League Night #2
The second meeting of the Atlanta Pinball League took us to the home of John S. to battle it out in the Swampfire Arcade. John’s lineup was impressive and featured a wide variety of makes and models of machines ranging from a pristine Fathom all the way to an almost new CSI from Stern that was able to make it’s public debut for league night. Our leage machines for the evening echoed the variety by making members duke it out over the following very different games: Embryon, Space Station, Revenge From Mars, and Iron Man.
Two of our members were unable to be in attendance, but no worries, our two alternates Jon and Bryan were more than willing to step in and save the day providing for four groups of four players. After the initial meeting it was decided that some rule changes needed to be implemented to allow for more variety in competitor, so after we drew our individual numbers from a hat, our names were put into a special software program created by Paul to randomize the night’s match ups.
To my knowledge, there were no hiccups as far as gameplay was concerned. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the variety of games, although not necessarily their individual performances. It seemed that Space Station was a suprise favorite for the unique challenge provided with many players adding one to their “want list”. No wonder it is John’s favorite game. When determining game titles for league play, there were certain titles that were purposely avoided due to being considered “marathon games”. Now we can certainly add Revenge From Mars to that list as each round required the rest of the group to wait for the RFM folks to finish.
The night finished with Shannon being dethroned by Ray and a massive 6-way tie for 9th (or 1st in B division). Our A and B divisions are decided, but such a slim margin between players exists, and with July’s meetbeing the first opportunity for players to earn upset point, that it really is anyone’s game. Great night, everyone. See you July 21 at Creepy Kenny’s!