I get the arguments against leveling games on location, but goddamn sometimes it's so bad that it would be impossible to make it worse. I have on occasion gotten on my hands and knees and leveled a game. It has to be pretty bad though.
Anymore I play very few pins on route that need to be leveled. There is 1 place I play out of town that has all of the new sterns but they aren’t well taken care of. I only go for the antique Weller for ~$10 a pour and great burgers or dogs. The last time I was there GOTG was literally on 3 legs. I did what I could to at least get it stable between adjusting the levelers and adding some napkins.
As long as a pin is stable I will adapt my playing style to how the pin is sitting.
If it's really bad, I'll adjust it and if the glass is really dirty, I'll clean it. If I can tell the machine is from an operator who takes care of there stuff, then I probably won't mess with it and just tell the location. There's a lot of places out there that don't touch or maintain they're machines at all. In those kind of places you are only helping them, because they don't know any better.
Depends on how badly unlevel the game is. I was at Blainebrook recently and the Metallica was horribly unlevel. After a few drinks my give a shit really goes away and I couldn't help but fix the damn thing. I'm very meticulous when it comes to my games and if a light bulb is out it will drive me nuts. So playing on location is tough for me. But if its a simple thing like throwing a coaster folded up under a leg to help out? I'm going to do so. Metallica is too good to be unlevel.
I'm an operator, I do it for my operator customers and occasionally for other operators out of habit.
Quoted from PrinzFred:
I would also have people tell me the game was not level, because of the slope "bubble" was not in the middle and try to adjust legs up or down with coasters. Very annoying to have people moving a pinball machine worth thousands of $$!
I've had someone do this and it made the game super wobbly, kind of pissed me off. I started taking those bubble levels out of my games after that, since I prefer getting at or around 7 degrees.
on the other hand I have been tempted to fix other ops games, but then concluded its not my business and stopped going to that location.
The main thing is it's a liability, whether you get hurt some how or you break the game, chances are it won't be right anyway.
Not of it's too steep our not steep enough to my liking, or it's a little too the left or right.
I do however help when it's so unlevel the operator can't possibly be happy with it , and the game would get damage sooner because the game mostly rests on only 3 legs.
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