We all know the excitement... that new pin is being shipped to customers and Launch Parties are announced. YES! I can't wait to check out that new game, look under the hood, see my pinball friends and visit...
Oh wait, what's that? The new pin is being used primarily in a tournament? Well crap. Guess I'll check it out some other time (and the Launch Party goes from 100 attendees to 20).
Don't get me wrong. I'm not anti tournament. It's just not my thing (just like 80-90% of the pinball community). I just like playing, restoring, and hanging out with my friends talking pinball. I DO think tournaments are an important part of the hobby. I root for my good friends that do play in tournaments, get excited when they do well, brag on them to other players, etc. While competitive play is a part of the hobby, it's NOT the driving force behind the "pinball resurgence".
So, my point to this post (more of a request) is this: Launch Parties Organizers, if you are planning this "Official" Launch Party to be a tournament, please allow at least half the time (or more) for non-tournament play so the bulk of the pinball community can come check it out
I'm sure the pinball manufacturers would appreciate it if 80% of their potential customers could also come see and play the game.
Just my .02