From the 2012 PAPA Circuit Final! Live from PAPA Headquarters in Scott Township, PA
Game: Demolition Man
Choose wisely …
Since this was my first game in the Circuit Final, I had the opportunity to choose which game to play. I went with Demolition Man based on what I had seen from previous games. I figured I could put up a decent score to survive. Even though the tilt was set pretty conservatively, going halfway up the center ramp wasn’t killing players like I was used to seeing.
I thought that as long a I had decent ball times, I would move on. Since I already had the disadvantage of going first, I wanted to get mulitball as easily as I could from the right ramp. I did not want to risk doing it the hard way with that tough left orbit shot. What’s worse that going first on a game? Going first and having a very poor frst ball.
Little did I know when my third ball had ended that Jason Werdrick would end up only one Claw shot away from eliminating me.
Game: Monster Bash
More spinner, MOAR!
Well, here are my proverbial “fifteen minutes of fame”. The Monster Bash in the Circuit Final plays friendlier than the one I play at my local league at Eight on the Break. For example, this spinner actually spins … a lot. By watching the monitor during previous games of Monster Bash, I saw the the spinner shot was paying off somewhere between 1.5 million and 2 Million+ per trip. That made it by far the most valuable shot during the early part of the game. So I decided to get Mosh Pit Multiball ready and carry as many monsters into it as I could. When it was lit, I decided to keep that “in my pocket” so to speak and get the other monsters ready first.
It was only after I finished Mosh Pit that I realized I has a real shot to get Monsters of Rock on camera. I thought I had better get MOR at least since Daniele is behind me ready to put up a great score.
It was interesting and funny at times to hear what the commentators were saying, with their exaggerations and sports jargon. When I was re-watching this, a couple of times I thought to myself, “Nope, I wasn’t think that at all, guys… Yes, that’s what I was thinking. ^_^
Slow down, take your time
By the way, the reason why I took so long to start playing my ball was to make sure the tilt bob had settled as much as possible. The commentators may have noticed it more when I was waiting, because I had no water to drink or any music players or headphones to adjust that would help to disguise the wait time.
I learned this patience from other top players. I would see them gather themselves using their chosen method (water, iPod/headphones, etc.). Then, look at the playfield to see where they were in the game, and even do a status report (if available). All this to get as much information as possible before starting.
I have decent ball control, but I am not quite as accurate as other top players. I have to rely on whatever nudging I can get away with to help extend my ball times. The tilts on Demolition Man and Monster Bash were set conservatively. There way no way I was going to take a cheap tilt warning from a slight nudge that normally wouldn’t give me a strike.
In the Endurance phase, the four lowest-seeded players play a machine, and the player with the lowest score is eliminated and replaced by the next highest seed for the next round. The winner of each game receives an immediate $100 prize.
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Slow down even more!
Also, thanks to Chase Nunes, the following video is now a thing on the Internet. Thanks, Chase.