Pinball terms used by the pinball gaming community which may or may not be a part of the official pinball lexicon. Besides, some of these terms are just made-up… ^_^ If you have a suggestion for a nomination to the New Pinball Dictionary, or you would like to support, “second”, or improve something that has already been nominated, you can do any one of the following:
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- When two or more family members sweep a pinball tournament. i.e The winners were “All In The Family.”
- Josh and Zach Sharpe finishing first and second in a tournament.
- Andy, Andrew and Ahna Rosa finishing first, second, and third in a tournament.
- Usage in a sentence:
- Who won Louisville ? Josh and Zach Archie Bunker’ed it.
- Do you think Andy and Andrew have a chance to Archie Bunker the MPE next week?
- Escher and Adam Lefkoff got their first Archie Bunker at Lyons several months ago.
- Nominator: Adam Lefkoff
- Occurs when a player has a ball cradled on a flipper, takes a controlled shot and misses it. Especially if the player really needs it to claim an important feature or award. Bricks are misses that collide solidly with a post or a rubber and most likely send the ball way out of control.
Burger Boy Technique
- A digital pinball version of Seal Flipping where the player mashes the buttons frantically, hoping for something good to happen.
- Nominator: Evan Bingham via facebook.
- Plus, this video had about 55,000 YouTube views in one week, but that was probably a side effect of the other content on that channel.
- Showing skillful play for an extended period of time while not holding, catching or attempting to control the ball at all… but yet the player is hitting every shot and just not draining… somehow.
- It could be called “flailing with a purpose” but it’s not really flailing at all. It’s more like a very high level of flow play. Heard it used a bunch some time ago and it just stuck with me. I can’t remember who or when…
- A synonym for Super Jackpot. Carrie Bradshaw was a character played by actress Sarah Jessica Parker. Her initials are SJP which can also stand for Super Jackpot.
- Nominator: Eden Stamm
Describes a player who is either:
- struggling at a game
- grinding for points on a game by increasing their lead through taking safer shots
- grinding for points on a game while trying to come back from a huge deficit
- struggling to qualify at a tournament and continues to complete entries trying to get a decent one.
- Nominated by: I don’t know…
???: “Are you aware that the origin of the term “Chopping Wood” in pinball actually began with a POTC ? In fact, It will be the 7th anniversary of the term next Friday night at Expo in Chicago! It was all started by Frederick FunkyFresh Richardson, on a roll in a crowded Neil Shatz’s hotel room, describing Keith Elwin’s recent qualifying attempts on POTC at Expo ’06. Not sure why Steven Bowden doesn’t have the term in his Pinball Dictionary yet, since it’s basically the “grandfather” of modern competitive pinball slang.”
Me: Because I don’t know, OK? I don’t know history. Especially anecdotal pinball history.
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.
Fathom Flip / Sponge Flip
- “Referring to the (sup-par) coil stops first introduced on Fathom. Any ball hitting the flipper in the upright position will cause a partial collapse and re-flip which usually arcs the ball right into the outlane.”
- Nominated by: Keith Elwin
- A Lazarus ball that occurs when the ball saver is still active. The ball dies and comes back but it would have come back anyway because of the ball saver. Just like Kenny from South Park always comes back.
- Nominator: Ken Kulig via tumblr.
- 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
- Nominator: 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
- To “dribble” an outlaned ball back into play by repeatedly knocking it with the underside of a flipper until it bounces back into play back up the middle.
- 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.
Meltdown / Burndown
- 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
- Occurs when you shoot the Doc Ock saucer cleanly, but instead of stopping in the saucer, the ball gets rejected and it comes right back at you.
- Example: He tried to get the Super Jackpot at the last moment, but he got Ock Blocked and the ball went SDTM.
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.
- Embellishing about what happened while trying 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.
- A special three-shot combo in Lord of the Rings:
- collect one Elf Ring via a ring shot
- combo into another ring shot to light the Mode Start (because now you have 3 Eif Rings)
- Shoot the Center Ring to start a mode
- Nominated by Joe Said
Sanjay / The Sanjay
- The act of wiping the machine before playing and either a tilt or an auto-plunge occurs
- Unintentionally nominated by Steve Zahler, Joe Said and Jody Jodon
The conversation where “The Sanjay” was born:
Joe Said: I hate the games where you can’t wipe the games down because its going to auto plunge .. Lol
Steve Zahler: The Sanjay would have had a rough time (Mr. Wipedown)
Joe Said: The .. Lol
Steve Zahler: I meant to say “Then”
Steve Zahler: Totally accidentally coined “The Sanjay”!!!!!!
Joe Said: “Then” it wouldnt have been awesome
Steve Zahler: I know!!
Steve Zahler: Autocorrect had a part in coining it!!
Steve Zahler: “The Sanjay” is born!!!
Joe Said: This must be posted
Joe Said: Or just emailed to him .. Lol
Steve Zahler: Please we must propagate this throughout Facebook!!!
Steve Zahler: Omg this is BIG
Jody Jodon: The Sanjay IS 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 pinball players and tournament organizers Josh Sharpe and Zach Sharpe
Shotgun / Shotgun Seat
- The player with the second best seed in a pinball playoff.
- Since the Driver has first choice and usually chooses the game to play each time, the Shotgun usually has first choice of the order of play. This means the Shotgun has the advantage of choosing to play last in each game of the playoff.
- If the Driver instead chooses to pick order, then the Shotgun Seat gets the advantage of choosing the game to play.
- Example: If a 4-player match consisted of these players,
- Seed #2 – Alex Driver (<– first choice)
- Seed #5 – Jimmy Shotgun (<– the Shotgun Seat)
- Seed #6 – Sammy Slapsave
- Seed #8 – Billy Bounceback
- Alex makes all of the first decisions for the playoff. Jimmy can look forward to the option of going last in whatever game Alex chooses.
- During Multiball play when a ball is cradled on a flipper, and another ball happens to rest vertically on top of it.
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.
- Nominator: Koi Morris
- Supporters: 3 “likes” on the Fun With Bonus Facebook page
- Occurs when the last player of the last ball of the game already has a higher score than the other players before starting. As a result, they can just plunge and drain the last ball.
- Nominator: Evan Bingham
- A player who travels to as many WPPR-ized competitions as humanly possible in an effort to obtain WPPR points.
- Nominator: Trent Augenstein
- It’s a secret to everybody.
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