I know that we’ve been telling a lot of you to sign up for out news notifications at http://gamepieadvance.com/subscribe/. We have been getting a lot of interest in the Game Pie Advance (GPA) project lately. While that is really awesome, the problem is that we’ve been working behind the scenes on a lot of different aspects of this whole project. That means we’re not currently soldering up circuit boards and shipping things out, so we also aren’t currently selling GPA kits. In the meantime, we’ve just been suggesting that people subscribe for notifications, because we know that there is news on the horizon. Well, even though we aren’t ready to publish much for details, the time has come to tell you that we are working on a Kickstarter campaign.
If you haven’t been following along this entire time, you might not know how this project has gone up until now, so here’s a quick recap. We had this crazy idea that people wanted to build their own retro gaming handhelds, but some of them might not want to cobble together a rat’s nest of wires and components. We also had this crazy idea that people might want to do their retro gaming on something that looked like a retro console. We put those ideas together to make the Game Pie Advance. To prove that our design worked, we built some working units and auctioned them off, but our intention was to sell DIY kits. We then sold around 25 DIY kits based around that initial design.
After we built about 30 units+kits, we decided that we needed to add some features, so we moved on to the v2.0 board. We ran our own very limited presale/preorder on our website. This second version proved to work very well, but it needed a few tweaks, so we did the same thing again for v2.1. Many people have now built GPA DIY kits, and you can see some of their results on the showcase page.
Up until now, we have done all of the soldering and assembly on our own with our own equipment. To take this project to the next level, we need to change our process. We can’t be spending our time constantly soldering, testing, shipping, etc. We need to move toward mass production. We need to outsource our assembly. That’s where Kickstarter comes in.
Not only do we need to outsource our assembly process, but we also have some ideas for the future of this project and how it’s designed and built. We still want to keep this as a DIY project. We just need your help to take it to the next level.
At the moment, we are planning to launch our Kickstarter campaign next month (May). Things are already going slower than I have wanted. I wish we could be shipping GPA DIY kits to everyone that’s been asking for one. I really want to do this Kickstarter ASAP, but I know there are details to work out if we want to do it properly. I need to calm down a bit and get it done right.
I know this news post is light on specifics, but I hope that it gives you an understanding that we are working hard to move this project forward in a very beneficial way. Just know that we are making progress, and there will be more DIY kits in the near future.
In the meantime, can we ask you a favor? Can you share this post with your friends on social media? Can you share it in any forums you frequent? If you are part of a makerspace group or are attending any sort of retro gaming convention, can you mention it to people there?
If you are someone that has already built a GPA kit, can you post photos of it and link to this news article?
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That way, when we post news, you will be on the list to receive it in your email. If you want to get your hands on a kit ASAP, this is the way to get notified about Kickstarter news, which is important because the campaign will likely have some good “early bird” limited rewards.
We want you to know that we really appreciate your support. This project has already been very enjoyable and rewarding. Personally, I love hearing about the results people have had up to this point, and I want to share that experience with as many people as possible. Let’s make that happen!