Thank you for making the distinction between own and other's games. I treat my own stuff WAY harder than I would ever do with someone else's games.
Quoted from Excalabur:
In a lot of cases this is just a difference of opinion: they're not abusing your games. They're merely playing. I've seen people make a slide save that moved the game six or more inches and the reaction is generally "WOW", not "You dick!".
Rage-tilts and so on, those I can understand getting unhappy about. But if someone is playing pinball and moving the machine around without the game tilting, then they're not moving the machine too much. There is literally a device in the game to measure how much people are moving the game. Use it.
Agree 100%. I do generally tighten up my tilts for tournaments and for TPF, but at one specific location we use, the guy generally has NO TILT BOBS AT ALL. I'm sure it was a shock to some of our regulars to find these games giving tilt warnings at our last tourney. I brought tilt bobs from home lol..
Only once have I ever been accused of being too rough with games, and that was by someone I'm pretty sure had absolutely no clue who I was at the time they said it, and I'm the guy that's known to do slide saves and be able to walk a ball up an outlane on several occasions without tilting.
There's all types at shows, and if you don't want to take the risk, then don't. It's not worth saving 50$ on a weekend pass to have your game abused or broken IMO. It already costs far more to rent a U-haul and move games than I get benefits by taking my game to TPF. I had some clear chipped last year and that's more than going to negate the benefit that I got in exchange for bringing my game.