Thursday, December 23, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
First week leaders are Les Manley, Butterflygirl24, Railbender and Brian. I'm next in 5th!!!!!! But there's a long way (4 more weeks) to go.
Lots of good play this week with only one GC score being broken that would be worth bonus points if it holds up by the end of the tournament. That was Brian on POTC - 488 million.
Remember that you only get GC bonus points at the end of the tourney if your score is still the GC ! AND ! the machine has at least 20 plays on it historically.
Also remember for next week that you get a bonus point for variety each week your score is from a different machine than your previous weeks.
HS2, Taxi and WH2O were wildly popular games this week.
Oh, and please use commas when posting your score. Much easier for me to read.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Coincidentally, for games that start with the letters A-M there have been 1,997 games played.
For games that start with N-Z, 1,998. Crazy.
Funhouse is the game that scores the most consistently. After 41 games played the GC is only 219% (a little more than double) the median. The average (for machines with at least 20 plays) is that the GC is 807% of the median.
On the other end of the spectrum, Elvis, BSD and SM have the highest ratio of GC/median and the highest standard deviations. Meaning the scores are all over the map on these games.
To show why I use the MEDIAN and not the AVERAGE, for game with at least 20 plays, the median score is 71% of the average score. No game has a higher median than it does average.
The only games worth 3 bonus pts for GC scores are (more than 100 plays):
TZ - 2,501,781,020 - Tzodd/Gravitar
SM - 1,979,830,230 - Beemus
LOTR - 346,684,980 - TBK
WH2O - 1,375,993,670 - Troz
AFM - 28,910,673,170 - Kenbo
Good luck knocking them off.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
As I read all the great posts about why people wanted the Cliffy sleeves I decided that it was too tough of a choice to make. There were folks who have none (and want some!), folks who have lots (Michael O'Brien counted his), folks finishing shop-jobs, folks wanting to salve their pinball wounds...
They were all good and I HAD decided to just have a random drawing out of all the folks who mentioned the Cliffys.
That is until Sunday night, when I read Brian's (B Coney) post... Have to give the man credit ("props" for you guys under 30 years old) for his inventive use. He is the winner.
If you didn't read it, here is his post...
Ok, well after my crappy performance on BDK last week, I decided to go to my ol' reliable Breakshot. She only let me down once so I fired her up cold and got 3,073,320 on the first game. Was a little worried, but my second game was a lot better at 14,503,040. Just think how good it
would've been if I had the cliffy colored posts on there!!
I actually REALLY need the colored posts because not only would I use a few on my games, but I just put a deposit down for a 5 week old German Shepherd puppy! Now, it's my experience with these dogs that they are VERY smart, so I was thinking about how I could train it.
Well, I came up with an idea that I could use the colored sleeves to help train the dog. I would put the red ones where the dog wasn't allowed to go and the green ones where it was allowed to go. I would use the yellow for the areas that quite frankly I just didn;t know if it was ok and where it should use caution because it MAY get in trouble or it MAY not, but it was up to the dog to decide. I think they would also come in handy for cleaning up the "wet mess" that the puppy may make before fully trained....I mean the post sleeves HAVE to be at LEAST as absorbant as the Sham WOW right!!!!??? The last few remaining sleves, I would string togeather and make them into a ball so it would have a multi color chew toy......so THAT my friends and all knowing commish, is why I NEED those colored post sleves.....have a heart.....do it for the dog for cripes sake!!!! :)
62 players played this week, there are currently 69 active players in this tournament.
GC scores were set on several games that will be worth bonus pts at the end of the tourney if they are still the GC score...
Blubboman - Space Station (worth 2 pts)
Tzodd/GravitaR BK (1 pt)
Jeff Blair - Paragon (1 pt)
Kevkat - TOTAN (1 pt)
rev-test - Seawitch (1 pt)
Very high scoring this week an average of 7.3 pts. The scores averaged 260% of the median compared with 208% last week.
There is now a link at the top of the scoreboard to sort it by region! (or just click here)
The region battles are shaping up nicely, luckily I'm in the lowest scoring region.
The leaders are:
seymour-shabow in the East
blubbloman and Xerico in the M/S
Raymond in the Pacific
Keep in mind that some folks are in line to win bonus points at the end of the tourney for their GC scores - those points are NOT currently included in the ranking. The new GC scores worth pts are highlighted on the page so you can see them easily.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
TOTAN & BK. TOTAN was his official score and he doesn't get any extra for the BK score, but holy crap, that's pretty studly.
Friday, March 5, 2010
This weekend's contest:
Tell us why you want or need a pack of 20 of Cliffy's Colored Sleeves. If you have the best/most compelling reason, you win.
