At some point in the last few months, I leveled up, and now I'm actually getting High Scores, which feels about ten times as great as getting a replay. Sure, I have "marked" machines in the past, but mostly in White River Junction, VT where Jon and I were generally the best players in town. It feels like more of an accomplishment marking a machine in a larger city. Over my next five posts I'm going to outline some of my recent high scores.
On the first Friday of every month, my wife Claire and I walk down a street fair on Telegraph Avenue that happens here in Oakland. A few months back we saw a new bar pop up, which initially didn't even have a name on it, but it had one pinball machine in the back, can you spot the glow through the window? I did!
When we came back the following month the bar had been named The Legionnaire Saloon and it now had three machines: Championship Pub, X-Men and Scared Stiff. We ordered a beer and put a few credits in on Championship Pub, which was working the best of the three machines.
As Claire and I played, I slowly started figuring out the ruleset and where the lock shots were, where the jackpots were, etc. And then, on like my second or third game, a weird wormhole in reality opened up and I just couldn't drain. I was saving everything, and hitting what I needed to hit. I went through fighter after fighter and was figuring out objectives on the fly, like the strobing targets. I ended up making it through the Wizard mode, and getting the #2 score on the machine with 129 million. NES (who, as far as I can tell, is currently Oakland's best pinball player) had a Grand Champ of a billion, so I still have a lot to learn, but this still felt pretty great!
In my next post I'll cross the bay to play a little pinball in San Francisco!