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#1 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:33 PM

Just got the email for this, which essentially gives the Zen/Marvel Pinball games a unified platform like Pinball FX2 with cross purchase compatibility with the Vita version:

Zen Studios, the definitive leader in videogame pinball, today announced Zen Pinball 2 for the PlayStation®3 system and PlayStation®Vita system via PlayStation®Network.

Set to release spring of 2012, Zen Pinball 2 features an abundance of exciting new features and updates, making it the premiere pinball platform on any digital distribution network. Best of all, Zen Pinball 2 is a free update for existing Zen Pinball and Marvel Pinball owners, while new users can download the pinball platform and try every pinball table for free. All told, Zen Pinball 2 will launch with twenty-six pinball tables!

Additionally, players will enjoy cross-platform entitlement and any Zen Pinball 2 purchase will entitle players to both the PS3 and PS®Vita versions at no additional charge. Zen Pinball 2 will release in conjunction with Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles, a new four-table pack featuring tables based on ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’ Movie, ‘World War Hulk,’ ‘Fear Itself,’ and ‘The Infinity Gauntlet.’

Please visit the Zen Studios press site to download the Zen Pinball 2 announcement trailer http://zenpinball.com/press.html

“We are so excited about the future of videogame pinball, and Zen Pinball 2 is the most advanced pinball platform available on any digital network. We are happy to upgrade physics, provide new trophies and introduce compelling new social features and more to all of our existing players at no charge,” said Mel Kirk, Zen Studios Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations. “We have really focused on keeping the community intact, offering compelling new features and connecting the cross-platform experience between the PlayStation®3 and the PlayStation®Vita.”

When Zen Pinball 2 releases, existing Zen Pinball and Marvel Pinball owners will simply download an update and their content will automatically import into the new Zen Pinball 2 platform. Each table will receive updated physics, new trophies and integration into a new social system that includes the option to post scores to Facebook.

Zen Pinball 2 list of features:
 

  • PlayStation®3 system and PlayStation®Vita system cross-platform entitlement including shared global leaderboards, online friend challenges and tournaments
  • The most advanced ball physics simulation to date
  • Compete against other players to achieve the highest ProScore™, and team up with your friends to increase your TeamScore™
  • Exceptional visuals in full 3D on 3D compatible TV sets
  • Free, fully playable demos for all available tables
  • Exciting multiplayer modes, including local split-screen and hotseat multiplayer, online, and worldwide tournaments
  • New tables released regularly through the PlayStation®Store
  • Share your scores on Facebook
  • New rule sheets to help you achieve higher scores
  • New trophies for each table

Zen Pinball 2 will be a free download for any PlayStatation®Network user on the PlayStation®3 system and the PlayStation®Vita system, and will ship with a robust trial system allowing the player to sample each table in the game.


http://forum.zenstud...read.php?t=4158

Zen Studios has posted an FAQ on their forums:


1. How do I get the free Zen Pinball 2 upgrade?

Simply download Zen Pinball 2 from the PlayStation Store when it releases, and all of your Zen Pinball and Marvel Pinball tables will be unlocked within Zen Pinball 2.

2. I’m AMAZING at Zen Pinball! What about my trophies and scores? What happens to them?

All of your old Zen Pinball scores and trophies will remain intact. However, they will not carry over to the new platform.

3. What will happen to Zen Pinball and Marvel Pinball? Where will all my tables go?

Zen Pinball and Marvel Pinball will remain on your PS3 as is. All of your Zen Pinball and Marvel tables will also show up in Zen Pinball 2 under one roof and totally updated. All tables will also be available on the PS Vita as well! You only have to purchase them once and you get them on PS3 and Vita.

4. Do I have to post scores to Facebook?

You don’t have to if you don’t want to. This feature is optional.

5. Can I play it on the Vita with the screen held vertically in portrait mode?

Yes! That is one of the best parts of playing on the Vita! Go for it!

