My whole weekend is my awesome pinburgh story. Not really exciting for anybody but me though.
I'm a nobody in competitive pinball. I don't play tournaments in general, but I really like the pinburgh format. I've only done it the last 2 years. Last year, I did better than my average on thursday and ended up in C and finished at the low end of the division.
This year, thanks to a few really shameful mistakes and rounds, I ended up just under the line for D. I started off Friday morning at 18th seed in D and put up a really solid (pathetic) THREE in round one. So I rocketed to the bottom in the 140s. The rest of the day I spent clawing my way up the ranks a few positive points at a time.
In round 5 I was pretty far out of the qualifying cut, but knew if I had a stellar round I just might make it. Game one of round 5 was kiss and I got killed. 0 points. Then this crazy thing happens. The guy who won Kiss puts down zeros for his other three games, signs the sheet and says he's taking off. The guy who started off strongest in our group just straight bailed. Crazy! I managed to win all three of the other games and come out with a 9. This got me in the playoff tie to make finals.
The game I got to play for the playoff was Batman: TDK -- which I had just finished crawling through with a fine toothed comb while I worked on the ColorDMD, so I knew what I should be doing and made it through the playoff to the final.
Coming in to the finals seeded 40th, The bank the bus driver chose for me was Flintstones, Dragon, WCS and Firepower -- all of which I'm pretty familiar with. What luck! Our whole group ended up tied at 6, so we had to play a one game 4 player tie-breaker on gameshow. I JUST BARELY scraped by on that one.
In the next round, the entrant off the bye that was driving chose the same bank -- WOO! Again, I survived. Second byes come in in the next round and the driver in my group choses the same group. Now I'm not only familiar, I'm well warmed up. I survive AGAIN!
Semi-finals I had to play on a new batch and it was ugly, but I managed to stay alive. Last round was on another fresh bank (that the other players had already played) and I couldn't hold it together, so I finished 4th. But HOT DAMN, I finished 4th! Not bad for a generally casual player.