Can someone *definitively* say what the attempt backstab button does? These are the two versions I've heard, and I've been unable to prove that any of them work.
http://papa.org/wp-content/uploads/HobbitRulesheet.pdf lists this in red indicating it needs confirmation:
Whenever one or more beasts are above the playfield and the ring button has enabled
“Attempt Beast Backstab” you can press the button to kill (back stab) a beast. This is particularly
useful when you only have the spider or warg left to hit to start Beast Frenzy or if you wish to
hit the shot that a particular beast is blocking.
^ I've never seen a beast drop because I've hit the attempt backstab button.
Via word of mouth I was told:
If you hit the attempt backstab button, and then hit the ball up the opposite ramp the diverter at the top of the ramps will come down and direct the ball into the back of the beast that is standing up.
^ I've never had the diverter ramp activate for this (glass on or off), plus the timing of getting it up the opposite ramp is tricky.
As far as points go, the points look the same regardless of if I press attempt backstab before hitting the beast.
So... what does this button do? We're up to 1700 games on hobbit in our household and still haven't figured it out. I don't think it is supposed to be this big of a mystery.