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Black Knight - Sword of Rage Club - Honourable Knights Only

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“Black Knight - Sword of Rage Club - Honourable Knights Only”

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#4251 14 days ago

I posted multiple times that BKSoR is my favorite game since it's objectives/ story are to blatantly obvious...

...but that also goes for my children. They kinda never understood what any game was about butmaybe like the toy or in case of TNA loved thee music, but now it's "Daddy, may I try to defeat the Black Knight" all over!

It's a bummer this game is not loved as much as I think it does deserve.

#4252 14 days ago
Quoted from DS_Nadine:

I posted multiple times that BKSoR is my favorite game since it's objectives/ story are to blatantly obvious...
...but that also goes for my children. They kinda never understood what any game was about butmaybe like the toy or in case of TNA loved thee music, but now it's "Daddy, may I try to defeat the Black Knight" all over!
It's a bummer this game is not loved as much as I think it does deserve.

Yeah, it is interesting.. everyone would always complain about the lack of custom themes... Although this leverages from the Williams classic, it still qualifies I think against the typical licensed IP for most pins.

Trying to look back, I would think the timing of the release was difficult. Iron Maiden and Deadpool would have been picking up steam from the previous year... Those two still probably some of the biggest recent sellers. I do know quite a few people tried to switch orders from Munsters to Sword of rage.

I think the disparity between the Pro and Prem Sword of rage was also not helpful for sales, I like both, but I can see buyers who might normally jump for a pro, hesitate at this point...

I can't say it doesn't get love.. it is generally well regarded I find, and it appears to be holding value.. this just never seemed to translate into the high sales volume for Stern..

#4253 14 days ago

It's gaining traction but there are just as many people who wouldn't buy the premium, myself included. It's one of very few games where the pro and the premium are functionally not the same game at all.

#4254 13 days ago

What are the best strategies to score big on BK Pro? I like big payoffs in pinball like Do or die in IM, CIU with Double scoring in Met, shot multipliers in TWD, Portal bonus without SOS in Tron etc... I don't think there's something like this in BK.

#4255 13 days ago
Quoted from Shadrac:

What are the best strategies to score big on BK Pro? I like big payoffs in pinball like Do or die in IM, CIU with Double scoring in Met, shot multipliers in TWD, Portal bonus without SOS in Tron etc... I don't think there's something like this in BK.

Have you tried doing war over and over? I'm convinced that is the primary source of points in some of my higher scoring games.

Otherwise cash in your supers during Knight multiball. If you have good stacks it isn't crazy to score over 100m.

#4256 12 days ago

Had my LE about a week (NIB) and now U/P Locks 1, 2 and 3 are not recognizing a ball. Opto board is not loose or anything. Disconnected and reconnected and still nothing. Thoughts?

#4257 12 days ago
Quoted from madamyates:

Had my LE about a week (NIB) and now U/P Locks 1, 2 and 3 are not recognizing a ball. Opto board is not loose or anything. Disconnected and reconnected and still nothing. Thoughts?

I would contact Stern, since your machine is under warranty (1 year from purchase date).

Getting a defective part does happen and Stern will replace the part for free (including shipping).

#4258 12 days ago
Quoted from digdug2084:

Have you tried doing war over and over? I'm convinced that is the primary source of points in some of my higher scoring games.
Otherwise cash in your supers during Knight multiball. If you have good stacks it isn't crazy to score over 100m.

well, not sure what you mean with "hi scoring", but aiming again & again these dangerous shoots (mainly the center one) can't drive you to really big score, as more soon than later you'll lose the ball...

#4259 12 days ago
Quoted from Shadrac:

What are the best strategies to score big on BK Pro? I like big payoffs in pinball like Do or die in IM, CIU with Double scoring in Met, shot multipliers in TWD, Portal bonus without SOS in Tron etc... I don't think there's something like this in BK.

Not really in the Pro. Points will come from the modes so just try to do well in those. Before starting the mode in the shield you can repeatedly shoot the flail ramp to increase the mode base value - risk/reward thing. Good for putting your name on the charts but otherwise not worth the risk IMO.

Similarly, WAR might be worth some points but they're all drain shots so don't bother with it.

Another good strategy is to get a load of SUPER features running (and upgraded if you can), then launch the KNIGHT retro MB. The super bonus will accumulate 3x faster in this mode (assuming you have 3 balls in play). Then collect it once the MB is over - I've managed almost 50M this way.

