Friday, November 19, 2010

Control Panel Finished


I did complete the control panel overlay install last night. I notice a few minor details I got wrong, can't really fix them now, but I learned from it.

After playing a few games, it is clear I assembled the joysticks a little wrong, so I need to go back in and fix that tonight.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Control Panel Overlay


The Control Panel Overlay arrived from GameOnGraphix, I think they did a great job. I started the install last night and should have it completed today.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Even More Mame Cabinet Progress


The bezel is finished, I'm letting the paint cure before I install it in the cabinet and put the glass on top of it.

Sadly, I think the bezel really makes the monitor look small. I'm wondering if some sort of instruction card mounted along the bottom would help?

It isn't that big of a deal, something to worry about once the rest of the cabinet is done. Cool

I also completed the small wood panel I'm going to mount inside for the power button and volume control. I'll try to mount that inside tonight.


Monday, November 15, 2010

New stuff from the Flynn Lives campaign


I received a pair of pins from the Flynn Lives group, the Tron:Legacy ARG (Alternate Reality Game) promotion for the movie.

With nearly a month until the release of Tron:Legacy, I expect the hype to really pick up.


Third Post on RPG Weekly

I've posted a third Primisti related post on the RPGWeekly website. My plan is to post every Monday and Friday.

Primisti - Eastern Kingdoms (Part 2)


Friday, November 12, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Posting on RPGWeekly blog

Jeff has asked me to post some of my Primisti campaign content on the RPGWeekly podcast blog. I'm going to try and post every Monday and Friday, I think this will help prompt me to do work on the game world documentation.

First Post: Primisti Maps - Eastern Kingdoms


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Cabinet Update

I've added the second pair of clamps to the control panel so it can be secured when slid into position. You can see the paper version of my control panel overlay in the photo too.


I mounted the catch plates for the clamps on the crossbar inside the cabinet.


You can also see the DVD drive mounted in front of the lower coin door and the wood braces I put in place to hold the computer case and sub woofer.


Monday, November 8, 2010

Cabinet Update

Still at work on this project, I ordered my CPO from GameOnGraphix, although the receipt doesn't say they have associated my purchase with the file I uploaded. We'll see what I get...


The original cabinet came with a particle board & glossy black cardboard bezel. I've taken some wood trim and worked it into a bezel around the 20" LCD I'm using for the cabinet. The trick is to prepare the bezel so it doesn't look like a hunk of wood painted black.


I installed some wood pieces to hold the PC case and Subwoofer in place inside the cabinet and created a wood frame to hold the DVD drive in front of the lower coin door.




Monday, October 25, 2010

Podcasting!

Jeff and Nick, two friends of mine, have started up a podcast called RPG Weekly and in the latest episode they invited me on to chat about games.

RPG Weekly Episode #1

Monday, October 11, 2010

Interrior Mess

Still lots of work to be done. The software side of things is barely configured. I need to finish configuring the OS to automatically launch Mala and then configure Mala to run things smoothly. I also haven't been able to get Daphne to recognize my joysticks, although it will "see" the buttons just fine.



And there is a lot of clean up inside once everything is working...

Then I need to finish the Marquee and design the CPO...

More Mame Cabinet Progress

More work done on the cabinet this past weekend. The parts I ordered for the coin door showed up so I installed those

Mounting the control panel to the cabinet had a few rough spots. I ended up needing to sand the paint down so the bottom of the control panel would fit inside the cabinet properly.



In this pic you can see the control panel base, without the control panel itself. I still need to order some clamps to hold it in place. Inside you can see where the black control panel bottom meets the white cross piece I mounted inside. That is where the clamps will go.



The control panel slides out, once out far enough, I can reach inside and undo the two clamps holding the control panel to the base.



It is a little hard to see the details of the control panel in place because of the lack of contrast of all the semi-gloss black surfaces.



From this angle the way the control panel meets the cabinet is more visible.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Cabinet Update

I secured the speakers in place using small mounting squares and zip ties.


Next, I finished the coin door repaint and mounted that into the cabinet.