Also, on a side note, I missed an email for JJJ early in the week and will be updating the list of qualfied games later today. The punch line (and only change) is that Starship Troopers is now a qualified game.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
We have a new "sponsor" to add to our list of benefactors.
Now, in addition to Pin Footies from Bryan Kelly and Glare Guards from Mr. 68, we have colored sleeves generously donated for prizes from Cliffy.
Everyone thank Cliffy, without whom my Elvis wouldn't be nearly as cool.
Four guys lead with 11 points: blubboman, Les Manley, seymour-shabow & Xerico.
With the new playoff format, regions matter.
The Midwest/South region looks tough as 3 of the 4 leaders are from that region. (blubbo, Les, Xerico)
The East is led by Seymour-shabow with Ray in NJ only 1 point behind.
The Pacific region (go Zach!) is led by Bobby Conover & Raymond with 10 points each.
Although there were 4 GC scores set this weekend (the four leaders), only Seymour-shabow set the GC on a machine with enough plays to earn bonus points if it still stands at the end of the tourney. It was on STTNG (worth 2 points). If you read his post, you'll see that it could/should have been even higher.
Average score was 5.7 points and 210% of the median.
Yours truly (the hero of this story) is tied for 14th!
Get me you locations and mug shots!
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Just a reminder - especially with more SS and EM games being qualified - that all games are to be played as 3 ball games.
By the way, for those of you that haven't read it, the FAQ answers most of the RGPL questions in condensed form. Read it here...
Play by Saturday night and you have a chance to win a glare guard or set of pin footies.
Doesn't matter what you score, the winner will be chosen randomly from everyone who plays and posts by Saturday night.
See what I did there?
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Sometimes as the tournament comes to an end, folks are a little less interested if they aren't at the top. To help keep more involved and give more a chance to win, the winner will be determined by a one week playoff (after the normal 5 week tournament).
Here's how it works...
There a now 3 regions... East (E), Midwest & South (M/S) and Pacific (P).
There will be four players who make the playoff. They will be the highest finisher in each of the regions plus a wild-card (the highest finisher who didn't win their division).
Those four finalists will play one more round (with scores wiped out and starting from 0). The winner of that playoff round will be the Champion.
This way, you don't have to win it all in the 5 weeks, just win your region - to get a chance to become Champ in the playoff.
As an example, the four finalists last tournament would have been Mark in NJ (E), TBK (P), Tzodd/gravitaR (M/S) and dcerny (wildcard with 48 points).
It's kind of like pro sports now, the winner of the regular season may not become the Champ. You have to win in the playoffs, too.
As described before, all GC scores are not created equal.
To set the GC score on a game with only 4 plays is cake.
To set the GC score on a game with 100 plays is difficult.
I got several good suggestions and in the end here's the deal...
It's just too damned easy to get a good score (as a % of the median) and set the GC on a game that doesn't have many plays. So, if the game has less than 20 plays, there is no bonus for setting and holding the GC.
50 games seems to be the next level for plays and 100 separates the most popular from the rest.
So, in the end, here are the new GC bonus points awarded at the end of the tournament.
Machines with <20 plays - 0 Points
Machines with 20-49 plays - 1 point
Machines with 50-99 plays - 2 points
Machines with >99 plays - 3 points
I didn't want to go higher than 3 pts so that no one could run away from the pack.
That'll make the GC more coveted on the popluar games and make the competition more wild and woolly.
Of course you still get all the same points for your score each week (% of median) regardless of how many plays are on the machine you choose.
Love & Kisses,
Monday, February 22, 2010
Mark in NJ did win. Congratulations from the Pinzach the commish and congratu-frakking-lations from Pinzach your fellow competitor.
The rest of the Top 10
12 points separated the Top 10 places.
Top Urchin was Jaret.
Week 5 was extremely LOW scoring. Only 6.3 avg points per player. Almost a half point less than the previous week. And the lowest week this tournament (when adjusting for bonus points).
Will have a few minor changes this weekend when the league starts all over again. I'll explain them in a few days.
It'd be great to get some more folks going (100 maybe???), so please drag your friends and family into the RGPL.
GC scores in Week 5 were:
Nip-It - Homebrood
Champion Pub - TBK
Centaur - dcerny (who had 3 GC scores this tournament)
WCS94 - tomdotcom
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
It did get me thinking, though... It is MUCH easier to get a GC score on a newly qualified game than one that has had lots of play. When a game is newly q'd, there have only been 4 games played. The odds of you being able to set the GC score vs 4 other scores are much better than (for instance) a machine that as had 100 plays.
Just like at home, when you reset the GC scores, you keep breaking it in the beginning, but then as more games pile up and there is more data, the GC score becomes higher and harder to break.