On the premium, biggest points can come from Catapult MB super jackpot - hit the standup 4 times so all 4 lock lights are lit on the catapult, this will increase the multiplier to 4x. Then cash in the jackpot by loading the catapult during MB (easier said than done). You can get 200M or more in a single shot like this!

#4260 12 days ago
Quoted from Fubar:

hit the standup 4 times so all 4 lock lights are lit on the catapult, this will increase the multiplier to 4x. Then cash in the jackpot by loading the catapult during MB (easier said than done). You can get 200M or more in a single shot like this!

Holy shit I didn’t know that… that’s awesome!
Your talking about the knight target? Or the one on the upper playfield?

#4261 12 days ago

Just subscribing…

#4262 12 days ago
Quoted from RipleYYY:

well, not sure what you mean with "hi scoring", but aiming again & again these dangerous shoots (mainly the center one) can't drive you to really big score, as more soon than later you'll lose the ball...

On the pro. It's a sucker shot but every time you make it it is worth more points. I try to do two or three wars during the triple knight challenge since the risk is less then.

Been working on cracking a billion so I'm interested in hearing more ideas of scoring on the pro.

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#4263 12 days ago
Quoted from Shogun00:

I would contact Stern, since your machine is under warranty (1 year from purchase date).
Getting a defective part does happen and Stern will replace the part for free (including shipping).

Thanks. I sent them a message and asked for a new board and/or further troubleshooting tips.

#4264 12 days ago
Quoted from digdug2084:

On the pro. It's a sucker shot but every time you make it it is worth more points. I try to do two or three wars during the triple knight challenge since the risk is less then.
Been working on cracking a billion so I'm interested in hearing more ideas of scoring on the pro.
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i cant help you about a real tactic sry

the 1.5B i've made is only because i had a very long game (2 times to black castle) due to the TILT being (to much) friendly on that location pin
may be next time i'm going to that location i must concentrate to found some way of playing it, but as said above, its not a pin you can score really big on 1 or 2 "tricks"

#4265 11 days ago

For me the pro was the way to go. Played the prem. and felt the whole object was to just get the ball on the upper playfield. Not enough flow for me.

#4266 11 days ago
Quoted from digdug2084:

On the pro. It's a sucker shot but every time you make it it is worth more points. I try to do two or three wars during the triple knight challenge since the risk is less then.
Been working on cracking a billion so I'm interested in hearing more ideas of scoring on the pro.
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Ya just gotta go iron monger style on it and hit the edges of the target. Still risky business though. I used to do the same thing on my pro, but the premium has ramp rejects so it’s even harder.

#4267 10 days ago
Quoted from Shadrac:

What are the best strategies to score big on BK Pro? I like big payoffs in pinball like Do or die in IM, CIU with Double scoring in Met, shot multipliers in TWD, Portal bonus without SOS in Tron etc... I don't think there's something like this in BK.

Build Power (right targets, center target) before starting a monster mode and activate it when the mode starts. Good for big points there. WAR can score huge after the second time. I believe my best was over 100M on one round of WAR. I've seen single shot values of 35M+ on that mode. WAR is best enjoyed after starting a Triple Knights multiball. Use the ball save time in Triple Knights to keep launching balls into the WAR lanes. I've had games where I progressed further but did not score very well. All in the Power and WAR for big point games.

#4268 6 days ago

Just ordered a NIB premium , I heard about the “ free upgrade” plastic for the upper play field , does anyone know if they ship with those or if I’ll need to order that. I purchased one from game room guys out of principal but it showed up burnt discolored and not cut with precision. Maybe it was a bad one but total garbage that I won’t put on a brand new machine.

#4269 6 days ago

I have not installed mine, nor do I know if they now ship with the game. I purchased mine from pinball life. My LE did not have it installed.

I just kinda nudge up the game at the right time…kinda feel like the bump out fix takes a bit away from the skill of the game..

#4270 6 days ago

Your Stern distributor should have them for free. I got mine from Pinball Life as my distributor was out and had to order it and I was buying parts on PBL for other pin projects anyway - it's only a couple of bucks.

#4271 6 days ago

Thanks guys , I’ll get ahold of my distributor and see if I can get one from them.

#4272 6 days ago
Quoted from Wmsfan:

I have not installed mine, nor do I know if they now ship with the game. I purchased mine from pinball life. My LE did not have it installed.
I just kinda nudge up the game at the right time…kinda feel like the bump out fix takes a bit away from the skill of the game..

