Pinball Goals for 2018


Shorter list this year since our family of two has become three.

  • Cash in the Expo tourney (finished just shy of A division cash in 2017)
  • Reassemble my Farfalla, which I left unfinished 5+ years and one home ago (failed 2017 goal)
  • Score 1 billion on The Walking Dead (failed 2017 goal) or reach Last Man Standing
  • Qualify for Illinois SCS playoffs
  • Go big or go home: win A division of CPL (theoretically possible since finals will be all EMs)


Qualify for A or B division at Pinburgh. (was in C in 2017)
End the year in the top 700 (currently 800th)
End the year owning more than one machine.
Play an Alien machine.
Break 1b on R&B with EBs turned on.
Get better at the drop catch
Dead pass more
Shatz more
play more
win more


The way I started to learn this was when a ball is coming across the playfield and headed toward the heel of the flipper. My “drop catch” was really just trying to send the ball up the inlane. Then as I got more comfortable doing that, I’d start doing it further out on the flipper.

Also learning on double flipper games is pretty easy too, particularly Captain Fantastic. As it comes down the right orbit, hold the upper right flipper up. Now drop catch with the top left flipper. It’s an easy and safe place to do it because you have a second flipper to let the ball roll down onto. (Also, drop catches IMO are easier to first learn on older games with weaker flippers).

  • Hit 300 WPPRs for my top 20 events for an average of 15/event. Currently at around 180~ so this should be doable but hard. This would bump my rank from 420->155~ as well.

  • Qualify in A at INDISC and Pinburgh.

  • Learn how to stage flip consistently.


I’m gonna change it up this year . . .

Try to finish SECOND in a Major during 2018 :slight_smile:


Goals for 2018:

Continue helping locals play better and qualify for 2018 MI SCS.

Get to EOL on Metallica (Failed in 2017)

Lower IFPA Player ranking to around 300-400 from 150-160 range. :exploding_head:

Run a few local events with help of local players.


And try to tank on High Hand?


Careful, you might become 3rd Place Josh instead!


I’ve never gotten 3rd before . . . 4th twice and 2nd 4 times, and I can tell you the 2nd’s feel far worse than the 4th’s :wink:


Clearly you’re headed for three 3rds :smiley:


My goal is to be the first to congratulate @pinwizj on his first Major. It might not be in pinball, but a major is a major.


Did a whole lot of my 2017 ones. :slight_smile:

  • Break top 500 (currently 774th).
  • Break 1 billion on a pre-GoT modern “red DMD” era Stern (TWD/Met/ST).
  • Attend at least three Stern Pro Circuit events; obviously place as high as I can. Preferably ones I haven’t attended, and ones >= 1000 miles away from SoCal.
  • Master Shatzing and loop passes.
  • Get more consistent at saving.
  • Make more pinball friends.
  • Beat @mwelsh to an INDISC trivia answer. :wink:

Dunno if I’d be able to make my first PAPA this year (mainly cause we don’t know when it’ll be), so I’ll shoot for my first PAPA in 2019.


I’m carrying a few of my goals from last year into 2018. :sweat_smile:

  • Qualify in A division at Kidforce Edit- Managed to get this in the first season of the year! I finished 12th overall, but the ladder match took me down to 16th or 15th I think.
  • Get my Lost World working. It’s time to bite the bullet and get the wiring redone.
  • Attend at least 2 major pinball events. I think this year I’m prepared for Pinburgh.
  • Crack top 1000 in IFPA world ranking. I’d like to go further but that’s at least an attainable goal, I think.
  • As a TD, continue to improve the quality and showmanship of my monthly events.
  • As a tech, make sure the machines at the parlor are ready ahead of time for said monthlies. Being able to fix them mid-tournament is nice, but it’d be better if I didn’t have to do that at all.
  • Run more events, outside of my monthly. Maybe just a weekly here or there…I wish I could dedicate more concrete time to adding to the competitive pinball scene, but it’s tough to find time working two jobs.
  • Get as close as I possibly can to qualifying for Ohio SCS. Perhaps a pipe dream, but darn it I’m gonna work my butt off to have the best 20 card I can.


