Quoted from Nickrc3:
I discovered all the quality machines where placed within a separate room and only for tournament use.
I said the exact same thing at my first show 3yrs ago. I just finished shopping my first pin (Fish Tales) and was looking forward to trying someone elses FT at the show, but the only one there was in the tourney room with a bunch of other titles, and I was bummed.
Fast forward today ---> I'm the new guy in the tourney room. (finished 17th of 75 players in the classics tourney which feels great)
Regarding the free play room - I found all the pins working well myself, short or no lines and a lot of them. As you entered the room, my eyes were drawn to a beautiful looking EATPM that played like new, in a great row of solid state and EM pins to the right. I discovered that Big Brave is a great EM.
To the left there was a Future Spa which I can never walk past without trying to finesse a good score on and next to that an IJ.
Behind that was a great playing IM. There were two Wh20's, and the one that was just restored / for sale that I tried, played perfect, and was super fun. Next to that was a perfectly working Quberts Quest, which I have never seen before. I recall seeing, but did not try TNA, LotR, FG, Devils Dare, JP, Guardians, Freddy, Centaur, Meteor, RFM, Stargate. (and the show has arcades, consoles, panels, vendors, Billy and Walter, Keith A, Ice bath video game contest, and 2 of the stars from the film Tron, the Space Ghost guy and a ton of things I didn't get to)
EBD obsolete? I will start accepting all EBD's at my home for retired pins.
Many are 20-30+ year old pins, and may look a little worn and not all are my favorites, but the show gives me a chance to try a variety that I'm not going to see on route or own and I get to judge them for myself, and get a better feeling for what I like, and stir up some good memories. (some lucky dog snagged that $1200 Future Spa!)
I would recommend that if you find a game that is not working, turn it off. A tech will come by, check it, and repair any issue, add credits, etc.