Yeah, especially with stacked multiballs, I played one with the bump mod and felt like I was shoveling balls on the upper.. was kind of silly.. I'm not sure if that was completely the bump mod, or the set up.. but I know on mine, without the bump, I think the upper is a lot more challenging.. which is a good thing, as I'd argue the catapult is a bit OP a lot of the time.

#4273 2 days ago
Quoted from DS_Nadine:

I THINK Zach said a while ago that they're making some more BKSoR Pros (can't guarantee it). The game was (is?) also moved back from archive back to current games on Sterns website.

Sadly, looks like it’s back in the archive section.
Was hoping for a run of units in the new year, but Godzilla may have just defeated the black knight for good.

#4274 2 days ago

They will do a run of the topper too!!!

#4275 2 days ago
Quoted from unlockpinball:

They will do a run of the topper too!!!

Will they?

#4276 2 days ago
Quoted from pinhi:

Sadly, looks like it’s back in the archive section.
Was hoping for a run of units in the new year, but Godzilla may have just defeated the black knight for good.

I think BKSOR Pro didn't get a fair shake at release, even from myself. That said, 6600-7000 for any previous Pro is going to be tough. Games from 2017 still being made were 5k.

#4277 2 days ago

Yes, totally agree

#4278 2 days ago

I was able to find a shooter rod, and it is glorious.

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#4279 1 day ago

Massive and cool, where did you find it?

#4280 1 day ago

Just reporting a problem I’ve encountered with the shield crank shaft on my bkSOR premium. Heavy wear where the set screw meets the crank shaft has resulted in a rebuild of the assembly. Shield operation became very sloppy. Set screw was also,very challenging to extract and was damaged beyond reuse in the process. It’s a tough repair, thought I’d flag it incase anyone else has had, or does have the same issue.

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#4281 1 day ago
Quoted from veejay:

Just reporting a problem I’ve encountered with the shield crank shaft on my bkSOR premium. Heavy wear where the set screw meets the crank shaft has resulted in a rebuild of the assembly. Shield operation became very sloppy. Set screw was also,very challenging to extract and was damaged beyond reuse in the process. It’s a tough repair, thought I’d flag it incase anyone else has had, or does have the same issue.
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Thats bad wear, how many plays is that from?

#4282 22 hours ago
Quoted from Angel:

Massive and cool, where did you find it?

I got it from FlipNOutPinball.com, looks like there is at least one left in stock as of now:
https://www.flipnoutpinball.com/product-page/black-knight-sword-of-rage-pinball-official-shooter-rod-accessory

I thought these were all gone again and was just shopping for a shaker for my BKSOR, saw this and couldn't resist. Hopefully I can figure out how to do the flame effect speaker lights next.

#4283 22 hours ago
Quoted from Flyfalcons:

I got it from FlipNOutPinball.com, looks like there is at least one left in stock as of now:
https://www.flipnoutpinball.com/product-page/black-knight-sword-of-rage-pinball-official-shooter-rod-accessory
I thought these were all gone again and was just shopping for a shaker for my BKSOR, saw this and couldn't resist. Hopefully I can figure out how to do the flame effect speaker lights next.

Wow, $170? I paid $79 for that from Betson a couple months ago. It is sweet though!

#4284 22 hours ago
Quoted from vikeking27:

Wow, $170? I paid $79 for that from Betson a couple months ago. It is sweet though!

Current list $246.34

https://www.betsonparts.com/amusement-redemption/stern-pinball-shooter-rod.html

#4285 22 hours ago

Stern is still making BKSOR? Always looked like a great game to me.

#4286 21 hours ago
Quoted from orangestorm87:

Stern is still making BKSOR? Always looked like a great game to me.

I don't see it on their site anymore.

#4287 21 hours ago

Rumor has it that Stern is going to do another run of the topper only.

#4288 21 hours ago
Quoted from orangestorm87:

Stern is still making BKSOR? Always looked like a great game to me.

Stern Last Chance video released a year ago.

#4289 21 hours ago
Quoted from Flyfalcons:

Stern Last Chance video released a year ago.

Last Chance THAT YEAR (according to their own facebook site).

#4290 20 hours ago
Quoted from DS_Nadine:

Last Chance THAT YEAR (according to their own facebook site).

Well let us hope for more. Otherwise, like Stranger Things, #gonetoosoon

#4291 20 hours ago

BKSoR was active again until just some weeks ago that it moved to the archive (again).

#4292 20 hours ago
Quoted from unlockpinball:

Rumor has it that Stern is going to do another run of the topper only.

Please don't tease me.

#4293 18 hours ago

How about a code update?