The plastic pieces from the coin door were in such rotten shape that I ordered new buttons, bezel and coin return flaps from Lizard Lick. It should look pretty good with those in place.

When I got the cabinet, it was missing two sets of bolts/brackets that help secure the coin door in place. One of the guys on the BYOAC forums pointed me to The Arcade Boneyard, where I ordered the replacement pieces.


Friday, October 8, 2010

Cabinet Updates

First I installed a new florescent fixture for the marquee light. The cabinet originally had a single incandescent bulb. Then I started on the T-Molding


I need to buy a new hot glue gun, the end of one piece of t-molding isn't staying in place on its own. I'm happy with how well the t-molding worked here, the original t-molding grove was offset and damaged in a lot of places.

The control panel wiring is nearly complete, I haven't figured out where to mount the spinner's little pcb board. Once I've figured that out, and tested all the buttons, then I'll tighten up the wiring, right now it is a bit of mess.


I'll put t-molding along the bottom edge of the top of the panel once the cpo is in place. Which reminds me I still need to design the cpo.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Cabinet Monitor

I'm going to use a Dell 2000FP LCD monitor for the cabinet. I picked up a VESA wall mount, then attach that to a sheet of plywood that will mount against the frame where the cabinet's original tube monitor mounted.


I had to remove the back of the monitor bezel, the plastic was formed in a way that prevented the mount from working. Now I need to paint the wood and secure it inside the cabinet.


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Control Panel Progress



I attached the sides of the control panel to the lower shelf. I wanted to make sure that it would fit into the cabinet once it was fixed in place




At first I thought I'd fix the shelf and control panel to the cabinet permanently, now I'm leaning toward making it removable for easier troubleshooting and transport. Now I can finish the CP, figure out how to do the hinges for the top.



This last picture shows where the top of the control panel top won't close because of the existing cabinet. I'm thinking of removing a small bit so it will close cleanly.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Speakers for Mame Cabinet

I cut two holes to mount the new speakers through. Once in place, I'll cover the holes with sort of speaker grill.

I had patched the small holes that originally severed to let sound through, although oddly the old wiring had a single speaker attached to the back of this mdf panel between the two sets of speaker "grills", I can't imagine that worked very well.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Rocket Girls Are From Venus


Gamex 2010 was this past weekend, on Saturday my friend Dan and I went down to the LAX Sheraton for a day of gaming. I had the opportunity to try three systems I never played before; Starchildren: The Velvet Generation, Savage Worlds and Spirit of the Century.

Starchildren: The Velvet Generation is a very interesting concept, alien rock stars come to earth to share in the rock and roll experience, only to find a dystopian future waiting for them. But the rule system seems to get in the way.

Savage Worlds is a streamlined system for use in a wide variety of generes. The game I played in was a Fantasy RPG, but it is my understanding that the system can be applied to any number of genres. However it does seem a bit light on the heavy details that longer campaigns thrive on.

Spirit of the Century, set in the Pulp world of the early 1900's uses what I was told is a modified FATE system. This session was a lot of fun, the system calls on the players to take part in the shaping of the story to a greater part than many other RPGs. I had a blast, and I'm looking forward to giving this system another go soon.


Tron Sticker #6, "Tron Logo"



Last of the Tron Stickers, hope everyone enjoyed the all. The new movie is less that seven months away. :)


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Tron Sticker #1, "Tank Maze"



Every pack of Tron cards included a sticker, this one features the Tank Maze from the Tron video game.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

"Building Steam" in AMV Contest Finals

Good News Everyone!

"Building Steam", my latest Anime Music Video will be debuting in the AMV contests at Fanime and Animazement this weekend.

It will also be shown at AnimeNext in early June.

I'm still waiting to hear if it is a finalist at Anime Expo.


Tron #66, "Flynn regretted writing so many Tank games."



This is the 66th and last of the Tron Movie Cards, I still have a few things to share over the next few days, I hope you enjoyed them.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Iron Man 2



I saw Iron Man 2 last night and it didn't dissappoint. I won't rehash the reviews already online, but I will say I was pretty happy with this follow up to the first movie.


Tron #52, "Yori on the de-rezed carrier."




Tuesday, May 11, 2010