SO, while I won't change the rules in the middle of the Tourney, I think that next time the award for setting the new GC on a machine will be based on how many games have been played historically on that machine in the league. You may get 1 bonus point for the new GC on a newly q'd game and yet get 3 or 4 bonus points for the new GC on something that's been played more than 100 times like LOTR or TZ.
Theoretically, if you only have one game or play the same game all the time, you might be better at it and that would be advantageous for scoring. To counteract that, remember that in the RGPL you get a bonus point EVERY WEEK that your posted score is on a different machine than previous weeks. SO, you have to decide whether you want the bonus point, or think you can do so much better on the same game that you don't care about the bonus point.
In the end, it must not be very advantageous (in general) to play the same game each week because since we have run the RGPL this way (bonus points for variety), all the Champions have played different machines each week in the tournament that they won - except for one, who only repeated one machine in the 5 weeks. I guess if you are good, it doesn't matter what game you play.
Also, there are now 3 versions of the scoreboard stacked vertically on the same page. First, there are the normal rankings, then there is an alphabetical listing so you can easily find someone and finally, a third scoreboard lower down that is the quick summary of just the points scored each week for each player, in case you don't like how the first scoreboard is laid out.
Mark in NJ leads going into the final week with 43 points.
Tzodd/Gravitar is 2nd with 41.
Brian, Michael O'Brien and TBK are tied for 3 with 40.
There were GC scores set this week on
Fast Draw (Mark in NJ)
CP (Michal O'Brien)
Cosmic Gunfight (dcerny)
Joker Poker (Dr Dave)
I'm the picture of mediocrity standing in 31st place having slightly beat the median each week.
The average player scored 6.7 pts this week vs 6.8 last week.
Remember that after week 5 is complete, if you STILL own a GC score (highlighted in yellow), you are awarded a bonus point for it (for as many different GC scores you hold).
Friday, February 12, 2010
Just click on any chart to make it bigger.
These are games A-M...
These are games N - Z...
This is the count of GC scores by baller...
196% of the median and 6.8 points.
Just to be irksome, I calculated the scores for everyone's crappy game, they averaged...
77% of the median and a (would-be) 4.1 points.
The better game on average was just about 2.5 times the worse game.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
There are two different sets for CC.
Thanks for the help.
Here's the preview if you are interested....
Monday, February 8, 2010
You can download the set of all 3 in the "custom card" section of my pinzach.com site.
There was a young baller named Brian
Whose scores have all been flying
He plunges the ball
And then beats us all
The only thing left is the crying.
Scores were down this week - the avg was 198% of the median vs 235% last week.
The following set GC...
Mark in NJ
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
The number of games played and the GC score may have gone backwards. That's because after a game has at least 8 total plays on it, I remove the qualifying games from the data. Therefore, the 4 Q games are no longer represented in the median and if one of the Q games was the GC, it is gone also.
The reason I do this is because Q games consistently score lower than league games - maybe folks don't concentrate as hard. Anyway, it's easy to trounce the median on a newly Q'd game because the Q scores are generally low. Thus, when there are at least 4 league games played (8 total with the Q games), I remove the Q scores from the data.
File that under things you don't give a crap about.
EBD and Viking are new games this week and there are 19 more machines that only need one more game played to qualify them.
Please try to play Friday or Saturday so that I don't get all the scores posted late Sunday night after New Orleans wins the Super Bowl.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Others had to interrupt long days of chores to fit a game in.
In the end, there were many runners-up including: (but not limited to) Bryan, Blubboman, ButterflyGirl24, Karmatose & TBK (for his play-by-play after each ball).
In the end, only one guy played with a respirator and that alone is worth a prize. Congrats Pincorrect. Please choose from the TZ clock board, Glare Guard, Pin Footies and Zit Cream and email me your mailing address.
If you missed it, below is the text from his post...
I'm doing a kitchen renovation and have moved my machines into the
dining room as I shuffle stuff throughout the house to accommodate
stuff that I'm clearing before doing tilework on the floor.. There's
drywall dust and fiberglass all over the place. I've got walls torn
down and holes in the ceiling where work is being done and insulation
is exposed. So I donned a mask and at first tried to pull the plastic
off the machines, but I remembered if I did that, I would have a
helluva time putting the plastic back over the machines because
they're all pushed against a wall in the far end of the room, book-
ended with a new fridge and other furniture. Now if I had one of
those robotic arms like they have on the space shuttle, it would have
been no problem, but I didn't, so I thought it best to crawl under the
plastic and try to play the games.
So there I am, wearing a respirator, underneath the plastic, and go to
start Fish Tales and realize that there are no credits in the machines
and my keys are in some unmarked box. So now I'm on a quest to find
quarters -- I usually don't keep the machines on free play. This way
I'm motivated to recycle my pocket change and I usually put the coins
into some pinball fund that goes for something for the machines. Ok,
I find some quarters and fire up a game.
