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Stern of the Union - January 2023


The Stern of the Union Address, your monthly resource for news, information and highlights on all things Stern Pinball.  Without further ado my fellow pinheads:

James Bond 007 60th Anniversary Limited Edition:

The James Bond 007 60th Anniversary Limited Edition is here, and is the ultimate piece of Bond memorabilia. 🍸

The iconic, genre-defining franchise has been immortalized by Stern and features all six iterations of Bond over 60 years. The highly collectible James Bond 007 60th Anniversary Limited Edition pinball machine highlights the entire series of 25 films, all James Bond actors, villains, and henchmen. Players will experience James Bond’s most famous assignments in this action-packed pinball adventure, immersed into the world of espionage, tackling assignments, teaming up with key allies, and stopping villainous schemes.

A very limited number of James Bond 007 60th Anniversary Limited Edition machines are available on the Stern Store right now while supplies last.

Don’t have All-Access? Get connected and become an All-Access Stern Insider NOW!

Also available for all Stern Insiders (Basic and All-Access), listen to a special episode of the Stern Insider Pinball Podcast featuring lead game designer Keith Elwin and senior systems engineer Mark Penacho as they discuss the collaborative approach in bringing 60 years of the iconic character to life in pinball form as players experience James Bond’s most famous assignments. All episodes can be listened to here!

Insider ConnectedTM:

Stern Pinball keeps expanding its award-winning Insider Connected platform and if you happen to be in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show (January 5-8th), get connected and earn a few unique badges in the official Stern booth or at the Stern Experience showroom at the Pinball Hall of Fame!

Test yourself and participate in our next Global Leaderboard!  Find your nearest Stern pinball machine featured on our current worldwide Leaderboard via any connected machine. Log in with your Insider Connected account at your home or a location near you to climb up the ranks, follow the action, and see who will emerge victorious and earn those ultimate bragging rights! As always, we’ll also be running a verified location leaderboard, showcasing who the true grand champion is!

Brewcade Hopping with Stern Pinball:

Music, Beer & Pinball. That’s what Ocelot Brewing Company is all about and if you haven’t been…what are you waiting for? Check out the latest episode of Brewcade Hopping!

For more information on how to make your brewery flip out, visit here!

RUSH Treasure Chest:

There is no better way to celebrate International RUSH Day than opening up the official RUSH Treasure Chest.  This Stern Pinball exclusive is limited to only 300 pieces and features autographs from Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, an awesome 3D Vinyl™ of Hemispheres and a collection of other goodies you can only get from the RUSH Treasure Chest.  Fly by night to the Stern Store to get one in a rush!

Gameroom of the Month:

Congrats to Bill Donegan for winning Gameroom of the Month!  Do you have a special home gameroom you want to share with the world?  Submit your incredible gameroom directly to for your chance to win an exclusive Stern Swag Pack!

Game Spotlight – Avengers: Infinity Quest:

Let’s rewind and take a look at Avengers: Infinity Quest.  In this 2020 pinball adventure, players take control of Earth’s mightiest heroes as they battle Thanos and The Black Order. In his unrelenting quest for intergalactic omnipotent power, it’s a race to hunt down and recover the six Infinity Gems before Thanos can complete the Infinity Gauntlet.


Stern Army Updates:

The Stern Army continues to grow with troops spreading the gospel of pinball across the globe.  Here are our newest troops and the pinball locations they support:

  • Private Dennis Vallone of New Jersey (Fun Stop Arcade)
  • Private David Creager of West Virginia (A Quarter Short)
  • Private Steve Lonsway of Wisconsin (Stone Arch Brewpub)

Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Corporal to Sergeant:

  • Sergeant Michael Hosier of California (Coin-Op Sacramento)
  • Sergeant Lucas Bardin of Australia (General Public)
  • Sergeant Will Long of Ohio (Cartridge Gaming)
  • Sergeant Donavan Stepp of Colorado (1up Greenwood)

Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Specialist to Corporal:

  • Corporal Bryan Caudill of North Carolina (Boxcar Bar + Arcade)
  • Corporal Mike Moretti of California (The Flipper Room)
  • Corporal Lane Hill of Washington (Airport Tavern)
  • Corporal Jared Neible of Indiana (High Score Saloon)
  • Corporal John Monkus of Arizona (Pinpoint Fayetteville)

Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Private First Class to Specialist:

  • Specialist David Pollock of Texas (The Game Reserve)

Congratulations to the following Stern Army members on their promotion from Private to Private First Class:

  • Private First Class Donnie Halpain of Texas (Flipper’s Tavern)
  • Private First Class Roland Joyal of Virginia (Lost Rhino Brewing Co.)
  • Private First Class Ryan Altemose of Pennsylvania (Bartari)
  • Private First Class Lindsey Daniels of Virginia (Decades Arcade)
  • Private First Class Nate Smith of Utah (Social Axe Throwing and Arcade Galactic)
  • Private First Class Jason Bliss of Washington (Waterland Arcade)
  • Private First Class Dwight Slamp of Florida (Glitch Bar)
  • Private First Class Parnell Lutz of Minnesota (Average Joe’s Pub and The Rex)
  • Private First Class Pete Cooley of California (Four Sons Brewing Co. and Rad Beer Company)

For more information and to join the Stern Army, please reach out to

Stern Army logo Stern Army event

Brewery of the Month:

Congrats to Heavy Beer Company of Toledo, Ohio for winning Brewery of the Month! Everyone knows that there’s no better combo than pinball and beer!  Do you have a special brewery you want to share with the world?  Submit your brewery pictures directly to for your chance to be featured as our next winner!

Stern Pro Circuit:

Details on this year’s Stern Pro Circuit Championship will be finalized soon with the expansion of qualifiers increasing to 32 players and an even bigger prize pool!  Stay tuned for more updates soon and for full details on the Stern Pro Circuit and to keep up with the current standings and schedule, please visit –


2020-22 Stern Pro Circuit Rankings – Top 10
1st  Raymond Davidson Elk Grove Village, IL
2nd  Eric Stone Fort Myers, FL
3rd  Escher Lefkoff CO
4th  Jared August West Bloomfield Township, MI
5th  Steven Bowden Palatine, IL
6th  Travis Murie Oklahoma City, OK
7th  Jason Zahler NJ
8th  Carlos Delaserda Columbus, OH
9th  Colin Urban Portland, OR
10th  Trent Augenstein Delaware, OH


Upcoming Stern Pro Circuit Events:

Stern Pro Circuit Event Date Tournament Details
The Open IFPA World Championship 1/12-15
D82 Pinball Winter 3X 2/17-19
IFPA Pin-Masters 3/10-12
Texas Pinball Festival 3/24-26


Status of Code:

We are continuously working to update and improve software for our machines.  There are always code updates and bug fixes in various stages of development; we will release them upon update completion.  If you would like to join our mailing list for code updates, please send an e-mail to  If you do encounter any bugs please feel free to provide information to  Get Connected and play!

Code updates and read me files are available at

Stern Pinball Announces Leadership Expansion + Seth Davis Interview:

Stern Pinball announced two executive leadership appointments to support the company’s continued growth.  Read the full press release with all details here.  Newly appointed CEO Seth Davis also participated in an exclusive Pinball Mag interview which you can read here.

IE Pinball:

Spoiler alert, Karl DeAngelo of IE Pinball is still beyond talented at playing pinball and he displays his world-class abilities en route to destroying both RUSH and The Mandalorian.  Watch a replay of each here (RUSH) and here (The Mandalorian)!



Check out our Stern Shop for all accessories, collectibles, clothing, and more including this month’s featured item, our brand new winter merch and collectibles!


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