thefox wrote:Any news?
Yeah sorry about not being so great on the updates, I've been holding back hoping to make one big saying I'm done with the official release date. Here's where I'm at right now:
I'm getting to the nitty gritty right now on the assembly. They are all done asside from soldering the jumpers and caps on the bottom side. I'm expecting to have that done this weekend. Additionally I have all the labels and have about half of them cut out by hand so far. I think it's reasonable acheiveable for me to be ready to go in two weeks.
There is only one minor item I just realized I'm missing the other day. The cases I got from Retrousb don't appear to have the screws included... I should open every last bag/case to verify they didn't shove them all in one case, but I couldn't find them when I looked in obvious locations...
So now is probably a good time to iron out the details on the release though. I want to hold off on the exact date until they are all fully assembled and ready to go though. Is there a desired time/day that we'd like to use for them to officially go on sale? I'm thinking something like 9pm on a Saturday E.S.T ?
Additionally i'd like to try and set up a way for contributors to have priority access, what do you guys think about that? I was originally thinking of setting up two separate items, one for check by contributors and another for general public. But if the contributors don't all buy a cart it gets messy on when/how to list the left-overs for sale. Perhaps I could just separate it by time. Last time I counted ~14 direct contributors IIRC. So maybe I could list up that limited qty and have a text feild entry for the contributors name/handle/game. Should probably make an official list if we're going to go this route. Thinking maybe contributors listed up for sale ~week prior, then general public the following week. That would give some time to resolve any issues and allow the contributors a good chance to get a copy.
As for the CIC's I got all the files needed from Jim's Cool, and should be able to support multi-region switching CIC that maintains last known good region. eightbitdreams hooked me up with a PAL NES mobo so I can test that out just to verify.
The only other detail is settling on a price. I'm thinking $35 U.S.D. with $6 shipping U.S. priority mail and $10 shipping intl 1st class.
I have all the BOM with my costs and will post them up with total expenses, but I don't have it on me at the moment. It all came out pretty close to my original estimate:
Assuming we sold all 50, after covering expenses prizes we'd have:
@$20 ~$175 earned
@$30 ~$675 earned
@$40 ~$1175 earned
Please speak now, or forever hold your peace on the pricing matters
If no one chimes in I'll just go with $35.
If you're gonna play the Game Boy, you gotta learn to play it right. -Kenny Rogers