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With Josh Kugler
Josh Kugler is Director of Software Engineering for American Pinball, and is the software and rules designer for Houdini.

Around the Playfield with Josh Kugler
The Start Button: How did you first get into pinball?
When I was 9 or 10 on vacation with my family, it rained the whole time, but the main lodge had a pinball machine, and while my dad was not the type to give us money to ‘waste on pinball’ given the situation he gave us a couple of bucks to play. But then my brother and I found a $20 bill in the mud and well, we played a lot, and my dad could not understand how we could play so long on the few bucks he gave us. Then a year or two later I made a friend in elementary school whose dad sold pinball via a retail store, and he always had a couple of games in his basement, including a brand new fireball when it first came out. On occasion his dad would take us to his store so we could play the dozen or so games he had there. I’ve been playing pinball ever since.
The Plunge: What was the first pinball machine you bought?
BK2K, it was a couple of hour drive to get it, found it on ebay, since back then had no real clue how to find machines locally, since this was before I had found RGP. It still makes me smile when I think about that drive back home, with the game in the back of the SUV and hearing the ‘tick’ of the tilt bob as it swayed.
The Skill Shot: What is your best pinball achievement or