Cape Fear Flipper Club

PINTERESTING OBSERVATIONS (FALL 2023 WEEK 2)

Replay:
Well folks, Week 2 of the CFFC Fall League is in the books and WOW, what an exciting night of pinball. Eighteen players were in attendance, with one player competing through a planned pre-play (Dane Bryant), and one member absent. Players came out swinging this week with some eye-popping scores from multiple players on each of the machines. At the end of the day, yours truly came out with the top point total (22 points; Group 1), followed by Eric Sutton (19 points; Group 2), and Kamu Kaneshiro (17 points; Group 3). This means that there was movement in the total points leader board. As a result of Week 2 play, I moved up 9 spots to claim the top of the leader board (34 points), Kamu climbed 4 spots into second place (31 points), and Eric rocketed up a whopping 12 spots to land in third (29). Given all the movement, the leaderboard is really tight presently with only 10 points separating the top 10 players. Thus, for those looking for that Top Dog spot, it’s still anyone’s game! As for me, this is my first appearance at the top of the league leader board after having completed 9 full seasons with the CFFC (growth?). Let’s break down the action from the week:
Group 1
In what was undoubtedly the best week of pinball I’ve ever played, I managed to come out victorious in Group 1 to the tune of 22 points (18 game points; 4 bonus points). This included bonus point wins on each machine with exception of Monster Bash (well played, Dylan). Needless to say I set a personal high score for the season on every game but, also gained the league wide high scores for Foo Fighters and Godzilla. Dylan Lipscomb kept things very competitive, winning Monster Bash and picking up 12 points on the night (10 game points; 2 bonus points). Unbelievably, the 429 million points Dylan put up on Godzilla was not even his personal high for the season. However, the 130 million he registered on Monster Bash was. Luke Falkenberry finished in third with 8 points (7 game points; 1 bonus points) in an uncharacteristic night for the multi-time Division A champ and Top Dog. Ryan Kirkendall was nipping at his heels though with a 6 point total (5 game points; 1 bonus point). This included setting new personal season high scores on both Foo Fighters and Jurassic Park. Unfortunately, due to 2 absences in league player has been dropped from the league at the conclusion of this week. This means that Group 1 will be reduced to a 3-player group for future weeks. Thus, Dylan and I will remain in Group 1 for Week 3 and will be joined by Eric Sutton. Meanwhile, Luke and Ryan will join Dale Becker and Kamuela Kaneshiro in Group 2. Good luck to all Group 2 competitors who have to face Luke after a down week.
Group 2
Competition was tight in Group 2 this week with only 11 points separating the first and last finisher. However, Eric Sutton pulled out the win with an impressive 19 points (16 game points; 3 bonus points). His total was buoyed by a bonus point win on Foo Fighters which set his personal season high and a bonus point win on Jurassic Park that set the league-wide season high. While he finished 2nd on Monster Bash, he set his personal season high on that machine as well. Dale Becker and Gary Dean slugged it out for second place with Dale getting the edge by a single point for 11 all day (9 game points; 2 points). In the process he set his personal season high on every machine except Godzilla. Gary accumulated 10 points (8 game points; 2 bonus points) while setting personal season highs on Iron Maiden, Jurassic Park, and Foo Fighters. Ed similarly set personal season highs on three machines (Iron Maiden, Monster Bash, and Godzilla), finishing out the group with 8 points (7 game points; 1 bonus point). As a result of the realignment, Eric will elevate to Group 1, facing myself and Dylan Lipscomb. Dale will remain in Group 2 and welcome 3 new competitors (Luke Faulkenberry, Ryan Kirkendall, and Kamuela Kaneshiro), while Gary and Ed will join Tory MacQueen and Marty Henion in Group 3.
Group 3
The race for 1st place in Group 3 was neck and neck but, Kamuela Kaneshiro inched by Tory MacQueen by a single point. Kamu finished with a mighty 17 points (14 game points; 3 bonus points). He was clearly on his game as he picked up a win on Godzilla, a bonus point win of Iron Maiden, and set new personal season highs on every machine except Monster Bash. On his heels, Tory won both Foo Fighters and Monster Bash, set new personal season highs on Godzilla, Jurassic Park, and Foo Fighters and finished with 16 points (13 game points; 3 bonus points). Brian Stubbs won Jurassic Park (again) and set new personal season highs as well (Godzilla, Monster Bash, and Jurassic Park) but, was only able to wrestle 10 points (8 game points; 2 bonus points) from the grips of Tory and Kamu. Jay Sutton rounded out the group with 5 points on the evening (all game points). After the realignment, Kamu will progress to Group 2 for week 3, facing Dale Becker, Luke Faulkenberry, and Ryan Kirkendall. Tory will stay put in Group 3 but, welcome Gary Dean, Ed Tank, and Marty Henion. Jay and Brian will test their mettle against Dane Bryant and Jared Cline Group 4.
