Arcade Do-It-Yourself since 2000-something.
July 27 2016,
Porta Pi Kits are back in stock. These kits have been updated to reflect some aesthetic changes mainly the front where the control panel meets the bottom 'kick' plate. All Porta Pi Arcade Kits will now include the marquee cutout piece because it's the right thing to do.
A few people said hello at CCAG Show! One person even tweeted at me then said it was me who tweeted at you! Another said I'm the guy who emailed you when you forgot something in my kit.
Hard to forget names when you guys keep me modest. And others said I got your arcade last year, I love it.
Thank you! It's always great to get from behind this PC and meet you guys. So thank you for stopping by, it's the better parts of this job :)
July 18, 2016
For some reason July is uncommonly busy. I have had a record of assembled arcades orders, the Cleveland Classic Console & Game show is in 5 days, had a bachelor party for a buddy, traveling across state lines to see good friends, all on top of that of that summer itch to do everything but work.
A few questions keep coming up:
"What's the deal with the claw machine?" I am working on a 3D model to aid with assembly, the process is slow but doing a good job there will be beneficial for all of us. I would really like to make a PCB with the ATmega2560 + motor driver ICs on a single board. I feel this is the best next step to make the claw machine more suitable for DIY-ers. The electronics are too messy IMO to support on a one-man operation (my focus is the average DIY-er). I am also updating my wiring diagram to reflect V3 as it is long overdue. I expect to update the claw build blog in 2-3 weeks.
I am doing something about the demand for a 2 player kit. there is no firm ETA set, but this year will be a definitve deadline. I am happy to say I have a two ideas to execute.
I have a NEW creation approaching the final stages of prototyping. I am going to hold off from revealing it until it's out of the prototype phase, to preserve momentum and interest. However, I might show it to you at the Clevelend show ;)
June 29, 2016
June 13, 2016
Make your mini arcade portable with my battery pack mod.
June 9, 2016
Porta Pi Arcade Kits will be back in stock hopefully next week . I am waiting on parts (nothing new there).
I have a few 'neat' things I've been working on the in the background. Will try to make a few how-to youtube videos on them this month.
May 15, 2016
Another attempt at a 2-player MAME Kit. Details here.
April 5, 2016
Pi 3 image for Porta Pi Arcade (RetroPie_v3.6) is up. It is here.
March 24, 2016
Claw Machine version 3 progress.
March 16, 2016
Move is complete and I am back into the business groove. The trackball and trackball control panel have been added to the shop.
Sometime this month I am going to be revisitng the Blinky LED Button mod to clean up the code and wiring diagram. I have thought of some improvements.
According the backorder timeline, I should get my Pi 3 end of April. The RetroPie Pi3 Arcade image will come shortly after.
March 11, 2016
The shop is open! Normal business resumes :) Thanks for being chill. Moving sucks.
I will have an image + FAQs for the Pi3 once I get my hands on one. They are quite the hot-ticket item now and hard to find at msrp.
March 2, 2016
The shop is temporarily closed! (all items are set to 0 qty; however, you can still browse.
Reason- I am moving house. I will also have limited internet access as well. Please be patient :)
Feb 3, 2016
More kits+ inventory will be arriving mid Feb; BUT, I will be moving shop/home in March. Expect the shop to go down for short period. I will not take orders while I'm in limbo. The move is a result to expand the business.
I need to clean out some things to aide the move, so check the prototype section for random (and related) stuffs.
The 9" arcade has been discontined to make room for something new. It will be removed from the shop soonish.
Jan 29, 2016
Claw machine V2 has found a new home:) I have started on version 3.0. This should be the last prototype before the production model.
Jan 26, 2016
The shop now has Claw Machine gantry brackets and claw parts for the motivated builder. No kit or detailed instructions yet. I am beging to build v3 to finalize designs and solve some other R&D buzz words. I do thank the handful of people who have messaged me about claw machine kit status. I occasionally need motivation, as this machine is quite the task.
Jan 13, 2016
New shop item: JAMMA Harness
I am in process of trying new LCD suppliers. Porta Pi Kits will be short until I determine said part is up to my standard. Sanwa joysticks are in stock! Fight Sticks are too as a result.
Jan 8, 2016
My attempt at a racing control panel. To be continuted
Jan 4, 2016
After a much needed holiday break I am ready to get back to work. Porta Pi kits will be back in stock by mid Jan (mayber sooner?) along with Fight Stick V3 Kits. Much more of these now that I understand the demand.
New projects in the timeline:
-Track ball control panel Porta Pi
-A slew of updates/ how-to's for the website (like this one)
-Claw Machine will become a kit
There are more projects classified as "secret" for a few reasons. 1) Secrets keep you on your toes. 2) they are complex and will tax my skills, best I not make any promises :)
Happy New Year everyone! Thanks for keeping RBG alive in 2015. It is very humbling to be in this position another year:)
Dec 3, 2015
More Arcade kits will be in stock after Dec 5th. If you live in the US, you should get them by the 25th. Probably.
