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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #135 on: July 16, 2016, 23:51:18 PM »
Can't wait to buy one of these !!

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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #136 on: July 18, 2016, 00:07:25 AM »
Looks more and more amazing each and every update.
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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #137 on: July 23, 2016, 22:16:43 PM »
Cheers all! Last video of the STARFORCE PI I'm gonna make, next video should be about pre-ordering and production details. But in this video you can see how well consoles play on this system, with 2-player controls and HDMI-out :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rL-6BL330w

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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #138 on: July 24, 2016, 03:22:28 AM »
That is really fantastic!  Very well done.
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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #139 on: July 24, 2016, 04:09:20 AM »
This is outstanding. That baby can do it all.

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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #140 on: July 24, 2016, 20:00:46 PM »
You are a genius mate.. awesome.
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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #141 on: August 12, 2016, 17:13:47 PM »
I see you can sign up for a newsletter for this, and through that they will be announcing when the pre-order starts for a limited run of 100 units.


Here's the site for those who want to make sure they get in on this. http://starforcepi.us14.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=2da672442f585a52db71be3fe&id=3870cf12e8

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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #142 on: August 12, 2016, 17:47:30 PM »
I see you can sign up for a newsletter for this, and through that they will be announcing when the pre-order starts for a limited run of 100 units.


Here's the site for those who want to make sure they get in on this. http://starforcepi.us14.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=2da672442f585a52db71be3fe&id=3870cf12e8
Thanks a million for this. Invaluable imo and I just subscribed.
Liked the 'Confirm your humanity' part :P

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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #143 on: August 12, 2016, 22:36:27 PM »
Signed up as well!
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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #144 on: August 14, 2016, 12:37:45 PM »
Signed up. Boom.


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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #145 on: August 14, 2016, 12:51:27 PM »
Signed up as well, thanx

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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #146 on: August 24, 2016, 12:04:26 PM »
Cheers guys, I won't overspam too much, but the last newsletter kind of explains where we are: https://t.co/rgwxeyQLGn


Currently I'm waiting on the production company in Serbia to come back with their plans, and from then on it should accelerate a bit.

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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #147 on: August 24, 2016, 12:18:10 PM »
Cheers guys, I won't overspam too much, but the last newsletter kind of explains where we are: https://t.co/rgwxeyQLGn


Currently I'm waiting on the production company in Serbia to come back with their plans, and from then on it should accelerate a bit.

I hope the wait isn't too long, but in the meantime please spam away! I don't mind one bit

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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #148 on: May 05, 2017, 12:35:37 PM »


Check out some new systems I build
Sega Omega Drive: https://starforcepi.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/the-sega-omega-drive/
PC Engine SD: https://starforcepi.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/the-pc-engine-sd/

So it has been nearly a YEAR since my last post. I've been making some of my new build (see above) as well as pursuing the STARFORCE PI development. Time goes fast when things progress slowly. There have been some changes, and I thought I'd share progress as it stands in a summarized way:

2016-07-23: Last teaser video, showing removable button plate (allowing up to 6 arcade buttons) and a magnified window were back in the design. I vowed to only post again with production details and pre-order date. Prototype 1 was at the CAD designer, Arcade shield was still in development with the Engineer.
 
2016-07-29: My first child was born.
 
2016-09-01: Contacted Watermelon Games for licensing possibility of their games for the STARFORCE PI. NG-DEV:TEAM was on board against a heft licensing fee, I figured perhaps WG would be more accessible, but alas they weren’t looking to license. Cool guys though, very interested in our gear, specifically the Starforce Neo conversion of the Minitel (they’re French, so they were digging it).
 
2016-09-14: Prototype 2 arrives at CAD designer, first version was lacking internals and could not be fully realized in CAD.
 
2016-10-28: Finished workflow on options to include into the Arcade Shield for our engineer. This would include VGA output via the GPIOs to a scanline generator before reaching the 5” screen. We discussed the inclusion of 2 stereo speakers and a dedicated amp to manage 2watt output. We discussed making the battery optional to press the per-unit cost.
 
2016-11-03:
First meeting with a French-Chinese production company on getting small volume production runs. CAD designs would be delivered as soon as our designer delivered them to us
 
2016-11-12: First CAD draft of housing is delivered. Questions of the design were answered, and the changes would be made.
 
2016-11-17: Non-disclosure forms were signed with the production company. Packaging options were discussed.
 
2016-11-30: Second CAD draft of housing is delivered forwarded to production company.
 
2016-12-16: First attempt to send STARFORCE PI prototype to production company was tried, failed (La Poste did not accept address).
 
2016-12-18 until 2017-04-01: Xmas Holiday – Get PC Engine + everdrive, start new parallel project: the PC Engine SD
 
2017-01-18: Second attempt to send STARFORCE PI prototype to production company was tried,successful!
 
2017-02-08: The engineer leaves the project. No prototype of the PCB was made by him at this time, nor was an attempt made at a design, unfortunately. New plans are made to simplify the design so the PCB could be made without the engineer.
 
2017-02-11: Prototype was returned to sender, this time China post did not understand the addressing.
 
2017-02-27: Third attempt to send STARFORCE PI prototype to the production company was tried, successful again.
 
2017-03-29: Package arrived at the production company. CAD design, boxart and prototype of the case are now in China, Shenzhen. Request for PCB development was made.
 
2017-04-21: Met with the production company, moving forward in getting production quotes from them, and working with the same company Ubisoft hired for their injection mold figurines. Exciting, but no promises yet, as ever.

2017-05-05:
Try seperate off-the-shelf components in conjuction with each other rather than creating a bespoke PCB, introducing the solution in a new prototype for production company in China.

So that’s as far as we are now. I’ve spent a few thousand euros since the original Kickstarter campaign, mostly for custom or limited available parts and prototypes, each prototype costing around 200-300 to build. As I mentioned, to keep up morale I’ve been working on side projects, such as the recently finished Sega Omega Drive and the PC Engine SD:

Sega Omega Drive: https://starforcepi.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/the-sega-omega-drive/
PC Engine SD: https://starforcepi.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/the-pc-engine-sd/
« Last Edit: May 07, 2017, 11:42:35 AM by starforcepilot »

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Re: The STAR FORCE PI - Electronic Tabletop Mini-Arcade
« Reply #149 on: May 05, 2017, 13:57:39 PM »
Wow, nice stuff.  That Omega Drive looks like something from Star Wars!
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