Round 10, Game 3. Four A players on the bubble of qualifying, all needed to go 11-1, and since one guy won the first two games, he was the only one of us with a fighting chance left. He just needed a 1st and a 2nd on the back half.
I had a demoralizing fourth place finish on Hoops the game before and was frustrated, so I chose to go first on Embryon rather than stand around not playing pinball and feeling sorry for myself. During my third ball, the upper flipper started chattering when flipped. It was annoying, but I checked to make sure it wasn't awarding extraneous points and played on. Ended up with 635k, with the rest of my group at sub-200 going into their third balls.
Player 2 steps up, takes a practice flip, and the chattering upper flipper is noticeably worse and less controllable than when I was playing. Nooooooo. Call @bkerins over, he says we're moving games. There's a back-up Embryon in the practice bank, maybe we can just use that! No, we have to use whatever game is next on the TD back-up list. Oh wait, it's Embryon anyway!
So now we have to start the entire game over (since I was P1 and had the highest score, no positions were locked in from the previous game) on an Embryon that behaves completely differently. My group was, like, apologizing to me for ruining my awesome game, but as an experienced TD I wasn't bummed about it because them's the rules. I ended up with 650k and everyone else finishes in the spots they seemed to be headed toward in the first game. Least disruptive catastrophic malfunction ever!