I'm very sorry but I just learned that due to some logistics related to writing the firmware to all of the RetroCade boards there has been a delay in the shipping. The RetroCade Synth boards will begin shipping tomorrow and I am asking for clarification as to whether an email with tracking information will be generated and sent out.
The good news is that I have put together an upgrade or special offer for all backer tiers, let me explain why. During development of the RetroCade software I ran into an unforeseen snag with the Papilio One 500K board. There is just not enough code space to support the libraries needed to implement an SD Card FAT filesystem AND play MOD files. The Papilio One 500K can provide all of the synth features, such as the SID and YM chips, but without SD card and MOD file support it just isn't what was presented in the Kickstarter project. Therefore I decided to cover the costs to upgrade all of the Papilio One 500K backers to the Papilio Pro! Of course, I can't upgrade one backer tier without offering something to all the other tiers so here is a breakdown of the upgrades/special offers for all the tiers:
- RetroCade MegaWing ($40) - Backers at this tier are getting a smoking deal on the RetroCade MegaWing. I pretty badly estimated the costs to manufacture the RetroCade MegaWing and the final retail price will be $55. Even so, we are grateful for your support and will trade your Papilio One 500K for a Papilio Pro. If you cover the shipping costs to send your Papilio One 500K to us we will cover the costs to send a Papilio Pro back. (We do need to wait for there to be Papilio Pro stock in the Gadget Factory store before we can do the trade. We expect to have stock between Jan 1-15th.)
- RetroCade MegaWing + Papilio One 500K - Backers at this level will automatically be upgraded to a Papilio Pro.
- RetroCade MegaWing + Papilio One 500K + Arcade MegaWing - Backers at this level will automatically be upgraded to the Papilio Pro.
- All levels that already included a Papilio Pro - All backers that are already slated to get a Papilio Pro will receive a coupon code for a free VGA Wing. We will be adding a VGA core that is patterned after the Sinclair ZX Spectrum computers video adapter to the RetroCade Synth bit file. Using the VGA library we will be able to add some tracker/sequencer functionality that will output to a VGA monitor. Backers at this level will have the VGA hardware on hand to start adding GUI interfaces now and use the tracker functionality when it is completed.
Once again, I'm very sorry for the delays, at this point the shipping is in the hands of the capable staff at Seeed Studio and they will be getting the boards out starting tomorrow. I hope the upgrades make the delays a little more tolerable and I thank you for your understanding and support.