Nov 14, 2015
My love letter to Sega.
Oct 28, 2015
Uploaded the newest RetroPie 3.2 images (Pi 1 and Pi 2) for the Porta Pi Arcade.
Oct 6, 2015
What I've been up to lately.
<Sept 28, 2015>
DIY Fight Sticks are now available!
Arcade kits will be in stock around first week of October.
<Sept 21, 2015>
Add a Marquee upgrade.
Been using a vinyl cutter recently...
<Sept 15, 2015 >
-I now have Sanwa joysticks, as well as a cheaper JAP joystick alternative. Adding these to the shop today. Happ Joysticks will still remain the default in kits. I will make an option (add to cart button) to upgrade soon.
-More Full Kit stock should be ready late this week. I am waiting for the last parts to arrive in the mail. Thanks for being patient every one :)
-I also have a few new things to show this month, once they are ready.
- Currenly building claw machine version 2.
-Trying out a new page layout! Everything is all messed up so just hold tight.
<Aug 24, 2015 >
RetroPie V3.0 is out! I made an image that works with the Porta Pi Arcade and the Pi 2. It's awesome.
I am also done with summer camps; therefore, all my time is now focused here :)
<Aug 15,2015 >
Porta Pi Lite V3 is coming soon!
<Aug 11, 2015>
I am teaching summer camps this week and next. So outgoing orders will be on the slow side. More kits will be available starting August 24th :)
<Aug 3, 2015>
I am writing the BoM for the claw machine, and slowly filming the assembly video in small bits. I am thinking of making an altermate version with a wood frame. This significaly reduces the cost instead of using the aluminum extrusion frame.
<July 29, 2015>
<July 27, 2015>
The Tested Video came out without warning and traffic has been exploding. This week is the Replayfx.org show and I am building some cabs for it. If you live anywhere near Pittsburgh you better check it out.
Due to the increase in traffic, I am working on having some inventory to go along side all the additional attention.
Expect some 10" kits available tomorrow.
<June 18, 2015>
It is turning out to be a busy summer. The claw machine is up an running with all the game logic programmed. Latest pics here. I am hoping to make the stepper driver circuit a PCB in the near future.
Anyone interested in Porta Pi Arcade a-la-cart section? As in, the same DIY Kits but only pay for the parts you need? If yes, just tweet at me.
Full Kits for 9&10" will be in stock by the end of the month.
I finsihed the two-player cocktail Porta Pi. I'll make a short video soonish.
<June 1, 2015>
Long time no update!
I have a bunch of Raspberry Pi Screw Terminal breakout boards in stock. Around 100 to be specific!
I have put about 60 hours in the past 2-3weeks into a project I abondoned in 2012. Since I have revisited it, I must say it will blow your mind. I present the Claw Machine!
<May 11, 2015>
I am working on a bulk PCB order for the RPi screw terminal breakout boards.
Also, I have been considering designing new kits.
1) DIY Arcade fight stick (very basic rounded rectagle design)
2) Cocktail arcade cabinet (maybe 2 player?) same scale as the Porta Pi Arcades.
Good idea? bad idea? lend me your thoughts on twitter: @retrobuiltgames
<May 7, 2015>
Lots of inventory (9 and 10" kits) is here!
<April 22, 2015>
Acrylic Kits are ready:)
<April 7, 2015>
Need a switch or quarter slot? Button inserts! Free CAD and 3D printer files.
<April 3, 2015>
The comfort control pad.
<March 29, 2015>
ON a lighter note: If you have finished your Porta Pi Arcade Kit send me a photo! I like seeing the unique paint-jobs and custom mods you guys come up with. I will add your photo to the hall-of-fame!
<March 25, 2015>
First prototype of the 'new' acrylic kit takes form. Looking good. There some tolerance issues that I need to address. (Yes, the screen size is 9"). I also need to move 3 bracket locations. You might have noticed the top middle hole location is not quite centered- don't know how I missed that. If you have not noticed; this design does not require glue or acrylic cement; just extra hardware. It is identical to the current 9" Wood Kit, just with brackets and no wood.
<March 23, 2015>
Full Kits are back in stock as of 9:20pm Eastern (New York time).
I still have t-shirts I am trying to get rid of; So buy one for a dollar when you buy a kit or something :)
<March 17, 2015>
Full Kits are sold out AGAIN!
I know... sorry. I have a show this weekend, so I am holding some inventory for it. Full Kits will be back in stock after the show. ( if you come and see me in-person I will have them:)
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