#4294 17 hours ago
Quoted from newpinbin:

How about a code update?

Is there a list of known issues visible anywhere?

One thing that bugs me is a flicker of the animation sometimes.. not sure what the trigger is, but esp when it is going through a few to show, and you might see a flicker of one, then the other is displayed.. ie, sometimes you might see the hand for a second, and then it runs toward you etc.

The extra ball animation doubled up is repetitive.

Gameplay seems pretty solid to me, so far as things play as intended anyway.

#4295 17 hours ago
Quoted from newpinbin:

How about a code update?

That would nice!

I'm confident we'll get one as the Insider Connected feature starts to roll out to all of the Spike 2 titles over the coming months. I suspect we'll see a few updates as the Connected feature set expands over the next 12 months.

However I'm not confident on what effort Tim will put in to the update outside of the new feature. I've been disappointed by his support for the game and it could well be another 1.02 style update.

I've sent through a few emails since 1.02, detailing the bugs I've found and presentation issues that are evident and require fixing. Also sent through constructive feedback on the various issues I see with aspects of the game. I'm sure others have been providing bug reports and feedback too. So he should have all the info - just hope he takes the time and opportunity to at least address the important stuff as Connected is added.

Quoted from koji:

Is there a list of known issues visible anywhere?

I kept a running list of things from myself which I posted earlier in the thread. Will look back and dig it up.

5 minutes later..... (This feedback is from my PRO, so may be different to Prem/LE models. Also keep in mind the improvements section is just my opinion )

--= BUGS =--
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[Magma Beast fight]
This is assuming you're not using the sword of rage. By default this mode requires 8 shots to complete. When you clear all 7 lit shots, it should then relight all 7. It only relights 6, with the last shot you hit not relighting. This crept in with the 1.02 update.

[Mode intro music]
Easiest way to replicate this is to have a monster mode active and then shoot the left saucer to start Knight mode. The Knight retro music will start playing while the monster mode complete screens play out. The lit shots on retro mode 1 will also start playing here too. The retro music will then reset once the Knight mode intro starts. Another way to see this is to light mystery and start Black Castle. The Black castle music will play over the top of mystery and then reset once the Black Castle intro starts. This could be more of a polish item, but as a coder, I view it as a bug.

[Lich Lords Sword of Rage]
The Lich Lords is the one mode you don't want to activate the sword of rage in as it will result in less points. All other monster battles (beside Black Castle) are made easier AND more valuable scoring wise by activating the sword. Here though, the mode is made easier with all shots lit and only 4 shots to complete - but this results in less points being available (even though each shot is worth more with the sword active). You're better off not using the sword, clearing the 3 shots and then doing it again. The way I think this mode should play out (to keep it in line with the other monster battles with the sword active) is to light all shots (currently happens) but instead of only requiring 4 shots to complete, each shot needs to be hit twice. First to tag and the second to clear. Do this for 4 shots to complete the mode. This keeps the battle in the same format and would then reward the player with the proper points for using the sword in this mode instead of penalizing them.

[Skillshot success visual / sfx not played on shoot again]
Hitting a sucessful skillshot while "Shoot Again" is shown on the display will not play the skill shot success display animation, sfx or callouts to play. Points will be awarded correctly, but no feedback is given to the player.

[Monster intro speech after mystery doesn't always play]
There are times where the callouts for the monster battle intro won't play after mystery is awarded. This could be by design, but feels off.

[Average Scores audit]
This value has always shown 00, so is never updated. This audit may have no use in BK, but though I'd list it anyway.

--= IMPROVEMENTS =--
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[Monster intros]
The ROARS that were in the monster intros at 1.00 were fantastic. The Lich Lords and Hydra were awesome! My neighbors could be forgiven for thinking all hell was being unleashed next door. These were sadly nerfed with the 1.01 update and now sound far too soft. They need to be restored to their proper glory. This is Black Knight - Sword of Rage, not The Black Knight - Petting Zoo.

[Retro Mode 1]
This mode has an awesome soundtrack and I love the retro sfx. But I find it really uninspiring to shoot. It's a mini wizard mode that's not easy to reach so should be rewarding. The lit shots are not worth much (even after the 1.02 update) and there's no interesting logic or advancement to the mode. Simply clear the shots and start over again. No additional rules or even an extra ball available. The mode relies far too heavily on having multiple supers active and leveled up - but that requires so much set up that most players will never be able to take full advantage of the mode. Add to the fact that if you lose your ball right before starting the mode, the best you could hope for is all supers at level 2, which still requires a lot of set up and presents risk that isn't worth the payoff at that point.

