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By: taboularasa (offline) on Saturday, November 29 2008 @ 02:55 PM PST (Read 2801 times)  
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I just got done building my first Meggy jr and then playing Attack of the Killer Cherry Tomatoes for about 30 minutes. I have to say that this is an outstanding kit! My brain is warm and glowing with ideas for games to build on this thing. Thank you for making this! I have also shown it around to a couple of others in my department (UCLA Design / Media Arts) and we have so far noticed a couple of things that could improve the next revision.

1)could the large electrolytic capacitor be placed somewhere besides it's current location? the protrusion makes it a little wonky when trying to get the matrix flush and parallel with the board.

2)someone wanted to know if it were possible to connect two Meggy jr together and play head to head. I thought that would be pretty keen also.

These are just some suggestions after a very brief first impression. But over all this thing is a total blast, thanks again.


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By: Windell (offline) on Saturday, November 29 2008 @ 06:13 PM PST  
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Great-- yours is our first field report of a Meggy build!

1)could the large electrolytic capacitor be placed somewhere besides it's current location? the protrusion makes it a little wonky when trying to get the matrix flush and parallel with the board.

Yes; it ended up needing a larger cap than we had initially planned. I think that next time we'll instead use two in parallel of smaller outer diameter. For this one, it works well to get the LED display flush by placing it face down with the PCB on top, and soldering one corner pin first, leveling it, and then soldering the other corner pins to keep it level.

someone wanted to know if it were possible to connect two Meggy jr together and play head to head. I thought that would be pretty keen also.

Yes, absolutely! The serial port pins (TX/RX) are left unused by the Meggy Jr hardware, and all you really need to do is build a custom cable that links the two 6-pin serial port headers together-- TX of each goes to RX of the other. We'll probably build an example demo of doing this if you don't get to it first. Wink


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