6. Can I remap the controls?

Yes! You can map the flippers to directional buttons (left flipper) and circle button (right flipper). You can also control the flipper from the front or rear touch panels as well. The default control for the flippers is the two shoulder buttons.

7. Can I play my own music while I play Zen Pinball 2?

Yes!

8. I am a PS+ subscriber and I have bought tables through PS+, will I lose those tables?

Of course not! All tables will transfer over to the new platform with updated physics.

9. Wait!! I haven’t bought all the tables from Zen Pinball yet! Can I still do that on ZP2?

Yes! Please do!

10. I don’t have Zen Pinball, just Marvel Pinball. How does Zen Pinball 2 affect me?

You still get the upgrade for free! ZP2 is bringing all the Marvel Tables and Zen Pinball tables together with playable demos for each table, so if you do not yet have any tables from Zen Studios, it’s time to check them out!

11. Should I delete Marvel Pinball and Zen Pinball after I update to ZP2?

That’s up to you. You don’t need to. If you’d like to keep your old scores and trophies, don’t delete them.

12. I would love to show my friends how awesome I am at pinball. What about multiplayer?

There will be local split screen multiplayer available on ZP2 for the PS3, and online multiplayer that allow you to set parameters for a game such as what score to play to and ball loss penalties.

13. WHEN does Zen Pinball 2 release?

We are hoping to have Zen Pinball 2 out in May!

14. I live in Europe! When do I get to play?

Zen Pinball 2 will release in Europe and North America during the same week.

15. Are there any new tables coming to Zen Pinball 2?

Yes! Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles will release with Zen Pinball 2. This new four table pack includes World War Hulk, Fear Itself, The Infinity Gauntlet, and Marvel’s The Avengers, based on the new movie from Marvel Entertainment.

16. Will there be DLC for Zen Pinball 2?

Of course! We will be supporting Zen Pinball 2 with regular DLC updates!

 


Edited by FriskyTanuki, 01 January 2014 - 01:18 AM.


#2 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:45 PM

http://blog.us.plays...on-and-ps-vita/

The PS Blog post is up now that offers a new trailer and screenshots:



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#3 SynGamer

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:45 PM

WHEN?!?!

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#4 JDTAY

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:49 PM

I agree with the above Futurama character.
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#5 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:49 PM

It'll be out when Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles is out in the near future. The Blog post seems to suggest that a Plants vs Zombies or Peggle table is in the works.

#6 Thomas96

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 10:30 PM

I'd love a Peggie table! I was never a fan of any pinball games but zen pinball and their marvel pinball definitely stimulated my interest.
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#7 Wolfkin

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 11:16 PM

well that is fantastic.. all my beef with Marvel Pinball is solved.. tempted to buy it right now...

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#8 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 08:04 PM

http://forum.zenstud...read.php?t=4158

Zen Studios has posted an FAQ on their forums:

1. How do I get the free Zen Pinball 2 upgrade?

Simply download Zen Pinball 2 from the PlayStation Store when it releases, and all of your Zen Pinball and Marvel Pinball tables will be unlocked within Zen Pinball 2.

2. I’m AMAZING at Zen Pinball! What about my trophies and scores? What happens to them?

All of your old Zen Pinball scores and trophies will remain intact. However, they will not carry over to the new platform.

3. What will happen to Zen Pinball and Marvel Pinball? Where will all my tables go?

Zen Pinball and Marvel Pinball will remain on your PS3 as is. All of your Zen Pinball and Marvel tables will also show up in Zen Pinball 2 under one roof and totally updated. All tables will also be available on the PS Vita as well! You only have to purchase them once and you get them on PS3 and Vita.

4. Do I have to post scores to Facebook?

You don’t have to if you don’t want to. This feature is optional.

5. Can I play it on the Vita with the screen held vertically in portrait mode?

Yes! That is one of the best parts of playing on the Vita! Go for it!

