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Happy 2014

January 18th, 2014

I’m hopefully not going to regret this post in 7 months. Hopefully I keep my New Years Resolution which I fail every year of blogging more. So, here are a list of goals I hope to keep this year.

  1. Finish Updating TroyDPatterson.com Goodness it’s been 4 years I haven’t finished yet
  2. Finish Icarus Ascend See above comment of it being 4 years
  3. Finish Pinball Machine Personal project for more than 4 years that I’ve been making killer progress on
  4. Learn Unity

That doesn’t seem to be too tough. I’ve started over programming Icarus Ascend (again), I’ve dumped making my own level creator for a better tool. I’ve passed information on the game off to various audio guys that I know and I believe I have a guy for the music (I don’t want to make any promises that I’ll regret in another year)

As far as TroyDPatterson.com goes, I’ve completed the base update and just haven’t updated this site yet. I have the site working in HTML5 (not because I hate flash, I just hate that so much of my traffic came from iOS devices… mainly mine). I’ve dumped the 3 section system (Toolbox, Developer, and Play) it just didn’t make any sense. I completed the migration as you can see from earlier posts, and now I have a bit more stability and freedom.

I’ve had a few things with my pinball machine get pushed to the wayside as work picked up. It eventually had to be shelved until I got/get more free time.

I’ve been meaning to learn Unity for years now, and it’s getting worse now! After I finish Icarus Ascend I’m going to move on to actually learning it. First… I have to finish Icarus.

Be Well, All.
(Have we done this before?)

The Idea – Mini-Pinball

February 3rd, 2013

I’m not sure if I’ve been too cryptic or just plain didn’t give the information but, I’m building a pinball table that can fit on my desk at work. Granted I can go to Toy’s R Us and hack apart a pinball machine and do that (Believe me I tried). Since that video 3 years ago, I’ve picked up a few tricks and things that will benefit me greatly. I also decided to not only build it from scratch and document it, I’m also going to release all of my eps files and circuit boards (possibly Eagle files) so that you(or someone you love) can build one yourselves.

In all of this building I also want to make as little work necessary to actually build and get the machine running. With the exception of the electronics everything should be able to piece together like Ikea furniture. I’ve been using Ponoko to get all of the parts cut and making trips to various stores to get additional hardware. Again, my goal is for there to be as little work needed for the end user as possible.

With that goal in mind, the casing of the pinball machine is more of a kit to JUST have a box. I’m going to separate the table itself from the box so that it can be completely customized. When I have the entire thing up and running I will release eps files for the table that I create as well as any other notes for building a functional table.

At the time of this writing here is the current purchasable parts list for me.
28 x #4-40 x 3/4 Machine Screws(& nuts)

Yup. That’s it so far. I’ve excluded the parts that I haven’t finalized and I haven’t delved deep enough into the solenoids and servos side yet. I’m trying to figure out the easiest way to make the flippers move without having an extremely complicated parts list. I’m also trying to keep this machine as dry as possible (meaning no need to glue anything)… We’ll see where we end up.

Pinball Parts arrived

January 31st, 2013

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Here’s my test pieced together

Pinball Size Test

January 26th, 2013

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I’m not building a diorama. This is one of the many test I’m doing to build my pinball machines. Waiting on some parts to arrive(maybe today because they’re shipping from Oakland)

Happy 2013

January 22nd, 2013

I’m hopefully not going to regret this post in 7 months. Hopefully I keep my New Years Resolution which I fail every year of blogging more. So, here are a list of goals I hope to keep this year.

  1. Finish Updating TroyDPatterson.com Goodness it’s been 3 years I haven’t finished yet
  2. Finish Icarus Ascend See above comment of it being 3 years
  3. Finish Pinball Machine Personal project for more than 3 years that I’ve been making killer progress on
  4. Migrate TroyDPatterson.com I’m sick of the downtime I keep experiencing
  5. Learn Unity

That doesn’t seem to be too tough. I’ve been working on a map editor for Icarus Ascend for the past few months, it’s almost ready to pass off to a level designer. Then I have to think about stuff like music and sound effects. I have a few folks in mind I’m going to pass out a line to, to see how well that goes.

As far as TroyDPatterson.com goes, I’ve been working on it in the background when I get bored. The site isn’t super buggy right now, but I want to experiment a little more and try and compress everything again. The 3 section system doesn’t seem to work well for me. I don’t know how often you’ve been visiting, I’ve been experiencing a lot of down time for stupid reasons. I’m going to fix that this year.

I’ve been working on a lot of pinball stuff in my spare time, learning how they work and testing various things out with Arduinos and my Raspberry Pi. I’ve been putting together a prototype, but it’s not ready to show anyone just yet.

I’ve been meaning to learn Unity for years now, so much so it’s becoming a nuisance. After I finish Icarus Ascend I’m going to move on to actually learning it. First… I have to finish.

Be Well, All.

Zizzle Machine I picked up a few years ago.

November 30th, 2012

This is a pinball machine/toy that I picked up a few years back.

Since I’ve had all of my stuff sent out here, I realize I now have reasons to talk more. I can talk about all of the projects I had back east that I didn’t get to finish. This little baby here is a pinball machine I was given as a present. It’s more of a toy than a machine, the flippers lost their strength really quickly and all kinds of other problems (that seem to be common in these things).

But I held on to it and had it shipped out here. When I did ship it, I didn’t include the legs, power supply or the pinball itself. Which makes for a space wasting box sitting in my closest. I’ve decided to do everything that I can, to get this thing in a somewhat running state again. I purchased a new power supply and a 7/8th pinball. (I was reading that 7/8″ was too big, but it seems to fit just fine) I’m still trying to figure out what to do about the legs, these things were extremely custom.