Quoted from Bospins:
I have a basic rules question
Sometimes when I hit the scoop the machine will advance one of the monsters or outright award a whole monster (start a mode). Is there any rhyme or reason to this? Like is it a random award, or is there some way to arm it?
First time it happened I thought it was related to a switch error but clearly it’s in the rules...
Please educate me!
It follows a pattern, but it is slightly random. If you do not have a monster mode lit at the scoop, then the first award is usually Light Mummy Mayhem or Drac Attack if it doesnt randomly advance another monster. On your third ball the likelyhood of it starting Frank multiball is about 50/50 unless you have already got him lit. Any shot to the scoop when you have 5 out of six monsters lit will start the unlit monster mode somewhere along the lines of 1 in 4 odds but thats about as low as it gets, the odds are usually 1 out of 3 if not 50/50. During any running monster mode, a shot to the scoop is about a 1 in 6 that you get a monster bomb.
This is my strategy for playing MB ->
Get the skill shot, and while ball save is on, try for 3 shots to Frank or Bride... once ball save times out, focus on Bride ramps until you have 5 out of 6, then focus on Frank to get Franks body parts minus the head. Once this is achieved, I will try and shoot shots to Wolfman and go through the pops till I get Mummy mahem lit, then work on Drac until I get Drac Attack lit. Then shoot for Frank to get his head, then Bride to start Bride, Scoop to start Mummy And Drack, then hit Frank to start Frank Multiball. Once in Frank multiball shoot for Frank and Bride until you have both of their instruments lit, then shoot Drac and Mummy shots to light their instruments. Finish Frank Multiball. Now during all of this, at any time, if you can get Creech or Wolfman started, by all means finish their modes while they are active. If you havent gotten them yet, focus on Wolfman until FMF starts, then complete orbit shots till wolfman is complete. At this point I shoot the scoop until it awards me Creature Feature, and lights MB at scoop. Hit scoop again and start Monster Bash. Complete Creech Feech to get saxaphone which should light scoop for MOR. Shoot scoop for MOR. Everything else is gravy....
Sometimes I modify the strategy to have Creature/Mummy modes running together because then orbit shots are captured in the pops by the gate and not thrown back at you at 90 miles an hour as they come arond the opposite side.