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COVID-19 House Arrest - What Game Are You Working On?


By clodpole

72 days ago



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    #64 71 days ago

    Sky Rider is getting LEDs under the playfield and behind the backglass. Leaving the visible lamps incandescent.

    Sky Rider got a chime unit transplant (out with the Williams chimes, in with a Chicago Coin set of chimes via eBay). I've also got a parts on order to replace the chime bar grommets / washers as well as the bumpers under the plungers.

    Duotron got a flipper coil upgrade (Orange Dot) after a brief sojourn into the land of the yellow dot (too strong for the game)

    Duotron has, and Domino is scheduled, for 3" levelers in the back so I can play with the slope a bit; previously maxed out the 2" levelers. I'll probably spend some time leveling everything out somewhere along the way.

    Also got in some adhesive back foam insulation (marine grade 1/2" stuff) that I'm gonna affix to the back doors of all machines - Sky Rider came with something (which is a bit yellow'd and probably full of nicotine) but it really does quiet the game down a bit and make the doors feel more solid, so I'm gonna take care of all three.

    I've got a bunch of little projects with all three - Duotron has a score reel that is a little sticky (although it's been behaving lately), and I'd like to figure out the Domino coin and credit circuits (not sure if they work, not sure how they are set for free play, credit reel seems gummed up) as well as Sky Rider (set for free play, not 100% sure how, and the hi score award is set to add a ball which annoys me a little (I want to hear to knock!)

    And meanwhile, it's not really all that much of a break for me - yoga studio is closed (I don't have to teach my usual 4x a week) but we're live streaming yoga classes 1-2 times per day (I'm the techie - lights, audio, streaming device) and my engineering work seems to be booming.

    1 week later
    #214 59 days ago

    Sky Rider now has comet LEDs in backglass and under the table. I'm leaving incandescents up top because I prefer how they look. I now have a lifetime supply of #44 and #47 bulbs.

    Also, got my first real look at the reverse side of the backglass, not so bad. A little flaking along the bottom right (two figures) but minimal. Need to figure out the best way to stabilize without going to crazy.

    I started to dig into game settings (3/5 ball, award levels, add-a-ball vs. replay) but did not get too far. I prefer a satisfying POP of a replay award (assuming that's functional) even if the game is set for free play. I also ran through a 4 player game to make sure all the functions and score reels worked.

    It's pretty much ready to make it's way to its new home once the pandemic restrictions lift and they make space for it....which could be a while (my friend had knee surgery right before the crisis and is still recovering). However, now that I've proven to myself that 3 machines fit in my basement with room for maintenance, I'm clearly gonna be open to another machine (once my personal economy stabilizes) - but I'm definitely looking at something a bit more compact (wedgehead) - the head of Sky Rider is a beast!

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    #319 43 days ago

    Not really working on a game so much as I am messing around with multi-camera streaming - one camera for the playfield, another for the score (or the player)

    Kind of a fun "I'm bored and I have access to too much tech" project, using OBS Studio (free) and two webcams (one fairly new, one old and low res). I started out moving the roller shade I use when I'm doing a web conference for work (because I moved my desk back a few feet to make room for a 3rd pin) and next thing you know I had Picture-in-Picture going, and FB Live Streaming using a Stream Key instead of the regular PC cam & mic.

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