[Black Castle]
All other monster battles let you continue when lose your ball. Even if they time out, you can start them again by hitting the flail/knight/shield X number of times. After all the effort in reaching this battle, it's so deflating being sent back to the start should you fail. There's no ball save at the start. No ball save available with in the mode. You can't stack multi ball with it. You're forced to hit the 3 most dangerous shots in the game 12 times. The flail and shield are well known for sending the ball straight down the middle with no opportunity for the player to react. By all means have an option to send the player back to the start under comp settings. But in the home environment, the current set up should never have been the default. It otherwise has an awesome music track and is an enjoyable shot layout to battle against the Black Knight. But the way in which the player is punished (often due to bad luck from the shield or flail) is not fun.

[Instant Info]
Right now instant info does not show information of the progress of U-Turns towards the next award. It would be good to also see here what the current value of each super is worth. For example: Super pops - level 2 - 50K, Super slings - level 1 - 15K, etc.

[U-Turn progress animation]
The number of u-turns required until the next award can often be hidden behind the skeleton animation that plays over the top of it. This often makes it hard to determine how many more you need until the next extra ball is ready - especially when the number is below 10. The animation needs to be moved or the text moved to make this easier to read. Even some call outs here would help.

[Multiball Progress UI]
I'd love to see the Triple Knights Challenge multiball progress shown on the main UI. Yes it's viewable in the Instant Info screens, but I see value in having this added as small orbs/gems that light based on what you have locked. As a player I can instantly see where I'm at with the progress and factor that into my play.

[Challenge mode]
I love the challenge mode in my JP. When I'm tired of the normal game, I love playing Escape Nublar. On top of that, I can either play it for points OR speed run it since it has high score tables for both. It just adds a nice layer of variety onto an already polished game. Some sort of boss rush mode or challenge mode against the Black Knight and his army would be a great alternative to the normal game that gives players more options when switching the game on.

[U-Turns]
Right now there are only 2 awards from U-Turns - extra balls at set levels. Most players will never reach the second extra ball level. This could have other awards available as you progress the counter like KNIGHT letters, points, 2X playfield scoring, ball save, etc. It doesn't need to be locked at just 2 awards.

[Supers]
This is one my real annoyances with the game scoring and has been for some time. In their current form, I find them mostly useless. When you activate a super, it's random. There's no way of knowing which super you'll get. I can't use skill to activate supers I want. I have to rely on the RNG gods and pray it's pops or spinner. I find it limiting too that the supers get cleared out on losing a ball or collection. I find that collecting the super jackpot is only ever worthwhile after Retro mode 1 - that's only IF I managed to get some supers active before starting it. Otherwise, the few million points that builds up just isn't worth spending my magna save. Speaking of which...
The other thing is collecting supers via the magna save - ok, it was an idea and it's been tested - but it's just not good. As a player, I should not have to sacrifice my magna save AND have it hit the right return lane switch to collect the super jackpot. Right now, I will always shoot the ball either to the ramp or left saucer and press the action button while the ball returns down the rail. The game plays the magna save animation and triggers the magnet, but the ball is safely on the rail.
I don't know what the right way to improve supers are. In a game with limited content, I'd love to bring them into my play more. But I don't find there's enough payoff in general play and no real reason to use them.

[Knight letters]
Right now it's far too difficult to spell Knight twice to reach the second retro mode. Only 1 letter is available from each monster. It's a very, very rare mystery award. You can get one by advancing far enough into multi ball. All others are from WAR hurry up, which is often dangerous since it's always the same 3 central targets that can each result in a straight down the middle response. There are a number of other ways they can be awarded. U-Turns, skill shots, drop targets, pop bumpers, etc.

[Retro mode selection]
Two issues I have with the second Knight mode (RANSOM) - 1) It's near impossible to reach (only been there 3 times in 1700 games) and 2) It's a short 60 second mode - which means it's over all so quickly after the very long journey to get there. Allow the player to select which Knight mode they want to play once they spell KNIGHT. It allows the player to have some variety in which retro mode they play and also allows players to make a decision based on strategy - Do I have lots of supers going? Then retro mode 1 seems like a good move. Limited or no supers? Retro mode 2 makes more sense.

