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Question about Pinball Etiquette


By Russell

2 years ago



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    #1 2 years ago

    There is a situation that occurs fairly commonly when playing pinball. In a row of games, someone makes a slide save, and moves the machine closer to one of the adjacent games. If they don't tilt, they usually complete their ball. Now, it is the next player's turn, but they might be uncomfortably close to the adjacent game. If someone is playing that game, the two players may be bumping hands while trying to play. So, ideally, we need the game to be put back in the original position.

    Here's the question: should the first player have responsibility to try to slide the game to the original position? If so, he would probably do so during the Bonus count period, and would risk a tilt during this time. Or, is it the responsibility of the second player, who now risks a tilt on his ball? Or, do we now just wait until the adjacent game completes play, and try to complete the original game in the adjusted, maybe awkward position? Is there an official rule about this, or is this just an etiquette question?

    I think the games should have a period where the dangers/tilts are turned off, to allow players to make such adjustments. Perhaps it should be off until a player plunges their ball. That way, a player can get the game in position before beginning their ball.

    #2 2 years ago

    I think its bad form to be beating on someone elses machine so
    much its being physically moved. I know I would not appreciate it
    if my machines were treated like that.
    Steve

    #3 2 years ago

    Wasn’t there a similar post about pinball etiquette a few months ago? Rule number one, no tote bags on a pin

    Here are a couple threads dealing with etiquette:

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/the-10-commandments-of-pinball-etiquette

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/pinball-etiquette

    #4 2 years ago
    Quoted from zarco:

    I think its bad form to be beating on someone elses machine so
    much its being physically moved. I know I would not appreciate it
    if my machines were treated like that.
    Steve

    The situation I asked about is more likely to come up in a competitive environment. Either in a tournament, or playing cash games. Not likely to occur as much in a casual game environment. You're really bringing up a separate etiquette question about how much someone should manipulate a game in a private setting. In my experience, most people won't get too aggressive with your games unless they know you're OK with it.

    #5 2 years ago

    I hate it when people fart while playing.

    My nose is way too sensitive to handle it.

    #6 2 years ago

    No,Not cool!!! If your so heavy handed,you should put the game back where it was!! I can't imagine in a competitive situation that moving that table wouldn't result in a tilt!!I know when I play a tournament,and move the table,I get a tilt!

    #7 2 years ago
    Quoted from hawkmoon:

    I can't imagine in a competitive situation that moving that table wouldn't result in a tilt!!I know when I play a tournament,and move the table,I get a tilt!

    Yeah, you would think, but the reality is that it doesn’t work that way all the time. Some players are really good at it....

    To the OP, when I’ve seen this happen in league, the player will usually try to move the game back to an approximation of the original position. Whether you want to try to do it quick after the bonus count and run the risk of getting a DQ for interfering with the next players ball via a tilt through or used warnings is up to you. It’s a moot point at some tournaments where moving the game off of the floor protector under the leg adjuster would result in a DQ. Pretty tough to do a slide save there and keep the game on the floor protector...

    #8 2 years ago
    Quoted from hawkmoon:

    No,Not cool!!! If your so heavy handed,you should put the game back where it was!! I can't imagine in a competitive situation that moving that table wouldn't result in a tilt!!I know when I play a tournament,and move the table,I get a tilt!

    Agree on moving it back to where it was, but please don't call it a table!

    #9 2 years ago

    If I move/slide a machine and don't tilt, that is the new position of that machine.
    If the game next to it is too close at that point, we can wait for that game to finish if my opponent wants. (Games are too close for serious comp. play if that happens, imo)
    If I move the game and tilt, I will usually place the game back to its original position, if I think it is possible without tilting through to the other player.

    #10 2 years ago
    Quoted from hawkmoon:

    No,Not cool!!! If your so heavy handed,you should put the game back where it was!! I can't imagine in a competitive situation that moving that table wouldn't result in a tilt!!I know when I play a tournament,and move the table,I get a tilt!

    Slide saves are very common, and they don't always tilt. So, DNO, you think there is no responsibility on either player to move it back? Just better to leave it and deal with the awkward position? I always feel like this is rude to the people playing in the adjacent game. No? And btw, where were you yesterday? No Carnage for you this year?

    #11 2 years ago

    Here’s what I would do beforehand so that this doesn’t happen:

    Rubber feet and tighter tilts so slides are pointless/impossible.

    Proper spacing of the games so that this issue cannot occur.

    If those two things cannot be done, then you’ll have to adapt. No way is a player responsible to move the game back. So wait if you need to, move the game back after the game is over, then complete the game that was too close to the game that was moved.

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