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'Storm Blasters' - The Journey to Create New Software & Hardware for Whirlwind

By applejuice

8 years ago


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#201 1 year ago

This is SO great!

#202 1 year ago

Im looking sooooo forward to this. Love this game!

#203 1 year ago
Quoted from Magno:

2 small orbits

That small orbit reminds me of the "shadow loop" in the shadow. Making consecutive shots through it on whirlwind is fun, but completely worthless. Might be fun to add a loop combo for that.

#204 1 year ago

Updating this new whirlwind I have for auto launcher use. Single best thing about writing your own code

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#205 1 year ago

That is one of the best updates on the newest WH2O code--nice to get the ball back after a cheap, quick drain. Really looking forward to what you come up with.

#206 1 year ago

Anxiously watching this. I’m having a WW gettin a custom workover by HEP. I figure I can drop in this upgrade when he gets back. Following closely!

#207 1 year ago

Strange question: any plans to try to make the original code work as an option? Ie. You could have a menu option that would run an emulator and the original ROM on your board. Obviously you’d just have alphanumeric on the DMD, but that part shouldn’t be bad. Would be cool to be able to have BOTH in the same cabinet easily.

And since this requires your hardware (which gives you an easier time monetizing it), any plans to make the software side open source? Or will it be closed? (Trust me, to each his own on this issue, I’m just curious.)

—Donnie

#208 1 year ago
Quoted from Magno:

Here’s a thought how about adding a 4-way combo. Left orbit + 2 small orbits + side ramp. Has anyone ever pulled that off? I know I haven’t,because that small orbit is super fast but it would be a cool challenge.
Thanks for the build, nice to see someone else love this game as much as I do

I think i have some combos in the code already, but if not i will be adding some like you suggested. 2 way, 3 way and 4 way most likely.

#209 1 year ago

Such a rad project!!

#210 1 year ago

dmd speaker panel created Using original wpc panel parts to make the conversion as easy as possible. If anyone has exact model car speakers (4 ohm) that fit the mounting holes for wpc era speaker panels let me know part numbers. I have a nice pyle 5.25" midrange speaker here but it doesn't line up with the holes

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#211 1 year ago

Well, it’s nearly time to flick the switch and see what happens!! Always nerve racking when you’ve plugged it all in and triple checked everything before the first boot up all together in game. Bench tests and individual section tests are one thing but this is crunch time

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#212 1 year ago

don't keep us in suspense

#213 1 year ago

So...how long before I send you my money?

#214 1 year ago

3 possible scenarios here:

1. there was an issue
2. it's so much fun that he can't stop playing
3. The entire machine and Applejuice just exploded due to the sheer awesomeness.

#215 1 year ago

Aaaaahhh I'm so excited What happened?? Vid footage

#216 1 year ago

First boot up went ok and identified various hardware, software and firmware issues that i need to fix.

Been working through them and am nearly ready for another test.

This is a journey thread so you are getting the exact progress as it happens, zero editing!

Making this stuff is not easy and takes time, effort and lots of iteration and patience.

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Once i get past these issues then i should be able to play some test games and shoot some vids. There is still alot of work to do and i run a full-time pinball business making replacement pcbs and repairing boards aswell. Please remember this is not stern. Its just me.

#217 1 year ago

I have a vague idea of the work you're doing, and it's amazing. Before PROC was a gleam in anyone's eye, I knew eventually we'd have game re-writes and likely be doing it on more advanced hardware. I love how it's progressing, and really look forward to this...

--Donnie

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#218 1 year ago
Quoted from applejuice:

First boot up went ok and identified various hardware, software and firmware issues that i need to fix.
Been working through them and am nearly ready for another test.
This is a journey thread so you are getting the exact progress as it happens, zero editing!
Making this stuff is not easy and takes time, effort and lots of iteration and patience.
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Once i get past these issues then i should be able to play some test games and shoot some vids. There is still alot of work to do and i run a full-time pinball business making replacement pcbs and repairing boards aswell. Please remember this is not stern. Its just me.

You are crazy and talented. Don’t mistake our demands for updates as anything more than enthusiasm. Keep it up!!! We are all rooting for you.

#219 1 year ago
Quoted from Bospins:

You are crazy and talented. Don’t mistake our demands for updates as anything more than enthusiasm. Keep it up!!! We are all rooting for you.

Totally this ^^^

#220 1 year ago

Love the test menu with added wire colours. Really nice touch!

