The Munsters Rulesheet had me thinking about something today. For a long time, I’ve been more or less resistant to getting too deep into reading rule sheets. There’s so much damn information to squeeze into my head, and not just about pinball, that sometimes it overwhelms me. Sometimes I look up specific questions I have about specific games (how does this multiball happen? Why did that person’s score blow up)? But I get distracted fast.
However, this year I’m really trying to go a little deeper into tournaments with an eye on making Oregon’s state championships for the first time, and I know I’ll have to develop a deeper knowledge of a wide variety of games. I’m curious how people break down rule sheets (if at all). Do you do more like I do, and look up specifics about a game as they come up? Or do you study each new rulesheet whenever it’s compiled? When a new game comes on location that may be older but unfamiliar to you, do you look up rulesheets for it? Do you just look up games on pintips or something like that and skip rulesheets? Do you just feel your way through a game (long my preferred strategy, though not often a fruitful one)?
How do you translate your knowledge from a rulesheet into action on a pin? Assume limits on your practice time/options. While I’m blessed to be in Portland with so many games on location, I’m not as blessed with the volume of quarters I’d like to be to practice them as much as I’d like (should take more advantage of free play nights, perhaps).
I’m pretty much just curious to hear various strategies. I don’t know if I’ll adopt any, and I doubt there’s any one that’s better than another. Thanks for joining the discussion!