It’s SUPERLeague at Modern Pinball! Look at all of those players on a random Thursday. I had a fortunate game of Theatre of Magic as part of my entry.

The most important thing to get in Theatre Of Magic is 8X bonus. Yes, other things will happen as you play naturally, but make sure you have 8X bonus when you are done.

You know what Multiball is for? Getting Jackpots? NO! It’s for getting 8X bonus! OK, you can get Jackpots too if you want when you are done earning the 8X bonus.

Do you know what Tiger Saw Multiball is for? Getting Jackpots from the captive ball? NO! It for getting 8X bonus AND getting Theatre letters from the left orbit because for some reason the game allows this. At 8X, each Theatre letter is worth 4 Million in bonus. Plus you are in less danger if you have a ball trapped on the left flipper while doing this. If you happen to hit the captive ball by accident, then so be it. Recover from that missed shot and continue attacking the left orbit.

If TOM were to get an update, I would want it to address that left orbit flaw in the rule set. I know it’s not going to happen. Besides, it doesn’t really need to happen. Other than that flaw, the game is fun which is why it’s so highly rated.

Filmed by: Francesco La RoccaSteven Bowden on Theater of Magic Also featuring : Eric and Freddy , Angelo and Nick , Sarah and Radu , Craig Cash , Steve Epstein , Michael Masullo , David John Oliva Dave Peller Eddie Cramer

Posted by Fun With Bonus – Pinball on Monday, August 31, 2015



On a related note, I’ve just learned that I’ve taken another SUPERLeague title. That’s going to be my fourth significant “above the line” top-20 result from this competition.  I don’t look forward to getting WPPR points nerfed again, but I realize it is inevitable. I don’t have any confirmation of this, but the writing is on the wall. I see a new Coast 2 Coast Pinball podcast was posted with Josh Sharpe. I haven’t heard it yet. I wonder if there will be any WPPR news. At least I will have a decent sample set to see how a new WPPR system update affects different kinds of tournaments:

  • Pittsburgh Pinball Open double: Getting both a PinGolf and Classics win against that high-level field of players felt great and was highly profitable. I wonder how those numbers will be affected. I still have to frame that very special piece of art I received as a prize for winning.
  • #SUPERLeague: A not-quite best score style, sort of PAPA qualifying style with four seven game sections forming one giant 28 game set. Plus, if you think your set sucks and want to replay it, you don’t keep your best set of scores. Instead you lose your set and keep your last scores.  Even if you have a #1 score, it’s gone if you want to replay it. There is extra pressure for me because I can only get to Modern once a week, so I have one shot per set.
  • Pinfest: The start of what would end up being my journey to getting Player of the Month for May. If I recall correctly, this was a set-based format on some really tight, but fair playing games. Will there be a significant difference between Herb and set-based results?
  • Pincrossing double: This will be posted soon, but recently I have wins at the Pincrossing Summer Classic. The Main tournament was a limited Herb-style tournament, so players had to choose their games wisely. The charity event was a best score event followed by a ladder elimination final round. This was a great location by the way, and I have to try to get back out there again and play on some non-competition days.

Besides, I’ll still visit Modern Pinball and play in SUPERLeague. Why not? It’s only one state and a concrete jungle away. I remember when I had to fly around the country and spend delicious amounts of dollars to participate in the WPPR chase. I’ll gladly take a shorter trip even with the risk of getting impaled by taxi cabs in Manhattan for the opportunity to play those games! Usually I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but for this year, it was to visit Modern Pinball way more often. I missed out on the Broadway Arcade scene years ago because I wasn’t really “in the hobby” at that time. Modern Pinball NYC is my Broadway Arcade.

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