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Should I enter a tournament if I suck? Am I just embarassing myself?


By cyberslunk

41 days ago



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    #51 41 days ago

    #52 41 days ago

    Do you enjoy playing pinball and meeting others who do too?

    It's not about the winning.

    Do people enter marathons who don't expect to win?

    #53 41 days ago

    Enter. Have a lot of fun. Meet new friends.

    Don't worry about better players or worse players.

    LTG : )

    #54 41 days ago

    Thanks again for the encouragement everyone! I'm definitely going to go and will give it my best shot. I'll post back here about how it went, but I'm sure it'll be totally awesome no matter how I do. Just wanna have fun

    #55 41 days ago

    Do it! My first foray into pinball was tournaments. I knew nothing about pinball beforehand and just joined up. I was hooked after one tournament. My wife and I now have been playing for 2 1/2 years and love every minute of it. Some of our best friends were made thru the pinball league here. To me playing in a league or tournaments is socializing with people who share a similar love. I play with some of the top people here in Texas and I can assure you that every single one of them love new people and will never ever look down upon you. We are one big happy family and it is one of the best decisions I have made. It irks me so much when I listen to podcasts or watch videos and people say "I am not a tournament player". What the hell does that even mean? They act like people that play in tournaments are some hardcore people that don't have fun. Yes there are people who are serious about it but I can assure you again that 95% of the rest are there just to have fun and mingle. The other 5% love having fun as well. Playing in tournaments will 100% make you a better player. You will learn from better players and they will happily help you get better. You will start making goals for yourself and you will notice a change ASAP. Get involved with your local pinball league or group. It will force you to play games that you will never play and will make you friends that you never would have made outside of tournaments. I also have gotten real close with some individuals in league in that we all do temporary game swaps with one another. I now run one of the leagues here and my wife helps run the Belles and Chimes chapter here in Houston. It's awesome. Have fun and don't look back.

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    #57 41 days ago

    Go and enjoy! I'm not a great player, but after 3 Season's in my local league I finally achieved 2nd Place in C division and won a trophy and cash.
    It's been a lot of fun, and you will meet some great people I'm sure. Please post back after the event and let us know your thoughts.

    #58 41 days ago

    I'll be there and I'm terrible as well, come join the fun!

    #59 41 days ago

    Why not... You make a fool out of yourself... Big deal. I make both a fool and an ass out of myself many times a week. Almost daily... And yet, that hasn't stopped me yet. Some say it comes naturally to me, almost like breathing.

    So enter. Have fun. If you win you win, if you don't, big deal. Life is too short to care about being a fool.
    We all have been fools.
    I wish I was too cool for school like Bronson, or Stallone in cobra, but yeah... No one is.

    #60 41 days ago
    Quoted from hustle:

    I'll be there and I'm terrible as well, come join the fun!

    Sweet! I look forward to seeing you there

    #61 41 days ago

    Yo! Definitely do it! I signed up for the pinball tournament at Magfest this year and met so many great people! I definitely suck and struggle to learn the deeper rulesets of some of the game but everyone is so willing to help you learn! I had so much fun and ended up placing 5th in the qualifiers for the B division!
    Finals did not go well for me but I had a great time!

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    #63 41 days ago

    Go. You have noticed how good and fun pinball is in the ways you have already experienced it so far, this is just another pinball facet to try. Good night or bad, you'll be fine and have a fun time. You may have a good ball and take a match. That may hook you so watch out!

    Don C.

    #64 41 days ago

    My god, heck yes get out there and play! The majority are there for the camaraderie! And the really cool part is you get to pickup neat little tricks from players better than yourself.

    #65 41 days ago

    Looks like I convinced my work buddy to come along too so there will be two of us entering

    #66 41 days ago
    Quoted from cyberslunk:

    Looks like I convinced my work buddy to come along too so there will be two of us entering

    See, let that guy be the real chump!

    #67 41 days ago
    Quoted from cyberslunk:

    Thanks again for the encouragement everyone! I'm definitely going to go and will give it my best shot.

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    #68 41 days ago

    I was hesitant to ever play in a tournament because i thought “I’m not the best pinball player”. I went to a local tournament and had a great time. Such a different experience than playing at home or by yourself on location. I would definitely encourage everyone to try it out.

    #69 41 days ago
    Quoted from cyberslunk:

    Looks like I convinced my work buddy to come along too so there will be two of us entering

    Good plan. That way you have someone that sucks more to take the focus off yourself.
    LOL, just kidding.

    Have fun and report back about how it was.