6. Can I remap the controls?

Yes! You can map the flippers to directional buttons (left flipper) and circle button (right flipper). You can also control the flipper from the front or rear touch panels as well. The default control for the flippers is the two shoulder buttons.

7. Can I play my own music while I play Zen Pinball 2?

Yes!

8. I am a PS+ subscriber and I have bought tables through PS+, will I lose those tables?

Of course not! All tables will transfer over to the new platform with updated physics.

9. Wait!! I haven’t bought all the tables from Zen Pinball yet! Can I still do that on ZP2?

Yes! Please do!

10. I don’t have Zen Pinball, just Marvel Pinball. How does Zen Pinball 2 affect me?

You still get the upgrade for free! ZP2 is bringing all the Marvel Tables and Zen Pinball tables together with playable demos for each table, so if you do not yet have any tables from Zen Studios, it’s time to check them out!

11. Should I delete Marvel Pinball and Zen Pinball after I update to ZP2?

That’s up to you. You don’t need to. If you’d like to keep your old scores and trophies, don’t delete them.

12. I would love to show my friends how awesome I am at pinball. What about multiplayer?

There will be local split screen multiplayer available on ZP2 for the PS3, and online multiplayer that allow you to set parameters for a game such as what score to play to and ball loss penalties.

13. WHEN does Zen Pinball 2 release?

We are hoping to have Zen Pinball 2 out in May!

14. I live in Europe! When do I get to play?

Zen Pinball 2 will release in Europe and North America during the same week.

15. Are there any new tables coming to Zen Pinball 2?

Yes! Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles will release with Zen Pinball 2. This new four table pack includes World War Hulk, Fear Itself, The Infinity Gauntlet, and Marvel’s The Avengers, based on the new movie from Marvel Entertainment.

16. Will there be DLC for Zen Pinball 2?

Of course! We will be supporting Zen Pinball 2 with regular DLC updates!



#9 Mr. 420

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 12:16 AM

This sounds cool as i lost marvel pinball due to not resubscribing to plus yet and i bought the captain america and fantastic 4 tables when they were on sale. I think i have all the zen tables except earth attack and excaliber.
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#10 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 06:36 PM

http://blog.us.plays...engers-pinball/

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It’s a truly historic day here at the House of Ideas, as Marvel’s The Avengers is finally making its way to American theaters. I’ve seen it. It’s awesome. I’m pretty sure you’ll agree with me soon. (Maybe you already do.)

As Interactive Manager at Marvel, it’s been my pleasure to work with Zen Studios on the video-pinball adaptation of the film, which, as one of four great tables in Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles, should be headed your way in just a few weeks. It looks a little something like this…



Cool trailer, I know, but you can see it pretty much anywhere. When Sid Shuman and Jeff Rubenstein – who preside over the PlayStation Blog with legendary Thanos-ian tyranny – demanded I present “a li’l somethin’ extra for our minions,” who was I to say no? So, here you have it, my fellow peons – five cool things about “Marvel’s The Avengers” pinball…

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5) Zen Pinball 2!
“Marvel’s The Avengers” and the other three tables within the Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles four-pack help to usher in Zen’s new PlayStation pinball platform on the same launch date (best I can give you now: “soon”). You can read all the details here, but the basics you need to know are 1) it houses all past Marvel Pinball and Zen Pinball titles under one virtual roof, 2) it does more stuff than those other two titles, and 3) you can switch between playing on PS3 and Vita at no extra charge. Excelsior, indeed.

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4) Real Movie Assets
See that Quinjet? And those 3D character models? Oh, and those S.H.I.E.L.D. monitors with all sorts of high-tech-looking pictures of countries and stuff (you may have gotten a better look at Comic-Con)? They’re all taken directly from digital assets used in the film. So, that is the Quinjet. Those are Iron Man and Hulk. Those are the same S.H.I.E.L.D. monitors with all sorts of high-tech-looking pictures of countries and stuff.

