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How to become the next Grand Champion


By Martijn

10 years ago



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    Post #1 Links to articles about pinball skills. Posted by Martijn (10 years ago)

    Post #7 Links to videos of pinball skills. Posted by jonnyo (9 years ago)

    Post #8 Even more links to video & articles of pinball skills. Posted by jonnyo (7 years ago)


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    #1 10 years ago

    Ok, let's be honest here. You won't become a Grand Champion just by reading about pinball. You need to play the game to master it, baby! But where to begin, what skills are there to master? With this Pinside.com can help out! Or Pinside.com..? Why reinvent the wheel if it's already there? There are already some excellent guides on mastering pinball available on the web. Just take a look at the information provided in the links below and you should be on your way to becoming a great player:

    http://www.pinballnews.com/learn/skills/index.html
    http://www.pinballnews.com/learn/skills/index2.html
    http://www.ipdb.org/playing/skills.html

    Disagree with what you read in these links? Do you know of some skills yourself you like to tell us about? Or maybe you know of a link to an even better guide? Don't hesitate, but share it here!

    #2 10 years ago

    just watch them. very cool. I'm gonna practice the post pass till my fingers bleed!

    #3 10 years ago

    Yep, this one is harder to pull off, but very rewarding when you manage to do so. Just don't forget that on some machines it's easier to pull of then on others. So be careful when using it during tournaments on machines you haven't played on beforehand. The post pass looks really cool when executed rightly, but plain stupid if you drain the ball because of it. So it will make you look like a wizard, or like a fool .

    And don't forget the bounce and the shot pass. They won't require your fingers to bleed as they are much more easy to pull of, but using them made my game lots better!

    3 weeks later
    #4 10 years ago

    Sure thing! I think the bounce is one of the best things to learn. It gives you a lot of control, resting time to recharge you concentration and a nice change to make a new shot. Often better than a direct dead-trap on your flipper since these tend to be much more unpredictable.

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    #5 10 years ago

    Death saves or bangbacks on my machines will get you tossed off my games for the night. Just ask my brother-in-law – master of pinball abuse. Not a big fan of watching people employee these techniques on machines I have carefully maintained in my collection. I like using the drop stop. Although you look pretty silly when you accidentally drain the ball trying the move.

    #6 10 years ago

    Anyone kicks my pin in the legs, gets a kick back in the shins!!

    1 year later
    #7 9 years ago

    Below are some free and pay resources that explain how to play pinball. All credit to original content creators.

    I think for most people it will be helpful to watch the vids first. It can be tough to visualize the techniques when described in words.

    Note: the videos and web pages will often use different names for the same technique but you'll learn what's what pretty quick. For example, some people call it a "bounce pass" while others call it a "dead flipper pass". Same technique.

    VIDEOS:

    Pinpin 7 - "Seven Flipper Skills You Need to Know". This is the second chapter in the film, about five minutes in. You can fast forward or sit through the opening pinball fishing video.

    http://www.minimumwageentertainment.com/pages/pinpin_7_pinball_film.php

    Short youtube video showing various flipper techniques:

    (note: the "slingshot pass" technique shown (aka "post pass" or "post transfer") is not typically how this is done. The method shown in Pinpin 7 is how it is done on most games)

    Pinball Techniques with Neil Shatz:

    Short video showing some techniques. This is one of the few free videos that shows some multi-ball control techniques, however, it doesn't really explain how they're done.

    How to Play Indy 500: http://revver.com/video/1303791/how-to-play-pinball-indianapolis-500-pinball-machine-tom-and-ffej/

    This is a *long* (40 min) but well-made video. Though this is about Indy 500, if you are a novice it will convey the importance of having a game strategy to maximize points, extra balls, etc.

    Pinball 101 DVD ($20): http://www.pinballvideo.com/

    This was made by world champion Keith Elwin. If you just want one "all in one" package for learning pinball with good presentation and humor, this is it. In addition to what the free stuff above describes, pinball 101 additionally describes how to control multiple balls during multiball. You can google pinball 101 to find online retailers that sell it.

    Pinball Basics ($15): http://home.myfairpoint.net/vze8f4tt/tomstwilightzonepinballmachineaccessories/id51.html

    I haven't seen this one yet. Appears to cover similar material as pin 101 and I have seen generally favorable reviews from people who have it.

    WEB PAGES:

    Pinball Rulesheets: http://pinball.org/

    In-depth rule sheets for many popular games - because that little Rules card on the game just doesn't cut it for the more complicated games.

    Pinballnews Skills Guide Part 1: http://pinballnews.com/learn/skills/index.html
    Pinballnews Skills Guide Part 2: http://pinballnews.com/learn/skills/index2.html

    These are great articles with pictures from Martin Ayub, the editor of pinball news and one of the top players in the world.

    Internet Pinball Database Guide: http://www.ipdb.org/playing/skills.html

    Great info, but no pictures.

    Three Rivers Pinball Guide (pdf): http://krellan.com/pinball/skillguide.pdf

    This is an oldie but a goodie. It has some advice about how to handle the ball when it starts getting knocked around in the slingshots, as well as some tournament advice. Save a copy while you can as the hoster may take it down at any time.

    1 year later
    #8 7 years ago

    Here's an updated list of videos and resources. The most current list is at:

    http://pinballbayarea.wordpress.com/

    ---

    Pinball Skills and Techniques VIDEOS:

    (Note: the videos and web pages will often use different names for the same technique but you'll learn what's what pretty quick. For example, some people call it a "bounce pass" while others call it a "dead flipper pass". Same technique.)

