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:

We are Venom!:

Choose your host…. Change the game! There was absolute carnage at San Diego Comic-Con this year as we unveiled our latest smash hit game, Venom. Learn all about the game from this exclusive Marvel article and check out a memorable reveal stream with lead game designer Brian Eddy on the Dead Flip livestream. Make sure you also listen to the giant team instrumental in bringing this iconic antihero to life in pinball form on the latest episode of the Stern Insider Pinball Podcast here.

Foo Fighters:

The Foo Fighters Tour rolls on and there are more badges to earn! Scan in and play any connected Foo Fighters machine on each tour date to earn that show’s badge. Earn all the badges on the tour and you’ll be awarded a special gold Overlord Badge. Good luck!

Gameroom of the Month:

Congrats to Shawn Wilson 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!

Stern Army Updates:

The Stern Army continues to grow with troops spreading the gospel of pinball across the globe.

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

  • Staff Sergeant Rodney Minch of Michigan (Pyramid Scheme Bar and RLM Amusements)

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

  • Staff Sergeant Scott Pierson of Michigan (The Coin Slot)
  • Staff Sergeant Chuck Gardner of Maryland (Mom’s Organic Market)
  • Staff Sergeant Carolyn Dawson of Oklahoma (Cactus Jack’s Family Fun Center)
  • Staff Sergeant Chris Wamsley of Ohio (J&D’s Place and Homestead Taproom & Kitchen)
  • Staff Sergeant David and Leeann DeSloover of Michigan (Beek’s Bar & Grille and ULEKstore’s Pinball and Classic Arcade)
  • Staff Sergeant David Morris of Canada (Half Pints Brewing and Phantom Amusement)

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

  • Sergeant Matt Wycoff of Virginia (Ocelot Brewing Company)
  • Sergeant John Schlarb of Georgia (Replay Arcade)

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

  • Corporal Jon Jamshid of Colorado (1up Colfax)
  • Corporal Bob Burnham Jr. of Colorado (Flippers Family Arcade)
  • Corporal Karl Strode of Florida (Café One)
  • Corporal Jim Schmock of Wisconsin (Blue Moon Bar and Grill)

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

  • Private First Class Darrell Van Landuyt of Wisconsin (Not Your Parent’s Basement)
  • Private First Class John Dozier of Missouri (417 Taphouse)
  • Private First Class Adam Willier of South Carolina (Magnetic South Brewery)
  • Private First Class Tim Desmarais of Massachusetts (Flippers Pinball Parlor)

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

Brewery of the Month:

Congrats to Scorched Earth of Algonquin, Illinois 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:

Congrats to all competitors at this year’s YEGPIN Match Play Championship and Brisbane Masters Stern Pro Circuit events.  In the end, Trent Augenstein emerged victorious at YEGPIN and current #1 ranked player in the world Escher Lefkoff conquered the Brisbane Masters! For full details on the Stern Pro Circuit and to keep up with the current standings and schedule, please visit –

Upcoming Stern Pro Circuit Events:

Stern Pro Circuit Event Date Tournament Details
Silverball Rumble at Pintastic 9/7-10
NW Pinball Championships 9/8-10
Cleveland Pinball & Arcade Show 9/14-17
Pinball at the Lab 9/23-24
UK Pinball Open 9/29-10/1

Stern Pro Circuit Championship:

Relive the 2020 Stern Pro Circuit Championship each Saturday on Stern’s YouTube channel to see who will emerge victorious, win the coveted Stern Pro Circuit belt, cash prize and all the glory!

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

Merch and Accessories:

Check out our Stern Shop for all accessories, collectibles, clothing and more!

Stern Pinball accessories are also available to purchase from your local authorized dealer –

Stern Pinball Enhances Team:

The Stern team continues to expand and improve across all facets of our rapidly growing business.  Please join us in welcoming some friendly new faces to the team!  Welcome Tim Morrison as Technical Service Engineer, Julia Mistele as Senior Staff Accountant, Dave Hegge as Game Software Tester and Technician, and Kyle Spiteri as Technical Support Engineer!

Dorothy Brown:

Last month was a bittersweet day for Stern Pinball, as our Parts Manager Dorothy Brown retired. Dorothy has been with Stern for over 19 years and played an integral role in so many areas of the company.

During the height of the COVID pandemic, Dorothy and her team were the engine that kept Stern moving. She was in the factory every day when most departments were working from home.

Dorothy has been a mentor for so many here at Stern, and been instrumental in the growth of our Parts Department in recent years.

Dorothy is going to spend more time with her husband and granddaughter, as well as cooking up some of her amazing creations in the kitchen.

While we will selfishly miss Dorothy in the office every day, we’re so thankful for her tremendous work over her nearly two decades spent at Stern and wish her the absolute best in her well-deserved retirement.

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