball creation at Stern Pinball.
PaperFlock is proud to present "Keeping the Ball Alive", a coffee table book celebrating 30 years of pinball creation at Stern Pinball.
444 backers pledged $55,313 to help bring this project to life.

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PaperFlock presents the official 30th anniversary Stern Pinball coffee table book!

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Hi Kickstarter community! If you’re like me, you grew up seeing pinball machines at ice cream shops and pizza parlors when you were young. You probably played a few games and admired the art, but didn’t really start to enjoy playing until five years ago when the pinball resurgence began! Pinball is huge today: record numbers of people going to pinball tournaments, the collector market has been heating up, barcades are popping up all over the place, and there are even new documentaries just coming out now.

In 1999 Williams Bally / Midway stopped producing pinball machines and Gary Stern purchased Sega Pinball to form Stern Pinball, which was the last major manufacturer still producing pinball machines. The story of Stern is also the story of pinball for the last couple decades.

 

 

Book Cover Mock Up
Book Cover Mock Up

 

Presenting Keeping the Ball Alive: 30 Years of Stern Pinball, a collectible coffee table book that takes a deep look at the Stern company: the artists, the technical side, and the games created over the last 30 years! The finished book will be a dazzling representation of the world of pinball through the eyes of the Stern company. Filled with art, diagrams, interviews, and interesting facts, it is sure to inform and satisfy even the most die hard pinball fan.

KISS head from prototype to final
KISS head from prototype to final

Stern is working with PaperFlock to provide exclusive access to art, designs, and models in order to give fans a glimpse inside the manufacturing process from concept to playable table. We'll be speaking with the game designers, as well as Stern employees who have been there from the start, and sharing their reminiscences.

Slimer production and prototype
Slimer production and prototype

Inside the book you'll find thirty years' worth of memories from the days of Williams, Data East and Sega all the way up through the most recent 2017 releases. We will dedicate approximately 50 pages per decade, plus a look at what the future holds for both Stern and the pinball industry.

Keeping the Ball Alive Design
Keeping the Ball Alive Design

Featuring interviews with:

  • Gary Stern
  • John Trudeau
  • Steve Ritchie
  • George Gomez
  • John Borg
  •      ...and more!
Metallica's Sparky from prototype to final
Metallica's Sparky from prototype to final

The LIMITED EDITION hardcover copy of the 30th Anniversary Stern coffee table book comes with, a special edition custom art dust jacket, a custom art slip cover, and signed by Gary Stern, Steve Ritchie, John Trudeau, George Gomez, and John Borg! 

 

PaperFlock uses crowdfunding and crowdsourcing techniques to create unique books not available any other place in the world. PaperFlock is great books for the people by the people.

Joseph Rubinstein
Joseph Rubinstein

My name is Joseph Rubinstein, and I have founded startups in the past including Polite in Public inc, and Digital Bolex inc. I have also created two successful projects on this great platform, and backed many more. I am coming to Kickstarter this time to bring you a book about a subject I care deeply about. I have a pinball machine at home that my girlfriend and I play every day, and many of my trips are to places that have pinball museums or an active pinball culture.

Dameon Guess
Dameon Guess

My name is Dameon Guess, and I have been working in printing and publishing for many years. I am a longtime pinball fan and am excited to be working to tell the story of Stern Pinball. Please help us create this book celebrating the art and stories of Stern Pinball.

 

Base Level: A beautifully designed and printed 9”x12", 200 page hardcover coffee table book with an embossed cover and full color dust jacket

$50,000 - We are confident we can produce this book the right way at this funding level. We are excited to work with Stern and you, our backers to make this project a reality. A minimum run of 1,000 will make the printing affordable and gives us the option to print in the United States. We want to be extremely hands-on from start to finish, ensuring the highest level of quality.

Stretch Goal #1: The bigger the better!

$75,000 - This extra push will allow us to step up our print game and commit to adding a minimum of four additional full-color fold-out pages. This affords us a much larger canvas and empowers us to go BIG with some exciting graphics!

Stretch Goal #2: See how it’s made!

$100,000 - Did you know a modern Stern pinball machine has over 3,000 individual parts!?! Ever wonder how they go about packing so many great features and fun into a single title's playfield? At this funding level we will take you inside a pinball machine, adding translucent overlapping pages to reveal how a playfield is populated, layer by layer!

Stretch Goal #3: Enamel Pins!

$125,000 - We will create enamel pins based on the Keeping the Ball Alive graphic or the custom Zombie Yeti artwork! Everyone who orders at T-shirt level ($25) and above will get one for free!

 

 New Reward!

Custom Dickies Jacket
Custom Dickies Jacket

 

 

Shipping will be charged after the Kickstarter ends based on actual shipping costs and is collected via Backerkit. This allows us to charge shipping fairly for all backers and avoid a 'one size fits all' mentality to shipping.

