I am sure this has happened everyone. It’s happened to me twice now, in the 6 months or so since I’ve had my ACDC Pro. I am guessing it has everything to do with the plastic skirt in this machine.
Power drain down the left outlane triggering the ball save, meanwhile the drained ball bounces off the skirt and up onto a flipper…voila! Ball save multi ball!
Both times it happened the game seemed to operate in normal single ball play, just with two balls in play. After draining one ball the game let me continue with the remaining ball. The second time it happened I was able to start jam mb and I got served a third ball…bonus, 3ball jam mb!
It made me wonder…if this happens in a tournament does one play on (and remember to make a suitable tribute to the pinball gods)?
It’s just the rule for home play. I play strictly according to the rules in tournaments!
Your reply made me think of a similar incident that happened to me at pinburgh a couple years ago. I drained on an EM, but the ball caromed through to the shooter lane in a flash. We finally concluded that’s what happened since there was no bonus countdown and extra balls were not available. If I recall correctly, the TD’s ruling was to plunge the ball (so I got the bonus) which I thought was 100% fair.
To clarify, and I’m sure this is how it was resolved, the TD placed the ball back in the drain (without triggering any other switches – i.e., not a plunge). Because the ball ended, your turn ended. If the machine gave you the ball back at that point, it would have still been your turn.
Happened to Gagno on Tron during the NWPC finals a few years ago. Eventual ruling was to drain one of the balls.
I feel like, if I was the player, knowing the normal ruling, I’d consider just draining it, and if my ball ended getting a ruling for premature end of ball, to avoid having to try to cradle up and wait for a TD