tales of woe

  1. Sean DonCarlos

    I Don't Think We're in Kansas Anymore

    Some more mediocre league play this week, much of which was caused by machine screwage. For example, a ball is not supposed to be able to go fully into the scoop on X-Men (to the point where it is no longer visible) and then not only fail to allow me to choose a villain mode to start, but also...
  2. Sean DonCarlos

    Oh, the Horror of It All!

    Agony is draining on AC/DC with a 3X song jackpot worth 300 million points lit on the cannon. (For reference, the factory default replay score on AC/DC is 20 million.) Lyman, I know why you made the song jackpot reset each ball, and I agree it had to be done to keep the scoring under...
  3. Sean DonCarlos


    That's the sound of me scoring 0 points in league last night, mostly due to Mystic not even letting me touch the ball, and Tommy and I continuing to have violent disagreements over what constitutes a mirror shot. On the other hand, my AC/DC and I are getting along just fine...345M so far.
  4. Sean DonCarlos

    For Those About to...Fail?!

    So the shipping company, who shall remain nameless, that was supposed to get my AC/DC machine to me last week discovered that it was unable to get a 18-wheeler to my house. Seriously, in this day and age with GPS and Google Maps and what have you, no one thought to look up my address and think...
  5. Sean DonCarlos

    How Rude!

    Rudeness is what happens when you put up 47.8M on X-Men LE (a machine I do not care for but force myself to practice because it's one of the league games this season), thereby squeaking onto the high score list, and less than two hours later get knocked back off the same list by a visiting...
  6. Sean DonCarlos

    Destroy the...GOD @#$%! IT!

    Started The Fellowship, The Two Towers, and Return of the King multiballs? Check. Activated Destroy the Ring? Check. Made required side shots? Check. Locked the first ball in the Ring? Check. Made final shot through the Ring for the win? Well, I might have had not the ball gone airborne off...
  7. Sean DonCarlos

    Shot Down in Flames

    While the AC/DC table includes many of their greatest hits, "Shot Down in Flames" is not among them. That's too bad, because it would have accurately captured my league performance last night. Oh well, I said this wouldn't last long. On the non-league front, some rules changes for Sin to break...
  8. Sean DonCarlos

    There's No Crying in Pinball

    But if there were, 15M on Creature from the Black Lagoon in a league game would definitely qualify. I think my beginner's luck has run out.
  9. Sean DonCarlos

    Return to the Zone

    League again did not go so well tonight, including a 32M disaster of a game on TZ. (Sometimes the table just hates you.) But of course I wasn't going to leave for the evening without taking at least a small measure of revenge. Nothing too major, a simple replay (238M tonight) would do. A small...
  10. Sean DonCarlos

    Observations on League Play

    Apparently, I've forgotten how to play pinball in the last 2 weeks. But while I try to put my game back together, some selected random observations from the trenches: If you're too tired to keep your eyes open on the way to the arcade, you'll be too slow to play good pinball once you get...