Below are shipping estimates for the book (estimated to be around 2lbs). These are just estimates. Costs may rise due to weight increase as more items are unlocked via stretch goals and add-on purchases you choose. This will be calculated by Backerkit after backer surveys are turned in.

USA - $13

EU (including UK) - $17.00

Canada - $17

AU - $19

Mexico - $19

Most other countries - $19

 And finally, we are adding a rolled option for the 30th Anniversary poster. If you order one of the packages with the Zombie Yeti Print, which is rolled and shipped in a tube, we will also roll and tube your 30th anniversary poster!

 

Gary Stern
Gary Stern

 

John Trudeau
John Trudeau

 

Steve Ritchie
Steve Ritchie

 

George Gomez
George Gomez

 

John Borg
John Borg

 

About Stern Pinball, Inc.

Stern Pinball, Inc., headquartered just outside Chicago, Illinois, is the oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball games in the world. Stern’s highly talented creative and technical teams design, engineer and manufacture a full line of popular pinball games, merchandise and accessories. Recent Stern titles include Ghostbusters, Spider-Man Vault Edition, Game of Thrones, KISS, WWE WrestleMania, The Walking Dead, Mustang, Star Trek, Metallica, The Avengers, X-Men, AC/DC, Tron, Transformers, Avatar, Iron Man and many more! All of Stern’s pinball games are crafted by hand and assembled by Stern’s expert team. A broad range of players enjoy Stern’s games from professional pinball players that compete in high-stakes international 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 http://www.sternpinball.com.  

 

Risks and challenges

We have experience delivering Kickstarter rewards and publishing books. We know the importance of preparation for the tough tasks of production and shipping. We know if this campaign is successful there will be many challenges ahead, but we also know that we will meet the challenges head on and not be satisfied until the product is amazing and people get more than what they hoped for.

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    The T-shirt

    A “Keeping the Ball Alive” commemorative t-shirt (only available through Kickstarter).

    A digital wallpaper pack commemorating 30 years of Stern's pinball machines.

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    • T-shirt
    • Digital Wallpaper Pack
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    The Book "Pro Edition"

    One exquisite hardcover copy of the 30th Anniversary Stern coffee table book!

    A digital wallpaper pack commemorating 30 years of Stern's pinball machines.

    Includes:
    • Pro Edition Book
    • Digital Wallpaper Pack
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    The Book "Pro Edition" + T-shirt

    One exquisite hardcover copy of the 30th Anniversary Stern coffee table book!

    A “Keeping the Ball Alive” commemorative t-shirt (only available through Kickstarter).

    A folded 18”x 24” 30-year commemorative poster of all Stern's pinball machines.

    A digital wallpaper pack commemorating 30 years of Stern's pinball machines.

    Includes:
    • Pro Edition Book
    • T-shirt
    • 18x24 Poster
    • Digital Wallpaper Pack
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    The Book "Premium Edition" + T-shirt

    One special edition hardcover copy of the 30th Anniversary Stern coffee table book, with a special edition custom art dust jacket!

    A “Keeping the Ball Alive” commemorative t-shirt (only available through Kickstarter).

    A folded 18”x 24” 30-year commemorative poster of all Stern's pinball machines.

    A digital wallpaper pack commemorating 30 years of Stern's pinball machines.

    Includes:
    • Premium Edition Book
    • T-shirt
    • 18x24 Poster
    • Digital Wallpaper Pack
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    The Book "Limited Edition" + T-shirt

    A SUPER LMIITED special edition hardcover copy of the 30th Anniversary Stern coffee table book, with a special edition custom art dust jacket, signed by Gary Stern, Steve Ritchie, John Trudeau, George Gomez, and John Borg!

    A “Keeping the Ball Alive” commemorative t-shirt (only available through Kickstarter).

    A folded 18”x 24” 30-year commemorative poster of all Stern's pinball machines.

    A digital wallpaper pack commemorating 30 years of Stern's pinball machines.

    Includes:
    • Limited Edition Book
    • T-shirt
    • 18x24 Poster
    • Digital Wallpaper Pack
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    Zombie Yeti Print + Premium Book

    One exclusive 24"x36" Zombie Yeti Signed and Numbered Print designed just for this project!

    One special edition hardcover copy of the 30th Anniversary Stern coffee table book, with a special edition custom art dust jacket!

    A “Keeping the Ball Alive” commemorative t-shirt (only available through Kickstarter).

    A folded 18”x 24” 30-year commemorative poster of all Stern's pinball machines.

    A digital wallpaper pack commemorating 30 years of Stern's pinball machines.

