austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

Just put your foot down with an awful whomp

Remember last week when I had a really good game of The Walking Dead pinball and I predicted humiliation for me every time we played it during league? We played it during league on Tuesday and, yeah, I flopped. I scored about 11 million, which is worse than I did the very first time I ever stepped up to the machine without any idea what it might do. This rounded out a night of one good game --- Theatre of Magic, the devilbunny-starring machine --- and a catastrophically bad Tales of the Arabian Nights and a poor Simpsons Pinball Party.

Before the night started the league's champion asked if I had tips for The Walking Dead and since I had no idea what I did to do well I had to hold out my hands, helplessly, and suggest, ``don't lose the ball?'' I hate the feeling he thinks I might be holding out pinball secrets on him, but surely my performance overall proves that I wasn't. And whatever it is was going around; our other pinball friend had a night only marginally better than me, thanks among other things to an outstanding game of The Walking Dead.

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