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    Does everyone now see why I think Masters of the Force blows? The scores seemed to indicate such...

    1. ThaShizzel420 63 million
    2. shutyertrap 41 million
    3. Henrikf 36 million
    4. Mayerinator50 19 million
    5. zmcvay 8 million

    Captain Marvel comes to theaters this week, so let's do a tie-in! We've already done Champions which features her front a center, but it's some weird teen version. Instead we'll play A-Force which is mostly about Black Widow, but at least has an image of Captain Marvel on it that matches the movie. Classic play, no upgrades, 5 attempts.
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    Don't like Masters of the Force? I think it's one of the better tables in FX3. Good sound and at least the Illusion Multiball is fun to play. Just my opinion...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarek Oberdieck View Post
    Don't like Masters of the Force? I think it's one of the better tables in FX3. Good sound and at least the Illusion Multiball is fun to play. Just my opinion...
    I hate all the shots on the left side of the table. Visually the table on a whole is hard for me to determine what is elevated and what isn't (on quick glance) and certain shots just seem unusually difficult. It reminds me a lot of how I had problems with Plants vs Zombies until I played the thing in 3D. In general I just don't find it to be an inviting table.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shutyertrap View Post
    I hate all the shots on the left side of the table. Visually the table on a whole is hard for me to determine what is elevated and what isn't (on quick glance) and certain shots just seem unusually difficult. It reminds me a lot of how I had problems with Plants vs Zombies until I played the thing in 3D. In general I just don't find it to be an inviting table.
    Yes, the left side of the table has a strange layout. Unfortunaly a lot of the Zen tables have this issue. Unrealistic ramps and lanes and often too much elements on the playfield. Williams is still unbeaten in table physics, design and geometric layout.
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    Yeah, I don't nearly have a grasp on A-Force like I do on Champions:

    1. AcaDude 277 million
    2. zmcvay 263 million
    3. Klausinator 250 million
    4. jwillan 126 million
    5. XAF//SMerrell 115 million

    Just to be mean, nasty, and spiteful, this week's table is Party Zone with tournament settings and only one attempt. I wanted it to be the hard physics with only 1 ball and 1 attempt, but it wouldn't let me. *sad trombone*
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    Noticed 'shutyertraps' name pop up in my PINBALL FX3 tournaments feed and had a go on the latest tournament for PARTY ZONE. I went to try again and hadn't realised it was only 1 ball, 1 attempt on tournament settings (which I've barely touched). Talk about hardcore, lol! Hopefully, you'll be more forgiving in future?
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    Yes, normally I’m not that mean and will give 3 or 5 attempts. Sometimes though I like to test people’s pinball metal.

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    I came up with a plan of how to get 10M+ (had about 5 practice attempts first and got nearly 20M on one of them) on it just from using skill shots. Unfortunately however, when you get a skill shot it turns ball save off and I had 1 ball drain in 5secs and another in 10secs, then missed skill shot on 3rd ball (which cost 3M) so not a great score (although its less terrible than some others) - makes a massive difference from if ball save stayed active.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilbers View Post
    I came up with a plan of how to get 10M+ (had about 5 practice attempts first and got nearly 20M on one of them) on it just from using skill shots. Unfortunately however, when you get a skill shot it turns ball save off and I had 1 ball drain in 5secs and another in 10secs, then missed skill shot on 3rd ball (which cost 3M) so not a great score (although its less terrible than some others) - makes a massive difference from if ball save stayed active.
    The ball save turns off at a set points value, which you always cross if you make a skill shot. Therefore it's safer to full plunge or better short plunge so the balls comes out of the Cosmic Cottage.
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    Here's how the nastiness of that last tourney with Party Zone turned out...

    1. XAF//SMerrell 33 million
    2. Henrikf 13.6 million
    3. Trozy 13.1 million
    4. Xanija 12.9 million
    5. Kater9753 12.4 million

    Normally I don't hop onto the latest release for my tourneys, but I can't resist. We'll be playing Theatre of Magic in classic 3 ball. You get 5 attempts and 3 days to get them all in by. Let's see who dares play in enhanced mode with the threat of invisible balls being out there. Mwahahahaha
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    I nearly forgot to play in my own tourney since it didn't end on its usual day! Then again, I placed 19th on Theatre of Magic so I may as well have skipped it! Here's your top 5...

    1. XAF//SMerrell 1.2 billion
    2. CrazyNewt 1.1 billion
    3. Henrikf 1 billion
    4. CousinPookie 993 million
    5. Nogge69 983 million

    This week we are going to go way back to Zen's first Marvel pack with Blade. There is so much Zen would do differently with this table now in terms of enhancements, I have no doubt. There's a vampire rave party and it's downright dreary, no blacklights, no glo balls, nothing but techno music. And while I like that they go DARK for the table to depict night, there's very little contrast on display and the whole thing looks flat. Still, very deep table, lots to do. For that reason, it's time to let you pick your bonuses and wizard options (which I need to unlock, ugh) and 5 attempts to show who is the better vampire slayer.
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    Seems to have been a bit of a gap with the tournaments so I've started one. Junk Yard Survival, score boost power-up - see who has been paying attention to the podcast!

