Interesting Blackwater 100 situation at Pinburgh.
Every ball of Blackwater 100 should start with the player plunging 3 balls. There is then a “skill release” by hitting a second flipper button at the correct time that can earn a non trivial number of points. The game then starts in multiball.
A player in my group stepped up to his ball 2 and plunged his first ball. The ball immediately entered the playfield and upon draining, his turn ended. The player did play the ball. The player had no opportunity to plunge the 2nd or 3rd balls, nor to attempt the skill release.
We called a TD. Ruling was loss of multiball is a minor malfunction, play on. On a normal game, I understand why this is the case. However, on an earlier round player 4 was not given a chance to choose a house in GOT. Bowen ruled that the player was denied a major feature of the game and therefore would be allowed to play a new game separate from players 1-3. I understand that ruling.
It seems to me that the player in Blackwater 100 was denied a major game feature. Even if you disregard the denial of the skill release, the player should have been able to plunge a 2nd and 3rd ball onto the playfield. He was not given the opportunity to so.
Afterwards the player asked Bowen if the ruling would have been different if he trapped up and called for a TD instead of playing the single ball. He was told that the ruling would have been the same.