Quoted from Razorbak86:
Well, unless you have a key to the coin door, it's kind of hard to level the playfield of a game on location.
Hint. That is what I was alluding to. RE previous posts about people saying they levelled a location machine.
Yes there can be the prison magnet stdm but the flipper magnet pulse basically prevents it, which many people don't know about. Instead of searching and reading the forum, some people complain and bash the game.
As for the prison STDM question, I have seen it happen from time to time, from a straight-on shot to the prison zombie or door. I find TWD rewards careful shots. I take more care now shooting at the prison and I try to angle my prison shot which prevents any stdm roll out. Even if I hit a straight-on prison shot, I now anticipate a potential stdm roll out and if needed a nudge gets me out of trouble. TWD has its share of high risk high reward shots. TWD will not be as hard to play with careful shot and shot angle selection. With lots of scores reported here at 150 million plus on the machine, many people are not having any significant prison STDM issue through the way they play.
Yes, there can be stdms from the pops if the game is not carefully levelled, and levelled properly. Instead of searching and reading the forum, some people complain and bash the game. There are also another couple suggested fixes. A felt mod for under a $1, similar to the left orbit mod for the game but at the bottom of the ramp exit, would likely fix the issue without affecting game play any other way.
Yes, some people complain of airballs from ramps. Most owners don't have this issue (I've had something like four ramp airballs in 700 games). Some people have posted that adjusting the ramps on their machines made ramp use much smoother. Instead of searching and reading the forum, some people complain and bash the game.
In 700 games I don't remember a single airball from slings and have my sling strength set to hard. It isn't common. A search shows other newer Stern games such as ST, MET, ACDC, Avengers, TF have had the sling airball issue with the odd machine. Most people don't have this problem on those machines or on TWD. The old threads discuss a variety of fixes to address sling airballs. There are many options to choose from, including a few service menu adjustments. There are also threads to change sling behaviour by adjusting sling switches. Also some people have reported improvement as the game is played more.
Amazing what can be found with a 5 minute search and read. Though at pinside bashing is much more the preferred sport.