As P1 in this I guess it’s time to stop lurking and finally reply to a thread.
There’s a lot of talk about players 1-3 being at fault somehow, playing out of turn or not making sure the right player is at the machine. I’m not sure how this applys to player 2-3 since they played in the correct ball. I also played the correct ball and can confirm that there was nothing weird about it. I plunged one time, no ball save was used (very certain of this because I ended ball 1 with 100k, not trusting that ball save again) and I played scarecrow, joker, and bat signal multiball on ball 3. My score went from 2m to 70m or so on ball 3, I don’t know the exact ball time but it had to have been over 5 minutes.
I guess the ruling says comp ball because no one can prove anything? But I watch the player before me play and walk up when they’re done playing. It was a the last game of the night and I can’t say for certain I saw P4 walk away from the game, but for some reason, likely watching P4 finish a ball, I walked up and played my turn.
The ruling was made, I don’t really care what it was or what happened. I just know it ended up being a heated discussion because there was a lot of blame being thrown around about who did what.
At what point does the player lose their right to say something? There’s no reason to allow something like “oh I didn’t play my ball” to be brought up 20 min and 3 players later. It caused a bit of chaos that drives a lot of people away from pinball, I’m not an angry guy but I’ll admit I lost my cool a bit in this situation because it felt unfair to give a comp ball for what seemed, in my opinion, a distracted player who had been drinking played a bad ball and forgot about it.
I’m not sure what the solution is, but comp balls shouldn’t just be given out because no one can say for sure a ball was played.