On the night after we wrapped all of my parts, Andy and I hit the town and played some pinball to celebrate. Our first stop was Tower Pizza Bar & Grill.
They had a Family Guy machine that was working great, except for one switch in the miniature playfield, which made it impossible to beat that mode.
Andy and I had actually warmed up on this machine the night before, but sadly had to leave after only one game because the place was closing. This time we were both getting a lot of replays which was great. I got the #2 score with 45 Million, which felt pretty awesome.
Next we headed to AMF Mar Vista Lanes by Andy's house. We had been here once before when there was a Spider-Man, but it had been replaced by a Lord of the Rings.
The left flipper was in the process of dying, but I still felt like this was the most satisfying game of LOTR I had ever played. As I mentioned in an earlier post, this is my favorite set-up for playing pinball. Two friends, working together to learn more about a machine. We figured out the mechanics of a lot of the modes, and made sense of the bewildering playfield layout, which has always confused me. It got me excited to play this game again and to get a little deeper into the ruleset, whereas before this, I always avoided this machine because I felt it was too complex.