    Neil Shatz - Pinball Skills

    A video I made featuring champion player Neil Shatz (NES) on basic flipper techniques like bounce pass and post pass.

    Pinball Nudging Basics

    All the best players push the game around some. Learn when and how, and don't tilt! Features 2011 PAPA World Champion Andrei Massenkoff.

    Pinpin 7 - "Seven Flipper Skills You Need to Know".

    This is the second chapter in the film, about five minutes in. You can fast forward or sit through the opening pinball fishing video.

    http://www.minimumwageentertainment....nball_film.php

    Short youtube video showing various flipper techniques:

    (note: the "slingshot pass" technique shown (aka "post pass" or "post transfer") is not typically how this is done. The method shown in Pinpin 7 is how it is done on most games)

    Pinball Techniques with Neil Shatz:

    A promo for a film that was never released. Fun fact: Neil suggested the music to the producers!

    How not to suck at pinball:

    Live Speaker Presentation on the very basics.

    Pinball Skill: Slap Save:

    Pinball Skill: Bangback:

    Pinball Skill: Post Pass (aka 'slingshot pass' aka 'post transfer')

    Pinball Strategy VIDEOS:

    How to Play Indy 500: http://vimeo.com/7381731

    This is a *long* (40 min) but well-made video.

    Bowen Kerin's strategy series.

    These videos are excellent! Bowen walks you through the features of several popular games. These are a must see!

    Avatar and Family Guy: http://tiltwarning.com/blog/2010/12/family-guy-avatar-with-bowen/

    No Good Gofers: http://tiltwarning.com/blog/2010/12/news-at-11-local-golfer-attacked-by-gofers/

    Whitewater: http://tiltwarning.com/blog/2011/01/bowen-rides-the-rapids/

    Medieval Madness: http://tiltwarning.com/blog/2011/01/storm-the-castle-gate/

    Twilight Zone: http://tiltwarning.com/blog/2011/01/you-are-now-entering-the-twilight-zone

    Monster Bash: http://tiltwarning.com/blog/2011/03/whats-to-lament/

    Flash Gordon: http://tiltwarning.com/blog/2011/03/flash-gordon-tutorial/

    The Simpsons Pinball Party: http://tiltwarning.com/blog/2011/02/comic-book-guy-says-worst-tutorial-ever/

    Ironman: http://tiltwarning.com/blog/2011/02/news-release-stark-industries/

    Funhouse: http://tiltwarning.com/blog/2011/02/get-your-hot-dogs/
    Other Videos:

    Pinball Basics ($15): http://home.myfairpoint.net/vze8f4tt...ries/id51.html

    I haven't seen this one yet. Appears to cover similar material as pin 101 and I have seen generally favorable reviews from people who have it.

    WEB PAGES:

    Pinball Rulesheets: http://pinball.org/

    In-depth rule sheets for many popular games - because that little Rules card on the game just doesn't cut it. Studying these extensive rules sheets can be a lot of work and I usually go through them gradually or print them off to refer to while playing.

    Pinballnews Skills Guide Part 1: http://pinballnews.com/learn/skills/index.html

    Pinballnews Skills Guide Part 2: http://pinballnews.com/learn/skills/index2.html

    These are great articles with pictures from Martin Ayub, the editor of pinball news and one of the top players in the world.

    Internet Pinball Database Guide: http://www.ipdb.org/playing/skills.html

    Great info, but no pictures.

    Three Rivers Pinball Guide (pdf): http://krellan.com/pinball/skillguide.pdf

    This is an oldie but a goodie. It has some advice about how to handle the ball when it starts getting knocked around in the slingshots, as well as some tournament advice. Save a copy while you can as the hoster may take it down at any time.

    Tournament Approaches: One hit wonders: http://tiltwarning.com/blog/2010/01/tournament-approaches-one-hit-wonders/

    Champion pinball player, Bowen Kerins explains how to play games with a repeatable (some say 'abusable') shot for maximum scoring in tournament situations.

    Tournament Approaches: Attack from Mars: http://tiltwarning.com/blog/2009/12/tournament-approaches-attack-from-mars/

    A really excellent guide to feeling out and playing AFM in a tournament situation, by champion player Bowen Kerins.

    #9 7 years ago

    That's an awesome list, jonnyo. Thanks for the update!

    #10 7 years ago

    Several of those I have never seen, Thanks for posting. I had never seen the one for Gofers, now I have a goal. I have never been able to do that on mine.

    #11 7 years ago

    My pleasure!

    Oh, and there will be a test tomorrow.

    #12 7 years ago

    Any chance we could make this a sticky for future references?

    4 months later
    #13 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this. I have always done the "post pass" with ease to set up next shots, I even surprise myself when I do it. I dont really nudge much and I know its part of the game, but out of respect if I'am at someones house or even my own machine I dont want to put stress on the legs, or if the machine is close to a wall or another machine dont want to bang the machine into anything. In arcades back in the day, I remember people kickin, hitting, and leaving the cigarettes to burn on the glass. People who come over to play at my house, I let them know nudging is cool but if the balls drains on ya, DO not slam your fist down on the lockdown bar (like we did back in the day in the arcades) no drinks on glass or food.

    #14 7 years ago
    Quoted from Jeff_PHX_AZ:

    I let them know nudging is cool but if the balls drains on ya, DO not slam your fist down on the lockdown bar (like we did back in the day in the arcades) no drinks on glass or food.

    Same rules I have. Nudging is part of the game. Slapping the game around after ball drains just means you're a hothead.

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