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    Question Do you restart a game after a lousy ball?

    Do you restart a game after a low scoring ball? Or do you play out the credit?
    Last edited by TomL; 09-02-2014 at 07:04 AM.

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    I restart, I'm ashamed to say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomL View Post
    Do you restart a game after a low scoring ball?
    Yes, but only if it's a ball 1 that exits before I even touch a flipper on it. So I guess that's why I like ball savers so much.
    Last edited by Fungi; 09-02-2014 at 07:13 AM.

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    No. Not ever. I treat every game as if I'd put money in the machine. Maybe I should find a USB coin slot and attach it to my PC.
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    Restart

    Quote Originally Posted by EldarOfSuburbia View Post
    No. Not ever. I treat every game as if I'd put money in the machine. Maybe I should find a USB coin slot and attach it to my PC.
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    never....except when I'm playing a challenging table or not doing well anyways.

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    Have to admit that if I try a certain goal and know I already wasted my chances I exit.
    No good, I know

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    I usually give it 2 ball play before restarting. Unless as mpad said I am only playing for a certain goal then it is a free for all.

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    No, I don't restart. I know full well that sometimes I have an amazing Ball 1 followed by two crappy balls. Who's to say that my crappy Ball 1 wouldn't be followed by an amazing Ball 2 or Ball 3? In any case, I really don't have a lot of respect for rage-quitters. It's one of the reasons that I wish the tournaments used LAST score instead of BEST score. You think you can do better than your last score? Great, but your position should be at risk.

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    Only when going for certain goals.

    I've had some of my best overall games after bad first and second balls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbejarano View Post
    It's one of the reasons that I wish the tournaments used LAST score instead of BEST score. You think you can do better than your last score? Great, but your position should be at risk.
    Very interesting proposition.

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    I rarely ever restart. Especially if restarting will cause you to keep getting the same "random" award like a free ball.

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    I played for months and it never even occurred to me to restart after a lousy 1st ball, until somebody in this forum mentioned it. I was stunned. You can't do that! I can understand the temptation, tho. Mentally, I drop a quarter in before I pull the plunger, and I pretend that I only have a few quarters to play with each day, as a way to cut down on my TPA addiction. You can't throw away a chance to play if you can't afford it. That said, I'll throw no stones in this brittle abode.

    So, publicly I am appalled and totally against restarting. Have I done it? Let me just say... Oh my. Look at the time. Running late for work. gotta go...

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    Very hard not to do it at all !

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    Always... and on some tables if i look for a top score this could go until a 10/15mn ball ^^

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    The only time I have done it is during the tourney

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    Only time I restart a drain is when I'm testing a specific shot and drain, or if I'm chasing a specific table goal like harem on TOTAN and I screw it up. Never do it in casual score play or tourneys.

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    Never.

    I had a lot of very good games starting with the 3rd and last ball (and even some all-time highscores), although I messed up the two first balls.

    An outstanding game can start on the 3rd and last ball. That's a rule engraved in the Stone Tablets of Pinball.
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    Must admit i've restarted before but this poll has inspired me to never do it again.

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    Tourney for sure. Also when going for goals. Also on real pins sometimes I have to admit. Just press and hold the start button before plunging 2:nd ball (Williams pins). Unless I play a pin I put money in.

    But it is a very bad habit that totally messes up gamestyle on real pins and real tourneys so I mostly play strictly 3 ball games (just quit after 3:rd ball). And only one or two games tops on one pin, then move on. Makes huge difference for me playing good games irl. I think I actually got worse by restarting.

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    I can understand people who never do that as a philosophy of play, or to really simulate the quarter u should pay, but the story of "lot of good games have started on ball 3" is a non-sense: if u had restarted ur game and started with your theoric 3rd ball u would hve had the same score, and 2 others balls to play... that's the goal of the systeme ^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by fromduc View Post
    I can understand people who never do that as a philosophy of play, or to really simulate the quarter u should pay, but the story of "lot of good games have started on ball 3" is a non-sense: if u had restarted ur game and started with your theoric 3rd ball u would hve had the same score, and 2 others balls to play... that's the goal of the systeme ^^
    Well not really, because there's the psychological aspect, when you're down to your last ball you tend to concentrate more and tighten up your game. So for some people it makes all the difference. Now if you're the type of player who chokes under pressure, well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by switch3flip View Post
    Well not really, because there's the psychological aspect, when you're down to your last ball you tend to concentrate more and tighten up your game. So for some people it makes all the difference. Now if you're the type of player who chokes under pressure, well...
    Lol, i'm the kind of player who plays a couple of games on each table just to discover the table, no matter points, and after that i just play for leaderboards, so feeling pressure on 3rd ball after have done peanuts on the 1st and second is not an option Pressure comes when u're on last ball and at the doors of a top 20, 10 or 5... and there i got to admit i do choke sometimes ;p

    Anyway, i can understand ur point coz it seems u play really like on a real pinball, and there indeed u concentrate on your last ball to not have to put ur next penny right after. I play this game as a video game, based on pinball of course but a video game before anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fromduc View Post
    I can understand people who never do that as a philosophy of play, or to really simulate the quarter u should pay, but the story of "lot of good games have started on ball 3" is a non-sense: if u had restarted ur game and started with your theoric 3rd ball u would hve had the same score, and 2 others balls to play... that's the goal of the systeme ^^
    Well, the opposite is true too! ^^

    You can have a great first ball and mess up the two others balls. Especially on tough and punitive tables like F2K or HH.

    For my part, I almost don't track which ball number it is (except for extra-balls). I just try to keep each ball alive as long as possible.

    Have a good or bad ball has just a psychological effect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tann View Post
    Well, the opposite is true too! ^^

    You can have a great first ball and mess up the two others balls.
    Happens to me WAY too often.

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