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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2015, 00:07:50 AM »
Alright, we've got a handle on construction cost now, and it is damn expensive to build something from the ground up! I mean, I knew it wasn't going to be cheap, but dayamn. Nevertheless, I've made a preliminary layout on how to finance the campaign, and keep this 199 euro cap in in place.

But this means that preliminary research & development is done, and it's looking good! We have a few things more to discuss, but I think we will be able to bring our development plan and project platform to KickStarter pretty soon. In the meantime; if you have arcade insights or feedback, we'd really appreciate it. We're bringing some very cool extra features to the system, so it's time to put your Xmas money aside to pledge for some Ultimate Arcade Gaming :P

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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2015, 04:04:27 AM »
So, you think you can pull it off for under your max price?

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Re: The STAR FORCE PI -Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2015, 09:43:54 AM »
Only just seeing this thread now and reading through, truly incredible stuff here, a fantastic concept and design. I think you've cracked the gap in the Arcade market place, your packaging is spot on, your execution of delivery is that of a quality sales person. And I'm very sure ....no I'm positive this will be highly successful for you in what your attempting to deliver. Its perfect for an arcade lover in the office place, he can take this and play the classics on their lunch time, or someone wanting to have a blast at a classic in their lap. It's all good!!

If things fit into place for me in the next few weeks, you can guarantee my support and backing on this fantastic project.

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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #18 on: October 11, 2015, 10:13:01 AM »
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Alright, we've got a handle on construction cost now, and it is damn expensive to build something from the ground up! I mean, I knew it wasn't going to be cheap, but dayamn. Nevertheless, I've made a preliminary layout on how to finance the campaign, and keep this 199 euro cap in in place.

But this means that preliminary research & development is done, and it's looking good! We have a few things more to discuss, but I think we will be able to bring our development plan and project platform to KickStarter pretty soon. In the meantime; if you have arcade insights or feedback, we'd really appreciate it. We're bringing some very cool extra features to the system, so it's time to put your Xmas money aside to pledge for some Ultimate Arcade Gaming :P

This is awesome news chap, whats the cool extra features?
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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #19 on: October 12, 2015, 10:39:41 AM »
TrekMD: it's actually more difficult than I thought, but I think we could offer the system in a few different variations, with 199 euro being the Core System as it were; no fancy packaging or pretty manuals, just a good, solid device. Then we move up a few tiers to a Custom Edition (choose your own colors) and Collectors Edition (limited edition, artwork, the whole fanfare). And, we'll probably also sell the Case & Arcade Shield loose to people that want to mod and design their own system, so that could work out a little cheaper for some people if they have parts laying around.

And I can't really tell much about the extra features, zapiy, as I still have to hear back of its feasability (don't want to promise something, and then go back on it), but one thing I am working on is a modular screen mount. With this, the user can open up the case and change the orientation of the screen, fixing it in vertical/tate or horizontal position. It's actually a relatively easy addition, but could be very meaningful for gamers.

Thanks for your response, Greyfox, it really cheered me up :) We'll do our best to get this thing out there, so stay tuned!

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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #20 on: October 12, 2015, 15:25:46 PM »
Hmm, at least if you go with KS you'll have the ability to offer additional packages for more money.  :)

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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #21 on: October 12, 2015, 16:27:47 PM »
Exactly, case/arcade shield for the modder, core & custom SFP for the gamer, collector's edition SFP for the collector, that's the plan :)

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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #22 on: October 13, 2015, 13:39:11 PM »
One of the best things I've seen for a long time.
I'll be honest, might be too expensive for a purchase but I do appreciate the time/costs involved.  :1:

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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #24 on: October 13, 2015, 15:31:55 PM »
I have to say I am really impressed with your thinking here.. When do you envisage the KS going live?
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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #25 on: October 13, 2015, 15:53:08 PM »
I've built several arcade cabinets (9 total) and modded a couple as well.  I would stay away from SFII in advertisement as it is a six button game (or more).  There are plenty of great (possibly better?) games out there that would shine on this system.  Neo Geo games are generally four buttons or less and that would be great.  A lot of their shooters are graphical powerhouses and would make the system look great.  Of course any popular old school console game is gonna be attractive to the retro enthused.  I don't think that a couple of hundred bucks is too much if the system is very high quality.  A couple of small arcade systems have come out lately to lackluster reviews.  One has very poor emulation (some games have no sound while others play poorly) and others lack the real hardware as they are usually just touchscreen adapters with controller software.  A great screen with real arcade controls would make all the difference.   :67:
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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #27 on: October 14, 2015, 12:23:35 PM »
Great stuff, I really hope you can get the NG:DEV guys on board, certainly be good be both parties.
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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #28 on: October 14, 2015, 15:29:15 PM »
That is incredible and I'll be in for at least one, or even the kit if the max is exceeded.
Either way, count on my support 8)

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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #29 on: October 16, 2015, 07:42:09 AM »
Excellent, cheers guys. I don't know if I mentioned this, but I'm working on building the screen mount in such a way, that users can open up the SFP and fix the screen into either vertical/tate or horizontal position, so topdown and side scrollers can be played in the correct orientation. Should be good!