I just purchased my first machine in December...a NIB MMr from Gex in Denver. Glad to be a member of the club! After the initial setup (by Gex), the fam and I have played for a while, so I decided to do some adjustments to see what happens to game play. I've read a lot of threads about games needing to be setup "right" to play their best. I have a couple of questions about average game setup.
1) Regarding level, does your playfield read the same from top to bottom? When I first pulled the glass and checked the levels, side-to-side was between 0 and .2 on a digital inclinometer at various places on the playfield (obviously I may not have had it perfectly horizontal). But the vertical drop reads significantly differently from top to bottom. With the bubble at the thick line on the installed level, between the flippers reads 7 (using the stars horizontal line as a guide). In the castle alley it reads 6.5 (no horizontal frame of reference). In the middle of the field, between the trolls, it reads 6.8 Is that normal?
2) I've also played with raising the back legs so the bubble is two lines above standard. Inclinometer reads 7.2 at the top and 7.7 at the flippers. It really changed the game. Obviously it was faster, changed the shot angles off of the flippers, and made trapping tougher. It was fun, but I don't know if I like it better. I also increased the flipper power to one click above standard due to ramp fails. At the standard install, I had turned the flipper power down one click below standard. I felt that just played better. I haven't changed the outlanes, as I'm not trying to make the game easier. I'm just trying to find the "fun" sweet spot. Have any of you customized your settings to increase HUO "fun" (I know how subjective that term is, so I'd also like to hear your definition).