Pinball terms used by the pinball gaming community which may not be a part of the official pinball lexicon. Besides, some of these terms are just made-up… ^_^
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Aced / Aced / Aced Out
Another Satisfied Customer
Driver / Bus Driver
Drop a Bomb
FLR-ry / FLR-riness
Fun With Bonus
Late Night Beat Down
McEwen Strategy / McEwen Special
Outlane Drain Train
Pre-Plunge Pee / Pre-Plunge Piss
Robbing the Cradle
Rock the Cradle
Rollover (one word)
Rollover (two words)
Shatz / Shatz-pot / Shatz*Bot
Shatz the Inlane
Snipe / Sniping
Stack Blocker / Stack Stopper
Up, Over and Gone
The Bang Back is an illegal move in tournaments.
Burger Boy Technique
A digital pinball version of Seal Flipping where the player mashes the buttons frantically, hoping for something good to happen.
Support for nomination: Evan Bingham on facebook. Plus, this video had about 55,000 YouTube views in one week.
- To soft-plunge a ball repeatedly during Multiball so that the automatic plunger is unable to force the ball into play. This move provides an advantage because, since there is a ball in reserve, the player doesn’t have to worry about the ball ending due to a drain. This a move that is at least frowned upon and may be considered illegal in tournaments.
Click-click Drain / Ping-Pong Drain
- An occurrence where the pinball bounces between the two slingshots only to have one of the slingshots loft the ball over to the opposite outlane. The question is, how many clicks will it take before your ball ends?
- Example: If a game has wide outlanes, you must find a way to nudge the ball out of the slingshot area whenever it bounces between them. If not, then you will suffer a click-click drain.
Dead Flipper Bounce / Dead Flipper Pass
- A ball that you have no opportunity to flip at; a very short ball; a “Worst Ball Ever.”Example: Tournament games set on hard settings with steep inclines can result in at least one house ball per qualification attempt, which is why scores are lower than normal.
- A tournament entry where all of your games consist of a majority of house balls. You know when you’ve had a house entry when you feel like you’ve just wasted your entry fee while learning nothing about any of the games you’ve played. [Suggested by Ed Zeltmann]
A game wherein all of your balls are house balls.
- To play a game in the practice bank at a pinball event, and put up a score nobody thought possible, usually with many people watching.
- Example: He pulled a Lyman and got over 2 Billion points on The Addams Family with a crowd around him taking pictures. [Coined for pinball player and programmer Lyman Sheats]
- To stand at the machine with a very low angle to achieve a better view of the game
- Example: I needed to stand Lyman Low due to the ExpoGlare on the glass [Suggested by Cryss Stephens]
- The act of needing only a single qualification attempt to qualify for a pinball playoff
- Example: Why can’t I do a Madison and just show up, play once, and be done with it? [Coined for pinball player Paul Madison]
Nominated by: Sven Johnson who reports that players could do this on a Hercules machine with a slightly loose flipper.
Please, let there be video of this.
- A maximum “Fun With Bonus” count
Nerves of Steel
- Synonym for Chill Maneuver
- To travel a long distance to compete in a pinball tournament. Also known as a “Pinball Pilgrim.”
- Example: Anyone traveling more than 100 miles will be declared to have “pulled a Newsom” and will receive 2 free mini-tournament entries. [Coined for pinball player Chris Newsom]
Outlane Train Drain
- To hit the ball off of the train target in Addams Family (also known as the Jackpot target) weak enough so that the ball travels down the train lane and coasts over to the right outlane. To prevent the Outlane Train Drain, the player has to nudge in some way to alter the path of the ball down this predictable pathway.
1. An injury sustained specifically because of playing pinball.
2. Embellishing about what happened to try to explain why you were defeated in a pinball game.
- To have a very poor game, usually involving one or more house balls.
- Example: He was Playing Pachinko on that game; the game lasted only a minute and he was only able to flip at the ball maybe once or twice.
Return Lane Transfer
The act of wiping the machine before playing and either a tilt or an auto-plunge occurs
Sharpe; Sharpe-ing; Sharpe-out
- To strategically time out a mode, especially a low scoring or potentially dangerous one, in favor of safer, better scoring opportunities later.
- Example: It may be wise to Sharpe-out the Supercharger mode on The Getaway if the inner loop and Supercharger shots are difficult for you to make and you want to go for “Red Line Mania.”
- Example: You should Sharpe-out the New York bulldozer mode on Road Show since the bulldozer targets can cause center drains; they aren’t worth very much during the mode, and you don’t get closer to multiball.
- Example: ”I HATE battle simulation and romulan. I avoid those until I have to collect the battle sim; I’ll try for the level 6 extra ball but if I don’t get the flow down I Sharpe it out.” — Scott Charles. [Coined for named for pinball players and tournament organizers Josh Sharpe and Zach Sharpe]
Straight Down the Middle / SDTM
- To lose a ball via the center drain because the ball was travelling so fast and/or in such a perfect line, that there is no way the player could have saved it, not even with a miracle slap save.
- Example: I told you not to shoot the center clock target in Twilight Zone with the Powerball. It sends the ball SDTM.
Threading the Needle
- Coming in 2nd in a three- or four-player match (or 3rd in a four-player match) where the difference in scores between the 1st and 3rd place players (or 2nd and 4th place players) is very small relative to the scores obtained on the game.
- Example: 1st place on LOTR getting 50.3M, 3rd place getting 50.1M and 2nd place Threading the Needle with 50.2M.
- Nominated by: Koi Morris
Support for nomination: 3 “likes” on the Fun With Bonus Facebook page
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