#221 1 year ago

It would be cool to have the full light show going the whole time during the second multiball. Can something like that he coded in?

#222 1 year ago

For some test and progress vids check my Instagram page out at Instagram.com/myPinballs

Or

https://www.instagram.com/p/CHpdrmcndSb/?igshid=3tf27zwa8c9e

https://www.instagram.com/p/CHtJ8YonpYm/?igshid=1osbvtanjxqcp

https://www.instagram.com/p/CHtcnegHqoh/?igshid=1akvsih649s3h

A lot of progress has been made. Will share more info later. At least 10 or so hardware and software fixes so far.

#223 1 year ago

We’re not worthy.

#224 1 year ago

So awesome

#225 1 year ago

Feel The Power!

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#227 1 year ago

Just so cool!!! Was playing my Whirlwind this arvo, couldn't help but get excited about the prospect of a Whirlwind 2.0!!

#228 1 year ago

I'm seriously thinking to keep my Whirlwind pinball machine... because this project is really awesome and the DMD upgrade rocks!!
applejuice you are great!

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#229 1 year ago

Some new graphics screens created

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#230 1 year ago

Looking good!

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#231 1 year ago

Experimentation with a process to create new dmd graphics and words from the game but in a style that matches the original art style and whirlwind font. Not an easy undertaking, but I have a process that works pretty nicely now (after more hours than i want to talk about, lol ). It will create me cool new graphic frames now without too much hassle.

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#232 1 year ago

this kit looks great, much cleaner than the bride pinbot kit. i had nothing but trouble with that one and sold it

#233 1 year ago

That lettering looks fantastic! Did you basically have to develop your own font? I've done that before... it's amazing how tricky that gets, especially once you have to scale for size and kerning. But anyway, what you have there looks awesome!

#234 1 year ago

Nothing makes my day like seeing posts on this thread. Can't wait to see the finished product.

#235 1 year ago

Looks fantastic. Granted you are only showing images But for extra pizzazz could make the colors chase top/bottom or whatever... Or put a bit of wiggle to them... Options endless!

#236 1 year ago

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#237 1 year ago

I like the font.

#238 1 year ago

Love this and can't wait to see the whole package operational!!

#239 1 year ago

Firstly

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Secondly i've worked out various combos for the game on loop and ramps. More so on the LHS side with the left loop, upper left loop and left ramp. On the RHS just the right ramp and right loop. Combos go up to 5-way with associated graphics for each

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#240 1 year ago

When?
Whenwhenwhenwhenwhen

#241 1 year ago

I think when it's done

#244 1 year ago

So i forgot about the cellar visits in the bonus count! oops , now added.

I'm hoping we should be good for a few game videos soon, maybe over christmas maybe after i'm back from my break (5th jan)

Game is playing pretty reliable now, and working through getting the rules tweaked to be as close to the original as possible. There will be more graphics work to do though

#245 1 year ago

OMG!!! I just discovered this thread! Mr. Applejuice, you are a genius!! I am so excited for this kit! Please make sure you price it accordingly so that you are taken care of, you deserve to be rewarded for your hard work. We would also love for you to consider converting other games once Whirlwind is complete, so it needs to make sense as both a labor of love and financially sustainable project!

#246 1 year ago
Quoted from thedarkknight77:

OMG!!! I just discovered this thread! Mr. Applejuice, you are a genius!! I am so excited for this kit! Please make sure you price it accordingly so that you are taken care of, you deserve to be rewarded for your hard work. We would also love for you to consider converting other games once Whirlwind is complete, so it needs to make sense as both a labor of love and financially sustainable project!

If you think this is impressive,which it is you should see his work on Revenge from Mars.

#247 1 year ago
Quoted from Puffdanny:

If you think this is impressive,which it is you should see his work on Revenge from Mars.

Thanks for the kind words ! I try my best

#248 1 year ago

I am beyond excited for this. Keep up all the awesome work!

#249 1 year ago
Quoted from applejuice:

Thanks for the kind words ! I try my best

Yes you do ! It is great !
But maybe time to sell the hardware and get some testers who might feed you with comments
I would take part for the german tests

Looking really forward, WhiWi is the oldest gamne in my collection, all Wpc95 and many Stern went in and out .. but WhiWi is a keeper for over 15 years now.

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#250 1 year ago

Two more days and maybe an update!?!

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