[Additional multiball on PRO]
Right now on the PRO, most players will only ever see Triple Knights Challenge and Retro Mode 1. Retro Mode 2 - RANSOM - as fun as it is, is locked behind such a difficult wall most will never see it. Same for RAGE - which is locked behind having to defeat the Black Knight on 1 ball. This leaves PRO owners with only 2 accessible multiball modes. The game is crying out for either a smaller 2 ball multiball and/or the inclusion of Catapult multiball. The game already has all the assets for catapult, so a chunk of the work is done. It's been mentioned before that it could be done by lighting locks via the drop target bank.

[More lower level content]
If Retro mode 2 and RAGE absolutely have to be locked away behind difficult requirements, then more obtainable lower level things need to be there for the average player to enjoy. Combo shots or Mini battle challenges for example.

[Secondary monsters in each realm]
I have sometimes wondered if originally there were plans for multiple monsters in each of the realms - perhaps for second play through once you get beyond the Black Castle. Or even to add variety each time you play. This would certainly be a nice addition to help add that extra layer of variety to the realms. This requires a lot of work though with assets, etc - so won't happen.

[Alternative sound track]
Great to see this added in 1.01, but would like to have this as a selectable option at the start of a game. Having to go into the service menu to switch between them is not helpful. This could be implemented by holding both flipper buttons in before starting a game and selecting to start a game with the desired sound track.

[Triple Knight Challenge Intro]
We get some shaker motor action on the ball 1 and ball 2 locks, but none on the intro to Triple Knights Challenge. A nice bit of polish to this intro would be the inclusion of the shaker motor during the lightning strikes.
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#4296 16 hours ago
Quoted from Jesder:

I kept a running list of things from myself which I posted earlier in the thread. Will look back and dig it up.
5 minutes later..... (This feedback is from my PRO, so may be different to Prem/LE models. Also keep in mind the improvements section is just my opinion

This is great. Thanks, explains a few other things my son noticed, but we had not really rationalized what was going on. Back in the day with roms, it would be whatever, is what it is... but with code updates on modern hardware, it would def be nice to see this happen. Most of the improvements seem like small tweaks which would add a lot. Perhaps even a dev rom to mess around with.

Never even occurred to me with objectives in retro, that could be wild.

Not sure if monster roars could be adjusted with pinballbrowser, or whatever it was that let you mess with media assets?

#4297 8 hours ago
Quoted from Jesder:

That would nice!
I'm confident we'll get one as the Insider Connected feature starts to roll out to all of the Spike 2 titles over the coming months. I suspect we'll see a few updates as the Connected feature set expands over the next 12 months.
However I'm not confident on what effort Tim will put in to the update outside of the new feature. I've been disappointed by his support for the game and it could well be another 1.02 style update.
I've sent through a few emails since 1.02, detailing the bugs I've found and presentation issues that are evident and require fixing. Also sent through constructive feedback on the various issues I see with aspects of the game. I'm sure others have been providing bug reports and feedback too. So he should have all the info - just hope he takes the time and opportunity to at least address the important stuff as Connected is added.