I'm on the first ball and it's going well, then the power goes out.
I'm like "what?" Then it comes back on, so I put my second quarter in
the game and start playing. Then the front door opens and it's the
contractor who was working on the outside electrical. At this point,
I'm wearing a respirator, underneath a pile of plastic playing
pinball. All he can see is some kind of weird distorted image of a
guy covered in plastic wrap wearing some kind of mask.
"I'm working on the electrical and ... um, what are you doing?"
"I'm playing pinball."
"Biggest fish I ever saw!"
"I'm playing pinball"
"No I'm not lying, I'm working on the electrical. I need to shut the
"Ok, can you give me a second?"
"It's a feeding frenzy!"
"Um, are you ok? Did I catch you at a bad time? Is there someone
else there with you?"
"No, I'm playing pinball. You've heard of pinball?"
"Are you gonna talk or you gonna fish?"
"I'm going to go outside and wait for you to finish whatever. Let me
know when I can shut the power off..."
I let him do his work on the electrical and decided to play Genie
Monday, February 1, 2010
Current leaders are tied at 22 points. They are...
Mark in NJ
TBK (prior champ)
Tzodd/Gravitar (prior champ)
Maybe we shouldn't let anyone win who hasn't sent a pic. For all we know all the ones without pics are all aliases for TBK.
Two players are right behind with 21 points.
Jaret & TDJWill are currently tied for Top Urchin.
The avg points scored this week was 7.1. More than the 5.9 last week, but remember that starting with this week everyone who played a different machine than week 1 got a bonus point for variety, so the two weeks' averages were actually very close.
A couple of new guys joined the fray this week and there are now 65 active players in the league. Roughly the same number as my IQ.
Two of the Top 10 players from last week (llabrevlis and pincredible) did not play this week. Bummer for them.
Get in your Q scores to qualify new machines for next week soon!
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Emailed them to Pinball Rebel, so hopefully they'll be up before long.
In honor of them, I say we get two more qualifying games on it so it can be a league machine (there are two q scores already).
Here's what the custom cards look like....
I'll put the pics and links to Pinball Rebel on the custom cards page of my site soon. I'm lazy.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
New machines this week are Embryon, Genie and NBAFB.
There are now 120 games to choose from AND 14 more that have 3 games played toward qualification and only need one more.
In all, 310 different machines have had a score submitted on them and a grand total of 3,278 games have been played in the RGPL all included.
TZ still has the most plays. Followed by SM, LOTR, WH2O and AFM - they are the only ones with over 100 plays each, making the GC score on those much more impressive. Of those, the SM GC is the one that is the greatest percentage of its median, making it my vote for best score so far of all games.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I want to keep the ball rolling in Week 2 (coming this weekend).
As is usual for our contests, instead of rewarding scores we are rewarding
fun & participation. The contest winner will be the player who writes the
most entertaining/fun/funny post about his/her league games.
No other parameters are involved. The Commish is the final judge.
The prize is your choice of any ONE of the following...
A brand new Rottendog TZ clock board I never used.
A set of Pin Footies
A Glare Guard.
some zit cream (if the other things aren't interesting to you)
Again I'd like to thank the generous donations of the Pin Footies and Glare
Guards, many players have won and cherished them. You can get to their
websites from the links on the right side of the blog.
If you can, use IE or Firefox to view my stuff. (I mean the RGPL stuff, not my stuff... Get your mind out of the gutter).
Monday, January 25, 2010
The meek shall inherit the Earth (and the RGPL Cup).
Sunday, January 24, 2010
While I'm sure there are lots of folks who are still going to post, we already have 45 players this week (and only TWO former champs have posted so far). Several got their spouse involved and there are a handful of pre-pubescent players also.
Very cool. Long live RGPL.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
By the way there are now quick links at the top of the blog (just under the title) to get to this weekend's scoring thread on RGP and to get to the scoreboard.
When it's my new GC score on Johnny Mnemonic.
Yes, at the end of the tournament, you get one bonus point if you set and held the new GC on a machine, but your normal points for your score each week are still based on your percentage of the median. My 2.3 Billion is the new high, but since most of the qualifying scores were good and clustered together, my high is only 176% of the median. Thus, I broke the GC yet only scored 6 points this week. Wuh-wuh.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Devil's Dare, Flight 2000 and Johnny Mnemonic.
The beautiful part for me is that not only do I get to add JM to my mix of games to play in the RGPL, but I recently bought two games that were already qualified: GNR and No Fear.
Below is a pic of the custom No Fear topper that my wife painted for me for Xmas.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Besides, I need a picture of you so I know who I'm pissed at when you are beating me.