    Includes:
    • 24 x 36 Exclusive Zombie Yeti Print
    • Premium Edition Book
    • T-shirt
    • 18x24 Poster
    • Digital Wallpaper Pack
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    "Limited Edition" Book + Zombie Yeti

    A SUPER LMIITED special edition hardcover copy of the 30th Anniversary Stern coffee table book, with a special edition custom art dust jacket, signed by Gary Stern, Steve Ritchie, John Trudeau, George Gomez, and John Borg!

    One exclusive 24"x36" Zombie Yeti Signed and Numbered Print designed just for this project!

    A “Keeping the Ball Alive” commemorative t-shirt (only available through Kickstarter).

    A folded 18”x 24” 30-year commemorative poster of all Stern's pinball machines.

    A digital wallpaper pack commemorating 30 years of Stern's pinball machines.

    Includes:
    • Limited Edition Book
    • 24 x 36 Exclusive Zombie Yeti Print
    • 18x24 Poster
    • T-shirt
    • Digital Wallpaper Pack
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    LE Book + Zombie Yeti Print + LE Jacket!

    The Ultimate Collectors Package!

    A SUPER LIMITED special edition hardcover copy of the 30th Anniversary Stern coffee table book, with a special edition custom art dust jacket, signed by Gary Stern, Steve Ritchie, John Trudeau, George Gomez, and John Borg!

    A Kickstarter only exclusive high quality Dickies jacket with an original Zombie Yeti artwork screen-printed on the back and an embroidered Keeping the Ball Alive logo on the left chest!

    One exclusive 24"x36" Zombie Yeti Signed and Numbered Print designed just for this project!

    A “Keeping the Ball Alive” commemorative t-shirt (only available through Kickstarter).

    A not folded 18”x 24” 30-year commemorative poster of all Stern's pinball machines.

    A digital wallpaper pack commemorating 30 years of Stern's pinball machines.

    Includes:
    • Limited Edition Book
    • Custom Dickies Jacket
    • 24 x 36 Exclusive Zombie Yeti Print
    • 18x24 Poster
    • T-shirt
    • Digital Wallpaper Pack
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    10 Books "Pro Edition" + T-shirt

    Ten exquisite hardcover copies of the 30th Anniversary Stern coffee table book.

    A “Keeping the Ball Alive” commemorative t-shirt (only available through Kickstarter).

    Ten folded 18”x 24” 30-year commemorative poster of all Stern's pinball machines.

    A digital wallpaper pack commemorating 30 years of Stern's pinball machines.

    Includes:
    • 10× Pro Edition Book
    • 10× 18x24 Poster
    • T-shirt
    • Digital Wallpaper Pack
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    The SLASH Package

    The SLASH Collector's Package!

    A SUPER LIMITED special edition hardcover copy of the 30th Anniversary Stern coffee table book, WITH A SPECIAL SLASH dust jacket, signed by Gary Stern, Steve Ritchie, John Trudeau, George Gomez, John Borg, & SLASH!

    A Kickstarter only exclusive high quality Dickies jacket with an original Zombie Yeti artwork screen-printed on the back and an embroidered Keeping the Ball Alive logo on the left chest!

    One exclusive 24"x36" Zombie Yeti Signed and Numbered Print designed just for this project!

    A “Keeping the Ball Alive” commemorative t-shirt (only available through Kickstarter).

    A not folded 18”x 24” 30-year commemorative poster of all Stern's pinball machines.

    A digital wallpaper pack commemorating 30 years of Stern's pinball machines.
    Includes:

    Includes:
    • SIGNED SLASH LE version of the Book
    • 24 x 36 Exclusive Zombie Yeti Print
    • Custom Dickies Jacket
    • T-shirt
    • 18x24 Poster
    • Digital Wallpaper Pack
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    Dedication Page + All Rewards

    The ultimate backer level!

    A special acknowledgment to you and the other backers at the highest level in a dedicated section following the title page which will read:

    “This book was made possible through the generous support of…”

    These acknowledgements will be in all books, including additional print runs, and future editions.

    You will also receive all of the reward levels above, and any reward levels we add, including but not limited to...
    A SUPER LIMITED special edition hardcover copy of the 30th Anniversary Stern coffee table book, with a special edition custom art dust jacket, signed by Gary Stern, Steve Ritchie, John Trudeau, George Gomez, and John Borg!

    One exclusive 24"x36" Zombie Yeti Signed and Numbered Print designed just for this project!

    A “Keeping the Ball Alive” commemorative t-shirt (only available through Kickstarter).

    A folded 18”x 24” 30-year commemorative poster of all Stern's pinball machines.

    A digital wallpaper pack commemorating 30 years of Stern's pinball machines.

    Includes:
    • Special Acknowledgment on the Didication Page
    • Limited Edition Book
    • 24 x 36 Exclusive Zombie Yeti Print
    • 18x24 Poster
    • T-shirt
    • Digital Wallpaper Pack
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    Limited 2 backers
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