I kept a running list of things from myself which I posted earlier in the thread. Will look back and dig it up.
5 minutes later..... (This feedback is from my PRO, so may be different to Prem/LE models. Also keep in mind the improvements section is just my opinion )
--= BUGS =--
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[Magma Beast fight]
This is assuming you're not using the sword of rage. By default this mode requires 8 shots to complete. When you clear all 7 lit shots, it should then relight all 7. It only relights 6, with the last shot you hit not relighting. This crept in with the 1.02 update.
[Mode intro music]
Easiest way to replicate this is to have a monster mode active and then shoot the left saucer to start Knight mode. The Knight retro music will start playing while the monster mode complete screens play out. The lit shots on retro mode 1 will also start playing here too. The retro music will then reset once the Knight mode intro starts. Another way to see this is to light mystery and start Black Castle. The Black castle music will play over the top of mystery and then reset once the Black Castle intro starts. This could be more of a polish item, but as a coder, I view it as a bug.
[Lich Lords Sword of Rage]
The Lich Lords is the one mode you don't want to activate the sword of rage in as it will result in less points. All other monster battles (beside Black Castle) are made easier AND more valuable scoring wise by activating the sword. Here though, the mode is made easier with all shots lit and only 4 shots to complete - but this results in less points being available (even though each shot is worth more with the sword active). You're better off not using the sword, clearing the 3 shots and then doing it again. The way I think this mode should play out (to keep it in line with the other monster battles with the sword active) is to light all shots (currently happens) but instead of only requiring 4 shots to complete, each shot needs to be hit twice. First to tag and the second to clear. Do this for 4 shots to complete the mode. This keeps the battle in the same format and would then reward the player with the proper points for using the sword in this mode instead of penalizing them.
[Skillshot success visual / sfx not played on shoot again]
Hitting a sucessful skillshot while "Shoot Again" is shown on the display will not play the skill shot success display animation, sfx or callouts to play. Points will be awarded correctly, but no feedback is given to the player.
[Monster intro speech after mystery doesn't always play]
There are times where the callouts for the monster battle intro won't play after mystery is awarded. This could be by design, but feels off.
[Average Scores audit]
This value has always shown 00, so is never updated. This audit may have no use in BK, but though I'd list it anyway.
--= IMPROVEMENTS =--
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[Monster intros]
The ROARS that were in the monster intros at 1.00 were fantastic. The Lich Lords and Hydra were awesome! My neighbors could be forgiven for thinking all hell was being unleashed next door. These were sadly nerfed with the 1.01 update and now sound far too soft. They need to be restored to their proper glory. This is Black Knight - Sword of Rage, not The Black Knight - Petting Zoo.
[Retro Mode 1]
This mode has an awesome soundtrack and I love the retro sfx. But I find it really uninspiring to shoot. It's a mini wizard mode that's not easy to reach so should be rewarding. The lit shots are not worth much (even after the 1.02 update) and there's no interesting logic or advancement to the mode. Simply clear the shots and start over again. No additional rules or even an extra ball available. The mode relies far too heavily on having multiple supers active and leveled up - but that requires so much set up that most players will never be able to take full advantage of the mode. Add to the fact that if you lose your ball right before starting the mode, the best you could hope for is all supers at level 2, which still requires a lot of set up and presents risk that isn't worth the payoff at that point.
[Black Castle]
All other monster battles let you continue when lose your ball. Even if they time out, you can start them again by hitting the flail/knight/shield X number of times. After all the effort in reaching this battle, it's so deflating being sent back to the start should you fail. There's no ball save at the start. No ball save available with in the mode. You can't stack multi ball with it. You're forced to hit the 3 most dangerous shots in the game 12 times. The flail and shield are well known for sending the ball straight down the middle with no opportunity for the player to react. By all means have an option to send the player back to the start under comp settings. But in the home environment, the current set up should never have been the default. It otherwise has an awesome music track and is an enjoyable shot layout to battle against the Black Knight. But the way in which the player is punished (often due to bad luck from the shield or flail) is not fun.
[Instant Info]
Right now instant info does not show information of the progress of U-Turns towards the next award. It would be good to also see here what the current value of each super is worth. For example: Super pops - level 2 - 50K, Super slings - level 1 - 15K, etc.
[U-Turn progress animation]
The number of u-turns required until the next award can often be hidden behind the skeleton animation that plays over the top of it. This often makes it hard to determine how many more you need until the next extra ball is ready - especially when the number is below 10. The animation needs to be moved or the text moved to make this easier to read. Even some call outs here would help.
[Multiball Progress UI]
I'd love to see the Triple Knights Challenge multiball progress shown on the main UI. Yes it's viewable in the Instant Info screens, but I see value in having this added as small orbs/gems that light based on what you have locked. As a player I can instantly see where I'm at with the progress and factor that into my play.
[Challenge mode]
I love the challenge mode in my JP. When I'm tired of the normal game, I love playing Escape Nublar. On top of that, I can either play it for points OR speed run it since it has high score tables for both. It just adds a nice layer of variety onto an already polished game. Some sort of boss rush mode or challenge mode against the Black Knight and his army would be a great alternative to the normal game that gives players more options when switching the game on.
[U-Turns]
Right now there are only 2 awards from U-Turns - extra balls at set levels. Most players will never reach the second extra ball level. This could have other awards available as you progress the counter like KNIGHT letters, points, 2X playfield scoring, ball save, etc. It doesn't need to be locked at just 2 awards.
[Supers]
This is one my real annoyances with the game scoring and has been for some time. In their current form, I find them mostly useless. When you activate a super, it's random. There's no way of knowing which super you'll get. I can't use skill to activate supers I want. I have to rely on the RNG gods and pray it's pops or spinner. I find it limiting too that the supers get cleared out on losing a ball or collection. I find that collecting the super jackpot is only ever worthwhile after Retro mode 1 - that's only IF I managed to get some supers active before starting it. Otherwise, the few million points that builds up just isn't worth spending my magna save. Speaking of which...
The other thing is collecting supers via the magna save - ok, it was an idea and it's been tested - but it's just not good. As a player, I should not have to sacrifice my magna save AND have it hit the right return lane switch to collect the super jackpot. Right now, I will always shoot the ball either to the ramp or left saucer and press the action button while the ball returns down the rail. The game plays the magna save animation and triggers the magnet, but the ball is safely on the rail.
I don't know what the right way to improve supers are. In a game with limited content, I'd love to bring them into my play more. But I don't find there's enough payoff in general play and no real reason to use them.
[Knight letters]
Right now it's far too difficult to spell Knight twice to reach the second retro mode. Only 1 letter is available from each monster. It's a very, very rare mystery award. You can get one by advancing far enough into multi ball. All others are from WAR hurry up, which is often dangerous since it's always the same 3 central targets that can each result in a straight down the middle response. There are a number of other ways they can be awarded. U-Turns, skill shots, drop targets, pop bumpers, etc.
[Retro mode selection]
Two issues I have with the second Knight mode (RANSOM) - 1) It's near impossible to reach (only been there 3 times in 1700 games) and 2) It's a short 60 second mode - which means it's over all so quickly after the very long journey to get there. Allow the player to select which Knight mode they want to play once they spell KNIGHT. It allows the player to have some variety in which retro mode they play and also allows players to make a decision based on strategy - Do I have lots of supers going? Then retro mode 1 seems like a good move. Limited or no supers? Retro mode 2 makes more sense.
[Additional multiball on PRO]
Right now on the PRO, most players will only ever see Triple Knights Challenge and Retro Mode 1. Retro Mode 2 - RANSOM - as fun as it is, is locked behind such a difficult wall most will never see it. Same for RAGE - which is locked behind having to defeat the Black Knight on 1 ball. This leaves PRO owners with only 2 accessible multiball modes. The game is crying out for either a smaller 2 ball multiball and/or the inclusion of Catapult multiball. The game already has all the assets for catapult, so a chunk of the work is done. It's been mentioned before that it could be done by lighting locks via the drop target bank.
[More lower level content]
If Retro mode 2 and RAGE absolutely have to be locked away behind difficult requirements, then more obtainable lower level things need to be there for the average player to enjoy. Combo shots or Mini battle challenges for example.
[Secondary monsters in each realm]
I have sometimes wondered if originally there were plans for multiple monsters in each of the realms - perhaps for second play through once you get beyond the Black Castle. Or even to add variety each time you play. This would certainly be a nice addition to help add that extra layer of variety to the realms. This requires a lot of work though with assets, etc - so won't happen.
[Alternative sound track]
Great to see this added in 1.01, but would like to have this as a selectable option at the start of a game. Having to go into the service menu to switch between them is not helpful. This could be implemented by holding both flipper buttons in before starting a game and selecting to start a game with the desired sound track.
[Triple Knight Challenge Intro]
We get some shaker motor action on the ball 1 and ball 2 locks, but none on the intro to Triple Knights Challenge. A nice bit of polish to this intro would be the inclusion of the shaker motor during the lightning strikes.
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Excellent list. For me my top complaint has alway been adding an additional multiball on PRO. Have you sent this to the team at Stern for review?

