Quoted from TheLaw:
I just wish there was a way to combine them all. I hate to lose posts/ideas from Pinsiders of the past.
I definitely second that opinion.
Unless it’s a Stern playfield dimpling or JJP critique thread, where people often go in and post the same statement in 15 different threads.
Quoted from zaphod:
Three balls with DC flippers/pops. Can I get an Amen for the Church of Rectification!
Five balls on all the others.
Couple of years ago I got to play a Bally Skyrocket at TPF. It was pretty but "slow".
I recently got to play a Bally Sky Rocket that had been changed to DC flippers. That was nice. You could actually get the ball back to the top of the play field. Instead of unconsciously throwing my body weight around in a struggle to get the ball to move, I could just stand there and press the flipper button and properly nudge when needed.
The work of wiring in a bridge rectifier was so incredibly simple. I need to go back and get a picture of that setup.
So, here is your Amen for the Church of Rectification.
I got my first pin in 2015. I set it to five ball play. I needed every one of those balls to get all of the correct lights lit up. Eventually, my playing got better and I went to 3 ball play.
I don't mind pushing the credit button after 3 balls. Especially since I am saving quarters by spending hundreds/thousands on my own pins.
The other day, I snagged a killer ball and lit everything up on Ball #1.
On the historical side, I wish to point out that most non-gambling games with trap holes require five balls for proper play. Typically, some big-reward feature can only be achieved on the 5th ball if the prior 4 balls ended in specific holes. From the flipper era, some examples are:
Gottlieb Crossroads (with a million-point shot!)
Gottlieb Happy Days ("No out holes!")
Williams Twenty Grand
Gottlieb Flying High (a true classic trap-hole game)
Williams #nine sisters
On the other hand, some early Gottlieb 4-players, such as Score-Board , were fixed at 3-ball play only.
I used to have all but my fast playing wedgeheads (or any other game with 2 inch flippers) set to 3 ball, But guests wouldn’t finish the game and leave balls 4 and 5 on the table.
Now everything is 3 ball for the sake of consistency. Besides, I think games are better when they don’t last forever.
Quoted from mbaumle:
Besides, I think games are better when they don’t last forever
Great for the home environment. But when I dropped my dime, and then quarter, in the 60s, 30 seconds was an extended play session most of the time. If you got a killer ball, you might get 60 seconds . The move to 3-ball play sucked big time.
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