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3) You’re Not Just a Ball – You’re a Character…in the Form of a Ball
In terms of sheer gameplay, this is what makes “Marvel’s The Avengers” one of the most unique video pinball tables you’ll ever play. As you may have noticed, none of the screenshots feature a traditional silver ball for this table – that’s because no traditional silver balls exist at any time while you play. Instead, an Avenger of your choosing – represented by the balls you see above – is dropped right into the thick of things, each boasting his or her own unique buffs based on character specialties. (My personal favorite: An exclusive bonus to the skillshot when you’re Hawkeye.) I look forward to watching the Zen Studios forums and seeing how sequence of Avenger selection affects the battle plan for all the hardcore Zen fans out there.

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2) Thor vs. Hulk!
‘Nuff said.

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1) Movie Guys Helped Make It
This table was a true team effort. In addition to our games group here at Marvel and, most especially, the immense talent at Zen Studios, “Marvel’s The Avengers” features what may very well be a video pinball first – actual filmmaker involvement.

One of the coolest parts of the development experience for me was shooting ideas around with Executive Producer Jeremy Latcham, Creative Manager of R&D Will Corona Pilgrim and few others of Marvel Studios’ finest. They were genuinely enthused about the process, and I credit them fully with coming up with inspiring some of the missions, as well as the idea of having the Helicarrier act as the setting for the board. Once things were in full swing, Will was especially helpful, providing detailed feedback on everything from character animations to the minute details of the table’s script.

All told, the film team provided some invaluable ideas and feedback. You can tell there’s a lot of talent there – the type that’s capable of creating what very well may be the best super hero movie ever, I’d say…



#11 SynGamer

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 02:08 PM

O-M-G...when is this coming out? I have my money ready and waiting to but the PS Vita version...

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#12 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 01:48 PM

Just got this in the email:

Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles has been confirmed for a June 19th release for Marvel Pinball on PlayStation Network for PS3 in North America ($9.99), and June 20th for Pinball FX2 on Xbox LIVE Arcade (800 MSP) and Marvel Pinball on PlayStation Network for PS3 Europe (€9.99).

In celebration of this announcement, we are releasing a new trailer for The Infinity Gauntlet table. Packed full of mind bending table effects, The Infinity Gauntlet table is unlike any pinball table ever created!

The Infinity Gauntlet table features Thanos in a big way, and with Marvel Entertainment’s apparent plans to bring the Mad Titan front and center, The Infinity Gauntlet table is a great way to get familiar with his background story and powers.

I'm confused by the lack of a Zen Pinball 2 mention in this announcement.



#13 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 03:41 PM



Zen Pinball 2 has been delayed for a bit.

#14 kburns10

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 05:50 AM

This couldn't come any sooner! Between this and The Pinball Arcade, I'm getting my pinball fix lately :D
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$60 for FIVE kick ass games? With a BUNCH of extras?

And some of you are COMPLAINING about the price?

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#15 Matt Young

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 05:56 PM



Zen Pinball 2 has been delayed for a bit.


Only the Vita version, it says.

#16 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 06:07 PM

They're both coming at the same time, so both are delayed. That's why they're just saying Avenger Chronicles is coming out next week and not Zen Pinball 2.

More tweets for further proof:





#17 Rockinjs

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 06:11 PM

yes frisky is correct I had just asked one of the community managers (@barbiebobomb if you wanna follow her she's pretty cool) about it yesterday because I was wondering when it came out and she confirmed it was delayed til the summer I just can't wait to get my hands on it though
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#18 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 09:59 PM

http://blog.us.plays...nball-2-update/

An update on Zen Pinball 2:

The next few weeks will be very busy for pinball. The new Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles pack will release next week, and we will have some detailed info to share on Monday (along with a NEW trailer). Zen Pinball 2 should be out in mid-late July for PS3 and PS Vita. We also want to give a big thanks to our friends at PlayStation for showcasing Zen Pinball 2 on PS Vita in their E3 booth.