Group 4
Marty Henion got it done in Group 4 to the tune of 15 points (12 game points; 3 bonus points) despite not winning any of the 5 matches. However, his scores were high enough to set his personal season best on Jurassic Park, Foo Fighters, and Godzilla. Behind Marty there was a tie between Dane Bryant and Megahan Cook, each with 12 points (10 game points and 2 bonus points for both). Dand won Monster Bash and Godzilla, both with a bonus point, while Meghan earned the win on Jurassic Park and a bonus point win for Foo Fighters. Meghan also recorded 3 new personal season high scores (Monster Bash, Jurassic Park, and Foo Fighters), while Dane set two (Monster Bash and Iron Maiden). While Jon Mann may have only gotten 9 points on the evening (8 game points; 1 bonus point), he did record a blowout bonus point victory on Iron Maiden with a score over 200 million (next competitor recorded 28 million). He is clearly dangerous on Iron Maiden as this was not even his personal season high score for that machine. After the realignment, Marty will get a crack at Group 3, facing Tory MacQueen, Gary Dean, and Ed Tank. Dane will welcome Brian Stubbs, Jay Sutton and Jared Cline to Group 3, and both Meghan and John will join Feletia Lee and Melissa Becker in in Group 5.
Group 5
With a player absent this week, Group 5 featured a 3-player competition. All 3 players picked up 10 points or more but, Jared Cline ultimately made the best of the evening. Finishing with 14 points (11 game points; 3 bonus points), Jared claimed the win on Jurassic Park and earned a bonus point in his win of Monster Bash. Feletia finished in second with 12 points (10 game points; 2 bonus points) after wins on both Foo Fighters and Godzilla. Melissa Becker picked up a bonus point win on the last machine (Iron Maiden) on her way to 10 points for the evening (9 game points; 1 bonus point). All three players set their personal season high score on both Foo Fighters and Godzilla. Feletia and Melissa also set their best on Iron Maiden while Jared advanced his season high for Monster Bash. For week 3, Jared will get the bump into Group 4 to match up with Dane Bryant, Brian Stubbs, and Jay Sutton. Melissa and Feletia will welcome Meghan Cook and Jon Mann to Group 5.
Movers, Shakers, and Tilters:
As previously mentioned, this week led to some shifts in the league leaderboard. Similarly, outscored percentages were a bit different this week leading to changes in the outscored leaderboard as well. On the night, yours truly registered the strongest performance with a 93.33% outscored. This was followed by Eric at 83.33% and Tory at 67.78%. As a result, I’ve moved into the top of the outscored leaderboard on the season (82.29%) followed by Eric (72.29%), and Luke (68.29%). With regard to wins against group competitors on the season, Kamu and myself are both tied with 21 wins and a 70% win rate. Of course, now that the league will feature a 3-player group moving forward (Group 1), players in this group will have fewer opportunities to record wins; that is, a player in Group 1 only has 2 competitors that they can win against in a match. Notably, the league-wide season high scores have gotten pretty extreme rather quickly. This week, Eric claimed the high score for Jurassic Park, with a whopping 761+ million! There was strong competition for this title with two other players (Dale and myself) also registering 600+ million scores on that machine. I was able to capture the titles for Foo Fighters and Godzilla with 700+ million scores on both machines. Meanwhile, Dylan and Luke retained the season high scores for Iron Maiden and Monster Bash, respectively.
Clearly, league members are working hard to up their game. In total 48 new personal season high scores were set this Tuesday! There were 95 opportunities to set a new high scores, which means that about 50% of player scores on the machines were better than recorded last week. As a result of some really impressive scores, the league average scores increased dramatically for Foo Fighters (30,546,240 -> 58,489,470), and Jurassic Park (59,810,270 -> 103,048,610), and modestly for Monster Bash (23,867,310 -> 30,179,340). Meanwhile, averages dipped but were largely stable on Godzilla (120,300,180 -> 118,605,320) and Iron Maiden (69,854,660 -> 61,932,330).Here are the current machine titles:
Foo Fighters Pro:
Dave MacQueen; 777,621,940 points
1 consecutive week
(13.30 times the league average)
Godzilla Pro:
Dave MacQueen; 720,044,990 points
1 consecutive week
(6.07 times the league average)
Iron Maiden Pro:
Dylan Lipscomb; 390,940,250 points
2 consecutive weeks
(6.31 times the league average)
Jurassic Park Premium:
Eric Sutton; 761,852,650 points
1 consecutive week
(7.39 times the league average)
Monster Bash SE:
Luke Faulkenberry; 160,582,650 points
2 consecutive weeks
(5.32 times the league average)
Thanks for reading
As always, shoot straight, shake that thing, and stay special when lit.
-DAM