    #70 41 days ago

    I suck, and after twenty years being in the coin op business, last weekend I signed up for my first tournament. I had a blast. And will do it again for sure. The fun is playing against people that you would never play against otherwise. And not just the ones you expect to win, but also playing against others of the similar level that you might not even talk to, until you got paired with them.

    I was thrilled, out of a field of 100, I finished 93rd, I beat my goal, which was to finish 99th. So next time, Im gonna shoot for in the 80's

    #71 41 days ago

    I'm looking forward to hearing "first impressions" .... I hope you had a great time

    #72 40 days ago

    Just do it!
    Most fun you will ever have with pins!

    #73 40 days ago

    I haven't played pinball competitively for around a decade until a week ago. I figured I'd enter just for fun. The night started out feeling like I was going to take last place and I was fine with that; I was just happy to be back in it again playing some new pins, seeing some new faces and some I haven't seen in awhile either. Turns out I took 3rd for the night.

    #74 40 days ago
    Quoted from cyberslunk:

    Looks like I convinced my work buddy to come along too so there will be two of us entering

    That's awesome! Growing the hobby!!

    #75 40 days ago
    Quoted from cyberslunk:

    compared to pros I would be considered laughably bad. Should I still enter for the heck of it or is this frowned upon?

    If you think about it, you are either going to have laughing, or frowning, but not both. But I honestly don't see either happening. If anything you should laugh at yourself if you do well, or poorly. Most importantly, have fun, and don't care about how you do or what other people think.

    Most people who really care about how they are doing in a tournament/ league will be worrying about being neck and neck with the person scoring a little better or worse than themselves. Or they are going to be thinking about...what if i nudged the game a little more or little less/ would I have done better or worse.

    That way you can't lose. This can be applied outside of pinball as well.

    #76 40 days ago

    Another thing to put into the equation is you can’t really embarrass yourself anyway!
    People are so wrapped up in their own world that they either don’t have a clue how someone else is doing or doesn’t really give a shit how someone else is doing, no worries either way!

    #77 40 days ago

    cyberslunk , please report back with a full telling of your tale. Others will find this down the road. I'd love to hear how it went for you.

    I miss the days when I was bad at competitive pinball and just played for fun. God those were good times.

    #78 40 days ago

    The point of entering a tournament, in my opinion, is to have fun no matter what your skill level is. Besides, playing against people that are better than you is part of how you learn and get better at pinball.
    Do it.

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    #79 40 days ago

    Ah man, I typed out this big elaborate story and then accidentally hit the back button my mouse - erasing it lol Here goes again:

    So after work I took my buddy, his gf, and my wife/kid to the HOP Central IFPA WPPR Tournament. aniraf was welcoming and helpful as he signed us up and explained the rules. We got some beers while we waited for things to start up, got our quarters, and were ready.

    My first round was on Firepower, which is such an awesome pin, one of my favorite SS. I did alright, but mainly due to my competitors getting some unlucky balls, I took first in!

    Next up was Oktoberfest, which I had never played before so I didn't know what to expect. This one really kept me on my toes as it seems to like to shoot balls at me while I was distracted with the upper screen lol. I had a couple bad balls and narrowly took 2nd this round. aniraf really ran away with the lead with his score on this one! I checked in on my buddy and his gf and they were having a blast, they didn't even know or care what place they took that round haha. I watched my bud play some of the new Black Knight, which is just too bad ass and this other dude there really racked up a killer score - 255 million or something! Apparently he's like 16th in the state, so that was wild to see and everyone was really excited about that.

    My next round was on the new Elvira, which is a real beauty of a machine. I wasn't pleased with my performance at all on this one, maybe I was trying too hard at this point - really wanting to do good and that was my mistake. I ended up getting 3rd on this one, surprised I wasn't last. Really want to play this one more someday!

    My final round was on Oktoberfest again and I was a couple beers in, but I knew a bit better what to expect and did just ok. Got 2nd but could have easily won this one with just a few more points.

    Totals:
    Firepower - 1st
    Oktoberfest - 2nd
    Elvira - 3rd
    Oktoberfest - 2nd

    I ended up tying for 4th place but had less "Tie" points (what are these?) so I ended up 5th out of 14 - much better than I was expecting! All in all it was an absolute blast, everyone I brought had an awesome time and thanked me for inviting them. aniraf was a great host with an awesome pin collection and I can't wait to do this again. Thank you everyone (I would have typed more but I'm supposed to be working and I already typed this once haha)

    #80 40 days ago
    Quoted from cyberslunk:

    I ended up tying for 4th place but had less "Tie" points (what are these?)

