My attempt at finding a bracket for the scoop has failed again. I am tired of ordering pinball parts – there are too many different items that do the same thing, and it seems impossible to get simple specs, such as hole distance etc. In relation to Space Attack!, the bracket-incident means that I cannot make a video showing a playable game. As I also have other projects, one of which is of a more serious nature, I am contemplating shelving the project for a while, and return to it when I get a 3D printer later, and thus will not be dependent on other people/stores for sourcing some parts.
Well, I have decided to leave Facebook and Twitter in an attempt to return to the better internet-times of the late 90’s and early 00’s, where I used forums a lot more than I have done recently. Being on forums ensured engaging with people that wanted to read/write more than three words or just give a quick like. The same goes for a site like this – though it is only one-way. In regards to Space Attack, it has sort of grown into a light pseudo-puzzle game – in which enemies attempt to steal your orbs. When you lose all your orbs, the game is lost. Some orbs are earning points constantly, thus losing those are worse than losing the standard green orbs.
Well, stuff has been happening this weekend. I forced myself to work on the not-pinball project, even though other things demanded my attention. I worked on the wood-side of the project, which is my least favorite part of making a not-pinball machine (or pinball machine). I try to keep a neat tech-like office, so I like there to be MOSFETs and caps, PCBs, lab power supplies and programming. I do not care for burned wood smell, wood dust etc. No matter, it went fine, and I can now proceed to the next step. I will need to redo the playfield artwork, since I have changed placement of playfield items since the ‘whitewood’.
I have almost finished the artwork for the playfield-side of the game. Simple and colorful is the goal. I consider this almost done, but I may add more wording etc. There are only few references to where posts etc. is going to be. I expect to get a test print made within the next couple of days.
I expect to be done with the ‘hard’ work before the end of August – leaving the video side and code. Which is more stable and quiet work.
I have started to work on the playfield artwork. It should be noted that I am not good at artwork by any stretch of the imagination. But in the end, the main point is just to have some colors thrown down on the playfield, right? At least I won’t have to think about inserts etc. (since this is not a pinball machine)
I need a simple layout and stuff that is easy to hit. Lower part of game is shown. But the mechanical side has to be kept simple. Only few coils and open space. Yes, no outlanes. It is time to get rid of outlanes for ever.