On our last episode of the podcast we thought it would be fun to get some stories from you guys about what sort of buying rituals or routines you follow. Some of you may not have any, some of you might have a very strict routine. Post what you do and you're automatically entered to win a PinGulp (and probably something else thrown in). You don't even have to listen to the show, just participate in the thread.
Do you have a certain place you eat at on the way back from a pickup? Do you always go with a specific friend or family member? Do you have a strict pre-play routine for new arrivals? Does it vary for NIB games or used pickups?
For me, I have always swapped out rubber rings before playing as well as a Novus 2/1 clean up. Waxing comes after making sure the game is dialed in, but I make sure to at least do the initial clean up and rubber ring change before the first game. I'll also swap out any burnt out bulbs at that time.
Before I play my first game, I ALWAYS give my wife the first play on the new machine. After her, my son gets a shot, and then it's my turn. After playing for the evening, and tuning or fixing any problem areas, I do my deep clean and wax job and then get it into its place in the lineup.