    It's a tiebreaker system based on strength of opponents over the course of the event. Higher number in the "ties" column means you played tougher people on average, and "deserve" to win the tiebreak. It's not a perfect system, but it saves a lot of time NOT playing tiebreaker games, which are just boring downtime for anyone not directly involved.

    Awesome job on the 4th/5th place finish! You never had a total crap game to finish last in a round, which is something I still struggle with after 20 years.

    #81 40 days ago
    Quoted from cyberslunk:

    Totals:
    Firepower - 1st
    Oktoberfest - 2nd
    Elvira - 3rd
    Oktoberfest - 2nd

    That is a great finish for your first tourney! Congrats!

    #82 40 days ago

    Those beers always catch up to ya in the later rounds!! But still worth every sip!!

    #83 40 days ago

    see , you don't suck ! lol , well done , now you'll get hooked

    #84 40 days ago

    Glad you had a good time. Makes me remember my first tourny. This was PAPA 2 in 1992. Made the cutoff for day 2 (top 16). But then I was matched up against Rick Stetta, Dallas Overturf, and Roger Sharpe...and promptly got my ass kicked. Had a blast though.

    #85 40 days ago

    Glad you and your friends had a great time. That is awesome to hear. The more you attend the more you will recognize the players and you will gain friendships and have even more fun. 5th is a great finish! Don't get discouraged the next tournament when you get last. That's pinball and what makes it fun. Like I said in my last post I have been playing in tournaments for the past 2.5 years and I had my worst showing last night at league. 48 players and I got dead last!! I was also the TD last night and we were having problems with every machine so it was stressful but I can only blame myself. But guess what? I still had fun and shrugged it off and had a great time. I noticed for myself that the moment I stopped caring is the moment I started to have a lot of fun. When I first got into it I was like you just having fun. Then I started to take it serious and the losses hurt. I would pout and just be a bump on the log. NOT FUN. Then I stopped caring and it was all well again. I had my worst showing last night in the 2.5 years playing in tournaments and it was one of my favorite nights at league. Can't explain why but it just was. Welcome to competitive pinball and hope you keep going and keep bringing new people into it. It is fun building the hobby up and getting more people into it.

    #86 40 days ago
    Quoted from cyberslunk:

    Ah man, I typed out this big elaborate story and then accidentally hit the back button my mouse - erasing it lol Here goes again:
    So after work I took my buddy, his gf, and my wife/kid to the HOP Central IFPA WPPR Tournament. aniraf was welcoming and helpful as he signed us up and explained the rules. We got some beers while we waited for things to start up, got our quarters, and were ready.
    My first round was on Firepower, which is such an awesome pin, one of my favorite SS. I did alright, but mainly due to my competitors getting some unlucky balls, I took first in!
    Next up was Oktoberfest, which I had never played before so I didn't know what to expect. This one really kept me on my toes as it seems to like to shoot balls at me while I was distracted with the upper screen lol. I had a couple bad balls and narrowly took 2nd this round. aniraf really ran away with the lead with his score on this one! I checked in on my buddy and his gf and they were having a blast, they didn't even know or care what place they took that round haha. I watched my bud play some of the new Black Knight, which is just too bad ass and this other dude there really racked up a killer score - 255 million or something! Apparently he's like 16th in the state, so that was wild to see and everyone was really excited about that.
    My next round was on the new Elvira, which is a real beauty of a machine. I wasn't pleased with my performance at all on this one, maybe I was trying too hard at this point - really wanting to do good and that was my mistake. I ended up getting 3rd on this one, surprised I wasn't last. Really want to play this one more someday!
    My final round was on Oktoberfest again and I was a couple beers in, but I knew a bit better what to expect and did just ok. Got 2nd but could have easily won this one with just a few more points.
    Totals:
    Firepower - 1st
    Oktoberfest - 2nd
    Elvira - 3rd
    Oktoberfest - 2nd
    I ended up tying for 4th place but had less "Tie" points (what are these?) so I ended up 5th out of 14 - much better than I was expecting! All in all it was an absolute blast, everyone I brought had an awesome time and thanked me for inviting them. aniraf was a great host with an awesome pin collection and I can't wait to do this again. Thank you everyone (I would have typed more but I'm supposed to be working and I already typed this once haha)

    It was a pleasure to have you and your friends. I am so happy everyone had fun! Like hookedonpinonics said, it seems to be more about not caring and just having fun. Learning the games helps a lot, and you can develop little strategies to try and boost points without taking on a ton of risk.

    I’m basically just getting into this myself and I keep trying to remember I don’t care where I place, I just love pinball. You handily beat me last night and I own all of those games . You never know how 1-N beers will “help” you .

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