Yeah, this was the original planned day for the Kickstarter start. I got sick of holding off on it, so I started it about a week earlier. The Kickstarter has been funded, so I’m already moving on to updating the solenoid and the interface boards. I’ve already panellized the new versions of the boards, but I need to test the surface mount incandescent boards before I can send off the order. I just wanted to take the time on my blog to thank all of the people who have supported the Kickstarter. When starting the Kickstarter, I wasn’t sure that it was going to get three supporters who wanted cards. We are past that at this point, which hopefully means that other people find it useful.
My idea behind an open source project was to make sure that others would have access to it and be able to make use of it. There is no point to an open source project if others don’t use it. Of course pinball is a niche hobby, and people building their own pinball machines is even a smaller niche of that niche.
There are a bunch of people who read the blog from Australia. When I picked the shipping countries, the easiest was to pick US, Canada, and the EU. If the person that reads the blog from Australia/New Zealand, etc, want cards, send me a note and we’ll figure it out. (My email address is on the bottom of the About page in this blog). I’m pretty sure it is about $15 shipping to those places.
Got a chance to play the Hobbit, at Funworld in Nashua, NH on Thursday. Sorry Joe, I didn’t get a high score, so your initials will not be on the leader board. (I told you it was unlikely). The game felt floaty as others have mentioned. I also got a ball stuck in one of the pop ups. Evidently the code doesn’t know how to clear that issue, because the glass had to be popped. It is strange that there are already two Hobbits in southern NH.
I have just updated the firmware for the boards to version 0.1.1. The biggest fix is it removes debug code that accidentally got left in the build. It doesn’t affect anyone using MPF and the OPP boards (since they don’t use the non-volatile configuration), but others using the OPP boards in white wood only mode, should update their code.