Quoted from fnosm:
Is anyone having issues with collecting patches? It seems to me that the outlane lights and the backbox lights don't track progress on patches very well.
There seems to be a fundamental misunderstanding of how this works. This is true of almost EVERY PINBALL MACHINE since the 80s.
Pressing the Right flipper, moves the lights to the right (Inlane/Outane, AND Top Lanes)
If you have 2 letters of "AMP" collected, and then you press the right flipper... those 2 lights move to the GNR Lane. If you have 2 letters of JAM Lit and then press the right flipper, those 2 move to the AMP Lane.
Or you can move them the other way with the left flipper.
You are always cycling the lights either left or right.
You should ALWAYS be moving lights to collect sets, in both the top lanes and the inlane and outlanes of almost every modern pinball machine.
If you're trying to collect patches and start AMP multiball (Whatever it's called... "Turn it Up?!"), it's imperative that you understand this process.
If you're about to roll through the GNR Lane, and notice you have 2 JAM letters collected, quickly press the left flipper once to move those 2 lights to the GNR Lane. Rolling over the lane will complete.
You're not REALLY collecting specific letters, You're collecting sets of lights.
Hopefully that's helpful to the folks who didn't understand it.
Apologies if that's not what you're trying to say here. Several posts by different people have made me think this fundamental process isn't understood.