Quoted from Viggin900:
I probably need to be more diverse in my stein choices. I just keep choosing longer tent time and outlane save everytime because I feel it is
more beneficial to my style of playing. I stink st the tents using loops so Iv been geared toward the ones that target the middle of the field.
Oh, definitely play around with your stein choices, that's one of the major ways to have fun with the game!
You prefer middle of the field shots rather than the outer shots? No problem, let's talk about that. One of my personal favorite choices for first stein is Frosty Ferret. (OK, I may be a bit biased. ) This boosts Beer Barrel MB Jackpots, and also boosts Duck Hunt scoring. The Duck Hunt tent has a "secret" power of awarding you extra ducks for hits on the duck targets, so if you can hit a half-dozen duck targets, you might wind up with (after the win bonus) 15 or more ducks... solid points, and scoring permanently boosted for all tents, because that's what ducks do. OK, what next? Well, maybe go for a Freak Show Rooster stein. This boosts Corkscrew MB Jackpots, and also boosts Target Shooting scoring. Target Shooting is on the P-R-O-S-T targets, that's certainly towards the middle of the field... fire away! Hopefully you won both of those tents and have some decent points (and decent bonus awaiting you too), and you have also boosted jackpot values for both of the major multiballs.
What next? Ish Pale Ale might be tempting... that reduces the number of bar hits needed to open the bar for future steins (which becomes more useful once you have a few steins and it takes several bar hits to open the bar), and boosts scoring of Sky Slide, which is literally the most middle of the field shot on the game.
Maybe by now, you're close to starting either Beer Barrel and/or Corkscrew Multiballs... you surely want to prep for those. There's a couple ways to go here... you can double or triple up on the Frosty Ferret and/or Freak Show Rooster steins to further boost those multiball jackpots -- possibly wasting the tent boost abilities of those steins, if you've already won those tents -- or you can go in a different direction and get the Buschbrau and/or Abby Nirmal Cider steins to boost the "frenzy" tents (Füd Frenzy and Bumper Cars) which are great to bring into a multiball. Or... get a snack! Food Stand mini-modes get you points and also some calories, which boost the jackpot values of BOTH Beer Barrel and Corkscrew multiballs.
Don't forget that you can take as many as 3 of the same stein, don't be afraid to do that!
All of this is super fun under any circumstance, but becomes even more fun when playing with friends, and you watch what strategy they're taking with stein and tent selections... oooh, they made some choices that you weren't expecting. Are you gonna double down on the strategy you had planned, or do something different to counter what your opponent is doing?
Have fun with it! Oktoberfest is one of the broadest AND deepest pins ever created... while I totally understand how you can settle into the groove of your preferred strategy, IMHO you'll have much more fun exploring the different possibilities.
Quoted from Viggin900:
I definitly think the counter for completing a tent needs to be much larger. Seeing it in front of me adds more intensity and thrill while playing, although people like watching the animations?
Are you talking about the status strip at the bottom of the screen that gives instructions on what to shoot for, and how many more <whatevers> are needed to win the current tent mode? I futzed with that quite a bit to balance conveying a bunch of information vs being readable vs not obscuring the graphics... not sure we can make it "much" larger and still provide all the information, but I'll see if we can make it a bit bigger in future releases. Thanks for the feedback!