#4298 8 hours ago

Please send list that to Stern if you haven't.

#4299 5 hours ago
Quoted from newpinbin:

Excellent list. For me my top complaint has alway been adding an additional multiball on PRO. Have you sent this to the team at Stern for review?

Yep! The bulk of the list was sent to Stern quite some time ago, along with another email a few months back detailing a couple of extra things.

I never heard anything back though.

I popped the list above into a new email and resent today. Would be great to see the code improved and the game fulfill its potential! Hopefully Tim is up for it!

#4300 4 hours ago
Quoted from Jesder:

[Black Castle]
All other monster battles let you continue when lose your ball. Even if they time out, you can start them again by hitting the flail/knight/shield X number of times. After all the effort in reaching this battle, it's so deflating being sent back to the start should you fail. There's no ball save at the start. No ball save available with in the mode. You can't stack multi ball with it. You're forced to hit the 3 most dangerous shots in the game 12 times. The flail and shield are well known for sending the ball straight down the middle with no opportunity for the player to react. By all means have an option to send the player back to the start under comp settings. But in the home environment, the current set up should never have been the default. It otherwise has an awesome music track and is an enjoyable shot layout to battle against the Black Knight. But the way in which the player is punished (often due to bad luck from the shield or flail) is not fun.

I can't agree more! I played on location yesterday and got to Black Castle 3 times. I got to one shot away from completing it and drained, drained after my first shot ricochetted to the left outlane and then drained without taking a single shot on a flipper fumble trying to trap the ball.

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