Everytime I play in a tourney I feel like I learn something, and I have been thinking that maybe after all my tournies I will come back and write about anything noteworthy I thought came out of it. A thought process around strategy for a unique situation, a rule I learned or took advantage of the first time, something stupid I tried. I figured maybe this would be interesting to others, although it is possible it will just be self-indulgent and annoying. Let me know.
Every week on Tuesday in Portland we play a tournament at a bar. It is usually double-elimination random seed, but at larger places we will do three strike KO. This was one of the former.
On my first game of Metallica, on ball 2, I started Crank It Up and chose my usual choice, For Whom The Bell Tolls. I had built the jackpot to about 30M and lit it, hit the 2X and jammed it right in for the collect … except the scoop didn’t register! I was so pissed. I think this is actually a bug in Metallica, because I have seen it on several games, and the scoop kicks the ball out immediately without awarding anything, so it obviously knew the ball was in there. Not just in this situation, but also with CIU lit and other times. Anyone else experienced this? Anyways I still collected the 30M later but I was annoyed. I did handily win the game regardless.
One of our rules at the weeklies is that when you get an Extra Ball you can execute one flip of a flipper button after the ball is launched. You can also execute an unlimited number of activations of any non-flipper buttons (gun handles, AC/DC VIP pass, skill shots, whatever.) This often brings up fun situations where you are behind on your last ball and get an EB and try and figure out how to get over the hump with one flip. In this case, I drained on Dirty Harry with Multiball lit, and behind by about 70 or 80M. So on my EB I chose Ramp Shot for 10M, hit it for 20M, and started multiball. I missed the gun for the Super, but jets and other miscellany plus 20M bonus managed to get me over the hurdle. I always love thinking those situations through.
One time we had a contest to figure out the most you could score on an EB, and I think the best I came up with was on TNG: choose Light Holodeck, launch, let it time out for 25M, shoot start mission for Battle Simulation and complete it. I think that’s a solid 250M or so right there.
The rest of the tourney was not noteworthy. Both my losses were cringeworthily bad, ended in 9th.
Let me know if this was at all interesting!