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Offline FrankBuss

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Bloxorz for Vectrex, PC, Mac, iOS and Android
« on: November 20, 2017, 04:26:43 PM »
I've started a Kickstarter project:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/frankbuss/bloxorz-for-vectrex-pc-mac-ios-and-android

It is interesting that there are still many people who own a Vectrex, buy homebrew games and a few developers who create new games for it. I created the prototype with a 27C256 EPROM, which is really cheap at Digikey, but I think I will use a SMD mounted flash chip for the final version, because it is easier to solder and to program or even change later, if someone wants to burn a new version or own programs. I have already designed a circuit and a programmer for it, but first I'll wait if it is worth the work.


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Re: Bloxorz for Vectrex, PC, Mac, iOS and Android
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2017, 06:41:19 AM »
Already 42% funded. Getting slower now, but I need just 1 or 2 backers daily now for the rest and it will be successful.

And I got the revision 2 I designed:



I'll try to use a PIC16F18313 and the new Configurable Logic Cell (CLC) peripheral to implement realtime bankswitching, if I need it.

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Re: Bloxorz for Vectrex, PC, Mac, iOS and Android
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2017, 09:28:35 AM »
I think the box looks really cool:



And I published the first version of the cartridge board as open source hardware, with detailed instructions in case someone doesn't want to back my project, but wants to build his/her own Vectrex game cartridge:

https://hackaday.io/project/28295-vectrex-cartridge

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Re: Bloxorz for Vectrex, PC, Mac, iOS and Android
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2017, 02:03:50 AM »
Do you have a manufacturer for the clamshell protective box?  I know someone who's trying to find those (for another game system)
 

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Re: Bloxorz for Vectrex, PC, Mac, iOS and Android
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2017, 03:42:06 AM »
I'm using VHS tape boxes for it (new old stock, got a big package of it from eBay), padded with self adhesive foam inside, so that it doesn't rattle. There are different versions of it, I have one where you can insert a cover, which I will let print professionally later. But looks already surprisingly good with my color laser printer.

Edit: I have 85, I guess I won't need all, can sell you the rest in 22 days after the Kickstarter campaign.
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Re: Bloxorz for Vectrex, PC, Mac, iOS and Android
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2017, 09:12:43 AM »
Hah, great idea for the re-use.  I didn't know vectrex games used a compatible size to VHS.

My guy has a very specific clamshell size he wants to use (genesis carts I think? can't remember. one of the similar era systems).  I originally thought if you were having them custom made maybe you knew a good source for similar things.
 

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Re: Bloxorz for Vectrex, PC, Mac, iOS and Android
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2017, 10:13:38 AM »
Well, it is not exactly compatible, the VHS case is bigger than needed, but the height is about the same, so padded with foam it looks and works quite good. Maybe I can do a game tray. There is someone on Atariage who did this for the Vectrex:

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/272398-vectrex-game-trays-and-overlay-sleeves-now-available/

Maybe he can do this for your carts as well. Some other people used card boxes then for the cartridges, but I don't like this, the VHS case is much more durable.

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Re: Bloxorz for Vectrex, PC, Mac, iOS and Android
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2017, 09:44:17 AM »
95% funded, and still 16 days to go. I guess I can already start working now on the final hardware and the other levels  8)

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Re: Bloxorz for Vectrex, PC, Mac, iOS and Android
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2017, 04:44:07 PM »
Slight note. You might want to consider having the card edge that goes into the connector chamfered.

I don't know about the Vectrex, but the Mega-Drive/Genesis connectors pins took quite a beating from a certain manufacturers cartridges which had a non-chamfered edge, leading to poor/intermittent connection.
 

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Re: Bloxorz for Vectrex, PC, Mac, iOS and Android
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2017, 07:42:08 PM »
You might want to consider having the card edge that goes into the connector chamfered.

Yes, I did this for my Kerberos cartridge PCB, and I plan this for the Vectrex cartridge PCB as well.

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Re: Bloxorz for Vectrex, PC, Mac, iOS and Android
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2017, 05:23:47 AM »
Got an eMail this morning:


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Re: Bloxorz for Vectrex, PC, Mac, iOS and Android
« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2017, 12:11:17 AM »
Well done. Good to see a success story now and then. Mind, busted projects can be fun sometimes :)
 


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