#19 intoxicated662

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 06:36 AM

Already have all the tables on xbox 360, thinking of picking them up again on psn though. Only table that's on psn not available on 360 is the Ninja Gaiden but do look forward to this. Especially with the free upgrade and cross compatibility.
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#20 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 08:24 PM

The full announcement that I got in my inbox:

Zen Studios, the definitive leader in videogame pinball, is pleased to announce that Zen Pinball 2 for the PlayStation®3 system and PlayStation®Vita system will release on September 4, 2012 via PlayStation®Network.

Additionally, a brand new table based on one of PopCap Games’ mega hits will accompany the release of Zen Pinball 2 as downloadable content. This mystery table will be fully revealed later this month at PAX Prime, and playable in the PopCap PAX booth. The table will also release on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for Pinball FX2™ on September 5, 2012.

Zen Pinball 2 features an abundance of exciting new features and updates. Best of all, Zen Pinball 2 is a free update for existing Zen Pinball and Marvel Pinball owners, while new users can download the pinball platform and try every pinball table for free before deciding to purchase.

Additionally, players will enjoy cross-platform entitlement and any Zen Pinball 2 purchase will entitle players to both the PS3 and PS®Vita versions at no additional charge.

Zen Pinball 2 Key Features:

  • PlayStation®3 system and PlayStation®Vita system cross-platform entitlement including shared global leaderboards, online friend challenges and tournaments
  • Zen Pinball 2 will launch with twenty-six tables!
  • The most advanced ball physics simulation to date
  • Compete against other players to achieve the highest ProScore™, and team up with your friends to increase your TeamScore™
  • Exceptional visuals in full 3D on 3D compatible TV sets
  • Free, fully playable demos for all available tables
  • Exciting multiplayer modes, including local split-screen and hotseat multiplayer, online, and worldwide tournaments
  • New tables released regularly through the PlayStation®Store
  • Share your scores on Facebook
  • New rule sheet format to help you achieve higher scores
  • New trophies for each table



#21 GBH

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 10:54 PM

It will be cool to try out the 8 marvel tables i don't have and the few zen tables i didn't pick up. Anyone playing these tables in 3d?

#22 FriskyTanuki

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#23 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 08:13 PM



The PopCap Games table has been announced:

Plants vs. Zombies Pinball is coming next week as DLC for Zen Pinball 2 on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita for $2.99.



#24 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 12:29 AM

Bumping this up since it's out now.

#25 BobaJ

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 02:50 AM

Anyone else having an issue with uploading the tables? Only the most recent Marvel Avenger tables and Ninja Gaiden have unlocked for me. Not even the original tables for the first Zen Pinball are unlocking for me.

#26 dragonjud

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 03:12 AM

Anyone else having an issue with uploading the tables? Only the most recent Marvel Avenger tables and Ninja Gaiden have unlocked for me. Not even the original tables for the first Zen Pinball are unlocking for me.


For some odd reason it takes a few cycles to go through all your downloaded content. It would do a few tables at a time when you initially request to import them. A bit silly and painful, and I was forced to try a few times when some downloads failed.


#27 darken

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 04:48 AM

There's no spot for the Fantastic Four table
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#28 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 07:39 PM

There's no spot for the Fantastic Four table

It's coming soon.

#29 BobaJ

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 01:38 PM

For some odd reason it takes a few cycles to go through all your downloaded content. It would do a few tables at a time when you initially request to import them. A bit silly and painful, and I was forced to try a few times when some downloads failed.


Yeah I actually read somewhere else to download the demo and then download the unlock and that worked for the other boards I own. Lots of extra work and time to download all my boards and I even have a decent connection. I feel bad for people that have a slower connection. I usually don't care about trivial things but this whole thing just leaves a bad taste in my mouth with this company, how do delay a release and not realize this would be a problem.

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 08:23 PM

2 easy golds and a silver. Thats the stuff.