Pinball Goals for the New Year:

  1. Host a tournament (and figure out the $1 fee)

  2. Win a one-day tournament

  3. Qualify for PInburgh A

  4. Win Pittsburgh Pinball League

  5. Travel twice for pinball

  6. Crack the top 75


Anyone out there do SMART goals?

I’m trying to come up with a few for pinball. An easy example is to raise your ranking by 100 spots in 3 months. (Assuming that is Achievable for you and your ranking.)

I’d like to have a couple others that aren’t WPPR related, but it it is pretty tricky to find other measurable goals. Maybe a specific score on a game? Play X hours a week?

Do you have suggestions on SMART goals you’ve used in the past?


On track for all of these so far. Smart Goals made.


If they’re not fixed, finish up work on my Elektra and Delta Queen projects.

Elektra parts are in and being worked on, while Delta Queen will be finished - most likely by Dan Hall when I hand it off to PAPA. That game is just the bane of my existence.

Break the top 100 (not Power because my IFPA resume is already long gone for growing up a Pittsburgh pinballer) OR do my best at a certain thing that may happen (vaguespeak!).

Certain Circuit thing didn’t happen, but I got 99th at the start of PA WPPR season!

Start a blog, vlog, stream, something independent for entertainment/educational purposes. Put my shiny Black Friday C922 purchase to use!

With some more funds flying around, I can actually buy the tech I would like to do this with.

Purchase a machine from the late 80s or later.

Called the Ghostbusters up, thanks DJ!

Qualify for the IFPA State Championships in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and one other state.

Given the fact that every good Ohio event I’ve been busy for, that’s a wash or a tough ask to catch up. PA is solid, other state is yet to be determined.

Make some trips to new semi-nearby locations to play for fun/competition. Morgantown WV, Pincrossing near Harrisburg, etc.

Pinfest is on my list and my new position will have me traveling to Carlisle more often!

Bonus Objectives!

  • Become the 5th best IFPA ranked player in Pittsburgh - Currently I’m 9th, and this would put me right outside of the DJ - Cryss - Aleksander - Jon power quartet.

  • Put up 2 more nuclear GC scores on location games - with the GotG Orb double feature GC done, I would love to have some more crazy scoring strategies to chase down for initials - something to keep things fun and frantic.


Meant to do these a long time ago but:

Get to Last Man Standing on TWD. I’ve put up 80ish kills and 1.3 billion on it- no LMS though.

Score over 1 billion on Metallica. I think my high is around 800 or low 900. Been to EOL twice though.

Finish first in my league. Highest finish is 2rd.

Buy another game- preferably an EM or two.

Be in the 300 rankings by year end. 458 right now.

Learn to tap pass/shatz more consistently.


Since we’re halfway through the year, I’ll give an update

This has been going pretty well. I’m at 273 right now. My stats page says 429th for “Last Year’s Rank”…although it’s not clear to me if that was my rank at the end of the year or at some other point? I wish I had written this down my rank at the time of my previous post.

This probably wasn’t aggressive enough. I’ve been to INDISC, TPF, Cactus Jacks, and NYCPC. Missed out on 24 Hour Battle. I’ve got Pinburgh, Buffalo, and Mad Rollin on the calendar, and would like to do NWPC and/or City Champs (if I can get in).

I’ve had a lot of great opportunities to pull this off but haven’t done it. I’ve had two 18 pointers. Getting through just one more round late in a tournament, or one or two spots higher is where all the points are.

I’m at 13 right now. This will be cutting it close, and I should try to pick up the pace.

I had AC/DC at home when I made this goal, but then it left the house for 5 months. It’s back now. The new code should make it a little easier, since MBs take less shots to qualify now. I may change my strategy to switching songs before lighting MB, as it’s not uncommon for me to accidentally start it when I have the jukebox lit.

I’ve only tried this a few times. I topped out at 11 center ramp shots on GOT multiple times, but recently got 14 in a row. The pressure of that 15th shot definitely got to me. :slight_smile:


Email me and I can send you your rank history. We archive everyone’s rank on the first of each month going back since the beginning of time.