    None of the other tournament threads seem to have been active recently, so hope its OK posting it in this thread.

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    Hehe, I keep forgetting to set it up because of my app grinding! And check this, I was totally thinking of doing Safe Cracker but with 5 minutes, cuz yeah it is brutal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilbers View Post
    Seems to have been a bit of a gap with the tournaments so I've started one. Junk Yard Survival, score boost power-up - see who has been paying attention to the podcast!
    I was! But it only got me to 2nd place. At a certain point I guess you actually have to play and hit shots
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    Alright, I'll stop being derelict in my duties. Here's how things panned out with Blade

    1. zmcvay 80 million
    2. jwillan 65 million
    3. shutyertrap 48 million
    4. snyper68 22 million
    5. Henrikf 18 million

    So everyone should absolutely hop into wilber's tourney, if you want to search it's under the name jwillan. Now then, I went ahead and made one too, showing just how unfair and brutal this can be in the Williams app...it's Safe Cracker in 5 minutes! No boosts, only 10 attempts. Just to give you a target score to beat, in the app the Premium challenge score goal for 10 stars is 1.26 million, and I have no idea what it is for 15 as I barely got the other. Let's see how different the game plays on Steam compared to mobile.
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    Mamushka! results from Junk Yard

    1. jwillan 146M
    2. shutyertrap 86M [Mamushka alone gets you around this]
    3. FuturDieu666 55M
    4. Lroy 46.5M
    5. FierceDeityXero 41.5M

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    Another bit of a gap in tournaments so I've put another one on this week. Avengers classic but with 4 rather than 3 balls, 5 attempts. Not a table I've played before, but this seems a good week to try it.

    Same as the last one its under jwillan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilbers View Post
    Another bit of a gap in tournaments so I've put another one on this week. Avengers classic but with 4 rather than 3 balls, 5 attempts. Not a table I've played before, but this seems a good week to try it.

    Same as the last one its under jwillan.
    Yeah, I’ve got the beta going with the new tables, and it’s a pain switching back and forth. Once the beta is over, back to business as usual.

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    There’s always our regular tourneys - did THE PARTY ZONE! last week and now onto THE GETAWAY: HIGH SPEED II. Full details over on the Digital Pinball Competitions thread


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    Thanks Lroy, found that one and had a brief go on it - will have to try and post a proper score later, I do (theoretically at least) know what to aim for on that table!

    Forgot about the switching in beta from before the first Williams pack, so its still the same with betas for packs 4, 3, etc.? Reinstall (hopefully from local backup rather than redownload) required to play the regular tables?

    Release must be getting close now, probably within 2 weeks. Saw the VP Cirqus Voltaire that someone made in the other thread, looking forward to playing that one (even if its 6 months ahead rather than in the next pack), looks fun.

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    Cool, I’ll be updating that thread again in the coming days with the next 3 non-PBFX3 tables we’ll be posting high-scores on for May.


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    Quote Originally Posted by wilbers View Post
    Thanks Lroy, found that one and had a brief go on it - will have to try and post a proper score later, I do (theoretically at least) know what to aim for on that table!

    Forgot about the switching in beta from before the first Williams pack, so its still the same with betas for packs 4, 3, etc.? Reinstall (hopefully from local backup rather than redownload) required to play the regular tables?

    Release must be getting close now, probably within 2 weeks. Saw the VP Cirqus Voltaire that someone made in the other thread, looking forward to playing that one (even if its 6 months ahead rather than in the next pack), looks fun.
    Yeah, if you switch back it currently takes about a minute or two and then says a newer version of the game is available (the beta), but then all is the same. Switching over to beta, it’s real quick as all it needs to download are the three new tables and Sorcerers Lair. Cracks me up that that table is ever present.

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    @wilbers Digital Pinball Competitions thread now updated. Got high-score chasing going on for THE GETAWAY: HIGH SPEED II / AC/DC: PREMIUM / TEE’D OFF and SPOOKY (2017 remake).


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    results from Avengers, 16 players

    1. jwillan 243M
    2. Malmustoso 86.9M
    3. Raze 81.5M
    4. Henrikf 43.1M
    5. thyridias44 31.5M


    Not entirely sure how it happened but I managed to get the Avengers to Assemble, rather than just the 3 main modes I was aiming to get.

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    @wilbers Playing on Switch I don’t have access to the Marvel tables otherwise would of participated. Thanks all the same for putting on the tourney


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